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List of famous film actors and actresses from Italy, listed by their popularity with photos when available. Italy has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Italian screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Italy and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

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

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver Robert De Niro is an American actor and film producer who has starred in over 90 films. His first major film roles were in the sports drama Bang the Drum Slowly and the Martin Scorsese-directed ...more

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Willem Dafoe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Spider-Man, Finding Nemo, Platoon William J. "Willem" Dafoe is an American actor. He is a member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group and he has appeared in films such as Platoon, Shadow of the ...more

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Marcello Mastroianni is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Cinema Paradiso, 8½, La Dolce Vita Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni, Knight Grand Cross was an Italian film actor. His prominent films include La Dolce Vita; 8½; La Notte; Divorce, Italian Style; Yesterday, Today and ...more

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Sophia Loren is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Nine, El Cid, The Fall of the Roman Empire Sophia Loren is an Italian-French film star. She began her career at age 14 after entering a beauty pageant in 1949. Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons, Loren appeared in several bit parts ...more

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John Turturro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
The Big Lebowski, Raging Bull, Transformers John Michael Turturro is an American actor, writer and director known for his roles in the films Do the Right Thing, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Quiz Show, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where ...more

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Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
My Cousin Vinny, The Wrestler, Crazy Marisa Tomei is an American and Italian actress and producer. In a career spanning three decades, she had initial success in movies as a young actress, followed by a series of unsuccessful ...more

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Carla Gugino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Sin City, Watchmen, American Gangster Carla Gugino is an American actress. She is well known for her roles as Ingrid Cortez in the Spy Kids film trilogy, Dr. Vera Gorski in Sucker Punch, Lucille in Sin City, Amanda Daniels in ...more

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Monica Bellucci is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Passion of the Christ, The Matrix Reloaded Monica Bellucci is an Italian actress and fashion model.

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Paul Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Goodfellas, Romeo + Juliet, Dick Tracy Paul Anthony Sorvino is an American actor. He often portrays authority figures on both sides of the law, and is possibly best known for his roles as Paulie Cicero, a portrayal of Paul Vario in ...more

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Beverly D'Angelo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Annie Hall, American History X, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Beverly Heather D'Angelo is an American actress and singer, best known for her role as Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon's Vacation franchise. D'Angelo received critical acclaim for her ...more

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Isabella Rossellini is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Blue Velvet, Death Becomes Her, Wild at Heart Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini is an Italian actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and model. Rossellini is noted for her 14-year tenure as a Lancôme model, and for ...more

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Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Commando, Fear, Hall Pass Alyssa Jayne Milano (born December 19, 1972) is an American actress, activist, producer and former singer. She is best known for her roles in Who's the Boss?, Melrose Place, Charmed, My Name is ...more

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Franco Nero is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Django Unchained, Die Hard 2, Cars 2 Franco Nero is an Italian actor. He is best known for his roles of the title character in Sergio Corbucci's Django, Sir Lancelot in Joshua Logan's Camelot, Horacio in Luis Buñuel's ...more

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Vincent Pastore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Goodfellas, Carlito's Way, The Hurricane Vincent Pastore is an American actor. Often cast as a mafioso, he is best known for his portrayal of Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on the HBO series The Sopranos.

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Hayden Panettiere is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Remember the Titans, A Bug's Life, Scream 4 Hayden Leslie Panettiere is an American actress, model, singer, and activist. She is known for her roles as cheerleader Claire Bennet on the NBC series Heroes and Juliette Barnes in the ABC ...more

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Antonio Sabàto, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Grand Prix, Beyond the Law, Tuareg: The Desert Warrior Antonio Sabàto, Sr. is a film and television actor. He is noted for extensive work in the Italian exploitation genre. He is the father of model and actor Antonio Sabàto, Jr. Among ...more

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Mike Birbiglia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
The Fault in Our Stars, Cedar Rapids, Going the Distance Mike Birbiglia appeared in the 2013 film Bear Has A Story To Tell.

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Giancarlo Esposito is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
The Usual Suspects, Do the Right Thing, Trading Places Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito is a Danish-born American actor, director, and producer of African-Italian descent. He is best known for his portrayal of Gustavo "Gus" Fring on ...more

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Rose McGowan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Scream, Planet Terror, Death Proof Rose Arianna McGowan is an American actress and singer. She has played Paige Matthews in The WB supernatural drama series Charmed, and Ann-Margret alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Elvis Presley ...more

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Don Ameche is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Trading Places, Coming to America, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Don Ameche was an American actor, voice artist, and comedian, with a career spanning almost 60 years. After touring in vaudeville, he featured in many biographical films, including The Story of ...more

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John Saxon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
A Nightmare on Elm Street, From Dusk till Dawn, Enter the Dragon John Saxon is an American actor who has worked on over 200 projects during the span of sixty years. Saxon is known for his work in westerns and horror films, as well as for his role as Roper in ...more

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Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Home Alone Joe Pesci is an actor and comedian.

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Armand Assante is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
American Gangster, Judge Dredd, Striptease Armand Anthony Assante, Jr. is an American actor.

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Greta Scacchi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
The Player, The Red Violin, Emma Greta Scacchi is an Emmy Award-winning Italian-Australian actress known for her roles in the films White Mischief, Presumed Innocent and The Player.

