Best new Italian Movies (2017) - Top Netflix & Cinema

Like France and Germany, Italy is among the European countries with a long and very rich film history. Indeed, it is practically impossible to name just 10 great Italian movies, but we did it anyway.
The Vore's Film staff selects the top best Italian movies of 2017 in cinema or on DVD or Netfix. Are Nanni Moretti, Paolo Sorrentino & Giuseppe Tornatore Italy's biggest directors?

So at the 2014’s Academy Awards we finally saw a great new Italian film winning the Oscar for best foreign film again. About time, since the last Italian director who did so was Roberto Benigni with his sentimental but highly enjoyable La Vita é Bella in 1998. La Grande Belezza was truly a masterpiece, but I will elaborate more on that later. Hopefully Paolo Sorrentino put Italy back on the map as one of Europe’s (or the World’s) heavyweights in cinema, since we haven’t seen that many Fellini’s, Antonioni’s and Scola’s recently. Italy more or less dominated the best foreign film discourse from the 50’s up to the 80’s: between ’56 (the year the award was given for the first time) and ’81 an Italian film wasn’t nominated only four times. Besides, they still hold the record for receiving the biggest amount of foreign film Oscars: fourteen. Just to give you an idea. Those golden days may be over, but of course the Oscars can hardly be considered a great quality indicator of a nation’s film industry. It is way more interesting to take a look yourself at what Italy produced in recent years.

Italy country statistics

Rank#6 (List of most popular countries)
ActorsToni Servillo, Michael Caine & Salma Hayek
TrendingYouth, Miadre & Il Racconto dei Racconti
Amount of country films per year from 2010 to 2017

151 Italian movies scheduled for release this year.

List of highest grossers of the decade & budget

TitleBox officeBudget
La grande bellezza (2013)$2.8M$9.2M
Youth (I) (2015)$12.3M$2.7M
A Bigger Splash (2015)$2M
(Read: Who needs big budgets? 25 low budget success stories!)

2017 anticipated releases to watch

    Call Me by Your Name (Sunday January 22, 2017)

    Call Me by Your Name film poster Director
    Luca Guadagnino
    Elena Bucci
    Vanda Capriolo
    Amira Casar

    A romance between a seventeen year-old boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.... Read more


    Fai bei sogni (Sweet Dreams) (Friday February 24, 2017)

    Fai bei sogni (Sweet Dreams) film poster Director
    Marco Bellocchio
    Bérénice Bejo
    Valerio Mastandrea
    Fabrizio Gifuni

    Massimo's idyllic childhood is shattered by the death of his mother. Years later, he is forced to relive his traumatic past and compassionate doctor Elisa could help him open up and confront his childhood wounds.... Read more


Best Italian movies on Netflix or DVD in 2017

2010's best rated Italian movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. Fuocoammare (Fire at sea) (13-02-2016, 116 minutes)
  2. One of the most poignant and heartbreaking documentaries you will see this year. Fuoccoammare is a poetic account of the troubles the small Italian island Lampedusa (and Europe in general) is facing, as thousands after thousands desperate North African immigrants wash ashore.

