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: intense, melancholic, visually appealing, serious, suspense and realistic. Plot: death, mentor, storytelling, dialogue, destiny, murder, catastrophe, redemption, blood and brutality. Genre: Drama, Thriller and Romance. Country: USA, Italy and France.
Best Italian Movies
Best Italian Movies
TOP Movies: The Great Beauty (2013), I Am Love (2009), Luca (2021), They Call Me Jeeg (2015), On My Skin (2018), Life Is Beautiful (1997), Amadeus (1984), Spring (2014), Spectre (2015), Correspondence (2016), Never Look Away (2018), The Omen (2006), Call Me by Your Name (2017), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Pay the Ghost (2015), The Best Offer (2013), Suspiria (2018), Welcome Home (2018), Angels & Demons (2009).

List of Best Movies

The Great Beauty (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Style: philosophical, surreal, intellectual, absurd, lyrical ...
Plot: journalist, high society, artist, aging, writer's life, nun, introspection, stripper, old love, art, surrealism, party ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: rome italy, italy, vatican
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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, older woman younger man relationship, chef, adultery, infidelity, family relations, older woman younger man sex, food, bourgeoisie, love triangle, love and romance, love affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, milan italy, london, nice france ...
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Luca (2021)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, two young boys experience an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. But all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: they are sea monsters from another ...
Style: entertaining, funny, captivating, light, 3d animation ...
Plot: friendship, monster, magical creature, disney, ocean, friends, sea voyage, sea monster, disguise, water, sea adventure, mythical creature ...
Time: 50s, year 1959
Place: italy, europe, riviera
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They Call Me Jeeg (2015)
Genre: Action, Comedy, 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: terrorism, murder, chase, police, massacre, sex scene, bomb, death, money, crimes, terrorist bombing, terrorist plot ...
Place: italy, rome italy
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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: thought provoking, captivating, tense, suspenseful
Plot: abuse of power, interrogation, police, lawyer client relationship, medical examination, brutality, mysterious death, prisoner, bureaucracy, drug use, torture, bureaucrat ...
Place: rome italy
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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, inspirational, emotional ...
Plot: concentration camp, human spirit, holocaust, life philosophy, world war two, jewish, nazi, self sacrifice, survival, pretense, optimism, fascism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1939
Place: italy, europe, tuscany, poland
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Amadeus (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA, France
Duration: 160 min.
Story: The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum.
Style: captivating, stylized, clever, inspirational, atmospheric ...
Plot: genius, mozart, envy, music, musician's life, prodigy, composer, success, desire for fame, character study, bohemian life, classical music ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 19th century, 1780s, 1820s
Place: vienna, austria, europe, italy, central europe
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The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: There's trouble brewing in Bikini Bottom. Someone has stolen King Neptune's crown, and it looks like Mr. Krab, SpongeBob's boss, is the culprit. Though he's just been passed over for the promotion of his dreams, SpongeBob stands ...
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, entertaining, stylized ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: squid, ocean, friendship, adventure, goofy hero, disorder, family, fish, megalomaniac, heroic mission, dishonesty, heroes ...
Time: 2000s
Place: pacific ocean
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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, atmospheric, tense, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dangerous attraction, supernatural, romance, small town, mysterious character, immortality, love, transformation, werewolf, monster, supernatural romance, mysterious woman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, naples italy, rome italy, california, new jersey
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Spectre (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: james bond, secret agents, secret service, spy, espionage, british secret service, undercover, computer cracker, 007, heroes, heroic mission, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: united kingdom, london, rome italy, tokyo, mexico city ...
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Correspondence (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 122 min.
Story: The relationship between Ed, a married astronomer and Amy, his lover, who spend their years apart, is based only on phone calls and texts. One day Amy begins noticing something strange in Ed's messages.
Style: captivating, exciting, thought provoking, sentimental, twists and turns
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, female nudity, male female relationship, scientist, parallel world, mind game, universe, theory, birthday, death of boyfriend, lecture, cemetery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: edinburgh scotland
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Never Look Away (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 189 min.
Story: Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, film tells the story of Kurt, a young art student who falls in love with fellow student, Ellie. Ellie’s father, Professor Seeband, a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter’s ...
Style: suspense, exciting, captivating, sincere
Plot: painter, nazism, love, art gallery, father daughter relationship, ss, painting, manipulation, mental illness, ex nazi, childhood memory, pregnant woman ...
Time: year 1937, year 1966, year 1956, year 1948, year 1951 ...
Place: germany, berlin germany, west berlin west germany, east germany, german democratic republic ...
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The Omen (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A diplomatic couple adopts the son of the devil without knowing it. A remake of the classic horror film of the same name from 1976.
Style: scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, intense, harsh ...
Plot: antichrist, prophecy, demon, murder, devil worship, church, parents and children, killer child, catholicism, loss of child, hospital, ambassador ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s, year 2006
Place: england, london, rome italy, europe, italy ...
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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: sincere, touching, homoerotic, disturbing, lgbt cinema ...
Plot: gay, summer, lgbt, gay relationship, gay teenager, gay love, first love, sexual tension, teenage boy, homosexuality, homosexual, love ...
