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Ranking All Of Director Michelangelo Antonioni’s Movies

“What are Michelangelo Antonioni’s Best Movies?” We looked at all of Antonioni’s directed filmography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the movies directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato User, IMDB, and Letterboxd scores, ranking them against one another to see which movies came out on top. The movies are ranked in our list below based on which movies have the highest overall score between all 4 review sites in comparison with all of the other movies by the same director. The process is all very scientific with no flaws at all.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

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The Top Film’s Of Michelangelo Antonioni



19 ) The Three Faces (1965)

The Three Faces (1965)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 17
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 19
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

Italian comedy film made of three segments directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, Mauro Bolognini and Franco Indovina. First segment: Il Provino; second segment: Gli amanti celebri; third segment: Latin Lover.



19 ) Eros (2004)

Eros (2004)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 16
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 20
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

A three-part anthology film about love and sexuality: a menage-a-trois between a couple and a young woman on the coast of Tuscany; an advertising executive under enormous pressure at work, who, during visits to his psychiatrist, is pulled to delve into the possible reasons why his stress seems to manifest itself in a recurring erotic dream; and a story of unrequited love about a beautiful, 1960s high-end call girl in an impossible affair with her young tailor.



18 ) The Mystery of Oberwald (1981)

The Mystery of Oberwald (1981)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

A hunted man breaks into the castle at Oberwald to kill the Queen, but faints before doing so. He is Sebastian, the splitting image of the King who was assassinated on his wedding day. The Queen discovers that Sebastian once wrote a subversive poem that she liked, even though it was attacking her. The Queen dares Sebastian to kill her, otherwise she vows to kill him.



17 ) 12 Directors for 12 Cities (1989)

12 Directors for 12 Cities (1989)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 17
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 19
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

Promotional omnibus film, made for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, featuring portraits of 12 Italian cities.



16 ) Beyond the Clouds (1995)

Beyond the Clouds (1995)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

Made of four short tales, linked by a story filmed by Wim Wenders. Taking place in Ferrara, Portofino, Aix en Provence and Paris, each story, which always a woman as the crux of the story, invites to an inner travel, as Antonioni says “towards the true image of that absolute and mysterious reality that nobody will ever see”.



15 ) Identification of a Woman (1982)

Identification of a Woman (1982)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

The movie director Niccolò has just been left by his wife. Subsequently he embarks on an obsessive relationship with a young woman who eventually leaves him and disappears (shades also of L’Avventura) while searching for her, he meets a variety of other willing girls. This gives him the idea of making a movie about women’s relationships. He starts to search for a woman who can play the leading part in the movie.



14 ) Love in the City (1953)

Love in the City (1953)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 17
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

Five stories of life, love and tears in Rome by five of Italy’s best film directors. Each of them take his turn at showing how love is found, lost, and nurtured in the Eternal City.



12 ) Story of a Love Affair (1950)

Story of a Love Affair (1950)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

Paola (Lucia Bose) is the beautiful and jealously-guarded younger wife of a shady factory owner, Enrico Fontana (Massimo Girotti). In order to investigate her romantic history he hires a private detective, which ironically brings Paola back into contact with former lover Guido, with whom she resurrects a lost passion. Dogged by the suspicions of their respective mates, they are drawn closer to each other in the face of adversity, and begin to plot Enrico’s demise. But when the challenge of being together falls away, will the passion start to wane? A masterpiece of intensity and finely-wrought emotion.



12 ) The Vanquished (1953)

The Vanquished (1953)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 15
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

A film by Michelangelo Antonioni composed of three episodes: a French episode set in Paris, an Italian episode set in Rome and an English episode set in London. Three stories of well-off youths who commit murders.



11 ) Zabriskie Point (1970)

Zabriskie Point (1970)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

An epic portrait of late Sixties America, as seen through the portrayal of two of its children: anthropology student Daria (who’s helping a property developer build a village in the Los Angeles desert) and dropout Mark (who’s wanted by the authorities for allegedly killing a policeman during a student riot)…



10 ) The Lady Without Camelias (1953)

The Lady Without Camelias (1953)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

A new starlet is discovered and has ups and downs in Italian films.



