20 modern Italian films about love

Italians can not only cook amazingly and play football, but also shoot interesting melodramas about true love. Among other European films, the cinema of temperamental southerners is distinguished by sensuality, sincerity and originality of plots. In the selection of the best Italian melodramas of recent years, there are both romantic, comedic, and tragic spiritual stories.

Martin Eden (2019)

A free adaptation of the classic, the story follows a Neapolitan sailor whose heart is won by a girl from a wealthy family. By chance, the rude Martin finds himself in the house of aristocrats, where he encounters art for the first time. The guest is fascinated by the refined Helen’s playing on the piano, and the sailor decides to join high society in order to achieve the love of the chosen one. He gains new knowledge, writes books, but literary success haunts Martin’s rebellious soul.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Martin Eden

Actors:
Luca Marinelli, Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato …

Country:
Italy, France, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Naples under the shroud (2017)

An Italian film about love with elements of a thriller tells the story of the pathologist Adriana. A lonely woman feels happy for the first time after meeting the charming Andrea. The couple quickly becomes close, spends the night together, and when parting, they agree on a new meeting. However, the guy does not come on a date, and a few days later Adriana sees the body of her lover at her workplace.

Original title:
Napoli velata

Actors:
Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Alessandro Borghi, Anna Bonayuto …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Happiness to be alone (2016)

On the threshold of old age, Flavia thinks about the reasons for the protracted black streak. Behind the shoulders of the 50-year-old signora are two unsuccessful marriages and a hopeless affair with a married man. Flavia realizes that the reason for her personal dramas lies in the subconscious fear of being alone. A woman turns to a psychologist , who helps to deal with internal complexes, and for the first time listens to herself.

Original title:
Assolo

Actors:
Laura Morante, Piera Degli Esposti, Francesco Pannofino…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Alaska (2015)

A one-part film made in Italy tells a story about love, betrayal and fatal accidents. Fausto comes to Paris with the hope of making a living, but the guy only manages to get a job as a waiter in a hotel. A new girlfriend – a charming Frenchwoman Nadine – awakens a strong feeling in an Italian, but a young couple in love will have to go through a lot of life’s vicissitudes.

Original title:
Alaska

Actors:
Elio Germano, Astrid Berger-Frisby, Valerio Binasco…

Country:
Italy, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Fasten Your Seats (2014)

The first meeting of Elena and Antonio takes place under unpleasant circumstances, but a spark instantly flares up between the young people. The situation becomes more complicated when the girl finds out that her new acquaintance is her best friend’s boyfriend. It is difficult to resist the charm of the self-confident Antonio, and the surging feelings completely absorb the lovers. It comes to the wedding , but one day Elena has to regret her hasty decision.

Original title:
Allacciate le cinture

Actors:
Kasia Smutnyak, Francesco Arca, Filippo Shikkitano …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Do you remember me? (2014)

An Italian film about love and passion with comedy elements is worth watching for fans of beautiful touching melodramas. Roberto suffers from kleptomania, which is aggravated by intense emotions. With this problem, a man comes to a psychotherapist, where he meets the beautiful Beatrice. The girl suffers from memory lapses, so she writes down all important events in a big book. Beatriz is engaged, but Roberto is ready to fight for his happiness, winning the love of the chosen one again and again.

Original title:
Ti ricordi di me?

Actors:
Ambra Angiolini, Edoardo Leo, Paolo Calabresi …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


I travel alone (2013)

Irene inspects luxury hotels of the LHW association around the world, and such work can be envied. The heroine of the film lives in luxurious hotel rooms with a beautiful view. Today Irene wakes up in Paris , tomorrow she dine in Beijing or Berlin. However, travel , a prestigious position and a good salary do not make a woman happy if there is no romance in her life.

Original title:
Viaggio sola

Actors:
Margherita Bui, Stefano Accorsi, Fabrizia Sacchi …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


I am love (2009)

In the center of the plot of the Italian film in the genre of melodrama is the Recchi family. The head leaves a large industrial company as a legacy to his son and grandson, but one of the heirs is not happy about receiving his share. Young Edo dreams of his own restaurant , which he plans to open with his best friend. The guy does not suspect that the acquaintance of the family with a friend will lead to the creation of a love triangle.

Original title:
Io sono l’amore

Actors:
Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Ten Winters (2009)

Sylvester is a young heartthrob, unprepared for a serious relationship. Camille is a diligent student who dreams of turning her passion into a profitable job. A chance meeting of young people develops into a stormy night, after which the life paths of lovers diverge. It will take ten winters for Camille and Sylvester to realize the value of a fragile romantic connection.

Original title:
Dieci inverni

Actors:
Isabella Ragonese, Michele Riondino, Glen Blackhall, Sergey Zhigunov, Sergey Nikonenko, Lyubov Zaytseva…

Country:
Italy, Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Ex (2009)

This modern film in the genre of melodrama received a lot of positive feedback from viewers both from Italy and other countries, thanks to the current topic. The prefix “ex” is familiar to many, since the former leave a mark on the fate of every person. With some they will associate friendly relations, while others will no longer want to see. Loving looks, happy smiles – all romantic relationships begin with this. But what happens if you rewind history a thousand kisses ahead?

