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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
Dec. at 64 (1943-2007)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Films Directed: Rude Awakening, America: Freedom to Fascism

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Adolfo Celi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Dec. at 64 (1922-1986)

Birthplace: Messina, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Films Directed: Caiçara, Tico-Tico no Fubá, Alibi

Adolfo Celi (Italian pronunciation: [aˈdɔlfo ˈtʃɛːli]; 27 July 1922 – 19 February 1986) was an Italian film actor and director. Born in Curcuraci, Messina, Sicily, Celi appeared in nearly 100 ...more
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Adriano Aprà is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Age: 79

Birthplace: Lazio, Europe, Eurasia, Province of Rome, Rome, + more

Nationality: Italy

Films Directed: Rossellini Seen by Rossellini

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
Age: 81

Birthplace: Lombardy, Eurasia, Italy, Milan, Province of Milan

Nationality: Italy

Films Directed: Robbery Roman Style, Yuppi du, Joan Lui, Geppo il folle

Adriano Celentano (Italian pronunciation: [adriˈaːno tʃelenˈtaːno]; born 6 January 1938) is an Italian vocalist, musician, producer, comedian, actor, film director and TV host. He is dubbed ...more
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Adriano Giannini is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Age: 48

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Films Directed: The Game

Adriano Giannini (born 10 May 1971) is an Italian actor, son of actor Giancarlo Giannini. He co-starred in 2002 with Madonna in the widely panned film Swept Away, a remake of the 1974 Italian ...more
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Aglauco Casadio is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Age: 99

Birthplace: Faenza, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Films Directed: Piccolo cabotaggio pittorico, Piece of the Sky

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
Dec. at 68 (1903-1971)

Birthplace: Treviso, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Films Directed: I ditteri, Song of the Forest, The Garden Spider

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
Dec. at 79 (1934-2013)

Birthplace: Parma, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Films Directed: Woman of Wonders, Attenti al buffone, This Kind of Love, La califfa

Alberto Bevilacqua (27 June 1934—9 September 2013) was an Italian writer and filmmaker. Leonardo Sciascia, an Italian writer and politician, read Bevilacqua's first collection of stories, The ...more
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Alberto Bonucci is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Dec. at 51 (1918-1969)

Birthplace: Campobasso, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Films Directed: L'amore difficile

Alberto Bonucci (19 May 1918 – 5 April 1969) 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
Dec. at 67 (1910-1977)

Birthplace: Province of Genoa, Eurasia, Italy, Liguria, Genoa

Nationality: Italy

Films Directed: 13 Days to Die, Black Eagle of Santa Fe, Seven Dollars on the Red, 20.000 dollari sporchi di sangue, Killer's Carnival, + more

Alberto Cardone (1920–1977) 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 ...more
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Alberto Cavallone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Dec. at 59 (1938-1997)

Birthplace: Lombardy, Eurasia, Italy, Milan, Province of Milan

Nationality: Italy

Films Directed: Le salamandre, Man, Woman and Beast

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
Age: 90

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Nationality: Kingdom of Italy, Italy

Films Directed: The AntiChrist, Centomila dollari per Ringo, The Triumph of Hercules, The Pumaman, Bandits in Rome, + more

Alberto De Martino (12 June 1929 – 2 June 2015) was an Italian film director and screenwriter. Born in Rome, De Martino started as a child actor and later returned to the cinema where worked as ...more
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Alberto Doveil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alberto Doveil Age: 36

Nationality: Italy

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Alberto Grifi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Dec. at 69 (1938-2007)

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Films Directed: Anna, La verifica incerta

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
Dec. at 91 (1914-2005)

Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Films Directed: Cuore di cane, Stay As You Are, Tempest, The Mill on the Po, It Was I, + more

Alberto Lattuada (Italian pronunciation: [alˈbɛrto lattuˈaːda; latˈtwaːda]; 13 November 1914 – 3 July 2005) 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

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe

Nationality: Italy

Films Directed: Credo: John Paul II

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
Dec. at 83 (1907-1990)

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Nationality: Kingdom of Italy, Italy

Films Directed: È colpa del sole

Alberto Moravia (US: moh-RAH-vee-ə, -⁠RAY-, Italian: [alˈbɛrto moˈraːvja]; born Alberto Pincherle [ˈpiŋkerle]; November 28, 1907 – September 26, 1990) was an Italian novelist and journalist. His ...more
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Alberto Simone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alberto Simone Age: 59

Birthplace: Messina, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Films Directed: Colpo di luna

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
Age: 49

Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Films Directed: Journeys with George, Fall to Grace, Friends of God: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi, Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County, Citizen USA: A 50 State Road Trip, + more

Alexandra C. Pelosi (born October 5, 1970) is an American journalist, documentary filmmaker, and writer. She is a daughter of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy ...more
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Alberto Sordi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Dec. at 83 (1920-2003)

Birthplace: Trastevere, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Films Directed: In viaggio con papà, Smoke Over London, Where Are You Going on Holiday?, A Taxi Driver in New York, Il comune senso del pudore, + more

Alberto Sordi (June 15, 1920 – February 24, 2003) was an Italian actor, voice actor, singer, director and screenwriter. He was known internationally as the dubbing voice of Oliver Hardy in the ...more
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Aldo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Age: 61

Birthplace: Palermo, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Films Directed: Three Men and a Leg

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
Dec. at 85 (1905-1990)

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Nationality: Kingdom of Italy, Italy

Films Directed: Welcome, Reverend!, Papà diventa mamma, La Famiglia Passaguai fa fortuna, Immigrants, + more

Aldo Fabrizi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈaldo faˈbrittsi]; 1 November 1905 – 2 April 1990 in Rome, Italy) was an Italian actor, director, screenwriter and comedian, best known in United Kingdom ...more
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Aldo Grimaldi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Dec. at 48 (1942-1990)

Birthplace: Catania, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Films Directed: Quando le donne si chiamavano 'Madonne'

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: 85

Birthplace: Rijeka, Croatia

Nationality: Kingdom of Italy, Italy

Films Directed: La Disubbidienza, La Cosa Buffa, Sepolta viva, The Humanoid, Short Night of the Glass Dolls, + more

Aldo Lado (born 5 December 1934) is an Italian screenwriter and film director. He was born in Fiume, Italy (now Croatia). He wrote the screenplays for 21 films between 1968 and 2004 and directed ...more
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Alessandro Avellis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Italy
Alessandro Avellis Age: 44

Nationality: Italy

Films Directed: Paname, My Super 8 Season

Alessandro Avellis (born 30 September 1975) is an Italian film director. Alessandro Avellis studied film direction in Rome. Since 2000 he lives in Paris. He directed some short films selected ...more