If you think about Italian movies, we are sure that you have directors such as Federico Fellini and Luca Guadagnino or actors like Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni on your mind. Italy has inspired a lot of film directors and screenwriters all around the world. We collected a list of our favourite films that plays in Italy or were filmed in Italy. So, let us start.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
In New York of late 1950s, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. The main characters that has been played by Matt Damon and Jude Law become friends, but the drama takes its course. The Talented Mr. Ripley was written by Patricia Highsmith and filmed by Anthony Migella in 1999. The film was shot at the Amalfi Coast. Watching this film not only means to listen some great music but also to imagine having a cocktail at the coast in a small bar, looking at the sea, and watching the sunset.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Bicycle Thieves is an Italian neorealist drama film directed by Vittorio De Sica. The film is about a poor father, played by Lamberto Maggiorani, who is looking for his stolen bike around the post-World War II Rome because without a bicycle he will lose the job that is needed for his family. With his small son by his side, he spends the day in Rome, trying to find the thief of his bicycle. This timeless masterpiece surfaces all sorts of moral, and the audience must deal with it.
La Dolce Vita (1960)
We all can remember the fantastic Anita Ekberg taking a bath in the Trevi Fountain in Rome in Federico Fellini’s masterpiece La Dolce Vita. The film follows journalist Marcello Rubini, played by Marcello Mastroianni, over seven days and nights on his journey throughout Rome in a fruitless search for love and happiness.
The Godfather (1972)
In Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece of 1972, we see the story of the Corleone mafia family. Don Vito Corleone, the Godfather, starring Marlon Brando, moved from Sicily to New York where he becomes a significant mob patron. He wants to hand over his business to his youngest son Michael, played by Al Pacino.
Coppola wrote the screenplay along with Mario Puzo, based on Puzo‘s best-selling novel of 1969. The story, spanning from 1945 to 1955, features an ensemble cast including James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, and Diane Keaton. In 1972, the film was a blockbuster, breaking many box offices records. The Godfather counts as one of the most influential films of all time.
The Omen (1976)
The original film Omen is one of the greatest horror films, starring Gregory Peck as an American diplomat. He has to come to terms with various unfortunate and mysterious events before he finds out that his adopted son Damien is the Antichrist. The film plays partially in Rome where the protagonist discovers some horrifying secrets among the churches and cemeteries of this eternal city.