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Sean Thornton (John Wayne), an ex-boxer who has left the ring after causing the accidental death of his opponent, returns from America to his native Ireland to buy the house where he lived as a child, to soothe with a quiet life the remorse that haunts him. Sean falls in love with Mary Kate (Maureen O'Hara), the beautiful sister of the quarrelsome Will Danaher, a wealthy landowner who has tried  for years to buy the birthplace of Sean, without success.
Sean asks the hand of Mary Kate, after having courted her according to local customs, assisted by the mediation of Michaeleen Oge Flynn (Barry Fitzgerald), but the girl's brother, hostile to the wedding, agrees to the wedding only thanks to a cute plan hatched by Father Lonergan (Ward Bond) and the cunning Michaeleen. Only after a fierce fight between Sean and Will, in which the ex-boxer is forced against his will to come to blows, Sean will finally conquer not only his wife but also her brother's friendship and the respect of all the inhabitants of Innisfree.

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Ireland, 1930 - Bull McCabe is an aged, but the vigorous peasant and the tenant of a field that he and his family have made fertile and cultivated with enormous sacrifices. When the owner of the land decided to put it on sale, Bull's offerings are largely beaten by that of an American of Irish descent, who wants the field to build a quarry. Bull and his son Tadgh try to persuade him to desist, but without success; a violent struggle then arises, in which Bull, seeing that his son is about to die, kills the American.
Having taken the responsibility of the murder, Tadgh runs away with a gypsy girl he fell in love, and Bull, now mad for the loss of the field, burdened by the grief for the death of his first child, who committed suicide many years before, finally loses his reason. Back to home after an argument with his wife, who tries in vain to reason with him, Bull pushes his cattle toward a cliff; Tadgh, passing by chance on the caravan of the nomads, tries in vain to stop the running of beasts, but is overwhelmed and he too falls down the cliff, crashing on the rocks below. After cradled the body of his dead son, trying in vain to ward off the waves, Bull McCabe, now completely out of mind, seeks death at sea.

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