Cinematic Rome

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1. Quo Vadis? (1913)

120 min | Drama, History

An epic Italian film "Quo Vadis" influenced many of the later movies.

Director: Enrico Guazzoni | Stars: Amleto Novelli, Gustavo Serena, Carlo Cattaneo, Amelia Cattaneo

Votes: 255

2. Quo Vadis (1951)

Not Rated | 171 min | Biography, Drama, History

Fierce Roman commander Marcus Vinicius (Robert Taylor) becomes infatuated with beautiful Christian hostage Lygia (Deborah Kerr) and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emperor Nero (Sir Peter Ustinov).

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 12,860 | Gross: $24.29M

3. Cabiria (1914)

Not Rated | 148 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Cabiria is a Roman child when her home is destroyed by a volcano. Sold in Carthage to be sacrificed in a temple, is saved by Fulvio, a Roman spy. But danger lurks, and hatred between Rome and Carthage can only lead to war.

Director: Giovanni Pastrone | Stars: Italia Almirante-Manzini, Lidia Quaranta, Bartolomeo Pagano, Carolina Catena

Votes: 2,932

4. Scipione l'africano (1937)

83 min | Drama, History, War

A story of the Second Punic Wars, beginning with Scipio's futile pleas to the Roman Senate to build an army to battle Hannibal, that climaxes with the battle of Zama.

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Annibale Ninchi, Camillo Pilotto, Fosco Giachetti, Francesca Braggiotti

Votes: 236

5. Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Elena Altieri

Votes: 135,771 | Gross: $0.33M

6. Rome, Open City (1945)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Thriller, War

During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, the Resistance leader, Giorgio Manfredi, is chased by the Nazis as he seeks refuge and a way to escape.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero, Vito Annichiarico

Votes: 21,663

7. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

90 Metascore

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 209,419 | Gross: $74.70M

8. Facing Windows (2003)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

Overburdened and stuck in a greying marriage, Giovanna takes to caring for the Jewish Holocaust survivor her husband brings home. As she begins to reflect on her life, she turns to the man who lives across from her ...

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek | Stars: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Massimo Girotti, Raoul Bova, Filippo Nigro

Votes: 10,386 | Gross: $0.54M

9. The White Sheik (1952)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Drama

During a day in their honeymoon, a couple is separated by the city's lust and the desires it produces.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Giulietta Masina, Brunella Bovo, Leopoldo Trieste

Votes: 4,822

10. The Robe (1953)

Unrated | 135 min | Drama, History

In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie

Votes: 8,682 | Gross: $36.00M

11. Spartacus (1960)

PG-13 | 197 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

87 Metascore

The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton

Votes: 118,615 | Gross: $30.00M

12. Gladiator (2000)

R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

67 Metascore

A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Votes: 1,273,800 | Gross: $187.71M

13. Roman Holiday (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Romance

78 Metascore

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power

Votes: 121,578

14. Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)

G | 102 min | Drama, Romance

Three American women working in Rome, Italy, share a spacious apartment and the desire to find love and marriage, each experiencing a few bumps in their journeys to romance.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters, Louis Jourdan

Votes: 2,917

15. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 171,548 | Gross: $81.30M

16. Roma (1972)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital, most of it based on director Federico Fellini's life.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Britta Barnes, Peter Gonzales Falcon, Fiona Florence, Pia De Doses

Votes: 11,002

17. La Dolce Vita (1960)

Not Rated | 174 min | Comedy, Drama

95 Metascore

A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux

Votes: 62,147 | Gross: $19.52M

18. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)

Not Rated | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

Stories about three very different women and the men they attract.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Aldo Giuffrè, Agostino Salvietti

Votes: 7,203

19. The Conformist (1970)

R | 113 min | Drama

100 Metascore

A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Enzo Tarascio

Votes: 24,838 | Gross: $0.54M

20. L'Eclisse (1962)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man's materialistic nature.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Monica Vitti, Alain Delon, Francisco Rabal, Lilla Brignone

Votes: 15,996

21. Eat Pray Love (2010)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself".

Director: Ryan Murphy | Stars: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis

Votes: 82,777 | Gross: $80.57M

22. An American in Rome (1954)

94 min | Comedy

Nando Moriconi is a young Italian living in Rome. He is fond for everything coming from the United States. He tries to speak American-English, to wear clothes he thinks Americans wear, to ... See full summary »

Director: Steno | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Maria Pia Casilio, Ilse Peterson, Anita Durante

Votes: 1,423

23. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Musical

A wily slave must unite a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master to earn his freedom.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford

Votes: 8,051

24. 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

Not Rated | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The first U.S. spaceship to Venus crash-lands off the coast of Sicily on its return trip. A dangerous, lizard-like creature comes with it and quickly grows gigantic.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Thomas Browne Henry, Frank Puglia

Votes: 6,045

25. The Best of Youth (2003)

R | 366 min | Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

An Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s.

