20 best Italian films of recent years

What if tourist trips are disrupted due to quarantine measures, but you still want to see Italy and not die? A selection of the best Italian films of recent years will allow everyone to look into an amazing country and get a complete collection of impressions and emotions. Temperamental characters of comedies, melodramas and thrillers will not let even spoiled viewers get bored.

Room (2021)

Among the novelties of Italian cinema is an atmospheric thriller worth watching for fans of psychological films . A woman in a wedding dress stands at the window, preparing to jump off. Suddenly, the doorbell rings, and a stranger appears on the threshold, who claims to have booked a room in her house. The man looks convincing and as if he has known the heroine for many years. Stella agrees to accept the guest. The next morning, another guest appears – this is the woman’s ex-husband. From this moment, frightening events begin to occur.

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

Original title:
La stanza

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Guido Caprino, Camilla Filippi, Edoardo Pesce…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


7 Hours of Seduction (2020)

In a romantic comedy about two completely different people, a purposeful woman Valeria and Giulio, a modest man fixated on the past, will meet. Valeria teaches courses on seduction and is sure that any person can be twisted, regardless of appearance and social status. Giulio enrolls in her love courses in order to get his ex-girlfriend back and very quickly becomes one of the best students.

Original title:
7 ore per farti innamorare

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Giampaolo Morelli, Serena Rossi, Diana Del Bufalo …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


The Incredible Story of Rose Island (2020)

The plot of the new Italian film in the adventure comedy genre will introduce the viewer to the real romantic Giorgio Rosa. The guy constantly gets into trouble, cannot establish contact with his parents, and a few years ago his beloved left him. One day, an enterprising Italian comes up with a brilliant idea. Why not create your own country where you can do whatever you want? And since Giorgio is an engineer, it will not be difficult for him to design an island in the territory of neutral waters, outside of anyone’s jurisdiction.

Original title:
L’incredibile storia dell’Isola delle Rose

Genre:
Drama, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Elio Germano, Leonardo Lidi, Matilda De Angelis…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Girl in the maze (2019)

15 years have passed since Samantha was kidnapped on her way to school. All she remembers are two glowing red eyes from a parked truck and that she just turned 15 years old. All this time, the girl was in a mysterious labyrinth, did not see the sun, flowers, trees, did not look in the mirror. Samantha is admitted to the hospital . The doctor watching her is trying to get at least some clues out of her mind.

Original title:
L’uomo del labirinto

Genre:
Thriller, detective

Actors:
Dustin Hoffman, Toni Servillo, Valentina Belle…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Piranhas of Naples (2019)

Small piranhas, when they gather in a flock, are able to bite a large shark . Here are the heroes of the modern Italian feature film, although they are so young, but they already pose a danger. Sixteen-year-old Nicholas and his friends were raised by Naples, overflowing with mafia elements. They are fearless and merciless. They are ready for anything – just to make themselves known, because only the daring can become the new kings of the criminal world.

Original title:
La paranza dei bambini

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Francesco Di Napoli, Viviana Aprea, Mattia Piano Del Balzo…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Loro (2018)

The businessman from Taranto Sergio Morra has a cherished dream. He wants to befriend Italy’s most famous man, Silvio Berlusconi. Sergio moves to Rome and takes over the neighboring villa from his idol. Everyone knows what interests the scandalous prime minister – women and parties . Therefore, to attract the attention of a neighbor, Sergio rolls up grandiose parties. However, the aging politician is not up to the holidays – he is trying to improve relations with his wife and not to lose the reins of government.

Original title:
Loro

Genre:
Biography, drama

Actors:
Toni Servillo, Elena Sophia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarchio …

Country:
Italy, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Dogman (2018)

The action of the dramatic movie, filmed by one of the most famous directors of Italy, takes place in a remote suburb of Rome. This is a tough social thriller about how the criminal atmosphere affects ordinary honest people. Marcello is a kind, quiet man who owns a dog inn . He can find an approach to any dog, adores his daughter and dreams of traveling . But his friendly relationship with the notorious bandit Simone will one day lead to disaster.

Original title:
Dogman

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano …

Country:
Italy, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Meeting point (2017)

What price are you willing to pay for your dream? A mysterious man from a small Italian diner knows the true cost of all desires. Every day, people sit down to him with whom he is talking. Someone asks for money, someone asks for beauty. The stranger is ready to help everyone, but in return, the one who asks must complete the task. It can be a simple act or an immoral act, depending on the complexity of the request. In the end everyone agrees.

Original title:
The Place

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Valerio Mastandrea, Marco Giallini, Alessandro Borghi…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Girl in the Fog (2017)

Aesthetic, intellectual, intriguing, one of the best feature films made in Italy in the detective thriller genre. Lost in the Alps, the town of Aveschot lives a quiet and measured life until 16-year-old Anna Lu disappears. Is it a runaway, kidnapping or murder? To investigate the mysterious case, detective Vogel arrives – a specialist in the capture of maniacs . After all, 30 years ago, girls were already disappearing in the valley.

Original title:
La ragazza nella nebbia

Genre:
Thriller, crime, drama

Actors:
Toni Servillo, Jean Reno, Alessio Boni…

Country:
Italy, Germany, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Italian Racer (2016)

An action-packed sports drama tells the story of a family clan of racing drivers . Julia, the youngest in the family, does not study well at school , but she is well versed in engine oils and carburetors. Now it was her turn to participate in the rally. Her 40-year-old brother Loris undertakes to teach the girl the finer points of racing. Together they must understand how important the family is and, through mutual support, win the competition.

