Be Italian

by andrea-baratti-94 | created - 12 Jul 2014 | updated - 26 Jul 2014 | Public

My favourites Italian movies, from De Sica to Sorrentino

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1. 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: 115,295 | Gross: $0.33M

2. 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: 504,183 | Gross: $57.60M

3. 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: 11,939 | Gross: $0.10M

4. 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: 11,828 | Gross: $4.53M

5. 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: 7,007

6. 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: 33,280

7. Così è la vita (1998)

108 min | Comedy, Adventure

Bancomat è un piccolo truffatore, "specializzato" in carte di credito. Una mattina deve essere scortato dal carcere al tribunale da un giovane poliziotto, frustrato aspirante scrittore. Per... See full summary »

Directors: Aldo Baglio, Giacomo Poretti, Giovanni Storti, Massimo Venier | Stars: Fabrizio Ambrassa, Fabio Biaggi, Aldo Baglio, Saturno Brioschi

Votes: 3,386

9. Basilicata Coast to Coast (2010)

105 min | Comedy, Musical

A music group and a journalist cross the region of Basilicata by foot to attend a music festival.

Director: Rocco Papaleo | Stars: Alessandro Gassman, Paolo Briguglia, Max Gazzè, Rocco Papaleo

Votes: 1,738

10. Boris - Il film (2011)

108 min | Comedy

A director and his crew attempt to make the transition from the small to the big screen.

Directors: Giacomo Ciarrapico, Mattia Torre, Luca Vendruscolo | Stars: Luca Amorosino, Valerio Aprea, Antonino Bruschetta, Paolo Calabresi

Votes: 1,725

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: 93,449 | Gross: $0.05M

12. Amici miei (1975)

R | 140 min | Comedy, Drama

Necchi (a bar owner), Perozzi (a journalist), Melandri (an architect) and Mascetti (a broken nobleman) live in Florence. They have been friends since their youngest years and spend every ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Gastone Moschin, Philippe Noiret, Duilio Del Prete

Votes: 5,480

13. Amici miei - Atto II° (1982)

127 min | Comedy, Drama

The four old friends meet on the grave of the fifth of them, Perozzi, who died at the end of the first episode. Time has passed but they are still up for adventures and cruel jokes, and ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Gastone Moschin, Adolfo Celi, Renzo Montagnani

Votes: 2,277

14. 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: 18,865

15. A Special Day (1977)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

Two neighbors, a persecuted journalist and a resigned housewife, meet during Hitler's visit in Italy in May 1938.

Director: Ettore Scola | Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon, Françoise Berd

Votes: 8,979

16. N (Io e Napoleone) (2006)

110 min | Comedy, History, War

Elba island, 1814. Martino is a young teacher, idealist and strongly anti Napoleon, in love with the beautiful and noble Baroness Emily. The young man finds himself serving as librarian to ... See full summary »

Director: Paolo Virzì | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Elio Germano, Monica Bellucci, Sabrina Impacciatore

Votes: 1,075

17. Il caimano (2006)

112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A skewering of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Silvio Orlando, Margherita Buy, Jasmine Trinca, Michele Placido

Votes: 4,167

18. La grande guerra (1959)

Not Rated | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The Italian Army fought against the Austrians during World War I.

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Vittorio Gassman, Bernard Blier, Folco Lulli

Votes: 3,000

19. The Cyclone (1996)

93 min | Comedy, Romance

Levante lives in a small city near Florence (Tuscany, Italy) and his life is plain and a bit boring, until the day the twister arrives: a bus with six Spanish flamenco dancers that will twist Levante and his family life.

Director: Leonardo Pieraccioni | Stars: Leonardo Pieraccioni, Lorena Forteza, Barbara Enrichi, Massimo Ceccherini

Votes: 2,886

20. Fantozzi (1975)

108 min | Comedy

Based on Paolo Villaggio's books "Fantozzi" and "Il secondo, tragico Fantozzi", which are popular in Italy, this film tells the story of an unfortunate accountant's life over the course of ... See full summary »

Director: Luciano Salce | Stars: Paolo Villaggio, Anna Mazzamauro, Gigi Reder, Giuseppe Anatrelli

Votes: 4,567

21. Il secondo tragico Fantozzi (1976)

110 min | Comedy

The frustrating adventures of a humble employee who all the time has to fullfill the wishes and desires of his bosses.

Director: Luciano Salce | Stars: Paolo Villaggio, Anna Mazzamauro, Gigi Reder, Ugo Bologna

Votes: 3,080

22. An American in Rome (1954)

94 min | Comedy

Nando Moriconi is a young Italian living in the early '50s Roma. He is completely crazy for everything that comes from the States. He tries to speak American-English (the most funny ever), ... See full summary »

Director: Steno | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Maria Pia Casilio, Ilse Peterson, Anita Durante

Votes: 1,250

23. Non ci resta che piangere (1984)

113 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A teacher (Saverio) and a schoolkeeper (Mario) get lost in the Italian countryside. They find themselves in the late 15th century, they met Leonardo da Vinci and try to teach him how to ... See full summary »

Directors: Roberto Benigni, Massimo Troisi | Stars: Massimo Troisi, Roberto Benigni, Iris Peynado, Amanda Sandrelli

Votes: 4,466

24. Baarìa (2009)

Not Rated | 163 min | Comedy, Drama

Baaria is Sicilian slang for Bagheria where Tornatore was born and this is an autobiographic epic of three generations in the Sicilian village where he was born.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Francesco Scianna, Margareth Madè, Lina Sastri, Ángela Molina

Votes: 6,037 | Gross: $0.00M

25. Vogliamo i colonnelli (1973)

98 min | Comedy

Italy 1973. Giuseppe Tritoni (Ugo Tognazzi) is an ultra-right-wing congressman that doesn't agree anymore with his fascist party policy. He contacts many Italian Army officers and built a ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Claude Dauphin, Duilio Del Prete, Giuseppe Maffioli

Votes: 398

26. Il capitale umano (2013)

Unrated | 111 min | Drama

63 Metascore

The destinies of two families are irrevocably tied together after a cyclist is hit off the road by a jeep in the night before Christmas Eve.

Director: Paolo Virzì | Stars: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Matilde Gioli, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Guglielmo Pinelli

Votes: 9,615 | Gross: $0.16M

27. Tre uomini e una gamba (1997)

100 min | Comedy

Three friends cross Italy by car in order to deliver their boss his dog and a wooden leg.

Directors: Aldo Baglio, Giacomo Poretti, Giovanni Storti, Massimo Venier | Stars: Aldo Baglio, Giovanni Storti, Giacomo Poretti, Marina Massironi

Votes: 6,384

28. 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: 35,212 | Gross: $0.75M

29. 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: 183,573 | Gross: $11.99M

30. 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: 55,239 | Gross: $19.52M