Top Italian Movies


The Top Italian Movies List is calculated by overall movie ratings and members' "Top Italian List". Lists are calculated daily.

1. Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The ( buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il )

Year of Release: 1966
Overall Rating: 3.4 out of 4 stars
Language: Italian
Genre: Western
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Sergio Leone
Actors: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach, Luigi Pistilli
Plot: A mysterious man, a petty theif, and a criminal all set off to find a pot of gold. Who is the good guy, the bad guy, and the ugly one?

2. Life is Beautiful ( vita è bella, La )

Year of Release: 1998
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: Italian
Genre: Comedy/Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Roberto Benigni
Actors: Nicoletta Braschi, Roberto Benigni, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano
Plot: A man uses his humor to try and break the ice with his son in a Nazi death camp.

3. Nuovo cinema Paradiso

Year of Release: 1990
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: Italian
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Actors: Marco Leonardi, Antonella Attili, Enzo Cannavale, Isa Danieli
Plot: A movie buff falls remembers his past when he spent time with his towns projectionist.

4. Bicycle Thieves ( Ladri di biciclette )

Year of Release: 1949
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: Italian
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Actors: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Gino Saltamerenda
Plot: An unemployed man of 2 years is finally given a job which requires a bicycle. He pawns his way to receive a bicycle only to have it stolen on his first day of work.

5. For a Few Dollars More ( Per qualche dollaro in più )

Year of Release: 1965
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: Italian
Genre: Western/Action
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Sergio Leone
Actors: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volontè, Mara Krupp
Plot: A man with no name teams up with another bounty hunter to catch an outlaw, in which they both have different stories as to why they want to catch him.

6. Fistful of Dollars, A ( Per un pugno di dollari )

Year of Release: 1964
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: Italian
Genre: Western/Action
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Sergio Leone
Actors: Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, Antonio Prieto, Benito Stefanelli
Plot: A man with no name finds himself in a town with two rival gangs. He plots to put them up against themselves for reasons other than games. When he himself is put in the middle he must chose which one he is for and which one he is against...or does?

7. 8 1/2

Year of Release: 1963
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: Italian
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Federico Fellini
Actors: Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée, Marcello Mastroianni, Rossella Falk
Plot: A movie director, who become delusional, engulfs him self back to the old times - in his old movies and films - while living completely out of reality.

8. Battle of Algiers,The ( Battaglia di Algeri, La )

Year of Release: 1966
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: Italian
Genre: War/Historical
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
Actors: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Samia Kerbash, Fusia El Kader
Plot: An accurate account of the bloodiest revolutions known to man.

9. Great Beauty, The ( grande bellezza, La )

Year of Release: 2013
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: Italian
Genre: Comedy/Drama
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Actors: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso
Plot: Jep Gambardella has been a lethal Lothario in Rome for decades. But after his 65th birthday he gets a shock from the past - one that will have him re-examining his lifestyle and maybe find true beauty.

10. dolce vita, La

Year of Release: 1961
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: Italian
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Federico Fellini
Actors: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Alain Cuny
Plot: A serious journalist finds himself seduced by the decadent lifestyle of the hedonistic jet-setters of Rome, and attempts to make sense of it all.

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