Original title:
Veloce come il vento

Genre:
Drama, sports

Actors:
Stefano Accorsi, Matilda De Angelis, Giuseppe Gayani…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


From Naples with Love (2016)

What else can convey the soul of Italy so well, if not this beautiful Italian film, shot entirely on the streets of Naples with the participation of local residents. After the death of her ex-husband, Deborah worries about her son – Chiro refuses to eat, grieving at the death of his father. But the shy school psychologist Tommaso manages to understand that not grief, but first love is to blame for Ciro’s anxiety . The boy and the man make an agreement – Tommaso will teach Ciro how to charm a classmate if he helps him win the favor of his mother.

Original title:
Troppo napoletano

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Serena Rossi, Luigi Esposito, Rosario Morra…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Perfect Strangers (2015)

Seven friends – three couples and a single man met for a friendly dinner. It seemed that the friends know everything about each other, because many have known each other since childhood. Someone offers to play a game. Participants place mobile phones on the table, and all messages are read aloud, and calls are made on the speakerphone. What will the entertainment turn into – light fun or a crushing scandal?

Original title:
Perfetti sconosciuti

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Giuseppe Battiston, Anna Folletta, Marco Giallini …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+


To hell with the horns (2015)

The ironic comedy has entered the top Italian films of recent years. Petty official Kekko loves his job. A position in the management of hunting and fishing guarantees him social benefits and the opportunity to beat the thumbs in the workplace. But suddenly a terrible thing happens – Kekko gets laid off. In order not to lose his familiar place, a man is ready to do anything, even go to the North Pole.

original name :
Quo vado?

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Kekko Zalone, Eleonora Giovanardi, Sonia Bergamasco …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Fasten Your Seats (2014)

The first meeting of Elena and Antonio cannot be called romantic. A daring and sensual man is rejected by an educated sweet girl. But fate, as always, has its own plans. Soon the young people will meet again, and this time passion and desire will turn their heads. Ahead of an absolutely dissimilar couple is an explosive family life – quarrels, omissions, cruelty, and a test that, perhaps, will revive the old love.

Original title:
Allacciate le cinture

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Kasia Smutnyak, Francesco Arch, Filippo Shikkitano …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Great Beauty (2013)

One of the most successful works of director Paolo Sorrentino is an interesting Italian film, included in the list of the best films in the style of satire on modern society. Jep Gambardella cannot say with certainty when his life turned into a formless something. When did a gathering of aristocrats for a pseudo-intellectual conversation begin to be called friends, and when did the eyes forget how to see true beauty? 65-year-old disillusioned writer and journalist Jep asks himself and the viewer the question – is it possible to feel the taste for life again?

Original title:
La grande bellezza

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli…

Country:
Italy, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Love: Instructions for use (2011)

The film consists of three short stories about love in all its manifestations, at different ages and life situations. A young guy will soon get married with his beloved woman. However, having gone on a business trip, he falls under the spell of a stranger and spends the night with her. A man aged Fabio is ready to destroy his marriage because of a fatal beauty. A divorced pensioner loses his head from love and is able to accomplish a feat for the sake of a beautiful girl – the daughter of an old comrade.

Original title:
Manuale d’am3re

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Robert De Niro, Monica Bellucci, Riccardo Scamarchio, Michele Placido …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Sorry for Love (2008)

The popular and highly rated Italian film earned good reviews from the audience, reminding what love is and how a dizzying feeling can drag you into a whirlpool. Nicky just broke up with her boyfriend. Alessandro was dumped by a girl. She is a schoolgirl. He is a wealthy man of 37 years. But love has no rules and the ensuing friendship soon develops into serious feelings. Will they be able to deal with the age difference, and how will their bond be perceived by friends and family?

Original title:
Scusa ma ti chiamo amore

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Raul Bova, Michela Quattrochokke, Michel Carpente …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Giuseppe Moscati: Healing Love (2007)

Biographical Italian film about a Neapolitan doctor who was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1987. In the drama with the highest rating – the ordinary life of an unusual person with a pure soul. During the eruption of Vesuvius, he saved the sick, risking his own life. And in 1911 he made a huge contribution to the elimination of the cholera epidemic . Giuseppe argued that sympathy and compassion can heal people better than indifferent doctors.

Original title:
Giuseppe Moscati: L’amore che guarisce

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Beppe Fiorello, Kasia Smutnyak, Ettore Bassi …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.7, IMDb – 8.0


Stranger (2006)

The action of a detective Italian film takes place in a small town where an emigrant from Ukraine arrives. The heroine gets a job as a concierge in a rich house. Gradually, she enters into the confidence of one family and becomes practically a second mother for their daughter. What are the motives of the mysterious woman? Revenge , profit or kidnapping? What does she need from this family, and who is she looking for in northern Italy?

Original title:
La sconosciuta

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Xenia Rappoport, Michele Placido, Claudia Gerini …

Country:
Italy, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Consequences of Love (2004)

Stock broker Titta di Girolamo invested colossal mafia money in the construction of a tanker and lost billions of dollars in minutes. As punishment, representatives of the criminal world locked him in a hotel, setting up round-the-clock surveillance. He can go out only as a courier to transfer a suitcase with money to the bank. Monotonous everyday life without hope for the future could continue indefinitely, if not for a chance meeting of a 50-year-old financier with a pretty waitress.

Original title:
Le conseguenze dell’amore

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, crime

Actors:
Toni Servillo, Olivia Magnani, Adriano Giannini …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

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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