The Best Movies Directed by Franco Zeffirelli  

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List of all movies directed by Franco Zeffirelli ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by Franco Zeffirelli are listed here and include movie posters and Franco Zeffirelli movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by Franco Zeffirelli as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest Franco Zeffirelli movie isn't as high as it should be on this list, then make sure to vote so that your opinion of what the top Franco Zeffirelli film is can be factored into this list.

From Franco Zeffirelli's studio films to Franco Zeffirelli's independent films, this Franco Zeffirelli filmography keeps tabs on all Franco Zeffirelli movies, and lets the cream of the crop rise to the top.

This list contains movies like The Champ and Hamlet.

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Who has Franco Zeffirelli worked with as a director? Talent includes the likes of Tom Cruise, Laurence Olivier, and Mel Gibson.

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Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
Laurence Olivier, Michael York, Olivia Hussey
Romeo and Juliet is a 1968 British-Italian romance film based on the tragic play of the same name by William Shakespeare. The film was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, and stars ...more
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John Duttine, Claudia Cardinale, Donald Pleasence
Jesus of Nazareth is a 1977 British-Italian television miniseries directed by Franco Zeffirelli and co-written by Zeffirelli, Anthony Burgess, and Suso Cecchi d'Amico which dramatises the birth, ...more
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Alec Guinness, Judi Bowker, Peter Firth
Brother Sun, Sister Moon is a 1972 film directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Graham Faulkner and Judi Bowker. The film is a biopic of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
Mel Gibson, Helena Bonham Carter, Glenn Close
Hamlet is a 1990 drama film based on the Shakespearean tragedy of the same name directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Mel Gibson as the eponymous character. The film also features Glenn ...more
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Cher, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith
Tea with Mussolini is a 1999 Anglo-Italian semi-autobiographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, scripted by John Mortimer, telling the story of young Italian boy Luca's upbringing by a ...more
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Faye Dunaway, Jon Voight, Joan Blondell
The Champ is a 1979 remake, directed by Franco Zeffirelli, of the 1931 Academy Award-winning film of the same name which was directed by King Vidor. It stars Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, and Ricky ...more
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Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Michael York
The Taming of the Shrew is a 1967 film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare about a courtship between two strong-willed people. The film was directed by Franco Zeffirelli ...more
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Anna Paquin, Elle Macpherson, William Hurt
Jane Eyre is a 1996 American, British, French and Italian romantic epic and dramatic feature film adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel of the same name. This Hollywood version, ...more
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Plácido Domingo, Urbano Barberini, Justino Díaz
Otello is a 1986 film based on the Giuseppe Verdi opera of the same name based on the Shakespeare play Othello. The film was directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starred Plácido Domingo in ...more
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Plácido Domingo, Teresa Stratas, Cornell MacNeil
La Traviata is a 1982 Italian film written, designed, and directed by Franco Zeffirelli. It is based on the opera La traviata with music by Giuseppe Verdi and libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. ...more
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Vanessa Redgrave, Angela Bettis, Sinéad Cusack
Sparrow is a 1993 Italian drama film directed by Franco Zeffirelli. It is an adaptation of Giovanni Verga's novel, Storia di una capinera and was filmed in Sicily in 1993. It stars Angela ...more
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The Metropolitan Opera: Puccini: Tosca Plácido Domingo, Richard Vernon, Italo Tajo
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Young Toscanini Elizabeth Taylor, C. Thomas Howell, Franco Nero
Young Toscanini is a 1988 Italian-French English-language biographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring C. Thomas Howell and Elizabeth Taylor. It charts the early career and ...more
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Puccini: La Boheme (Metropolitan Opera, 2008) Angela Gheorghiu, Gary Halvorson, Ramón Vargas
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Jeremy Irons, Joan Plowright, Fanny Ardant
Callas Forever is a 2002 biographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, who co-wrote the screenplay with Martin Sherman. It is an homage to Zeffirelli's friend, internationally acclaimed opera ...more
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Homage to Rome Monica Bellucci, Andrea Bocelli
Homage to Rome is a 2009 short film written and directed by Franco Zeffirelli.
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Mozart: Don Giovanni (Metropolitan Opera) Bryn Terfel, James Levine, Ferruccio Furlanetto
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Camping Paolo Poli
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Cavalleria rusticana Plácido Domingo, Fedora Barbieri, Elena Obraztsova
Cavalleria rusticana is a 1982 Italian film directed by Franco Zeffirelli.
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Tom Cruise, Brooke Shields, James Spader
Endless Love is a 1981 romantic drama film directed by Franco Zeffirelli starring Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt, Tom Cruise in his film debut, and James Spader in his second film role. The ...more
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Don Carlo
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Maria Callas: The Eternal Giuseppe Di Stefano, Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian Radio Chorus Rome
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Puccini: La Bohème (Metropolitan Opera) José Carreras, Renata Scotto, James Morris
Few operas enjoy the widespread popularity of Puccini's La Boheme. In the Metropolitan's more than one hundred years only Aida has received more performances, although La Boheme was not even ...more
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La Bohème Mirella Freni, Adriana Martino, Gianni Raimondi
La Bohème is a 1965 West German film production of the Puccini opera filmed on location in Milan and Munich. The film was produced by noted conductor Herbert von Karajan and featured ...more
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Pagliacci Plácido Domingo, Teresa Stratas, Juan Pons
Pagliacci is a 1982 Italian film of Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera Pagliacci, directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Including Plácido Domingo and Teresa Stratas in the starring roles, all the ...more