My Favorite Italian Contemporary Movies

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1. Gomorrah (2008)

Not Rated | 137 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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87 Metascore

An inside look at Italy's modern crime families.

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

Votes: 41,273 | Gross: $1.58M

2. L'uomo in più (2001)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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The debut feature by acclaimed Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (La Grande Bellezza) is a stylish and blackly comic look at the dark side of fame. Evocatively set during the eighties, the ... See full summary »

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Toni Servillo, Andrea Renzi, Antonino Bruschetta, Angela Goodwin

Votes: 1,965

3. Il divo - La spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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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: 13,154 | Gross: $0.24M

4. Caro diario (1993)

Unrated | 100 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Nanni Moretti directs himself playing himself in this wry look at life. Presented in three chapters, Moretti uses the experiences of traveling on his motor-scooter, cruising with his friend... See full summary »

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Nanni Moretti, Renato Carpentieri, Giovanna Bozzolo, Sebastiano Nardone

Votes: 5,939 | Gross: $0.47M

5. La messa è finita (1985)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Don Giulio, giovane prete romano, ritorna a casa dopo essere stato parroco in un'isola del Mar Tirreno ed è destinato ad una chiesa di periferia. A Roma egli ritrova i genitori, la sorella ... See full summary »

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Nanni Moretti, Ferruccio De Ceresa, Marco Messeri, Enrica Maria Modugno

Votes: 1,259

6. Respiro (2002)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama

7.0
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65 Metascore

On an impoverished Italian island, a free-spirited woman is accused of madness by townspeople fed up with her antics.

Director: Emanuele Crialese | Stars: Valeria Golino, Vincenzo Amato, Francesco Casisa, Veronica D'Agostino

Votes: 4,208 | Gross: $1.07M

7. Palombella rossa (1989)

89 min | Comedy, Sport

7.2
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Because of an accident, Michele (a leader of P.C.I. and a water-polo player) loses his memory. During one water-polo match, strange guys torment him; they want him to remember his past. As ... See full summary »

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Nanni Moretti, Silvio Orlando, Mariella Valentini, Alfonso Santagata

Votes: 1,871

8. Ecce bombo (1978)

103 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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An ironic peak into the life of a group of Italian university students in the 1970s.

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Nanni Moretti, Luisa Rossi, Lina Sastri, Piero Galletti

Votes: 1,627

9. Bianca (1984)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Michele is a mathematics professor who just started a new job in a school with some peculiar teaching methods. After a woman in his neighborhood is murdered, Michele meets beautiful ... See full summary »

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante, Roberto Vezzosi, Remo Remotti

Votes: 2,222

10. L'imbalsamatore (2002)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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71 Metascore

Peppino is an aging taxidermist constantly ridiculed for being short and somewhat creepy. He meets Valerio, a handsome young man fascinated by Peppino's work. Peppino, in turn, becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Matteo Garrone | Stars: Ernesto Mahieux, Valerio Foglia Manzillo, Elisabetta Rocchetti, Lina Bernardi

Votes: 1,691 | Gross: $0.06M

11. Le conseguenze dell'amore (2004)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.6
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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: 12,125

12. La ragazza del lago (2007)

95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.6
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The body of a young woman is found in a small and quiet town in North Italy. A detective from the nearby main city is called to solve the mystery.

Director: Andrea Molaioli | Stars: Toni Servillo, Denis Fasolo, Nello Mascia, Giulia Michelini

Votes: 2,920

13. Anche libero va bene (2006)

108 min | Drama

7.5
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A young father and his two children struggle to find harmony after his wife leaves them for another man.

