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: captivating, realistic, humorous, entertaining, complex and weird. Plot: death, friendship, storytelling, love and romance, mentor, father son relationship, family relations, murder, female nudity and life philosophy. Genre: Drama, Comedy and Romance. Country: Italy, USA and France.
Best Italian Movies
Best Italian Movies
TOP Movies: I Am Love (2009), The Great Beauty (2013), Time Is Up (2021), Hardboiled Egg (1997), Boris: The Film (2011), Radio Arrow (1998), The Best Offer (2013), Luca (2021), Doctor Zhivago (1965), They Call Me Jeeg (2015), Life Is Beautiful (1997), Spring (2014), I Hate Summer (2020), Leopardi (2014), Spectre (2015), The Sea Inside (2004), Three Men and a Leg (1997), The Macaluso Sisters (2020), Johnny Stecchino (1991), At War with Love (2016).

List of Best Movies

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: sexy, erotic, stylized, meditative, intense ...
Plot: male nudity, infidelity, older woman younger man relationship, food, adultery, high society, obsession, chef, family relations, bourgeoisie, love and romance, love triangle ...
Time: 21st century
Place: italy, milan italy, europe, london, nice france ...
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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, art house, stylized, breathtaking, visually appealing ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: art, stripper, party, artist, aging, surrealism, friendship, high society, journalist, magic realism, male nudity, existentialism ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: rome italy, italy, vatican
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Time Is Up (2021)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Vivien, an accomplished student with a passion for physics, and Roy, a troubled young man, are involved in an accident that forces them to reclaim their lives one minute at the time.
Style: disturbing, captivating, psychological, romantic
Plot: love triangle, amnesia, romantic rivalry, accident, romantic relationship, romantic triangle, relationships, love affair, couple relations, male female relationship, memory lapse, love story ...
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Hardboiled Egg (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story of Piero, from when he was a kid to fatherhood, over the background of the town of Livorno, Tuscany, where the director Virzì was born.
Style: realistic, semi serious, captivating, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, bittersweet, working class, youth culture, factory worker, teenage love, dysfunctional family, puberty, blue collar, oil refinery, proletarian, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: tuscany, italy, europe
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Boris: The Film (2011)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A director and his crew attempt to make the transition from the small to the big screen.
Style: funny, captivating, feel good, semi serious, satirical ...
Plot: satire, ambition, silly humor, film industry, humour, filmmaker, filmmaking, director
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Radio Arrow (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Five friends Freccia, Bruno, Tito, Jena and Boris are very keen on music but they live in a little town in northern Italy and spend most of their days at the local bar. They decide to set up an independent radio which soon becomes the voice of a ...
Style: educational film, nostalgic
Plot: small town, friendship, rock music, group of friends, friendship between men, drug overdose, boredom, radio, memory, drugs, heroin, funeral ...
Time: 70s, 80s, year 1993, year 1977
Place: italy
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The Best Offer (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
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: surprise ending, twist ending, psychological, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: twists and turns, loneliness, art collector, art, art theft, deception, collector, solitude, obsession, adult virgin, mysterious character, age difference ...
Time: 18th century, 21st century
Place: vienna, prague, europe, italy
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The Legend of Al, John and Jack (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: New York 1959. I tre gangster Al, John e Jack hanno il compito di uccidere Frankie per conto del boss. Sbagliano bersaglio e il boss da a loro un'altra possibilità: tenere d'occhio una persona a lui cara. Ma la fortuna non è dalla loro ...
Style: entertaining, semi serious, satirical, feel good, captivating ...
Plot: memory loss, gangsters, mafia, escapades, criminal, memory lapse, satire, humour, bandit, dark humor, betrayal by friend, electrocution ...
Time: 50s
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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: funny, captivating, entertaining, light, sexy ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing
Plot: friendship, water, coming of age, ocean, sea voyage, disguise, seaside town, friends, disney, monster, sea adventure, sea ...
