Favorite Italian movies

by guisreis | created - 12 Sep 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

I have not watches most of the films from many of the most important Italian masters. Therefore, I still expect to change this list a lot.

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1. 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: 185,076 | Gross: $11.99M

2. La corta notte delle bambole di vetro (1971)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery

An American journalist in Prague searches for his girlfriend who has suddenly disappeared.

Director: Aldo Lado | Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Jean Sorel, Mario Adorf, Barbara Bach

Votes: 2,002

'Short night of glass dolls' is a wonderful crime thriller, very sophisticated in its cinematography, edition, camera moves. There are fantastic ironic dialogs, quite political, and the film clearly inspires Kubrick's 'Eyes Wide Shut' and Phantom Zone criminals' judgement scene from 'Superman II', among others. Spectator does feel the same feelings felt by the characters many times.

3. La siciliana ribelle (2008)

Not Rated | 115 min | Crime, Drama

48 Metascore

The true story of 17-year-old Sicilian Rita Atria (Veronica D'Agostino) -- who broke the Sicilian Mafia's code of silence and testified against the "family business" after both her father ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Amenta | Stars: Veronica D'Agostino, Gérard Jugnot, Marcello Mazzarella, Mario Pupella

Votes: 1,696 | Gross: $0.07M

4. 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: 508,373 | Gross: $57.60M

5. La faute à Fidel! (2006)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama, History

74 Metascore

A 9-year-old girl weathers big changes in her household as her parents become radical political activists in 1970-71 Paris.

Director: Julie Gavras | Stars: Nina Kervel-Bey, Julie Depardieu, Stefano Accorsi, Benjamin Feuillet

Votes: 4,613 | Gross: $0.17M

A French-Italian movie.

6. 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: 580,683 | Gross: $6.10M

7. 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: 29,055 | Gross: $21.85M

8. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

PG-13 | 164 min | Western

80 Metascore

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 254,236 | Gross: $5.32M

9. Duck, You Sucker (1971)

PG | 138 min | War, Western

77 Metascore

An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Rod Steiger, James Coburn, Romolo Valli, Maria Monti

Votes: 24,627

10. 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: 116,395 | Gross: $0.33M

11. Companeros (1970)

R | 118 min | Action, Comedy, Western

A Swedish arms dealer and a Mexican peon team up to rescue the intellectual leader of the Revolutionary cause, while taking part in numerous misadventures along the way.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Franco Nero, Tomas Milian, Jack Palance, Fernando Rey

Votes: 3,147

12. Parenti serpenti (1992)

105 min | Comedy

Like every year, everyone is going back to the ancestral family's home for the Christmas holidays. But this time, the old folks have a surprise, a good surprise for them. They have decided ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Tommaso Bianco, Renato Cecchetto, Marina Confalone, Alessandro Haber

Votes: 1,157 | Gross: $0.04M

13. L'armata Brancaleone (1966)

120 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

A group of misfits, headed by an incompetent knight named Brancaleone, set out to reach the small town of Aurocastro so that their leader can take possession of the fief.

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Catherine Spaak, Folco Lulli, Gian Maria Volontè

Votes: 3,604

14. La mafia uccide solo d'estate (2013)

90 min | Comedy, Crime

62 Metascore

Inspired by real events, this is a black comedy about 20 years of history of Sicily from 1970s to 1990s, mocking Mafia Bosses and restoring the generosity of the heroes of Antimafia. It's ... See full summary »

Director: Pif | Stars: Cristiana Capotondi, Pif, Alex Bisconti, Ginevra Antona

Votes: 6,179 | Gross: $0.04M

15. La stanza del figlio (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: 15,959 | Gross: $1.01M

16. L'ultimo bacio (2001)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

Carlo's life is thrown into a tailspin when his longtime girlfriend Giulia announces she's pregnant. As Carlo faces up to his anxieties about adulthood, his buddies Paolo, Adriano and ... See full summary »

Director: Gabriele Muccino | Stars: Stefano Accorsi, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Stefania Sandrelli, Claudio Santamaria

