10 Best Italian Movies 2008

Wednesday, January 26 by Andrea Miller

If you're interested in European cinema, check out the ten best Italian movies of 2008. Mostly dark dramas, these films were all recognized for their quality in both filmmaking and storytelling. Read on for the list of the ten best Italian movies 2008.

  1. "Her Whole Life Ahead." This quirky comedy about modern society tells the story of a recent college graduate who gets a job at a fast-paced call center, and the adventures that ensue. One of the best Italian movies of 2008, it won the Italian Golden Globe Awards for Best Film and Best Actress.
  2. "Quiet Chaos." Based on a novel, this best Italian film of 2008 follows an executive's journey through grief after his wife dies. It won the Special Jury Award at the Italian Golden Globes, as well as several nominations from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists.
  3. "As God Commands." This dark drama is the story of a neo-Nazi, his eleven-year-old son, and the mentally ill man they befriend. It was recognized by one of the ten best Italian movies of 2008 by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, which nominated it for several Silver Ribbon Awards.
  4. "Middle-August Lunch." The struggles of a middle-aged man caring for his elderly mother are the focus of this comedic drama. It was recognized worldwide as one of the best Italian movies of 2008, receiving nominations and awards from the Italian Golden Globes, the Venice Film Festival, the London Film Festival, and the European Film Awards, among many other groups.
  5.  "Sorry, If I Love You." Scandal ensues in this romantic Italian film when a spurned ad executive falls in love with high school student. Its irreverent plot and finely drawn characters make it one of the best Italian movies of 2008.
  6. "The Man Who Loves." This drama starring Monica Bellucci is the story of a man whose heart is broken by his lover, who goes on to break the hearts of others. It won a special Silver Ribbon from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists.
  7. "Sanguepazzo." This historic drama is the tale of famous Italian screen couple, Valenti and Ferida, who were executed. Also starring Monica Bellucci, it won several Italian National Film Syndicate Awards and David di Donatello Awards for its makeup, styling and costume design.
  8. "Il Divo." This movie is a biography of Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, who has been elected to Parliament seven times. "Il Divo" won numerous awards, including the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
  9. "Gomorrah." This best Italian film of 2008 is a crime drama about the Italian mafia. It was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, among many other awards and nominations.
  10. "A Perfect Day." This Italian drama, a labyrinth of political and personal tales, was made by noted director Ferzan Oztepek. Its female lead, Isabella Ferrari, earned the Best Female Actor award at the Venice Film Festival.

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