Italian history movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant italian history movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, epic, captivating, disturbing and psychological films and TV shows about / with italian history, murder, state affairs, politics, society, female nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief), blood, rivalry and sex scene plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in Italy, France, Germany and other countries.
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italian history movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as italian history: Il Divo (2008), 1992 (2015), We Believed (2010), 1900 (1976), Johnny the Partisan (2000), Time to Kill (1989), Arrivano i bersaglieri (1980), The Conspirators (1969), Loro (2018), The Borgias (2011).

List of italian history movies

 7.3
 15K
Il Divo (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The narration spans the period since the seventh election of Andreotti as Prime Minister of Italy in 1992, until the trial in which he was accused of collusion with the Mafia.
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, controversial, enigmatic ...
Plot: political corruption, mafia, murder, prime minister, italian history, photographer, blackmail, state affairs, politics, crimes, head of state, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, 70s, 80s, 90s, 1990s ...
Place: italy, europe, rome italy, moscow russia, soviet union ...
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 7.4
 2K
1992 (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Story: Set in Rome, Milan and different Italian cities, the TV series offers a thrilling story following six people whose lives are intertwined with the rapidly changing political landscape in the early 1990s, during which Italy was gripped by the Clean ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, investigation, law enforcement, revolution, state affairs, corruption, politician, rebellion, italian history, crisis, crimes, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1992
Place: italy, rome italy, milan italy
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 6.5
 496
We Believed (2010)
Genre: History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 205 min.
Story: The stories of three young men who, in the wake of the ferocious repression by the Bourbon reign in 1828, decide to join Giuseppe Mazzini's Young Italy movement.
Style: serious, tense, factual, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: politics, political unrest, rebellion, revolution, society, rebelliousness, battles, italian history, historical event, occupation, execution, repression ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1840s
Place: italy, europe, southern italy, sicily, naples italy
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 7.7
 22K
1900 (1976)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 245 min.
Story: Set in Bertolucci's ancestral region of Emilia, the film chronicles the lives of two men during the political turmoils that took place in Italy in the first half on the 20th century.
Style: epic, thought provoking, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: fascism, friendship, politics, countryside, execution, idealism, socialism, fall in love, society, social differences, war, ambition ...
Time: 1900s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1910s ...
Place: italy, france, paris france, europe
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Johnny the Partisan (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After the 8th September 1943 north of Italy is occupied by Germans. Italian army collapsed and the soldiers are escaped to the mountains trying to set up a resistance. Many civilians did the same and Johnny, an English literature student, is among ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, exciting, bleak
Plot: resistance, partisan, resistance movement, fascism, war zone, murder, italian history, wartime life, truce, communist, german shepherd, civil war ...
Time: 1940s
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 5.1
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Time to Kill (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: 1936, Italian army is invading Ethiopia. Lieutenant Silvestri suffering toothache decides to reach the nearest camp hospital. But the lorry has an accident and stop near a rock, so Silvestri continues by walk. On his way he meets and rapes a ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, hospital, crimes, danger, military, soldier, investigation, italian history, italian army, strong sexual content, deadly, animal life ...
Time: pre world war two, year 1936
Place: ethiopia
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Arrivano i bersaglieri (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the year 1870 Rome, then governed by the Pope, was captured by the Italian General La Marmora's troops. After the armistice, the Italian soldier Alfonso killed a Pope's soldier, the son of Don Prospero. Then he sought refuge in the ...
Plot: italian soldier, vatican, soldier, italian army, italian history
Time: 1870s
Place: italy, rome italy
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The Conspirators (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Rome, 1825. Bishop Rivarola (Tognazzi) and colonel Nardoni (Salerno) are in charge to suppress liberal revolution. Shoemaker Cornacchia (Manfredi) got the information that the liberal Filippo Spada (Ekland) is a spy and is going to denounce his ...
Plot: italian history, shoemaker, liberal, hanging, atheist, vatican, jewish, atheism, bishop, revolution, fight, republican
Time: 1820s
Place: italy
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 6.7
 3K
Loro (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 151 min.
Story: Internationally released Director's Cut of "Loro 1" and "Loro 2", which were released separately as two movies in Italy. The film talks about the group of businessmen and politicians – the Loro (Them) from the title – ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, atmospheric, serious
Plot: escort, rise to the top, husband wife relationship, society, head of state, business, rivalry, storytelling, state affairs, sex, italian history, greed ...
Place: italy
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 7.9
 47K
The Borgias (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Hungary, Ireland, Canada
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance, The Borgias chronicles the corrupt rise of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia to the papacy, where he proceeds to commit every sin in the book to amass and retain power, influence and enormous wealth ...
