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1.
The Decameron (1971)
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An adaptation of nine stories from Boccaccio's "Decameron". (112 mins.)
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
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. (117 mins.)
 
5.
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
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In the late 1930s, in Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading families, wealthy, aristocratic... (94 mins.)
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
Miracle in Milan (1951)
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An old woman finds a baby among the cauliflowers in her garden. She takes care of the orphan, and calls him Totò... (100 mins.)
 
9.
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)
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Stories about three very different women and the men they attract. (118 mins.)
 
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.
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.)
 
12.
Fellini's Satyricon (1969)
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A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome. (128 mins.)
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
Il ferroviere (1956)
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The railroad engineer Andrea Marcocci has been working with his partner and friend Gigi Liverani for... (115 mins.)
Director: Pietro Germi
 
15.
The Path of Hope (1950)
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The story of a group of Sicilian miners and their families decide to illegally cross the border to France and their hardships. (105 mins.)
Director: Pietro Germi
 
16.
The Testimony (1946)
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A man, standing trial for robbery with murder, faces the death penalty. The testimony of an old civil servant will be crucial. (98 mins.)
Director: Pietro Germi
 
17.
The Birds, the Bees and the Italians (1966)
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A citizen of the Veneto in her sixties. Three stories of "love in the country": a pseudo Don Giovanni... (118 mins.)
Director: Pietro Germi
 
18.
La Notte (1961)
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A day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their steadily deteriorating relationship. (122 mins.)
 
19.
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.)
 
20.
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
 
21.
Un certo giorno (1968)
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A middle-aged, middle-class man named Bruno gets his boss's job . The film examines his sensitivity towards his old boss, whom he doesn't want to hurt, towards his employees, and towards his wife and mistress. (102 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
 
22.
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
 
23.
1900 (1976)
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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.)
 
24.
Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (1981)
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The son of the owner of a large Italian cheese factory is kidnapped, but as the factory is on the verge... (116 mins.)
 
25.
The Grim Reaper (1962)
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Near the Tiber river, in a Roman park, a prostitute was killed. The police tracks down people that were inside the park during that night... (88 mins.)
 
26.
Before the Revolution (1964)
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The study of a youth on the edge of adulthood and his aunt, ten years older. Fabrizio is passionate... (115 mins.)
 
27.
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.)
 
28.
Sandra (1965)
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Sandra returns to her childhood village to take care of family business, but her childhood memories and secrets soon overcome her. (105 mins.)
 
29.
Le Notti Bianche (1957)
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A humble clerk courts a woman who night after night awaits for the return of her lover. (102 mins.)
 
30.
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.)
 
31.
Swept Away (1974)
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A trip into the Mediterranean sea becomes a trip into the discovery of how society's frameworks of the rich and poor are delicate and temporary. (116 mins.)
 
32.
The Seduction of Mimi (1972)
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In Sicily, the mine worker Carmelo "Mimí" Mardocheo votes in the Communist Party candidate instead of... (121 mins.)
 
33.
Ciao, Professore! (1992)
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Marco Sperelli is a teacher, he is divorced and he is sent to work in Corzano, a town near Naples. The... (100 mins.)
 
34.
Death in Venice (1971)
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In this adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (loosely based... (130 mins.)
 
35.
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.)
 
36.
Fellini's Casanova (1976)
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Casanova is a libertine, collecting seductions and sexual feats. But he is really interested in someone... (155 mins.)
 
37.
Amarcord (1973)
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A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town. (123 mins.)
 
38.
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.)
 
39.
The Gold of Naples (1954)
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Tribute to Naples, where director De Sica spent his first years, this is a collection of 6 Napolitean... (138 mins.)
 
40.
The Children Are Watching Us (1944)
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A four-year old boy, Pricò, becomes the subject of emotional folly by his fluctuant parents and inattentive relatives. (84 mins.)
 
41.
Ludwig (1973)
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Historical evocation of Ludwig, king of Bavaria, from his crowning in 1864 until his death in 1886, as a romantic hero... (235 mins.)
 
42.
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.)
 
43.
Bellissima (1951)
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A woman from the low class desperately tries to get her daughter into the movies. (115 mins.)
 
44.
Ossessione (1943)
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Gino, a drifter, begins an affair with inn-owner Giovanna as they plan to get rid of her older husband. (140 mins.)
 
45.
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.)
 
46.
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... (130 mins.)
 
47.
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.)
 
48.
My Mother's Smile (2002)
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A celebrated painter receives a visit from a cardinal's assistant, who informs him that his mother could become a saint. (105 mins.)
 
49.
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.)
 
50.
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
 
51.
Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)
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A motley quintet of inept small-time thieves bungle the burglary of a local pawnshop in this Italian farce. (106 mins.)
Director: Mario Monicelli
 
52.
For Love and Gold (1966)
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A group of misfits, headed by an incompetent knight named Brancaleone, set out to reach the small town of Aurocastro so that their leader can take possession of the fief. (120 mins.)
Director: Mario Monicelli
 
53.
Il marchese del Grillo (1981)
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The marquess of Grillo is a good-natured, clever and women-loving man who is always inventing stories and cracking all types of jokes... (135 mins.)
Director: Mario Monicelli
 
54.
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.)
 
55.
Vincere (2009)
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The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino. (128 mins.)
 
56.
The Great Beauty (2013)
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Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (141 mins.)
 
57.
Il Divo (2008)
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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.)
 
58.
Il Bidone (1955)
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A trio of con-men lead by a lonesome swindler must deal with their job and family pressures. (113 mins.)
 
59.
The Great War (1959)
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The Italian Army fought against the Austrians during World War I. (137 mins.)
Director: Mario Monicelli
 
60.
The Organizer (1963)
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A former high school teacher turned unionist tries to organize workers laboring with inhuman conditions at a late 19th Century textile factory. (130 mins.)
Director: Mario Monicelli
 
61.
Mafioso (1962)
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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.)