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East Side Dave's Top 5 Movies For St. Patrick's Day!

Top o' the mornin' to ya, O'Rat Rockers!   St. Patrick's Day is nearly upon us, so let's make a Top 5 list, have a few beverages, and dispute these entries at full volume!

It's East Side Dave's Top 5 Movies For St. Patrick's Day!

Now, the rules are simple.   These are films that are centered around Irish-Americans or proper Irish people...and they are all pictures that I watch each and every year during St. Patrick's Season.

So let's not waste time...here's the list, laddy!   Slainte!

- East Side Dave

 

5.) Patriot Games

Harrison Ford (who has plenty of Irish blood in him) is CIA operative Jack Ryan as he battles Irish terrorists...and it bleeping rules.

 

4.) State Of Grace

It still bewilders me how many people have not seen this incredible film.   State Of Grace (released in 1990) is a killer flick about an Irish mob in Hell's Kitchen and stars (check out this incredible cast) Sean Penn, Gary Oldman, Ed Harris, Robin Wright, John Turturro, John C. Reilly, and even Burgess Meredith (Mickey from the Rocky movies).   It's a modern masterpiece of Irish criminals and is worth watching!

 

3.) Gangs Of New York

This classic film stars Irishman Daniel Day-Lewis in one of the truly greatest performances of his legendary career.  Ironically, he was playing Bill "The Butcher", an American native who despised the Dead Rabbits (an Irish gang led by Leonardo Di Caprio) and Irish immigrants in general.  This film is absolutely amazing.

 

2.) The Departed

The Departed teamed up Irish-American Jack Nicholson and Martin Scorcese for the first time ever.  Set in Boston, the movie deals with the Irish mob and is utterly brilliant.

 

1.) Miller's Crossing

Quite frankly, this is the single greatest Irish gangster film ever.  Miller's Crossing is directed by the incredible Coen Brothers and stars Irishman Gabriel Byrne in the lead role...with fantastic supporting performances from Albert Finney, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, and Steve Buscemi.  It is an intricate and mesmerizing film that is utterly glorious.

 

Honorable Mention: Waking Ned Devine

This quaint and fun movie is a wonderful watch if you're not into the Irish mob thing.   Also, Carl made me put it on the list.