Holocaust in Italy/Italian Holocaust Films

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2. Memoria (1997)

84 min | Documentary

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Director: Ruggero Gabbai

Votes: 5

5. Under the Roman Sky (2010 TV Movie)

200 min | Biography

Papacy of Pius XII focusing on years during World War Two.

Director: Christian Duguay | Stars: Alessandra Mastronardi, Marco Foschi, Miguel Herz-Kestranek, Ettore Bassi

Votes: 253

6. The Swing Girls (2010 TV Movie)

210 min | Drama

Three Dutch girls become famous as close harmony singers in Mussolini's Italy. When the war breaks out, suddenly questions are asked about their background and the deeper meaning of the lyrics in their songs.

Director: Maurizio Zaccaro | Stars: Andrea Osvárt, Lotte Verbeek, Elise Schaap, Giuseppe Battiston

Votes: 83

7. Il peccato e la vergogna (2010– )


In the Rome of the '30s lives Nito Valdi, a difficult boy just out of the reformatory, who works for a boss in the area with his friend Tony.

Stars: Stefano Santospago, Manuela Arcuri, Gabriel Garko, Giorgio Caputo

Votes: 131

8. Memories of Anne Frank (2009 TV Movie)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, History

Freely inspired by Alison Leslie Gold's "Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a Childhood Friend," the film tells of Anne Frank and her friend, Hanneli Goslar, their first meeting in ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Negrin | Stars: Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Emilio Solfrizzi, Márta Egri, Moni Ovadia

Votes: 214

9. Hotel Meina (2007)

115 min | Drama, History

How will the Germans react to the armistice of the 8th of September 1943, due to which Italy betrays them and sides with the allied forces? This is the distressing questions that a group of... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Lizzani | Stars: Majlinda Agaj, Eugenio Allegri, Marta Bifano, Veronica Bruni

Votes: 106

10. Wild Blood (2008)

148 min | Biography, Drama

The story of rising, fancy life and falling of Osvaldo Valenti and Luisa Ferida, two of the stars of the Italian cinema during the Fascism period of Italy.

Director: Marco Tullio Giordana | Stars: Monica Bellucci, Alessio Boni, Luca Zingaretti, Maurizio Donadoni

Votes: 832

11. Salvo D'Acquisto (2003 TV Movie)

160 min | Drama, War

After enlisting himself in the well-known Italian police corps, "Carabinieri", and after becoming friend with the young Guido, at the breakout of the war, Salvo D'acquisto leaves Naples and... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Sironi | Stars: Beppe Fiorello, Luigi Maria Burruano, Biancamaria D'Amato, Domenico Balsamo

Votes: 18

12. Facing Windows (2003)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

Overburdened and stuck in a greying marriage, Giovanna takes to caring for the Jewish Holocaust survivor her husband brings home. As she begins to reflect on her life, she turns to the man who lives across from her ...

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek | Stars: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Massimo Girotti, Raoul Bova, Filippo Nigro

Votes: 10,212 | Gross: $0.54M

13. Hidden Children (2004 TV Movie)

200 min | Drama, War

This is a true story about forty Jewish children on their way to Palestine, who were blocked by the German and Italian occupation of Yugoslavia in 1941. Before finding a haven at Villa Emma... See full summary »

Director: Leone Pompucci | Stars: Ken Duken, Jasmine Trinca, Ennio Fantastichini, Toni Bertorelli

Votes: 91

14. Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man (2002 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 104 min | Biography, Drama, History

56 Metascore

It is the real story of Giorgio Perlasca (Luca Zingaretti). During the 1920s he was an Italian Fascist supporter, fighting in Africa an in the Spanish civil war where he deserved a safe ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Negrin | Stars: Luca Zingaretti, Jérôme Anger, Amanda Sandrelli, Franco Castellano

Votes: 480

15. De Gasperi, l'uomo della speranza (2005 TV Movie)

200 min | Biography, Drama

The biography of one of most influential Italian politicians, through the dramatic years of fascism, WWII and country economic and social rebuilding. First victim of political persecution, ... See full summary »

Director: Liliana Cavani | Stars: Fabrizio Gifuni, Sonia Bergamasco, Stefano Scandaletti, Ana Caterina Morariu

Votes: 30

16. Karol: A Man Who Became Pope (2005 TV Movie)

186 min | Biography, Drama

The life of the pope John-Paul II, from his youth as a writer, actor, and athlete in war-torn occupied Poland to his election as Pope at the age of 58.

