St Patrick’s Day is fast approaching (March 17) and if you haven’t already got a wild night of drinking planned (I have), you may be looking for the perfect St Patrick’s Day movie to sit back and relax with.
Recently Smartmobile Casino conducted a survey of over 1000 people to find out which Irish movies the nation loved to watch to celebrate the feast of St Patrick. Below are the top 5 movies, as chosen by the public, to settle in and watch this March 17th.
The Quiet Man (1952)
Starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, this 1952 classic is an American romantic comedy set in the lush Irish countryside. Irish-born American, Sean (John Wayne) travels back to Ireland to reclaim his father’s land and falls in love with Mary Kate (Maureen O’Hara). It’s your typical 1950’s rom-com that won director, John Ford, his 4th Academy Award.
The Commitments (1991)
The Commitments is an adaption of the 1987 novel, by Irish writer Roddy Doyle. The film follows a group of working class Dubliners who decide to start a soul band. Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) aims to bring soul music to Dublin and begins to form his own band. The film mixes comedic moments with a great soundtrack and has a similar feel as The Full Monty (1997).
The 3rd most popular film on the list is Leprechaun, starring a very young Jennifer Aniston and Warrick Davies as the evil, sadistic Leprechaun looking for his pot of gold. A bit of a cult classic, this low budget horror gives more laughs than scares, but it’s worth watching if you love watching B-Movies.
P.S I Love You (2007)
If you can move past Gerard Butler’s terrible Irish accent, this is actually a meaningful tale of dealing with grief and moving on after losing a loved one. After her husband dies (Gerard Butler), Holly (Hilary Swank) starts on an adventure to travel back to her husband’s home country of Ireland, led by a trail of letters and tasks he set up before his death. This is your standard, Hollywood rom-com filled with laughs, cheesy lines and heart-warming moments.
Michael Collins (1996)
If you fancy watching something a little more patriotic, Michael Collins is a historical biopic about the Irish patriot of the same name. This film boasts some big names, from Liam Neeson who plays the titular character, Alan Rickman, Julia Roberts and Brendan Gleeson. The film became one of the highest grossing films in Ireland in 2000 and is definitely a must watch if you really want to get in the mood for St Patrick’s Day.
So if you’ve chosen to avoid going out and celebrating St Patrick’s Day in the most traditional way of getting plastered (Reasonably), or you have to be fresh faced for work the next day, check out one of these movies and celebrate in the comfort of your own home, Guinness in hand.