Style: clever, serious, captivating, epic, realistic ...
Plot: siblings relations, historical character, intrigue, brother sister incest, clergy, sin, priest, lust, greed, manipulations, sex scene, strong sexual content ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: rome italy, italy, europe, florence
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 7.1
 6K
The Traitor (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, France, Germany, Brazil
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Palermo, Sicily, 1980. Mafia member Tommaso Buscetta decides to move to Brazil with his family fleeing the constant war between the different clans of the criminal organization. But when, after living several misfortunes, he is forced to return to ...
Style: realistic, suspense, intense, captivating, factual
Plot: mafia, cosa nostra, assassination, assassination attempt, judge, murder, trial, death threat, informant, organized crime, crimes, gangsters ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 2000s, 80s, 90s ...
Place: italy, sicily, brazil, rio de janeiro, palermo italy ...
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Excellent Cadavers (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Fact based story about the political battle that was waged against the Mafia in Sicily during the late 1980's and early 1990's. Chazz Palminteri plays Giovanni Falcone, a crusading prosecutor who tried to use money trails as a way to ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious
Plot: cosa nostra, battles, idealism, politics, murder, gang, gangsters, criminal heroes, state affairs, crime, crimes, legal investigation ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: sicily, europe, italy
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 6.5
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Black Journal (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Black Journal (originally titled Gran Bollito) is a 1977 Italian drama film directed by Mauro Bolognini. It is based on the real life events of Leonarda Cianciulli, the Italian serial killer best known as the "Soap-Maker of Correggio".
Style: macabre, pre war, based on true events, dark humor
Plot: head cut off, cat, crying woman, blood on face, helicopter, letter, corpse, female antagonist, taking a bath, mentally unstable, screaming woman, woman hits a man ...
Time: year 1938, 1930s
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Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Romania, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A reenactment of the final days of the 2001 G8 Summit.
Style: rough, serious, thought provoking, tense, realistic ...
Plot: police brutality, rebelliousness, globalization, political unrest, fighting the system, violence spree, violence, demonstration, bullying, police, humiliation, political protest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2001, 2000s
Place: europe, italy
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 6.6
 4K
Il Primo Re (2019)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, Belgium
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Two brothers, Romulus and Remus, will have to rely on each other to survive in a hostile world. The city of Rome, one of the greatest empires in history, will be born from their deeds and bloody battles.
Style: suspense, exciting, captivating, tense, psychological
Plot: mythology, roman, king, twin brother, fratricide, religion, flood, sacrifice, journey, historical event, friendship, society ...
Place: rome italy, italy
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 6.9
 5K
Vincere (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of the descent into madness of Mussolini's secret first wife, Ida Dasler, who was seduced by his passion and vigour but blind to the fascist dictator's many flaws. A historical drama with the passion, lyricism and tragedy of a ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sincere, stylized ...
Plot: dictatorship, politics, destructive relationship, ambition, obsession, family problems, political unrest, couples, custody, fall in love, life is a bitch, love affair ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 1920s, 40s, 20s ...
Place: italy, europe, milan italy
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For Love and Gold (1966)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, History
Country: Italy, France, Spain
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A group of rogues steal a scroll granting its bearer the property of the land of Aurocastro in Apulia (south of Italy). They elect a shaggy knight, Brancaleone from Norcia, as their leader, and decide to get possession of this supposedly wealthy ...
Style: realistic, humorous, exciting, not serious, offbeat ...
Plot: knight, obsessive quest, parody, on the road, adventurer, escapades, adventure, heroes, goofy hero, misfit, disorder, silly humor ...
Time: middle ages, 11th century
Place: italy
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The Profession of Arms (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, France, Germany, Bulgaria
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In autumn of 1526, the Emperor, Charles V, sends his German landsknechts led by Georg von Frundsberg to march towards Rome. The inferior papal armies, commanded by Giovanni de'Medici, try to chase them in the midst of a harsh winter. ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, epic
Plot: soldier, military life, leadership, military, battles, betrayal, life is a bitch, danger, war, winter, heroes, shot to death ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s
Place: italy
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Ferdinando and Carolina (1999)
Genre: Comedy, History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: On his death bed in the 1820s, King Ferdinando I of Naples tries to escape the ghosts of his bloody kingship by remembering his younger days, when he was allowed to go hunting and have fun, and inventing love games. Then he was obliged to marry Mary ...
Style: realistic, epic, semi serious, humorous, sexy
Plot: master and servant, couple relations, crumbling marriage, curses spells and rituals, state affairs, manipulations, love and romance, tragic hero, manipulation, midlife crisis, infidelity, politics ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: italy, austria, naples italy
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 7.8
 6K
Borgia (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic
Duration: 52 min.
