Must See Italian Movies 1945-1994

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1. 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: 20,931

dir. Roberto Rossellini

2. 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: 5,754

dir. Vittorio De Sica

3. 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: 131,149 | Gross: $0.33M

dir. Vittorio De Sica

4. 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: 3,894

dir. Luchino Visconti

5. Bitter Rice (1949)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

Two criminals on the run end up working in a rice field and decide to recruit other workers for their next robbery.

Director: Giuseppe De Santis | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Doris Dowling, Silvana Mangano, Raf Vallone

Votes: 3,247

dir. Giuseppe De Santis

6. In the Name of the Law (1949)

100 min | Crime, Drama

A young, by-the-book judge is appointed to a Sicilian village controlled by corrupt leaders and the mafia.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Massimo Girotti, Charles Vanel, Jone Salinas, Camillo Mastrocinque

Votes: 313

dir. Pietro Germi

7. Father's Dilemma (1950)

84 min | Comedy

The daughter of Signor Carloni is about to take her first communion. A problem arises when the dressmaker spends too much time working on the girl's communion frock.

Director: Alessandro Blasetti | Stars: Aldo Fabrizi, Gaby Morlay, Ludmilla Dudarova, Lucien Baroux

Votes: 144

dir. Alessandro Blasetti

8. Side Street Story (1950)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy

A combination of a satire on war and a comedy with war as the background. It tells of the ordinary people living on a Naples sidestreet, from 1940 to 1950 under the dominance of the ... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo De Filippo | Stars: Eduardo De Filippo, Leda Gloria, Delia Scala, Gianni Musy

Votes: 264

dir. Eduardo De Filippo

9. The Path of Hope (1950)

105 min | Adventure, Drama

The story of a group of Sicilian miners and their families decide to illegally cross the border to France and their hardships.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Raf Vallone, Elena Varzi, Saro Urzì, Franco Navarra

Votes: 406

dir. Pietro Germi

10. Attention! Bandits! (1951)

90 min | Drama, War

About a group of Italian resistance fighters from Genoa and led by Commander Vento. They must seize a shipment of weapons destined for the German occupation.

Director: Carlo Lizzani | Stars: Gina Lollobrigida, Andrea Checchi, Vittorio Duse, Lamberto Maggiorani

Votes: 196

dir. Carlo Lizzani

11. Miracle in Milan (1951)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

An open hearted and unrelentingly energetic orphan struggles to make the best out of his life on the streets of Milan.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Emma Gramatica, Francesco Golisano, Paolo Stoppa, Guglielmo Barnabò

Votes: 5,588

dir. Vittorio De Sica

12. Beautiful (1951)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

A woman from the low class desperately tries to get her daughter into the movies.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Anna Magnani, Walter Chiari, Tina Apicella, Gastone Renzelli

Votes: 3,604

dir. Luchino Visconti

13. Cops and Robbers (1951)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

Esposito is a thief who cons tourists in Rome. A lengthy persecution by police Bottoni, who manages to catch it starts. In an oversight Esposito manages to flee again. Bottoni superiors inform him that if no catches him will lose his job.

Directors: Mario Monicelli, Steno | Stars: Aldo Fabrizi, Totò, Ave Ninchi, William Tubbs

Votes: 1,164

dir. Mario Monicelli & Steno (Stefano Vanzina)

14. The Passaguai Family (1951)

95 min | Comedy

A Sunday at the beach for the Passaguai family is a succession of more or less pleasant adventures.

Director: Aldo Fabrizi | Stars: Aldo Fabrizi, Peppino De Filippo, Ave Ninchi, Luigi Pavese

Votes: 129

dir. Aldo Fabrizi

15. Umberto D. (1952)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

92 Metascore

An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova

Votes: 20,621 | Gross: $0.07M

dir. Vittorio De Sica

16. Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952)

110 min | Comedy, Romance

The story concerns the romance between Carmela and Antonio. The ardor is one-sided at first, but Carmela is a determined young woman, willing to scale and conquer any obstacle in pursuing ... See full summary »

Director: Renato Castellani | Stars: Maria Fiore, Vincenzo Musolino, Filomena Russo, Luigi Astarita

Votes: 446

dir. Renato Castellani

17. I Vitelloni (1953)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Franco Interlenghi, Leopoldo Trieste

Votes: 13,264 | Gross: $0.10M

dir. Federico Fellini

18. Miseria e nobiltà (1954)

60 min | Comedy

"Miseria e Nobiltà" tells the story of the humble families of Felice Pasquale and his colleague who are hired by a Marquis who wants to marry the daughter of a rich but simple cook, So they pose as aristocrats.

