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, stylized, thought provoking and captivating films and TV shows about / with italian history, politics, female nudity, murder, marriage, betrayal, blood, state affairs, pope and death plots mostly in Drama, History and Comedy genres shot in Italy, France, USA and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as italian history: Arrivano i bersaglieri (1980), The Conspirators (1969), 1992 (2015), Medici: Masters of Florence (2016), Ferdinando and Carolina (1999), Una vita scellerata (1990), Luisa Sanfelice (2004), 1900 (1976), Miracle at St. Anna (2008), Black Journal (1979).

List of italian history movies

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: vatican, soldier, italian history, italian soldier, italian army
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, atheism, republican, revolution, fight, jewish, hanging, bishop, atheist, vatican
Time: 1820s
Place: italy
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 7.4
 1K
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: thought provoking, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: investigation, politics, italian history, politician, corruption, government corruption, parliament, society, state affairs, revolution, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: italy
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Medici: Masters of Florence (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Italy, UK, France
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The story of the Medici family of Florence, their ascent from simple merchants to power brokers sparking an economic and cultural revolution. Along the way, they also accrue a long list of powerful enemies.
Style: atmospheric, exciting, suspense, realistic, enigmatic
Plot: aristocracy, politics, wealth, banker, secret, political thriller, political unrest, ambition, murder mystery, rise to power, betrayal, bank ...
Time: 15th century, renaissance, 1400s
Place: florence, florence italy, italy, venice, tuscany
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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: humorous, epic, semi serious, realistic, sexy
Plot: betrayal, manipulations, couple relations, forbidden love, romance, infidelity, tragic love, true love, midlife crisis, royal family, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: italy, austria, naples 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, judge, italian history, pope, cardinal the priest, artist
Time: renaissance, 1500s, 16th century
Place: italy, florence
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Luisa Sanfelice (2004)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 200 min.
Story: An 18th-century true story about a rebel and his lover's attempt to overthrow the Italian monarchy.
Plot: italian history, napoleonic wars, unfaithful wife, execution, death, mutiny
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: naples italy, italy
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 7.7
 20K
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, stylized, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: fascism, politics, communism, execution, death, friendship, social differences, idealism, resistance, catholicism, ambition, society ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 30s ...
Place: italy, europe, france
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Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Miracle at St. Anna chronicles the story of four American soldiers who are members of the all-black 92nd "Buffalo Soldier" Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy during World War II.
Style: epic, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: village, soldier, partisan, war, racism, behind enemy lines, military, war crime, survival, black people, military life, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 80s, year 1984, 1940s ...
Place: italy, europe, rome italy, harlem manhattan new york city, berlin germany ...
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 6.5
 275
Black Journal (1979)
Genre: Biography, 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: pre war, macabre, based on true events, dark humor
Plot: curtain, loss of sister, paralysis, assistant, disembodied hand, evidence, death of friend, woman with glasses, investigation, brother sister relationship, virgin, trap ...
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, realistic, thought provoking, tense
Plot: police brutality, violence spree, rebelliousness, political unrest, fighting the system, rebellion, society, globalization, business and finance, teenage rape, bleeding, abuse of power ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: europe, italy
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 7.5
 901
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.
Plot: roman, latin, severed head, wolf, river, mythology, throat slitting, sacrifice, goat, virgin, flood, fire ...
Place: italy, rome italy
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 7.9
 45K
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: captivating, serious, clever, epic, realistic ...
Plot: clergy, intrigue, siblings relations, brother sister incest, historical character, manipulations, sin, priest, lust, strong sexual content, ambition, desire ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: italy, europe, rome 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: serious, gloomy, realistic, emotional, stylized ...
Plot: politics, dictatorship, destructive relationship, love affair, hopes, unfulfillment, couples, supportive spouse, obsession, couple relations, custody, down on your luck ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1900s ...
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: humorous, not serious, offbeat, realistic, exciting
Plot: knight, on the road, goofy hero, adventure, obsessive quest, cavalry, escapades, disorder, adventurer, parody, heroes, misfit ...
Time: middle ages
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: serious, realistic, psychological, epic
Plot: soldier, betrayal, battles, military, war, leadership, military life, danger, heroes, life is a bitch, winter, amputation ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, renaissance
Place: italy
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 7.8
 5K
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: serious, captivating, gloomy, realistic, rough ...
Plot: political intrigue, clergy, church, political corruption, ambition, politics, rivalry, political unrest, power struggle, historical character, crime, blind ambition ...
Time: middle ages, renaissance, 16th century, 15th century, 1400s ...
Place: italy, europe, rome italy, spain, france ...
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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
Plot: emperor, soldier, battles, military, rivalry, war, leadership, heroes, state affairs, war hero, army, wedding ceremony ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: italy, europe, milan italy, germany
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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: european history, italian history
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: italy, florence
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Segreti segreti (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 92 min.
Plot: mother daughter relationship, earthquake, leftist, terrorism, italian history, italian woman, murder
Place: italy
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 6.8
 76
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, ...
Plot: death sentence, fascist, strangled to death, post war, partisan, german army, unfaithful wife, rebel, nationalism, italian history, nazi occupation, execution ...
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: world war two, mythology, resistance, italian history, myth, class struggle, post war, greek mythology
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: money problems, procession, phone booth, joke, debt, clinic, religious procession, operating room, italian history, telephone conversation, money, eye ...
Time: 1960s
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, scandal, terrorism, conspiracy theory
Place: palermo italy, sicily, mediterranean sea, italy
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 7.4
 135
The Borgias (1981)
Genre: 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, murder, priest, rise to power, italian history, pope, brother sister relationship, religion
Time: renaissance, 15th century, 1500s, 16th century
Place: italy
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 7.1
 317
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, kidnapping, prime minister, italian history, politician, murder, politics
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 6.0
 142
Signorina Effe (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Emma was born and raised in a working-class family, but she's long had bourgeois ambitions and has risen through the ranks to become a white-collar employee with the Fiat automobile company.
Plot: factory, communism, worker, strike, italian history, syndicate, turin italy
Place: italy
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The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Story: The story of the hijacking of the Itallian liner Achille Lauro by four militants of the Palestine Liberation Front, in 1985, who demanded the release of several Palestinians incarcerated in Israeli prisoners. On their hands, lies the fate of several ...
Plot: terrorism, hijacking, hijacker, italian history, sea, terrorist
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The King of Naples (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: One of the key factors in Italian unification was the overthrow in 1860 of Francesco, the King of Naples and the two Sicilies, who went into elegant but impoverished exile in Rome with his queen Maria Sofia. This serio-comic drama follows the ...
Plot: italian history, theatrical troupe, king, servant, older man younger woman relationship, seduction, bourbon, cross dressing, catholic, male female relationship, mother son relationship
Time: 1860s
Place: rome italy, naples italy, italy
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 6.5
 18
Uomini e no (1980)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In Milan, in the winter of 1944, the ruthless Cane Nero leads the fascists against the partisans. Enne 2, one of the leading figures of the C.N.L., meets Berta, whom he loved three years ago, but Berta refuses to leave her husband for him. Enne 2 is ...
Plot: italian history, nazi occupation, resistance movement, fascist, turin italy, italian fascism, partisan, resistance, love, world war two
Time: 1940s
Place: italy, milan italy
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