Best Italian movies

The Best Italian Movies, and Best Italian Comedies:

Famed Italian actors Alberto Sordi and Monica Vitti

Most people consider as Italian movies only films like 'Ladri di biciclette' ( Bicycle Thieves)  or 'The garden of the Finzi Contini', 'La dolce vita'  as well as movies from the Taviani Brothers, Visconti, Antonioni and of course  Fellini. These are movies that only few Italians actually end up watching - While most Italians will not have any idea of who Visconti is, they all will know Toto', Sordi, Manfredi, Verdone, Gasmann, Pieraccioni, Aldo Giovanni e Giacomo,  etc...

I, like most Italians, like comedies and I am really into 'Commedia all' Italiana' -



Serious Comedies / Drama

  • Matrimonio all'Italiana (Loren, Mastroianni)
  • Divorzio all'Italiana (Mastroianni, Rocca)
  • Sedotta e Abbandonata
  • 8 e mezzo (directed by Federico Fellini)
  • La Dolce Vita (directed by Federico Fellini)
  • Lo Sceicco Bianco (directed by Federico Fellini)
  • Amarcord (directed by Federico Fellini)

    La Grande Guerra - Scena finale.

    Here are some of the best Italian Comedies:

    • La Grande Guerra ( Sordi / Gassman ) - About the first world war, as a comedy - For me one of the best movie ever made.
    • Il Ciclone ( Pieraccioni ) - One of the Best selling Italian movies of all time
    • Ricomincio da Tre (Troisi) - Another masterpiece - Heavy dialect willl make understanding difficult
    • Cosi' e' la Vita ( Aldo Giovanni e Giacomo )-  The Cabaret trio in a movie (With English Subtitles)
    • Febbre da Cavallo ( a light comedy )
    • Amici Miei ( An Italian classic )
    • Il medico della mutua (Alberto Sordi)
    • Il Professor Guido Tersilli ( Il medico della mutua) Alberto Sordi
    • Maledetto il giorno che ti ho incontrato ( Carlo Verdone / Margherita Buy ) Romantic Comedy
    • La marcia su Roma
    • Il Federale (Tognazzi)
    • Pane Amore e Fantasia - A masterpiece in this field
    • L'Anatra all'Arancia (Tognazzi, Vitti)
    • Bello Onesto immigrato Australia sposerebbe compaesana illibata  ( A Sordi )
    • Toto' Truffa '62, I tartassati, La banda degli Onesti.
    • L' armata Brancaleone, Brancaleone alle crociate ( V Gassman )
    • C'eravano Tanto Amati - Gassman, Manfredi, Stefani Sandrelli, available at Amazon
    • La Scuola (1995) - ( Silvio Orlando)
    • Non ci Resta che Piangere (1984) - Massimo Troisi, Roberto Benigni
    • Manuale D' Amore ( Verdone )
    • Troppo Forte (Sordi, Verdone)
    • I complessi ( Sordi, Manfredi )
    • I Mostri (Gassman - Tognazzi )
    • Un Americano a Roma (Alberto Sordi)
    • Il giorno Prima degli Esami + Il giorno Prima degli Esami oggi
    • Tre Metri Sopra il Cielo
    • Ieri, Oggi e Domani (Mastroianni, Loren)
    • Le Notti Bianche (Maria Schell, Marcella Rovena)
    • Siamo Uomini o Caporali? (Totò)
    • Totò d'Arabia (Totò)
    • Miseria e Nobiltà (Totò)
    • Finché c'è Guerra C'E' Speranza (Sordi)
    • Guardie e Ladri (Totò, Fabrizi)
    • I Soliti Ignoti (Gassman, Cardinale)
    • Totò, Peppino e... la malafemmina (Totò, De Filippo)

    The most beautiful scenes of the film: I Soliti Ignoti

    You can find the following Italian film titles in the US:

    • I Soliti Ignoti - big deal on Madonna street : A classic
    • Johnny Stecchino - Benigni
    • Il Mostro - Benigni slapstick but funny
    • La vita e' bella - Benigni comedy / drama
    • Mediterraneo - Diego Abbanantuomo
    • il Postino -(Massimo Troisi)
    • Pane e Tulipani / Bread and Tulips (2000)
    • Le Fate Ignoranti - not quite a comedy but quite good
    • Mad About Opera / Follie per l'Opera (1950)

    If you have a region free DVD you can find several decent Italian comedies with English subtitles like:

    • Ma che colpa abbiamo noi - Verdone
    • Tre Uomini e una gamba - Aldo Giovanni e Giacomo
    • La leggenda di Al, John, and Jack - Aldo Giovanni e Giacomo
    • Honolulubaby - Nichetti
    • Le Tre Mogli

    Also you can rent on Netflix and if you belong to Netflix please ask them to expand their international selection! It would help bring more Italian movies to the masses here in the USA:

    • Mostly Martha - German but with Sergio Castelito, quite good
    • Italian for Beginners
    • Under the Tuscan Sun - American, not a masterpiece but pleasant, about life around Cortona between Tuscany and Umbria.

    You Can also find on Netflix

    Quel Gran Pezzo dell' Ubalda ...   and Giovannona Coscialunga  both with Pippo Franco and Edwidge Fenech : Both movies are great however they belong to the genre trash ( sexy comedy from the 70s)- they are rated low on Netflix because it is a very italian type of humor ( and movie ) - The movies are rated highly on Amazon however.

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    Saturday, April 11TH, 2009 by Guest

    I was looking for Italian movies to watch, and this post helped me a lot. I'll also check out the French & German Movies as well, though they aren't that many in this post:)

    I have just finished "Ladri di biciclette" and it was good. can't wait to watch the others!

    Thanks a lot for the post.

    Tuesday, August 02TH, 2011 by Guest

    I'm Italian. I liked a lot "La leggenda di Al, John e Jack", "Così è la vita" and "Non ci resta che piangere". Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo are more funny in theatre. Why don't you look the video "Il balletto di Aldo" on Youtube? It's very funny and in that clip they don't speak.

    Saturday, August 06TH, 2011 by Guest

    i like the movie of scandalo this is very very fantastic movie

    Monday, August 08TH, 2011 by Guest

    Hi guys , Do you happen to know this WWII movie that somehow I think related to Italy or ortona? I remember this scene that This guy sneaked into a rail station or similar place to poison sugar cargo which were headed for Germany? While he was laying on sugar sacks to poison them the security guard see him and they got into the fight.Someone told me the Name is The diary of GI in the Italian front, And It was American comedy But I Have searched and there is no such a Film recorded in any Database. It could be Italian Or Canadian film Or the guy could be right and It is American film that has slipped under the Radar.

    Wednesday, September 21TH, 2011 by Guest

    looking for a movie titled in english "i want my cat back".. it is about a man who is not married has a prostitute for one month a year to act as his wife. a cute movie, any one have any leads??

    Sunday, November 20TH, 2011 by Guest

    I should say that the best Italian film is definitely Life is Beautiful....It has everything in it you expect from a nice film...I have watched the original version which is Italian and I believe that film can not give the same feeling in other languages....

    Tuesday, January 17TH, 2012 by Guest

    tiamo alberto sordi

    Friday, March 16TH, 2012 by Guest

    Seeking Home Alone in Italian with English subtitles that plays on U.S, dvd recorder.

    Tuesday, May 22TH, 2012 by Guest

    ladri di biciclette... leave out all the rest!!!!

    Monday, September 03TH, 2012 by Guest

    Hey! I'm searching for a classic movie, can anyone help?