Time: 80s, year 1983
Place: italy
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Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Germany, Spain, Morocco, USA, Italy, France
Duration: 144 min.
Story: After his wife dies, a blacksmith named Balian is thrust into royalty, political intrigue and bloody holy wars during the Crusades.
Style: epic, serious, exciting, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: knight, warrior, battles, siege, war, sword fight, king, christianity, crusade, crusader, medieval, military ...
Time: 12th century, middle ages
Place: jerusalem, holy land, middle east, england, israel ...
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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: melancholic, epic, atmospheric, bloody, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, rape, prohibition, criminal heroes, gunfight, jewish, crimes, friendship, childhood friend, betrayal, torture ...
Time: 60s, 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: new york, usa, miami
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Pay the Ghost (2015)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: One year after his young son disappeared during a Halloween carnival, Mike Cole is haunted by eerie images and terrifying messages he can’t explain. Together with his estranged wife, he will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery and find their ...
Style: atmospheric, intense, melancholic, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: halloween, police, ghost, missing child, child abduction, kidnapping, rescue, nightmare, professor, supernatural, car accident, revenge ...
Place: new york, usa, new orleans, mexico
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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: twist ending, captivating, psychological, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: loneliness, deception, art theft, art collector, painting, forgery, mysterious character, collector, obsession, cons and scams, adult virgin, solitude ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, vienna, prague
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Suspiria (2018)
Genre: Drama, 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, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: corporal punishment, ritual sacrifice, dead woman, ballet, good versus evil, paranormal phenomena, mysterious event, dance performance, psychotherapist, curse, witchcraft, choreography ...
Time: 70s, year 1948, year 1977, year 1943, post world war two
Place: berlin germany, west berlin west germany, ohio, east berlin
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Welcome Home (2018)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A couple try to repair their damaged union in an Italian vacation paradise. Then they discover the owner's intentions.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, disturbing, enigmatic, tense
Plot: murder, surveillance, vacation, jealousy, couple relations, neighbor, cheating on boyfriend, couples, countryside, trap, trapped, relationship problems ...
Place: italy
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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, illuminati, religions or cults, secret society, investigation, ancient, murder, professor, secrets, symbolism, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: rome italy, vatican, europe, italy, harvard university ...
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Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Haunted by terrible acts the Nazis forced him to participate in, the disenchanted Father Lankester Merrin focuses his energies on helping with an archaeological dig in the northern part of Kenya. There, the crew uncovers a church that predates ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak, rough ...
Plot: good versus evil, archaeologist, supernatural, priest, church, religions or cults, curses spells and rituals, exorcism, supernatural ability, redemption, mind game, obsession ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1947, year 1944
Place: africa, kenya
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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, breathtaking, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: pianist, musician, jazz, prodigy, genius, orphan, music, loneliness, ship, child prodigy, musician's life, ocean ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, year 1900 ...
Place: new york, new orleans
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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, sincere ...
Plot: society, dishonesty, politics, musician, protest, police brutality, photographer, psychiatrist, political corruption, idealism, state affairs, couples ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 90s ...
Place: italy, lebanon, europe, oxford university, rome italy ...
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Castle Freak (1995)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: John has inherited a castle and Italy and he moves there with his wife Susan and their blind daughter Rebecca. What they don't realize is that there is somebody else in the castle. An abused child left to die in the basement who has now become ...
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, slasher, macabre ...
Plot: freak, haunted by the past, death, castle, parents and children, basement, cannibalism, prostitute, captive, brutality, voyeurism, blind girl ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, italy
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The Two Popes (2019)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Italy, USA
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: thought provoking, humorous, psychological
Plot: catholic church, religion, catholic, pope, catholicism, cardinal the priest, catholic priest, priest, forgiveness, confession, guilt, dark humor ...
Time: 21st century
Place: vatican, rome italy, italy, argentina, buenos aires argentina
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Barney's Version (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, Canada
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky.
Style: emotional, sincere, witty, semi serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: suicide, marriage, friendship, everyday life, lifestyle, marital problem, human nature, aging, love and romance, divorce, jewish, actress ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 90s, 80s, year 1970 ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal, italy, rome italy ...
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Hannibal (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: After having successfully eluded the authorities for years, Hannibal peacefully lives in Italy in disguise as an art scholar. Trouble strikes again when he's discovered leaving a deserving few dead in the process. He returns to America to make ...
Style: rough, atmospheric, suspenseful, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, master criminal, mind game, cannibalism, homicidal maniac, fbi, cat and mouse, crimes, law enforcement, torment, psychiatrist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florence, europe, venice, washington d.c., italy
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The Hand of God (2021)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In 1980s Naples, young Fabietto pursues his love for football as family tragedy strikes, shaping his uncertain but promising future as a filmmaker.
Style: semi autobiographical, disturbing, captivating, psychological, rough
Plot: life, teenage boy, nudity (full frontal - brief), poverty, loss of virginity, coming of age, family relations, brother brother relationship, change of luck, lifestyle, society, city life ...
Time: 80s
Place: naples italy, italy
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Frailty (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."
Style: psychological, twists and turns, tense, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, sin, childhood, insanity, psychopath, punishment, angel, parents and children, family relations, fbi, sheriff ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
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