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By: Jenny M. Dolph Email
By: Jenny M. Dolph Email

There are a lot of movies you can watch to celebrate your Irish heritage this St. Patty's Day. We've compiled a must-see list of 10 films we consider to be the "Top O' the Silver Screen." Check out these previews and decide which one you'll be enjoying this St. Patrick's Day.


Angela's Ashes (1999)

Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish ex-patriot Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick.


Boondock Saints (1999)

Irish brothers Connor & Murphy McManus live and work in Boston. After accidentally killing Mafia thugs, they turn themselves in and were released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and started knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he was to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing.


Cinderella Man (2005)

The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed up Irish boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.


Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)

In the enchanted Emerald Isle, Darby O'Gill spins tall tales of leprechauns and banshees. Unfortunately, when he actually captures the leprechaun king and discovers their hidden gold, no one will believe him! A true St. Patty's Day classic!


The Devil's Own (1997)

A thriller about an IRA gunman who draws an American family into the crossfire of terrorism. Frankie McGuire is one of the IRA's deadliest assassins. But when he is sent to the U.S. to buy weapons, Frankie is housed with the family of Tom O'Meara, a New York cop who knows nothing about Frankie's real identity. Their surprising friendship, and Tom's growing suspicions, force Frankie to choose between the promise of peace of a lifetime of murder.


Far and Away (1992)

A young man (Cruise) leaves Ireland with his landlord's daughter (Kidman) after some trouble with her father, and they dream of owning land at the big giveaway. When they get to the new land, they find jobs and begin saving money. The man becomes a local barehands boxer, and rides in glory until he is beaten, then his employers steal all the couple's money and they must fight off starvation in the winter, and try to keep their dream of owning land alive. Meanwhile, the woman's parents find out where she has gone and have come to America to find her and take her back.


Gangs of New York (2002)

1863. America was born in the streets, Irish immigrants taking center stage. In this movie, we see Amsterdam Vallon returning to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin Bill the Butcher who murdered his father years ago. With an eager pickpocket by his side and a whole new army, Vallon fights his way to seek vengeance on the Butcher and restore peace in the area.


The Quiet Man (1952)

A disgraced American boxer retires to Ireland, where he finds love. One of John Wayne's best movies ever!


Tristan & Isolde (2006)

An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne (Franco) and the princess of the feuding Irish (Myles) spells doom for the young lovers. A story reminiscent of Romeo & Juliet.


Waking Ned Devine (1998)

When an Irish lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money.


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