Director: Mario Mattoli | Stars: Totò, Sophia Loren, Enzo Turco, Dolores Palumbo

Votes: 1,272

dir. Mario Mattoli

19. An American in Rome (1954)

94 min | Comedy

Nando Moriconi is a young Italian living in Rome. He is fond for everything coming from the United States. He tries to speak American-English, to wear clothes he thinks Americans wear, to ... See full summary »

Director: Steno | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Maria Pia Casilio, Ilse Peterson, Anita Durante

Votes: 1,368

dir. Steno (Stefano Vanzina)

20. Abandoned (1955)

102 min | Drama

In the summer of 1943 Countess Luisa and her son Andrea left Milan to escape the bombings and retreated to their country villa, where they host two of Andrea's contemporaries, cousin Carlo,... See full summary »

Director: Francesco Maselli | Stars: Lucia Bosé, Isa Miranda, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Goliarda Sapienza

Votes: 129

dir. Francesco Maselli

21. Are We Men or Corporals? (1955)

95 min | Comedy

These are the years of the Second World War, and Toto is imprisoned in a concentration camp, suffering the harassment of Colonel Hammler, a Nazi cruel and despotic.

Director: Camillo Mastrocinque | Stars: Totò, Paolo Stoppa, Fiorella Mari, Mara Werlen

Votes: 396

dir. Camillo Mastrocinque

22. The Band of Honest Men (1956)

106 min | Comedy

Three decent but clumsy men facing economic difficulties reluctantly start to fabricate counterfeit bills; the son of one of them is the cop who follows the case, ignoring his father's involvement.

Director: Camillo Mastrocinque | Stars: Totò, Peppino De Filippo, Giulia Rubini, Giacomo Furia

Votes: 1,033

dir. Camillo Mastrocinque

23. Lust of the Vampire (1957)

82 min | Horror

A mad scientist captures young women and drains their blood, in order to keep alive an ancient, evil duchess.

Directors: Riccardo Freda, Mario Bava | Stars: Gianna Maria Canale, Carlo D'Angelo, Dario Michaelis, Wandisa Guida

Votes: 1,320

dir. Riccardo Freda

24. 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: 39,403 | Gross: $0.75M

dir. Federico Fellini

25. 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: 8,332

dir. Mario Monicelli

26. The Facts of Murder (1959)

115 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A police detective and his team attempt to solve two crimes committed within a day of each other in neighboring apartment rooms.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Pietro Germi, Claudia Cardinale, Franco Fabrizi, Cristina Gaioni

Votes: 852

dir. Pietro Germi

27. The Widower (1959)

87 min | Comedy

Alberto Nardi (Alberto Sordi) is a Roman businessman who fancies himself a man of great capabilities, but whose factory (producing lifts and elevators) teeters perennially on the brink of ... See full summary »

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Franca Valeri, Livio Lorenzon, Nando Bruno

Votes: 873

dir. Dino Risi

28. 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: 3,357

dir. Mario Monicelli

29. L'Avventura (1960)

Not Rated | 144 min | Drama, Mystery

A woman disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip. During the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari, Dominique Blanchar

Votes: 23,485

dir. Michelangelo Antonioni

30. Everybody Go Home! (1960)

122 min | Comedy, Drama, War

When Italy surrenders to the Allies, part of the Italian army is dispersed and soldiers begin to return to their homes.

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Serge Reggiani, Carla Gravina, Martin Balsam

Votes: 845

dir. Luigi Comencini

31. Mill of the Stone Women (1960)

96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

In 19th century Holland, a professor of fine arts and an unlicensed surgeon run a secret lab where the professor's ill daughter receives blood-transfusions from kidnapped female victims who posthumously become macabre art.

Director: Giorgio Ferroni | Stars: Pierre Brice, Scilla Gabel, Wolfgang Preiss, Dany Carrel

Votes: 1,176

dir. Giorgio Ferroni

32. Il vigile (1960)

104 min | Comedy

An unemployed man gets a job as traffic policeman but the traffic in the big city creates innumerous problems for the poor guy.