Time: future, year 1959, 20th century, 50s
Place: italy, europe, riviera, mediterranean sea
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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, atmospheric, suspenseful, psychological, rough ...
Plot: supernatural, good versus evil, suspense, demon, redemption, transformation, life philosophy, mentor, priest, church, religions or cults, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1947, year 1944
Place: africa, kenya
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Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy, UK, USA
Duration: 197 min.
Story: Doctor Zhivago is the filmed adapation of the Russian novel by Boris Pasternak from director David Lean that was an international success and today deemed a classic. Omar Sharif and Julie Christie play two protagonists who in fact love each other ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, emotional, romantic, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: world war one, communism, deportation, love triangle, revolution, war, train, rape, poet, wartime, imperial russia, betrayal ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1940s, 1910s, 1930s ...
Place: russia, ussr, moscow russia
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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, exciting, tense, disturbing
Plot: superhero, chase, terrorism, murder, sex scene, police, bomb, money, massacre, death, fight club, city ...
Place: italy, rome italy
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On My Skin: The Last Seven Days of Stefano Cucchi (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, tense, suspenseful, sad ...
Plot: abuse of power, interrogation, lawyer client relationship, police, brutality, mysterious death, prisoner, medical examination, anarchist, suspense, prison, italian police ...
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: touching, inspirational, emotional, sentimental, tragicomedy ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, kids
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, nazi, human spirit, life & death, life philosophy, nazism, survival, fascism, love ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1939
Place: italy, europe, poland, tuscany
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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: funny, humorous, stylized, not serious, surreal ...
Audience: kids, teens, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: sea, friendship, goofy hero, disorder, dishonesty, heroes, race against time, heroic mission, squid, unlikely friendships, stupidity, mermaid ...
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, sexy, enigmatic, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: dangerous attraction, monster, mysterious woman, supernatural, immortality, relationships, love, transformation, small town, magic realism, adaptation, catastrophe ...
Time: 21st century
Place: italy, new jersey, rome italy, naples italy, california
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I Hate Summer (2020)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Three families end up in the same rented house. Throughout the summer, they become friends and rediscover how to enjoy life.
Style: light, funny, feel good, humorous, not serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: family holiday, family vacation, road trip, island, vacation, parents and children, family relations, friendship, father son relationship, old friends, tourist, travel ...
Place: southern italy, europe
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Leopardi (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A luminously beautiful biopic of the celebrated eighteenth-century Italian poet, essayist and philosopher Giacomo Leopardi, who created immortal verse whilst struggling with a debilitating illness.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, captivating
Plot: poet, prodigy, poetry, enlightenment, writer's life, romanticism, family problems, society, writers, father son relationship, unrequited love, studying ...
Time: 19th century
Place: italy, europe, southern italy, florence, naples italy ...
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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: entertaining, exciting, sexy, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, boys' night
Plot: james bond, spy, espionage, secret service, chase, british secret service, secret agents, kidnapping, one man army, terrorist, suspense, secret society ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: rome italy, london, italy, england, big ben london ...
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The Sea Inside (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Sea Inside is about Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. It is the story of Ramón’s relationships with two women: Julia a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman ...
Style: thought provoking, sad, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: disability, euthanasia, human spirit, death, existentialism, suicide, handicapped, lawyer, depression, character study, life & death, dignity ...
Time: 60s, 90s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe, barcelona, galicia, catalonia
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Three Men and a Leg (1997)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Three friends leave Milan by car heading south. Two of them are married to two sisters, the third one is going to marry the third sister. The marriage is going to take place in the villa of their vulgar but very rich father in law. They are also ...
Style: road movie, parody, realistic, not serious, humorous ...
Plot: dark humor, friendship between men, self discovery, on the road, fall in love, eccentric family, siblings relations, parents and children, boss and employee, goofy hero, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe
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The Macaluso Sisters (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Maria, Pinuccia, Lia, Katia and Antonella are five sisters who live in an apartment in Palermo. They make a living by renting doves for ceremonies. On a normal day at the beach, tragedy strucks.
