The Best Italy Movies 

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Updated June 2, 2020 447 votes 92 voters 14.2k views 41 items

List Rules Movies about or set in Italy

Wine, pizza, gelato, Julius Caesar, the leaning tower of Pisa, the Roman Empire, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Leonardo da Vince, Ferrari – these are quintessentially Italy. Though it's bordered by other beautiful European countries, nothing can top the beauty of Italia. No wonder so many filmmakers chose to set their movies in Italy.

Since Italy is such a large city and is home to some of the most influential, iconic landmarks, and beautiful scenery in Europe, it makes sense that movies like My Own Private Idaho, Quantum of Solace, The Name of the Rose and Romeo and Juliet were set there. For action, drama, romance, and thriller, movies set in Italy span all genres.

This list has the best movies about Italy including: The Red Violin, The Agony and the Ecstasy, The Pink Panther and Room with a View. Don't wait to vote up your favorites, add any that are not included, or vote down any films you can't stand.
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Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench

Released: 1985

Directed by: James Ivory

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Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman

Released: 1986

Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud

The Name of the Rose is a 1986 film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, based on the book of the same name by Umberto Eco. Sean Connery is the Franciscan friar William of Baskerville and Christian ...more

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Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Harry Andrews

Released: 1965

Directed by: Carol Reed

The Agony and the Ecstasy is a 1965 film directed by Carol Reed, starring Charlton Heston as Michelangelo and Rex Harrison as Pope Julius II. The film was partly based on Irving Stone's ...more
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Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

Released: 2006

Directed by: Martin Campbell

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Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda

Released: 1990

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Billy Zane

Released: 1994

Directed by: Norman Jewison

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Caravaggio is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Italy Movies
Tilda Swinton, Sean Bean, Robbie Coltrane

Released: 1986

Directed by: Derek Jarman

Caravaggio is a British film directed by Derek Jarman. The film is a fictionalised re-telling of the life of Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.
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Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook, Mark Wahlberg

Released: 2003

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

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Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Oh, Greta Scacchi

Released: 1998

Directed by: François Girard

The Red Violin is a 1998 Canadian drama film directed by François Girard. It spans four centuries and five countries as it tells the story of a mysterious violin and its many owners. The ...more

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Nicole Kidman, Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jane Campion

The Portrait of a Lady is a 1996 film adaptation of Henry James's novel The Portrait of a Lady directed by Jane Campion. The film stars Nicole Kidman, Barbara Hershey, John Malkovich, ...more
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Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven

Released: 1963

Directed by: Blake Edwards

The Pink Panther is a 1963 Technicolor American comedy film filmed in 70mm Super Technirama directed by Blake Edwards and co-written by Edwards and Maurice Richlin, starring David Niven, Peter ...more

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Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

Released: 2002

Directed by: Doug Liman

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Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone, John Barrymore

Released: 1936

Directed by: George Cukor

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Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou

Released: 1932

Directed by: Frank Borzage

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Released: 2006

Directed by: Ron Howard

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Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Platt

Released: 2010

Directed by: Gary Winick

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Claudia Cardinale, Massimo Serato, François Périer

Released: 1959

Directed by: Luigi Zampa

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Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth

Released: 1996

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

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Antonin Artaud, Albert Dieudonné, Gina Manès

Released: 1927

Directed by: Abel Gance

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Stuart Whitman, Bradford Dillman, Dolores Hart

Released: 1961

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Francis of Assisi is a 1961 DeLuxe CinemaScope film directed by Michael Curtiz, based on the novel The Joyful Beggar by Louis de Wohl. It was shot entirely in Italy. The film was a box office ...more
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Brooke Shields, Chevy Chase, Maria Grazia Cucinotta

Released: 2004

Directed by: Ilaria Borrelli

Our Italian Husband is a 2004 romantic comedy starring Brooke Shields, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Chevy Chase and Pierfrancesco Favino written and directed by Ilaria Borrelli. It's a story of an ...more
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Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, Alberto Sordi

Released: 1972

Directed by: Luigi Comencini

The Scientific Cardplayer is the English language title of a 1972 Italian drama film directed by Luigi Comencini. The screenplay was written by Rodolfo Sonego.
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Released: 2019

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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Released: 2013

Directed by: Paolo Sorrentino

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Pierfrancesco Favino, Maria Fernanda Candido, Fabrizio Ferracane

Released: 2020

Directed by: Marco Bellocchio

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