1919 - 1939

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1. 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: 388

2. 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: 685

3. T'amerò sempre (1933)

70 min | Drama, Romance

When young Adriana gives birth to her daughter, she understands that her baby's father won't come back to her; he is, in fact, a playboy, Diego. Years pass by and Adriana is now happy with ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Camerini | Stars: Elsa De Giorgi, Nino Besozzi, Mino Doro, Robert Pizani

Votes: 13

7. Cavalleria (1936)

88 min | Romance, Drama

Umberto Solaro loses the love of his life Speranza, a noble but poor girl who has been forced to marry a rich Austrian army officer. Heartbroken Umberto becomes a riding instructor but ... See full summary »

Director: Goffredo Alessandrini | Stars: Amedeo Nazzari, Elisa Cegani, Luigi Carini, Mario Ferrari

Votes: 36

8. Theodora (1921)

Drama

Teodora, a Roman courtesan and former slave girl, marries the Roman emperor Justinian and assumes the throne as Empress of Rome. But a love affair with a handsome Greek whom she meets in ... See full summary »

Director: Leopoldo Carlucci | Stars: Rita Jolivet, Ferruccio Biancini, René Maupré, Emilia Rosini

Votes: 16

11. I'll Give a Million (1935)

79 min | Comedy

A cynical millionaire announces that he intends to disguise himself as a hobo and give a million lire to anyone who treats him nicely. As a result, every bum in Rome is given the royal ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Camerini | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Assia Noris, Luigi Almirante, Mario Gallina

Votes: 132

14. I Sing for You Alone (1933)

58 min | Comedy

Marcello, a shy tenor, is afraid of singing in public. Two friends of his think of having an elegant youth on the stage pretending to be singing while Marcello dubs him behind the scenes. ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Bonnard | Stars: Tito Schipa, Eduardo De Filippo, Fred Pasquali, Peppino De Filippo

16. The Lady in White (1938)

80 min | Comedy

The lawyer Giulio Gualandi plans yet another escapade in Viareggio while he is with his wife on holiday in Cervinia.

Director: Mario Mattoli | Stars: Elsa Merlini, Nino Besozzi, Enrico Viarisio, Vincenzo Scarpetta

Votes: 8

18. Hands Off Me! (1937)

73 min | Comedy

In his first feature, great Italian clown Totò plays a carefree tramp moving from job to job, in order to provide for himself and his young Shirley Temple-like protégée.

Director: Gero Zambuto | Stars: Totò, Erzsi Paál, Franco Coop, Tina Pica

Votes: 110

19. Casta diva (1935)

87 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Young composer Vincenzo Bellini is still an unknown music student in Napoli when he finds in a maiden's eyes the inspiration for the aria that would become his most beloved one, "Casta Diva".

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Mártha Eggerth, Sandro Palmieri, Gualtiero Tumiati, Lamberto Picasso

Votes: 17

20. Trial and Death of Socrates (1939)

103 min | Drama

The great Greek philosopher Socrates, is accused of corruption of the young.

Director: Corrado D'Errico | Stars: Ermete Zacconi, Rossano Brazzi, Filippo Scelzo, Alfredo De Sanctis

Votes: 26

23. Mister Max (1937)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Romance

Vittorio De Sica, heir to a large sum of money and owner of a newspaper vending stall, makes enough money out of his business to take a vacation at a fashionable resort. He is given a ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Camerini | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Assia Noris, Rubi D'Alma, Lilia Dale

Votes: 175

24. Acciaio (1933)

67 min | Drama

In the huge steel factories in Terni (Umbria, Italy), two friends (Mario and Pietro) fight for the love of the same girl (Gina). Pietro dies because of a work accident at the factory. The ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Ruttmann | Stars: Piero Pastore, Isa Pola, Vittorio Bellaccini, Alfredo Polveroni

Votes: 66

25. Gesuzza the Garibaldian Wife (1933)

75 min | Drama, History

The story is the harried attempt of a Sicilian partisan, as part of the risorgimento, to reach Garibaldi's headquarters in Northern Italy, and to petition the revered revolutionary to ... See full synopsis »

Director: Alessandro Blasetti | Stars: Giuseppe Gulino, Aida Bellia, Gianfranco Giachetti, Mario Ferrari

Votes: 174

27. Lo squadrone bianco (1936)

100 min | War, Drama

Lieutenant Mario Ludovici, an army officer, gets himself transferred to a Libyan post when his romance with society girl Cristiana goes on the rocks. Ludovici is looked upon as a weakling ... See full summary »

Director: Augusto Genina | Stars: Fulvia Lanzi, Francesca Dalpe, Fosco Giachetti, Antonio Centa

Votes: 63

28. Old Guard (1934)

85 min | Drama

The film is set in a small Italian town in 1922, where a local group of Fascist blackshirts battle against rival socialists who have called a strike at the hospital. Mario, the young son of Doctor Cardini, is killed in the fighting.

Director: Alessandro Blasetti | Stars: Gianfranco Giachetti, Mino Doro, Franco Brambilla, Maria Puccini

Votes: 72

29. Luciano Serra, Pilot (1938)

102 min | Drama, War

Successful WWI pilot Luciano Serra has problems adjusting to an ordinary life in peace, so he leaves his family and becomes a pilot in America. In the 30s, his son in Italy wants also to ... See full summary »

Director: Goffredo Alessandrini | Stars: Amedeo Nazzari, Germana Paolieri, Roberto Villa, Mario Ferrari

Votes: 66

30. What Scoundrels Men Are! (1932)

64 min | Comedy, Romance

Bruno, a young Milanese driver, falls in love with Mariuccia, dependent on a perfumery. Wanting to impress her, he shows up for their first date, in his employer's car.

Director: Mario Camerini | Stars: Lia Franca, Vittorio De Sica, Cesare Zoppetti, Aldo Moschino

Votes: 255

31. 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: 234

33. Ball at the Castle (1939)

95 min | Drama, Romance

While on her way to dance class, ballerina Greta Larsen is given a ride by the handsome crown prince Giorgio. Though it's all very innocent, gossiping tongues begin wagging and before long Greta has been identified as the prince's love.

Director: Max Neufeld | Stars: Alida Valli, Antonio Centa, Carlo Lombardi, Sandra Ravel

34. The Two Sergeants (1936)

93 min | Drama

Attempting to cover the fault of one of his subordinates, an officer of the Napoleonic army is condemned to death for treason.

Director: Enrico Guazzoni | Stars: Evi Maltagliati, Gino Cervi, Mino Doro, Luisa Ferida

Votes: 9

39. But It's Nothing Serious (1937)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy, Romance

Based on a Pirandello play, Vittori De Sica plays a wealthy young social lion who has to constantly fight off a horde of women who are eager to marry him because of his position and money. ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Camerini | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Elisa Cegani, Umberto Melnati, Assia Noris

Votes: 32

41. Department Store (1939)

85 min | Drama

In a fit of jealousy, store clerk Assia Norris walks out on her boyfriend and heads for a vacation in the Alps, but not before "borrowing" a high-priced ski wardrobe.

Director: Mario Camerini | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Assia Noris, Enrico Glori, Luisella Beghi

Votes: 111

46. Camicia nera (1933)

73 min | Drama

A Fascist propaganda film that details Italy's sacrifices in WWI and Mussolini's 'transformation' of rural Italy.

Director: Giovacchino Forzano | Stars: Enrico Marroni, Antonietta Mecale, Enrico Da Rosa, Guido Petri

Votes: 38