Saturday, October 13, 2012

World Cinema Guide: Italy (188 Greatest Films 1929-2005)

When I say ‘greatest’ in the title above I mean ‘most critically acclaimed, based on a consensus of opinion’ and for details of how I established that - and why this list only goes up to 2005 - please see ‘World Cinema Guide: Introduction’.

In the alphabetical table of contents at the right you will also find similar lists for other countries: World Cinema Guide China, World Cinema Guide France, World Cinema Guide Germany etc

Note that within this list there is in effect a ‘best of the best’ list: the most critically acclaimed 10-20% of films from this country are marked with a *.


1934 La Signora Di Tutti (Max Ophuls)
1942 Four Steps in the Clouds (Alessandro Blasetti)
1943 Ossessione* (Luchino Visconti)
1944 The Children Are Watching Us (Vittorio De Sica)
1945 Open City* (Roberto Rossellini)
1946 Paisa* (Roberto Rossellini)
1946 Shoeshine* (Vittorio De Sica)
1946 The Bandit (Alberto Lattuada)
1946 To Live in Peace (Luigi Zampa)
1947 Germany Year Zero* (Roberto Rossellini)
1947 Tragic Hunt (Giuseppe De Santis)
1948 Bicycle Thieves* (Vittorio De Sica)
1948 Bitter Rice (Giuseppe De Santis)
1948 Difficult Years (Luigi Zampa)
1948 La Terra Trama* (Luchino Visconti)
1948 Without Pity (Alberto Lattuada)
1949 Fabiola (Alessandro Blasetti)
1949 In the Name of the Law (Pietro Germi)
1949 Mafia (Pietro Germi)
1950 Miracle in Milan* (Vittorio De Sica)
1950 Stromboli* (Roberto Rossellini)
1950 The Path of Hope (Pietro Germi)
1950 Variety Lights (Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada)
1951 Europa 51 (Roberto Rossellini)
1951 Rome, Eleven O'Clock (Giuseppe De Santis)
1951 The Medium (Gian-Carlo Menotti)
1951 Umberto D* (Vittorio De Sica)
1952 The Flowers of St. Francis (Roberto Rossellini)
1952 The White Sheik (Federico Fellini)
1952 Two Cents Worth of Hope* (Renato Castellani)
1953 I Vitelloni* (Federico Fellini)
1953 Love in the City (Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, etc)
1953 Voyage to Italy (Roberto Rossellini)
1954 La Strada* (Federico Fellini)
1954 Senso* (Luchino Visconti)
1954 The Gold of Naples (Vittorio De Sica)
1955 Il Bidone (Federico Fellini)
1955 Le Amiche (Michelangelo Antonioni)
1957 Il Grido (Michelangelo Antonioni)
1957 Nights of Cabiria* (Federico Fellini)
1957 White Nights (Luchino Visconti)
1958 Big Deal on Madonna Street (Mario Monicelli)
1958 The Road A Year Long (Giuseppe De Santis)
1959 General Della Rovere* (Roberto Rossellini)
1959 Kapo (Gillo Pontecorvo)
1959 The Great War (Mario Monicelli)
1960 Bandits of Orgoloso (Vittorio De Seta)
1960 La Dolce Vita* (Federico Fellini)
1960 L'Avventura* (Michelangelo Antonioni)
1960 Rocco and His Brothers* (Luchino Visconti)
1960 Two Women (Vittorio De Sica)
1961 Accattone* (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
1961 Divorce, Italian Style (Pietro Germi)
1961 Il Posto* (Ermanno Olmi)
1961 La Notte* (Michelangelo Antonioni)
1962 A Man for Burning (Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani)
1962 Family Diary* (Valerio Zurlini)
1962 L'Eclisse* (Michelangelo Antonioni)
1962 Mamma Roma (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
1962 Salvatore Giuliano* (Francesco Rosi)
1962 The Four Days of Naples (Nanni Loy)
1963 8 1/2* (Federico Fellini)
1963 Hands Over the City (Francesco Rosi)
1963 I Fidanzati (Ermanno Olmi)
1963 The Devil (Gian Luigi Polidoro)
1963 The Leopard* (Luchino Visconti)
1963 Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Vittorio De Sica)
1964 A Fistful of Dollars (Sergio Leone)
1964 Before the Revolution* (Bernardo Bertolucci)
1964 Blood and Black Lace (Mario Bava)
1964 The Gospel According to St. Matthew* (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
1964 The Red Desert* (Michelangelo Antonioni)
1965 Fists in the Pocket* (Marco Bellocchio)
1965 For a Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone)
1965 Sandra (Luchino Visconti)
1965 Signore E Signori (Pietro Germi)
1965 The Battle of Algiers* (Gillo Pontecorvo)
1966 Django (Sergio Corbucci)
1966 Hawks and Sparrows (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
1966 The Good, the Bad & the Ugly * (Sergio Leone)
1966 The Rise of Louis XIV* (Roberto Rossellini)
1967 China Is Near (Marco Bellocchio)
1967 Oedipus Rex (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
1967 The Stranger (Luchino Visconti)
1967 To Each His Own (Elio Petri)
1968 Dillinger Is Dead (Marco Ferreri)
1968 Mafia (Damiano Damiani)
1968 Once Upon a Time in the West* (Sergio Leone)
