BEST ITALIAN MOVIES 1990-2000

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1. In nome del popolo sovrano (1990)

110 min | Drama, History

1849 - Ciceruacchio declares the Independent Republic of Rome, but the French and the Austrians try to bring back the Pope to Rome.

Director: Luigi Magni | Stars: Luca Barbareschi, Nino Manfredi, Jacques Perrin, Elena Sofia Ricci

Votes: 233

one of Magni's last shots

2. The Voyage of Captain Fracassa (1990)

132 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

In the Eighteenth Century, the "Traveling Company of Scenic Arts" composed of Tyrant, Lady Leonarde, Serafina, Isabella, Leandre, Zerbina, Matamore and Pulcinella gets lost while traveling ... See full summary »

Director: Ettore Scola | Stars: Vincent Perez, Emmanuelle Béart, Massimo Troisi, Ornella Muti

Votes: 684

3. The Voice of the Moon (1990)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

The amusing and entertaining adventures of a recently released mental patient and his band of misfits, discover conspiracies to concur while looking for love.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Paolo Villaggio, Nadia Ottaviani, Marisa Tomasi

Votes: 2,099

Fellini's forgotten masterpiece

4. The Sect (1991)

R | 125 min | Horror

A lonely kindergarten teacher discovers a secret well in the basement of her house, and soon finds herself being followed by a murderous Satanic cult.

Director: Michele Soavi | Stars: Kelly Curtis, Herbert Lom, Mariangela Giordano, Michel Adatte

Votes: 1,996

satanic horror

5. To Want to Fly (1991)

R | 94 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

Martina is a professional lady whose clients are harmless if eccentric; she sees herself as a social worker. Shy Maurizio dubs sound for cartoons while his outgoing brother dubs more saucy ... See full summary »

Directors: Guido Manuli, Maurizio Nichetti | Stars: Maurizio Nichetti, Angela Finocchiaro, Mariella Valentini, Patrizio Roversi

Votes: 740

6. Johnny Stecchino (1991)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

A kindhearted but bumbling idiot who likes to steal bananas, is passed off for a snitch hiding from the mob.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Paolo Bonacelli, Franco Volpi

Votes: 9,282 | Gross: $0.57M

a mobster, his lookalike and his wife

7. The House of Smiles (1991)

110 min | Drama, Romance

A septuagenarian couple are attracted to each other in a retirement home but find the institution and their fellow patients frown on their relationship.

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Dado Ruspoli, Enzo Cannavale, Nuccia Fumo

Votes: 189

8. Mediterraneo (1991)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, War

In WW2, an Italian Army unit of misfits occupies an isolated non-strategic Greek island for the duration of the war.

Director: Gabriele Salvatores | Stars: Diego Abatantuono, Claudio Bigagli, Giuseppe Cederna, Claudio Bisio

Votes: 12,771 | Gross: $4.53M

what can happen in a remote Greek island when a bunch of Italian soldiers wind up there?

9. Death of a Neapolitan Mathematician (1992)

108 min | Drama, Music

Naples. Professor Renato Caccioppoli, professor of pure mathematics, is a tormented and disillusioned man living a difficult life. Back from the psychiatric hospital, abandoned by his wife,... See full summary »

Director: Mario Martone | Stars: Carlo Cecchi, Anna Bonaiuto, Renato Carpentieri, Toni Servillo

Votes: 271

10. The Stolen Children (1992)

114 min | Drama

Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Enrico Lo Verso, Valentina Scalici, Giuseppe Ieracitano, Florence Darel

Votes: 2,307 | Gross: $0.93M

11. Parenti serpenti (1992)

105 min | Comedy

Like every year, everyone is going back to the ancestral family's home for the Christmas holidays. But this time, the old folks have a surprise, a good surprise for them. They have decided ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Tommaso Bianco, Renato Cecchetto, Marina Confalone, Alessandro Haber

Votes: 1,260 | Gross: $0.04M

family reunion

12. Stefano Quantestorie (1993)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

What would it have happened if...? Italian director Maurizio Nichetti replies to this question in this humorous film, where he plays six different roles who meet one another in a way or ... See full summary »

Director: Maurizio Nichetti | Stars: Maurizio Nichetti, Elena Sofia Ricci, Amanda Sandrelli, Caterina Sylos Labini

Votes: 135

14. Dark Waters (1993)

R | 94 min | Horror, Mystery

A girl travels to an island, after the death of her father, to find out why the father funded a monestary on the island.

Director: Mariano Baino | Stars: Louise Salter, Venera Simmons, Mariya Kapnist, Lubov Snegur

Votes: 1,624

an obscure horror pearl

15. Diary of a Maniac (1993)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

Although he has great sex with Luigia, grifter Benito becomes obsessed with sex and starts fantasizing about and bedding every woman he sees. Eventually, this obsession consumes him.

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: Jerry Calà, Sabrina Ferilli, Valentino Macchi, Max Aversa

Votes: 211

Ferreri's late masterpiece

16. Il segreto del bosco vecchio (1993)

134 min | Family, Fantasy

It tells the story of a general who is about to cut down an old forest for the sake of financial gain, but discovers that the forest is inhabited by invisible spirits.