Director: Giacomo Battiato | Stars: Piotr Adamczyk, Malgorzata Bela, Ken Duken, Hristo Shopov

Votes: 2,180

17. Pope John Paul II (2005– )

201 min | Biography, Drama

Following the premature death of his mother, Karol Wojtyla is brought up by his father in the Polish city of Krakow during the first half of the 20th century. An outstanding student with a ... See full summary »

Stars: Christopher Lee, Ben Gazzara, Daniele Pecci, Vittoria Belvedere

Votes: 1,087

18. Il cielo cade (2000)

102 min | Drama, Music, Romance

1943, an estate north of Firenze. The weight of the world is on the shoulders of Penny, who's about 10. An orphan, she must watch over her little sister when they go to live with her aunt ... See full summary »

Directors: Andrea Frazzi, Antonio Frazzi | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Jeroen Krabbé, Barbara Enrichi, Gianna Giachetti

Votes: 413

19. Canone inverso - Making Love (2000)

107 min | Drama

Costanza is drinking a beer in a Prague pub, a summer night in 1968, while a violinist enters and starts playing a "canone inverso" for her. It is not a case, that music and that violin ... See full summary »

Director: Ricky Tognazzi | Stars: Hans Matheson, Mélanie Thierry, Lee Williams, Gabriel Byrne

Votes: 1,077

20. Unfair Competition (2001)

110 min | Drama, War

Two textile traders, with the shop close to one another, fight for the supremacy of their own business during the racial laws in Italy.

Director: Ettore Scola | Stars: Diego Abatantuono, Sergio Castellitto, Gérard Depardieu, Antonella Attili

Votes: 1,330

23. Look to the Sky (1993)

100 min | Drama

In 1942, in Amsterdam, the three year-old boy Jonah, his father and his mother are deported by the Germans to a concentration camp. Along the years, Jonah (Jenner Del Vecchio) grows up ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Faenza | Stars: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Juliet Aubrey, Jenner Del Vecchio, Luke Petterson

Votes: 361

24. The Truce (1997)

R | 125 min | Drama, War

Based on Primo Levi's autobiographical "The Reawakening".

Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: John Turturro, Rade Serbedzija, Massimo Ghini, Stefano Dionisi

Votes: 1,504 | Gross: $0.07M

25. 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: 567,407 | Gross: $57.60M

26. The Gold Rimmed Glasses (1987)

110 min | Drama

A Jewish family and a homosexual doctor suffer persecution in Fascist Italy. Based on a novel by Giorgio Bassani.

Director: Giuliano Montaldo | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Rupert Everett, Valeria Golino, Stefania Sandrelli

Votes: 484

27. The Righteous Enemy (1987)

84 min | Documentary

Rochlitz's documentary about the non-Jewish Italian resistance to Hitler's "Final Solution" explores how Italian officials prevented the deportation of some 40,000 Jews in Italian-occupied France, Greece, and Yugoslavia.

Director: Joseph Rochlitz

29. Seven Beauties (1975)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso.

Director: Lina Wertmüller | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler, Elena Fiore

Votes: 4,477 | Gross: $0.01M

30. Salon Kitty (1976)

X | 129 min | Drama, War

Kitty runs a brothel in Nazi Germany where the soldiers come to "relax". Recording devices have been installed in each room by a power hungry army official, who plans to use the information to blackmail Hitler and gain power himself.

Director: Tinto Brass | Stars: Helmut Berger, Ingrid Thulin, Teresa Ann Savoy, John Steiner

Votes: 3,418

31. Women's Camp 119 (1977)

97 min | Horror, Thriller

A prisoner is forced to serve as a doctor's assistant, giving her a front row seat for the horrible goings-on. There's the experiment to revive Nazi soldiers who have frozen to death by ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Mattei | Stars: Ivano Staccioli, Ria De Simone, Nello Riviè, Gabriele Carrara

Votes: 353

33. The Damned (1969)

R | 156 min | Drama, War

The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem, Helmut Berger

Votes: 6,832

34. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)

R | 94 min | Drama, History, War

The story of the Finzi-Continis, a noble family of Ferrara, during the Jewish persecution in Italy's 1930s.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Dominique Sanda, Lino Capolicchio, Helmut Berger, Fabio Testi

Votes: 5,551 | Gross: $0.60M

35. Massacre in Rome (1973)

PG | 110 min | Drama, History, War

Rome, March 23, 1944: 33 German soldiers are killed by a bomb. Lt. Col. Herbert Kappler is ordered to execute ten times that Italians.