Director: Marco Tullio Giordana | Stars: Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessio Boni, Jasmine Trinca, Adriana Asti

Votes: 19,669 | Gross: $0.25M

26. (1963)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama

A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale, Sandra Milo

Votes: 103,250 | Gross: $0.05M

27. Desolate Rome (1995)

70 min

Portrait of a young gay drug addict living in Rome.

Director: Vincent Dieutre

Votes: 19

28. Rome 11:00 (1952)

107 min | Drama

Based on an actual incident, this is the story of five girls (told in a slow beginning) who are among the 200 women who answer a want ad for a modest secretarial position one rainy morning ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe De Santis | Stars: Lucia Bosè, Carla Del Poggio, Maria Grazia Francia, Lea Padovani

Votes: 453

29. Escape by Night (1960)

TV-PG | 82 min | Drama, War

Three allied prisoners, a Russian, an American and an Englishman, attempt to escape with the help of a young couple from Rome.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Leo Genn, Giovanna Ralli, Sergey Bondarchuk, Hannes Messemer

Votes: 516

30. Accattone (1961)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama

A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiraling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Franco Citti, Franca Pasut, Silvana Corsini, Paola Guidi

Votes: 7,068

31. Mamma Roma (1962)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Having renounced her ignominious past, a former streetwalker reunites with her son. However, an extortion scheme endangers her aspirations for a decent bourgeois life. Can she protect him from the same snares that wounded her youth?

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti, Silvana Corsini

Votes: 7,758

32. The Godfather: Part III (1990)

R | 162 min | Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York City and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia Don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins, while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia, Talia Shire

Votes: 339,588 | Gross: $66.67M

33. The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

Approved | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

The biographical story of Michelangelo's troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento, Harry Andrews

Votes: 6,217

34. Angels & Demons (2009)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

48 Metascore

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works with a nuclear physicist to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican during one of the significant events within the church.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 262,296 | Gross: $133.38M

35. Titus (1999)

R | 162 min | Drama, History, Thriller

57 Metascore

Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Osheen Jones, Dario D'Ambrosi

Votes: 19,213 | Gross: $1.92M

36. Beautiful (1951)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

A woman from the lower class desperately tries to get her daughter into the movies.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Anna Magnani, Walter Chiari, Tina Apicella, Gastone Renzelli

Votes: 3,751

37. Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)

Approved | 107 min | Drama

After spending three years in an asylum, a washed-up actor views a minor assignment from his old director in Rome as a chance for personal and professional redemption.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, Cyd Charisse, George Hamilton

Votes: 1,954

38. Contempt (1963)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Romance

Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli, Giorgia Moll

Votes: 26,353 | Gross: $0.04M

39. Cleopatra (1963)

G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

Votes: 27,717 | Gross: $57.78M

40. The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)

Approved | 188 min | Drama, History, War

The death of Marcus Aurelius leads to a succession crisis, in which the deceased emperor's son, Commodus, demonstrates that he is unwilling to let anything undermine his claim to the Roman Empire.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason

Votes: 7,815 | Gross: $4.75M

41. L'udienza (1972)

112 min | Drama, Mystery

A young man from north Italy named Amedeo decides to come to Rome.He has a crazy idea in his head to meet the pope.

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: Enzo Jannacci, Claudia Cardinale, Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Piccoli

Votes: 581

43. Europe '51 (1952)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

A wealthy woman becomes obsessed with humanitarianism when her young son dies after committing suicide.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Alexander Knox, Ettore Giannini, Giulietta Masina

Votes: 3,052

44. Inferno (1980)

R | 106 min | Horror

69 Metascore

An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle, Eleonora Giorgi, Daria Nicolodi

Votes: 17,305

45. L'Innocente (1976)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

Tullio Hermil is a chauvinist aristocrat who flaunts his mistress to his wife, but when he believes she has been unfaithful he becomes enamored of her again.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Jennifer O'Neill, Rina Morelli

Votes: 3,069

46. A Special Day (1977)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama