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1. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama
A man and his son search for a stolen bicycle vital for his job.
Writers: Cesare Zavattini, Luigi Bartolini, Oreste Biancoli, Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Vittorio De Sica, Adolfo Franci, Gherardo Gherardi, Gerardo Guerrieri | Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Gino Saltamerenda
2. La Strada (1954)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama
A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.
4. Rome, Open City (1945)
Approved | 103 min | Drama, War
The location: Nazi occupied Rome. As Rome is classified an open city, most Romans can wander the streets without fear of the city being bombed or them being killed in the process. But life ... See full summary »
5. The Nights of Cabiria (1957)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak.
7. Paisan (1946)
Not Rated | 120 min | Drama
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
9. Accattone (1961)
120 min | Drama
A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiraling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.
10. I Vitelloni (1953)
Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama
A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy.
12. Los Olvidados (1950)
Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama
A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others...
13. Ossessione (1943)
TV-14 | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Gino, a drifter, begins an affair with inn-owner Giovanna as they plan to get rid of her older husband.
14. Times and Winds (2006)
111 min | Drama
A small, poor village leaning over high rocky mountains, facing the immense sea, flanked by olive yards. Villagers are simple and diligent people who struggle to cope with a harsh nature. ... See full summary »
15. Bitter Rice (1949)
108 min | Drama
Francesca and Walter are two-bit criminals in Northern Italy, and, in an effort to avoid the police, Francesca joins a group of women rice workers. She meets the voluptuous peasant rice ... See full summary »
Writers: Corrado Alvaro, Giuseppe De Santis, Carlo Lizzani, Carlo Musso, Ivo Perilli, Gianni Puccini | Director: Giuseppe De Santis | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Doris Dowling, Silvana Mangano, Raf Vallone
16. Mamma Roma (1962)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
Mamma Roma is a middle-aged whore of Roma. Now she can quit her job to become a fruit seller. And she can take back her 16-year-old son, Ettore. For him, she dreams of a good position. But ... See full summary »
18. The Grim Reaper (1962)
Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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. They are questioned and have to explain why they ... See full summary »
19. Germany Year Zero (1948)
Not Rated | 78 min | Drama
Edmund, a young boy who lives in war-devastated Germany after the Second World War has to do all kinds of work and tricks to help his family in getting food and barely survive. One day he ... See full summary »
20. Kinatay (2009)
105 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
A young man tries to make some money so he can marry his girlfriend. He takes a job for $2,000 and then soon realizes that this job involves killing a woman.
21. Il Bidone (1955)
92 min | Comedy, Drama
A trio of con-men lead by a lonesome swindler must deal with their job and family pressures.
22. Love in the City (1953)
105 min | Drama, Romance
Six separate episodes: would-be suicides discuss their despair. A provincial dance hall. An investigative reporter posing as a husband-to-be. A young unwed mother. Girl-watching techniques of Italian men. A glimpse into prostitution.
Writers: Michelangelo Antonioni, Aldo Buzzi, Luigi Chiarini, Federico Fellini, Marco Ferreri, Alberto Lattuada, Luigi Malerba, Tullio Pinelli, Dino Risi, Vittorio Veltroni, Cesare Zavattini | Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada, Carlo Lizzani, Francesco Maselli, Dino Risi, Cesare Zavattini | Stars: Rita Josa, Rosanna Carta, Enrico Pelliccia, Donatella Marrosu
23. La Terra Trema (1948)
160 min | Drama
In rural Sicily, the fishermen live at the mercy of the greedy wholesalers. One family risks everything to buy their own boat and operate independently.
24. Nosotros, los pobres (1948)
128 min | Drama
Two kids take a book from a trash can. They begin to read the story of a poor neighborhood in Mexico City. Carpenter Pepe "El Toro" (Infante) lives with his daughter Chachita (Munoz) and ... See full summary »
25. Stromboli (1950)
Not Rated | 81 min | Drama
Karen, a young woman from the Baltic countries, marries fisherman Antonio to escape from a prisoners camp. But the life in Antonio's village, Stromboli, threatened by the volcano, is a tough one and Karen cannot get used to it.
Writers: Roberto Rossellini, Sergio Amidei, Gian Paolo Callegari, Art Cohn, Renzo Cesana, Félix Morlión | Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Mario Vitale, Renzo Cesana, Mario Sponzo
26. The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966)
Unrated | 91 min | Comedy, History
An old man and his son are walking along the road when they suddenly meet a speaking crow, which represents Marxist beliefs. They are soon moved back 750 years in time, changed into monks ... See full summary »
27. The Children Are Watching Us (1944)
Not Rated | 84 min | Drama
A four-year old boy, Pricò, becomes the subject of emotional folly by his fluctuant parents and inattentive relatives.
