Italy - Best Foreign Language Filmby BrunoRibeiro90 | created - 6 months ago | updated - 6 months ago | Public
Italian submissions for the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film
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1. 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.
Winner (Honorary Award)
2. 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.
Votes: 129,876 | Gross: $0.33M
Winner (Honorary Award)
3. The Walls of Malapaga (1949)
89 min | Drama, Romance
A French fugitive arrives in Genoa, where he becomes entangled with an Italian woman and her daughter.
Winner (Honorary Award)
4. La Strada (1954)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama
A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.
5. The Nights of Cabiria (1957)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak.
Votes: 39,105 | Gross: $0.75M
6. Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)
Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime
A motley quintet of inept small-time thieves attempt the burglary of a local pawnshop in this Italian farce.
7. The Great War (1959)
Not Rated | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, War
The Italian Army fought against the Austrians during World War I.
8. Kapò (1960)
116 min | Drama, War
A young Jewish girl leads an escape attempt from a concentration camp.
10. The Four Days of Naples (1962)
120 min | Drama, War
The film shows the history of the Neapolitan popular revolt against the invading Germans, during the second world war. During the four days in Naples the revolt turns over in just few hours... See full summary »
11. 8½ (1963)
Not Rated | 138 min | Drama
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.
Votes: 100,222 | Gross: $0.05M
12. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)
Not Rated | 119 min | Comedy, Romance
Stories about three very different women and the men they attract.
13. Marriage Italian Style (1964)
Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The rich man Domenico and Filumena, a penniless prostitute, share great part of their lives in the immediate post WWII Italy.
14. The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.
Votes: 47,456 | Gross: $0.06M
15. China Is Near (1967)
107 min | Drama
A pair of working class lovers - a secretary and an accountant, scheme to marry into the rich landed gentry. Their targets are a professor, Vittorio Gordini Malvezzi ,(Glauco Mauri), who is... See full summary »
16. The Girl with a Pistol (1968)
M | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A Sicilian woman, "dishonored" by her lover, goes to England with a pistol intending to murder him.
18. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama
A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.
19. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
R | 94 min | Drama, History, War
The story of the Finzi-Continis, a noble family of Ferrara, during the Jewish persecution in Italy's 1930s.
Votes: 5,515 | Gross: $0.60M
20. Roma (1972)
R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama
A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital, most of it based on director Federico Fellini's life.
21. Amarcord (1973)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama
A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town.
22. Scent of a Woman (1974)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama
An army cadet accompanies an irascible, blind captain on a week-long trip from Turin to Naples. The captain, Fausto, who wants no pity, brooks no disagreement, and charges into every ... See full summary »
23. Seven Beauties (1975)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War
The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso.
Votes: 4,422 | Gross: $0.01M
24. A Special Day (1977)
Not Rated | 106 min | Drama
Two neighbors, a persecuted journalist and a resigned housewife, meet during Hitler's visit to Italy in May 1938.
25. Viva Italia! (1977)
R | 90 min | Comedy
Several episodes depicting Italian's life in short humoristic stories.
26. To Forget Venice (1979)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
A gay brother visits his childhood home where his lesbian sister still lives. They reminisce about the better past and their parents.
27. A Leap in the Dark (1980)
120 min | Drama, Romance
Mauro, a judge, is worried about his older sister Marta, who took care of him since he was a boy, and is now affected by psychic problems and suicide fantasies. She seems to recover from ... See full summary »
28. Three Brothers (1981)
PG | 113 min | Drama
Three men face their mother's death.
29. The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)
R | 107 min | Drama, Romance, War
The Night of San Lorenzo, the night of the shooting stars, is the night when dreams come true in Italian folklore. In 1944, a group of Italians flee their town after hearing rumours that ... See full summary »
30. And the Ship Sails On (1983)
PG | 128 min | Drama, History, Music
In 1914, a luxury ship leaves Italy in order to scatter the ashes of a famous opera singer. A lovable bumbling journalist chronicles the voyage and meets the singer's many eccentric friends and admirers.
31. Where's Picone? (1984)
122 min | Comedy
During a debate in Naples' town hall in the early 80s, Pasquale Picone, a former steel-worker who has recently lost his job, sets himself on fire in front of the Municipal Council.
32. Macaroni (1985)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama
A businessman from the United States returns to Italy for the first time in four decades only to discover that an old girlfriend of his, along with her brother, have involved him in a massive hoax.
Votes: 622 | Gross: $0.43M
Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy
Mariangela Melato (Swept Away) stars as Signora Bolk, a self-made tycoon interested in ecological preservation.
34. The Family (1987)
PG | 127 min | Drama, Romance
With the background of the XX century Italian history, Carlo, a retired teacher, traces the vicissitudes of his family.
Votes: 1,809 | Gross: $0.35M
35. The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988)
Not Rated | 128 min | Drama
An alcoholic homeless man is given two hundred francs by a stranger, who requests that when he can he will return the money to Saint Therese in the cathedral.
36. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
R | 155 min | Drama
A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.
Votes: 204,845 | Gross: $11.99M
37. Open Doors (1990)
R | 108 min | Crime, Drama
Tommaso Scalia is a man who commits three murders: he killed his superior who sacked him, he kills the man who replaced him, and he kills his own wife. He wants a quick trial and an early ... See full summary »
Votes: 707 | Gross: $0.12M
38. Mediterraneo (1991)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, War
In WW2, an Italian Army unit of misfits occupies an isolated non-strategic Greek island for the duration of the war.
Votes: 12,634 | Gross: $4.53M
39. The Stolen Children (1992)
114 min | Drama
Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,285 | Gross: $0.93M
41. Lamerica (1994)
116 min | Drama
Two Italian racketeers come to Albania just after the fall of the communists to set up a fictive firm and pocket the grants. They need a stooge. They choose an old one in a jail : Spiro. ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,945 | Gross: $0.44M
42. The Star Maker (1995)
R | 113 min | Drama, Romance
A photographer and the types of people he encounters.
Votes: 4,508 | Gross: $0.12M
43. La mia generazione (1996)
95 min | Drama
A terrorist is taken from South to North of Italy to meet his woman. What is happening in his mind? Could he betray and speak? It's what the Army official who's taking him to the woman is ... See full summary »
44. The Best Man (1997)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama
Incredibly, the bride at the altar falls in love with the best man on first sight, and even though he makes efforts to avoid her infatuation with him, she is determined to annul her ... See full summary »
Votes: 386 | Gross: $0.09M
45. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.
Votes: 560,870 | Gross: $57.60M
47. One Hundred Steps (2000)
114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
"I cento passi" (one hundred steps) was the distance between the Impastatos' house and the house of Tano Badalamenti, an important Mafia boss, in the small Sicilian town of Cinisi. The ... See full summary »
49. Pinocchio (2002)
G | 108 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy