What are the ten best movies in Italian? That depends on whom you ask. But the following films are sure to rate high on most lists. From classic films to modern romantic comedies to poignant war dramas, this “ten best” list has it all. Although many of the films contain English subtitles, all of these movies were produced in the Italian language. Most of them are multiple award winners.

  1. “La Strada.” “La Strada,” translated “The Road,” is a 1954 movie directed by Federico Fellini, one of the most influential filmmakers of the twentieth century. An Academy Award-winner for Best Foreign Film, this Italian drama centers on a carefree girl who becomes the property of a traveling entertainer. Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, and Richard Basehart star in this classic black-and-white movie.

  2. “La Dolce Vita.” Italian for “the sweet life,” “La Dolce Vita” is another Italian drama directed by Federico Fellini. The 1960 film looks at a journalist’s week in Rome, and the love and happiness he is seeking there. Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, and Anouk Aimée star in this Oscar-winning classic.

  3. “Two Women.” “Two Women” is a 1960 war drama directed by Vittorio de Sica, a leading figure in the Italian neorealist movement. Set during the second world war, the story centers on a woman trying to protect her teenager daughter from the cruelties of war. This Oscar-winning Italian film stars Sophia Loren, Eleonora Brown, and Jean-Paul Belmondo.

  4. “Divorce Italian Style.” “Divorce Italian Style,” originally titled “Divorzio all'italiana,” is a 1961 Italian comedy directed by Pietro Germi. The story centers on a married Sicilian who, deciding to marry his cousin, plans a crime of passion to get rid of his wife. Marcello Mastroianni, Stefania Sandrelli, and Daniela Rocca star in this Oscar-winning movie.

  5. “8 ½.” “8 ½” is a 1963 Oscar-winning Italian movie. Also directed by Federico Fellini, the film centers on a stressed-out movie director who withdraws into his own mind, memories, and fantasies. A winner of two Academy Awards, this classic Italian movie stars Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, and Claudia Cardinale.

  6. “Yesterday, Today, And Tomorrow.” “Yesterday, Today, And Tomorrow” is a 1963 romantic comedy originally titled, “Ieri, oggi, domani.” The anthology film, directed by Vittorio de Sica, focuses on three very different couples in Italy. Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, and Aldo Giuffrè star in this Oscar-winning classic.

  7. “Marriage Italian Style.” “Marriage Italian Style,” originally titled “Matrimonio all'italiana,” is a 1964 romantic comedy. It tells of a businessman who plans to get married. When his mistress of several years finds out, she pretends to be on her deathbed in order to get him to marry her before she dies. This Oscar-nominated film, directed by Vittorio de Sica, stars Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, and Adlo Puglisi. 

  8. “Johnny Stecchino.” “Johnny Stecchino” is a 1991 Italian comedy, directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. The award-winning film centers on a less-than-bright bus driver who finds himself in the middle of a mafia plot. Nicoletta Braschi and Paolo Bonacelli also star in the film.

  9. “Life Is Beautiful.” “Life Is Beautiful,” originally titled “La vita è bella,” is a romantic 1997 war drama. Directed by and starring Roberto Benigni, the film won three Oscars. Set during the second world war, the film centers on a funny Jewish man, his wonderful romance, and his desire to protect his son from the Nazis. Nicoletta Braschi and Giorgio Cantarini also star in the movie.

  10. “The Last Kiss.” “The Last Kiss,” originally titled “L'ultimo bacio,” is a 2001 romantic comedy starring Stefano Accorsi, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, and Stefania Sandrelli. The story revolves around a young man and his girlfriend, whose lives are turned upside down when she announces her pregnancy. Directed by Gabriele Muccino, this funny Italian movie won numerous international awards.