Best new Italian Movies (2016) - 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 2016 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.

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Best Italian movies on Netflix or DVD in 2016

Best Italian movies out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. La meraviglie (30-10-2015)
  2. 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.

    Trailer of La meraviglie on Youtube

    Release date30-10-2015
    DirectorAlice Rohrwacher (The Wonders, Corpo celeste & Un piccolo spettacolo)
    StarringAlba Rohrwacher, Maria Alexandra Lungu & Sam Louwyck
    Similar moviesTomboy & Io non ho paura
    Themeschildhood, families, drama,
    CountryGermany • Italy • Switzerland •
    Keywordsauthentic • kind •
    Length110 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  3. Il Capitale Umano (18-04-2014)
  4. 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.

    Trailer of Il Capitale Umano on Youtube

    Release date18-04-2014
    DirectorPaolo Virzì (The First Beautiful Thing, Hardboiled Egg & Tutta la vita davanti)
    StarringFabrizio Bentivoglio, Matilde Gioli & Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
    Similar moviesIo sono l'amore & Le premier jour du reste de ta vie
    Themesfamilies, parenting, drama,
    CountryItaly •
    Keywordssolid •
    Length111 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  5. Miele (15-10-2013)
  6. 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.

    Trailer of Miele on Youtube

    Release date15-10-2013
    DirectorValeria Golino (Armandino e il Madre )
    StarringJasmine Trinca, Carlo Cecchi & Libero De Rienzo
    Similar moviesMar Adentro & Bella addormentata
    Themesdeath, friendship, drama,
    CountryFrance • Italy •
    Keywordsgood • heartfelt •
    Length96 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. La Migliore Offerta (01-01-2014)
  8. 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…

    Trailer of La Migliore Offerta on Youtube

    Release date01-01-2014
    Director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso, The Legend of 1900 & Malèna)
    StarringGeoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess & Sylvia Hoeks
    Similar moviesLa Cara Oculta & La sconosciuta
    Themesart, love, chase, crime, drama, mystery,
    CountryItaly •
    Keywordsheart-wrenching • romantic •
    Length131 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  9. Il Futuro (06-09-2013)
  10. 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

    Trailer of Il Futuro on Youtube

    Release date06-09-2013
    DirectorAlicia Scherson (Turistas & Play)
    Starring Manuela Martelli, Luigi Ciardo & Rutger Hauer
    Similar moviesLa chambre bleue & L'amour est un crime parfait
    Themesold age, sex, drama,
    CountryChile • Germany • Italy • Spain •
    Keywordschilling • strange •
    Length94 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  11. Le Grande Bellezza (14-03-2014)
  12. 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.

    Trailer of Le Grande Bellezza on Youtube

    Release date14-03-2014
    Director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo, This Must Be The Place & Youth)
    StarringToni Servillo, Carlo Verdone & Sabrina Ferilli
    Similar moviesLa Dolce Vita & 8½
    Themesart, city, drama,
    CountryFrance • Italy •
    Keywordsbreath-taking • glamorous •
    Length141 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix


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