Director: Ermanno Olmi | Stars: Paolo Villaggio, Giulio Brogi, Riccardo Zannantonio, Lino Pais Marden

Votes: 241

17. Dear Diary (1993)

Unrated | 100 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Nanni Moretti directs himself playing himself in this wry look at life. Presented in three chapters, Moretti uses the experiences of traveling on his motor-scooter, cruising with his friend... See full summary »

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Nanni Moretti, Renato Carpentieri, Giovanna Bozzolo, Sebastiano Nardone

Votes: 6,585 | Gross: $0.47M

a must-watch

18. The Monster (1994)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

After a series of bizarre actions, Loris is mistaken for a serial killer. Jessica, a policewoman in undercover, will try to induce him to commit a murder.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Michel Blanc, Nicoletta Braschi, Dominique Lavanant

Votes: 8,988 | Gross: $0.64M

a comedy of misunderstandings

19. Nestore l'ultima corsa (1994)

105 min | Drama

Gaetano works in the historic center of Rome. During the summer months he keeps his nephew Aurelio, a nine-year-old, as a helper.

Director: Alberto Sordi | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Matteo Ripaldi, Cinzia Cannarozzo, Simona Caparrini

Votes: 150

a melancholic hymn

20. Il Postino (1994)

PG | 108 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice.

Directors: Michael Radford, Massimo Troisi | Stars: Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Renato Scarpa

Votes: 31,192 | Gross: $21.85M

pure poetry

21. Cemetery Man (1994)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Horror

A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies.

Director: Michele Soavi | Stars: Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi, Mickey Knox

Votes: 18,844 | Gross: $0.25M

ordinary horrors in the Italian countryside

22. Cari fottutissimi amici (1994)

110 min | Comedy

Tuscany, August 1944: the Allies have just entered Florence, Italy is devasted by the war, and the people are hungry. "Dieci", who claims to have been a boxer and a manager, gathers a group... See full summary »

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Paolo Villaggio, Massimo Ceccherini, Vittorio Rap, Marco Graziani

Votes: 469

a bunch of weirdos in post-WWII Italy

23. A Pure Formality (1994)

PG-13 | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Onoff is a famous writer who hasn't published any new books for quite some time and has become a recluse. When he is picked up by the police one stormy night, without any identification, ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Roman Polanski, Sergio Rubini, Nicola Di Pinto

Votes: 9,105 | Gross: $0.20M

24. Il branco (1994)

R | Crime, Drama

A bunch of annoyed youths, with the help of an old delinquent, kidnap two young hitchhiker tourists. They decide to rape them. Sylvia, the older of the two German tourists, understood the ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Risi | Stars: Sasha Altea, Vittorio Amandola, Giorgio Bonelli, Giorgio Bonelli

Votes: 139

25. Lamerica (1994)

116 min | Drama

Two Italian racketeers come to Albania just after the fall of the communists to set up a fictive firm and pocket the grants. They need a stooge. They choose an old one in a jail : Spiro. ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Amelio | Stars: Enrico Lo Verso, Michele Placido, Piro Milkani, Carmelo Di Mazzarelli

Votes: 1,960 | Gross: $0.44M

26. La bella vita (1994)

97 min | Comedy

The expectations, the desires and the failures of three characters involved in a love triangle, set in Italy's early 90s.

Director: Paolo Virzì | Stars: Claudio Bigagli, Sabrina Ferilli, Massimo Ghini, Giorgio Algranti

Votes: 269

27. L'amore molesto (1995)

104 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

When her elderly mother dies - apparently happy but in curious circumstances - her daughter travels home to Naples for the funeral. Staying on, she tries to piece together her mother's ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Martone | Stars: Anna Bonaiuto, Angela Luce, Gianni Cajafa, Peppe Lanzetta

Votes: 344

28. The Star Maker (1995)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance

A photographer and the types of people he encounters.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Tiziana Lodato, Franco Scaldati, Leopoldo Trieste

Votes: 4,543 | Gross: $0.12M

cinema is a magic mixture...

29. Lo zio di Brooklyn (1995)

98 min | Comedy

Grotesque... Depressing... Comic.... Absurd..... Every word seems useless to describe this movie. An incredible catalogue of charachters, mostly played by non professional actors or ... See full summary »

Directors: Daniele Ciprì, Franco Maresco | Stars: Salvatore Gattuso, Pippo Agusta, Salvatore Schiera, Gaspare Marchione

Votes: 237

a must-watch

30. L'anno prossimo... vado a letto alle dieci (1995)

94 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

It's new year's eve and two friends decide to spend the night in a special way, just to forget a sentimental disillusionment. After some failing experiences, the night becomes a nightmare, among fool policemen and maniac murderers.

Director: Angelo Orlando | Stars: Angelo Orlando, Ricky Memphis, Ninetto Davoli, Claudia Gerini

Votes: 106

cult!

