Best movies from Italy, 2000-ongoing, no particular order

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1. This Is Not Paradise (2000)

92 min | Crime, Drama

Renato and his best friend Walter live two unsatisfied lives. The two decide that the only way they can ever change for the better is by robbing a postal van and escape to Costa Rica. Their... See full summary »

Director: Gianluca Maria Tavarelli | Stars: Fabrizio Gifuni, Valerio Binasco, Antonio Catania, Erika Bernardi

Votes: 75

2. Pure Hearts (2017)

115 min | Drama, Romance

Agnese and Stefano are profoundly different. She is only seventeen, lives with her mother (a harsh but devoted woman and a regular church-goer) and is about to take a vow of chastity to ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto De Paolis | Stars: Selene Caramazza, Simone Liberati, Barbora Bobulova, Stefano Fresi

Votes: 476

3. The Girl in the Fog (2017)

PG-13 | 128 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Special agent Vogel is sent to an isolated town in a remote mountain valley to investigate the case of a sixteen years old's disappearance.

Director: Donato Carrisi | Stars: Toni Servillo, Alessio Boni, Lorenzo Richelmy, Galatea Ranzi

Votes: 5,776

4. Worldly Girl (2016)

101 min | Drama, Romance

When Giulia meets Libero, she discovers there may be another destiny awaiting her, as they embark on an intense period together. A choice that leads to Giulia being completely cut off from the Jehovah's Witness world she belongs to.

Director: Marco Danieli | Stars: Sara Serraiocco, Michele Riondino, Marco Leonardi, Stefania Montorsi

Votes: 340

5. Two Friends (2002)

86 min | Drama

Two Sicilian friends, Nunzio and Pino, share the same apartment in Turin. Nunzio works in a factory but is laid off because of his illness. Pino, on the other hand, is a mysterious man and ... See full summary »

Directors: Spiro Scimone, Francesco Sframeli | Stars: Francesco Sframeli, Spiro Scimone, Teresa Saponangelo, Felice Andreasi

Votes: 148

7. Alaska (I) (2015)

125 min | Drama, Romance

Fausto and Nadine meet for the first time in a hotel in Paris. They both are fragile, alone and obsessed with an unreachable desire of happiness. Fausto is an Italian man who moved to ... See full summary »

Director: Claudio Cupellini | Stars: Elio Germano, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Valerio Binasco, Elena Radonicich

Votes: 1,546

8. Gomorrah (2008)

Not Rated | 137 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Scampia Vele is the corbusian architecture which has become a stronghold for Mafia of Naples, Italy.

Director: Matteo Garrone | Stars: Gianfelice Imparato, Salvatore Abbruzzese, Toni Servillo, Simone Sacchettino

Votes: 44,213 | Gross: $1.58M

9. Italian Race (2016)

118 min | Drama, Sport

Giulia is a young promise of GT racing. When her life falls apart, her only hope is her brother, a drug addict and former rally champion.

Director: Matteo Rovere | Stars: Stefano Accorsi, Matilda De Angelis, Paolo Graziosi, Lorenzo Gioielli

Votes: 3,816

10. The Consequences of Love (2004)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

An introverted man's life changes completely when he finds himself attracted to a young bar-maid.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Toni Servillo, Olivia Magnani, Adriano Giannini, Antonio Ballerio

Votes: 13,771

11. Black Souls (2014)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

The story of three brothers, the sons of a shepherd, close to the ndrangheta and of their divided soul.

Director: Francesco Munzi | Stars: Marco Leonardi, Peppino Mazzotta, Fabrizio Ferracane, Barbora Bobulova

Votes: 2,477 | Gross: $0.10M

12. The Fifth Wheel (2013)

113 min | Comedy, Drama

The life of a sub-proletarian boy in Rome through the Seventies and Eighties, choosing his own path with his lifetimes friends and family.

Director: Giovanni Veronesi | Stars: Elio Germano, Alessandra Mastronardi, Ricky Memphis, Sergio Rubini

Votes: 562

13. Easy! (2011)

101 min | Comedy

The life of a melancholy professor is turned upside down when he discovers that a rebellious teenager he is tutoring is actually his son.

