Poliziotteschi: Italian Crime Films

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1. 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: 3,211

2. 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: 1,893

3. 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: 566

4. Milano trema: la polizia vuole giustizia (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: 676

5. 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: 682

6. 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: 528

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: 9,043 | Gross: $0.27M

8. 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: 2,071

9. The Facts of Murder (1959)

115 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A police detective and his team attempt to solve two crimes committed within a day of each other in neighboring apartment rooms.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Pietro Germi, Claudia Cardinale, Franco Fabrizi, Cristina Gaioni

Votes: 953

10. Ricco (1973)

89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After 2 years in prison Ricco is released and on a path of vengeance. His father, the head of a mafia family, is gunned down by the ambitious Don Vito and now Ricco is looking to settle the score.

Director: Tulio Demicheli | Stars: Christopher Mitchum, Barbara Bouchet, Malisa Longo, Eduardo Fajardo

Votes: 363

11. 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: 1,212

12. Rabid Dogs (1974)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Following a bungled robbery, three violent criminals take a young woman, a middle-aged man, and a child hostage and force them to drive them outside Rome to help them make a clean escape.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Lea Lander, George Eastman, Riccardo Cucciolla, Don Backy

Votes: 4,107

13. 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: 302

14. 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: 1,575

15. 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: 1,163

16. 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: 1,156

17. Revolver (1973)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An Italian official decides to take it upon himself to free his wife after she's taken hostage by ruthless criminals.

Director: Sergio Sollima | Stars: Oliver Reed, Fabio Testi, Paola Pitagora, Agostina Belli

Votes: 1,608

18. 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: 862

19. 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: 1,122

20. The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971)

R | 81 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

An ambassador's wife discovers that one of the men in her life - either her husband, an ex-lover or her current lover - may be a vicious serial killer.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Conchita Airoldi, Manuel Gil

Votes: 3,706

21. 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: 899

22. The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971)

Not Rated | 95 min | Mystery, Thriller

The Case of the Scorpion's Tail begins with the mysterious death of a millionaire and spirals into the murder of his suddenly rich wife, which draws the attention of a dogged investigator, who follows a trail of blood to the bitter end.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: George Hilton, Anita Strindberg, Alberto de Mendoza, Janine Reynaud

Votes: 2,483

23. 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: 654

24. 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: 1,136

25. Una donna per 7 bastardi (1974)

89 min | Drama

A lame man (Richard Harrison) arrives at a mining village almost destroyed, and the vehicle has been damaged in the middle of nowhere.

Director: Roberto Bianchi Montero | Stars: Richard Harrison, Dagmar Lassander, Ivano Staccioli, Antonio Casale

Votes: 42

26. Devil in the Brain (1972)

106 min | Mystery, Thriller

A child suspected of killing his father is imprisoned in a mental hospital. A doctor finds him mentally healthy and begins to suspect another explanation.

Director: Sergio Sollima | Stars: Stefania Sandrelli, Keir Dullea, Micheline Presle, Tino Buazzelli

Votes: 203

27. Weapons of Death (1977)

85 min | Action, Drama

Fast paced Italian crime movie with the various action scenes revolving around bank robberies, street violence, car chases, cops verses the underworld at its greatest. If you have ever been... See full summary »

Director: Mario Caiano | Stars: Leonard Mann, Evelyn Stewart, Henry Silva, Jeff Blynn

Votes: 280

28. Crazy Joe (1974)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

The rise and fall of a Mafia gangster, based on the life of murdered New York gangster "Crazy" Joey Gallo.

Director: Carlo Lizzani | Stars: Peter Boyle, Paula Prentiss, Fred Williamson, Rip Torn

Votes: 388

29. Lady Dynamite (1973)

95 min | Crime

Donna Costanza is married to a New Jersey mafia boss. During their 10 year wedding anniversary party he is shot and killed. His dying words to her are "Giarratana from Palermo". Costanza ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Vari | Stars: Lidia Alfonsi, Venantino Venantini, Mario Danieli, Carlo Gaddi

Votes: 28

30. Loaded Guns (1975)

PG | 96 min | Action, Crime

An air hostess gets involved in Naples, against her will, in the in-fighting amongst rival gangs.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Ursula Andress, Woody Strode, Marc Porel, Isabella Biagini

Votes: 308

31. Strange Shadows in an Empty Room (1976)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In Canada, a rough Ottawa cop seeks the killer who poisoned his sister.

Director: Alberto De Martino | Stars: Stuart Whitman, John Saxon, Martin Landau, Tisa Farrow

Votes: 638

32. Cry of a Prostitute (1974)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama

Thriller Starring Henry Silva and Barbara Bouchet. She Left Prostitution only to find Murder! Shes a former prostitute, now married to a gang boss dealing in black market currency and ... See full summary »

Director: Andrea Bianchi | Stars: Henry Silva, Barbara Bouchet, Fausto Tozzi, Vittorio Sanipoli

Votes: 425

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: 1,176

34. Rulers of the City (1976)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Two small-time hoodlums plot to get even with a treacherous boss who is intent on monopolizing all criminal activity within Rome.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Jack Palance, Al Cliver, Harry Baer, Gisela Hahn

Votes: 769

35. The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Horror

A young prostitute is found brutally killed and is up to detective Germi (Claudio Cassinelli) the investigation of the case, as the search progress he uncovers a girls trafficking ring with connections to powerful people.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Claudio Cassinelli, Mel Ferrer, Lia Tanzi, Gianfranco Barra

Votes: 756

36. 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: 533

37. Death Rage (1976)

R | 98 min | Crime, Thriller

A retired hit-man decides to take one last job to avenge the murder of his brother by a mafia gang. An eager would-be mobster helps him.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Yul Brynner, Massimo Ranieri, Barbara Bouchet, Martin Balsam

Votes: 585

38. Stunt Squad (1977)

92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

After criminal gangs wreak havoc in the streets of Italy, a take-no-guff police commissioner forms a highly trained band of motorcycle riding cops to stop them.

Director: Domenico Paolella | Stars: Marcel Bozzuffi, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Riccardo Salvino, Claudia Giannotti

Votes: 202

39. 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: 510

40. Blood and Diamonds (1977)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A man is arrested and condemned to five years in jail for robbery. After serving his term, he is out for revenge on the gang members he considers were to blame for his arrest. The prize for this deadly fight is a large cache of diamonds.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Claudio Cassinelli, Martin Balsam, Barbara Bouchet, Pier Paolo Capponi

Votes: 176

41. 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: 216

42. 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: 2,180

43. 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: 320

44. Beast with a Gun (1977)

Unrated | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Sadistic no-count killer Nanni Vitali and three other equally brutish hoodlums escape from prison. The foul foursome embark on a savage rape, murder, and robbery spree. Vitali even abducts ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Grieco | Stars: Helmut Berger, Marisa Mell, Richard Harrison, Marina Giordana

Votes: 909

45. Naked Violence (1969)

92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Some youngsters kill their teacher; but they won't tell their motivation. The police detective on the case feels some sinister influence behind the young murderers.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Pier Paolo Capponi, Nieves Navarro, Marzio Margine, Renato Lupi

Votes: 529



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