The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne is a 1987 drama about an Irish spinster finding love. In 1950s Dublin, Judith Hearne (Maggie Smith) teaches piano and leads a quiet and lonely life living in a boarding house. She then meets James Madden (Bob Hoskins), her landlady's brother and a hotel entrepreneur. James has just returned from America and Judith begins to fall in love with him. James needs funds for his next venture and believes that Judith could finance the project. James works on charming Judith and leads her to believe he shares her feeling of true love. They begin to discuss marriage but Judith then finds out his true motives and takes solace in whiskey. Yet in spite of his initial attraction to Judith for her money, James begins to realize that she has had an effect on him. Jack Clayton ("Room at the Top") directs this character drama based on the novel by Brian Moore.