Six Pix: St. Patrick’s Day Films

Six Pix presents a sextet of movie posters representing a particular actor/director/genre. You pick the one you feel is visually the most artistic or best sums up the film.

Cushlamochree! Sure and if it isn’t time to be wearin’ the green once again, lads and lasses.

Okay, we’ll stop with the pseudo-Irish talk. Still, St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, which makes this perfect opportunity to offer a selection of six Irish-themed movie posters and see which one most puts us (and you) in mind of the Emerald Isle.




Included are The Irish in Us (1935), The Luck of the Irish (1948), The Quiet Man (1952), Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959), Michael Collins (1996) and Waking Ned Devine (1999).

Now, some folks out there might find it festive, but the 1980s horror fave Leprechaun just missed the final cut. As far as the six examples featured above, points to The Irish in Us over The Luck of the Irish for the former’s more subtle use of the shamrock (and what would a St. Patrick’s Day salute be without Pat O’Brien?). Many find John Ford’s The Quiet Man to be among the quintessential St. Patrick’s Day films, with one of the all-time great cinematic fights, hinted at in the bottom right. A very different sort of struggle is spotlighted in the poster for Michael Collins, with a defiant Liam Neeson, as the early 20th-century fighter for Irish independence, poised defiantly in front of the triclolor flag. And what would a look at Ireland in film be without a hearty toast, courtesy of the whimsical seriocomedy Waking Ned Devine?

But no, our pick for the poster that most makes us yearn for the Auld Sod features leprechauns, dancing, a wailing banshee and a good roundhouse right (courtesy of, of all people, Scotland’s favorite son, Sean Connery). So, come the 17th of March, we here at Six Pix will be raising our pint glass (or, in some cases, our Shamrock Shake cup) to the charming Disney fantasy Darby O’Gill and the Little People. Sláinte!

Which one do you think is the winner? Should we have included another film poster? Tell us about it below!