The best Italian movies of the last 25 years

by f-luchetta-785-445724 | created - 10 Nov 2013 | updated - 10 Nov 2013 | Public

After Fellini, Rossellini, Pasolini, what's new in the Italian cinema? This is my personal list of the best Italian films of the past 25 years the list is not in any particular order

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1. Il Postino (1994)

PG | 108 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice.

Directors: Michael Radford, Massimo Troisi | Stars: Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Renato Scarpa

Votes: 31,049 | Gross: $21.85M

2. 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: 207,063 | Gross: $11.99M

3. Good Morning, Night (2003)

106 min | Drama

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Maya Sansa, Luigi Lo Cascio, Roberto Herlitzka, Paolo Briguglia

Votes: 3,145 | Gross: $0.01M

4. 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, Adriana Asti

Votes: 19,276 | Gross: $0.25M

5. 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: 566,793 | Gross: $57.60M

6. The Son's Room (2001)

R | 99 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident.

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante, Jasmine Trinca, Giuseppe Sanfelice

Votes: 16,621 | Gross: $1.01M

7. Il Divo (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama

81 Metascore

The story of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti, who has served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times since the restoration of democracy in 1946.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Giulio Bosetti, Flavio Bucci

Votes: 14,711 | Gross: $0.24M

8. The Unknown Woman (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

56 Metascore

Haunted by a horrible past, a Ukrainian young woman calculatedly insinuates herself into the life of a rich Italian family.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Kseniya Rappoport, Michele Placido, Claudia Gerini, Piera Degli Esposti

Votes: 12,848 | Gross: $0.02M

9. 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: 73,750 | Gross: $2.85M

10. 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.

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

Votes: 44,078 | Gross: $1.58M

11. Sicily! (1999)

Not Rated | 66 min | Drama

A man returns to visit his native Sicily after living in New York for a long time. He learns about the Sicilian way of life from stylized conversations with an orange picker, his fellow ... See full summary »

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | Stars: Gianni Buscarino, Vittorio Vigneri, Angela Nugara, Carmelo Maddio

Votes: 600

12. Dear Diary (1993)

Unrated | 100 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Nanni Moretti directs himself playing himself in this wry look at life. Presented in three chapters, Moretti uses the experiences of traveling on his motor-scooter, cruising with his friend... See full summary »

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Nanni Moretti, Renato Carpentieri, Giovanna Bozzolo, Sebastiano Nardone

Votes: 6,560 | Gross: $0.47M

13. Mediterraneo (1991)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, War

In WW2, an Italian Army unit of misfits occupies an isolated non-strategic Greek island for the duration of the war.

Director: Gabriele Salvatores | Stars: Diego Abatantuono, Claudio Bigagli, Giuseppe Cederna, Claudio Bisio

Votes: 12,723 | Gross: $4.53M

14. The Stolen Children (1992)

114 min | Drama

Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Enrico Lo Verso, Valentina Scalici, Giuseppe Ieracitano, Florence Darel

Votes: 2,298 | Gross: $0.93M

15. My Mother's Smile (2002)

105 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A celebrated painter receives a visit from a cardinal's assistant, who informs him that his mother could become a saint.

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Jacqueline Lustig, Chiara Conti, Gigio Alberti

Votes: 1,626 | Gross: $0.04M

16. Certified Copy (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged British writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano. While there, a chance question reveals something deeper.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carrière, Agathe Natanson

Votes: 18,765 | Gross: $1.34M

17. The Keys to the House (2004)

PG | 105 min | Drama

74 Metascore

Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Kim Rossi Stuart, Andrea Rossi, Charlotte Rampling, Alla Faerovich

Votes: 2,191

18. Loose Cannons (2010)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s. On a trip home from Rome, where he studies ... See full summary »

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek | Stars: Riccardo Scamarcio, Nicole Grimaudo, Alessandro Preziosi, Ennio Fantastichini

Votes: 10,637

19. Vincere (2009)

Unrated | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino.

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Michela Cescon

Votes: 5,018 | Gross: $0.62M

20. Generazione mille euro (2009)

101 min | Comedy

In Milan, Matteo is an underemployed physicist, giving the occasional lecture at a university while working at a PR firm where he knows he'll be fired. Without his really trying, two women ... See full summary »

Director: Massimo Venier | Stars: Alessandro Tiberi, Valentina Lodovini, Carolina Crescentini, Francesco Mandelli

Votes: 865

21. The Consequences of Love (2004)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

An introverted man's life changes completely when he finds himself attracted to a young bar-maid.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Toni Servillo, Olivia Magnani, Adriano Giannini, Antonio Ballerio

Votes: 13,708

22. The Legend of 1900 (1998)

R | 170 min | Drama, Music, Romance

58 Metascore

A baby boy, discovered in 1900 on an ocean liner, grows into a musical prodigy, never setting foot on land.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Mélanie Thierry, Bill Nunn

Votes: 53,577 | Gross: $0.26M

23. Lamerica (1994)

116 min | Drama

Two Italian racketeers come to Albania just after the fall of the communists to set up a fictive firm and pocket the grants. They need a stooge. They choose an old one in a jail : Spiro. ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Enrico Lo Verso, Michele Placido, Piro Milkani, Carmelo Di Mazzarelli

Votes: 1,954 | Gross: $0.44M

24. I'm Not Scared (2003)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

A young boy accidentally discovers a deep hole in the ground, where another boy is kept prisoner.

Director: Gabriele Salvatores | Stars: Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Dino Abbrescia, Giorgio Careccia, Riccardo Zinna

Votes: 13,716 | Gross: $1.62M

25. Red Wood Pigeon (1989)

89 min | Comedy, Sport

Because of an accident, Michele (a leader of P.C.I. and a water-polo player) loses his memory. During one water-polo match, strange guys torment him; they want him to remember his past. As ... See full summary »

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Nanni Moretti, Silvio Orlando, Mariella Valentini, Alfonso Santagata

Votes: 2,085



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