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List of Pier Paolo Pasolini Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. La Dolce Vita (1960)
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2
La Dolce Vita
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2

This Italian comedy drama film follows the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. Despite his carefree approach to living, and hedonistic attitude towards life, he does have some moments of quite reflection, which results in an intriguing cinematic study of his character. 

As:
Writer
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Nico, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux
2. The Nights of Cabiria (1957)
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2
The Nights of Cabiria
15
2

The Nights of Cabiria is an Oscar-winning Italian drama film, which tells the story of a prostitute who wanders the streets of Rome hoping to find true love. However, she only finds dejection and heartbreak. 

As:
Writer
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Aldo Silvani, Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi, Dorian Gray
3. The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
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2
The Gospel According to St. Matthew
17
2

Based on ‘The Gospel of Matthew’ of the New Testament, this historical drama film revolves around the life of Jesus of Nazareth. As he continues performing miracles and preaching among the people,  Matthew, one of his disciples, portrays his life and his messages.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
History, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini, Marcello Morante, Mario Socrate
4. Mamma Roma (1962)
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2
Mamma Roma
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2

Mamma Roma is a former prostitute living in Rome, who tries to start a new life as a vegetable seller. However, when her son Ettore finds out about his mother’s past, he succumbs to his dark side, and becomes a petty criminal. Eventually, he is sent to prison, but Mamma Romma struggles to get him released and build the best life  possible for her son and herself. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti, Silvana Corsini, Luisa Loiano
5. Accattone (1961)
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2
Accattone
14
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Franco Citti, Silvana Corsini, Adriana Asti, Franca Pasut, Paola Guidi
6. Il gobbo (1960)
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2
Il gobbo
11
2

Alvaro Cosenza, who is also known by the name Hunchback from Quarticciolo, decides to revolt during Rome’s occupation by Nazis in 1943. He fights like a partisan till the Allied forces enter Rome. Although they expected a change after the arrival of the Allied Forces, Alvaro continues living the life of a rebel and eventually becomes a bandit.

As:
Cast
Role:
Monco
Director:
Carlo Lizzani
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Anna Maria Ferrero, Bernard Blier, Gérard Blain, Ivo Garrani
7. Love Meetings (1964)
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2
Love Meetings
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2

Italian writer and director Pier Paolo Pasolini travels through his country to explore people's attitude towards love and sex. He interviews children, young men and women, and the elderly to learn about their views on various topics ranging from where babies come from to marriage, legalization of divorce, woman's virginity, homosexuality, prostitution, and more.

As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Himself / Interviewer (uncredited)
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Alberto Moravia, Lello Bersani, Cesare Musatti
8. The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966)
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2
The Hawks and the Sparrows
13
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi, Umberto Bevilacqua, Renato Capogna
9. Oedipus Rex (1967)
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2
Oedipus Rex
11
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alida Valli, Silvana Mangano, Franco Citti, Julian Beck
10. Appunti per un romanzo dell'immondezza (1970)
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2
Appunti per un romanzo dell'immondezza
11
2
As:
Director
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
Documentary
11. Bell' Antonio (1960)
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2
Bell' Antonio
11
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Mauro Bolognini
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni, Rina Morelli, Pierre Brasseur, Tomas Milian
12. It Happened in '43 (1960)
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2
It Happened in '43
11
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Florestano Vancini
Genres:
Drama, War, Romance
Star Cast:
Andrea Checchi, Gabriele Ferzetti, Belinda Lee, Enrico Maria Salerno, Nerio Bernardi
13. Sopralluoghi in Palestina per il vangelo secondo Matteo (1965)
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2
Sopralluoghi in Palestina per il vangelo secondo Matteo
11
2

This documentary film which has been directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini was shot while he was scouting for locations for his film ‘The Gospel According to St Matthew’. However, he soon realizes that filming in the actual site of the story, i.e. Palestine, will not be a good idea, as the Biblical setting is no longer present due to modern invasions.  

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Himself (uncredited)
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
don Andrea Carraro
14. Teorema (1968)
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2
Teorema
12
2

A mysterious young man leaves an impact on each member of the Bourgeois family. When he leaves all of a sudden, their lives begin to change.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Massimo Girotti, Silvana Mangano, Terence Stamp, Anne Wiazemsky, Laura Betti
15. The Walls of Sana'a (1971)
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2
The Walls of Sana'a
10
2

The documentary chronicles the medieval culture and architecture of Yemen’s constitutional capital, Sana’a, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. After the North Yemen Civil War during the 1960s, the country’s modernization posed a threat to the 2,500-year-old history cherished within the walls of city center. The documentary-director Pasolini appeals to UNESCO to recognize Sana’a as a World Heritage Site.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Narrator (voice)
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
Documentary, Short
16. The Big Night (1959)
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2
The Big Night
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Mauro Bolognini
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Anna Maria Ferrero, Elsa Martinelli, Jean-Claude Brialy, Rosanna Schiaffino, Laurent Terzieff
17. Notes Towards an African Orestes (1970)
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2
Notes Towards an African Orestes
10
2

A documentary by Pier Paolo Pasolini, the work comprises of the scenes filmed in Africa for a movie that was never made. Intending to make a film on Orestes, he had traveled to Tanzania and the film shows him scouting for locations and actors. It also enables us to meet ordinary people and intellectuals and hear their views on the subject, all woven into a beautiful fabric.  

