Most Popular "Italian History" Titles
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1. 1900 (1976)
R | 317 min | Drama
Set in Italy, the film follows the lives and interactions of two boys/men, one born a bastard of peasant stock (Depardieu), the other born to a land owner (de Niro). The drama spans from ... See full summary »
2. Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
R | 131 min | Drama, Music, Romance
When a fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during WWII, his fiancee falls in love with the local Italian commander.
3. The Leopard (1963)
PG | 187 min | Drama, History
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.
Writers: Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Enrico Medioli, Massimo Franciosa, Luchino Visconti | Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Paolo Stoppa
5. The Best of Youth (2003)
R | 383 min | Drama, Romance
An Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s.
6. Il Divo (2008)
Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama
The story of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti, who has served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times since the restoration of democracy in 1946.
8. Lion of the Desert (1981)
PG | 173 min | Biography, Drama, History
In the Fascist Italy Pre-World War II of Benito Mussolini, the cruel General Rodolfo Graziani is directly assigned by Il Duce to fight in the colonial war in Libya to vanquish the Arab ... See full summary »
9. Romanzo Criminale (2005)
152 min | Crime, Drama
Set in the 1970s, it's the story of three lifelong friends who take control of organized crime in Rome.
10. Time to Kill (1989)
R | 110 min | Drama, War
1936, Italian army is invading Ethiopia. Lieutenant Silvestri suffering toothache decides to reach the nearest camp hospital. But the lorry has an accident and stop near a rock, so ... See full summary »
11. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
R | 94 min | Drama, History, War
In the late 1930s, in Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading families, wealthy, aristocratic, urbane; they are also Jewish. Their adult children, Micol and Alberto, gather... See full summary »
12. Senso (1954)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, History, Romance
A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant.
Writers: Luchino Visconti, Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Camillo Boito, Carlo Alianello, Giorgio Bassani, Giorgio Prosperi, Tennessee Williams, Paul Bowles | Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Farley Granger, Alida Valli, Heinz Moog, Rina Morelli
13. Mediterraneo (1991)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, War
Greek Sea, World War II. An Italian ship leaves a handful of soldiers in a little island; their mission is to spot enemy ships and to hold the island in case of attack. The village of the ... See full summary »
14. Roma (1972)
R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama
A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital.
15. Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)
PG | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History
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, including his friendship with St. Clare.
16. The Spider's Stratagem (1970)
100 min | Drama, Mystery
Athos Magnani, a young researcher, returns to Tara, where his father was killed before his birth, at the request of Draifa. The father, also named Athos Magnani and looking exactly like the... See full summary »
17. The Sea Purple (2009)
105 min | Drama, History, Romance
Nothing - not her father, not the church - can stop unruly Angela from being with her childhood best friend turned great love, Sara. Based on a true story, Viola di mare, presents a ... See full summary »
Writers: Giacomo Pilati, Donatella Maiorca, Pina Mandolfo, Mario Cristiani, Donatella Diamanti | Director: Donatella Maiorca | Stars: Valeria Solarino, Isabella Ragonese, Ennio Fantastichini, Giselda Volodi
19. Paisan (1946)
Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, War
Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice. Communication is fragile. A woman leads an Allied patrol through a mine field; she dies ... See full summary »
Writers: Sergio Amidei, Klaus Mann, Federico Fellini, Marcello Pagliero, Alfred Hayes, Roberto Rossellini, Rod E. Geiger | Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Carmela Sazio, Gar Moore, William Tubbs, Robert Van Loon
20. Christ Stopped at Eboli (1979)
150 min | Drama
In the fascist Italy of 1935, a painter trained as a doctor is exiled to a remote region near Eboli. Over time, he learns to appreciate the beauty and wisdom of the peasants, and to ... See full summary »
21. Good Morning, Night (2003)
106 min | Drama
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.
22. The Man Who Will Come (2009)
115 min | Drama, War
Winter 1943. Martina is small child, who stopped talking since the death of her infant brother some years before. She lives in a rural area of central Italy. Her mother is pregnant again ... See full summary »
23. The Mattei Affair (1972)
R | 116 min | Biography, Drama
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, A.G.I.P., and ultimately as the head of ... See full summary »
24. Massacre in Rome (1973)
PG | 110 min | Drama, History, War
In the Nazi occupied city of Rome, an assault on an SS brigade draws retaliation from the military governship. "Massacre in Rome" is the true story of how this partisan attack led to the ... See full summary »
25. The Four Days of Naples (1962)
124 min | Drama, History, War
The film shows the history of the Neapolitan popular revolt against the invading Germans, during the second world war. During the four days in Naples the revolt turns over in just few hours... See full summary »
26. Prelude to War (1942)
52 min | Documentary, History, War
The official World War II US Government film statement defining the various enemies of the Allies and why they must be fought.
