20 “Must-See” Italian-Language Films

In no particular order: cinema paradiso

1) Cinema Paradiso (1988)

2) Life is Beautiful (1997)

3) Facing Windows (2003)

4) L’Eclisse (1962)

5) Bicycle Thieves (1948)

6) Gomorrah (2008)

7) The Best of Youth (2003)

8) La Notte (1961)

9) L’Avventurra (1960)

10) The Taming of the Scoundrel (1980)

11) Malèna (2000)

12) 8 ½ (1963)

13) Golden Door (2006)

14) The Son’s Room (2001)

15) I Am Love (2009)

16) Il Postino (1994)

17) Ossessione (1943)

18) Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

19) Divorce, Italian Style (1961)

20) The Consequences of Love (2004)


19 Comments Add yours

  1. vinnieh says:

    I’m trying to watch more foreign language films at the moments, thanks for these suggestions.


  2. Thanks for the list. I have seen some of these, but not nearly enough. Felini’s Nights of Cabiria is great, as is Umberto D. by De Sica, but Rome Open City deserves to be on this list on its historical importance alone, and the fact that it ushered in the era of Italian neo-realism.


  3. Excellent list! A lot of my favorites, which means you have great tastes 😉


    1. I think that’s a good approach, especially because it was a 20 film list and Fellini alone has made more than a handful masterpieces 🙂


  4. samyamondal says:

    The list is a good one.. personally speaking I’m missing Maestro Fellini a little and Sorrentino’s stunning La Grande Bellezza.

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    1. dbmovies says:

      Thank you! A bit in my defence, I could only say that The Great Beauty hadn’t even premiered at my place when I made this list 🙂


  5. Mr. Bobinsky says:

    You must have seen more Italian movies than I did! 🙂 wonderful list. Have you watched something by Nanni Moretti?


    1. dbmoviesblog says:

      Thanks! I watched The Son’s Room (on the list) and We Have a Pope. I think I am not that familiar with his other work.

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      1. Mr. Bobinsky says:

        I see. These two I haven’t seen as I’ve mostly watched his older works. But he is original although many hate him in Italy. :)))


        1. dbmoviesblog says:

          I will check out his older work, thanks, it must be good. I kind of see why he would be controversial in Italy 🙂


          1. Mr. Bobinsky says:

            I don’t know, it’s strange, I totally understand if somebody doesn’t like it. I spoke to some older Italians about him and they said that for many his movies like Caro Diario (and Bianca) expressed somehow the spirit of the generation… I haven’t even lived at that time and Italy was different too so thesenthings can be hard to comprehend. But you can feel them and that’s beautiful.

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  6. Really helpful list with some I haven’t seen. Thank you. I notice you didn’t include Amarcord. I adore it, partly because our Italian home is on the Adriatic coast, though not in Emilia-Romagna.Have you liked any recent Italian films? And thank you for liking my blog.

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    1. dbmoviesblog says:

      Yes, thanks for the excellent suggestion. I have not included some films of Fellini to give a more balanced list, and draw attention to other directors. I haven’t seen too many Italian films recently, but I am very much looking forward to seeing “Call Me by Your Name” soon, which is co-produced with other countries. Should be pretty good.
      Your blog is very interesting. I love Italy too much (have lived in Florence for some time too). I cannot get enough of that amazing country.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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      1. Mr. Bobinsky says:

        I have just seen Perfetti Sconosciuti and would definitely consider it as one of the best modern Italian movies! 🙂 It’s dialogue based theatre-like movie that’s actually more thrilling than most thrillers… And develops similar ideas like Black Mirror, but in a more ‘normal’ way, without any sci-fi at all.

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      2. Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately Italian films are seldom noticed in the British press. Your blog will fill the gap.

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