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Archie Savage, Yvonne Murray, Gato Barbieri, Donald F. Moye, Marcello Melis
18. La rabbia (1963)
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2
La rabbia
10
2

In this Italian documentary film, a left-wing and a right director ,offer contrasting analyses of why lives are characterized by discontent, anguish and fear and what the solution is. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Giovanni Guareschi, Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Carlo Romano, Giorgio Bassani, Charles de Gaulle, Renato Guttuso, Gigi Artuso
19. Ostia (1970)
10
2
Ostia
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Sergio Citti
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Lamberto Maggiorani, Laurent Terzieff, Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Anita Sanders
20. Woman in the Window (1961)
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2
Woman in the Window
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Luciano Emmer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Marina Vlady, Magali Noël, Lino Ventura, Bernard Fresson, Antonio Badas
21. From a Roman Balcony (1960)
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2
From a Roman Balcony
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Mauro Bolognini
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Rik Battaglia, Lea Massari, Jean Sorel, Jeanne Valérie, Valeria Ciangottini
22. The Decameron (1971)
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2
The Decameron
R
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2

The Decameron is an anthology film which tells us a series of stories with different characters, which are based on stories from ‘Decameron’, a collection of short stories written by Italian writer and poet Giovanni Boccaccio.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, History, Romance
Star Cast:
Silvana Mangano, Franco Citti, Angela Luce, Ninetto Davoli
23. Medea (1969)
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2
Medea
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2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
Drama, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Massimo Girotti, Laurent Terzieff, Maria Callas, Giuseppe Gentile, Margareth Clémenti
25. Calderon (1981)
10
2
Calderon
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Giorgio Pressburger
Star Cast:
Paolo Bonacelli, Carmen Scarpitta, Francesca Muzio, Adolfo Bonomo, Luciano D'Antoni
26. 12 dicembre (1972)
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2
12 dicembre
10
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giovanni Bonfanti
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Edoardo Di Giovanni, Marcello Gentili, Augusto Ludovichetti, Rosa Malacarne, Liliano Paolucci
27. Violent Life (1962)
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2
Violent Life
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Brunello Rondi, Paolo Heusch
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alfredo Leggi, Franco Citti, Serena Vergano, Angelo Maria Santiamantini, Benito Poliani
28. Death of a Friend (1960)
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2
Death of a Friend
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Franco Rossi
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Didi Perego, Angela Luce, Spiros Focás, Gianni Garko, Anna Mazzuchelli
29. Porcile (1969)
10
2
Porcile
10
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ugo Tognazzi, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Pierre Clémenti, Anne Wiazemsky, Alberto Lionello
30. Milano nera (1961)
10
2
Milano nera
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Gian Rocco, Pino Serpi
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Sonia Gessner, Alessandro Quasimodo, Adriano Fossati, Umberto Rocco, Libero Cipriani
31. The Grim Reaper (1962)
10
2
The Grim Reaper
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Bernardo Bertolucci
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Crime
Star Cast:
Alfredo Leggi, Gabriella Giorgelli, Francesco Ruiu, Giancarlo De Rosa, Vincenzo Ciccora
32. Arabian Nights (1974)
10
2
Arabian Nights
NC-17
10
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Fantasy, History, Drama
Star Cast:
Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Ines Pellegrini, Franco Merli, Tessa Bouché
33. Capriccio all'italiana (1968)
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2
Capriccio all'italiana
10
2

The Italian comedy film is comprised of six stories or episodes, directed by different directors. In ‘The Sunday Monster’ Toto deals with hippie youngsters, while ‘Why’ is about Italy’s automobile malpractice. ‘La Gelosia’ is a story of a wife’s jealousy; and ‘Monicelli’ depicts a rude governess. A theatrical performance forms the main part of ‘What Are the Clouds.’ 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Mario Monicelli, Mauro Bolognini, Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Dante Maggio, Totò, Silvana Mangano, Sandro Merli, Ugo D'Alessio
34. Giovani mariti (1958)
10
2
Giovani mariti
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Mauro Bolognini
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Franco Interlenghi, Antonio Cifariello, Isabelle Corey, Gérard Blain, Raf Mattioli
35. Marisa (1957)
10
2
Marisa
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Mauro Bolognini
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Renato Salvatori, Marisa Allasio, Francisco Rabal, Luz Márquez, Ángel Aranda
36. Requiescant (1967)
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2
Requiescant
10
2

Also known as Kill and Pray, the story focuses on Jeremy, who has been adopted by a preacher after his whole village was massacred. Years later, he sets off to rescue his adopted sister and reaches a village controlled by a crazy ex-Confederate officer, who is stealing land from the locals with fake grants. Was he the man who killed his family?

