Helen Mirren stars as Kathleen Quigley who has managed to stay out of the conflict in Northern Ireland until she is caught up in an inescapable political crossfire when her son, actively involved with the IRA, is jailed by the British. 

The Irish in Us

Meet the Brothers O'Hara (aka Pat O'Brien, James Cagney and Frank McHugh), all Irish and all living under the same roof in 1935's The Irish in Us, a comedy of sibling rivalry, especially when it comes to seeking the attention of Olivia de Havilland.

Little Nellie Kelly

"It's a great day for the Irish," sings Judy Garland in this whimsical bit o' blarney from 1940, in which Garland plays dual roles: plucky Irish immigrant Nellie (Judy’s first grownup part) and her daughter, Little Nellie.

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway

If you like your Irishmen with a dash of salt, then you'll love Richard Harris (pictured with Shirley MacLaine) in this criminally overlooked 1993 film. An original dramedy about the unlikely relationship between a retired Cuban barber (Robert Duvall) and Harris's salty Irish ex-sea captain, and the women who find themselves in their orbit (including MacLaine and Sandra Bullock).

Knute Rockne: All American

In America, there's nothing quite as Irish as Notre Dame football, and the man who turned the Fighting Irish into a gridiron powerhouse was none other than legendary coach Knute Rockne, who was portrayed by Pat O'Brien in this 1940 sports classic. And don't forget to catch future president Ronald Reagan in his memorable role as the ill-fated star George "The Gipper" Gipp.

The Key

The ever graceful William Powell starred as a British officer in this 1934 drama that takes place in volatile 1920 Dublin. Will Powell sacrifice his freedom for the woman he loves and her husband?

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