Story: Borgia is a French-German-Czech historical drama television series created by Tom Fontana. The show recounts the Borgia family's rise to power and subsequent domination of the Papal States during the Renaissance. Borgia debuted in Italy via ...
Style: captivating, rough, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: political intrigue, clergy, church, political corruption, power struggle, politics, historical character, political unrest, ambition, rivalry, european history, crime ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, renaissance, 1500s, 1400s ...
Place: italy, rome italy, florence italy, europe, spain ...
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 4.4
 1K
Sword of War (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Year 1100. Italy.The Northern lands are ruled by a German emperor: Fredrick aka "Barbarossa. His dream is to conquer also the lands in the Center and in the South so as to revive the Empire that was once of the one Charles Magno.But in the ...
Style: epic, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: heroes, battles, emperor, knight, leadership, rivalry, state affairs, warrior, soldier, war, siege, battlefield ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: italy, europe, germany, milan italy
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Una vita scellerata (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, France, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The story of Benvenuto Cellinin (1500 - 1571), a soldier and one of the most important craftsmen and artists of Renaissance Italy whose life was marked by many achievements and adventures, but also crimes.
Plot: sculpture, pope, autobiography, judge, artist, cardinal the priest, italian history
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s
Place: florence, italy, rome italy
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The Magnificent Adventurer (1963)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Italy, France, Spain
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Benvenuto Cellini knows no obstacles when it comes to creating a work of art or conquering the heart of a woman.
Plot: italian history, european history
Time: renaissance, 16th century
Place: italy, rome italy, florence
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Segreti segreti (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Laura participates in terrorist attack against a magistrate; a member of her commando is shot to death. Such begins the story of women: Maria and Rosa, the mother and sister of the killed terrorist; Gina, the old nanny of Laura; her mother Marta and ...
Plot: years of lead, murder, mother daughter relationship, italian history, communist, italian woman, earthquake, terrorism, leftist
Time: 80s
Place: italy
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 6.8
 86
Corbari (1970)
Genre: Action, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The real story of the partisan Silvio Corbari. He starts his career killing publicly one of his friends that was a fascist. Than, he set up a band of partisans in north Italy, completely independent from the Italian organized resistance (CLN). Ines, ...
Style: factual
Plot: fascist, world war two, friendship, rebel, strangled to death, nationalism, german army, partisan, unfaithful wife, post war, nazi occupation, revolutionary ...
Time: 1940s
Place: italy
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From the Clouds to the Resistance (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, West Germany, UK, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 'Dalla nube alla resistenza (From the Cloud to the Resistance ) (1978), based on two works by Cesare Pavese, falls into the category of History Lessons and Too Early, Too Late as well. It, too, has two parts—a twentieth-century text and a ...
Plot: female director, post war, italian history, resistance, mythology, greek mythology, world war two, myth, class struggle
Time: 1940s
Place: italy
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 7.2
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The Boom (1963)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Sweet-sour comedy on Italy's 1950's rage to get rich as fast as possible! The businessman wants to satisfy his wife's craving for luxury and a "respectable life" so he becomes heavily indebted. In desperation he agrees to ...
Style: italian comedy
Plot: horse, eyeglasses, umbrella, telephone call, party, money, loan, eye, tennis, phone booth, rainstorm, dancing ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: italy
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The Invisible Wall (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 120 min.
Story: June 27, 1980, an Italian DC 9 flying from Bologna to Palermo falls in the sea close to the Ustica island. 81 people die. The official version is "structure failure" of the airplane, but a number of clues lead the journalist Rocco Ferrante ...
Plot: politics, military, italian history, sicilian, terrorism, scandal, conspiracy theory, air disaster, years of lead
Time: 80s
Place: palermo italy, italy, sicily, mediterranean sea
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 7.4
 147
The Borgias (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Historical story of the ruthless Rodrigo Borgia a man who intends to become Pope and who will not let anything stand in his way.
Plot: leonardo da vinci, pope, family relations, priest, murder, brother sister relationship, rise to power, italian history, religion
Time: renaissance, 15th century, 16th century, 1500s
Place: italy, rome italy
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 7.1
 352
Il caso Moro (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: On March 16 1978, the Red Brigade kidnap the Chief of the Christian Democraty, the party in power in Italy since the end of the war. Fifty-five days later, his corpse was found in the trunk of a red Renault.
Plot: terrorism, years of lead, italian history, terrorist, murder, politics, politician, prime minister, kidnapping
Time: 70s
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