Italian neo-realism (KG)

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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: 19,292

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.

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

Votes: 51,344

3. 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.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Mario Vitale, Renzo Cesana, Mario Sponzo

Votes: 4,745

4. Fists in the Pocket (1965)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

A young man takes drastic measures to rid his dysfunctional family of its various afflictions.

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Lou Castel, Paola Pitagora, Marino Masé, Liliana Gerace

Votes: 3,088

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.

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

Votes: 36,492 | Gross: $0.75M

6. Paisan (1946)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, War

The language barrier has tragic consequences in a series of unrelated stories set during the Italian Campaign of WWII.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Carmela Sazio, Joseph Garland Moore Jr., William Tubbs, Robert Van Loon

Votes: 5,934

7. 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: 3,534

8. My Voyage to Italy (1999)

PG-13 | 246 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

World-renowned director Martin Scorsese narrates this journey through his favorites in Italian cinema.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Star: Martin Scorsese

Votes: 2,634 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Appunti su un fatto di cronaca (1953)

5 min | Documentary, Short

A 12-year-old girl, Annarella Bracci, was raped and killed in the popular borough of Primavalle, Rome, one of the age-old cross-roads of Italy, at the time it was going through major construction and road development projects.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Star: Vasco Pratolini

Votes: 130

10. Il messia (1975)

140 min | Biography, History

The story of the life of Jesus Christ.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Pier Maria Rossi, Mita Ungaro, Carlos de Carvalho, Fausto Di Bella

Votes: 214

11. Dov'è la libertà...? (1954)

TV-PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

A barber, murderer because of jealousy, spends twenty years in jail. He cannot, however adjust himself to a changed world and to the hypocracy of his own relatives and decides to return ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Totò, Vera Molnar, Nyta Dover, Franca Faldini

Votes: 360

12. L'innocente (1976)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

Tullio Hermil is a chauvinist aristocrat who flaunts his mistress to his wife, but when he believes she has been unfaithful he becomes enamored of her again.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Jennifer O'Neill, Rina Morelli

Votes: 2,702

13. Francesco, giullare di Dio (1950)

Not Rated | 85 min | Biography, Drama, History

The film dramatizes about a dozen vignettes from the life of St. Francis and his early followers - starting with their return in the rain to Rivotorlo from Rome when the Pope blessed their ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Aldo Fabrizi, Gianfranco Bellini, Peparuolo, Severino Pisacane

Votes: 2,732

14. I sequestrati di Altona (1962)

114 min | Drama, History

A maddened German war criminal lives in a secluded house owned by his rich father who lets him think the war is still on 20 years after the fact. However, no deception can last forever.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Sophia Loren, Maximilian Schell, Fredric March, Robert Wagner

Votes: 366

15. Poor But Beautiful (1957)

101 min | Comedy

Salvatore e Romolo sono giovani e vogliono divertirsi. Amici per la pelle vanno in giro in cerca di ragazze senza mai entrare in competizione. Finchè incontrano Giovanna. I due si danno ... See full summary »

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Marisa Allasio, Maurizio Arena, Renato Salvatori, Memmo Carotenuto

Votes: 383

16. 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 »

Director: Giuseppe De Santis | Stars: Lucia Bosé, Carla Del Poggio, Maria Grazia Francia, Lea Padovani

Votes: 365

18. Luchino Visconti (1999)

60 min | Documentary

A chronological look at the creative life of Luchino Visconti (1906-1976). It examines his theatricality, role in the neorealist movement, use of melodrama, and relation to decadence. It ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Lizzani | Stars: Björn Andrésen, Laura Antonelli, Tina Apicella, Helmut Berger

Votes: 152

19. Escape by Night (1960)

TV-PG | 82 min | Drama, War

Three allied prisoners, a Russian, an American and an Englishman, attempt to escape with the help of a young couple from Rome.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Leo Genn, Giovanna Ralli, Sergey Bondarchuk, Peter Baldwin

Votes: 475

20. Europe '51 (1952)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

Irene Girard is an ambassador's wife and used to living in luxury. After the dramatic death of her son, she feels guilty of having neglected him and feels compelled to help people in need ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Alexander Knox, Ettore Giannini, Giulietta Masina

Votes: 2,498

21. I magliari (1959)

132 min | Drama, Romance

Mario is in Hannover to work as a miner but after loosing his job he decides to go back to Italy. When Totonno steals his passport to avoid the police and later on he offers him a new job ... See full summary »

Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Belinda Lee, Renato Salvatori, Nino Vingelli

Votes: 331

23. Siamo donne (1953)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

Five portraits of actresses in their "common" life, seen as women rather than movie stars.

