Great Italian Films

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1.
Rome, Open City (1945)
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During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi is chased by Nazis and he seeks refuge and escape. (103 mins.)
 
2.
Shoeshine (1946)
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Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship. (93 mins.)
 
3.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
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In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)
 
4.
The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)
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The film dramatizes about a dozen vignettes from the life of St. Francis and his early followers - starting... (85 mins.)
 
5.
Bellissima (1951)
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A woman from the low class desperately tries to get her daughter into the movies. (115 mins.)
 
6.
Umberto D. (1952)
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An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome. (89 mins.)
 
7.
I Vitelloni (1953)
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A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy. (107 mins.)
 
8.
Journey to Italy (1954)
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An unhappily married couple attempts to find direction and insight while vacationing in Naples. (85 mins.)
 
9.
La Strada (1954)
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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way. (108 mins.)
 
10.
Il Grido (1957)
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A man wanders aimlessly, away from his town, away from the woman he loved, emotionally and socially inactive. (116 mins.)
 
11.
L'Avventura (1960)
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A woman disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip. During the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other. (143 mins.)
 
12.
Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
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Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone. (177 mins.)
 
13.
A Difficult Life (1961)
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Silvio refuses to fight for the fascists and joins the resistance with Elena. After the war, his vitriolic newspaper articles cause him to be sentenced to imprisonment. (118 mins.)
Director: Dino Risi
 
14.
La Notte (1961)
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A day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their steadily deteriorating relationship. (115 mins.)
 
15.
Il Posto (1961)
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A very young college graduate attempts to obtain a position with a large corporation. (93 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
 
16.
Accattone (1961)
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A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiraling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison. (120 mins.)
 
17.
L'Eclisse (1962)
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A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man's materialistic nature. (126 mins.)
 
18.
Il Sorpasso (1962)
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An impulsive braggart takes a shy law student for a two-day ride through the Roman and Tuscany countries. (105 mins.)
Director: Dino Risi
 
19.
Salvatore Giuliano (1962)
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The unclear and complicated twists between governal powers, independentist party and Mafia in the Sicily of the '40s culminate with the death of Salvatore Giuliano. (123 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
 
20.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
 
21.
I Fidanzati (1963)
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In the industrial North, Giovanni is a skilled factory worker offered a promotion if he'll go to Sicily for 18 months to assist in a new department... (77 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
 
22.
Red Desert (1964)
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In a bleak rundown industrial area a young woman, Giuliana, tries to cope with life. She's married to... (117 mins.)
 
23.
Blood and Black Lace (1964)
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A shadowy killer in black brutally murders fashion models. (88 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
 
24.
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
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The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew. (137 mins.)
 
25.
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
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Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw. (132 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
26.
The Return of Ringo (1965)
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A returning Union Officer discovers that his home has been overrun by Mexican bandits, and infiltrates the gang to restore order and determine if his wife has been faithful to him. (95 mins.)
Director: Duccio Tessari
 
27.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
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A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
28.
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
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In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. (121 mins.)
 
29.
Django (1966)
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A coffin-dragging gunslinger and a half-breed prostitute become embroiled in a bitter feud between a Klan of Southern racists and a band of Mexican Revolutionaries. (92 mins.)
Director: Sergio Corbucci
 
30.
The Big Gundown (1966)
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Unofficial lawman John Corbett hunts down Cuchillo Sanchez, a Mexican peasant accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl. (110 mins.)
Director: Sergio Sollima
 
31.
Face to Face (1967)
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A history professor has a chance meeting with an infamous outlaw and eventually assumes leadership of his gang. (107 mins.)
Director: Sergio Sollima
 
32.
Death Rides a Horse (1967)
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A young gunfighter plans to track down and eliminate the bandits who killed his family, and forms a tenuous alliance with an aging ex-outlaw to achieve this end. (120 mins.)
Director: Giulio Petroni
 
33.
Day of Anger (1967)
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A scruffy garbage boy becomes the pupil of a famed gunfighter, and the stage for confrontation is set when the gunman becomes unhinged and overruns the boy's town through violence and corruption. (95 mins.)
Director: Tonino Valerii
 
34.
Danger: Diabolik (1968)
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International man of mystery Diabolik pulls heist after heist but European cops led by inspector Ginko and envious mobsters led by Ralph Valmont are closing-in on him. (105 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
 
35.
The Great Silence (1968)
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A mute gunfighter defends a young widow and a group of outlaws against a gang of bounty killers in the winter of 1898, and a grim, tense struggle unfolds. (105 mins.)
Director: Sergio Corbucci
 
36.
Teorema (1968)
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A strange visitor in a wealthy family. He seduces the maid, the son, the mother, the daughter and finally the father before leaving a few days after... (105 mins.)
 