1968 Romeo and Juliet (Franco Zeffirelli)
1968 Sette Fratelli Cervi (Gianni Puccini)
1968 Teorema (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
1969 Fellini Satyricon (Federico Fellini)
1969 Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Elio Petri)
1969 Medea (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
1970 Metello (Mauro Bolognini)
1970 Sacco and Vanzetti (Giuliano Montaldo)
1970 The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Dario Argento)
1970 The Conformist* (Bernardo Bertolucci)
1970 The Garden of the Finzi-Continis* (Vittorio De Sica)
1970 The Spider's Stratagem (Bernardo Bertolucci)
1971 Blaise Pascal (Roberto Rossellini)
1971 Death in Venice* (Luchino Visconti)
1971 The Clowns (Federico Fellini)
1971 The Decameron (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
1971 The Wording Class Goes to Paradise (Elio Petri)
1972 Fellini Roma (Federico Fellini)
1972 In the Name of the Father (Marco Bellocchio)
1972 Last Tango in Paris* (Bernardo Bertolucci)
1972 Ludwig (Luchino Visconti)
1972 The Canterbury Tales* (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
1972 The Mattei Affair* (Francesco Rosi)
1972 The Seduction of Mimi (Lina Wertmuller)
1973 Amarcord* (Federico Fellini)
1973 Bread and Chocolate (Franco Brusati)
1973 Love and Anarchy (Lina Wertmuller)
1973 The Age of Cosimo de Medici (Roberto Rossellini)
1974 Arabian Nights (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
1974 Conversation Piece (Luchino Visconti)
1974 Lucky Luciano* (Francesco Rosi)
1974 Swept Away... by an Unusual Destiny...* (Lina Wertmuller)
1975 My Friends (Mario Monicelli)
1975 Seven Beauties* (Lina Wertmuller)
1975 The Passenger* (Michelangelo Antonioni)
1976 1900* (Bernardo Bertolucci)
1976 And Agnes Chose to Die (Giuliano Montaldo)
1976 Illustrious Corpses* (Francesco Rosi)
1976 Salo, Or The 120 Days of Sodom (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
1976 The Desert of the Tartars (Valerio Zurlini)
1976 The Innocent* (Luchino Visconti)
1977 A Special Day (Ettore Scola)
1977 Allegro Non Troppo (Bruno Bozzetto)
1977 An Average Little Man (Mario Monicelli)
1977 Padre Padrone* (Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani)
1977 Suspiria (Dario Argento)
1978 The End of the World in Our Usual Bed...(Lina Wertmuller)
1978 The Tree of Wooden Clogs* (Ermanno Olmi)
1979 Christ Stopped at Eboli* (Francesco Rosi)
1979 La Luna (Bernardo Bertolucci)
1981 I Am Starting Again from Three (Massimo Troisi)
1981 Tales of Ordinary Madness (Marco Ferreri)
1981 Three Brothers* (Francesco Rosi)
1982 La Traviata (Franco Zeffirelli)
1982 Night of the Shooting Stars* (Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani)
1984 Basileus Quartet (Fabio Carpi)
1984 Carmen (Francesco Rosi)
1985 The Mass Is Over (Nanni Moretti)
1986 Otello (Franco Zeffirelli)
1987 Dark Eyes (Nikita Mikhalkov)
1987 The Family (Ettore Scola)
1987 The Last Emperor* (Bernardo Bertolucci)
1988 The House of Smiles (Marco Ferreri)
1988 The Legend of the Holy Drinker* (Ermanno Olmi)
1989 Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore)
1989 Palombella Rossa (Nanni Moretti)
1990 Open Doors (Gianni Amelio)
1991 A Simple Story (Emidio Greco)
1991 Mediterraneo (Gabriele Salvatores)
1991 Volere Volare (Guido Manuli, Maurizio Nichetti)
1992 The Stolen Children* (Gianni Amelio)
1993 La Scorta (Ricky Tognazzi)
1993 The Great Pumpkin (Francesca Archibugi)
1994 Barnabo of the Mountains (Mario Brenta)
1994 Dear Diary* (Nanni Moretti)
1994 Farinelli (Gerard Corbiau)
1994 Il Postino (Michael Radford)
1994 Lamerica* (Gianni Amelio)
1995 L'Amore Molesto Mario Martone)
1995 The Star Maker (Giuseppe Tornatore)
1997 The Truce (Francesco Rosi)
1998 Aprile (Nanni Moretti)
1998 The Legend of 1900 (Giuseppe Tornatore)
1998 The Way We Laughed* (Gianni Amelio)
1999 Not of This World (Giuseppe Piccioni)
2000 Bread and Tulips (Silvio Soldini)
2001 The Professor of Arms (Ermanno Olmi)
2001 The Son's Room* (Nanni Moretti)
2002 Respiro (Emanuele Crialese)
2002 The Religion Hour (Marco Bellocchio)
2003 Caterina in the Big City (Paolo Virzi)
2003 Facing Windows (Ferzan Ozpetek)
2003 Good Morning, Night (Marco Bellocchio)
2003 I'm Not Scared (Gabriele Salvatores)
2003 The Best of Youth* (Marco Tullio Giordana)
2004 Agatha and the Storm (Silvio Soldini)
2004 Don't Move* (Sergio Castellitto)
2004 Private (Saverio Costanzo)
2004 The Consequences of Love* (Paolo Sorrentino)
2004 The Keys to the House* (Gianni Amelio)

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