Top 400 Italian Films

by minalex | created - 03 Sep 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Most films are directed by Fellini (21), Antonioni (14), Visconti (13), Bertolucci (12), Pasolini (12), P. Taviani (11), Bellocchio (10), Rossellini (10), V. Taviani (10) and Tornatore (9).

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1. The Capture of Roma (1905)

6 min | Short, Drama

The Italian army captures Rome after refusal to surrender this unifying Italy.

Director: Filoteo Alberini | Stars: Ubaldo Maria Del Colle, Carlo Rosaspina

Votes: 235

4. Nero. Or the Fall of Rome. (1909)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Drama

Roman emperor Nero is used to getting what he wants. He has grown tired of his wife Octavia, and has become infatuated with Poppea. He succeeds in making Poppea the new empress, but soon he... See full summary »

Directors: Arturo Ambrosio, Luigi Maggi | Stars: Alberto Capozzi, Lydia De Roberti, Mirra Principi, Luigi Maggi

Votes: 451

8. Dante's Inferno (1911)

68 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Loosely adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy and inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré the original silent film has been restored and has a new score by Tangerine Dream.

Directors: Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, Giuseppe de Liguoro | Stars: Salvatore Papa, Arturo Pirovano, Giuseppe de Liguoro, Pier Delle Vigne

Votes: 2,107

9. The Fall of Troy (1911)

10 min | Short, War

One of the first epics on the History of Movies, it tells the story of the Fall of Troy: Paris seduces Helen, queen of Sparta, and takes her to Troy, city state of his father, King Priam. ... See full summary »

Directors: Luigi Romano Borgnetto, Giovanni Pastrone | Stars: Luigi Romano Borgnetto, Giovanni Casaleggio, Madame Davesnes, Emilio Gallo

Votes: 190

12. Quo Vadis? (1913)

120 min | Drama, History

An epic Italian film "Quo Vadis" influenced many of the later movies.

Director: Enrico Guazzoni | Stars: Amleto Novelli, Gustavo Serena, Carlo Cattaneo, Amelia Cattaneo

Votes: 254

13. The Last Days of Pompeii (1913)

88 min | Adventure, Drama

Two love triangles intersect in ancient Pompei.

Directors: Mario Caserini, Eleuterio Rodolfi | Stars: Fernanda Negri Pouget, Eugenia Tettoni Fior, Ubaldo Stefani, Antonio Grisanti

Votes: 464

14. Cabiria (1914)

Not Rated | 148 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Cabiria is a Roman child when her home is destroyed by a volcano. Sold in Carthage to be sacrificed in a temple, is saved by Fulvio, a Roman spy. But danger lurks, and hatred between Rome and Carthage can only lead to war.

Director: Giovanni Pastrone | Stars: Italia Almirante-Manzini, Lidia Quaranta, Bartolomeo Pagano, Carolina Catena

Votes: 2,928

15. Sperduti nel buio (1914)

66 min | Drama

Paolina is the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Vallenza, and lives as a beggar. She meets with Nunzio, a blind man who plays violin, exploited by his stepfather, and the two fall in ... See full summary »

Director: Nino Martoglio | Stars: Giovanni Grasso Sr., Maria Carmi, Virginia Balestrieri, Vittorina Moneta

16. Love Everlasting (1914)

90 min | Drama

Leslie Swayne, an adventurer, in order to obtain enough money to satisfy the needs of his extravagant life, has been bribed to steal the plans of the fortification from the staff officers ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Caserini | Stars: Lyda Borelli, Mario Bonnard, Gian Paolo Rosmino, Vittorio Rossi Pianelli

Votes: 96

17. The Naked Truth (1914)

Drama

The painter Pierre Bernier becomes famous thanks to the portrait "The Naked Woman" which represents his model, the seductive Lolette. The very evening of his triumph at the Salon des ... See full summary »

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Lyda Borelli, Lamberto Picasso, Ugo Piperno, Wanda Capodaglio

Votes: 8

18. Assunta Spina (1915)

72 min | Drama

Assunta Spina is a tragedy set in Naples at the beginning of the twentieth century. Assunta and Michele are in love but others come between them and there is much jealousy. They fight and ... See full summary »

Directors: Francesca Bertini, Gustavo Serena | Stars: Francesca Bertini, Gustavo Serena, Carlo Benetti, Luciano Albertini

Votes: 370

19. Fedora (1916)

Drama

The story of Russian Princess Fedora (Francesca Bertini), in Czarist times, whose royal lover is assassinated on the eve of their marriage. She pledges vengeance, only to become the victim of her vow when she falls in love again.

