Best Italian Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Italian Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: visually appealing, realistic, serious, talky, complex and thought provoking. Plot: death, mentor, storytelling, brutality, cigarette smoking, blood, murder, female nudity, dialogue and loneliness. Genre: Drama, Romance and Comedy. Country: Italy, USA and UK.
Best Italian Movies
Best Italian Movies
TOP Movies: Life Is Beautiful (1997), Fight Club (1999), Spring (2014), The Best Offer (2013), The Two Popes (2019), Perfect Strangers (2016), Angels & Demons (2009), Gangs of New York (2002), Call Me by Your Name (2017), 18 Presents (2020), John Wick: Chapter Two (2017), They Call Me Jeeg Robot (2015), Love Wedding Repeat (2020), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), The Legend of 1900 (1998), The Best of Youth (2003), Rose Island (2020), Suspiria (2018), Gomorrah (2008), Malena (2000).

List of Best Movies

Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While ...
Style: sentimental, tragicomedy, touching, emotional, inspirational ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, human spirit, world war two, life philosophy, jewish, nazi, survival, optimism, self sacrifice, fascism, nazism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s, year 1939
Place: italy, europe, tuscany, poland
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 8.8
 1.9M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, thought provoking, mind bending, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, social decay, losing-it hero, nihilism, fighting the system, insomnia, self destructing, life philosophy, loneliness, fist fighting, insanity, against the rules ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
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 6.7
 25K
Spring (2014)
Genre: Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A young man in a personal tailspin flees the US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a woman harboring a dark, primordial secret.
Style: scary, tense, melancholic, enigmatic, surreal ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dangerous attraction, supernatural, romance, small town, mysterious character, danger, immortality, love, transformation, supernatural romance, secret, mysterious woman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, rome italy, california, naples italy, new jersey
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 7.8
 109K
The Best Offer (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Virgil Oldman is a world renowned antiques expert and auctioneer. An eccentric genius, he leads a solitary life, going to extreme lengths to keep his distance from the messiness of human relationships. When appointed by the beautiful but emotionally ...
Style: captivating, twist ending, psychological, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: loneliness, art theft, forgery, collector, painting, art collector, mysterious character, obsession, solitude, deception, age difference, older man younger woman relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, prague czech republic, vienna, prague
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 7.6
 108K
The Two Popes (2019)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Explores the relationship and opposing visions between two of the most powerful leaders in the Catholic Church, both of whom must address their own pasts and the demands of the modern world in order to move the church forward.
Style: dark humor, thought provoking, psychological, humorous, based on true events
Plot: vatican, catholic church, pope, religion, catholicism, catholic, catholic priest, cardinal the priest, priest, forgiveness, guilt, confession ...
Time: 21st century
Place: rome italy, buenos aires argentina, italy, argentina
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Perfect Strangers (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: During a dinner, a group of friends decide to share whatever text message or phone call they will receive during the evening - and all hell breaks loose.
Style: thought provoking, surprise ending, psychological, talky, twists and turns ...
Plot: psychology, infidelity, character study, friendship, dialogue driven, secrets, game, family problems, under the surface, dialogue, dinner party, life philosophy ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, 70s
Place: italy, rome italy, new jersey
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 6.7
 275K
Angels & Demons (2009)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon investigates a mysterious symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. He discovers evidence of the unimaginable, the rebirth of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati, the most powerful ...
Style: twists and turns, exciting, intellectual, suspenseful, psychotronic ...
Plot: conspiracy, riddles and clues, vatican, religions or cults, illuminati, secret society, ancient, search, danger, investigation, professor, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: rome italy, europe, italy, geneva switzerland, harvard university
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Gangs of New York (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 167 min.
Story: It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by ...
Style: rough, stylized, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, vengeance, revenge, organized crime, gang war, gangsters, betrayal, criminal heroes, courage, army, social decay, crimes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1840s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France, USA, Brazil
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Elio Perlman is spending the summer with his family at their vacation home in Lombardy, Italy. When his father hires a handsome doctoral student, the curious 17-year-old finds himself developing a growing attraction to the young man.
Style: gay cinema, touching, sincere, disturbing, homoerotic ...
Plot: gay, lgbt, gay teenager, gay relationship, first love, summer, teenage boy, gay love, homosexuality, homosexual, gay romance, love ...
Time: 80s, year 1983
Place: italy
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 6.7
 3K
18 Presents (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Elisa is only forty when an incurable disease takes her from her husband and their daughter. Before her heart stops, Elisa finds a way to stay close to her: a gift for every birthday up to her adult age, 18 gifts to try to accompany her child's ...