Votes: 7,263 | Gross: $1.05M

17. Keoma (1976)

R | 105 min | Drama, Western

A half-breed ex-Union gunfighter attempts to protect his plague-ridden hometown from being overridden by his racist half-brothers and a Confederate tyrant.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Franco Nero, William Berger, Olga Karlatos, Orso Maria Guerrini

Votes: 4,175

18. The Mercenary (1968)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Western

A greedy Polish mercenary aids a mine worker and peasant girl as they lead a revolution against the oppressive Mexican Government, and are pursued by an American rival.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Franco Nero, Tony Musante, Eduardo Fajardo, Franco Giacobini

Votes: 3,156

19. 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: 167,690 | Gross: $14.50M

20. Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

Not Rated | 177 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

84 Metascore

Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot, Claudia Cardinale

Votes: 13,204

21. Castello Cavalcanti (2013)

Not Rated | 8 min | Short, Comedy

Italy, September 1955. A Formula One driver crashes his car during a race, leaving him stuck in a small village but good surprises will come his way.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Giada Colagrande, Giorgio Zancolla, Paolo Coluccio

Votes: 4,904

https://youtu.be/b87B7zyucgI

22. 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: 67,414 | Gross: $2.85M

23. Death Rides a Horse (1967)

R | 114 min | Western

A young gunfighter plans to track down and eliminate the bandits who killed his family, and forms a tenuous alliance with an aging ex-outlaw to achieve this end.

Director: Giulio Petroni | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Mario Brega, Luigi Pistilli

Votes: 5,605

24. My Name Is Nobody (1973)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Western

A young, easygoing gunman (Hill) worships and competes with an old gunfighter (Fonda) who only wants to retire.

Director: Tonino Valerii | Stars: Terence Hill, Henry Fonda, Jean Martin, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 19,847

https://vimeo.com/68610827

26. They Call Me Trinity (1970)

G | 113 min | Comedy, Western

A lazy, unorthodox gunfighter and his portly, horse-thieving brother defend a Mormon settlement from a land-grabbing Major and his henchmen.

Director: Enzo Barboni | Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Steffen Zacharias, Dan Sturkie

Votes: 16,024

27. 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: 189,959 | Gross: $15.00M

28. Ulysses (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy, History

A movie adaptation of Homer's second epic, that talks about Ulysses' efforts to return to his home after the end of ten years of war.

Director: Mario Camerini | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Silvana Mangano, Anthony Quinn, Rossana Podestà

Votes: 2,792

29. Planet of the Vampires (1965)

Unrated | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

After landing on a mysterious planet, a team of astronauts begin to turn on each other, swayed by the uncertain influence of the planet and its strange inhabitants.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Ángel Aranda, Evi Marandi

Votes: 4,283

30. Il Bidone (1955)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

A trio of con-men lead by a lonesome swindler must deal with their job and family pressures.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Richard Basehart, Giulietta Masina, Franco Fabrizi

Votes: 3,872

31. Blood for a Silver Dollar (1965)

Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Romance, Western

After the Civil War, ex-Confederate officer returns home where he gets embroiled in local feuds involving an unscrupulous strongman and his hired henchmen.

Director: Giorgio Ferroni | Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Ida Galli, Pierre Cressoy, Giuseppe Addobbati

Votes: 774

32. Day of Anger (1967)

M/PG | 111 min | Action, Western

A scruffy garbage boy becomes the pupil of a famed gunfighter, and the stage for confrontation is set when the gunman becomes unhinged and overruns the boy's town through violence and corruption.

Director: Tonino Valerii | Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Lee Van Cleef, Walter Rilla, Christa Linder

Votes: 3,112

33. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War

95 Metascore

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Tommaso Neri

Votes: 45,209 | Gross: $0.06M

34. Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! (1967)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Horror, Western

Various factions, including a half-breed bandit, a gang of homosexual cowboys and a priest, feud over stolen gold in a surreal town.

Director: Giulio Questi | Stars: Tomas Milian, Marilù Tolo, Piero Lulli, Milo Quesada

Votes: 1,866