10 Best Italian B Movies

Friday, March 11 by Jacob Quinn

The 10 best Italian B movies are all genre films, and most of them are westerns or horror movies. This is because the Italians went through a period from the 1960s to the 1980s where they were making a lot of low budget genre films for foreign markets. Most of these Italian B movies were made with American audiences in mind. Many of them were actually filmed in English, and some include famous American actors.

  1. “Once Upon a Time in the West” – This is a Sergio Leone western starring Henry Fonda as an incredibly vicious bad guy. The movie is truly brutal, constantly tense, and made with masterful skill.
  2. “Planet of the Vampires” – This Mario Bava Italian B movie does a good job mixing horror elements with strong doses of science fiction. It’s also beautifully filmed and has a lot of innate subtlety.
  3. “A Fistfull of Dollars” – This Italian B movie from Sergio Leone  is notable because it includes Clint Eastwood in one of his most famous roles. The Italians made a lot of good westerns and this movie was one of the most important blueprints for their basic approach.
  4. “Suspiria” – This is one of the best written Italian B Movies. Director Dario Argento’s opus about witches and ballet might appeal to people who enjoyed “Th Black Swan.” 
  5. “The Beyond” – Many Italian B movies are pretty strange, but this one takes the cake. It’s actually one of the most bizarre and outrageous horror films ever made, but it’s also one of the most entertaining. The film is about a hotel with a gate to Hades. It is constantly presenting the audience with unbelievable gore, and it even has zombies.
  6. “Cannibal Holocaust” – Most Italian B Movies are pretty fun, but this is a harsh film about a camera crew making a documentary involving a group of natives. The way the story develops is unforgettable and even haunting.
  7. “Delirio caldo” – This is a fantastic little thriller about a man accused of being a serial killer. The movie is truly unpredictable and has scenes that you won’t believe.
  8. “Contraband” – This is one of the more entertaining Italian crime films. It’s about gangsters and smuggling. The film is notable for having very extreme violence compared to similar American films.
  9. “Lisa and the devil” -  This is a very unusual and surreal horror film starring Telly Savalas. It’s about a woman who ends up at a mansion, and the Butler seems to be the devil. The story is a bit hard to follow, but it’s beautifully crafted.
  10. "Phenomenon” – This is one of the most accessible Italian B movies. It stars Jennifer Connelly as a young girl with the power to make insects do her bidding.