Light of My Eyes (2001) won multiple awards at the Venice Film Festival, making it a popular pick. In it, a young man is drawn to the tragic life of a struggling single mother who's trying to hold onto both her business and the custody of her daughter.
In 2000's Bread and Tulips, a melancholy housewife feels that her husband takes her for granted. To rediscover her happiness, she hitchhikes to Venice and starts to create a new life for herself.
Agata and the Storm (2004) centers around a middle-aged bookstore owner who has an affair with a younger man.
In 2010's drama Come Undone, a young woman stirs up her stable, comfortable life with a steamy office affair.
Set in the late 19th century, 1954's Senso follows an Italian countess who shocks her family and her country by falling in love with an Austrian lieutenant.
In 2000's Malèna, a beautiful woman catches the eye of a young boy. As time goes on, he watches as she struggles through loss, poverty, and humiliation. Meanwhile, he struggles to understand his own feelings about her.
The whimsical The Tiger and the Snow (2005) stars Italian actor-director Roberto Benigni, and the film includes pieces of the plot from his Oscar-winning film Life Is Beautiful. In the movie, Benigni plays a romantic poet who promises to follow his love (played by his real-life wife, Nicoletta Braschi) wherever she goes — even if that means entering Iraq during the American invasion.
Sophia Lauren and Marcello Mastroianni star in 1963's Oscar-winning comedy Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, a trio of sex-related stories.
I Am Love (2009) — a Golden Globe nominee starring Tilda Swinton — involves family tensions and forbidden love.
Filmed in Genoa, Italy, 2008's Days and Clouds focuses on domestic drama. A woman goes back to school to study art history, and when her husband loses his job, the financial strain shifts the dynamic of their marriage.
The comedy Ginger and Cinnamon (2003) tells the story of a woman who — just out of a relationship — brings her niece to a gorgeous Greek resort for vacation. When the 14-year-old starts talking about a new guy, her aunt is shocked to find out that it's her ex.
In 1970's Sunflower, a woman visits Russia years after her husband is reported missing in action, only to find that he's still alive.
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) follows a writer who takes a trip to Italy after finding out her husband has been cheating on her. On a whim, she buys a villa hoping the move will shake up her life, and the beautiful countryside isn't the only thing that captivates her heart.