For when you’re homesick for Italy, these award-winning films are a must see. These are my favorite Italian movies on Netflix.
Probably one of my biggest breakthroughs of 2016 was when I discovered “Netflix codes” (it was a slow year for me). This handy list has all the codes that Netflix uses to classify movies–which makes it super easy to find what you’re looking for. You just enter the code at the end of this URL: https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/ into the address bar and eccolo–all the Italian movies Netflix has to offer in one place! The code for Italian movies is 8221.
Speaking honestly, I’m not thrilled with the limited selection of Italian movies that Netflix offers, but the films they do have available are outstanding. Most of the movies I’m about to share with you have won several international awards.
5. The Dinner (I nostri ragazzi)
Ivano De Matteo, 2014. Won Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film. IMBD score: 6.5/10
The Dinner tells the story of a Roman family coming to grips with the fact that their teenagers are heartless, violent, and without moral conscience. No, really, that’s what it’s about.
4. Gomorrah (Gomorra)
Matteo Garrone, 2008. Too many awards to mention. IMBD score: 7/10
Better practice up on your Neapolitan, because this movie is not easy to understand for us ‘standard’ speakers.
Did you know there is more than one kind of Mafia? I didn’t for most of my life. Gomorrah focuses in on the Camorra in Campania and is loosely based on real-life events. It follows the stories of 5 main characters, my favorite being Toto, a 13 year old Napolitano who delivers groceries. A vivid portrayal of organized crime in Italy today, Gomorrah is a must-see.
3. Misunderstood (Incompresa)
Asia Argento, 2014. Won the Guglielmo Biraghi Award. IMBD score: 6.7/10
Misunderstood tells the story of Aria, a peculiar, brave, resilient, interesting little girl who just wants her infantile, self-absorbed parents to give her some love and affection. This quirky film is sure to give you all the giggles and then some serious feels, as you watch Aria struggle to find her place in her family, and in the world. Check it out.
2. Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)
Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988. Best Foreign Language Film: Golden Globes, Academy Awards. IMBD score: 8.5/10
If you’ve never heard of Cinema Paradiso, you might have been living under a rock all your life. It’s won countless awards and is often regarded as the greatest foreign film of all time. This movie had me in tears, and tears, and tears. I won’t ruin it for you, so go watch it right now.
1. The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (La mafia uccide solo d’estate)
Pif (Pierfrancesco Diliberto), 2013. Best comedy, 27th European Film Awards. IMBD score: 7.2/10
If you’re a sucker for goofy male leads you’ll be crushing on Pif by the end of this movie. This Sicilian comedy-drama takes place from the 1970s to 1990s and hilariously chronicles some major historical events pertaining to the Casa Nostra crime family. Unlike other organized crime movies, The Mafia Kills Only in Summer takes a light tone and pokes fun at the mafia throughout the movie, celebrating instead the heroes that risked their lives to get organized crime out of power in Palermo. Follow Arturo from his first words to his first kiss in this molto carino flick.
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