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List of famous film directors from Italy, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Italy has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Italian directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Italy and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

Examples of items on this list: Pasquale Squitieri, Gianni Pacinotti and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Italian directors?" and "Which directors are from Italy?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Italy in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Italian directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.

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Aaron Russo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Aaron Russo Died at 64 (1943-2007) Aaron Russo was an American entertainment businessman, film producer and director, and political activist. He was best known for producing such movies as Trading Places, Wise Guys, and The Rose. ...more

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Adolfo Celi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Adolfo Celi Died at 64 (1922-1986) Adolfo Celi was an Italian film actor and director. Born in Curcuraci, Messina, Sicily, Celi appeared in nearly 100 films, specialising in international villains. Although a prominent actor in ...more

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Adriano Aprà is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Adriano Aprà age 77 Adriano Aprà is a film critic, actor, screenwriter and film director.

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Adriano Celentano is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Adriano Celentano age 79 Adriano Celentano is an Italian singer, composer, comedian, actor, film director and TV host. He is the best-selling male Italian singer.

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Adriano Giannini is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Adriano Giannini age 46 Adriano Giannini is an Italian actor, son of Giancarlo Giannini. He co-starred in 2002 with Madonna in the widely panned film Swept Away, a remake of the 1974 Italian film with the same name. ...more

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Aglauco Casadio is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Aglauco Casadio age 97 Aglauco Casadio is a film director and screenwriter.

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Alberto Ancilotto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alberto Ancilotto Died at 68 (1903-1971) Alberto Ancilotto was a film director, film producer, cinematographer and screenwriter.

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Alberto Bevilacqua is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alberto Bevilacqua Died at 79 (1934-2013) Alberto Bevilacqua was an Italian writer and filmmaker. Leonardo Sciascia, an Italian writer and politician, read Bevilacqua's first collection of stories, The Dust on the Grass, was impressed ...more

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Alberto Bonucci is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alberto Bonucci Died at 51 (1918-1969) Alberto Bonucci was an Italian film actor and director. He appeared in 53 films between 1950 and 1967. He was born in Campobasso, Italy and died in Rome, Italy.

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Alberto Cardone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alberto Cardone Died at 67 (1910-1977) Alberto Cardone was an Italian film director, screenwriter, second unit director and film editor of the 1960s. Cardone is best known for his Spaghetti Western films of the 1960s. He is best ...more

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Alberto Cavallone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alberto Cavallone Died at 59 (1938-1997) Alberto Cavallone was an Italian film director and screenwriter. He was born in Milan, Italy.

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Alberto De Martino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alberto De Martino age 88 Alberto De Martino is an Italian film director and screenwriter. He was born in Rome, Italy.

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Alberto Doveil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
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Alberto Grifi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alberto Grifi Died at 69 (1938-2007) Alberto Grifi was an actor, film director, editor, screenwriter, producer and cinematographer.

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Alberto Lattuada is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alberto Lattuada Died at 91 (1914-2005) Alberto Lattuada was an Italian film director.

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Alberto Michelin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alberto Michelin Alberto Michelin is a film director.

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Alberto Moravia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alberto Moravia Died at 83 (1907-1990) Alberto Moravia, born Alberto Pincherle, was an Italian novelist and journalist. His novels explored matters of modern sexuality, social alienation, and existentialism. Moravia is best known for ...more

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Alberto Simone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alberto Simone age 59 Alberto Simone is a film and television director, screenwriter, and film producer.

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Alexandra Pelosi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
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Alberto Sordi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alberto Sordi Died at 83 (1920-2003) Alberto Sordi, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian actor. He was also a film director and the dubbing voice of Oliver Hardy in the Italian version of the Laurel & Hardy films.

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Aldo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Aldo age 59 Aldo is a comedian, actor, film director and screenwriter.

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Aldo Fabrizi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Aldo Fabrizi Died at 85 (1905-1990) Aldo Fabrizi was an Italian actor and cinema and theatre director.