Directors: Gianni Franciolini, Alfredo Guarini, Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti, Luigi Zampa | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Anna Magnani, Isa Miranda, Alida Valli

Votes: 300

24. 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.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Clara Calamai, Massimo Girotti, Dhia Cristiani, Elio Marcuzzo

Votes: 5,744

25. Il ferroviere (1956)

Not Rated | 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 »

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Pietro Germi, Luisa Della Noce, Sylva Koscina, Saro Urzì

Votes: 797

26. La città dolente (1949)

110 min | Drama

The city of Pola is being evacuated after the peace conference of 1947 decided to assign the sovereignty to Tito's Jugoslavia. However the main character decides to stay, thinking that ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Bonnard | Stars: Luigi Tosi, Barbara Costanova, Gianni Rizzo, Elio Steiner

Votes: 69

27. The Fighting Men (1950)

63 min | Drama

Saverio Luparello is the manager of Sicilian baron Occipinti's estate. The cunning greedy man intentionally lets the land turn into a wasteland, hoping that his employer, discouraged by its... See full summary »

Directors: Camillo Mastrocinque, Roberto Savarese | Stars: Rossano Brazzi, Charles Vanel, Claudine Dupuis, Milly Vitale

Votes: 19

28. Sotto il sole di Roma (1948)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

The film starts with the narrator stating that "this is a true story." Ciro, a young man living in Rome during WWII, would rather go swimming than find a job to help support his family. His... See full synopsis »

Director: Renato Castellani | Stars: Oscar Blando, Liliana Mancini, Francesco Golisano, Ennio Fabeni

Votes: 152

29. Side Street Story (1950)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy

A combination of a satire on war and a comedy with war as the background. It tells of the ordinary people living on a Naples sidestreet, from 1940 to 1950 under the dominance of the ... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo De Filippo | Stars: Eduardo De Filippo, Leda Gloria, Delia Scala, Gianni Musy

Votes: 240

32. Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952)

110 min | Comedy, Romance

The story concerns the romance between Carmela and Antonio. The ardor is one-sided at first, but Carmela is a determined young woman, willing to scale and conquer any obstacle in pursuing ... See full summary »

Director: Renato Castellani | Stars: Maria Fiore, Vincenzo Musolino, Filomena Russo, Luigi Astarita

Votes: 398

33. 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: 2,975

36. Wild Love (1956)

85 min | Comedy

The film is about some youths' love stories: Franco and his hairdresser girlfriend Adriana, Otello another hairdresser who is hopelessly in love with Adriana. The youths usually meet in a ... See full summary »

Director: Mauro Bolognini | Stars: Antonella Lualdi, Franco Interlenghi, Sergio Raimondi, Valeria Moriconi

Votes: 103

39. Un giorno nella vita (1946)

95 min | Drama, War

Some Italian partisans want to take refuge in a convent to escape German raids. The nuns are a little perplexed at first but then agree since one of the men is seriously wounded. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Alessandro Blasetti | Stars: Elisa Cegani, Massimo Girotti, Mariella Lotti, Amedeo Nazzari

Votes: 10

40. Wanda, la peccatrice (1952)

91 min | Drama

Wrongly accused of his wife's death, a marine officer is forced to resign and sees his life fall apart.

Director: Duilio Coletti | Stars: Yvonne Sanson, Frank Villard, Françoise Rosay, Giulietta Masina

Votes: 19

43. The Path of Hope (1950)

105 min | Adventure, Drama

The story of a group of Sicilian miners and their families decide to illegally cross the border to France and their hardships.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Raf Vallone, Elena Varzi, Saro Urzì, Franco Navarra

Votes: 360

45. Shoeshine (1946)

Not Rated | 90 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.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Rinaldo Smordoni, Franco Interlenghi, Annielo Mele, Bruno Ortenzi

Votes: 5,282

46. Fear (1954)

84 min | Drama

Irene Wagner, the wife of prominent scientist Albert Wagner, finds herself blackmailed about her affair by her lover's jealous ex-girlfriend. The plot, an experiment in causing fear, drives her into a rage.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Mathias Wieman, Renate Mannhardt, Kurt Kreuger

Votes: 938

47. Bellissima (1951)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

A woman from the low class desperately tries to get her daughter into the movies.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Anna Magnani, Walter Chiari, Tina Apicella, Gastone Renzelli

Votes: 3,254

48. 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: 19,183 | Gross: $0.07M

49. Miracle in Milan (1951)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

An open hearted and unrelentingly energetic orphan struggles to make the best out of his life on the streets of Milan.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Emma Gramatica, Francesco Golisano, Paolo Stoppa, Guglielmo Barnabò

Votes: 5,035

50. Variety Lights (1950)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A beautiful but ambitious young woman joins a traveling troupe of third-rate vaudevillians and inadvertently causes jealousy and emotional crises.

Directors: Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Peppino De Filippo, Carla Del Poggio, Giulietta Masina, John Kitzmiller

Votes: 2,270

51. Morte di un amico (1960)

95 min | Drama

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