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Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 3:00 pm | Updated: 12:36 am, Fri Mar 25, 2011.

Ready to get your Irish on? Here are some movies to inspire your St. Patrick's Day celebration.

"Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942) Irish-American James Cagney plays Irish-American song man George M. Cohan.

"Odd Man Out" (1947) Carol Reed directs James Mason as a wounded Irish Nationalist leader. Most of the film takes place in Belfast, and many of the co-stars are part of Dublin's famed Abbey Theater.

"The Luck of the Irish" (1948) A newspaperman (Tyrone Power) gets some help from a leprechaun (Cecil Kellaway).

"The Quiet Man" (1952) Set in 1930s Ireland, this film features Maureen O'Hara, John Wayne and some gorgeous scenery. Wayne's character, an American, returns to Ireland to reclaim his family farm and runs into spitfire spinster O'Hara.

"Darby O'Gill and the Little People" (1959) Darby tells tales of his attempts to catch leprechauns in this Disney musical. Scotsman Sean Connery plays a Dubliner who falls for Darby's daughter.

"Finian's Rainbow" (1968) A father (Fred Astaire), a daughter (Petula Clark) and a leprechaun named Og (Tommy Steele) key this musical featuring the Irish-inspired tunes "How Are Things in Glocca Morra" and "Look to the Rainbow."

"The Molly Maguires" (1970) This drama set in late-19th-century Pennsylvania is about a coal-mining community and a secret society of Irish-American miners. Stars Richard Harris and Sean Connery.

"Ryan's Daughter" (1970) David Lean directed this movie in which a married Irish woman (Sarah Miles) has an affair with a British soldier (Christopher Jones) during World War I. John Mills won a Supporting Actor Oscar for his part as the village idiot and Freddie Young won for his stunning cinematography of Ireland.

"My Left Foot" (1989) Daniel Day-Lewis won the Oscar for Best Actor in this movie based on the life of Irish writer-artist Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy.

"The Commitments" (1991) How a bunch of unemployed Irish folks form a band and bring soul music to Dublin. Van Morrison, who was born in Belfast and wanted his music performed in the movie, mentored the performers.

"Hear My Song" (1991) Ned Beatty plays tax-evading Irish tenor Josef Locke in this comedy about two entrepreneurs trying to revive his career. Don't miss the scene with the cow.

"Far and Away" (1992) Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise play Irish immigrants in this epic that begins in Ireland, lands in Boston and finds its way to the Land Run of 1893. Ron Howard directed.

"In the Name of the Father" (1993) Daniel Day-Lewis and director Jim Sheridan team up on this movie about members of a Northern Ireland family who are coerced into confessing to an IRA bombing and are imprisoned. Nominated for seven Oscars, this movie also starred Pete Postlethwaite as the father and Emma Thompson as the attorney who works on securing their freedom.

"Michael Collins" (1996) Liam Neeson plays the Irish Civil War revolutionary in this film, a good history lesson about that early-20th-century conflict, despite some inaccuracies.

"The Departed" (2006) Martin Scorsese won the Best Picture Oscar for this film about the Irish mob in Boston, starring Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson.


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