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Don Juan
Director:
Carlo Lizzani
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Mark Damon, Lou Castel, Barbara Frey, Rossana Martini
37. Manon: Finestra 2 (1956)
10
2
Manon: Finestra 2
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Ermanno Olmi
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Arnoldo Foà
38. The Canterbury Tales (1972)
9
2
The Canterbury Tales
NC-17
9
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, History
Star Cast:
Hugh Griffith, Franco Citti, Laura Betti, Ninetto Davoli
39. La donna del fiume (1954)
9
2
La donna del fiume
9
2

A peasant girl is deserted by her lover Gino after he learns about her pregnancy. In revenge, the girl reports his smuggling activities to the police. However, after some time, she is informed that Gino has escaped from the prison and is trying to find her to seek revenge.

As:
Writer
Director:
Mario Soldati
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Sophia Loren, Gérard Oury, Rik Battaglia, Lise Bourdin, Enrico Olivieri
40. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
15
3
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
15
3

This horror drama film takes us to Italy during the time of the Second World War. It revolves around four fascist libertines who round up nine adolescent boys and girls, and subject to them to physical, mental and sexual torture for 120 days. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Genres:
Horror, War, Drama
Star Cast:
Caterina Boratto, Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle, Aldo Valletti
41. Le streghe (1967)
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2
Le streghe
9
2

Silvana Mangano portrays different women in five short-films by different directors: inquisitive fans expose the physical imperfections of an unconscious actress; a woman carries a wounded man to pass traffic; a widower finds a new wife and a mother for his son; a father massacres a family for his seductive daughter; and a bored housewife lets loose a wild dream.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Clint Eastwood, Silvana Mangano, Annie Girardot, Francisco Rabal, Massimo Girotti
42. Bawdy Tales (1973)
9
3
Bawdy Tales
9
3
As:
Writer
Director:
Sergio Citti
Genres:
Drama, History, Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Gianni Rizzo, Franco Citti, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Ninetto Davoli, Sebastiano Soldati
43. Love and Anger (1969)
9
2
Love and Anger
9
2

The anthology of five short films is set against contemporary background. It shows indifference of people towards homeless suffering on road, and victims of car crash and a woman being targeted and attacked. It also depicts a man’s agony as he dies and sees a vision, while another film shows innocent youthful man robbed off his smile by the harsh war realities.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Giulio Cesare Castello, Tom Baker, Julian Beck, Jim Anderson, Judith Malina
44. Il prigioniero della montagna (1955)
7
1
Il prigioniero della montagna
7
1
As:
Writer
Director:
Luis Trenker
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Yvonne Sanson, Enrico Glori, Robert Freitag, Luis Trenker, Marianne Hold
45. Mulheres... Mulheres (1981)
7
1
Mulheres... Mulheres
7
1
As:
Writer
Director:
Carlos Imperial
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Rosângela Bernardes, Elys Cardoso, Cláudia Castelli, Dalia Drummond, Beatriz Facker
46. Il carro armato dell'8 settembre (1960)
12
2
Il carro armato dell'8 settembre
12
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Gianni Puccini
Star Cast:
Dorian Gray, Yvonne Furneaux, Gabriele Ferzetti, Elsa Martinelli, Jean-Marc Bory
47. La rabbia di Pasolini (2008)
10
2
La rabbia di Pasolini
10
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Himself (archiveFootage)
Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giuseppe Bertolucci
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Giorgio Bassani, Giuseppe Bertolucci, Renato Guttuso, Vittorio Magrelli
48. Love Flesh (2011)
10
2
Love Flesh
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Pippo Delbono
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Irène Jacob, Marie-Agnès Gillot, Bobo', Margherita Delbono, Sophie Calle
49. Le bassin de J.W. (1997)
8
2
Le bassin de J.W.
8
2
As:
Writer
Director:
João César Monteiro
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Pierre Clémenti, João César Monteiro, Hugues Quester, Joana Azevedo, Jean Watan
50. Il pratone del casilino (1996)
8
2
Il pratone del casilino
8
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Giuseppe Bertolucci
Star Cast:
Antonio Piovanelli
51. Complicity (1995)
6
1
Complicity
6
1
As:
Writer
Director:
Antonio D'Agostino
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Pascal Persiano, Zara Whites, Antonio Zequila, Emy Valentino, Maddalena Stradivari

TV Movie(s)

1. L'altro enigma (1988)
8
2
L'altro enigma
8
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Vittorio Gassman, Carlo Tuzii
Star Cast:
Vittorio Gassman, Annie Girardot, Fanny Ardant, Alessandro Gassman, Giusi Cataldo
2. Laboratorio teatrale di Luca Ronconi (1977)
8
2
Laboratorio teatrale di Luca Ronconi
8
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Miklós Jancsó
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Antonello Fassari, Edmonda Aldini, Marisa Fabbri, Miriam Acevedo, Gae Aulenti