Writers: Cesare Giulio Viola, Margherita Maglione, Cesare Zavattini, Adolfo Franci, Gherardo Gherardi, Vittorio De Sica | Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Emilio Cigoli, Luciano De Ambrosis, Isa Pola, Adriano Rimoldi
28. Laws of Gravity (1992)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama
Jimmy and Jon are a couple of Brooklyn guys who somehow never found their way into workaday society; they never found their way into big-time crime, either. But that all changes when their ... See full summary »
29. Shoeshine (1946)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama
Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship.
30. The Wounded Man (1983)
109 min | Drama, Crime
A young man discovers his homosexuality and begins a relationship with a manipulative huster/petty criminal that he meets at a train station.
31. Miracle in Milan (1951)
100 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
An old woman finds a baby among the cauliflowers in her garden. She takes care of the orphan, and calls him Totò. When she dies, he is sent to an orphanage, which he leaves as a teenager. ... See full summary »
32. Midnight Dancers (1994)
100 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Three young and good-looking brothers live with and support their parents in Manila; they dance at the male Club Exotica and work as "call boys." Joel has a wife and child; he and Dennis ... See full summary »
33. Insiang (1976)
95 min | Drama
The first Filipino film to show at the Cannes Film Festival is set in the slums of Manila. A beautiful girl gets raped by her mother's lover, and then learns how to exact revenge.
34. Crónica de un niño solo (1965)
79 min | Drama
CHRONICLE OF A BOY ALONE, is an indictment of a fascist regime running roughshod over its most vulnerable citizens, its children. Focusing on the bleak life of eleven-year-old bad boy Polin... See full summary »
35. Pearblossom Hwy (2012)
78 min | Drama
"What else am I? What else can I say. I'm a trouble maker. I've always wanted to be a rebel," says Cory, one of the three protagonists of Pearblossom Hwy, directly into the camera. The ... See full summary »
36. Magdana's Donkey (1956)
50 min | Drama
Small Georgian village (ca. 1890) Magdana a widow lives in a shack with her 3 children and ekes out a living selling yogurt. When the children find a donkey lying by the road and nurse it to health, it seems the family's troubles are over.
38. Man of Iron (1956)
105 min | Drama
The railroad engineer Andrea Marcocci has been working with his partner and friend Gigi Liverani for thirty years and feels happy and proud with his work, drinking wine after hours with his... See full summary »
41. The Quiet One (1948)
65 min | Drama
A documentary account of the rehabilitation at the Wiltwyck School of an emotionally disturbed Black boy who is unwanted, misunderstood, and inwardly tortured.
43. Rome 11:00 (1952)
107 min | Drama
Based on an actual incident, this is the story of five girls (told in a slow beginning) who are among the 200 women who answer a want ad for a modest secretarial position one rainy morning ... See full summary »
Writers: Corrado Alvaro, Giuseppe De Santis, Basilio Franchina, Gianni Puccini, Rodolfo Sonego, Cesare Zavattini | Director: Giuseppe De Santis | Stars: Eva Vanicek, Carla Del Poggio, Massimo Girotti, Lucia Bosé
44. In the Name of the Law (1949)
101 min | Drama
A mule cart crosses the countryside. Two bandits push the driver off and, when he resists, kill him. The bandits steal the mules... The town of Capodarso, Sicily. The Baron doesn't want ... See full summary »
Writers: Giuseppe Mangione, Giuseppe Guido Lo Schiavo, Mario Monicelli, Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Pietro Germi | Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Massimo Girotti, Charles Vanel, Jone Salinas, Camillo Mastrocinque
45. The Path of Hope (1950)
105 min | Drama
Women wait anxiously at a minehead in Capodarso, Sicily. Their men are underground. The mine is closing and the miners refuse to come up unless the owner relents. After three days, they ... See full summary »
46. The Bandit (1946)
78 min | Crime, Drama
Ernesto ritorna dalla prigionia in Germania, alla fine della Seconda Guerra mondiale. E' solo, la casa distrutta, la mamma morta, la sorella scomparsa. La ritrova in un bordello, durante la... See full summary »
Writers: Alberto Lattuada, Oreste Biancoli, Mino Caudana, Ettore Maria Margadonna, Tullio Pinelli, Piero Tellini | Director: Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Anna Magnani, Amedeo Nazzari, Carla Del Poggio, Carlo Campanini
48. Sotto il sole di Roma (1948)
95 min | Comedy
The film starts with the narrator stating that "this is a true story." Ciro, a young man living in Rome during WWII... See full synopsis »
50. Tijuana Makes Me Happy (2007)
PG-13 | 79 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A boy will do anything to become a man and win the heart of a young prostitute... Even fight his rooster.
Writers: Dylan Verrechia, James Lefkowitz, Pablo Tendilla Rocha, Aidee Gonzalez, Rafael Saavedra | Director: Dylan Verrechia | Stars: Pablo Tendilla Ortiz, Pablo Tendilla Rocha, Aidee Gonzalez, Darina Rabago Soto