Best Italian Crime Films

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1. Bandits in Rome (1968)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama

A professional holdup man with scruples has a young ambitious partner who covets his wife and his life. When the holdup man goes to prison, the partner cuts loose, leaving a trail of deaths behind him.

Director: Alberto De Martino | Stars: John Cassavetes, Gabriele Ferzetti, Anita Sanders, Nikos Kourkoulos

Votes: 88

2. The Bastard (1968)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

Jason and Adam are brothers who specialize in jewel heists. Jason is betrayed by Adam, who steals his girlfriend, and has him beaten and left for dead. A female doctor nurses him back to health, and he sets about planning his revenge.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Giuliano Gemma, Klaus Kinski, Margaret Lee

Votes: 297

3. Mafia (1968)

M | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Following a murder in a small Sicilian town, the new chief of the Carabinieri must fight corrupt officials, the frightened silence of witnesses and the local Mafia boss in order to solve the case.

Director: Damiano Damiani | Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Franco Nero, Lee J. Cobb, Tano Cimarosa

Votes: 1,114

4. Frame Up (1968)

95 min | Crime, Drama

Henry Silva is a police inspector. A gang of robbers killed his son and he is accused of having killed a police informer and is kicked out of the Department. He will have to do all by himself to discover the truth.

Director: Emilio Miraglia | Stars: Henry Silva, Beba Loncar, Keenan Wynn, Carlo Palmucci

Votes: 59

5. Detective Belli (1969)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama

A crooked detective begins investigating a situation on behalf of a friend and gets involved in murder, deception and double-cross.

Director: Romolo Guerrieri | Stars: Franco Nero, Florinda Bolkan, Adolfo Celi, Delia Boccardo

Votes: 208

7. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama

89 Metascore

A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.

Director: Elio Petri | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio, Orazio Orlando

Votes: 8,628 | Gross: $0.27M

8. Violent City (1970)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A hitman is double-crossed by his girlfriend and barely escapes a murder attempt. He then sets out to take his revenge on the woman and the gang boss who put her up to it.

Director: Sergio Sollima | Stars: Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, Jill Ireland, Umberto Orsini

Votes: 2,152

9. Confessions of a Police Captain (1971)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Drama

One of the first films about the mafia occurrence, in which the fight is hopeless, because "the polyp's feeler" reaches everything and everybody. A police inspector and a deputy public ... See full summary »

Director: Damiano Damiani | Stars: Franco Nero, Martin Balsam, Marilù Tolo, Claudio Gora

Votes: 1,136

10. Caliber 9 (1972)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A former gangster is forced to resume his old lifestyle when his violent, jealous ex-colleagues and the police believe that he knows the location of a stolen cache of $300,000.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Gastone Moschin, Barbara Bouchet, Mario Adorf, Frank Wolff

Votes: 3,160

11. Execution Squad (1972)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

This is a story of a secret organization of former police officers, who go beyond the law, to kill notorious criminals without trial. One police inspector, (Enrico Maria Salerno) tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Steno | Stars: Enrico Maria Salerno, Mariangela Melato, Mario Adorf, Franco Fabrizi

Votes: 549

12. Gang War in Naples (1972)

105 min | Crime, Drama

The fast career of a young Neapolitan among contraband, gambling dens, bribes and illegality. He will upgrade its rank till the maximum level of the "Family".

Director: Pasquale Squitieri | Stars: Fabio Testi, Jean Seberg, Raymond Pellegrin, Charles Vanel

Votes: 128

13. The Italian Connection (1972)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A Milanese pimp is pursued by - and then pursues - a pair of New York hitmen and the gangsters who framed him for stealing a shipment of heroin.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Mario Adorf, Henry Silva, Woody Strode, Adolfo Celi

Votes: 1,859

14. The Master Touch (1972)

PG | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A just released from prison professional thief decides to do one last high-risk heist, which could settle him for life or land him behind bars again.

Director: Michele Lupo | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Giuliano Gemma, Florinda Bolkan, Wolfgang Preiss

Votes: 526

15. Shadows Unseen (1972)

102 min | Drama, Crime

A journalist is attacked and killed. Inspector Luca Micheli investigates the crime, and finds a suspect named Delogo but, though the suspect himself confesses that he murdered Galiardin, ... See full summary »

Director: Camillo Bazzoni | Stars: Frederick Stafford, Marilù Tolo, Franco Fabrizi, Reinhard Kolldehoff

Votes: 60

16. The Sicilian Connection (1985)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama

Mario (Placido), an Italian American who manages a pizzeria in NYC, is charged with an assassination of a judge in Palermo. He leaves the States, comes back to Sicily and recruit Michele, ... See full summary »

Director: Damiano Damiani | Stars: Michele Placido, Mark Chase, Simona Cavallari, Massimo De Francovich

Votes: 286

17. No Way Out (1973)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A mob hitman wants to retire, but his bosses don't think that's a good idea. Complications--and many bloody shootouts-ensue.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Alain Delon, Richard Conte, Carla Gravina, Marc Porel

Votes: 1,121

18. The Boss (1973)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A hitman finds himself embroiled in the middle of a Mafia war between the Sicilians and the Calabrians.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Henry Silva, Richard Conte, Gianni Garko, Antonia Santilli

Votes: 1,546

19. Gang War in Milan (1973)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A Milan produce vendor, whom moonlights as a pimp, faces off against a ruthless and greedy French gangster whom wants to unite the organized crime ring of Italy.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Antonio Sabato, Philippe Leroy, Antonio Casagrande, Carla Romanelli