Original title:
Ex

Actors:
Claudia Gerini, Flavio Insinna, Silvio Orlando…

Country:
Italy, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Sorry for Love (2008)

Alex does not want to grow up and tie the knot, so he breaks up with his bride Elena. Soon after the breakup, the man meets the young Niki, who impressed him with her wisdom of judgment and independence. Between a mature Alex and a young girl, passion flares up, but those around are not enthusiastic about the relationship. Friends and acquaintances predict a quick break due to the big difference in the age of the lovers.

Original title:
Scusa ma ti chiamo amore

Actors:
Raul Bova, Michela Quattrociocche, Michel Carpente…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Rebecca (2008)

The Italian two-part melodrama is an exciting movie with detective elements about the ghostly shadow of an ex-wife. Young Rebecca meets the British aristocrat Maxim, who proposes to the girl. After the wedding, the couple moves to a luxurious estate, where the young mistress is waiting for a test of strength. Everything in the house reminds of the dead wife of Maxim, and the evil housekeeper shows special devotion to the deceased.

Original title:
Rebecca, la prima moglie

Actors:
Alessio Boni, Christian Capotondi, Mariangela Melato…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Tiger and Snow (2005)

Literature teacher and poet Attilio di Giovanni sees every night a beautiful muse, which he once meets in reality. The hero of the Italian melodrama is ready to do anything to win the girl’s heart, but in reality the beauty remains impregnable. Soon Victoria flies to Iraq to complete a book about an oriental writer, and gets wounded there. A man in love without hesitation goes to the aid of the woman of his dreams, not worrying about the fact that hostilities are taking place in the country.

Original title:
La tigre e la neve

Actors:
Roberto Benigni, Jean Reno, Nicoletta Braschi…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Don’t Leave (2004)

The list of the best Italian melodramas continues with a highly rated film about passion that can lead to tragedy. A successful surgeon Timoteo meets a poor woman from the slums named Italy, and a stormy romance begins between the young people. A wealthy doctor begins to help his friend financially, but is not ready to join his fate with her. Timoteo is torn between a bride from his circle and a beggarly lover.

Original title:
Non ti muovere

Actors:
Sergio Castellitto, Penelope Cruz, Claudia Gerini …

Country:
Italy, Spain, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Three meters above the sky (2004)

Roberta is a beauty, an excellent student and the pride of the family. The girl dreams of meeting her betrothed one day, imagining the perfect guy. However, life is unpredictable – and Roberta meets Stefan. The guy left home a long time ago, preferring to spend time in the company of local hooligans. Two opposites fall in love, but it is difficult for different worlds to create a single whole.

Original title:
Tre metri sopra il cielo

Actors:
Riccardo Scamarchio, Cathy Louise Saunders, Maria Chiara Augenti…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Vanilla and Chocolate (2004)

In the top of romantic melodramas is a cheerful Italian film about a difficult relationship in a couple. Penelope has been married to Andrea for many years, but another betrayal of her husband becomes the last straw for a woman. She packs up and leaves for a short vacation, leaving her husband with three children on the farm. While Penelope is enjoying life, Andrea will have to learn the sides of fatherhood that are still unknown to him, as well as discover the secrets of his wife.

Original title:
Vaniglia e cioccolato

Actors:
Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Alessandro Preziosi, Joaquin Cortes …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Window Opposite (2003)

Giovanna’s days are reminiscent of endless running in circles – new tasks come to replace completed tasks. The heroine needs to have time to collect the children for school, work at a poultry farm, and no one has canceled household chores. Giovanna has no time to sit down and rest, so the appearance of an unknown old man on the threshold becomes an unpleasant surprise. The elderly guest lost his memory, and the husband decided to temporarily shelter the stranger. The family does not suspect that soon the old man will change the lives of all households.

Original title:
La Finestra di fronte

Actors:
Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Massimo Girotti, Raul Bova…

Country:
Italy, Turkey, Portugal, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Remember Me (2003)

In his youth, Carlo Ristuccia dreamed of becoming a writer , but for the sake of a stable profession he abandoned an unfinished novel. Years later, the man watches with bitterness as the whole family moves away from the fulfillment of their cherished desires. The wife teaches at school , although she was preparing to become an actress, the son suffers from unrequited love , and the daughter makes desperate attempts to get on a TV show. A chance meeting with an old acquaintance, Alessia, gives a man inspiration, but you have to pay for happy changes.

Original title:
Ricordati di me

Actors:
Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Laura Morante, Nicoletta Romanoff, Monica Bellucci…

Country:
Italy, France, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Last Kiss (2001)

Carlo and Giulia will soon become parents, but suddenly an age crisis begins in the guy’s life. The future father is not sure that he is ready to settle down and take on the burden of responsibility. Problems with the personal life of friends and the sudden divorce of the beloved’s parents make Carlo think about the correctness of the decision. The guy is fond of a young student, trying to delay the passing youth in a new relationship.

Original title:
L’ultimo bacio

Actors:
Stefano Accorsi, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Stefania Sandrelli …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Malena (2000)

No novelties of cinema can be compared with the classics of Italian melodrama. Luxurious beauty Malena causes envy in women and delight in men who dream of being in the arms of an impregnable brunette. After the news of her husband’s death, the widow is subjected to new attacks from the residents, who spread dirty rumors. Teenager Renato is secretly in love with Malena and for her sake decides on a courageous and correct act.

Original title:
Malèna

Actors:
Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Federico…

Country:
Italy, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


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I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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