Style: sentimental, sad, compassionate, touching, rough ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, terminal illness, dealing with death, tragedy, cancer, father daughter relationship, parents and children, moral dilemma, support group, life is a bitch, accident, hospital ...
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John Wick: Chapter Two (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: John Wick is forced out of retirement by a former associate looking to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to aid him, Wick travels to Rome and does battle against some of the world’s most dangerous ...
Style: suspense, bloody, brutal, tense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone hero, hitman, one against many, warrior, hand to hand combat, dark hero, gun, bandit, tough guy, assassin, organized crime, revenge ...
Time: 2010s
Place: italy, rome italy, manhattan new york city, new york
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They Call Me Jeeg Robot (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Italy
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Enzo Ceccotti comes into contact with a radioactive substance, then accidently discovers he has superpowers. A touchy, navel-gazing introvert, he’s sure his new capabilities will do wonders for his life of crime, but that all changes when he meets ...
Style: captivating, tense, exciting, disturbing
Plot: anti-hero, murder, chase, terrorism, explosion, massacre, money, bomb, police, sex scene, death, anti hero ...
Place: italy, rome italy
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Love Wedding Repeat (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: While trying to make his sister's wedding day go smoothly, Jack finds himself juggling an angry ex-girlfriend, an uninvited guest with a secret, a misplaced sleep sedative, and the girl that got away in alternate versions of the same day.
Style: entertaining, light, feel good, romantic, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: self discovery, wedding, couples, love and romance, nothing goes right, disorder, party, male female relationship, manipulation, culture clash, brother sister relationship, romance ...
Place: italy
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Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 229 min.
Story: A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Style: epic, melancholic, atmospheric, rough, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, rape, corruption, crimes, friendship, criminal heroes, gangster, torture, murder, prohibition, rise and fall ...
Time: 60s, 1930s, 1920s, 30s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, miami
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The Legend of 1900 (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 169 min.
Story: The story of a virtuoso piano player who lives his entire life aboard an ocean liner. Born and raised on the ship, 1900 (Tim Roth) learned about the outside world through interactions with passengers, never setting foot on land, even for the love of ...
Style: touching, sincere, breathtaking, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: pianist, musician, jazz, prodigy, orphan, genius, loneliness, music, ship, musician's life, ocean, child prodigy ...
Time: 30s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 20s ...
Place: new orleans, new york
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The Best of Youth (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 366 min.
Story: Spanning four decades, from the chaotic 1960s to the present, director Marco Tullio Giordana's passionate epic 'La Meglio Gioventu' follows two Italian brothers through some of the most tumultuous events of recent Italian history.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: society, dishonesty, politics, protest, police brutality, pianist, musician, political corruption, psychiatrist, photographer, idealism, couples ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 90s, 20th century, 70s ...
Place: italy, lebanon, europe, oxford university, rome italy ...
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 7.0
 12K
Rose Island (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1968, engineer Giorgio Rosa established the independent state called "The Isle of Roses" off the coast of Rimini, built on a platform outside the territorial waters, with Esperanto as the official language. The Italian authorities did ...
Plot: utopia, italian history, politics, italian soldier, motorcycle accident, female bartender, civil engineer, deserter, battleship, female lawyer, archive footage, transistor radio ...
Time: year 1967, 60s, year 1968, 1960s
Place: new york, italy, rome italy
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 63K
Suspiria (2018)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: A young ballet dancer travels to a prestigious dance academy in Europe, only to discover it is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of increasingly grisly murders.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, touching, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: ritual sacrifice, dead woman, ballet, corporal punishment, paranormal phenomena, mysterious event, good versus evil, dance performance, psychotherapist, witchcraft, choreography, mysterious death ...
Time: 70s, year 1948, year 1977, year 1943
Place: berlin germany, ohio, east berlin east germany, west berlin west germany, east berlin
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 7.0
 46K
Gomorrah (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 137 min.
Story: An inside look at Italy's modern-day crime families, the Camorra in Naples and Caserta. Based on a book by Roberto Saviano. Power, money and blood: these are the "values" that the residents of the Province of Naples and Caserta have ...
