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List of Franco Zeffirelli Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Angelina (1947)
14
6
Angelina
14
6
Starring:
Anna Magnani, Nando Bruno, Ave Ninchi, Ernesto Almirante, Agnese Dubbini
Directed By:
Luigi Zampa
2. Il mistero di Dante (2014)
6
4
Il mistero di Dante
6
4
Role:
Himself
Starring:
F. Murray Abraham, Taylor Hackford, Silvano Agosti, Christopher Vogler
Directed By:
Louis Nero

Director

Maria Callas at Covent Garden (1964)
11
1
Maria Callas at Covent Garden
11
1
Starring:
Tito Gobbi, Maria Callas, Renato Cioni, Robert Bowman, Dennis Wicks
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
Don Carlo (1992)
9
2
Don Carlo
9
2
Starring:
Samuel Ramey, Luciano Pavarotti, Paolo Coni, Alexander Anisimov, Antonio Silvestrelli
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
Pagliacci (1982)
8
2
Pagliacci
8
2
Starring:
Plácido Domingo, Teresa Stratas, Juan Pons, Alberto Rinaldi, Florindo Andreolli
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement - Classical Music/Dance Programming - Directing
Cavalleria rusticana (1982)
8
2
Cavalleria rusticana
8
2
Starring:
Plácido Domingo, Renato Bruson, Fedora Barbieri, Axelle Gall, Yelena Obraztsova
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
La traviata (1982)
9
3
La traviata
G
9
3
Starring:
Plácido Domingo, Teresa Stratas, Cornell MacNeil, Allan Monk, Axelle Gall
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Production Design/Art Direction
Per Firenze (1966)
7
2
Per Firenze
7
2
Starring:
Richard Burton
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
36
11
Romeo and Juliet
TV-14
36
11

Based on the well-known play of the same name by William Shakespeare, this Oscar-winning film tells the story of Romeo Montague, a handsome young man, who falls in love with the beautiful and young Juliet Capulet. Although the two want to be with each other, their relationship creates a lot of tension due to the feud between their families.

Starring:
Olivia Hussey, Michael York, Laurence Olivier, Robert Stephens, Milo O'Shea, John McEnery
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
13
5
The Taming of the Shrew
13
5

The Taming of the Shrew is a romantic comedy drama film which tells the story of a woman named Katherine, whose father Baptista Minola, will marry off his youngest daughter Bianca, only if someone will marry Katherina, his eldest one. Problem is that Katherina is quite a shrewish and ill-tempered woman. A young British nobleman named Petruchio takes on the challenge of taming and marrying her.       

Starring:
Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael York, Michael Hordern, Cyril Cusack
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
Fratello sole, sorella luna (1972)
10
4
Fratello sole, sorella luna
PG
10
4
Starring:
Alec Guinness, Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker, Leigh Lawson, Kenneth Cranham
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
Otello (1986)
7
3
Otello
PG
7
3
Starring:
Plácido Domingo, Katia Ricciarelli, Justino Díaz, Petra Malakova, Urbano Barberini
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
Tea with Mussolini (1999)
17
7
Tea with Mussolini
PG
17
7

Tea with Mussolini is a comedy drama war film which tells the story of a young boy named Luca, who is raised by a group of cultured English women, after his mother dies all of a sudden. However, when the Second World War breaks out, it turns their lives upside down.

Starring:
Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Lily Tomlin, Joan Plowright, Cher
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
Jane Eyre (1996)
14
6
Jane Eyre
PG
14
6

Jane Eyre is an orphan who was cast out at an early age by Mrs Reed, her aunt, after which she was raised in a harsh all-girls charity school. She eventually learns to become a teacher and seeks employment outside. She is hired by Mr Rochester, and over some time, they fall in love.

Starring:
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Elle Macpherson, Geraldine Chaplin, Anna Paquin, Maria Schneider, Fiona Shaw, Nic Knight
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
The Champ (1979)
13
6
The Champ
PG
13
6

The Champ is a sports drama film which tells the story of Billy Flynn, a former boxing champion, who is now addicted to drinking and gambling. When he comes to know that his wealthy former wife is trying to take his child away from him, he decides that he will return to the ring to provide for his son.

Starring:
Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Jack Warden, Ricky Schroder, Arthur Hill
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
Sparrow (1993)
6
3
Sparrow
6
3
Starring:
Vanessa Redgrave, John Castle, Angela Bettis, Johnathon Schaech, Eva Alexander
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
Hamlet (1990)
23
11
Hamlet
PG
23
11

Based on the Shakespearean tragedy, it follows Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, who returns home after his father King Hamlet’s death. He finds that his mother, Gertrude, has married his uncle Claudius, the new king. When King’s ghost appears and reveals that he was murdered by Claudius, Prince seethes to take revenge, but is also aware of the tragedy it may ensue.

Starring:
Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Ian Holm, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Scofield
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
Omaggio a Roma (2009)
6
3
Omaggio a Roma
6
3
Starring:
Monica Bellucci, Andrea Bocelli
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
Callas Forever (2002)
7
4
Callas Forever
PG-13
7
4
Starring:
Jeremy Irons, Fanny Ardant, Joan Plowright, Jay Rodan, Gabriel Garko
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
Camping (1958)
5
3
Camping
5
3

Two young lovers, Tao and Valeria decide to go and enjoy a beautiful holiday in private, away from their daily life as well as from their parents.

Starring:
Lyla Rocco, Nino Manfredi, Marisa Allasio, Paolo Ferrari, Kaida Horiuchi
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
Young Toscanini (1988)
5
3
Young Toscanini
5
3
Starring:
John Rhys-Davies, Franco Nero, Elizabeth Taylor, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Pat Heywood
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli
Endless Love (1981)
8
8
Endless Love
R
8
8

Endless Love is a romantic drama film which tells the story of David and Jade, two high-school sweethearts in love with one another. However, Jade’s father forbids them from seeing each other, when Jade’s grades start to drop. Out of anger and frustration, David starts a fire on their front porch, which spreads too far. He is convicted of second-degree arson, and sentenced to probation for five years.

Starring:
Brooke Shields, Robert Altman, James Spader, Tom Cruise, Martin Hewitt, Shirley Knight, Don Murray
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli

TV Shows

Jesus of Nazareth
13
2
Jesus of Nazareth
TV-G
13
2
Starring:
James Earl Jones, Anne Bancroft, Rod Steiger, Claudia Cardinale, Anthony Quinn, Christopher Plummer, James Mason
Directed By:
Franco Zeffirelli

Franco Zeffirelli Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
Great Performances Outstanding Individual Achievements - Classical Music/Dance Programming 1986
Pagliacci Outstanding Individual Achievement - Classical Music/Dance Programming - Directing 1985
BAFTA Awards
La traviata Best Production Design/Art Direction 1984