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The 100 greatest Italian movies of all time
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1.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
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
 
2.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
 
3.
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw. (132 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
4.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist. (155 mins.)
 
5.
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
6.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)
 
7.
(1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
 
8.
La Dolce Vita (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. (174 mins.)
 
9.
La Strada (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way. (108 mins.)
 
10.
Amarcord (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town. (123 mins.)
 
11.
The Nights of Cabiria (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak. (110 mins.)
 
12.
Duck, You Sucker (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution. (157 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
13.
1900 (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The epic tale of a class struggle in 20th Century Italy, as seen through the eyes of two childhood friends on opposing sides. (317 mins.)
 
14.
Umberto D. (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome. (89 mins.)
 
15.
The Leopard (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily. (187 mins.)
 
16.
The Conformist (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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.)
 
17.
Rome, Open City (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi is chased by Nazis and he seeks refuge and escape. (103 mins.)
 
18.
Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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.)
 
19.
Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Visions, memories, and mysticism all help a 40-something woman to find the strength to leave her cheating husband. (137 mins.)
 
20.
Divorce Italian Style (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A married Sicilian baron falls in love with his cousin and vows to wed her, but with divorce illegal he must concoct a crime of passion to do away with his wife. (105 mins.)
Director: Pietro Germi
 
21.
Red Desert (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In a bleak rundown industrial area a young woman, Giuliana, tries to cope with life. She's married to... (117 mins.)
 
22.
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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.)
 
23.
Teorema (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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.)
 
24.
Two Women (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In the Italy of WWII, a widow and her lonely daughter seek for distance between them and the horrors of war. (100 mins.)
 
25.
Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A motley quintet of inept small-time thieves bungle the burglary of a local pawnshop in this Italian farce. (106 mins.)
Director: Mario Monicelli
 
26.
Mamma Roma (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After many years working in the streets of Roma, the middle-age whore Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an upper class apartment... (106 mins.)
 
27.
Accattone (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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.)
 
28.
Le Notti Bianche (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A humble clerk courts a woman who night after night awaits for the return of her lover. (107 mins.)
 
29.
Shoeshine (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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.)
 
30.
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Stories about three very different women and the men they attract. (118 mins.)
 
31.
Senso (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant. (123 mins.)
 
32.
Marriage Italian Style (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The rich man Domenico and Filumena, a penniless prostitute, share great part of their lives in the immediate post WWII Italy. (102 mins.)
 
33.
Stromboli (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Karen, a young woman from the Baltic countries, marries fisherman Antonio to escape from a prisoners camp. But the life in Antonio's village, Stromboli, threatened by the volcano, is a tough one and Karen cannot get used to it. (107 mins.)
 
34.
Oedipus Rex (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In pre-war Italy, a young couple have a baby boy. The father, however, is jealous of his son - and the scene moves to antiquity... (104 mins.)
 
35.
Il Posto (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A very young college graduate attempts to obtain a position with a large corporation. (93 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
 
36.
The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Joe This richly symbolic film is really impossible to understand without some knowledge of 20th Century Italian history... (89 mins.)
 
37.
Padre Padrone (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The true story of the life of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd, and how he managed to escape his harsh... (114 mins.)
 
38.
Le Quattro Volte (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An old shepherd lives his last days in a quiet medieval village perched high on the hills of Calabria... (88 mins.)
 
39.
The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The film dramatizes about a dozen vignettes from the life of St. Francis and his early followers - starting... (85 mins.)
 
40.
The Son's Room (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident. (99 mins.)
Director: Nanni Moretti
 
41.
Mafioso (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a good-natured factory supervisor living in Milan with his Northern wife returns to his native Sicily, a decades' old oath forces him to fulfill a nightmarish obligation. (105 mins.)
 
42.
Il Grido (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man wanders aimlessly, away from his town, away from the woman he loved, emotionally and socially inactive. (116 mins.)
 
43.
Il Postino: The Postman (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Radford
 
44.
The Passenger (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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.)
 
45.
Bellissima (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A woman from the low class desperately tries to get her daughter into the movies. (115 mins.)
 
46.
The Best of Youth (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s. (366 mins.)
 
47.
Mediterraneo (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In WW2, an Italian Army unit of misfits occupies an isolated non-strategic Greek island for the duration of the war. (96 mins.)
 
48.
I'm Not Scared (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young boy accidentally discovers a deep hole in the ground, where another boy is kept prisoner. (108 mins.)
 
49.
Variety Lights (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A beautiful but ambitious young woman joins a traveling troupe of third-rate vaudevillians and inadvertently causes jealousy and emotional crises. (93 mins.)
 
50.
The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life inside a farm in Italy at the beginning of the century. Many poor country families live there... (186 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
 
51.
Vincere (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino. (128 mins.)
 
52.
Il Divo (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti, who has served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times since the restoration of democracy in 1946. (110 mins.)
 
53.
Mid-August Lunch (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Gianni is a middle-aged man living in Rome with his imposing and demanding elderly mother. His only... (75 mins.)
 
54.
Anche libero va bene (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young father and his two children struggle to find harmony after his wife leaves them for another man. (108 mins.)
 
55.
Bread and Tulips (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After being forgotten in a highway café during a bus trip, a housewife decides to start a new life by herself in Venice. (114 mins.)
Director: Silvio Soldini
 
56.
Not of This World (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The rumpled owner of a dry-cleaning firm joins forces with a nun to care for an abandoned baby. (100 mins.)
 
