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Top 10 Italian Movies to Watch Before You Die

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The good aspect about Italian movies is that bad films can also look beautiful.  From the Year 1895, Italy has become famous throughout the world for one more reason-Movies. Some of the world’s top filmmakers, cinematographers; musicians etc. are all from this little nation. We have assembled a list of Top 10 movies in the Italian language.

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Finzi-Continis

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Release Date: 4 December 1970
Director: Vittorio de Sica
Cast: Lino Capolicchio, Dominique Sanda, Helmut Berge,r Fabio Testi, Romolo Valli
Distributed By: Titanus Distribuzione
Music By: Manuel De Sica
Language: Italian
Country: Italy
Running Time: 94 minutes
Awards: Oscar Awards
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The garden of Finzi-Continis is directed by Vittorio de Sica in the year 1970. This Italian movie has Lino Capolicchio, Dominique Sanda and Helmut Berger in the main characters. This movie is actually meant for downtown Abby viewers. The Garden of Finzi Continis is a movie featuring the start of World War II. The effect of World War II was quite high among the Italians, and that is why even today films in Italy touch upon on the subject of World War.

The main plot of the movie is about a Jewish family and their beliefs. This movie deals with their beliefs regarding fascism.

De Sica’s, this movie’s director creates a nostalgic feeling and it is one of the finest pieces of cinematic brilliance.

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Divorce Italian Style

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Release Date: 1961
Director: Pietro Germi
Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocca, Stefania Sandrelli, Leopoldo Trieste, Odoardo Spadaro
Distributed By: Embassy Pictures
Music By: Carlo Rustichelli
Language: Italian
Country: Italy
Running Time: 108 minutes
Awards: Academy award
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“Divorce Italian style” is a comic movie which was filmed in the year 1961. This Italian movie was made under the direction of Pietro Germi. The screen play was scripted by a team comprising of  Ennio De Concini, Pietro Germi, and Alfredo Giannetti. The movie is based on a novel written by Giovanni Arpino titled “Un delete donor” which literally means Honor Killing. The lead roles were played by Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocca, Stefania Sandrelli, Lando Buzzanca, and Leopoldo Trieste. This classic movie was appreciated with an academy award for its excellent script, story, and screenplay.

Marcello Mastroianni plays a rich silicon baron who wishes to divorce his wife in order to tie the knot with his new lover. But in good old days, it was considered immoral to divorce someone and also it is supposed to be illegal. So he tries to plot a plan to get rid of his wife. This plan which he draws is what is termed as “Divorce Italian Style”. Filled with curiosity and fun it is a good movie to watch.

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Cinema Paradiso

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Release Date: 17 November 1988
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Cast: Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Agnese Nano, Antonella Attili, Pupella Maggio, Salvatore Cascio
Distributed By: Miramax Films (US), Umbrella Entertainment
Music By: Ennio Morricone, Andrea Morricone
Language: Italian, English, Portuguese, Sicilian
Country: Italy
Running Time: 155 minutes
Awards: Academy Awards
Budget: US$5 million
Box Office: $12,397,210 (US only)
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Cinema Paradiso is a drama genre film released in the year 1988. Cinema Paradiso, directed and written by Giuseppe Tornatore is a feel good movie. The lead roles were played by Jacques Perrin, Philippe Noiret, Leopoldo Trieste, Marco Leonardi, Agnese Nano and Salvatore Cascio. Production part was handled by Franco Cristaldi and Giovanna Romagnoli; the background music was scored by Ennio Morricone along with his son Andrea. The movie was awarded the best foreign language movie at the 62nd Academy Awards.

The plot of the movie is simple. It is a story about a young boy’s passion for movies during the World War two. It would be termed as Dramedy in present day’s lingo. The movie at certain stages is a bit too sentimental yet it gives a feeling of reading a nice love letter. It pictures the depth of impact which movies actually make in our lives.

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Vincere

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Release Date: 19May 2009
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Michela Cescon, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Corrado Invernizzi
Distributed By: 01 Distribution IFC Films
Music By: Carlo Crivelli
Language: Italian
Country: Italy
Running Time: 128 minutes
Awards: National Society of Film Critics Award
Budget: 9 Million €
Box Office: 2,089,000 €
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“Vincere” is an Italian movie which means “To win “. The movie is based on the life incidents of the first spouse of Benito Mussolini. Giovanna Mezzogiorno played the role of Ida Dalser and Filippo Timi enacted the role of Benito Mussolini in the movie. The direction was handled by Marco Bellocchio, who also co-wrote the script along with Daniela Ceselli. The movie was filmed in theatres on 22nd May 2009.It was the only Italian film to compete at the Cannes film festival 2009.

It won various recognitions and accolades including Chicago International film festival where it won four silver Hugos. The story brings out the secret life of Mussolini‘s first wife. It is presumed that Mussolini had erased off all the marriage records pertaining to this matter. Vincere is a movie which stays true to its subject and portrayal on screen. Vincere is a top class movie for all true cinema lovers.

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Swept Away

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Release Date: 1974
Director: Lina Wertmüller
Cast: Mariangela Melato, Giancarlo Giannini
Distributed By: Medusa Distribuzione (Italy)
Music By: Piero Piccioni
Language: Italian
Country: Italy
Running Time: 114 minutes
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Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August is a comical movie with romance in its story line. The movie was directed and written by Lina Wertmüller in the year 1974. The cast includes Mariangela Melato and Giancarlo Giannini in the lead. This story is all about a sailor, who’s a politically inclined person, and a gorgeous blond, played by Mariangela Melato convincingly.

