Entertainment The Best Italy Movies  

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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
A Room with a View is a British romance drama film directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant of E. M. Forster's 1908 novel of the same name. The film follows closely the novel by ...more
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Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Harry Andrews
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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Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman
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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Tilda Swinton, Sean Bean, Robbie Coltrane
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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Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig
Casino Royale is the twenty-first film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series and the first to star Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Directed by Martin Campbell and ...more
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Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Billy Zane
Only You is a 1994 American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison and starring Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey, Jr., and Bonnie Hunt. Written by Diane Drake, the film is about a young ...more
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Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Oh, Greta Scacchi
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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Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone, John Barrymore
Romeo and Juliet is a 1936 American film adapted from the play by Shakespeare, directed by George Cukor from a screenplay by Talbot Jennings. The film stars Leslie Howard as Romeo and Norma ...more
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Antonin Artaud, Albert Dieudonné, Gina Manès
Napoléon is a 1927 epic silent French film directed by Abel Gance that tells the story of Napoleon's early years. On screen, the title is Napoléon vu par Abel Gance, meaning ...more
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Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda
The Godfather Part III is a 1990 American film written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. It completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia kingpin who tries to ...more
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Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou
A Farewell to Arms is a 1932 American romance drama film directed by Frank Borzage and starring Helen Hayes, Gary Cooper, and Adolphe Menjou. Based on the 1929 semi-autobiographical novel A ...more
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Nicole Kidman, Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen
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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Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, Alberto Sordi
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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Sandra Bullock, Chris O'Donnell, Alan Bennett
In Love and War is a romance drama film of 1996 based on the book, Hemingway in Love and War by Henry S. Villard and James Nagel. The film stars Sandra Bullock, Chris O'Donnell, Mackenzie Astin, ...more
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Anna Magnani, Folco Lulli, Amedeo Nazzari
The Bandit is a 1946 Italian drama film directed by Alberto Lattuada and starring Anna Magnani, Amedeo Nazzari and Carla Del Poggio. Amedeo Nazzari won the Nastro d'Argento as Best Actor. The ...more
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Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook, Mark Wahlberg
The Italian Job is a 2003 film directed by F. Gary Gray, written by Wayne and Donna Powers and produced by Donald DeLine. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Edward ...more
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Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven
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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Adriana Asti, Francesco Barilli, Gianni Amico
Before the Revolution is a 1964 Italian film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
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Stuart Whitman, Bradford Dillman, Dolores Hart
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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Gemma Arterton, Eva Green, Daniel Craig
Quantum of Solace is the 22nd James Bond film produced by Eon Productions, and is the direct sequel to the 2006 film Casino Royale. Directed by Marc Forster, it features Daniel Craig's second ...more
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Brooke Shields, Chevy Chase, Maria Grazia Cucinotta
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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Claudia Cardinale, Massimo Serato, François Périer
The Magistrate is a 1959 Italian-language drama film directed by Luigi Zampa. It was a co-production with Spain and France. Spaniard José Suárez stars in the film, which was shot ...more
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Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth
The English Patient is a 1996 romantic drama directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje and produced by Saul Zaentz. The film was ...more
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John Mills, Patrick Mower, Stéphane Audran
The Devil's Advocate, originally released as Des Teufels Advokat, is a 1977 West German English-language film, directed by Guy Green and based on the novel of the same name by the Australian ...more
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Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Platt
Letters to Juliet is a 2010 American romantic drama film starring Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Vanessa Redgrave, Gael García Bernal, and Franco Nero. This was the final film of ...more