Director: Kim Rossi Stuart | Stars: Alessandro Morace, Kim Rossi Stuart, Barbora Bobulova, Marta Nobili

Votes: 2,322

14. La nostra vita (2010)

98 min | Drama

6.6
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Claudio, a construction worker, works on a site in the suburbs of Rome. He is madly in love with his wife who is pregnant with their third child. However, when he finds the remains of an ... See full summary »

Director: Daniele Luchetti | Stars: Elio Germano, Raoul Bova, Isabella Ragonese, Luca Zingaretti

Votes: 1,775

15. Nuovomondo (2006)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.9
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74 Metascore

The story is set at the beginning of the 20th century in Sicily. Salvatore, a very poor farmer, and a widower, decides to emigrate to the US with all his family, including his old mother. ... See full summary »

Director: Emanuele Crialese | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincenzo Amato, Vincent Schiavelli, Aurora Quattrocchi

Votes: 4,397 | Gross: $1.06M

16. Pane e tulipani (2000)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Romance

7.4
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68 Metascore

After being forgotten in a highway café during a bus trip, a housewife decides to start a new life by herself in Venice.

Director: Silvio Soldini | Stars: Licia Maglietta, Bruno Ganz, Giuseppe Battiston, Antonio Catania

Votes: 8,274 | Gross: $5.31M

17. The Unknown Woman (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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56 Metascore

Haunted by a horrible past, a Ukrainian young woman calculatedly insinuates herself into the life of a rich Italian family.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Kseniya Rappoport, Michele Placido, Claudia Gerini, Piera Degli Esposti

Votes: 11,155 | Gross: $0.02M

18. Io sono l'amore (2009)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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79 Metascore

Emma left Russia to live with her husband in Italy. Now a member of a powerful industrial family, she is the respected mother of three, but feels unfulfilled. One day, Antonio, a talented chef and her son's friend, makes her senses kindle.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Alba Rohrwacher

Votes: 16,073 | Gross: $5.01M

19. Giulia non esce la sera (2009)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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A young writer strikes up a relationship with his daughter's swimming instructor.

Director: Giuseppe Piccioni | Stars: Valerio Mastandrea, Valeria Golino, Sonia Bergamasco, Lidia Vitale

Votes: 568

20. Good Morning, Night (2003)

106 min | Drama

7.2
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69 Metascore

The 1978 kidnapping of politician Aldo Moro as seen from the perspective of one of his assailants: a conflicted young woman in the ranks of the Red Brigade.

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Maya Sansa, Luigi Lo Cascio, Roberto Herlitzka, Paolo Briguglia

Votes: 2,945 | Gross: $0.01M

21. Light of My Eyes (2001)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

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Antonio is a lonely man who works as a driver of luxury cars. Outside of his work, he spends his time reading science fiction novels, and, especially by night, driving through the streets ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Piccioni | Stars: Luigi Lo Cascio, Sandra Ceccarelli, Silvio Orlando, Barbara Valente

Votes: 785

22. Mery per sempre (1989)

102 min | Drama, Crime

7.3
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A teacher discovers his calling. Marco relocates to Palermo from Milan and takes a job teaching in a reform school while he waits for a high school position. He tries to understand and ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Risi | Stars: Michele Placido, Claudio Amendola, Francesco Benigno, Alessandra Di Sanzo

Votes: 755

23. Il ladro di bambini (1992)

114 min | Drama

7.5
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Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Enrico Lo Verso, Valentina Scalici, Giuseppe Ieracitano, Florence Darel

Votes: 2,122 | Gross: $0.93M

24. La scuola (1995)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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Ultimo giorno di scuola in un Istituto superiore romano ed ultime interrogazioni prima degli scrutini finali. Inoltre, bisogna festeggiare un'anziana insegnante che va in pensione. Gli ... See full summary »

Director: Daniele Luchetti | Stars: Silvio Orlando, Anna Galiena, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Antonio Petrocelli

Votes: 724

25. Stealing Beauty (1996)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.6
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60 Metascore

After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted. However, she has other reasons for wanting to go. She wants to renew her ... See full summary »

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Liv Tyler, Carlo Cecchi, Sinéad Cusack

Votes: 22,091 | Gross: $4.57M

26. Nirvana (1997)

R | 113 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.1
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Jimi, a successful computer game designer, finds that his latest product has been infected by a virus which has given consciousness to the main character of the game, Solo. Tormented by the... See full summary »

Director: Gabriele Salvatores | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Diego Abatantuono, Sergio Rubini, Stefania Rocca

Votes: 5,585

27. La guerra degli Antò (1999)

98 min

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Director: Riccardo Milani | Stars: Flavio Pistilli, Federico Di Flauro, Paolo Setta, Danilo Mastracci

Votes: 252

28. La stanza del figlio (2001)

R | 99 min | Drama

7.4
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73 Metascore

A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident.

