Italy - Best Foreign Language Film

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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.

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

Votes: 5,695

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.

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

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.

Director: René Clément | Stars: Jean Gabin, Isa Miranda, Vera Talchi, Andrea Checchi

Votes: 621

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.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

Votes: 53,590

Winner

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.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi, Dorian Gray

Votes: 39,105 | Gross: $0.75M

Winner

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.

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori, Totò

Votes: 8,248

Nominated

7. The Great War (1959)

Not Rated | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The Italian Army fought against the Austrians during World War I.

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Vittorio Gassman, Bernard Blier, Folco Lulli

Votes: 3,335

Nominated

8. Kapò (1960)

116 min | Drama, War

A young Jewish girl leads an escape attempt from a concentration camp.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Susan Strasberg, Laurent Terzieff, Emmanuelle Riva, Didi Perego

Votes: 1,701

Nominated

9. La Notte (1961)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

A day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their steadily deteriorating relationship.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Vitti, Bernhard Wicki

Votes: 15,567 | Gross: $0.04M

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 »

Director: Nanni Loy | Stars: Raffaele Barbato, Charles Belmont, Regina Bianchi, Clara Bindi

Votes: 639

Nominated

11. (1963)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama

A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale, Sandra Milo

Votes: 100,222 | Gross: $0.05M

Winner

12. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)

Not Rated | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

Stories about three very different women and the men they attract.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Aldo Giuffrè, Agostino Salvietti

Votes: 6,767

Winner

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.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Aldo Puglisi, Tecla Scarano

Votes: 7,222

Nominated

14. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War

95 Metascore

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Tommaso Neri

Votes: 47,456 | Gross: $0.06M

Nominated

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 »

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Glauco Mauri, Elda Tattoli, Paolo Graziosi, Daniela Surina

Votes: 285

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.

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Monica Vitti, Stanley Baker, Corin Redgrave, Anthony Booth

Votes: 866

Nominated

17. Fellini Satyricon (1969)

R | 129 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Martin Potter, Hiram Keller, Max Born, Salvo Randone

Votes: 13,666

18. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama

89 Metascore

A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.

Director: Elio Petri | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio, Orazio Orlando

Votes: 7,777

Winner

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.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Dominique Sanda, Lino Capolicchio, Helmut Berger, Fabio Testi

Votes: 5,515 | Gross: $0.60M

Winner

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.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Britta Barnes, Peter Gonzales Falcon, Fiona Florence, Pia De Doses

Votes: 10,516

21. Amarcord (1973)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Magali Noël, Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia

Votes: 35,896

Winner

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 »

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Alessandro Momo, Agostina Belli, Moira Orfei

Votes: 3,392

Nominated

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.

Director: Lina Wertmüller | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler, Elena Fiore

Votes: 4,422 | Gross: $0.01M

Nominated

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.

Director: Ettore Scola | Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon, Françoise Berd

Votes: 10,042

Nominated

25. Viva Italia! (1977)

R | 90 min | Comedy

Several episodes depicting Italian's life in short humoristic stories.

Directors: Mario Monicelli, Dino Risi, Ettore Scola | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Ornella Muti, Alberto Sordi, Ugo Tognazzi

Votes: 1,311

Nominated

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.

Director: Franco Brusati | Stars: Mariangela Melato, Eleonora Giorgi, Erland Josephson, Nerina Montagnani

Votes: 259

Nominated

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 »

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Anouk Aimée, Michele Placido, Gisella Burinato

Votes: 191

28. Three Brothers (1981)

PG | 113 min | Drama

Three men face their mother's death.

Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Michele Placido, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Andréa Ferréol

Votes: 1,291

Nominated

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 »

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Omero Antonutti, Margarita Lozano, Claudio Bigagli, Miriam Guidelli

Votes: 3,452

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.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Freddie Jones, Barbara Jefford, Victor Poletti, Peter Cellier

Votes: 4,948

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.

Director: Nanni Loy | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Lina Sastri, Aldo Giuffrè, Clelia Rondinella

Votes: 240

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.

Director: Ettore Scola | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Marcello Mastroianni, Daria Nicolodi, Isa Danieli

Votes: 622 | Gross: $0.43M

33. Summer Night with Greek Profile, Almond Eyes and Scent of Basil (1986)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy

Mariangela Melato (Swept Away) stars as Signora Bolk, a self-made tycoon interested in ecological preservation.

Director: Lina Wertmüller | Stars: Mariangela Melato, Michele Placido, Roberto Herlitzka, Massimo Wertmüller

Votes: 184

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.

Director: Ettore Scola | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Fanny Ardant, Stefania Sandrelli, Emanuele Lamaro

Votes: 1,809 | Gross: $0.35M

Nominated

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.

Director: Ermanno Olmi | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Anthony Quayle, Sandrine Dumas, Dominique Pinon

Votes: 1,305

36. Cinema Paradiso (1988)

R | 155 min | Drama

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli

Votes: 204,845 | Gross: $11.99M

Winner

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 »

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Ennio Fantastichini, Renato Carpentieri, Tuccio Musumeci

Votes: 707 | Gross: $0.12M

Nominated

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.

Director: Gabriele Salvatores | Stars: Diego Abatantuono, Claudio Bigagli, Giuseppe Cederna, Claudio Bisio

Votes: 12,634 | Gross: $4.53M

Winner

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 »

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Enrico Lo Verso, Valentina Scalici, Giuseppe Ieracitano, Florence Darel

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 »

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Enrico Lo Verso, Michele Placido, Piro Milkani, Carmelo Di Mazzarelli

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.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Tiziana Lodato, Franco Scaldati, Leopoldo Trieste

Votes: 4,508 | Gross: $0.12M

Nominated

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 »

Director: Wilma Labate | Stars: Claudio Amendola, Silvio Orlando, Francesca Neri, Vincenzo Peluso

Votes: 132

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 »

Director: Pupi Avati | Stars: Diego Abatantuono, Inés Sastre, Dario Cantarelli, Cinzia Mascoli

Votes: 386 | Gross: $0.09M

45. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 560,870 | Gross: $57.60M

Winner

46. Not of This World (1999)

100 min | Drama

The rumpled owner of a dry-cleaning firm joins forces with a nun to care for an abandoned baby.

Director: Giuseppe Piccioni | Stars: Margherita Buy, Silvio Orlando, Carolina Freschi, Maria Cristina Minerva

Votes: 726

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 »

Director: Marco Tullio Giordana | Stars: Luigi Lo Cascio, Luigi Maria Burruano, Lucia Sardo, Paolo Briguglia

Votes: 4,688

48. The Son's Room (2001)

R | 99 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident.

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante, Jasmine Trinca, Giuseppe Sanfelice

Votes: 16,546 | Gross: $1.01M