My Favorite Italian Contemporary Movies

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1.
Gomorrah (2008)
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An inside look at Italy's modern crime families. (137 mins.)
Director: Matteo Garrone
 
2.
L'uomo in più (2001)
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The debut feature by acclaimed Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (La Grande Bellezza) is a stylish and blackly comic look at the dark side of fame... (100 mins.)
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
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
 
5.
La messa è finita (1985)
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Don Giulio, giovane prete romano, ritorna a casa dopo essere stato parroco in un'isola del Mar Tirreno ed è destinato ad una chiesa di periferia... (94 mins.)
Director: Nanni Moretti
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
Red Wood Pigeon (1989)
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Because of an accident, Michele (a leader of P.C.I. and a water-polo player) loses his memory. During one water-polo match... (89 mins.)
Director: Nanni Moretti
 
8.
Ecce bombo (1978)
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An ironic peak into the life of a group of Italian university students in the 1970s. (103 mins.)
Director: Nanni Moretti
 
9.
Bianca (1984)
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Michele is a mathematics professor who just started a new job in a school with some peculiar teaching methods... (96 mins.)
Director: Nanni Moretti
 
10.
The Embalmer (2002)
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Peppino is an aging taxidermist constantly ridiculed for being short and somewhat creepy. He meets Valerio... (101 mins.)
Director: Matteo Garrone
 
11.
The Consequences of Love (2004)
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An introverted man's life changes completely when he finds himself attracted to a young bar-maid. (100 mins.)
 
12.
The Girl by the Lake (2007)
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The body of a young woman is found in a small and quiet town in North Italy. A detective from the nearby main city is called to solve the mystery. (95 mins.)
Director: Andrea Molaioli
 
13.
Anche libero va bene (2006)
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A young father and his two children struggle to find harmony after his wife leaves them for another man. (108 mins.)
 
14.
La nostra vita (2010)
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Claudio, a construction worker, works on a site in the suburbs of Rome. He is madly in love with his wife who is pregnant with their third child... (98 mins.)
 
15.
Golden Door (2006)
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The story is set at the beginning of the 20th century in Sicily. Salvatore, a very poor farmer, and a widower... (118 mins.)
 
16.
Bread and Tulips (2000)
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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
 
17.
The Unknown Woman (2006)
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Haunted by a horrible past, a Ukrainian young woman calculatedly insinuates herself into the life of a rich Italian family. (118 mins.)
 
18.
I Am Love (2009)
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Emma left Russia to live with her husband in Italy. Now a member of a powerful industrial family, she is the respected mother of three, but feels unfulfilled. One day, Antonio, a talented chef and her son's friend, makes her senses kindle. (120 mins.)
Director: Luca Guadagnino
 
19.
Giulia Doesn't Date at Night (2009)
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A young writer strikes up a relationship with his daughter's swimming instructor. (105 mins.)
 
20.
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.)
 
21.
Light of My Eyes (2001)
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Antonio is a lonely man who works as a driver of luxury cars. Outside of his work, he spends his time reading science fiction novels... (113 mins.)
 
22.
Mery per sempre (1989)
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A teacher discovers his calling. Marco relocates to Palermo from Milan and takes a job teaching in a... (102 mins.)
Director: Marco Risi
 
23.
The Stolen Children (1992)
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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
 
24.
La scuola (1995)
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Ultimo giorno di scuola in un Istituto superiore romano ed ultime interrogazioni prima degli scrutini finali... (104 mins.)
 
25.
Stealing Beauty (1996)
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After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted... (118 mins.)
 
26.
Nirvana (1997)
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Jimi, a successful computer game designer, finds that his latest product has been infected by a virus... (113 mins.)
 
27.
La guerra degli Antò (1999)
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(98 mins.)
Director: Riccardo Milani
 
28.
The Son's Room (2001)
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A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident. (99 mins.)
Director: Nanni Moretti
 
29.
The Ignorant Fairies (2001)
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AIDS doctor Antonia's husband is killed by a car. She gets depressed until she learns he had been cheating on her with a man... (106 mins.)
Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
 
30.
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.)
 
31.
Quo Vadis, Baby? (2005)
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A private detective investigates her sister's suicide 16 years earlier. (102 mins.)
 
33.
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.)
 
34.
Teeth (2000)
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(96 mins.)
 
35.
The Wedding Director (2006)
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A film director falls in love with the daughter of a prince. (97 mins.)
 
36.
After Midnight (2004)
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The magical Mole Antonelliana (the cavernous Museum of Cinema in Turin, Italy) is the setting for a very unlikely love story... (92 mins.)
Director: Davide Ferrario
 
37.
My Brother-In-Law (2003)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Alessandro Piva
 
38.
B.B. and the Cormorant (2003)
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The Cormorant is a former summer camp at the mouth of the river nearby Pisa. This is where young Mario lives... (89 mins.)
 
39.
Don't Be Bad (2015)
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A story set in the 90s and in the outskirts of Rome to Ostia, the same places of the films of Pasolini... (100 mins.)
 
40.
L'odore della notte (1998)
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A former policeman turns full-time criminal and goes on a downward spiral of crime in the 1990s Rome. (101 mins.)
 
41.
They Call Me Jeeg (2015)
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Enzo, a lonely and misanthropic small time crook, uses the superpowers gained after falling in the Tiber river to chase down a crazy gangster called "The gypsy". (112 mins.)