37.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
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A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. (175 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
38.
The Damned (1969)
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The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich. (156 mins.)
 
39.
The Conformist (1970)
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A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. (111 mins.)
 
40.
Companeros (1970)
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A Swedish arms dealer and a Mexican peon team up to rescue the intellectual leader of the Revolutionary cause, while taking part in numerous misadventures along the way. (118 mins.)
Director: Sergio Corbucci
 
41.
The Family (1970)
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A hitman is double-crossed by his girlfriend and barely escapes a murder attempt. He then sets out to take his revenge on the woman and the gang boss who put her up to it. (100 mins.)
Director: Sergio Sollima
 
42.
The Boss (1973)
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A bomb attack in a cinema in Palermo kills all the fellows of Attardi's clan a part from Cocchi. He... (100 mins.)
Director: Fernando Di Leo
 
43.
Amarcord (1973)
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A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town. (123 mins.)
 
44.
Rabid Dogs (1974)
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Following a bungled robbery, three violent criminals take a young woman, a middle-aged man, and a child hostage and force them to drive them outside Rome to help them make a clean escape. (96 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
 
45.
The Passenger (1975)
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A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he's been asked to cover, takes the risky path of co-opting the I.D. of a dead arms dealer acquaintance. (119 mins.)
 
46.
Deep Red (1975)
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After witnessing the murder of a famous psychic, a musician teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen assailant bent on keeping a dark secret buried. (126 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
47.
Il grande racket (1976)
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Nico Palmieri is a police inspector who battles against hoodlums terrorising a sleepy Italian village, extorting cash from the locals. (104 mins.)
 
48.
Keoma (1976)
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A half-breed ex-Union gunfighter attempts to protect his plague-ridden hometown from being overridden by his racist half-brothers and a Confederate tyrant. (105 mins.)
 
49.
Suspiria (1977)
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A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders. (98 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
50.
The Psychic (1977)
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A clairvoyant woman, inspired by a vision, smashes open a section of wall in her husband's home and finds a skeleton behind it... (95 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
 
51.
The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)
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The life inside a farm in Italy at the beginning of the century. Many poor country families live there... (186 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
 
52.
The Inglorious Bastards (1978)
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In 1944, in France, the rogue American soldiers Lieutenant Robert Yeager, Private Fred Canfield, the murderer Tony... (99 mins.)
 
53.
Luna (1979)
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While touring in Italy, a recently-widowed American opera singer has an incestuous relationship with her 15-year-old son to help him overcome his heroin addiction. (142 mins.)
 
54.
Zombie (1979)
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Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead. (91 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
 
55.
Inferno (1980)
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An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches. (107 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
56.
Three Brothers (1981)
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Three men face their mother's death. (113 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
 
57.
The Beyond (1981)
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A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where after a series of supernatural 'accidents', she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell. (87 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
 
58.
The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)
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The Night of San Lorenzo, the night of the shooting stars, is the night when dreams come true in Italian folklore... (105 mins.)
 
59.
Identification of a Woman (1982)
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The movie director Niccolo has just been left by his wife. This gives him the idea of making a movie about women's relationships... (128 mins.)
 
60.
The New York Ripper (1982)
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A burned-out New York police detective teams up with a college psychoanalyst to track down a vicious serial killer randomly stalking and killing various young women around the city. (91 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
 
61.
The Last Emperor (1987)
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The story of the final Emperor of China. (163 mins.)
 
62.
Opera (1987)
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A young opperata is stalked by a deranged fan bent on killing the people associated with her to claim her for himself. (107 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento