1. Ladri di biciclette
Ladri di Biciclette
Probably the masterpiece signed by Vittorio De Sica, “Ladri di Biciclette” was awarded the Oscar for the best foreign movie in 1950, and it is undoubtedly considered among the milestones of the Italian cinema.
2. La dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita
Directed by Federico Fellini, La Dolce Vita dates back to 1960, when got prized with the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival plus the Oscar for the best costumes. The story explores the “sweet life” in Rome between the the 50ies and the 60ies through the life of a young and fascinating reporter interpreted by Marcello Mastroianni.
3. La Ciociara
Inspired by the homonym novel, La Ciociara was produced by Vittorio de Sica in 1960. This movie marked significantly the career of widely-known Italian actress Sophia Lauren, at that time just aged 26.
4. Mamma Roma
Written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1962, Mamma Roma tells the story of a prostitute who decides to change her life. Amazing interpretation of Italian starred-actress Anna Magnani!
5. Non ci resta che piangere
Non ci resta che piangere
Written, directed and also interpreted by Roberto Benigni e Massimo Troisi thirty years ago, “Non ci resta che piangere” has the record for the highest revenue made between seasons 1984-1985. Shameless, sweet and funny at the same time, like his authors/actors.
Awarded the Oscar for the best foreign movie in 1991, Mediterraneo, directed by Gabriele Salvadores, tells about a group of Italian soldiers responsible for protecting a Greek Island apparently unhabited...
7. La vita è Bella
La vita è bella
Best foreign movie, best actor and best musical score. Multi-awarded “La vita è bella” was interpreted and directed by Roberto Benigni in 1997. Emotional and vibrant, simply.
8. La meglio gioventù
La meglio gioventù
In 2003 Marco Tullio Giordana made this intense historical review exploring Italy between 1966 and 2003. This flows along the life and stories of a typical bourgeois family in Rome with bittersweet relationships.
With three nominations for David di Donatello in 2012, Terraferma, directed by Emanuele Crialese, is an exceptionally contemporary movie telling much about today's Mediterranean region. Among the most intense and revealing movies on immigration issues.
10. La Grande Bellezza
La grande bellezza
The black heart of Rome disclosed through its desperate, decadent human characters, bastardized by bitterness and time. A radical picture of modern society, co-written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino in 2013 and multi-awarded at the international level.