9 ) Chung Kuo: China (1972)

Chung Kuo: China (1972)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 17
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

A documentary on China, concentrating mainly on the faces of the people, filmed in the areas they were allowed to visit. The 220 minute version consists of three parts. The first part, taken around Beijing, includes a cotton factory, older sections of the city, and a clinic where a Cesarean operation is performed, using acupuncture. The middle part visits the Red Flag canal and a collective farm in Henan, as well as the old city of Suzhou. The final part shows the port and industries of Shanghai, and ends with a stage presentation by Chinese acrobats.



8 ) Il Grido (1957)

Il Grido (1957)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

A sugar-refinery worker (Steve Cochran) flees his Northern Italy town after a woman (Alida Valli) refuses his marriage proposal.



7 ) Le Amiche (1955)

Le Amiche (1955)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Clelia, a self-made woman coming from humble means, travels back to Turin, her hometown, to scout locations for the successful Roman atelier she works for. At the hotel, she encounters some upper middle-class women and she finds herself drawn into their friendships.



6 ) Blow-Up (1966)

Blow-Up (1966)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

A successful mod photographer in London whose world is bounded by fashion, pop music, marijuana, and easy sex, feels his life is boring and despairing. But in the course of a single day he accidentally captures on film the commission of a murder. The fact that he has photographed a murder does not occur to him until he studies and then blows up his negatives, uncovering details, blowing up smaller and smaller elements, and finally putting the puzzle together.



5 ) The Passenger (1975)

The Passenger (1975)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 4
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

David Locke is a world-weary American journalist who has been sent to cover a conflict in northern Africa, but he makes little progress with the story. When he discovers the body of a stranger who looks similar to him, Locke assumes the dead man’s identity. However, he soon finds out that the man was an arms dealer, leading Locke into dangerous situations. Aided by a beautiful woman, Locke attempts to avoid both the police and criminals out to get him.



4 ) La Notte (1961)

La Notte (1961)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

A married couple attend a bourgeois party and wade through the stifling strain that long-term marriage has imposed upon them.



1 ) L’Eclisse (1962)

L'Eclisse (1962)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

This romantic drama by Michelangelo Antonioni follows the love life of Vittoria, a beautiful literary translator living in Rome. After splitting from her writer boyfriend, Riccardo, Vittoria meets Piero, a lively stockbroker, on the hectic floor of the Roman stock exchange. Though Vittoria and Piero begin a relationship, it is not one without difficulties, and their commitment to one another is tested during an eclipse.



1 ) L’Avventura (1960)

L'Avventura (1960)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

Claudia and Anna join Anna’s lover, Sandro, on a boat trip to a remote volcanic island. When Anna goes missing, a search is launched. In the meantime, Sandro and Claudia become involved in a romance despite Anna’s disappearance, though the relationship suffers from guilt and tension.



1 ) Red Desert (1964)

Red Desert (1964)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 4
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

Amid the modern wastelands and toxic factories of Italy, wife and mother Giuliana desperately tries to conceal her tenuous grip on reality from those around her, especially her successful yet neglectful husband, Ugo. Ugo’s old pal, Corrado, shows up in town on a business trip and is more sensitive to Giuliana’s anxieties. They begin an affair, but it does little to quell Giuliana’s existential fears, and her mental state rapidly deteriorates.



Michelangelo Antonioni’s Best Movies



Michelangelo Antonioni Review Website Filmography Rankings

FilmRT CriticRT UserIMDBLetterboxdOveral Rank
L’Eclisse (1962) 5 2 2 2 1
L’Avventura (1960) 4 3 2 2 1
Red Desert (1964) 1 4 4 2 1
La Notte (1961) 10 1 1 1 4
The Passenger (1975) 6 4 7 5 5
Blow-Up (1966) 9 6 7 5 6
Le Amiche (1955) 1 9 9 9 7
Il Grido (1957) 10 9 4 7 8
Chung Kuo: China (1972) 17 7 4 7 9
The Lady Without Camelias (1953) 8 12 10 9 10
Zabriskie Point (1970) 12 11 11 9 11
Story of a Love Affair (1950) 6 15 11 12 12
The Vanquished (1953) 1 14 15 14 12
Love in the City (1953) 17 7 16 14 14
Identification of a Woman (1982) 14 16 13 12 15
Beyond the Clouds (1995) 12 12 17 16 16
12 Directors for 12 Cities (1989) 17 19 13 18 17
The Mystery of Oberwald (1981) 15 18 19 16 18
The Three Faces (1965) 17 19 17 18 19
Eros (2004) 16 17 20 18 19

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