Top Movies About Italy

These are either movies about Italy, movies set in Italy, or movies about Italian Americans. And don't forget all those Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns!

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A Room With A View

A delightful tale of Victorian romance and British conceit, concerning the interwoven lives and loves of a group of English tourists on holiday in Italy and their reunion back home.

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Big Night

Deliciously passionate look at two Italian brothers who immigrate to New Jersey, where they open a small restaurant. But chef Primo and businessman Secondo's enterprise verges on disaster, until a rival restaurateur promises singer Louis Prima and his band will stop in for dinner.

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The English Patient

In a ruined Italian monastery-turned-Allied hospital in World War II, a mysterious amnesiac patient, severely burned from a plane crash, is cared for by a devoted young nurse. Through flashbacks, the story of the man's past, a tale of wartime intrigue and forbidden love in the sands of North Africa, unfolds. Italian settings include such towns as: Arezzo, Pienza, Rome, Siena, Trieste, and Venice.

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The Italian Job

A breezy reworking of the 1969 favorite boasts Mark Wahlberg as a master thief looking for revenge from Edward Norton, a former ally who killed mentor Donald Sutherland, then duped him by taking millions in gold bars from a Venice heist. Italian settings include such towns as: Canazei, Genoa, Trento, and Venice.

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Much Ado About Nothing

The perfect answer to anyone who thinks Shakespeare means dark, stodgy dramas, this sunny and buoyant romp from Kenneth Branagh is loaded with mismatched lovers, squabbling brothers, comic constables and bawdy humor.

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Roman Holiday

Audrey Hepburn won an Academy Award for her role as a beautiful princess traveling incognito in the Eternal City. Hard-bitten newspaperman Gregory Peck plans to get a story out of her, but winds up falling in love with her. Locations in Rome include the Bocca della Verita (Mouth of Truth), the Spanish Steps (where Hepburn eats a gelato), Ponte Sant'Angelo, and Via Margutta, 51 (where Peck's character lived). This was the film that also gave the buzz to the Vespa motorino!

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The Talented Mr. Ripley

Lush, involving thriller based on Patricia Highsmith's novel stars Matt Damon as Tom Ripley, a young New Yorker hired by a tycoon to persuade wastrel son Jude Law to leave his Italian villa and return to America. After befriending Law and girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow, Damon's devious nature—and his knack for forgery and imitation—come into play. Italian settings include such towns as: Ischia Island, Naples, Palermo, Positano, Procida, Rome, Salerno, and Venice.

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Tea With Mussolini

This poignant autobiographical tale from director Franco Zeffirelli is set in Florence, Italy, and covers the years 1935 to 1945 in the life of a boy named Luca who is sent by his father to live with Englishwoman Joan Plowright.

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Under the Tuscan Sun

In this lovely adaptation of Frances Mayes' bestseller, Diane Lane is a recently divorced writer urged by pal Sandra Oh to get away from her dreary existence in San Francisco by taking a trip to Italy. Once in gorgeous Tuscany, Lane decides to radically change her life by buying and renovating a villa in the countryside, hoping her luck at love changes in the process. Italian settings include such towns as: Arezzo, Cortona, Florence, Montepulciano, Positano, and Salerno.

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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Lovely, wonderfully performed version of the Bard's enchanted comedy is now set in Tuscany in the 1800s, where nymphs, satyrs and fairies cohabit the world of star-crossed lovers, kings and weavers with donkey ears. Italian settings include such towns as: Caprarola, Montepulciano, Sutri, Tivoli, and Viterbo.

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