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante, Jasmine Trinca, Giuseppe Sanfelice

Votes: 15,778 | Gross: $1.01M

29. Le fate ignoranti (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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69 Metascore

AIDS doctor Antonia's husband is killed by a car. She gets depressed until she learns he had been cheating on her with a man. Following her newly born curiosity for life, she goes to see ... See full summary »

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek | Stars: Margherita Buy, Stefano Accorsi, Serra Yilmaz, Gabriel Garko

Votes: 7,521 | Gross: $0.22M

30. I'm Not Scared (2003)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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73 Metascore

A young boy accidentally discovers a deep hole in the ground, where another boy is kept prisoner.

Director: Gabriele Salvatores | Stars: Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Dino Abbrescia, Giorgio Careccia, Riccardo Zinna

Votes: 12,973 | Gross: $1.62M

31. Quo Vadis, Baby? (2005)

102 min | Drama, Thriller

6.3
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A private detective investigates her sister's suicide 16 years earlier.

Director: Gabriele Salvatores | Stars: Angela Baraldi, Gigio Alberti, Claudia Zanella, Andrea Renzi

Votes: 898

32. Lascia perdere, Johnny! (2007)

104 min | Biography, Comedy

6.3
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Director: Fabrizio Bentivoglio | Stars: Antimo Merolillo, Lina Sastri, Pierluigi Tortora, Fortunato Cerlino

Votes: 230

33. My Mother's Smile (2002)

105 min | Drama

7.1
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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: 1,530 | Gross: $0.04M

34. Denti (2000)

96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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Director: Gabriele Salvatores | Stars: Sergio Rubini, Anouk Grinberg, Tom Novembre, Anita Caprioli

Votes: 664

35. The Wedding Director (2006)

97 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.3
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A film director falls in love with the daughter of a prince.

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Donatella Finocchiaro, Sami Frey, Gianni Cavina

Votes: 609

36. Dopo mezzanotte (2004)

Unrated | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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56 Metascore

The magical Mole Antonelliana (the cavernous Museum of Cinema in Turin, Italy) is the setting for a very unlikely love story. One fateful evening the museum's timid night watchman, comes to... See full summary »

Director: Davide Ferrario | Stars: Giorgio Pasotti, Francesca Inaudi, Fabio Troiano, Francesca Picozza

Votes: 1,396 | Gross: $0.02M

37. Mio cognato (2003)

90 min | Comedy

6.4
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Director: Alessandro Piva | Stars: Sergio Rubini, Luigi Lo Cascio, Mariangela Arcieri, Alessandra Sarno

Votes: 345

38. B.B. e il cormorano (2003)

89 min | Comedy, Drama

4.7
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The Cormorant is a former summer camp at the mouth of the river nearby Pisa. This is where young Mario lives. Everybody nicknames him B.B. (for Bugs Bunny) because of his teeth. Around him ... See full summary »

Director: Edoardo Gabbriellini | Stars: Edoardo Gabbriellini, Carolina Felline, Selen, Marco Giallini

Votes: 41

39. Non essere cattivo (2015)

100 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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A story set in the 90s and in the outskirts of Rome to Ostia, the same places of the films of Pasolini. His characters, in the '90s, seem to belong to a world that revolves around hedonism.... See full summary »

Director: Claudio Caligari | Stars: Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Silvia D'Amico, Roberta Mattei

Votes: 2,393

40. L'odore della notte (1998)

101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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A former policeman turns full-time criminal and goes on a downward spiral of crime in the 1990s Rome.

Director: Claudio Caligari | Stars: Valerio Mastandrea, Marco Giallini, Emanuel Bevilacqua, Giorgio Tirabassi

Votes: 510

41. They Call Me Jeeg (2015)

112 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

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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: 8,982