Directors: Giuseppe de Liguoro, Gustavo Serena | Stars: Carlo Benetti, Olga Benetti, Francesca Bertini, Vittorio Bianchi

20. Satan's Rhapsody (1917)

55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A Faustian tale about an old woman who makes a pact with Mephisto to regain her youth, in return she must stay away from love. After the deal she meets two brothers who fall in love with her.

Director: Nino Oxilia | Stars: Lyda Borelli, Andrea Habay, Ugo Bazzini, Giovanni Cini

Votes: 563

21. Malombra (1917)

75 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A young woman living in a castle reads letters written by her ancestor and comes to believe that she is the returned spirit of a former aristocrat who once live there.

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Lyda Borelli, Amleto Novelli, Augusto Mastripietri, Amedeo Ciaffi

Votes: 83

22. Cenere (1917)

30 min | Short, Drama

Set in Sardinia, a barren and disconsolate land, where Rosalia, a poor young mother, entrusts her only son, Anania, to the natural father, who is well-off and already married. The years ... See full summary »

Directors: Febo Mari, Arturo Ambrosio | Stars: Eleonora Duse, Febo Mari, Nietta Mordeglia, Ettore Casarotti

Votes: 141

24. Maciste in Hell (1925)

95 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

The devil takes Maciste down to hell in an attempt to corrupt and ruin his morality.

Director: Guido Brignone | Stars: Bartolomeo Pagano, Umberto Guarracino, Mario Saio, Franz Sala

Votes: 391

25. Everybody's Woman (1934)

89 min | Drama

Gaby is expelled from school after a married teacher commits suicide after telling her he can't live without her. Though she has done nothing, she is punished for his act.

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Isa Miranda, Memo Benassi, Tatyana Pavlova, Friedrich Benfer

Votes: 691

26. Scipione l'africano (1937)

83 min | Drama, History, War

A story of the Second Punic Wars, beginning with Scipio's futile pleas to the Roman Senate to build an army to battle Hannibal, that climaxes with the battle of Zama.

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Annibale Ninchi, Camillo Pilotto, Fosco Giachetti, Francesca Braggiotti

Votes: 236

27. An Adventure of Salvator Rosa (1939)

97 min | Adventure

Gino Cervi, Luisa Ferida, and Osvaldo Valenti star in this Italian swashbuckler which would have starred Errol Flynn or Douglas Fairbanks had it been made in Hollywood. Salvatore Rosa was a... See full summary »

Director: Alessandro Blasetti | Stars: Gino Cervi, Luisa Ferida, Rina Morelli, Osvaldo Valenti

Votes: 59

28. The Siege of the Alcazar (1940)

112 min | Drama, War

Set during the Spanish civil war, the story of a commander of a fort Alcazar in Toledo, faithful to general Franco.

Director: Augusto Genina | Stars: Fosco Giachetti, Mireille Balin, María Denis, Rafael Calvo

Votes: 169

29. La corona di ferro (1941)

Not Rated | 83 min | Adventure, Fantasy

A crown, supposedly made from a nail out of the Cross of Christ and the metal of Roman swords, becomes a legend and a symbol of justice.