    StarringSamuele Pucillo, Pietro Bartolo & Maria Costa
    DirectorGianfranco Rosi (Sacro GRA)
    Similar moviesThose Who Feel the Fire Burning
    Themeshuman rights, migration, sea, documentary,
    Keywordsastonishing, critically acclaimed, hard-hitting,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  3. Perfetti Sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers) (11-02-2016, 97 minutes)
  4. A group of friends get together for what's supposed to be a nice dinner. As they set out, they invent a game: everyone has to share every text, whatsapp message or phone call they receive. They're all friends, so what do they have to hide for each other? A sly comedy about our times where everyone is connected all the time. Brilliant!
    StarringGiuseppe Battiston, Anna Foglietta & Marco Giallini
    DirectorPaolo Genovese (Sei mai stata sulla luna? & Una famiglia perfetta )
    Similar moviesLes petits mouchoirs
    Themesrelationships, trust,
    Keywordsconversational, smart,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  5. La meraviglie (30-10-2015, 110 minutes)
  6. Rohrwacher’s second feature after her promising debut Corpo Celeste (2011) is a poetic, sundrenched portrait of an Italian family of bee-keepers and a coming-of-age story of a young girl at the same time. Through the eyes of the eldest daughter, we follow the family’s attempts to keep their heads above the water in a society that is undervaluing a traditional rural lifestyle more and more. Cinematographer Helene Louvart camerawork is outstanding in its elegance, use of color and simplicity.
    StarringAlba Rohrwacher, Maria Alexandra Lungu & Sam Louwyck
    DirectorAlice Rohrwacher (The Wonders, Corpo celeste & Un piccolo spettacolo)
    Similar moviesTomboy & Io non ho paura
    Themeschildhood, families, drama,
    CountryGermany Italy Switzerland
    Keywordsauthentic, kind,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. Il Capitale Umano (18-04-2014, 111 minutes)
  8. A wealthy family about to fall apart has been the recipe for quite some decent drama films. With Human Capital, an adaptation of the eponymous American novel, director Paolo Virzi manages to add a fresh touch to the subgenre by telling the story of the destinies two families tied together by an unfortunate accident through the eyes of three family members. It’s impressive how Virzi puts the pieces of the puzzle together in the emotional climax which is both wry and satisfying.
    StarringFabrizio Bentivoglio, Matilde Gioli & Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
    DirectorPaolo Virzì (The First Beautiful Thing, Hardboiled Egg & Tutta la vita davanti)
    Similar moviesIo sono l'amore & Le premier jour du reste de ta vie
    Themesfamilies, parenting, drama,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  9. Miele (15-10-2013, 96 minutes)
  10. Miele. It’s a thought provoking film and a promising debut, even though it has its flaws. Miele is a young woman who devotes her life to helping terminally ill people out who see no other way than committing suicide. When a new, physically healthy but deeply depressed ‘client’ asks for Miele’s help, she sees herself confronted with some moral difficulties. A touching film, backed by a great soundtrack (Caribou, Talking Heads, Shearwater and Duran Duran among others), which ultimately tends a little bit too much to sentimentalism.
    StarringJasmine Trinca, Carlo Cecchi & Libero De Rienzo
    DirectorValeria Golino (Armandino e il Madre )
    Similar moviesMar Adentro & Bella addormentata
    Themesdeath, friendship, drama,
    CountryFrance Italy
    Keywordsgood, heartfelt,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  11. La Migliore Offerta (01-01-2014, 131 minutes)
  12. Director Giuseppe Tornatore is back with his first film in English, after the disappointing Baarìa, a sentimental vehicle which can best be viewed as a two and a half hour olive oil commercial. La Migliore Offerta (The Best Offer in English) is a thrilling romantic drama about an eccentric art collector and auctioneer, Virgil Goodman, who falls in love with a girl who hires him to auction her deceased parents’ art collection. She doesn’t dare to show herself however, as she is suffering from a severe form of agoraphobia, and communicates exclusively behind a wall in her luxurious villa which is stuffed with art. Within time however, Virgil gains her trust and a passionate romance seems to commence…
    StarringGeoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess & Sylvia Hoeks
    Director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso, The Legend of 1900 & Malèna)
    Similar moviesLa Cara Oculta & La sconosciuta
    Themesart, love, chase, crime, drama, mystery,
    Keywordsheart-wrenching, romantic,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  13. Il Futuro (06-09-2013, 94 minutes)
  14. Il Futuro, which is based on Roberto Bolaño’s novel Una novelita lumpen, is a film that is hard to pigeonhole without using impossible and ultimately empty labels like ‘magical-realist coming-of-age crime romance’. Anyway, the story evolves around Bianca and Tomas, who’ve just become orphans after their parents died in a car crash. The girl, who’s slightly older and thus has a stronger sense of responsibility, tries to cope with the situation the best she can, while she sees her brothers’ situation worsening as he befriends the wrong people. These ‘friends’, persuasive as they are, ask Bianca to help them rob an old, blind former actor (Rutger Hauer!) who lives alone in an isolated villa. Reluctant at first, Bianca is getting more and more attached to the old man and eventually unwilling to follow through with the initial plan
    Starring Manuela Martelli, Luigi Ciardo & Rutger Hauer
    DirectorAlicia Scherson (Turistas & Play)
    Similar moviesLa chambre bleue & L'amour est un crime parfait
    Themesold age, sex, drama,
    CountryChile Germany Italy Spain
    Keywordschilling, strange,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  15. Le Grande Bellezza (14-03-2014, 141 minutes)
  16. don´t really have something to add to the ever expanding euphoric discourse around this film. La Grande Bellezza is the ´Great Beauty´ indeed. A deeply melancholy picture about a once great writer, contemplating about his past life and ´beauty´ in the broadest sense of the word. A Felliniesque visual trip through modern day Rome with its artsy fartsy extravaganza, stuffed with beautifully composed scenes, tracking shots and impressive long takes, Sorrentino has proven himself as one the most gifted directors on earth. As you could have guessed, also our best Italian film of 2013.
    StarringToni Servillo, Carlo Verdone & Sabrina Ferilli
    Director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo, This Must Be The Place & Youth)
    Similar moviesLa Dolce Vita & 8½
    Themesart, city, drama,
    CountryFrance Italy
    Keywordsbreath-taking, glamorous,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

