St. Patrick's Day 2011: 10 Movies that make us want to be Irish
We're more than happy to partake in all the Guinness drinking and green attire shenanigans of the day, but before all that, let's kick things off with a little walk down memory lane. We've compiled a list of our top 10 St. Paddy's day worthy flicks that make us wish were Irish (or as some of us are lucky enough to say, proud to be Irish).
Join us as we sound off on our favorite Irish-themed movies and weigh in with your own comments below. But before we get started, we'll warn you that Amy Adams' "Leap Year" is not present on the list. Nope, not even close.
Stars: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová
Why we love it: This Irish musical film introduced us to the song "Falling Slowly," which earned an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The low budget movie follows two unnamed musicians as they collaborate on songs while seemingly falling in and out of love. The movie did surprisingly well at the U.S. box-office, earning rave reviews and an Independent Spirit Award.
Circle of Friends (1995)
Stars: Minnie Driver, Chris O'Donnell, Colin Firth
Why we love it: Set in 1950s Ireland, it's a coming of age story which covers everything from friendship, to love, heartbreak and deceit.
The Boondock Saints (1999)
Stars: Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Willem Dafoe
Why we love it: This crime thriller may be set in America, but the fraternal twin heroes are all Irish. From a guy's perspective, Connor and Murphy MacManus (Flanery, Reedus) are pretty awesome. As a girl, we have to admit they're not hard to look at... or listen to.
P.S. I Love You (2007)
Stars: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler
Why we love it: If you're in the mood for a good cry-fest, this is your movie. Following her husband's untimely death, Holly (Swank) embarks on a journey to his homeland of Ireland. Filled with love, sadness and hope, it's set against not only the beauty of Ireland, but Gerry's (Butler) voice as he encourages her to move forward.
In America (2003)
Stars: Sarah Bolger, Emma Bolger
Why we love it: This Academy Award nominated film documents the struggle of an Irish immigrant family trying to survive in New York City. It's an inspiring story that shares hope and reminds us that life's really not all that bad.
My Left Foot (1989)
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker
Why we love it: It's based on the true story of an Irishman born with cerebral palsy who, using only his left foot, becomes a celebrated artist. Day-Lewis and Fricker each earned Academy Awards for their roles in the film.
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
Stars: Jeni Courtney
Why we love it: It's certainly not mainstream, but this whimsical tale of selkies -- of Irish and Orcadian folklore -- is something that fascinated us in childhood. The film tells the story of a young girl living with her grandparents on the beautiful coast of Ireland, where family legend has it that her young brother was lost in infancy to the selkies, a breed of seals which shed their skin to become human. It's visually stunning and mythically mesmerizing.
Stars: Jennifer Aniston
Why we love it: All we can say here is that it's so bad, it's good. Jenny, you've come a long way.
Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)
Stars: Janet Munro, Sean Connery
Why we love it: So we're shameless Disney fans... This animated adventure follows an aging caretaker who gets swept up in leprechaun hijinks. How can that not put you in a St. Paddy's day mood?
The Commitments (1991)
Stars: Colm Meaney, Maria Doyle Kennedy
Why we love it: Unemployed? Form a soul band! That's what the Dubliners did. Plus, it was voted best Irish film of all time in a 2005 poll by Jameson Irish Whiskey. Now that's the kind of research we can get behind.
What are your favorite shamrock worthy movies?