Italy’s 1960s Cinema

Six Seductive Italian Classics

Above: 8 1/2, directed by Federico Fellini (1963). Film page: La Dolce Vita, directed by Federico Fellini (1960)

BY: Liz MacDonald

Italian movies from the early 1960s have a stylized look look and a sultry mood that is instantly recognizable and unmistakably Italian. These classics take the neo realism of the late fifties and add a big dose of Italian auteur ambiance, for a new kind of irristibly sophisticated, urbane sensibility. The effect of these classic films can’t be overstated—directors of this time are some of the most influential to this day. We’ve collected a few of our very favorites from 1960s Italian cinema here. You’ll find a couple of the big names, like La Dolce Vita, and some discoveries, too. Take look at the list below to meet your new Italian onscreen obsession.


Il Bell’ Antonio, directed by Mauro Bolognini (1960):


La Dolce Vita, directed by Federico Fellini (1960): 


La Notte, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni (1961):


The Leopard, directed by Luchino Visconti (1963):


Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, directed by Vittorio De Sica (1963):


, directed Federico Fellini (1963):