Famous Italian Directors

Find out more about the greatest Italian Directors, including Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone, Tinto Brass, Paolo Sorrentino and Frank Capra.

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 1 Sergio Leone

Sergio Leone
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Actor, Composer
Birthdate: January 3, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: April 30, 1989

 2 Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini
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Famous As: Film Director and Scriptwriter
Birthdate: January 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: October 31, 1993

Italian film director and screenwriter, Federico Fellini, is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. He was nominated for the Academy Awards 12 times and won four in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. His distinctive style of film-making has inspired generations of directors in both Italy and Hollywood.

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 3 Francesca Gregorini

Francesca Gregorini
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: August 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian, American
Daughter of Bond girl Barbara Bach, Francesca Gregorini is also an Italian countess through her father. She grew up in Italy, England, and the U.S. The talented filmmaker is known for her dark and surreal characters and her critically acclaimed films such as The Truth About Emanuel.

 4 Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: March 5, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian
Died: November 2, 1975

Noted film director and actor Pier Paolo Pasolini had already gained fame as a poet and author before stepping into the entertainment industry. The openly gay filmmaker was known for his usage of non-professional actors and themes of sexuality. His brutal murder remains to be a controversial topic.

 5 James Darren

James Darren
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian, American

 6 Frank Capra

Frank Capra
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: May 18, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: September 3, 1991
Frank Capra was a filmmaker and writer responsible for making several American award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s. After being born into a poor Italian family, Capra went on to become one of Hollywood's most influential directors of the 1930s; his rags-to-riches story continues to inspire many, with historians labeling him the American Dream personified.

 7 Edoardo Ponti

Edoardo Ponti
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Swiss, Italian, American
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 8 Tinto Brass

Tinto Brass
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Film editor, Actor
Birthdate: March 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian

 9 Luca Guadagnino

Luca Guadagnino
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: August 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian

Luca Guadagnino is an Italian filmmaker best known for producing and directing the 2017 coming-of-age film Call Me by Your Name, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Also known for his contribution to the fashion industry, Guadagnino is credited with creating Frenesy, a production company that produces fashion films.

 10 Dario Argento

Dario Argento
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Composer
Birthdate: September 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian

 11 Bernardo Bertolucci

Bernardo Bertolucci
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: March 16, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian

 12 Roberto Rossellini

Roberto Rossellini
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Film producer, Playwright, Screenwriter, Racecar driver
Birthdate: May 8, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian
Died: June 3, 1977

 13 Paolo Sorrentino

Paolo Sorrentino
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Playwright
Birthdate: May 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian

 14 Michelangelo Antonioni

Michelangelo Antonioni
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Famous As: Film Director, Screenwriter, Editor
Birthdate: September 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian
Died: July 30, 2007

Michelangelo Antonioni was an Italian screenwriter, film director, editor, short story author, and painter. Renowned for making films with striking visual composition and elusive plots, Antonioni's work has influenced art cinema of the subsequent generation. Over the course of his career, Antonioni won many prestigious awards, including an honorary Academy Award, Palme d'Or, the Golden Bear, and the Golden Lion.

 15 Franco Amurri

Franco Amurri
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: September 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian

Son of TV writer Antonio Amurri, Italian director Franco Amurri is best known for films such as Da grande and Monkey Trouble. He has previously also served in the Italian Army. He met actor Susan Sarandon on the sets of Tempest and later had a 4-year relationship with her.

 16 Luchino Visconti

Luchino Visconti
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Famous As: Theatre director, Film director, Screenwriter, Writer
Birthdate: November 2, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 17, 1976

 17 Vittorio De Sica

Vittorio De Sica
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Stage actor, Film actor
Birthdate: July 7, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian
Died: November 13, 1974

 18 Lucio Fulci

Lucio Fulci
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: June 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 13, 1996

 19 Giuseppe Tornatore

Giuseppe Tornatore
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Film editor
Birthdate: May 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian

 20 Ruggero Deodato

Ruggero Deodato
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian

 21 George P. Cosmatos

George P. Cosmatos
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: January 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Greek, Italian
Died: April 19, 2005

 22 Mario Bava

Mario Bava
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Writer, Responsible for special effects
Birthdate: July 31, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian
Died: April 25, 1980

 23 Lina Wertmüller

Lina Wertmüller
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: August 14, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian

 24 Sergio Corbucci

Sergio Corbucci
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Famous As: film director, screenwriter, film producer
Birthdate: December 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: December 2, 1990

 25 Gabriele Muccino

Gabriele Muccino
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian

 26 Mario Salieri

Mario Salieri
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Famous As: Film producer, Film director
Birthdate: November 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian

 27 Nanni Moretti

Nanni Moretti
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Film editor, Water polo player, Film actor
Birthdate: August 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian

 28 Matteo Garrone

Matteo Garrone
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian

 29 Ettore Scola

Ettore Scola
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Politician
Birthdate: May 10, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 19, 2016

 30 Mario Monicelli

Mario Monicelli
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Actor
Birthdate: May 16, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian
Died: November 29, 2010

 31 Lasse Braun

Lasse Braun
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Famous As: film director, screenwriter, film producer, novelist
Birthdate: January 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: February 16, 2015

 32 Gillo Pontecorvo

Gillo Pontecorvo
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: November 19, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian
Died: October 12, 2006

 33 Francesco Rosi

Francesco Rosi
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Journalist
Birthdate: November 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 10, 2015

 34 Liliana Cavani

Liliana Cavani
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: January 12, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian

 35 Dino Risi

Dino Risi
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: December 23, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: June 7, 2008

 36 Ermanno Olmi

Ermanno Olmi
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: July 24, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 7, 2018

 37 Marco Ferreri

Marco Ferreri
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: May 11, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 9, 1997

 38 Elio Petri

Elio Petri
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: January 29, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: November 10, 1982

 39 José Greco

José Greco
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: December 23, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: December 31, 2000

 40 Luciano De Crescenzo

Luciano De Crescenzo
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Famous As: Writer, Film actor, Director,Engineer
Birthdate: August 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian

 41 Theodore Komisarjevsky

Theodore Komisarjevsky
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: May 23, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian, Russian
Died: April 17, 1954

 42 Giuseppe De Santis

Giuseppe De Santis
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: February 11, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 16, 1997

 43 Giorgio Strehler

Giorgio Strehler
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: August 14, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian
Died: December 25, 1997

 44 Carlo Lizzani

Carlo Lizzani
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: April 3, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian
Died: October 5, 2013

 45 Giovanni Pastrone

Giovanni Pastrone
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: September 13, 1883
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian
Died: June 27, 1959

 46 Mario Soldati

Mario Soldati
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Famous As: Author and director
Birthdate: November 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian
Died: June 19, 1999

 47 Leone de' Sommi

Leone de' Sommi
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1525 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1590 AD

 48 Vito Pandolfi

Vito Pandolfi
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: December 24, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 19, 1974

 49 Emilio Cecchi

Emilio Cecchi
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Famous As: Literary Critic
Birthdate: July 14, 1884
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian
Died: September 5, 1966

 50 Francesco Pasinetti

Francesco Pasinetti
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: June 1, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian
Died: April 2, 1949