31. Viaggi di nozze (1995)

103 min | Comedy

Three stories that mingle during the performance: **** Story 1: Raniero marries Fosca, his second wife. Immediately the honeymoon in Venice becomes tragic, because Raniero's weight is too ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Verdone | Stars: Carlo Verdone, Claudia Gerini, Veronica Pivetti, Cinzia Mascoli

Votes: 1,965

iconic comedy

32. Stealing Beauty (1996)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

60 Metascore

After her mother commits suicide, a young woman travels to Italy in search of love, truth and a deeper connection with herself.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Liv Tyler, Carlo Cecchi, Sinéad Cusack

Votes: 24,322 | Gross: $4.57M

biography of a bandit in Central Italy

34. Arcane Sorcerer (1996)

96 min | Horror

A seminary student, Giacomo Vigetti, is convicted by the Papal State of seducing a young girl. He is forced to flee and takes refuge with an excommunicated priest. Unfortunately, the priest... See full summary »

Director: Pupi Avati | Stars: Carlo Cecchi, Stefano Dionisi, Arnaldo Ninchi, Andrea Scorzoni

Votes: 654

atmospheric historical horror

35. Ferie d'agosto (1996)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

The political and cultural controversies between two Italian families during their summer holidays in the Tirrenian sea.

Director: Paolo Virzì | Stars: Silvio Orlando, Sabrina Ferilli, Ennio Fantastichini, Laura Morante

Votes: 763

36. Voci nel tempo (1996)

86 min | Drama

Semi-documentary without comment portraying Castellaro Lagusello, a small town in Northern Italy.

Director: Franco Piavoli | Stars: Patrizio Girardi, Emanuela Cobelli, Laura Carnevali, Alberto Crosato

Votes: 208

37. Tre uomini e una gamba (1997)

100 min | Comedy

Three friends cross Italy by car in order to deliver their boss his dog and a wooden leg.

Directors: Aldo Baglio, Giacomo Poretti, Giovanni Storti, Massimo Venier | Stars: Aldo Baglio, Giovanni Storti, Giacomo Poretti, Marina Massironi

Votes: 7,116

a comical North-to-South journey

38. We All Fall Down (1997)

98 min | Comedy

Walter is 20. He hasn't got a job, a girlfriend or any clear convictions. He rejects conventional values, notably his father's submissive acceptance of a life working in a factory as well ... See full summary »

Director: Davide Ferrario | Stars: Valerio Mastandrea, Caterina Caselli, Benedetta Mazzini, Gianluca Gobbi

Votes: 658

a perfect portrait of being young in the 90s. in Italy...

40. Hardboiled Egg (1997)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of Piero from childhood to fatherhood, over the background of Livorno's neighborhood Ovosodo.

Director: Paolo Virzì | Stars: Edoardo Gabbriellini, Malcolm Lunghi, Regina Orioli, Alessio Fantozzi

Votes: 2,712

41. Tano da morire (1997)

80 min | Drama, Musical

47 Metascore

Shot in his butcher shop by a rival clan during the Mafia wars of 1988, the Palermo Mobster Tano Guarrasi is mourned by his wife, four unmarried sisters and his daughter. But in truth, his ... See full summary »

Director: Roberta Torre | Stars: Ciccio Guarino, Enzo Paglino, Mimma De Rosalia, Maria Aliotta

Votes: 174

42. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 570,665 | Gross: $57.60M

a celebration of life

43. Rehearsals for War (1998)

113 min | Drama

A group of actors meet with little money in a unofficial theatre in Naples' Spanish Boroughs. Director's plan is to travel to Sarajevo, still under siege, to stage a classic Eschilus' play ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Martone | Stars: Andrea Renzi, Iaia Forte, Maurizio Bizzi, Salvatore Cantalupo

Votes: 106

44. Così è la vita (1998)

108 min | Comedy, Adventure

Aldo, called Bancomat, has been detained for two years and four months in the San Vittore prison for forgery of credit cards.

Directors: Aldo Baglio, Giacomo Poretti, Giovanni Storti, Massimo Venier | Stars: Fabrizio Ambrassa, Fabio Biaggi, Aldo Baglio, Saturno Brioschi

Votes: 3,796

dreams of escapes...

45. Toto Who Lived Twice (1998)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

The film has three stories. First is about local village idiot Paletta, who can not afford the services of a whore and so steals a locket from a holy shrine belonging to local mafia don. ... See full summary »

Directors: Daniele Ciprì, Franco Maresco | Stars: Marcello Miranda, Carlo Giordano, Pietro Arciadiacono, Salvatore Gattuso

Votes: 460

46. L'odore della notte (1998)

101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A former policeman turns full-time criminal and goes on a downward spiral of crime in the 1990s Rome.

Director: Claudio Caligari | Stars: Valerio Mastandrea, Marco Giallini, Giorgio Tirabassi, Alessia Fugardi

Votes: 626

a black masterpiece

48. Aprile (1998)

Unrated | 78 min | Biography, Comedy

Nanni Moretti takes a comic look at the ebbs and flows of his life as he becomes a father for the first time. He struggles with distractions while trying to make a documentary of the Italian national elections.

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Nanni Moretti, Silvio Orlando, Silvia Nono, Pietro Moretti

Votes: 2,676