Rome is a beautiful city that is steeped in history and culture. It has some of the most stunning landmarks in the world and is a city that is often associated with romance. These are possibly some of the reasons why Rome has been used as a location for so many films. Here are five of the best movies set in Rome.
1. Roman Holiday
This 1953 romantic comedy was based on a story written by Dalton Trumbo and directed by William Wyler. Th screenplay was originally written by Trumbo and John Dighton. However, Trumbo did not receive a credit as he was on a holiday blacklist. In his place, Ian McLellan Hunter fronted the script for him. Trumbo was only officially reinstated as a writer in 2003 when the film was released on DVD. The film starred Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn and Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. Rome was used as the main location when shooting this film.
2. Three Coins in the Fountain
‘Three Coins in the Fountain’ is a 1954 romantic comedy movie that was written by John Patrick and directed by Jean Negulesco. The movie starred Dorothy McGuire, Clifton Webb, Louis Jourdan, Jean Peters, Maggie McNamara and Rossano Brazzi. The storyline of the movie revolves around three women from America who find work in Rome in the hope of finding romance in the city. The title of the film was chosen because of a scene where the women all throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome to make a wish.
3. La Dolce Vita
‘La Dolce Vita’ is about the search of a journalist for love and happiness in Rome. Marcello Mastroianni played the lead role in this movie, which also starred Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimee, Yvonne Furneaux, and Magali Noel. This 1960 Italian drama was directed, co-produced, and co-written by Federico Fellini.
4. The Talented Mr. Ripley
‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ is a film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith. This 1999 psychological thriller was written and directed by Anthony Minghella. The movie was predominantly based in Rome and starred Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
5. The Bicycle Thieves
This 1948 Italian film is widely considered a classic. It was directed and co-written by Vittorio De Sica. It stars Lamberto Maggiorani as a desperate father and Enzo Staiola as his brave son. The film is set just after the end of World War II. The film revolves around a man living in poverty with his wife and son whose bicycle is stolen. He desperately chases the thieves around Rome.
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