Director: Francesco Bruni | Stars: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Barbora Bobulova, Stefano Brunori, Franco Campiti

Votes: 1,249

14. Azzurro (2000)

84 min | Drama

75-year-old Giuseppe De Metrio has spent 30 years in Geneva, as foreign worker for the Broyer company. Upon retirement, he returned to Puglia, Italy, where his family had continued to live.... See full summary »

Director: Denis Rabaglia | Stars: Paolo Villaggio, Francesca Pipoli, Marie-Christine Barrault, Jean-Luc Bideau

Votes: 169

15. Il Divo (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama

81 Metascore

The story of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti, who has served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times since the restoration of democracy in 1946.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Giulio Bosetti, Flavio Bucci

Votes: 14,775 | Gross: $0.24M

16. Il ritorno di Cagliostro (2003)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

In the Sicily of the late 1940s, two brother sculptors, tired of selling madonnas to the local churches, finally realize their dream, and set up a Sicilian production company, thanks to the... See full summary »

Directors: Daniele Ciprì, Franco Maresco | Stars: Luigi Maria Burruano, Franco Scaldati, Pietro Giordano, Davide Marotta

Votes: 299

17. My Mother's Smile (2002)

105 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A celebrated painter receives a visit from a cardinal's assistant, who informs him that his mother could become a saint.

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Jacqueline Lustig, Chiara Conti, Gigio Alberti

Votes: 1,629 | Gross: $0.04M

18. They Call Me Jeeg (2015)

112 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Enzo, a lonely and misanthropic small time crook, uses the superpowers gained after falling in the Tiber river to chase down a crazy gangster called "The gypsy".

Director: Gabriele Mainetti | Stars: Claudio Santamaria, Luca Marinelli, Ilenia Pastorelli, Stefano Ambrogi

Votes: 11,750

20. I Can Quit Whenever I Want (2014)

100 min | Comedy, Crime

A university researcher is fired because of the cuts to university. To earn a living he decides to produce drugs recruiting his former colleagues, who despite their skills are living at the margins of society.

Director: Sydney Sibilia | Stars: Edoardo Leo, Valeria Solarino, Valerio Aprea, Paolo Calabresi

Votes: 6,762

21. Perez. (2014)

94 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A lawyer has to cross the edge between law and crime to protect his family.

Director: Edoardo De Angelis | Stars: Luca Zingaretti, Marco D'Amore, Simona Tabasco, Giampaolo Fabrizio

Votes: 551

22. Naples in Veils (2017)

113 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

In a Naples suspended between magic and superstition, madness and rationality, a mystery envelops the existence of Adriana, overwhelmed by a sudden love and a violent crime.

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek | Stars: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Alessandro Borghi, Anna Bonaiuto, Peppe Barra

Votes: 1,732

23. Remember Me, My Love (2003)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

53 Metascore

In the dysfunctional Italian middle-class family Ristuccia, the middle-aged executive Carlo has a stalled life without passion, bored in his work and having a monotonous life with his wife ... See full summary »

Director: Gabriele Muccino | Stars: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Laura Morante, Nicoletta Romanoff, Monica Bellucci

Votes: 3,907 | Gross: $0.22M

24. Caesar Must Die (2012)

Unrated | 77 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar."

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano, Giovanni Arcuri, Antonio Frasca

Votes: 5,778

25. Gorbaciof (2010)

85 min | Crime, Drama

Marino Pacileo, known as "Gorbaciof" due to the prominent birthmark on his forehead, is an accountant at Poggioreale Prison in Naples. Pacileo, silent and shy, has only one passion in life:... See full summary »

Director: Stefano Incerti | Stars: Toni Servillo, Mi Yang, Geppy Gleijeses, Gaetano Bruno

Votes: 660

26. The Jewel (2011)

110 min | Drama

Ernesto Bolta is the accountant of LEDA, a big agribusiness. Its founder, Amanzio Rastelli, appointed several of his relations to managerial positions and the firm decided quite lightly to ... See full summary »

Director: Andrea Molaioli | Stars: Toni Servillo, Remo Girone, Sarah Felberbaum, Fausto Maria Sciarappa

Votes: 1,014

27. Raise Your Head (2009)

86 min | Drama

Mero, a skilled shipyard worker, is a single father. His son Lorenzo, born from a relationship with an Albanian girl, is his only reason for living. The father dreams that the boy will ... See full summary »

Director: Alessandro Angelini | Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Anita Kravos, Giorgio Colangeli, Gabriele Campanelli

Votes: 166

28. The Great Beauty (2013)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso

Votes: 74,126 | Gross: $2.85M

31. Indivisible (2016)

100 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Daisy and Violet are twin sisters on the verge of turning 18. They are blessed with beautiful voices and are sought after to sing at weddings, communions and baptisms. Their real draw is ... See full summary »

Director: Edoardo De Angelis | Stars: Angela Fontana, Marianna Fontana, Antonia Truppo, Toni Laudadio

Votes: 1,002

33. Il padre d'Italia (2017)

92 min | Drama

Paolo and Mia, an introverted clerk and a unconventional pregnant woman, go on a journey looking for the father of Mia's unborn daughter.

