10 Funny Italian Movies

Friday, April 1 by Annette Smith

If you’re in the mood for comedy, these 10 funny Italian movies will definitely tickle your funny bone. They combine comedy, romance, and drama in a unique way, for fun and memorable viewing. Consider renting one of the movies today and get ready for some great comic drama, Italian-style!

  1. “Bread And Tulips.” “Bread And Tulips,” originally called “Pane e tulipani,” is an award-winning Italian romantic comedy. The focus of this 2000 film is an Italian housewife who hitchhikes to Venice during a family vacation, eager to enjoy new life and surprised by new love. The film stars Licia Maglietta, Bruno Ganz, and Giuseppe Battiston.
  2. “Divorce: Italian Style.” “Divorce: Italian Style,” originally called “Divorzio all'italiana,” is vintage Italian comedy from 1961. Set at a time when divorce is illegal, the story centers on a married Sicilian who falls in love with his cousin and plans a crime of passion to get rid of his wife. Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocca, and Stefania Sandrelli star in this award-winning film.
  3. “I Vitelloni.” “I Vitelloni” is a well-known classic Italian movie from 1953. The award-winning film presents a study of five young men at crucial moments in their lives. Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, and Franco Interlenghi appear in this comic drama.
  4. “Il Postino: The Postman.” “Il Postino: The Postman” is an award-winning biographical comedy from 1994. It tells the story of a simple Italian postman who delivers mail to a famous poet and uses his new-found love of poetry to pursue a local beauty. The film stars Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret, and Maria Grazia Cucinotta.
  5. “Incantato.” “Incantato,” originally called “Il cuore altrove,” is an Italian romantic comedy. Also known as “The Heart is Elsewhere,” this 2003 film tells of a young foreign language teacher invited to Bologna by his father, who hopes his son will find his soul mate and produce an heir for the family business. Neri Marcorè, Vanessa Incontrada, and Giancarlo Giannini star in the film.
  6. “Malèna.” “Malèna” is a 2000 romantic comedy set in Italy during the second world war. The movie spotlights an attractive Italian woman whose physical beauty provokes the sexual awakenings of an adolescent boy. This funny, sexy movie stars Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, and Luciano Federico.
  7. “Marriage: Italian Style.” “Marriage: Italian Style,” originally called “Matrimonio all'italiana,” is a 1964 comedy. When a businessman plans to marry another woman, his mistress of several years pretends to be on her deathbed in hopes that he will marry her before she dies. Sultry Sophia Loren stars in this award-winning film. Marcello Mastroianni and Adlo Puglisi are her co-stars.
  8. “Mid-August Lunch.” “Mid-August Lunch,” originally called “Pranzo di ferragosto” is a 2008 Italian comedy. The story centers on a middle-aged man whose only jobs are caring for his elderly mother and frequenting the local taverns. Gianni Di Gregario, Valeria De Franciscis, and Marina Cacciotti star in the film.
  9. “Remember Me, My Love.” “Remember Me, My Love,” originally called “Ricordati di me,” is a 2003 romantic comedy. The film, which centers on a dysfunctional middle-class Italian family, stars Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Laura Morante, and Nicoletta Romanoff.
  10. “The Tiger And The Snow.” “The Tiger And The Snow,” originally called “La tigre e la neve,” is a romantic comedy from 2005. It tells of a love-struck Italian poet in Iraq during an American invasion. Roberto Benigni, Jean Reno, and Nicoletta Braschi star in this funny Italian movie.
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