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, captivating, disturbing, epic and stylized films and TV shows about / with italian history, state affairs, society, politics, priest, murder, crimes, world war two, fascism 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), Borgia (2011), Johnny the Partisan (2000), Time to Kill (1989), The Traitor (2019), Arrivano i bersaglieri (1980), The Conspirators (1969).

List of italian history movies

 7.3
 16K
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, suspenseful, serious, controversial, political ...
Plot: political corruption, mafia, murder, prime minister, italian history, blackmail, photographer, state affairs, politics, crimes, head of state, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, 70s, 90s, 80s, 1990s ...
Place: italy, europe, soviet union, rome italy, sicily ...
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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, state affairs, law enforcement, revolution, politician, corruption, rebellion, italian history, crisis, crimes, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1992
Place: italy, rome italy, milan italy
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 6.5
 501
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: tense, serious, factual, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: politics, revolution, political unrest, rebellion, rebelliousness, society, battles, historical event, italian history, execution, occupation, repression ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1840s
Place: italy, europe, sicily, southern italy, 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, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: fascism, friendship, politics, countryside, execution, idealism, socialism, leadership, ambition, war, society, fall in love ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 1940s, 1920s, 1930s ...
Place: italy, france, europe, paris france
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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: realistic, captivating, rough, epic, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: political intrigue, historical character, clergy, church, power struggle, politics, political corruption, european history, ambition, rivalry, political unrest, corrupted ruler ...
Time: middle ages, 1400s, 16th century, 1500s, renaissance ...
Place: italy, rome italy, europe, florence italy, spain ...
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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, war zone, murder, fascism, italian history, wartime life, nazi occupation, truce, italian fascism, 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: disturbing, rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: murder, hospital, military, crimes, danger, soldier, investigation, italian army, italian history, crime gone awry, crime, war ...
Time: year 1936, pre world war two
Place: ethiopia
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 7.1
 7K
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, captivating, intense, suspense, factual
Plot: cosa nostra, mafia, informant, assassination, assassination attempt, judge, murder, death threat, trial, italian history, organized crime, surveillance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s, 2000s ...
Place: sicily, italy, palermo italy, sicily italy, europe ...
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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, soldier, italian history, vatican, italian army, war for independence
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: shoemaker, liberal, italian history, jewish, hanging, revolution, atheism, vatican, war for independence, fight, republican, bishop ...
Time: 1820s
Place: italy
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 6.7
 4K
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, husband wife relationship, rise to the top, society, head of state, italian history, rivalry, sex, storytelling, state affairs, business, interview ...
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, stylized ...
Plot: historical character, siblings relations, brother sister incest, intrigue, lust, rivalry, clergy, sin, sex scene, graphic violence, priest, manipulations ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: rome italy, italy, europe, florence
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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: suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: cosa nostra, dishonesty, journalism, rivalry, legal, society, tough law enforcer, crime, murder, courtroom drama, police corruption, political corruption ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: sicily, italy, europe
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 6.5
 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, tense, psychological, captivating
Plot: king, mythology, roman, twin brother, fratricide, religion, flood, journey, historical event, friendship, sacrifice, rivalry ...
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: emotional, touching, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: politics, dictatorship, ambition, destructive relationship, political unrest, obsession, custody, love affair, fall in love, family problems, couples, state affairs ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 1940s, 20s, 40s ...
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, not serious, exciting, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: knight, obsessive quest, on the road, disorder, silly humor, heroes, escapades, goofy hero, adventure, parody, adventurer, misfit ...
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, realistic, serious, epic
Plot: soldier, military life, leadership, military, life is a bitch, betrayal, danger, battles, war, winter, heroes, pope ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s
Place: italy
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 4.4
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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: serious, epic, realistic, captivating
Plot: heroes, battles, emperor, knight, leadership, rivalry, state affairs, soldier, war, warrior, siege, battlefield ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: italy, europe, germany, milan italy
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The Spider's Stratagem (1970)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Athos Magnani, a young researcher, returns to Tara, where his father was killed before his birth, at the request of Draifa. The father, also named Athos Magnani and looking exactly like the son, was killed by a fascist in 1936 -- or so says Draifa ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, stylized, non-linear, realistic ...
Plot: opera, uncover truth, haunted by the past, village, assassination, deadly, crimes, mystery, investigation, snitch, buried truth, psychoanalysis ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy
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St. Michael Had a Rooster (1972)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sentenced to life imprisonment for illegal activities, Italian International member Giulio Manieri holds on to his political ideals while struggling against madness in the loneliness of his prison cell.