27. El Alamein - The Line of Fire (2002)
117 min | Drama, War
War seen through the eyes of Serra, a university student from Palermo who volunteers in 1942 to fight in Africa. He is assigned to the Pavia Division on the southern line in Egypt. Rommel ... See full summary »
28. San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)
90 min | Drama, History
Sentenced to life imprisonment for illegal activities, Italian International member Giulio Manieri holds on to his political ideals while struggling against madness in the loneliness of his... See full summary »
29. Girlfriend in a Coma (2012)
103 min | Documentary
Renowned British journalist examines Italy's moral, political and economic crisis, looking for clues to its possible salvation--and that of the West as a whole.
30. Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man (2002 TV Movie)
104 min | Biography, Drama, History
It is the real story of Giorgio Perlasca (Luca Zingaretti). During the 1920s he was an Italian Fascist supporter, fighting in Africa an in the Spanish civil war where he deserved a safe ... See full summary »
31. The Great War (1959)
Not Rated | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, War
The Italian Army fought against the Austrians during World War I.
32. The Organizer (1963)
Not Rated | 126 min | Drama
A former high school teacher turned unionist tries to organize workers laboring with inhuman conditions at a late 19th Century textile factory.
34. Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy (2012)
129 min | Drama
A chronicle of the 1969 bombing at a major national bank in Milan and its aftermath.
Writers: Paolo Cucchiarelli, Marco Tullio Giordana, Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli | Director: Marco Tullio Giordana | Stars: Valerio Mastandrea, Pierfrancesco Favino, Michela Cescon, Giorgio Colangeli
35. In nome del popolo sovrano (1990)
110 min | Drama, History
1849 - Ciceruacchio declares the Independent Republic of Rome, but the French and the Austrians try to bring back the Pope to Rome.
36. Wild Blood (2008)
148 min | Biography, Drama
Valenti and Ferida - executed by partisans. Idolised by the public, a famous and infamous couple on and off screen... See full synopsis »
37. Giovanna's Father (2008)
104 min | Drama, War
Bologna, Italy, Pre-war scenario. Michele Casali's only teenage daughter, Giovanna Casali, poses a problem to him. Driven by jealousy, she has just killed her best friend. After a painful ... See full summary »
38. A Bell for Adano (1945)
Approved | 103 min | Drama, War
In WW2, U.S. Army Major Joppolo and his troops are tasked with administering the war damaged Italian town of Adano where the locals decry the loss of the town bell.
39. We Believed (2010)
170 min | History
The stories of three young men who, in the wake of the ferocious repression by the Bourbon reign in 1828, decide to join Giuseppe Mazzini's Young Italy movement.
40. The Silent Enemy (1958)
112 min | Action, Biography, History
In the Mediterranean in 1941 the Italians start using underwater chariots to mine the undersides of allied ships. Explosives expert Lionel Crabbe arrives in Gibraltar to organise defenses, ... See full summary »
41. La rabbia di Pasolini (2008)
83 min | Documentary
42. Cento giorni a Palermo (1984)
102 min | Crime, Drama, History
In the late 1970s and early 80s, assassinations in Sicily get the attention of Communist deputy, Pio La Torre, who appeals to General Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa to become prefect in Palermo... See full summary »
43. The Roses of the Desert (2006)
102 min | Comedy, War
A sanitary battalion of Italian Army is sent to Sorman oasis in Lybia during the Africa campaign in 1940. Soon an Italian missionary, living nearby, succeed to transform the occupation by ... See full summary »
Writers: Alessandro Bencivenni, Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Mario Monicelli, Domenico Saverni, Mario Tobino | Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Michele Placido, Giorgio Pasotti, Alessandro Haber, Fulvio Falzarano
44. The Fascist (1961)
100 min | Comedy
The quest of a fascist soldier whose mission is to catch a political enemy during the end of the WWII.
45. The Conspirators (1969)
124 min | Comedy, Drama, History
Rome, 1825. Bishop Rivarola (Tognazzi) and colonel Nardoni (Salerno) are in charge to suppress liberal revolution. Shoemaker Cornacchia (Manfredi) got the information that the liberal ... See full summary »
46. Lucrezia Borgia (1935)
93 min | Drama, History
At the end of the 15th Century, Rome is ruled ruthlessly by power mad and sex hungry Cesare Borgia, the eldest son of Pope Alexander VI. Following the advice of his chief adviser Niccolo ... See full summary »
48. Una vita scellerata (1990)
118 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of Benvenuto Cellinin (1500 - 1571), a soldier and one of the most important craftsmen and artists of Renaissance Italy whose life was marked by many achievements and adventures, but also crimes.
49. Johnny the Partisan (2000)
135 min | Drama
After the 8th September 1943 north of Italy is occupied by Germans. Italian army collapsed and the soldiers are escaped to the mountains trying to set up a resistance. Many civilians did ... See full summary »