This film can be considered as Lina Wertmuller’s political statement and not a movie meant for pure entertainment purpose.Most of the critics felt that the climax portion could have been made much better. Overall, a good movie to enjoy on a weekend with family and friends.

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Life Is Beautiful

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Release Date: 20 December 1997
Director: Roberto Benigni
Cast: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi
Distributed By: Miramax Films
Music By: Nicola Piovani
Language: Italian, German, English
Country: Italy
Running Time: 116 minutes
Awards: Cannes Film Festival
Budget: $20 million
Box Office: $229.2 million
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“Life is Beautiful” is a funny dramatically made movie which released in the year 1997. It is titled “La Vita è Bella” in the Italian language. The direction was handled by  Roberti Benigni and he also acted in the movie.He was well supported in writing the script along with Vincenzo Cerami.  The story of the movie goes as follows; Benigni acts as Guido Orefice, an Italian Jewish book stall keeper who uses his imagination to entertain his son in a Nazi camp. The movie was inspired by the book written by Rubino Romeo Salmonì, Benigni’s father. He had written the book in the German labor camp for two long years at the time of Second World War.

The film was a huge financial success and also received positive comments from the critics. In spite of receiving criticism for melding comedy and fact, this movie did well at the box office. The movie also bagged various awards such as Grand Prix at the Cannes film festival 1998 and also three Academy awards. This movie will last for Benigni’s beautiful performance and screenplay.

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Il Postino

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Release Date: 1 September 1994
Director: Michael Radford
Cast: Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret, Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Distributed By: Miramax Films
Music By: Luis Enríquez Bacalov
Language: Italian Spanish
Country: Italy
Running Time: 108 minutes
Awards: Academy Award
Budget: $3 million
Box Office: $21,848,932
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Michael Radford directed movie “IL Postino” meaning “The postman” is a modern day classic.

The simple storyline of the movie is as follows; Chilean poem writer named Pablo Neruda begins to bond with a postman who starts to admire his poetry. It is a real life story.  Philippe Noiret, Massimo Troisi, and Maria Grazia Cucinotta play the lead roles in the movie. The screenplay is adapted suitably by Anna Pavignano, Michael Radford, Furio Scarpelli, Giacomo Scarpelli, and Massimo Troisi. This movie is based on a novel titled “Ardiente Paciencia” written by Antonio Skármeta. The actor and writer of the movie Troisi had set back his heart surgery in order to complete the filming of the movie.

Being widely accepted as one of the best Italian movies, with its beautiful settings, it is definitely a must see Italian movie.

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We Have a Pope

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Release Date: 15 April 2011
Director: Nanni Moretti
Cast: Michel Piccoli, Nanni Moretti
Distributed By: 01 Distribution (Italy), Le Pacte (France)
Music By: Franco Piersanti
Language: Italian
Country: Italy, France
Running Time: 104 minutes
Awards: Michel Piccoli
Budget: € 8 million
Box Office: $16 million
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We have a Pope; originally titled Habemus Papam is a funny Italian film. This movie released in the year 2011. Nanni Moretti had directed the movie which has Michel Piccoli and Moretti in the lead roles. The simple story line of the movie is a Cardinal who is chosen as a pope against his wish. Later, a psychoanalyst is called over to support the pope to get over his panic and negative state.

The film helps us to understand and know more about the rituals and the various age old traditions still performed in the Vatican. Michael Piccoli has given such a wonderful performance and it is a treat to watch his acting after he becomes the Pope.

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I am Love

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Release Date: 5 September 2009
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Gabriele Ferzetti, Marisa Berenson
Distributed By: Mikado Film
Music By: John Adams
Language: Italian
Country: Italy
Running Time: 114 minutes
Awards: Golden Globe award nomination
Budget: 10 million USD
Box Office: $ 11.5 million
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“I am Love” was initially titled as “Io Sono la more” in Italian. Luca Guadagnino has directed this movie around the year 2000. The story of the movie is based on the haute bourgeoisie family which passes through various changes in time and fortune.The lead role was played by Tilda Swinton as Emma Recchi. The movie was filmed over a period of 11 years and the production was handled by Swinton and Guadagnino.

The film’s music score was the soundtrack already created by John Adams. The movie premiered at the Venice film festival in September 2009.

Watch this movie for its brilliant star cast and acting.

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The Leopard

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Release Date: March 28, 1963
Director: Luchino Visconti
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Serge Reggiani, Mario Girotti, Pierre Clementi
Distributed By: Titanus (Italy - Theatrical), Medusa Entertainment (Italy - Current)
Music By: Nino Rota
Language: Italian
Country: Italy
Running Time: 161 minutes
Awards: 1963 Cannes Film Festival
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Box Office: $1,800,000 (US/ Canada), 3,649,498 admissions (France)
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Le Guépard is an Italian movie released in the year 1963. It is epic Italian movie which is dramatic in nature. Luchino Visconti directed the movie based on the novel written by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.

The movie starring Burt Lancaster is known as the Italian version of the yesteryear classic “Gone with the Wind”. The movie is based on the time period 1860-1862, which according to the Italian benchmarks is considered as a modern era.

Watch this movie for its rich portrayal of the Garibaldi revolution and fine acting.

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