Style: bleak, tense, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang war, criminal, crimes, crime, criminal heroes, danger, deadly, organized crime, debt, power, social decay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, quarry, 2000s
Place: italy, europe, naples italy, southern italy, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.5
 91K
Malena (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: On the day in 1940 that Italy enters the war, two things happen to the 12-year-old Renato: he gets his first bike, and he gets his first look at Malèna. She is a beautiful, silent outsider who's moved to this Sicilian town to be with her ...
Style: sexual, erotic, sexy, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: jealousy, adultery, hot and sexy, sex trafficking, female nudity, life is a bitch, female removes her clothes, small town, woman in danger, punishment, teenage sex, sex with a minor ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, sicily, mediterranean sea, southern italy
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Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: This classic western masterpiece is an epic film about a widow whose land and life are in danger as the railroad is getting closer and closer to taking them over. A mysterious harmonica player joins forces with a desperado to protect the woman and ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, clever, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, cowboy, mysterious character, vengeance, death, gunfight, duel, tragic hero, harmonica, villain, warrior, small town ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, arizona, yuma arizona
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 8K
On My Skin (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The incredible true story behind the most controversial Italian court cases in recent years. Stefano Cucchi was arrested for a minor crime and mysteriously found dead during his detention. In one week's time, a family is changed forever.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, suspenseful, tense
Plot: abuse of power, interrogation, beating, police, lawyer client relationship, injury, medical examination, brutality, prisoner, mysterious death, bureaucracy, drug use ...
Place: rome italy
Is relevant ?
 5.9
 4K
Ultras (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An aging soccer fanatic faces down the reality of his past while struggling to give himself and a young follower very different futures.
Plot: soccer, motorcycle, blue jeans, motorcycle riding, spaghetti, older man younger woman sex, cigarette, jeans, sunglasses, wedding dress, wristwatch, coming of age ...
Place: napoli italy, naples italy
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 7.0
 10K
The Place (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The fates of an apparently random group of strangers who each come into contact with a mysterious figure who they believe possesses the power to grant any wish, in return for which they must carry out a task he assigns them.
Style: thought provoking, intellectual, philosophical, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: human nature, coffee, multiple storylines, moral ambiguity, escapades, rape, family relations, father son relationship, crime gone awry, crimes, brutality, kidnapping ...
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 81K
Suspiria (1977)
Genre: Horror
Country: Italy
Duration: 99 min.
Story: From the moment she arrives in Freiberg, Germany, to attend the prestigious Tans Academy, American ballet-dancer Suzy Bannion senses that something horribly evil lurks within the walls of the age-old institution.
Style: gothic, scary, cult film, surreal, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, witch, lesbian subtext, dancer's life, serial murder, supernatural horror, boarding school, ballet, coven, killing off one by one, mystery, supernatural ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1977
Place: germany, europe
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Fathers & Daughters (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Pulitzer-winning writer grapples with being a widower and father after a mental breakdown, while, 27 years later, his grown daughter struggles to forge connections of her own.
Style: disturbing, sincere, suspenseful, suspense, touching ...
Plot: mental breakdown, father daughter relationship, family, single father, death of wife, writers, childhood trauma, family drama, sex in toilet, hospital, widow, fighting illness ...
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 7.0
 21K
I Am Love (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Emma left Russia to live with her husband in Italy. Now a member of a powerful industrial family, she is the respected mother of three, but feels unfulfilled. One day, Antonio, a talented chef and her son's friend, makes her senses kindle.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, meditative, emotional, intense ...
Plot: high society, chef, older woman younger man relationship, adultery, infidelity, family relations, food, bourgeoisie, love and romance, love triangle, family problems, family feud ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, milan italy, nice france, london ...
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The Consequences of Love (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Titta di Girolamo has been living in a small hotel in Lugano for ten years, he leads a dull and rigid live and has apparently lost his capability to feel human emotion. This all changes when he decides to talk to Sofia, the Barmaid.
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, bleak ...
Plot: age difference, mafia, hotel, loneliness, unlikely couple, mysterious character, haunted by the past, fall in love, manipulation, crimes, dishonesty, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland, italy, europe, sicily
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Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 127 min.
Story: During an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, rough, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, chaos, shopping mall, zombie apocalypse, siege, helicopter, survival, violence, back from the dead, rescue, danger, apocalypse ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, pittsburgh, usa, philadelphia
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 12K
Loose Cannons (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s. On a trip home from Rome, where he studies literature and lives with his boyfriend, Tommaso decides to tell ...
Style: touching, feel good, uplifting, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming out, gay, family business, lifestyle, gay son, family secret, love affair, family life, parents and children, family disapproval, family values, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy, rome italy
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