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Aldo Grimaldi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Aldo Grimaldi Died at 48 (1942-1990) Aldo Grimaldi was an Italian director and screenwriter. Born in Catania, the son of the director and screenwriter Giovanni Grimaldi, he started his career as an assistant director in the films ...more

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Aldo Lado is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Aldo Lado age 83 Aldo Lado is an Italian screenwriter and film director. He was born in Fiume, Italy. He wrote the screenplays for 21 films between 1968 and 2004 and directed 14 cinema films between 1971 and

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Alessandro Avellis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alessandro Avellis age 42 Alessandro Avellis is an Italian film director. Alessandro Avellis studied film direction in Rome. Since 2000 he lives in Paris. He directed some short films selected and awarded in several ...more

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Alessandro Baricco is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alessandro Baricco age 59 Alessandro Baricco is a popular Italian writer, director and performer. His novels have been translated into a wide number of languages. He currently lives in Rome with his wife and two sons.

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Alessandro Benvenuti is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alessandro Benvenuti age 67 Alessandro Benvenuti is an actor, film director, screenwriter, musician and author.

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Alessandro Blasetti is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alessandro Blasetti Died at 87 (1900-1987) Alessandro Blasetti was an Italian film director and screenwriter who influenced Italian neorealism with the film Quattro passi fra le nuvole. Blasetti was one of the leading figures in Italian ...more

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Tony Barbieri is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
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Alessandro Capone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alessandro Capone age 62 Alessandro Capone is an Italian film director and screenwriter. He has directed 15 films since 1989.

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Alessandro D'Alatri is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alessandro D'Alatri age 62 Alessandro D'Alatri is an Italian film director, screenwriter and former actor. Born in Rome, as a teenager D'Alatri was active as a stage and film actor and worked with Luchino Visconti, ...more

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Alessandro Di Robilant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alessandro Di Robilant age 64 Alessandro Di Robilant is a film director.

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Alessandro Gassman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alessandro Gassman age 52 Alessandro Gassman is an actor and a screenwriter.

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Alessandro Genovesi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alessandro Genovesi age 44 Alessandro Genovesi is a screenwriter, photographer, actor and film director.

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Alessandro Haber is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alessandro Haber age 70 Alessandro Haber is an Italian actor, film director and singer. Haber was born in Bologna in a Jewish family of mixed ancestry and spent his childhood in Israel. His movie debut was in 1967 with ...more

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Alessandro Lucidi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alessandro Lucidi age 70 Alessandro Lucidi is a film editor and TV editor.

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Alessandro Negrini is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alessandro Negrini Alessandro Negrini is a film director, screenwriter and a film producer.

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Alessia Pertoldi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alessia Pertoldi age 41 Alessia Pertoldi is a film producer, a writer and an actress.

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Alex Grazioli is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alex Grazioli age 47 Alex Grazioli is a film director, producer and actor.

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Alfio Caltabiano is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alfio Caltabiano Died at 75 (1932-2007) Alfio Caltabiano was an actor, film director and screenwriter.

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Alfonso Brescia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alfonso Brescia Died at 71 (1930-2001) Alfonso Brescia was an Italian film director of low-budget films, sometimes credited as Al Bradley or Al Bradly. Film buffs mainly know him for the four low-budget sci-fi films he hurriedly ...more

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Alfredo Angeli is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alfredo Angeli age 90 Alfredo Angeli is an Italian director and screenwriter. Born in Livorno, Angeli entered the cinema industry in 1958, being the assistant director of Luigi Zampa in The City Stands Trial; after ...more

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Alfredo De Antoni is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alfredo De Antoni Died at 78 (1875-1953) Alfredo De Antoni was an actor and film director.

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Alfredo Giannetti is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alfredo Giannetti Died at 71 (1924-1995) Alfredo Giannetti was an Italian screenwriter and film director. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1962 for his work in Divorce, Italian Style.

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Alfredo Guarini is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alfredo Guarini Died at 80 (1901-1981) Alfredo Guarini was an Italian screenwriter, film producer and director. Guarini is noted in particular for his management of the career of the Italian actress Isa Miranda, who he eventually ...more

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Alfredo Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alfredo Rizzo Died at 89 (1902-1991) Alfredo Rizzo was a French-born Italian actor, screenwriter and director.

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Alice Rohrwacher is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alice Rohrwacher age 35 Alice Rohrwacher is an Italian film director and screenwriter.

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Bam Margera is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
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Alina Marazzi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alina Marazzi age 53 Alina Marazzi is a film director and screenwriter.

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Amanda Sandrelli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Amanda Sandrelli age 53 Amanda Sandrelli is an Italian actress. Born in Lausanne, she is the daughter of singer Gino Paoli and actress Stefania Sandrelli. She debuted in L'Attenzione, from director Giovanni Soldati, in ...more