Votes: 499

20. High Crime (1973)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An Italian police inspector matches wits with a powerful European drug ring. As he comes closer to the top of the underworld organization, his odds of survival decrease.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Franco Nero, James Whitmore, Delia Boccardo, Fernando Rey

Votes: 666

21. The Violent Professionals (1973)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama

When Milano police lieutenant Giorga's chief is murdered by an organized crime ring, he vows to avenge his boss's death. Going undercover to continue the chief's investigation, he plans to ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Luc Merenda, Richard Conte, Silvano Tranquilli, Carlo Alighiero

Votes: 665

22. Almost Human (1974)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A small-time homicidal maniac kidnaps the daughter of a rich man, prompting a hardened detective to work outside the law to pursue him.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Tomas Milian, Henry Silva, Laura Belli, Gino Santercole

Votes: 2,029

23. Shoot First, Die Later (1974)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A police lieutenant suddenly faces the consequences of his choice to part for the local mobs.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Luc Merenda, Richard Conte, Delia Boccardo, Raymond Pellegrin

Votes: 572

24. Street Law (1974)

105 min | Action, Thriller

Carlo Antonelli, an engineer from Genoa, gets mugged and decides to take justice into his own hands. At first the muggers seem to get the upper hand, but then he's helped by Tommy, a young robber who takes his side.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Franco Nero, Giancarlo Prete, Barbara Bach, Renzo Palmer

Votes: 1,167

25. Go Gorilla Go (1975)

100 min | Crime, Drama

Young Marco Sartori is hired as a bodyguard of the manufacturer Gaetano Sampioni who is blackmailed by mysterious criminals.

Director: Tonino Valerii | Stars: Fabio Testi, Renzo Palmer, Claudia Marsani, Saverio Marconi

Votes: 125

26. Syndicate Sadists (1975)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A biker's brother is killed while investigating the kidnapping of a young boy, the byproduct of a war between two crime families. The biker vows to get revenge by finding the kidnapped boy and destroying the two families.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Tomas Milian, Joseph Cotten, Maria Fiore, Mario Piave

Votes: 642

27. Violent City (1975)

89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A detective sick and tired of the rampant crime and violence in his city, and constantly at odds with his superiors, is finally kicked out of the department for a "questionable" shooting of... See full summary »

Director: Marino Girolami | Stars: Maurizio Merli, Richard Conte, Silvano Tranquilli, Ray Lovelock

Votes: 519

28. The Big Racket (1976)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Nico Palmieri is a police inspector who battles against hoodlums terrorising a sleepy Italian village, extorting cash from the locals.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Fabio Testi, Vincent Gardenia, Renzo Palmer, Orso Maria Guerrini

Votes: 1,034

29. The Tough Ones (1976)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A tough, rule-bending cop pursues a maniacal, trigger-happy hunchback, a one-handed bank robber and their cronies in an effort to bring Rome's most powerful crime lord to justice.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Maurizio Merli, Arthur Kennedy, Giampiero Albertini, Ivan Rassimov

Votes: 1,101

30. Colt 38 Special Squad (1976)

110 min | Drama, Action, Crime

In this Poliziotteschi, a commissioner (Marcel Bozzuffi) forms a secret motorized brigade in order to fight a dangerous terrorist (Ivan Rassimov) depositing bombs in the city of Turin.

Director: Massimo Dallamano | Stars: Marcel Bozzuffi, Carole André, Ivan Rassimov, Riccardo Salvino

Votes: 314

31. Cop in Blue Jeans (1976)

TV-MA | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A top undercover cop finds and arrests a series of purse snatchers until he discovers an American at the top of an evil ring of thieves.

Director: Bruno Corbucci | Stars: Tomas Milian, Jack Palance, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Guido Mannari

Votes: 525

32. Il trucido e lo sbirro (1976)

90 min | Crime, Drama

Camilla is a little girl suffering with a kidney disorder. Before she can receive her next due treatment she gets kidnapped. The gangsters intend to blackmail her rich father.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Tomas Milian, Claudio Cassinelli, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Robert Hundar

Votes: 418

33. Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (1976)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Fred and Tony are members of an elite 'special squad' of police in Rome, Italy, who are licenced-to-kill, undercover cops who thrive on living dangerously.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Marc Porel, Ray Lovelock, Adolfo Celi, Franco Citti

Votes: 1,138

34. Violent Naples (1976)

95 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

An uncompromising cop gets transferred to Naples on account of this city's atrocious crime levels. His no-hold-barred police methods are considered to be the perfect anti-dote.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Maurizio Merli, John Saxon, Barry Sullivan, Elio Zamuto

Votes: 847

35. Brothers Till We Die (1978)

95 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A hunchbacked gangster is betrayed by his gang during a robbery, and plots his revenge with the help of his no-good brother.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Tomas Milian, Pino Colizzi, Isa Danieli, Sal Borgese

Votes: 535

36. The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist (1977)

100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A hardened cop is left for dead by the henchmen of a escapee gangster he had previously arrested, and upon recovery relentlessly pursues them.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Maurizio Merli, John Saxon, Renzo Palmer, Gabriella Lepori

Votes: 878

37. Death Hunt (1981)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

40 Metascore

In 1931 Canada, Yukon trapper Johnson has a feud with a dog owner who later retaliates by publicly accusing Johnson of murder and thus triggering a police manhunt in the wilderness.

Director: Peter R. Hunt | Stars: Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Andrew Stevens, Carl Weathers

Votes: 6,548



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