Need a little help getting in the mood for green beer, street parades and shamrocks ahead of March 17?
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by checking out these Irish and Irish-influenced movies sure to put you mood for leprechauns, emerald attire and a Guinness or two.
This horror comedy is dated, delightful and deadly serious in its campy tone. Jennifer Aniston makes her film debut in this iconic St. Patrick’s Day film as a teenager who, along with her dad, moves to a new house and must battle an evil leprechaun ("Harry Potter's" Warwick Davis) who believes the new occupants have stolen his pot of gold.
Based on the true story of a young Irish woman whose illegitimate child was sold for adoption by a group of nuns in whose convent she was working. Over the decades Philhomena Lee (Judi Dench) never forgot her baby boy, and with the help of English journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) begins a journey to discover his whereabouts. Balancing gentle humor with righteous anger, "Philhomena" earned Oscar nominations for both leads.
"The Guard" (2011)
Brendan Gleeson is an unorthodox Irish policeman in the rural, Gaelic-speaking community of Connemara Gaeltachtthe in this comedy caper that also stars Don Cheadle as a straight laced FBI agent. The unlikely duo join forces to thwart an international drug smuggling ring. Cheadle and Gleeson share an easy chemistry and the film broke the Irish box office record when it was released.
"The Secret of Kells" (2009)
Inspired by Irish mythology, this enchanting animated tale follows a young boy in a remote medieval monastery under siege from Viking raiders. Adventure begins with the arrival of a mysterious illuminator who carries the unfinished book of Kells – a book that turns darkness in to light. Featuring the voice work of Evan McGuire, Brendan Gleeson, Christen Mooney and Mick Lally, it was nominated for the best animated feature Academy Award.
"In the Name of the Father" (1993)
Daniel Day-Lewis scored an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of young Irishman Gerry Conlon, who is falsely convicted of being responsible for an IRA bombing in this dramatic biopic based on the story of the Guildford Four and their imprisonment for the 1974 Guildford pub bombings. Emma Thompson plays a campaigning English lawyer and Pete Postlethwaite is Conlon's father, with both also receiving Academy Award nominations for their work.
"The Crying Game" (1992)
A psychological thriller written and directed by Neil Jordan, "Crying Game" focuses on Fergus (Stephen Rea), a member of the IRA who begins an affair with the girlfriend (Jaye Davidson) of a prisoner (Forest Whitaker) being held by the group. Packing a stunning surprise, the critically acclaimed film touches on race, nationality, and sexuality. Jordan won an Oscar for his screenwriting efforts.