Director: Alessandro Blasetti | Stars: Elisa Cegani, Luisa Ferida, Rina Morelli, Gino Cervi

Votes: 323

30. Four Steps in the Clouds (1942)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

A family man travelling for work, Paolo Bianchi, meets on a train a lonely girl, Maria. He sees her again on a bus and she reveals him that she's in troubles: she's pregnant, her baby's ... See full summary »

Director: Alessandro Blasetti | Stars: Gino Cervi, Adriana Benetti, Giuditta Rissone, Carlo Romano

Votes: 333

31. We the Living (1942)

Not Rated | 170 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

The time is the Russian Revolution. The place is a country burdened with fear - the midnight knock at the door, the bread hidden against famine, the haunted eyes of the fleeing, the ... See full summary »

Director: Goffredo Alessandrini | Stars: Alida Valli, Fosco Giachetti, Rossano Brazzi, Emilio Cigoli

Votes: 321

32. Malombra (1942)

135 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A nineteenth-century Italian noblewoman, imprisoned in a foreboding lakeside palazzo by her uncle, comes to believe she's possessed by a long ago mistress of the manor.

Director: Mario Soldati | Stars: Isa Miranda, Andrea Checchi, Irasema Dilián, Gualtiero Tumiati

Votes: 130

33. Obsession (1943)

TV-14 | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Gino, a drifter, begins an affair with inn-owner Giovanna as they plan to get rid of her older husband.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Clara Calamai, Massimo Girotti, Dhia Cristiani, Elio Marcuzzo

Votes: 6,377

34. The Children Are Watching Us (1944)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

A four-year old boy, Pricò, becomes the subject of emotional folly by his fluctuant parents and inattentive relatives.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Emilio Cigoli, Luciano De Ambrosis, Isa Pola, Adriano Rimoldi

Votes: 2,210

35. Rome, Open City (1945)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Thriller, War

During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, the Resistance leader, Giorgio Manfredi, is chased by the Nazis as he seeks refuge and a way to escape.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero, Vito Annichiarico

Votes: 21,654

36. Paisan (1946)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, War

The language barrier has tragic consequences in a series of unrelated stories set during the Italian Campaign of WWII.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Carmela Sazio, Gar Moore, William Tubbs, Robert Van Loon

Votes: 6,747

37. Shoeshine (1946)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Rinaldo Smordoni, Franco Interlenghi, Annielo Mele, Bruno Ortensi

Votes: 6,006

38. To Live in Peace (1947)

90 min | Drama, War, Comedy

The peaceful, almost idyllic life of an Italian village is interrupted during the war by the appearance of two American soldiers who keep hiding in the house of one of the villagers.

Director: Luigi Zampa | Stars: Aldo Fabrizi, Gar Moore, Mirella Monti, John Kitzmiller

Votes: 155 | Gross: $2.20M

39. Tragic Hunt (1947)

89 min | Action, Drama

Immediately after the war, a truck on which the newlyweds Michele and Giovanna travel, and the accountant of an agricultural cooperative, charged with bringing four million lire into office, was assaulted by a handful of bandits.

Director: Giuseppe De Santis | Stars: Vivi Gioi, Andrea Checchi, Carla Del Poggio, Vittorio Duse

Votes: 155

40. Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Elena Altieri

Votes: 135,729 | Gross: $0.33M

41. La Terra Trema (1948)

Not Rated | 160 min | Drama

In rural Sicily, the fishermen live at the mercy of the greedy wholesalers. One family risks everything to buy their own boat and operate independently.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Luchino Visconti, Antonio Pietrangeli, Antonio Arcidiacono, Giuseppe Arcidiacono

Votes: 4,058

42. Germany Year Zero (1948)

Not Rated | 78 min | Drama, War

A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post WWII Berlin.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Edmund Moeschke, Ernst Pittschau, Ingetraud Hinze, Franz-Otto Krüger

Votes: 9,432

43. L'amore (1948)

69 min | Drama

In the first episode, a heartbroken woman talks to her ex-lover on the phone. In the second, a pregnant woman believes she is carrying the child of Saint Joseph.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Anna Magnani, Federico Fellini, Peparuolo, Amelia Robert

Votes: 1,257

44. Il dramma di Cristo (1948)

12 min | Documentary, Short

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Directors: Luciano Emmer, Enrico Gras | Star: Gino Cervi

Votes: 5

45. La leggenda di Sant'Orsola (1948)

11 min | Documentary, Short