Italian Underrated Masterpieces!

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1. Jail Break (1961)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

An inept thief wants to escape prison and return to his family, but two of his prison mates also want out.

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Nino Manfredi, Mario Adorf, Valeria Moriconi, Gian Maria Volontè

Votes: 255

2. The Basilisks (1963)

85 min | Drama

The neorealistic story follows the uneventful lives of Francesco, Sergio and Antonio, three young men, who live in a small, poverty-stricken village. Since all three are unemployed they ... See full summary »

Director: Lina Wertmüller | Stars: Antonio Petruzzi, Stefano Satta Flores, Sergio Ferranino, Luigi Barbieri

Votes: 136

3. Between Miracles (1971)

122 min | Comedy

Benedetto is a child who came out of an accident uninjured on his first communion's day. The people of his village attribute that to a miracle and made him undergo a strict religious ... See full summary »

Director: Nino Manfredi | Stars: Nino Manfredi, Lionel Stander, Delia Boccardo, Paola Borboni

Votes: 412

4. Viva Cangaceiro (1970)

104 min | Western

Espidito, survives the massacre of his entire village. A hermit helps him believing he is a Jesus like figure. As "Redeemer" Espidito goes out to help the poor turning to guns and his own rebel band. The discovery of oil twists everything.

Director: Giovanni Fago | Stars: Tomas Milian, Ugo Pagliai, Eduardo Fajardo, Howard Ross

Votes: 160

5. Victory March (1976)

118 min | Drama

The young student Paolo Passeri is firmly anti-militarist but has to do his military service.

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Franco Nero, Miou-Miou, Michele Placido, Ekkehardt Belle

Votes: 196

6. Alla mia cara mamma nel giorno del suo compleanno (1974)

105 min | Comedy

The young noble Didino is a big baby and an introvert man who has trouble to socializing because of the possessive mother. He is still treated in thirty years as a kid and does not know what to do to overcome his shyness.

Director: Luciano Salce | Stars: Paolo Villaggio, Lila Kedrova, Eleonora Giorgi, Antonino Faà di Bruno

Votes: 126

7. Bambina (1974)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In order to convince Raimonda, a wealthy noble woman, to finance his project for a holiday resort, Saverio, a lawyer gets engaged to Clotilde, her mentally-disturbed and sex-obsessed ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Gigi Proietti, Irene Papas, Teresa Ann Savoy, Bruno Cirino

Votes: 169

8. Come Have Coffee with Us (1970)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy

Emerenziano (Ugo Tognazzi) is the middle-aged tax inspector who is in search of a wealthy wife. He travels to northern Italy where he meets three sisters, who, though wealthy, are not by ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Francesca Romana Coluzzi, Angela Goodwin, Milena Vukotic

Votes: 373

10. Roma bene (1971)

100 min | Comedy

The classic scene of the upper middle-class in Rome: a duchess, the industrial husband and the many apparently respectable characters.

Director: Carlo Lizzani | Stars: Senta Berger, Vittorio Caprioli, Franco Fabrizi, Mario Feliciani

Votes: 160

11. Confessions of a Police Captain (1971)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Drama

One of the first films about the mafia occurrence, in which the fight is hopeless, because "the polyp's feeler" reaches everything and everybody. A police inspector and a deputy public ... See full summary »

Director: Damiano Damiani | Stars: Franco Nero, Martin Balsam, Marilù Tolo, Claudio Gora

Votes: 1,055

12. Anima persa (1977)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Bizarre events keep occurring in an old mansion in Venezia, and it's soon obvious that something mysterious is up in the attic.

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Catherine Deneuve, Danilo Mattei, Anicée Alvina

Votes: 647

13. The Ape Woman (1964)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

A modest Neapolitan man meets a young woman with excessive hairiness. He exhibits her at fairs and marries her.It is after marriage that he receives a tempting offer from a French manager.

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Annie Girardot, Achille Majeroni, Filippo Pompa Marcelli

Votes: 559

14. How We Got the Italian Movie Business Into Trouble: The True Story of Franco and Ciccio (2004)

100 min | Documentary

The movie on the career of Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia, from the debut until the death of both. It's composed of selected passages from movies and varieties, and interviews to ... See full summary »

Directors: Daniele Ciprì, Franco Maresco | Stars: Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Giulio Andreotti, Lino Banfi

Votes: 169

15. The Exorcist: Italian Style (1975)

99 min | Comedy, Horror

A satire on the American film "The Exorcist," but with an Italian twist.

Director: Ciccio Ingrassia | Stars: Ciccio Ingrassia, Lino Banfi, Didi Perego, Ubaldo Lay

Votes: 357

16. The Sensuous Sicilian (1973)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

From his youth, Paolo Castorini, a Sicilian baron, is as attracted to women as they to him. Giovanna, a servant girl, Lillian, a serious girlfriend in Rome, a hostess at a post-war party, ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Vicario | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Rossana Podestà, Gastone Moschin, Marianne Comtell

Votes: 108

17. Paolo Barca, maestro elementare, praticamente nudista (1975)

110 min | Comedy

The Milanese nudist professor Paolo Barca moved to the province of Catania; there he will succeed in changing something both in the school and in his character.

Director: Flavio Mogherini | Stars: Janet Agren, Pinuccio Ardia, Florence Barnes, Paola Borboni

Votes: 96

18. Farfallon (1974)

93 min | Comedy

A man who has tried to kill his unfaithful wife goes to prison, escapes, ends up in a convent, teaches the nuns to make cookies, captured again and before going back to prison tries to take... See full summary »

Director: Riccardo Pazzaglia | Stars: Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Fiorenzo Fiorentini, Gina Rovere

Votes: 80

20. Stefano Quantestorie (1993)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

What would it have happened if...? Italian director Maurizio Nichetti replies to this question in this humorous film, where he plays six different roles who meet one another in a way or ... See full summary »

Director: Maurizio Nichetti | Stars: Maurizio Nichetti, Elena Sofia Ricci, Amanda Sandrelli, Caterina Sylos Labini

Votes: 135

21. Devil in the Brain (1972)

106 min | Mystery, Thriller

A child suspected of killing his father is imprisoned in a mental hospital. A doctor finds him mentally healthy and begins to suspect another explanation.

Director: Sergio Sollima | Stars: Stefania Sandrelli, Keir Dullea, Micheline Presle, Tino Buazzelli

Votes: 175

22. In the Name of Love (1973)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An Italian official decides to take it upon himself to free his wife after she's taken hostage by ruthless criminals.

Director: Sergio Sollima | Stars: Oliver Reed, Fabio Testi, Paola Pitagora, Agostina Belli

Votes: 1,414

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