Must See 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.
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.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
Johnny Stecchino (1991)
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A kindhearted but bumbling idiot who likes to steal bananas, is passed off for a snitch hiding from the mob. (102 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
 
5.
Marriage Italian Style (1964)
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The rich man Domenico and Filumena, a penniless prostitute, share great part of their lives in the immediate post WWII Italy. (102 mins.)
 
6.
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)
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Stories about three very different women and the men they attract. (118 mins.)
 
7.
The Monster (1994)
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A vicious serial sex killer is on the loose, and landscape gardener and shop-window outfitter Loris is the prime suspect... (112 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
 
8.
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)
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This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope... (122 mins.)
 
9.
The Treasure of San Gennaro (1966)
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An American gangster in Italy enlists a local gang to help him steal the treasure of Naples' patron saint. (104 mins.)
Director: Dino Risi
 
10.
Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
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Visions, memories, and mysticism all help a 40-something woman to find the strength to leave her cheating husband. (137 mins.)
 
11.
In the Name of the Italian People (1971)
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An obscure Italian magistrate suspects that a well-known industrialist commited murder, and decides to investigate him... (103 mins.)
Director: Dino Risi
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
Two Women (1960)
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In the Italy of WWII, a widow and her lonely daughter seek for distance between them and the horrors of war. (100 mins.)
 
14.
Boccaccio '70 (1962)
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Four directors tell tales of Eros fit for a 1970s Decameron. Working-class lovers, Renzo and Luciana... (205 mins.)
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
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
 
17.
Bread and Chocolate (1974)
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Italian immigrant Nino steadfastly tries to become a member of Swiss Society no matter how awful his situation becomes. (100 mins.)
Director: Franco Brusati
 
18.
Signore e signori, buonanotte (1976)
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An episodic satire of the political and social status of Italy in the seventies, through the shows of one day of a television channel... (105 mins.)
 
19.
The 10th Victim (1965)
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Some people like violence so much, that they decide to create a club in which human hunts are organized - members being alternately hunters, and prey, until they end up dead. (92 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
 
20.
Everybody's Fine (1990)
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Matteo Scuro is a retired Sicilian bureaucrat (responsible mainly for the writing of birth certificates) and a father of five children... (118 mins.)
 
21.
My Name Is Tanino (2002)
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During a sunny Sicilian summer Tanino has a sweet and tender story with Sally, a young American tourist... (100 mins.)
Director: Paolo Virzì
 
22.
Allegro non troppo (1976)
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An enthusiastic filmmaker thinks he's come up with a totally original idea: animation set to classical music... (85 mins.)
Director: Bruno Bozzetto
 
23.
Welcome to the North (2012)
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Now in the Far North (i.e. Milan!), Alberto has accepted to manage a program for efficiency improvement in the Italian Post... (110 mins.)
Director: Luca Miniero