Favorite Italian Films

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1.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
 
2.
A Special Day (1977)
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Two neighbors, a persecuted journalist and a resigned housewife, meet during Hitler's visit in Italy in May 1938. (106 mins.)
Director: Ettore Scola
 
3.
Amarcord (1973)
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A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town. (123 mins.)
 
4.
And the Ship Sails On (1983)
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In 1914, a luxury ship leaves Italy in order to scatter the ashes of a famous opera singer. A lovable bumbling journalist chronicles the voyage and meets the singer's many eccentric friends and admirers. (132 mins.)
 
5.
Besieged (1998)
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When an African dictator jails her husband, Shandurai goes into exile in Italy, studying medicine and keeping house for Mr... (93 mins.)
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
Cabiria (1914)
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Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna... (148 mins.)
 
8.
Caro diario (1993)
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Nanni Moretti directs himself playing himself in this wry look at life. Presented in three chapters... (100 mins.)
Director: Nanni Moretti
 
9.
We All Loved Each Other So Much (1974)
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Gianni, Nicola and Antonio become close friends in 1944 while fighting the Nazis. After the end of the war... (124 mins.)
Director: Ettore Scola
 
10.
Divorce Italian Style (1961)
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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
 
11.
Facing Windows (2003)
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Overburdened and stuck in a greying marriage, Giovanna takes to caring for the Jewish Holocaust survivor her husband brings home. As she begins to reflect on her life, she turns to the man who lives across from her ... (106 mins.)
Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
 
12.
Fellini's Satyricon (1969)
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A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome. (129 mins.)
 
13.
Roma (1972)
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A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital. (120 mins.)
 
14.
Gomorrah (2008)
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An inside look at Italy's modern crime families. (137 mins.)
Director: Matteo Garrone
 
15.
Good Morning, Night (2003)
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The 1978 kidnapping of politician Aldo Moro as seen from the perspective of one of his assailants: a conflicted young woman in the ranks of the Red Brigade. (106 mins.)
 
16.
We Have a Pope (2011)
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A story centered on the relationship between the newly elected Pope and his therapist. (102 mins.)
Director: Nanni Moretti
 
17.
Fists in the Pocket (1965)
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A young man takes drastic measures to rid his dysfunctional family of its various afflictions. (105 mins.)
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
I'm Not Scared (2003)
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A young boy accidentally discovers a deep hole in the ground, where another boy is kept prisoner. (108 mins.)
 
20.
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.)
 
21.
La Dolce Vita (1960)
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A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. (174 mins.)
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
Mamma Roma (1962)
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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.)
 
24.
Mid-August Lunch (2008)
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Gianni is a middle-aged man living in Rome with his imposing and demanding elderly mother. His only... (75 mins.)
 
25.
The Nights of Cabiria (1957)
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A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak. (110 mins.)
 
26.
Paisan (1946)
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Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice... (126 mins.)
 
27.
Respiro (2002)
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On an impoverished Italian island, a free-spirited woman is accused of madness by townspeople fed up with her antics. (95 mins.)
 
28.
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.)
 
29.
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.)
 
30.
Germany Year Zero (1948)
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A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post WWII Berlin. (78 mins.)
 
31.
The Best of Youth (2003)
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An Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s. (366 mins.)
 
32.
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. (113 mins.)
 
33.
The Last Kiss (2001)
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Carlo's life is thrown into a tailspin when his longtime girlfriend Giulia announces she's pregnant... (115 mins.)
 
34.
The Leopard (1963)
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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. (186 mins.)
 
35.
The White Sheik (1952)
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During a day in their honeymoon, a couple is separated by the city's lust and the desires it produces. (86 mins.)
 
36.
Umberto D. (1952)
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An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome. (89 mins.)
 
37.
Variety Lights (1951)
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A beautiful but ambitious young woman joins a traveling troupe of third-rate vaudevillians and inadvertently causes jealousy and emotional crises. (93 mins.)
 
38.
To Rome with Love (2012)
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The lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into. (112 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
39.
The Decameron (1971)
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An adaptation of nine stories from Boccaccio's "Decameron". (112 mins.)
 
40.
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... (98 mins.)
 
41.
Oedipus Rex (1967)
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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.)