10 Best Italian Cult Movies

Friday, April 1 by Annette Smith

These 10 best Italian cult movies are current favorites for Italian cult picture fans. Most of the movies feature subjects that are outside the mainstream. Cult movies have highly devoted followers and a very specific fan base. These cult films fall specifically within the Italian culture.  

  1. “Aria” “Aria” is a 1987 musical comedy made of ten short films by various directors. Each film contains a visual complement to popular arias and operatic scenes. This Italian language film includes segments in French and German. John Hurt, Theresa Russell and Stephanie Lane lead the ensemble cast of actors.
  2. “The Bird With The Crystal Plumage” “The Bird With The Crystal  Plumage,” originally titled “L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo,” is an Italian horror film. This cult thriller involves a serial killer who stalks a writer, a witness to a murder attempt. Directed by Dario Argento, this 1970 cult classic stars Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall and Enrico Maria Salerno.
  3. “Blood And Black Lace” “Blood And Black Lace,” originally titled “Sei donne per l'assassino,” is a 1964 horror movie. The story centers on a killer dressed in black who brutally murders fashion models. Mario Bava directed this thriller that stars Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok and Thomas Reiner.
  4. “The Cat O’ Nine Tails” “The Cat O’ Nine Tails” is another Italian horror movie. Originally titled “Il gatto a nove code,” this 1971 crime drama revolves around a newspaper reporter and a blind journalist who team up to solve a series of killings. Another Dario Argento film, this one stars James Franciscus, Karl Malden and Catherine Spaak.
  5. “The Colossus Of Rhodes” “The Colossus Of Rhodes,” originally called “Il colosso di Rodi,” is a 1961 adventure movie. The historical drama focuses on an Athenian war hero involved in two different plots to overthrow a king. Rory Calhoun, Lea Massari and Georges Marchal star in this Sergio Leone classic.
  6. “A Fistful Of Dynamite” “A Fistful Of Dynamite,” originally titled “Giù la testa,” is also known as “Duck, You Sucker.” This 1971 action-adventure movie follows an IRA explosives expert on the run in Mexico. Directed by Sergio Leone, the film stars Rod Steiger, James Coburn and Romolo Valli.
  7. “Five Dolls For An August Moon” “Five Dolls For An August Moon,” originally titled “5 bambole per la luna D’Agata,” is a 1970 mystery thriller. A small group of people visit an island to relax, only to discover they are trapped with a murderer. Mario Bava directed this cult classic, which stars William Berger, Ira von Fürstenberg and Maurice Poli.
  8. “The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly” “The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly” also makes the list of best Italian cult movies. Originally titled “Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo,” this popular Spaghetti Western follows three bounty hunters in a race to fin buried gold. Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef star in this Sergio Leone film.
  9. “Once Upon A Time In The West” “Once Upon A Time In The West,” originally titled “C'era una volta il West,” is yet another Sergio Leone film. In this 1968 cult classic, a mysterious harmonica-playing stranger and a notorious desperado join forces to protect a beautiful widow from a hired assassin. Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson and Claudia Cardinale star in the film.
  10. “The Phantom Of The Opera” “The Phantom Of The Opera,” originally titled “Il fantasma dell'opera,” is an Italian horror flick and romantic drama in 1998. Dario Argento directed this gory remake of the classic Gaston Leroux novel. The film stars his daughter, Asia Argento, as well as Julian Sands and Andrea Di Stefano.