10 Best Italian Movies On DVD

Saturday, January 22 by Shawn Lealos

The best Italian movies on DVD presents some of the masters of cinema history. Names like Fellini, Antonioni and Leone got their starts and produced some of their greatest films in Italy. From spaghetti westerns to neo-realism, the films of Italy is some of the greatest in cinema history.

  1. “8 1/2”Federico Fellini created this masterpiece, which is available from the Criterion Collection as one of the best Italian movies on DVD. The movie tells the story of a film director who suffers a breakdown when he can’t seem to finish his most recent movie. It was remade in America as “Nine.”
  2. “Bicycle Thieves” – Released in 1948, “Bicycle Thieves” is one of the best Italian movies on DVD. The movie tells the story of a father who has his bike stolen in a poor Rome and, faced with losing his job, resorts to stealing another bicycle to replace his own. It is a tragic story and has a wonderful Criterion Collection release.
  3. “Cinema Paradiso” – Released in 1988, “Cinema Paradiso” is one of the best Italian movies on DVD. The movie is told mostly in flashback as a film director retraces his childhood years. The movie switches between comedy and sentimentality and is one of the most visually dynamic Italian films.
  4. “La Dolce Vita” – Directed by Federico Fellini, this Italian film is one of the best Italian movies on DVD. The movie tells the story of a journalists week in Rome searching for happiness. The movie is structured masterfully and remains one of Fellini’s and Italy’s greatest films.
  5. “Life is Beautiful” – Roberto Benigni won an Oscar for this touching, tragic Italian language film about a man and his son who are captured in a Nazi concentration camp. One of the best Italian movies on DVD, the movie is a comedy set in a horrific world and the ending is both heartbreaking and beautiful.
  6. “The Leopard” – Luchino Visconti directs this beautiful movie, one of the best Italian movies on DVD. The movie takes place during the period when the aristocrats lose their power to the growing middle classes. Burt Lancaster stars in the movie, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
  7. “Umberto D.” – “Umberto D.” is a Vittorio De Sica film, released in 1952, and one of the best Italian movies on DVD. De Sica hired non-professional actors as an older man attempts to make a living during Italy’s postwar period. The movie is heartbreaking as the man can never seem to get ahead in life.
  8. “The Battle of Algiers” – This Italian political film is one of the best Italian movies on DVD. The film received a Criterion Collection release and tells the story of the Algerian’s struggle for independence in the ‘50s. The movie is a violent, disturbing look at people who will do whatever is necessary for freedom.
  9. “A Fistful of Dollars”Sergio Leone created this Italian spaghetti western in 1964, starring a young Clint Eastwood and the Man with No Name. The movie led to two sequels to create the “Dollars Trilogy” and is one of the best Italian movies on DVD. It is one of the first Italian westerns released in the United States.
  10. “L’Avventura” – Michelangelo Antonioni directs this art film, one of the best Italian movies on DVD. The movie received a Criterion Collection release, as a girl disappears and her boyfriend searches for her all across Italy. The movie can be a difficult watch but is rewarding for anyone who gives it a chance.
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