Style: captivating, entertaining
Plot: sister sister relationship, family relations, lifestyle change, grownups, relationships, sisters, kids and family, love and romance, sister, life, changing lives, woman ...
Place: sicily
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Johnny Stecchino (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Good hearted but not very wordly-wise, Dante is happy driving the school bus for a group of mentally handicapped children, while feeling he is somehow missing out on life and love. So he is very excited when after nearly being knocked down by her ...
Style: not serious, realistic, witty, humorous, surprise ending ...
Plot: mistaken identity, gangsters, mafia, fall in love, bus driver, dark humor, italian mafia, mole, down syndrome, cocaine, murder, insurance fraud ...
Time: 90s
Place: italy, palermo italy, europe, sicily
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At War with Love (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 99 min.
Story: It's 1943 and World War II is raging in Europe. In New York, Arturo and Flora the daughter of a restaurant owner are in love, but she is promised in marriage to the son of a Mafia boss. There is a way around this, but to be able to marry Flora, ...
Style: romantic, captivating, art house, entertaining
Plot: world war two, mafia, love and romance, love story, relationships, wartime, wartime life, love affair, war, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, couple relations, romantic relationship ...
Time: 1940s
Place: italy, sicily
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It’s the Law (2017)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A small Sicilian town elects a new, honest major but quickly learns that playing by the rules is not as easy as it seems
Style: entertaining, captivating, humorous, feel good, sincere ...
Audience: date night, boys' night, chick flick
Plot: society, mayor, rivalry, ambition, escapades, adaptation, friendship, corruption, happy ending, obsession, justice, life philosophy ...
Place: sicily
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Amadeus (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA, France, Italy
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: inspirational, epic, atmospheric, visually appealing, clever ...
Audience: date night, adult
Plot: music, mozart, classical music, genius, composer, musician, envy, opera, obsession, rivalry, prodigy, musician's life ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1780s, 1820s, 19th century ...
Place: vienna, austria, italy, europe, central europe
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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: exciting, captivating, sincere, art house, intellectual ...
Audience: date night
Plot: painter, art gallery, nazism, artist, father daughter relationship, world war two, forced abortion, pregnancy, sex scene, nazi, romantic relationship, struggling artist ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1937, 60s ...
Place: east germany, germany, berlin germany, west berlin west germany, west germany ...
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Duck, You Sucker (1971)
Genre: Drama, War, Western
Country: Italy
Duration: 157 min.
Story: At the beginning of the 1913 Mexican Revolution, greedy bandit Juan Miranda and idealist John H. Mallory, an Irish Republican Army explosives expert on the lam from the British, fall in with a band of revolutionaries plotting to strike a national ...
Style: epic, tense, atmospheric, intense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, mexican revolution, revolution, rape, culture clash, redemption, mercenary, chase, haunted by the past, cynicism, friendship between men, flashback ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: mexico, ireland, northern ireland, latin america, mexico city
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Kidz (2020)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Sara and Nicola are expecting their second son. Through the late Mattia Torre's sharp look, all the joys and sorrows of being a parent in the modern day Italy are unraveled in an absolutely brilliant and witty way.
Style: sweet, realistic, semi serious, funny, captivating ...
Plot: parenthood, child, parents, children, family life, motherhood, fatherhood, male female relationship, husband wife relationship, family relations, father son relationship, parents and children ...
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I Can Quit Whenever I Want: Masterclass (2017)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: Italy
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Pietro Zinni is asked by the police to revive the old gang to create a task force that will stop the spread of smart drugs.
Style: funny, parody, captivating, humorous, buddy comedy ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: partners, social relations, misfit partners, unlikely friendships, partners against crime, disorder, friends, drug dealing, drugs, undercover, deception, teamwork ...
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