Director: Luigi Zampa | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Vittorio De Sica, Marisa Merlini, Mara Berni

Votes: 1,052

dir. Luigi Zampa

33. La Dolce Vita (1960)

Not Rated | 174 min | Comedy, Drama

93 Metascore

A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux

Votes: 60,021 | Gross: $19.52M

dir. Federico Fellini

34. Black Sunday (1960)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror

A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant, with only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor standing in her way.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi, Ivo Garrani

Votes: 12,299

dir. Mario Bava

35. Chi si ferma è perduto (1960)

101 min | Comedy

When their boss dies two clerks eagerly wait for the next one to arrive. Each one of them hopes to become the apple of his eye. They compete in every possible way to win him over causing ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Totò, Peppino De Filippo, Aroldo Tieri, Luigi De Filippo

Votes: 235

dir. Sergio Corbucci

36. Divorce Italian Style (1961)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A married Sicilian baron falls in love with his cousin and vows to wed her, but with divorce illegal he must concoct a crime of passion to do away with his wife.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocca, Stefania Sandrelli, Leopoldo Trieste

Votes: 10,420

dir. Pietro Germi

37. The Fascist (1961)

102 min | Comedy

The quest of a fascist soldier whose mission is to catch a political enemy during the end of the WWII.

Director: Luciano Salce | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Georges Wilson, Mireille Granelli, Stefania Sandrelli

Votes: 538

dir. Luciano Salce

38. Il Sorpasso (1962)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

An impulsive braggart takes a shy law student for a two-day ride through the Roman and Tuscany countries.

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Catherine Spaak, Claudio Gora

Votes: 7,958

dir. Dino Risi

39. The Police Commissioner (1962)

Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Popular Italian comic Alberto Sordi does an excellent job of creating a bumbling yet effective police inspector by the unlikely name of Dante Lombardozzi, in this entertaining comedy-murder mystery by director Luigi Comencini.

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Alessandro Cutolo, Franca Tamantini, Alfredo Leggi

Votes: 131

dir. Luigi Comencini

40. Totò diabolicus (1962)

95 min | Comedy

The marquis Galeazzo di Torre Alta is murdered by a mysterious killer who calls himself Diabolicus. His heirs are his three brothers and a sister, but all of them, with the exception of ... See full summary »

Director: Steno | Stars: Totò, Raimondo Vianello, Nadia Sanders, Luigi Pavese

Votes: 405

dir. Steno (Stefano Vanzina)

41. La legge della tromba (1962)

85 min | Comedy

After a failed attempt of holdup, Celestino and its friends end up in prison. They return to freedom with an amnesty, and they try to find a job.

Director: Augusto Tretti | Stars: Maria Boto, Mario Boto, Angelo Paccagnini, Eugenia Tretti

Votes: 25

dir. Augusto Tretti

42. Mafioso (1962)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

When a good-natured factory supervisor living in Milan with his Northern wife returns to his native Sicily, a decades' old oath forces him to fulfill a nightmarish obligation.

Director: Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Norma Bengell, Gabriella Conti, Ugo Attanasio

Votes: 2,040 | Gross: $0.40M

dir. Alberto Lattuada

43. Mamma Roma (1962)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Having renounced her ignominious past, a former streetwalker reunites with her son. However, an extortion scheme endangers her aspirations for a decent bourgeois life. Can she protect him from the same snares that wounded her youth?

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti, Silvana Corsini

Votes: 7,478

dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini

44. 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, Silvana Buzzanca

Votes: 645

dir. Nanni Loy

45. Salvatore Giuliano (1962)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama, History

The unclear and complicated twists between governal powers, independentist party and Mafia in the Sicily of the '40s culminate with the death of Salvatore Giuliano.

Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: Frank Wolff, Salvo Randone, Frederico Zardi, Pippo Agusta

Votes: 2,562

dir. Francesco Rosi

46. March on Rome (1962)

94 min | Comedy

After the 1st world war, two veterans, starving, but fools, are enlisted with the fascists, where they can eat. But when it comes to killing, they drop out.

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Ugo Tognazzi, Roger Hanin, Mario Brega

Votes: 429

dir. Dino Risi

47. (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: 100,811 | Gross: $0.05M

dir. Federico Fellini

48. Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963)

Not Rated | 122 min | Comedy, Drama

4 short films by a quartet of directors. Rosselini's 'Chastity' ('Illibatezza') deals with an attractive air hostess who receives the unwelcome attentions of a middle aged American. ... See full summary »

Directors: Jean-Luc Godard, Ugo Gregoretti, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Rosanna Schiaffino, Bruce Balaban, Maria Pia Schiaffino, Jean-Marc Bory

Votes: 1,402

Fragment: "La ricotta", dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini