Best Italian Movies of all time

Introduction to the best Italian movies

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Here you get acquainted with Italian cinema. We have put together a top 10 of the best Italian Movies of all time. Italian films are probably the most beautiful in the world. Italy has had plenty of international successes proving that it is among the greatest film countries in worldwide. By clicking on the titles you will get access to reviews and trailers of the movie of your choice. Please feel free to leave your own review. And do not forget to rate the movies. If you wish to read more about Italian cinema you should have a look in our Italian Movies Section. For now, we hope you will enjoy our best Italian Movies.


1. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)

  • Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore
  • Cast: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale and Antonella Attili
  • IMDb Rating: 8.5.

Our no. 1 pick of the best Italian Movies

An Italian filmmaker looks back on his childhood in which he spend his time at the movie theater. Our #1 European movie and best Italian film.

2. 8½ (1963)

  • Directed by Federico Fellini
  • Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée and Claudia Cardinale
  • IMDb Rating: 8.2.

An Italian film Classic

An Italian director throws himself into his memories and fantasies. According to most critics Fellini’s finest masterpiece of his filming career.

3. La meglio gioventù – The best of Youth (2003)

  • Directed by Marco Tullio Giordana.
  • Cast: Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessio Boni and Jasmine Trinca
  • IMDb Rating: 8.3

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The life story of two Italian brothers from the sixties up to 2000. A very long film, so you better prepare for sitting on your couch for a while. But do not worry. It is worth it.

4. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo – The good, the bad and the ugly (1966).

  • Directed by Sergio Leone.
  • Cast: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach.
  • IMDb rating: 9.0.
  • Western.

The most famous Italian Western movie

The story is about an alliance between two cowboys against a third one. This in their hunt for a hidden treasure of gold.

5. La vita è bella – Life is beautiful (1997)

  • Director: Roberto Benigni.
  • Cast: Roberto Benigni,  Giorgio Cantarini and Nicoletta Braschi.
  • IMDb Rating: 8.5.
  • Drama / Comedy / Romance.

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The touching story of an Italian man who used his humor and originality to make a Nazi concentration camp in to a game. This to make his son not understand the horrors that were taking place. This can be considered to be one of the best Italian movies. It was very popular and the highest grossing Italian movie.

6. Ladri di biciclette – Bicycle thieves (1948).

  • Director: Vittoria de Sica
  • Cast Lamberto Maggiorani, Lianella Carell and Enzo Staiola.
  • IMDb rating: 8.5.
  • Drama / Crime.

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The story of a man who desperately searches for his stolen bicycle in post-war Rome.

7. Per qualche dollaro in più (1965).

  • Director: Sergio Leone
  • Cast: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté and Lee Van Cleef
  • Western.

For a few dollars more

This Sergio Leone movie is about two bounty hunters who are tracking one and the same man. Next to The Good, The Bad and the Ugly this is the most famous Italian Western.

8. La strada (1954).

  • Directed by Federico Fellini
  • Cast: Anthony Quinn, Richard Basehart and Giulietta Masina.
  • IMDb Rating: 8.2.
  • Drama.

Fellini's La Strada

A great Italian Classic. La Strada is about a girl who gets sold to a travelling show man named Campano.

9. Il conformista (1970).

  • Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
  • Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Gastone Moschin  and Stefania Sandrelli
  • IMDb: 8.1.

The Conformist

An Italian fascist is ordered to assisinate his former teacher in France.

10. La dolce vita (1960).

  • Directed by Federico Fellini
  • Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg and Anouk Aimée
  • IMDb: 8.1.

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Already the last of our best Italian Movies. A week in the life of a Roman paparazzo journalist.

For more of the best Italian movies you should check out our Italian Movies of 2012.