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Roberto Benigni is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Life Is Beautiful, Down by Law, Night on Earth Roberto Remigio Benigni, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI is an Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director. He co-wrote, directed and acted in the 1997 film, Life Is Beautiful, which ...more

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Claudia Cardinale is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Once Upon a Time in the West, The Pink Panther, 8½ Claudia Cardinale is a Tunisian-born actress of Sicilian parentage who appeared in some of the most prominent European films of the 1960s and 1970s. Notable credits include Luchino Visconti's ...more

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Rachel Bilson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Jumper, The Last Kiss, New York Rachel Sarah Bilson is an American actress. Bilson grew up in a California show business family, and made her television debut in 2003, subsequently becoming well known for playing Summer ...more

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Jennifer Esposito is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Crash, He Got Game, Summer of Sam Jennifer Esposito is an American actress, dancer and model, known for her appearances in the films I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Summer of Sam, and in the television series Spin City, ...more

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Talia Shire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
The Godfather, Rocky, The Godfather Part II Talia Shire is an American actress most known for her roles as Connie Corleone in The Godfather films and Adrian Balboa in the Rocky series.

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Ida Lupino is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
High Sierra, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Food of the Gods Ida Lupino was an English-American film actress and director, and a pioneer among women filmmakers. In her forty-eight-year career, she appeared in fifty-nine films and directed seven others, ...more

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Luigi Maria Burruano is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Gasoline, Baarìa, K@biria Luigi Maria Burruano is an Italian actor. He began his career in Sicilian-language cabaret and theatre before turning his attention to films. Burruano was arrested in 2006 and charged with ...more

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Mara Venier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Heads or Tails, Zappatore, Sweets from a Stranger Mara Venier is the ex-wife of Jerry Calà.

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Burt Young is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Rocky, Chinatown, Rocky IV Gerald Tommaso DeLouise better known by his stage name Burt Young, is an American actor, painter and author. He is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role as Sylvester Stallone's ...more

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Dennis Farina is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Saving Private Ryan, Snatch, Manhunter Dennis Farina was an American actor of film and television and former Chicago police officer. He was a character actor, often typecast as a mobster or police officer. His most known film roles ...more

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Danny Nucci is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Titanic, The Rock, Crimson Tide Danny Nucci is an American actor.

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Gina Lollobrigida is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Beat the Devil, Solomon and Sheba, One Hundred and One Nights Luigina "Gina" Lollobrigida is an Italian actress, photojournalist and sculptor. She was one of the highest profile European actresses of the 1950s and early 1960s. As her film career ...more

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Chris Penn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Reservoir Dogs, Footloose, Rush Hour Christopher Shannon "Chris" Penn was an American film and television actor known for his roles in such films as The Wild Life, Reservoir Dogs, The Funeral, Footloose, Rush Hour, Corky ...more

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Chris Evans is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
The Avengers, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier Christopher Robert "Chris" Evans is an American actor and film director. Evans is best known for his superhero roles as Steve Rogers / Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ...more

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Valeria Golino is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Rain Man, Leaving Las Vegas, Hot Shots! Valeria Golino is an Italian actress and director. She is best known to English-language audiences for the 1988 film Rain Man, and the Hot Shots! films. In addition to David di Donatello, Silver ...more

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Bud Spencer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
They Call Me Trinity, Quo Vadis, Trinity Is Still My Name Bud Spencer is an Italian actor, filmmaker and a former professional swimmer. He is known for past roles in action-comedy films together with his long-time film partner Terence Hill. Growing ...more

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Brenda Vaccaro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Midnight Cowboy, Supergirl, Zorro Brenda Buell Vaccaro is an American stage, television, and film actress.

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Ellen Pompeo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Daredevil, Old School, Catch Me If You Can Ellen Kathleen Pompeo is an American actress and producer. She rose to fame for her portrayal of Meredith Grey in the long-running hit ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy. The role earned ...more

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Sonny Barger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Sonny Barger Hells Angels on Wheels, The Hell's Angels 69 Sonny Barger is an actor.

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Gregory Raposo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Return to Sleepaway Camp, The Biggest Fan Gregory Frank "Greg" Raposo is an American rock'n'roll singer and actor. Raposo initially came to fame in the early 2000s as a member of the boy band Dream Street, but has subsequently ...more

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Michael Angarano is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Almost Famous, Seabiscuit, Sky High Michael Anthony Angarano is an American actor.

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Linda Cardellini is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Brokeback Mountain, Legally Blonde, Good Burger Linda Edna Cardellini is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Lindsay Weir on Freaks and Geeks, Samantha Taggart on ER, Velma Dinkley in the live-action Scooby-Doo feature films, ...more

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Chuck Zito is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Carlito's Way, Man on the Moon, 13 Charles "Chuck" Carmine Zito, Jr., is an American actor, amateur boxer, martial artist, celebrity bodyguard, stuntman, former boxing trainer and former president of the New York ...more

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Dan Castellaneta is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Say Anything..., The Simpsons Movie, Super 8 Daniel Louis "Dan" Castellaneta is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and screenwriter. Noted for his long-running role as Homer Simpson on the animated television series The ...more

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Giancarlo Giannini is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Casino Royale, Man on Fire, Hannibal Giancarlo Giannini is an Italian actor and dubber.

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Ralph Macchio is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, My Cousin Vinny Ralph George Macchio, Jr. is an American actor, best known for his roles as Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid series, Eugene Martone in Crossroads, Billy Gambini in My Cousin Vinny, and Johnny ...more