Best of Italy

by erikfish2882 | created - 06 Jul 2012 | updated - 01 Jan 2016 | Public

Italian films I have seen and loved.

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1. Rome, Open City (1945)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Thriller, War

During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, the Resistance leader, Giorgio Manfredi, is chased by the Nazis as he seeks refuge and a way to escape.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero, Vito Annichiarico

Votes: 19,101

2. Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Elena Altieri

Votes: 116,937 | Gross: $0.33M

3. Umberto D. (1952)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

92 Metascore

An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova

Votes: 19,004 | Gross: $0.07M

4. The White Sheik (1952)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Drama

During a day in their honeymoon, a couple is separated by the city's lust and the desires it produces.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Giulietta Masina, Brunella Bovo, Leopoldo Trieste

Votes: 4,120

5. I Vitelloni (1953)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Franco Interlenghi, Leopoldo Trieste

Votes: 12,081 | Gross: $0.10M

6. 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.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

Votes: 50,982

7. 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.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi, Dorian Gray

Votes: 36,022 | Gross: $0.75M

8. L'Avventura (1960)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama, Mystery

A woman disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip. During the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari, Dominique Blanchar

Votes: 21,356

9. La Dolce Vita (1960)

Not Rated | 174 min | Comedy, Drama

93 Metascore

A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux

Votes: 55,764 | Gross: $19.52M

10. La Notte (1961)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

A day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their steadily deteriorating relationship.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Vitti, Bernhard Wicki

Votes: 13,986 | Gross: $0.04M

11. (1963)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama

A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale, Sandra Milo

Votes: 94,461 | Gross: $0.05M

12. The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)

Not Rated | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

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.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini, Marcello Morante

Votes: 8,994

13. Fistful of Dollars (1964)

R | 99 min | Western

65 Metascore

A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy

Votes: 168,157 | Gross: $14.50M

14. Juliet of the Spirits (1965)

Not Rated | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

81 Metascore

Visions, memories, and mysticism all help a 40-something woman to find the strength to leave her cheating husband.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 9,687 | Gross: $0.08M

15. For a Few Dollars More (1965)

R | 132 min | Western

74 Metascore

Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volontè, Mario Brega

Votes: 190,686 | Gross: $15.00M

16. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

R | 178 min | Western

90 Metascore

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.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Votes: 582,595 | Gross: $6.10M

17. Fellini - Satyricon (1969)

R | 129 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Martin Potter, Hiram Keller, Max Born, Salvo Randone

Votes: 12,922

18. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)

R | 94 min | Drama, History, War

Mussolini's Italy, late 1930s: the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading wealthy families Jewish. Their adult children gather friends for tennis and parties at their lovely grounds, with the... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Dominique Sanda, Lino Capolicchio, Helmut Berger, Fabio Testi

Votes: 5,146 | Gross: $0.60M

19. Last Tango in Paris (1972)

NC-17 | 129 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Maria Michi, Giovanna Galletti

Votes: 42,147 | Gross: $36.14M

20. Amarcord (1973)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Magali Noël, Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia

Votes: 33,664

21. Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto (1974)

R | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: Lina Wertmüller | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Riccardo Salvino, Isa Danieli

Votes: 4,423

22. Seven Beauties (1975)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso.

Director: Lina Wertmüller | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler, Elena Fiore

Votes: 4,039 | Gross: $0.01M

23. Allegro non troppo (1976)

PG | 75 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

An enthusiastic filmmaker thinks he's come up with a totally original idea: animation set to classical music! When he is informed that some American named "Prisney" (or something) has ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Bozzetto | Stars: Maurizio Nichetti, Maurizio Micheli, Marialuisa Giovannini, Néstor Garay

Votes: 2,301

24. Padre Padrone (1977)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama

The true story of the life of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd, and how he managed to escape his harsh, almost barbaric existence by slowly educating himself, despite violent ... See full summary »

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Omero Antonutti, Saverio Marconi, Marcella Michelangeli, Fabrizio Forte

Votes: 3,041

25. The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)

R | 107 min | Drama, Romance, War

The Night of San Lorenzo, the night of the shooting stars, is the night when dreams come true in Italian folklore. In 1944, a group of Italians flee their town after hearing rumours that ... See full summary »

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Omero Antonutti, Margarita Lozano, Claudio Bigagli, Miriam Guidelli

Votes: 3,162

26. Ciao, Professore! (1992)

R | 100 min | Comedy

Marco Sperelli is a teacher, he is divorced and he is sent to work in Corzano, a town near Naples. The first day of work he finds in the school only the school-caretaker and few girls and ... See full summary »

Director: Lina Wertmüller | Stars: Paolo Villaggio, Isa Danieli, Gigio Morra, Sergio Solli

Votes: 1,627 | Gross: $1.11M

27. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

59 Metascore

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 510,389 | Gross: $57.60M

28. The Best of Youth (2003)

R | 366 min | Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

An Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s.

Director: Marco Tullio Giordana | Stars: Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessio Boni, Jasmine Trinca, Sonia Bergamasco

Votes: 18,266 | Gross: $0.25M

29. Nuovomondo (2006)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, History, Romance

74 Metascore

The story is set at the beginning of the 20th century in Sicily. Salvatore, a very poor farmer, and a widower, decides to emigrate to the US with all his family, including his old mother. ... See full summary »

Director: Emanuele Crialese | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincenzo Amato, Vincent Schiavelli, Aurora Quattrocchi

Votes: 4,443 | Gross: $1.06M

30. We Have a Pope (2011)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

A story centered on the relationship between the newly elected Pope and his therapist.

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Nanni Moretti, Jerzy Stuhr, Renato Scarpa

Votes: 11,824 | Gross: $0.48M