57.
Così ridevano (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Turin at the end of the fifties: two brothers have emigrated there from Sicily and the older works very... (124 mins.)
Director: Gianni Amelio
 
58.
The Stolen Children (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage... (114 mins.)
Director: Gianni Amelio
 
59.
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the late 1930s, in Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading families, wealthy, aristocratic... (94 mins.)
 
60.
Seduced and Abandoned (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Agnese, a 15-year-old Sicilian girl is seduced and impregnated by Peppino, her sister Matilde's fiancé... (115 mins.)
Director: Pietro Germi
 
61.
The Great War (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The Italian Army fought against the Austrians during World War I. (137 mins.)
Director: Mario Monicelli
 
62.
My Friends (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Necchi (a bar owner), Perozzi (a journalist), Melandri (an architect) and Mascetti (a broken nobleman) live in Florence... (140 mins.)
Director: Mario Monicelli
 
63.
Bread, Love and Dreams (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When a veteran marshal is sent to a small town, he quickly falls for two women: a midwife and an earthy young woman nicknamed "Frisky". (93 mins.)
Director: Luigi Comencini
 
64.
Guardie e ladri (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Esposito is a thief who cons tourists in Rome. A lengthy persecution by police Bottoni, who manages to catch it starts. In an oversight Esposito manages to flee again. Bottoni superiors inform him that if no catches him will lose his job. (105 mins.)
 
65.
L'Avventura (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip. During the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other. (143 mins.)
 
66.
Lamerica (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two Italian racketeers come to Albania just after the fall of the communists to set up a fictive firm and pocket the grants... (116 mins.)
Director: Gianni Amelio
 
67.
Dark Eyes (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Aboard a ship early in the 20th-century, a middle-aged Italian tells his story of love to a Russian... (117 mins.)
 
68.
The Last Emperor (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The story of the final Emperor of China. (163 mins.)
 
69.
La traviata (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Violetta meets Alfredo and quickly falls for him. After the lovers run away together, they live in bliss for a short time... (109 mins.)
 
70.
Christ Stopped at Eboli (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the fascist Italy of 1935, a painter trained as a doctor is exiled to a remote region near Eboli... (150 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
 
71.
A Special Day (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two neighbors, a persecuted journalist and a resigned housewife, meet during Hitler's visit in Italy in 1938. (106 mins.)
Director: Ettore Scola
 
72.
Ugly, Dirty and Bad (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Four generations of a family live crowded together in a cardboard shantytown shack in the squalor of inner-city Rome... (115 mins.)
Director: Ettore Scola
 
73.
The Consequences of Love (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An introverted man's life changes completely when he finds himself attracted to a young bar-maid. (100 mins.)
 
74.
The Mattei Affair (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Enrico Mattei helped change Italy's future, first as freedom-fighter against the Nazis, then as an investor in methane gas through a public company... (116 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
 
75.
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime. (112 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
 
76.
The First Beautiful Thing (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A misanthropic professor returns to his hometown to assist his dying mother. (122 mins.)
Director: Paolo Virzì
 
77.
Paisan (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice... (125 mins.)
 
78.
La Terra Trema (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In rural Sicily, the fishermen live at the mercy of the greedy wholesalers. One family risks everything to buy their own boat and operate independently. (160 mins.)
 
79.
La Notte (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their steadily deteriorating relationship. (115 mins.)
 
80.
The Damned (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich. (156 mins.)
 
81.
We All Loved Each Other So Much (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Gianni, Nicola and Antonio become close friends in 1944 while fighting the Nazis. After the end of the war... (124 mins.)
Director: Ettore Scola
 
82.
Seven Beauties (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso. (115 mins.)
 
83.
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When two young members of feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues. (138 mins.)
 
84.
Il Sorpasso (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An impulsive braggart takes a shy law student for a two-day ride through the Roman and Tuscany countries. (105 mins.)
Director: Dino Risi
 
85.
Nostalgia (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through... (125 mins.)
 
86.
I Vitelloni (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy. (107 mins.)
 
87.
Fists in the Pocket (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young man takes drastic measures to rid his dysfunctional family of its various afflictions. (105 mins.)
 
88.
Journey to Italy (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An unhappily married couple attempts to find direction and insight while vacationing in Naples. (85 mins.)
 
89.
Bitter Rice (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Francesca and Walter are two-bit criminals in Northern Italy, and, in an effort to avoid the police... (108 mins.)
 
90.
Kaos (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Five stories by Luigi Pirandello set in turn-of-the-century Italy. (188 mins.)
 
91.
Death in Venice (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In this adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (loosely based... (130 mins.)
 
92.
Everybody's Woman (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Gaby is expelled from school after a married teacher commits suicide after telling her he can't live without her. Though she has done nothing, she is punished for his act. (97 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
93.
Gomorrah (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An inside look at Italy's modern crime families. (137 mins.)
Director: Matteo Garrone
 
94.
My Brother Is an Only Child (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two brothers come of age in a small Italian town in the '60s and '70s. (100 mins.)
 
95.
Ossessione (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Gino, a drifter, begins an affair with inn-owner Giovanna as they plan to get rid of her older husband. (140 mins.)
 
96.
Viva Zapatero! (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A documentary about the state of censorship and political satire in Italy. (80 mins.)
Director: Sabina Guzzanti
 
97.
Black Sunday (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant. Only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor stand in her way. (87 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
 
98.
Loose Cannons (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s... (110 mins.)
Director: Ferzan Ozpetek