Italian movies

List of the best Italian movies selected by visitors to our site: Life Is Beautiful, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in America, The Taming of the Scoundrel, The Legend of 1900, Romeo and Juliet, For a Few Dollars More, High Rollers, Cinema Paradiso, Nights of Cabiria.

In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
PlotWar, Survival, Self-sacrifice
PlaceGhetto, Italy, Concentration camp
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry, Touching

A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While locked up he tries to convince his son that the whole thing is just a game.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
CountryItaly, Spain, West Germany, USA
CharactersHorses, Heroes, Cowboys
PlotTreasures, Skirmishes
PlaceWild West, Deserts, Tomb, Texas
StyleExciting, For men, Action, Heavy, Tense

While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men – a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit – comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genredrama, crime
CountryItaly, USA
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Friends
PlotAdventure, Justice

A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.

The Taming of the Scoundrel (1980)
Markimdb: 7.7
PlotWedding, Love, Basketball, Jealousy
PlaceForest, Italy

A rich farmer is well known for being very unkind. He's misanthropic, misogynous and cantankerous. Until he meets by chance a gorgeous girl...

The Legend of 1900 (1998)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CharactersMusicians, Friends, Geniuses, Pianists, Orphans
PlotMusic, Loneliness, Friendship
PlaceShips, Ocean
TimeNew Year, World War II
StyleTo cry, Touching, Soulful, Serious

The story of a virtuoso piano player who lives his entire life aboard an ocean liner. Born and raised on the ship, 1900 (Tim Roth) learned about the outside world through interactions with passengers, never setting foot on land, even for the love of his life. Years later, the ship may be destroyed, and a former band member fears that 1900 may still be aboard, willing to go down with the ship.

Romeo and Juliet (1968)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, Italy
PlotLove, True love, Friendship

Director Franco Zeffirelli's beloved version of one of the most well-known love stories in the English language. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families. Driven by their passion, the young lovers defy their destiny and elope, only to suffer the ultimate tragedy.

For a Few Dollars More (1965)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genreaction, drama, western
CountryItaly, Spain, West Germany
CharactersHeroes, Warriors, Cowboys, Hunters
PlotDeath, Rivalry, Pursuit, Skirmishes
PlaceWild West, Small cities, Texas
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Action, Tense, Serious

Two bounty hunters are in pursuit of "El Indio," one of the most wanted fugitives in the western territories, and his gang.

High Rollers (1976)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, crime
CharactersFriends, Partners, Strong women, Thieves
PlotTreasures, Cheating, True love
StyleTwisted plot

Belle Duke, in order to get revenge on her former lover Philip Bang, organize his jail break. But instead of Philip is the Italian Felice Brianza, AKAS Felix, to escape. Now Felix is obliged to help Philip to escape. He will succeeded and from that moment on the two will join to defraud Belle. The swindle plot become more complicate when Felix falls in love for Philip's daughter.

Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Markimdb: 8.5
CountryItaly, France

A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.

Nights of Cabiria (1957)
Markimdb: 8.1
CountryItaly, France
CharactersPoor, Accountant
StyleTo cry, Makes me think

Rome, 1957. A woman, Cabiria, is robbed and left to drown by her boyfriend, Giorgio. Rescued, she resumes her life and tries her best to find happiness in a cynical world. Even when she thinks her struggles are over and she has found happiness and contentment, things may not be what they seem.

Chaplin (1992)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA, France, Japan, Italy
CharactersGeniuses, Actors, Comedians
PlotOn real events, Success, Political, Depression
StyleLight, To cry, Touching, Inspirational, Serious

An elderly Charlie Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor, while is depicted his amazing journey from his poverty-stricken childhood to world-wide success after the ingenious invention of the Little Tramp.

Dogville (2003)
Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryDenmark, Sweden, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Italy
PlotBank robbery, Revenge, Mystery, Slavery, Betrayal
PlaceMountains, Small cities
StyleMakes me think, Action, Depressive, Smart, Explicit scenes

A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so Grace works hard under the employ of various townspeople to win their favor. Tensions flare, however, and Grace's status as a helpless outsider provokes vicious contempt and abuse from the citizens of Dogville.

Madly in Love (1981)
Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, melodrama

Cristina is a rich, spoiled princess visiting Rome with her royal parents. The mission of their visit is to marry her off to a super-wealthy corporate type and thereby start to turn around the losses their small kingdom is experiencing in its casino business. These less-than-noble intentions get derailed when Barnaba, a zany bus driver enters their lives and falls madly in love with the gorgeous Cristina. He is nuts enough to succeed in this romantic chase after royalty, as love seems to fuel his determination to rid Cristina of her elitism and to make her see his own irrepressible attractions.

Angels & Demons (2009)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, detective
CountryUSA, Italy
TimeMiddle Ages

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon investigates a mysterious symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. He discovers evidence of the unimaginable, the rebirth of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati, the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth.

Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, musical, crime
CountryDenmark, Sweden, USA, Argentina, United Kingdom, Germany, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, France
CharactersBlind, Friends
PlotFate, Mystery, Dreams, Friendship, Self-sacrifice
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTouching, Depressive, Serious, Heartbreaking

Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma learns to cope through her love of musicals, escaping life's troubles - even if just for a moment - by dreaming up little numbers to the rhythmic beats of her surroundings.

The Queen (2006)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, France, Italy
PlotOn real events, Political, Death, Family life
StyleMakes me think

The Queen is an intimate behind the scenes glimpse at the interaction between HM Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair during their struggle, following the death of Diana, to reach a compromise between what was a private tragedy for the Royal family and the public's demand for an overt display of mourning.

A Prophet (2009)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, crime
CountryFrance, Italy
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Lawyers
PlacePrison, France
StyleFor men, Action, Depressive, Heavy

Sentenced to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) is alone in the world and can neither read nor write. On his arrival at the prison, he seems younger and more brittle than the others detained there. At once he falls under the sway of a group of Corsicans who enforce their rule in the prison. As the 'missions' go by, he toughens himself and wins the confidence of the Corsican group.

The Science of Sleep (2006)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, drama
CountryFrance, Italy
CharactersHorses, Pianists, Artists
PlotLove, Dreams, Friendship
PlaceParty, France, Mexico
StyleTo cry, Romantic

A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is lovestruck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.

Malena (2000)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryItaly, USA
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotLove, War, Jealousy, Obsession, Loneliness
PlaceItaly, Small cities
StyleTouching, Atmospheric, Serious

On the day in 1940 that Italy enters the war, two things happen to the 12-year-old Renato: he gets his first bike, and he gets his first look at Malèna. She is a beautiful, silent outsider who's moved to this Sicilian town to be with her husband, Nico. He promptly goes off to war, leaving her to the lustful eyes of the men and the sharp tongues of the women. During the next few years, as Renato grows toward manhood, he watches Malèna suffer and prove her mettle. He sees her loneliness, then grief when Nico is reported dead, the effects of slander on her relationship with her father, her poverty and search for work, and final humiliations. Will Renato learn courage from Malèna and stand up for her?

Antichrist (2009)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrehorror, drama
CountryDenmark, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Poland
PlotDepression, Death, Obsession, Fear, Hypnosis
StyleDepressive, Explicit scenes, Psychological problems

A grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.