La Serenissima - The City and the medieval Republic of Venice in the Movies

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1. The Merchant of Venice (2004)

R | 131 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: Al Pacino, Joseph Fiennes, Lynn Collins, Jeremy Irons

Votes: 33,373 | Gross: $3.77M

2. Dangerous Beauty (1998)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A Venetian courtesan becomes a hero to her city, but later becomes the target of an inquisition by the Church for witchcraft.

Director: Marshall Herskovitz | Stars: Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt, Fred Ward

Votes: 15,104 | Gross: $4.53M

3. Othello (1995)

R | 123 min | Drama, Romance

The Moorish General Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his Lieutenant Michael Cassio, when in reality, it is all part of the scheme of a bitter Ensign named Iago.

Director: Oliver Parker | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth Branagh, Irène Jacob, Nathaniel Parker

Votes: 8,650 | Gross: $2.11M

4. Don't Look Now (1973)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania

Votes: 44,426

5. Moonraker (1979)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle, and discovers a plot to commit global genocide.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel

Votes: 83,544 | Gross: $70.31M

6. In Love and War (1996)

PG-13 | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A bitter love story between a talented writer and a gentle nurse.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Chris O'Donnell, Mackenzie Astin, Margot Steinberg

Votes: 7,799 | Gross: $14.48M

7. Bread and Tulips (2000)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Romance

68 Metascore

After being forgotten in a highway café during a bus trip, a housewife decides to start a new life by herself in Venice.

Director: Silvio Soldini | Stars: Licia Maglietta, Bruno Ganz, Giuseppe Battiston, Antonio Catania

Votes: 8,665 | Gross: $5.31M

8. Casanova (2005)

R | 112 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

The fabled romantic Giacomo Casanova, after failing to win the affection of the Venetian woman Francesca Bruni, strives to discover the real meaning of love.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Oliver Platt

Votes: 49,952 | Gross: $11.29M

9. Fellini's Casanova (1976)

R | 155 min | Biography, Drama, History

Casanova is a libertine, performing seductions and sexual feats. But he is really interested in someone, and is he really an interesting person? Is he really alive?

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Tina Aumont, Cicely Browne, Carmen Scarpitta

Votes: 6,331

10. Sins of Casanova (1955)

95 min | Comedy

1760 Spain provides the setting for Giacomo Casanova's romantic escapades, every woman he encounters unable to resist his disarming charm, be they single, engaged, or even married.

Director: Steno | Stars: Gabriele Ferzetti, Corinne Calvet, Irene Galter, Nadia Gray

Votes: 37

11. Le retour de Casanova (1992)

93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

After many years of rambling across Europe the aging Giacomo Casanova is impoverished. He wants to return to Venice but he doesn't dare going there directly, because he was a fugitive when he left.

Director: Edouard Niermans | Stars: Alain Delon, Fabrice Luchini, Elsa Lunghini, Wadeck Stanczak

Votes: 471

12. The Night in Venice (1942)

89 min

The divorced opera singer Peter (Harald Paulsen) wants to win back his ex-wife Vilma (Lizzi Waldmüller), also an opera singer. He offers her a false engagement for an opera in Venice. He ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Heidemarie Hatheyer, Lizzi Waldmüller, Hans Nielsen, Harald Paulsen

Votes: 6

13. Eine Nacht in Venedig (1962 TV Movie)

Unrated | 160 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Version of the operetta in the ARD TV broadcast on New Year's Eve with music from the operetta of the same name by Johann Strauss.

Director: Kurt Wilhelm | Stars: Karl Paryla, Alwy Becker, Christiane Hörbiger, Herbert Fux

Votes: 10

14. Death in Venice (1971)

GP | 130 min | Drama

While recovering in Venice, sickly Composer Gustav von Aschenbach becomes dangerously fixated with teenager Tadzio.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Romolo Valli, Mark Burns, Nora Ricci

Votes: 16,998

15. Summertime (1955)

Not Rated | 100 min | Romance, Drama

A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, Italy.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi, Isa Miranda, Darren McGavin

Votes: 7,074

16. Who Saw Her Die? (1972)

Not Rated | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

A young girl is brutally murdered somewhere in France. Sometime later, the same thing happens to the daughter of a well-known sculptor. This time the parents (the sculptor and his wife) ... See full summary »

Director: Aldo Lado | Stars: George Lazenby, Anita Strindberg, Adolfo Celi, Dominique Boschero

Votes: 1,855

17. Damned in Venice (1978)

95 min | Horror, Mystery

A blind boy, who lives alone with his mean sister in a rundown hotel in Venice, receives a vision that warns him of the upcoming birth of the Antichrist. Soon, his sister mysteriously becomes pregnant.

