1. Roman Holiday (1953)
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in this Rome classic romance that has them traveling on a two-wheeler across the Eternal City and visiting some of Rome’s most iconic monuments, including the Bocca della Verità. Roman Holiday launched the career of Audrey Hepburn – she won an Oscar – and is still one of the most beloved depictions of Rome on the silver screen.
2. La Grande Bellezza (2013)
La Grande Bellezza, the Great Beauty, is a 2013 film about a 65 year old Roman reflecting on his life as he wanders through Rome. The movie got mixed reviews with some people loving it while others hate it but it did win the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. There are some beautiful shots of Rome in the film.
3. La Dolce Vita (1960)
Federico Fellini’s 1960 classic chronicles the “sweet life” of Rome’s elite and the journalist (played by Marcello Mastroianni) who covers the social scene. One of the most famous scenes in La Dolce Vita is that of bombshell actress Anita Ekberg cavorting in the Trevi Fountain. The posh Via Veneto also figures prominently in the film.
4. Eat Pray Love (2010)
Julia Roberts plays the role of Elizabeth Gilbert, who set the “Eat” portion of her book in Rome. In the story, Elizabeth Gilbert spends a few months living in Rome, studying Italian, and having adventures often based around food. Here’s a look at Eat Pray Love Sites in Rome that include restaurants, fountains, piazze (squares), and neighborhoods in the book and movie.
5. Angels and Demons (2009)
Based on the blockbuster book by Dan Brown, Angels and Demons takes a trip through Rome and, specifically, her many churches. Later we will return with a special tour of this movie.
6. Un americano a Roma (1954)
Rome is the background of Alberto Sordi’s successful Italian comedy Un Americano a Roma. One famous scene was shot between Portico d’Ottavia and the Teatro Marcello in the heart of the Roman Ghetto. The film also features the Colosseum, where Santi Bailor, a guy from Trastevere, is obsessed with everything that is American. The evocative roofs of Via Margutta also serve as the background to a naked Alberto Sordi.
7. Spectre (2015)
Surprisingly James Bond has never visited Rome in a film, until now. In Spectre the plot unravels in the Eternal City with important sequences and exchanges shot at various locations across the city.
Explaining why the Special Agent was sent to Italy in this film, Mendes commented that it was because of ‘the history and an atmosphere of darkness and foreboding — particularly if you’re dealing with 1920s and 1930s Fascist architecture. There is something dark and intimidating.’
8. To Rome with Love (2012)
Rome itself is the star in this Woody Allen movie although there are several great actors including Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, and Woody Allen himself. Enjoy a romp through Rome as you follow the stories of locals and tourists in the Eternal City.
9. Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
Three American girls working in Italy throw coins in the Trevi Fountain, each wishing to find the man of her dreams. The premise of this romantic comedy set in Rome is simple and the setting – 1950s Rome – is breathtaking.
10. The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)
With his steady gaze and a smile that lingers just a little too long, Matt Damon gives one of his most critically acclaimed performances in the title role of Minghella’s multi-Oscar winning psychological thriller. Born without a silver spoon, the talented but amoral Tom Ripley works his way into the confidence of Dickie (Jude Law) and Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow), a glamorous and wealthy couple for whom the Mediterranean is a playground. After killing Dickie, Tom impersonates him. He introduces himself to the wealthy heiress Meredith (Cate Blanchett), and later bumps into her. It is as they are walking through the Piazza Navona that he utters one of the movie’s pivotal lines: “I’ve never been happier. I feel like I’ve been handed a new life.”