As St. Patrick's Day approaches, you want Irish green not just in your garments or your beer, but in your movies, too. A quarter-century ago, it would have been nearly impossible to compile a decent list of Irish movies, but then the Emerald Isle enjoyed an explosion of talent in the 1990s, led by such filmmakers as Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan and such actors as Stephen Rea and Brendan Gleeson.

Today, there's a rich catalog of Irish movies to choose from. To maintain focus, we've kept this list restricted to films made in Ireland or at least set there. (Movies about Irish folks abroad, like "In Bruges," or their descendants in America, from "Far and Away" to "The Brothers McMullen" to "The Departed," will have to wait for another St. Patrick's Day.) Certain tropes reappear often -- glib talkers, hard drinkers, green fields, stern priests, mythical creatures, fanatical Irish Republican Army fighters, wool sweaters -- but for the most part, these movies both acknowledge stereotypes and transcend them. And you don't have to be Irish to enjoy these films, whether they're 80-year-old classics or recent standouts from the Irish film renaissance.irish movies st patricks day