Style: thought provoking, contemplative, gloomy, realistic, serious
Plot: revolution, politics, political unrest, prison, introspection, chaos and mayhem, human spirit, moral dilemma, self discovery, prison life, haunted by the past, solitary ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: italy, europe
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The Last 4 Days (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The true story of the greatest manhunt of the century!
Style: captivating, thought provoking, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: fascism, world war two, war, military, head of state, rise and fall, society, life is a bitch, wartime life, distopia, against humanity, state affairs ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1945, 20th century
Place: alps, milan italy, italy
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In the Name of the Pope King (1977)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In 1867, with Garibaldi's forces close to bringing Rome into the Italian kingdom, Monsignor Colombo da Priverno, a world-weary judge on the papal court, wants to resign, disgusted by the violence to which the papacy resorts to hold secular ...
Plot: illegitimate son, court, judge, singer, song, priest, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, guilt, revolutionary, decapitation, imprisonment, father son relationship ...
Time: 1860s
Place: rome italy, italy
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The Four Days of Naples (1962)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The film shows the history of the Neapolitan popular revolt against the invading Germans, during the second world war. During the four days in Naples the revolt turns over in just few hours. Neapolitans slinged on rifles and guns, and they armed ...
Plot: barricade, partisan, german army, civil war, resistance, nazi soldier, italian history, resistance movement, rebellion, world war two, boy
Time: 1940s
Place: italy
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Two Colonels (1963)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: During the WWII Italians and English take and retake a village between the Albanian and Greek borders. It happens so often that not only do they use the same hotel as their headquarters, but also they find the time to become friends.
Style: surprise ending
Plot: colonel, german army, world war two, misunderstanding, army, bombing, british, platoon, italian history, german, gun, surrender ...
Time: 1940s
Place: albania, greece
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In the Name of the Sovereign People (1990)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, France, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: 1849 - Ciceruacchio declares the Independent Republic of Rome, but the French and the Austrians try to bring back the Pope to Rome.
Plot: pope, rebel, italian history, revolutionary, war for independence
Time: 1840s
Place: rome italy
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A Girl in Australia (1971)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy, Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The film is about an old fashioned Italian with moral values of the 1930/40's ,who has to find a wife in the modern, woman's liberated society of Australia of the 1960/70's.
Style: surprise ending, epic
Plot: hotel room, crying, language barrier, nickname, friendship between men, drunkenness, neighbor, waiter, car accident, airport, train, false identity ...
Time: 70s
Place: italy, australia, rome italy
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The Sea Purple (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nothing - not her father, not the church - can stop unruly Angela from being with her childhood best friend turned great love, Sara. Based on a true story, Viola di Mare, presents a uniquely engaging portrait of family, community and gender roles in ...
Style: touching, serious, captivating, disturbing, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lesbian relationship, lesbian, lgbt, lesbian romance, forbidden love, island, family relations, gays and lesbians, gender, village life, village, coming out ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: sicily, italy, mediterranean sea
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 6.2
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Wild Blood (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The story of two renowned actors of Fascist cinema, Luisa Ferida and Osvaldo Valenti, who were supporters of the Salò Republic. Accused of collaboration and torture, they were shot by the Partisans after the country was liberated.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: world war two, fascism, career change, artists and showbiz, desire for fame, wartime life, on the run, actor's life, ambition, unfulfillment, love and romance, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century
Place: italy, rome italy, venice
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Kings of Crime (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, France, UK
Duration: 152 min.
Story: The Lebanese has a dream: to conquer the underworld of Rome. To carry out this feat without precedent he puts together a ruthless and highly organized gang. Their progress and changes in leadership take place over 25 years, from the 1970s into the ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, criminal heroes, police investigation, gang, crimes, crime, leadership, law enforcement, partners, rivalry, ransom, drug dealing ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 90s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: italy, rome italy
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 7.4
 11K
Roma (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A virtually plotless, gaudy, impressionistic portrait of Rome through the eyes of one of its most famous citizens.
Style: atmospheric, non-linear, stylized, art house, colourful ...
Plot: fashion, society, lifestyle, satire, memory, illegal prostitution, bohemian life, traffic jam, filmmaking, performer's life, celebrity culture, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s, 20s, 30s ...
Place: rome italy, italy, europe, new york, new jersey
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