Director: Ugo Liberatore | Stars: Renato Cestiè, Rena Niehaus, Yorgo Voyagis, Fabio Gamma

Votes: 342

18. Vampire in Venice (1988)

97 min | Horror

Professor Paris Catalano visits Venice, to investigate the last known appearance of the famous vampire Nosferatu during the carnival of 1786.

Directors: Augusto Caminito, Mario Caiano, Klaus Kinski, Maurizio Lucidi, Pasquale Squitieri, Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Christopher Plummer, Donald Pleasence, Barbara De Rossi

Votes: 732

19. Paganini Horror (1989)

82 min | Horror, Music

When a female rock band use an infamous old piece of sheet music to record their new album in an old mansion, they accidentally open a portal to hell.

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Daria Nicolodi, Jasmine Maimone, Pascal Persiano, Maria Cristina Mastrangeli

Votes: 478

20. The Comfort of Strangers (1990)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

A couple retreat to Venice to work on their relationship, but an encounter with a stranger leads them into a world of intrigue - where their darkest desires are in reach.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Christopher Walken, Rupert Everett, Natasha Richardson, Helen Mirren

Votes: 4,028 | Gross: $1.24M

21. Donna Leon (2000– )

90 min | Crime, Drama

In each story, Venetian detective commissioner Guido Brunetti investigates and solves one or more crimes, usually including murder, in the doges' city, with some help from uniformed ... See full summary »

Stars: Karl Fischer, Patrick Diemling, Laura Syniawa, Michael Degen

Votes: 207

22. Tempesta (2004)

R | 96 min | Thriller, Drama

An American art appraiser, Patrick Donovan, is sent to Venice to evaluate three paintings belonging to the famous Galleria dell'Accademia. The company that insures the paintings has hired ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Disney | Stars: Scot Williams, Natalia Verbeke, Rutger Hauer, Valentina Cervi

Votes: 257

23. Secret Passage (2004)

90 min | Drama

Isabel and Clara are growing up in a time of terror. It is 1492, and Spain has decreed that all Jews must either convert to Catholicism, go into exile or face trial and execution. Although ... See full summary »

Director: Ademir Kenovic | Stars: John Turturro, Katherine Borowitz, Tara Fitzgerald, Hannah Taylor Gordon

Votes: 275

24. The Thief Lord (2006)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A tale about two young boys, Prosper and Bo, who flee to Venice after being orphaned and dumped in the care of a cruel auntie. Hiding in the canals and alleyways of the city, the boys are ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Claus | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jasper Harris, Carole Boyd, Bob Goody

Votes: 5,560

25. Ten Winters (2009)

99 min | Romance

Born of a chance meeting in Venice, Silvestro and Camilla's rocky romance unfolds over 10 winters as new lovers come and go but they are eternally thrust back into one another's arms.

Director: Valerio Mieli | Stars: Isabella Ragonese, Michele Riondino, Glen Blackhall, Sergey Zhigunov

Votes: 902

26. The Tourist (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

37 Metascore

Revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton

Votes: 209,802 | Gross: $67.63M

27. Hannibal (2001)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

Living in exile, Dr. Hannibal Lecter tries to reconnect with now disgraced F.B.I. Agent Clarice Starling, and finds himself a target for revenge from a powerful victim.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta

Votes: 240,097 | Gross: $165.09M

28. Everyone Says I Love You (1996)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A New York girl sets her father up with a beautiful woman in a troubled marriage while her stepsister gets engaged.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Goldie Hawn, Julia Roberts, Edward Norton

Votes: 33,852 | Gross: $9.71M

29. Inferno (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

42 Metascore

When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Ben Foster

Votes: 142,653 | Gross: $34.34M

30. The Children of the Century (1999)

135 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

A story of doomed passion between two genius writers of the 19th century - novelist George Sand and poet Alfred de Musset.

Director: Diane Kurys | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Benoît Magimel, Stefano Dionisi, Robin Renucci

Votes: 1,553 | Gross: $0.05M



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