If you're planning on spending a quiet night in on St. Patrick's Day, you can still celebrate the Irish holiday in a more romantic way with these movies set in Ireland starring some of your favorite celebrities:
P.S. I Love You (2007)
In this movie about lost love, Hillary Swank stars as Holly, a distraught woman whose husband Gerry (Gerard Butler) has recently died of a brain tumor. Just as the friends and family that she's shut out of her life start to try to force her to face the future, she receives a cake on her 30th birthday with a message from her deceased husband, just the first of many letters that he arranged to have delivered to her after his death. Each message is signed "P.S. I love you," and they all encourage her to go on new adventures, including a trip to his Irish homeland. It's a sweet film about love and loss, and it might just make some feel lucky to have their significant others around, no matter how much green beer they down on St. Patrick's Day.
Leap Year (2010)
Amy Adams stars in this romantic comedy about a woman so desperate to get engaged that she decides to try and take advantage of an old Irish tradition by following her boyfriend (Adam Scott) to Ireland on February 29 (leap day) in order to propose to him (evidently a man who receives such a proposal on February 29 has to accept). However, a storm diverts her flight, and she enlists the help of an Irish innkeeper (Matthew Goode) to drive her to her destination. Her journey gives her a little more time to think about her plan, but you'll have to watch to see if she's lucky in love and gets her man.
In this mystical Irish fairytale film, Irishman Colin Farrell stars as a fisherman who catches something very interesting in one of his nets, a beautiful young woman that may or may not be a mermaid (Alicja Bachleda). She seems to bring the fisherman good luck and his daughter believes she's a mythical creature of the sea called a selkie, but as the family becomes smitten with this amazing catch, their fairytale takes a dark turn. So for fans of "The Little Mermaid," this grown-up fantasy film makes the perfect hangover-free St. Patty's Day treat.
The Matchmaker (1997)
In this rom-com, comedian Janeane Garofalo stars as an aide sent to Ireland to track down the relatives of the Massachusetts Senator she works for. However, she arrives in a small Irish town in the middle of a matchmaking festival, and rival matchmakers are determined to get her to settle down with one of the nice local boys of their choice. Aside from the romantic side of the story, the ending involving the Senator is quite funny, making this movie perfect for watching while enjoying a beer or two on St. Patrick's Day.
Tristan & Isolde (2006)
James Franco fans should enjoy seeing him as a Romeo-esque character in this tragic tale about the secret romance between a British warrior (Franco) and an Irish princess (Sophia Myles). It's set in Britain and Ireland during the Dark Ages, so those that enjoy pretty period pieces and forbidden love should definitely enjoy this tear-jerker.
Circle of Friends (1995)
In this romantic comedy set in 1950's Ireland, three college friends (Minnie Driver, Geraldine O'Rawe, and Saffron Burrows) experience love, hardship, and betrayal. Driver's character has her sights set on a dashing doctor's son (Chris O'Donnell), but one of her pals just might ruin her romance. Those that enjoy love stories that aren't fairytale perfection might enjoy this pleasant little slice of Irish life.
The Quiet Man (1952)
But of course this Technicolor masterpiece can't be beat with its sweeping shots of gloriously green Ireland and red-hot redhead Maureen O'Hara's beauty (and her character's red-hot temper). John Wayne stars as a man returning to his family's homeland who just might tame the lovely Irish lass if he can ever work through his troubled past. This one is the quintessential Irish love story, so be sure to check out the couple's hilarious brawl across the countryside on St. Patrick's Day.
So for those looking for something to do other than hit the bar on St. Patrick's Day, go green with these movies about the luck o' the Irish in love.
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- Alicja Bachleda
- Amy Adams stars
- Gerard Butler
- Hillary Swank stars