Best Italian Movies That Had Success Worldwide

The world is full of high-quality cinema from all places and countries, all types of cinema and genres, different movements and stars who have given their lives to make filmmaking a lot better with time.
When we talk about Italian cinema, there’s no doubt we’re talking about a big contributor to the world of filmmaking, both in style and genre, Italian cinema is simply one of the best of the world, and there’s no doubt about it when some of the Italian movies are as good as these:

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)

The Good the Bad and Ugly

Without a doubt, one of the best films in cinema history, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is a western film directed and written in most part by Sergio Leone, a top-notch filmmaker from the last decade who left us pretty good movies like this one. Everything from the photography to the score, the scenery, the wonderful acting from Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef and, of course, Clint Eastwood – make this movie an Italian cinema masterpiece.

Life is Beautiful (1997)

Roberto Benigni was the lead italian actor and director of Life is Beautiful back in 1997, a worldwide bestseller about the life of a man named Guido, his wife, and his son during World War 2 while the German forces invaded Italy. The movie is one of the most heartwarming yet sad movies of the era, portraying the deeds of a goofy dad in order to save his son’s mind and body from the atrocities of the concentration camp.

The Best Youth (2003)

Maybe the younger film on the list, The Best Youth treats the lives of two brothers and their pass through life, how everything changes for them while their country is having one of the worst times of their history. The movie shows a different path for each brother, yet they’re still bounded by their brotherhood, a movie that surpasses expectations in many ways.

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

There’s no doubt how much nostalgia Cinema Paradisoevokes in each viewer, especially those who love cinema as much as the filmmaker, Giuseppe Tornatore. This movie is an ode to the love of filmmaking and how it can change lives for the better. This movie is a masterpiece both for its emotional power and its wonderful performance.

Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Only a few movies like Bicycle Thieves can show the world about the social, economic and political happenings in Italy back in the 30s, showing the rawest and most accurate human insight a movie has ever shown to the audience. Vittorio de Sica’s masterpiece is a movie that changed how movies were made in Italy.

The Nights of Cabiria (1957)

An Oscar-winning for Best Foreign Film, Fellini’s The Nights of Cabiriais a wonderful performance that gives us the life of an Italian prostitute and her struggles to find the man that will finally be the one for her. Yet, everything always goes badly until she finally meets the one she thinks is the one. A movie both melancholic and energetic in times, it was simply powerful for its time.

Divorce Italian Style (1961)

Another Oscar-winning film from Italy, this time for Best Screenplay and Writing, this movie portrays the story of FeféCefalú (played by Marcello Mastroianni) who wants to wed his cousin Angela (played by StefaniaSandrelli) but his actual wife Rosalia (played by Daniela Rocca) won’t let it happen. Yet, he finds a way to do it, consuming the worst adultery ever and finding a way to put Rosalia in the hands of another man.

Umberto D. (1952)

Showing the story of a man and his dog struggling to live in an unjust and very deplorable way with the government pension in Rome, Umberto (played by Carlo Battisti) looks for away to survive and to live a better life. This movie traveled the world and it was even nominated for an Oscar thanks to Vittorio de Sica’s direction.

8½ (1963)

Winning two Oscars, this masterpiece from Federico Fellini portrays the life of a movie director (Marcello Mastroianni) which is going all backward after his last project can’t be made as normally he would. This movie is simply magical and powerful, full of emotion and evoking the most interesting filmmaking ideas of the era.

The Great Beauty (2013)

An Italian millionaire played by Toni Servillo thinks about his life and all that it meant throughout the years, doing it while taking into account the lavish and happy life he’s had so far with inarguable beauty in all its aspects. It is a wonderful Giuseppe Tornatore’s film which also won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

There are hundreds of more movies we could name here like Rome, Open City from the hands of the master Rosellini, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion directed by Elio Petri and lead by Gian Maria Volonte which also won an Oscar for Best Film, Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard nominated for Oscars, Bernardo Bertolucci’sThe Conformist and many, many more movies from Neorealism, Post-Modernism and even contemporary ones that have made a big impact in the world.

Italian Cinema has always been a major industry in the world, and nowadays, it is maybe one of the best influences for our favorite directors without a doubt.

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