New Italian movies out now

Best recent & upcoming Italian movies with release dates.

La pazza gioia by Paolo Virzì
Release date17-05-2016
StarringMicaela Ramazzotti, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi & Valentina Carnelutti
Previous releasesIl capitale umano & La prima cosa bella
Associated with comedy, drama,

La Corrispondenza by Giuseppe Tornatore

Reportedly, La Corrispondenza is about a love affair between a professor and young woman. Plot-wise, Tornatore isn’t exactly discovering new grounds here, but given his reputation we’re still pretty excited to see this one.

Release date14-01-2016
StarringOlga Kurylenko, Jeremy Irons & Shauna Macdonald
Previous releasesCinema Paradiso & Baaría
Associated with drama, romance,

Mia Madre (03-2016, 106 minutes))
Director Nanni Moretti (The Son's room, The Caiman & We Have a Pope)
StarringMargherita Buy, John Turturro & Giulia Lazzarini
Similar moviesCaos Calmo & La Stanza del Figlio
Themesfilmmaking, grieving, drama,
CountryFrance Italy
Keywordshigh-quality, touching,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Youth (04-12-2015, 118 minutes))

Great new film by La Grande Belezza's Paolo Sorrentino abut the tragedy (and beauty) of aging. Stellar performance by Grand Old English actor Michael Caine and some stunning photography.
DirectorPaolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, This Must Be The Place & Il Dovo)
StarringMichael Caine, Harvey Keitel & Rachel Weisz
Themesmentorship, old age, drama,
CountryFrance Italy Switzerland United Kingdom
Keywordsarty, breath-taking,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Il Racconto dei Racconti (15-05-2015, 125 minutes))

If there is another Italian director, after Sorrentino, who has been getting lots of international attention than it is Matteo Garrone. Best known for the Italian gangster film Gomorra (2009), but equally impressive with 2012’s prophetic Reality (2012), Garrone is now coming with his first English language feature. The Tale of Tales is an adaptation of the famous book by Giambattista Basile, and it will be starring Vincent Cassel and Salma Hayek. It has been postponed from 2014 to 2015.
DirectorMatteo Garrone (Gomorrah, Reality & The Embalmer)
StarringSalma Hayek, Vincent Cassel & Toby Jones
Similar moviesInto the Woods & The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Themesmarriage, relationships, fantasy, romance,
CountryItaly United Kingdom
Keywordssurreal, whimsical,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix
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