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Richard Burton, Marcello Mastroianni, Leo McKern, John Steiner

Votes: 1,017

36. The Night Porter (1974)

R | 118 min | Drama

After a chance meeting at a hotel in 1957, Holocaust survivor Lucia and Nazi officer Max, who tortured her, resume their sadomasochistic relationship.

Director: Liliana Cavani | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Leroy, Gabriele Ferzetti

Votes: 10,328

37. It Happened in '43 (1960)

105 min | Drama, Romance, War

In the midst of World War II, the story of the affair of a young woman, married to a man bound to a wheelchair, with a desertor from the Italian army, intertwines with that of the grab of ... See full summary »

Director: Florestano Vancini | Stars: Belinda Lee, Gabriele Ferzetti, Enrico Maria Salerno, Andrea Checchi

Votes: 260

38. Il Generale Della Rovere (1959)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama, War

Bardone, a petty con man, is arrested by the Gestapo and coerced into impersonating a partisan leader in order to expose another resistance organizer.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Hannes Messemer, Sandra Milo, Giovanna Ralli

Votes: 2,527

39. L'oro di Roma (1961)

96 min | Drama

Rome 1943. The German Commandant of the city causes a turmoil in the Jewish community by offering them what seems to be an expensive way out of imprisonment and death.

Director: Carlo Lizzani | Stars: Gérard Blain, Anna Maria Ferrero, Jean Sorel, Filippo Scelzo

Votes: 117

40. Dieci italiani per un tedesco (Via Rasella) (1962)

95 min | Drama, War

A cinematographic account of the reprisal ordered by the ruthless Austrian colonel Kappler in 1944 in Rome. In Via Rasella (Rasella Street) ten Italian civilians were sentenced to death for... See full summary »

Director: Filippo Walter Ratti | Stars: Gino Cervi, Andrea Checchi, Carlo D'Angelo, Sergio Fantoni

Votes: 39

41. Everybody Go Home! (1960)

122 min | Comedy, Drama, War

When Italy surrenders to the Allies, part of the Italian army is dispersed and soldiers begin to return to their homes.

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Serge Reggiani, Carla Gravina, Martin Balsam

Votes: 845

42. The Condemned of 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.

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

Votes: 409

43. Kapò (1960)

116 min | Drama, War

A young Jewish girl leads an escape attempt from a concentration camp.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Susan Strasberg, Laurent Terzieff, Emmanuelle Riva, Didi Perego

Votes: 1,713

44. The Earth Cries Out (1949)

90 min | Drama, War

After having been interned in a concentration camp by the Nazis, Professor Taumen, a Jewish surgeon, and his future daughter-in-law leave Italy for Palestine. Once there they are guided by ... See full summary »

Director: Duilio Coletti | Stars: Marina Berti, Andrea Checchi, Vivi Gioi, Carlo Ninchi

Votes: 42

45. Monastero di Santa Chiara (1949)

90 min | Drama

Famous Italian writer Moravia is told a story set during WW2: Rudolf a nazi officer falls in love with Ester a jewish singer and tries to save her from deportation hiding her in the ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Sequi | Stars: Edda Albertini, Massimo Serato, Nyta Dover, Lamberto Picasso

46. L'ebreo errante (1948)

97 min | Drama, Fantasy

Matthew, a rich nationalist Jew and a contemporary of Jesus, regards the latter as an obstacle in this struggle to free their people from the Roman yoke by means of revolt. He incites the ... See full summary »

Director: Goffredo Alessandrini | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Valentina Cortese, Inga Gort, Noëlle Norman

Votes: 18

47. 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, Gar Moore, William Tubbs, Robert Van Loon

Votes: 6,499

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