The Quiet Man
1952
****½
Director: John Ford
Cast: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen

John Ford and John wayne took time off their Westerns to make this goofy but enchanting romantic drama comedy set in 1930s Ireland. Wayne plays a former boxer who returns from America to his birth home and falls in love with a feisty local girl. The Irish scenery in Technicolor looks beautiful and almost unreal, a bit like the film’s view of life in Ireland. Academy Award winner for best directing and cinematography.