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1. 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.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Emilio Cigoli, Luciano De Ambrosis, Isa Pola, Adriano Rimoldi

Votes: 2,101

2. 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: 20,406

3. The Bandit (1946)

83 min | Crime, Drama

A contingent of Italian prisoners of war arrive on a train from Germany after World War II to Turin. The city where Ernesto lives has been bombed, his mother is dead and his sister has gone missing.

Director: Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Anna Magnani, Amedeo Nazzari, Carla Del Poggio, Carlo Campanini

Votes: 201

4. 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: 126,675 | Gross: $0.33M

5. La Terra Trema (1948)

Not Rated | 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.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Luchino Visconti, Antonio Pietrangeli, Antonio Arcidiacono, Giuseppe Arcidiacono

Votes: 3,771

6. Bitter Rice (1949)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

Two criminals on the run end up working in a rice field and decide to recruit other workers for their next robbery.

Director: Giuseppe De Santis | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Doris Dowling, Silvana Mangano, Raf Vallone

Votes: 3,172

7. Cops and Robbers (1951)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

Esposito is a thief who cons tourists in Rome. A lengthy persecution by police Bottoni, who manages to catch it starts. In an oversight Esposito manages to flee again. Bottoni superiors inform him that if no catches him will lose his job.

Directors: Mario Monicelli, Steno | Stars: Aldo Fabrizi, Totò, Ave Ninchi, William Tubbs

Votes: 1,133

8. The Overcoat (1952)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Based on Nikolai Gogol's story with the location changed from Russia to Italy and the time changed to the present (1952), the story is about a poor city-hall clerk (Renato Rascel) whose ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Renato Rascel, Yvonne Sanson, Giulio Stival, Ettore Mattia

Votes: 473

9. 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: 12,919 | Gross: $0.10M

10. Bread, Love and Dreams (1953)

90 min | Comedy, Romance

When a veteran marshal is sent to a small town, he quickly falls for two women: a midwife and an earthy young woman nicknamed "Frisky".

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Gina Lollobrigida, Marisa Merlini, Virgilio Riento

Votes: 1,136

11. Frisky (1954)

97 min | Comedy, Romance

The relationships between a veteran marshal, his bride-to-be, a rookie and his fiancée are severely tested when the young carabiniere is temporarily sent to a distant town.

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Gina Lollobrigida, Marisa Merlini, Roberto Risso

Votes: 464

12. Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

A motley quintet of inept small-time thieves attempt the burglary of a local pawnshop in this Italian farce.

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori, Totò

Votes: 8,133

13. Fiasco in Milan (1959)

105 min | Comedy, Crime

The usual gang of robbers in engaged by a thief from Milan to steal a suitcase full of money, but troubles will menace the success of the operation.

Director: Nanni Loy | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Renato Salvatori, Claudia Cardinale, Vicky Ludovici

Votes: 744

14. Divorce Italian Style (1961)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocca, Stefania Sandrelli, Leopoldo Trieste

Votes: 10,170

15. Accattone (1961)

Not Rated | 117 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.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Franco Citti, Franca Pasut, Silvana Corsini, Paola Guidi

Votes: 6,631

16. Mafioso (1962)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

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.

Director: Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Norma Bengell, Gabriella Conti, Ugo Attanasio

Votes: 2,005 | Gross: $0.40M

17. Il Sorpasso (1962)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

An impulsive braggart takes a shy law student for a two-day ride through the Roman and Tuscany countries.

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Catherine Spaak, Claudio Gora

Votes: 7,721

18. Mamma Roma (1962)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Having renounced her ignominious past, a former streetwalker reunites with her son. However, an extortion scheme endangers her aspirations for a decent bourgeois life. Can she protect him from the same snares that wounded her youth?

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti, Silvana Corsini

Votes: 7,322

19. Seduced and Abandoned (1964)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

A desperate Sicilian man, whose 15 year old daughter was seduced and impregnated by his older daughter's fiancé, tries to find a way to save the family's honor.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Saro Urzì, Stefania Sandrelli, Aldo Puglisi, Lando Buzzanca

Votes: 2,556

20. Cinema Paradiso (1988)

R | 155 min | Drama

80 Metascore

A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli

Votes: 200,525 | Gross: $11.99M

21. Johnny Stecchino (1991)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

A kindhearted but bumbling idiot who likes to steal bananas, is passed off for a snitch hiding from the mob.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Paolo Bonacelli, Franco Volpi

Votes: 9,127 | Gross: $0.57M

22. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

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

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: 550,873 | Gross: $57.60M

23. 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.

Director: Michele Placido | Stars: Kim Rossi Stuart, Anna Mouglalis, Pierfrancesco Favino, Claudio Santamaria

Votes: 7,824

24. Gomorrah (2008)

Not Rated | 137 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Scampia Vele is the corbusian architecture which has become a stronghold for Mafia of Naples, Italy. The movie is based on the immortalized book of Roberto Saviano.

Director: Matteo Garrone | Stars: Gianfelice Imparato, Salvatore Abbruzzese, Toni Servillo, Simone Sacchettino

Votes: 43,508 | Gross: $1.58M

25. Angel of Evil (2010)

R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

48 Metascore

A biography of Milanese bank robber Renato Vallanzasca.

Director: Michele Placido | Stars: Kim Rossi Stuart, Filippo Timi, Valeria Solarino, Moritz Bleibtreu

Votes: 2,743

26. The Great Beauty (2013)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama

86 Metascore

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.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso

Votes: 72,126 | Gross: $2.85M

27. The Young Pope (2016)

TV-MA | 546 min | Drama

The beginning of the pontificate of Lenny Belardo, alias Pius XIII, the first American Pope in history.

Stars: Jude Law, Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando, Javier Cámara

Votes: 27,694

28. Il Grido (1957)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama

A man wanders aimlessly, away from his town, away from the woman he loved, emotionally and socially inactive.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Gabriella Pallotta, Steve Cochran, Alida Valli, Dorian Gray

Votes: 3,843

29. Black Souls (2014)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

The story of three brothers, the sons of a shepherd, close to the ndrangheta and of their divided soul.

Director: Francesco Munzi | Stars: Marco Leonardi, Peppino Mazzotta, Fabrizio Ferracane, Anita B

Votes: 2,409 | Gross: $0.10M

30. The Ciambra (2017)

Unrated | 118 min | Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

In A CIAMBRA, a small Romani community in Calabria, Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, he drinks, smokes and is one of the few to easily slide between the region's factions - ... See full summary »

Director: Jonas Carpignano | Stars: Pio Amato, Iolanda Amato, Koudous Seihon, Damiano Amato

Votes: 1,617 | Gross: $0.03M

31. Dogman (2018)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

A timid dog groomer living in a poor suburb sells cocaine on the side and stays out of trouble, while trying to deal with his unstable, violent acquaintance who is a menace to the whole neighborhood.

Director: Matteo Garrone | Stars: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano, Adamo Dionisi

Votes: 13,098 | Gross: $0.09M

32. Love in Rome (1960)

107 min | Drama, Romance

A young impoverished aristocrat and struggling writer falls for the charms of an aspiring starlet, whose amoral nature and hungry curiosity drives her from one adventure to another.

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Mylène Demongeot, Elsa Martinelli, Peter Baldwin, Claudio Gora

Votes: 190



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