Director: Fabio Mollo | Stars: Luca Marinelli, Isabella Ragonese, Anna Ferruzzo, Mario Sgueglia

Votes: 509

34. Facing Windows (2003)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

Overburdened and stuck in a greying marriage, Giovanna takes to caring for the Jewish Holocaust survivor her husband brings home. As she begins to reflect on her life, she turns to the man who lives across from her ...

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek | Stars: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Massimo Girotti, Raoul Bova, Filippo Nigro

Votes: 10,231 | Gross: $0.54M

35. Dentro la città (2004)

Action, Crime, Drama

Superintendent Chessari is sent to run a small police station on the outskirts of Rome - a temporary posting in a difficult area, with not much backing and very few staff. His deputy, ... See full summary »

Director: Andrea Costantini | Stars: Edoardo Leo, Elisabetta Cavallotti, Luca Ward, Simone Colombari

Votes: 53

36. Don't Tell (2005)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery

52 Metascore

Sabina has a regular life. She is satisfied with her job and her love for Franco. Lately nightmares start disturbing her, and almost in the same time she discovers to be pregnant. Step by ... See full summary »

Director: Cristina Comencini | Stars: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessio Boni, Stefania Rocca

Votes: 2,283 | Gross: $0.03M

37. Our Land (2006)

112 min | Crime, Drama

When the efforts of a Philosophy teacher from the Italian Region of Puglia and his two brothers to sell an old family farm are stalled by their aggressive step-brother, the family's dark past is soon dragged into the harsh light.

Director: Sergio Rubini | Stars: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Paolo Briguglia, Massimo Venturiello, Emilio Solfrizzi

Votes: 469

39. We Can Do That (2008)

111 min | Comedy

Set in Italy in the early 1980s the film follows Nello (Claudio Bisio), the recently hired director of a newly developed work cooperative of former mental patients. After the closure of ... See full summary »

Director: Giulio Manfredonia | Stars: Claudio Bisio, Anita Caprioli, Giuseppe Battiston, Giorgio Colangeli

Votes: 1,485

41. Ten Winters (2009)

99 min | Romance

Born of a chance meeting in Venice, Silvestro and Camilla's rocky romance unfolds over 10 winters as new lovers come and go but they are eternally thrust back into one another's arms.

Director: Valerio Mieli | Stars: Isabella Ragonese, Michele Riondino, Glen Blackhall, Sergey Zhigunov

Votes: 908

42. It Was the Son (2012)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

Palermo in the 1970s. The Ciraulos are modest scrap dealers whose uneventful lives are turned upside down the day their youngest daughter is accidentally killed by clumsy killers. Their ... See full summary »

Director: Daniele Ciprì | Stars: Toni Servillo, Giselda Volodi, Alfredo Castro, Aurora Quattrocchi

Votes: 1,088

44. The Red and the Blue (2012)

98 min | Drama

The story of a teacher and his students, set in an Italian high school.

Director: Giuseppe Piccioni | Stars: Margherita Buy, Riccardo Scamarcio, Roberto Herlitzka, Silvia D'Amico

Votes: 661

45. The First Beautiful Thing (2010)

Not Rated | 122 min | Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

A misanthropic professor returns to his hometown to assist his dying mother.

Director: Paolo Virzì | Stars: Valerio Mastandrea, Micaela Ramazzotti, Stefania Sandrelli, Claudia Pandolfi

Votes: 4,416

46. 18 Years Later (2010)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

Two estranged brothers, traveling in a classically restored Morgan convertible, are obliged to deliver their father's ashes to his hometown in Calabria. Genziano (co-writer Marco Bonini) ... See full summary »

Director: Edoardo Leo | Stars: Marco Bonini, Edoardo Leo, Sabrina Impacciatore, Eugenia Costantini

Votes: 328

47. Giovanna's Father (2008)

104 min | Drama, War

Bologna, Italy, Pre-war scenario. Michele Casali's only teenage daughter, Giovanna Casali, poses a problem to him. Driven by jealousy, she has just killed her best friend. After a painful ... See full summary »

Director: Pupi Avati | Stars: Silvio Orlando, Francesca Neri, Ezio Greggio, Alba Rohrwacher

Votes: 876

48. The Early Bird Catches the Worm (2008)

105 min | Comedy

6.1