23 How to Kill a Judge
Franco Nero starred as a film-maker, Giacomo Solari, in the 1975 Italian crime thriller, 'How to Kill a Judge.' The plot follows a criminal court judge who is targeted by a Mafia family in revenge for his rulings.
22 A Quiet Place in the Country
In the 1968 film "A Quiet Place in the Country," Franco Nero portrayed the character Leonardo Ferri. In the film, Franco Nero's character, Leonardo, is an artist who rents a secluded villa in the countryside to find inspiration for his work. As he spends time there, he becomes haunted by strange visions and surreal experiences that affect his sanity and perception of reality.
In 'Submission,' Franco Nero's character, Armand, is a pharmacy clerk who becomes involved in a passionate and illicit affair with a young woman named Elena, played by Lisa Gastoni. The film explores themes of desire, power, and the consequences of their forbidden relationship.
20 Letters to Juliet
In the 2010 romantic film 'Letters to Juliet,' Lorenzo Bartolini plays an elderly gentleman who a woman Claire fell in love with when they were young, but circumstances separated them. The film's main plot revolves around Claire's quest to find Lorenzo with the help of Sophie (portrayed by Amanda Seyfried), who responds to a letter addressed to Juliet Capulet and gets involved in reuniting the lost lovers.
In the film 'Camelot,' Franco Nero played the role of Lancelot, the brave and noble knight who becomes entangled in a love triangle with King Arthur (played by Richard Harris) and Queen Guinevere (played by Vanessa Redgrave). The movie is a musical adaptation of the Arthurian legend, based on the 1960 stage musical of the same name.
In the 1982 film 'Querelle,' Franco Nero portrayed the character Lieutenant Seblon. 'Querelle' is a German-French drama directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, based on the novel "Querelle of Brest" by Jean Genet. Franco Nero's performance as Lieutenant Seblon is an essential part of the film's cast, and he plays a significant role in the storyline.
17 Mussolini ultimo atto
In the film, Franco Nero's character, Walter Audisio, is an Italian partisan and communist activist who was involved in the capture and execution of Benito Mussolini, the former Italian dictator. The movie depicts the events surrounding the last days of Mussolini's life and his downfall during World War II.
16 I guappi
In 'I guappi,' Franco Nero's character, Nicola Bellizzi, is a powerful and ruthless Camorra boss who rises to prominence within the criminal organization. The film tells the story of the Bellizzi family's involvement in the Camorra and their struggle for power and survival in the crime-ridden city of Naples during the early 20th century.
15 Victory March
In 'Victory March,' Franco Nero's character, Captain Asciutto, is an officer in the Italian army during World War II. The film is directed by Marco Bellocchio and delves into the complexities of war and the moral struggles faced by the protagonist as he becomes disillusioned with the fascist ideology.
14 Street Law
In 'Street Law,' Franco Nero's character, Carlo Antonelli, is an average citizen who becomes the victim of a brutal robbery. After being unable to get justice through the legal system, he takes matters into his own hands and seeks revenge against the criminals responsible for the attack. The film is a gritty and action-packed Italian crime thriller directed by Enzo G. Castellari.
In 'The Day of the Owl,' (Mafia in the United States) Franco Nero's character, Captain Bellodi, is an honest police officer from Northern Italy who is assigned to investigate a mafia-related murder in a small Sicilian town. The film, directed by Damiano Damiani, explores the themes of corruption, power, and the complexities of the Sicilian mafia.
12 Il delitto Matteotti
In the movie, Franco Nero's portrayal of Giacomo Matteotti is a significant part of the political drama that revolves around the assassination of the Italian socialist politician Giacomo Matteotti in 1924. The film is directed by Florestano Vancini and portrays the historical events and the aftermath of Matteotti's murder.
11 High Crime
In 'High Crime,' Franco Nero's character, Vice-Commissioner Belli, is a determined and principled police officer investigating a series of murders. The film is directed by Enzo G. Castellari and is known for its action-packed sequences and gritty portrayal of crime and police work.
Franco Nero portrayed the character Keoma Shannon in the 1973 film 'Keoma.'The story revolves around Keoma, a half-breed gunfighter, who returns to his hometown after the Civil War to find it plagued by corruption and a deadly plague. He becomes embroiled in a violent conflict between his family, old friends, and a gang of ruthless outlaws.
9 The Mercenary
Franco Nero portrayed the character Sergei "Polack" Kowalski in the 1968 film 'The Mercenary' (Italian: 'Il mercenario'). Sergei "Polack" Kowalski is a Polish mercenary in the film, and his character plays a crucial role in the story, which is a Spaghetti Western directed by Sergio Corbucci.
8 Die Hard 2
Franco Nero portrayed the character General Ramon Esperanza in the 1990 film 'Die Hard 2.' In 'Die Hard 2,' General Ramon Esperanza is a South American dictator who becomes a key plot point in the movie when his plane is involved in a hostage situation. The film's protagonist, John McClane, played by Bruce Willis, must deal with the dangerous situation and thwart the terrorists' plans.
7 Confessions of a Police Captain
In the 1971 film 'Confessions of a Police Captain' (Italian: 'Confessione di un commissario di polizia al procuratore della repubblica'), Franco Nero portrayed the character Deputy D.A. Traini. The film is an Italian crime drama directed by Damiano Damiani. Franco Nero's performance as Deputy D.A. Traini is a significant part of the movie, which explores themes of corruption and the complexities of the Italian justice system.
'Django' is a spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Corbucci and is one of the most famous and influential movies in the genre. Franco Nero's portrayal of Django, a mysterious and enigmatic drifter with a coffin containing a hidden machine gun, has become iconic and synonymous with the character. The film is known for its violence, dark themes, and gritty atmosphere, and it has left a lasting impact on the Western film genre. Franco Nero's performance as Django is widely praised and considered one of his most iconic roles.
5 L'istruttoria è chiusa: dimentichi
Franco Nero portrayed the character 'Vanzi' in the 1971 crime drama 'The Case Is Closed, Forget It' (Italian: 'La tarantola dal ventre nero'). In the film, Franco Nero's character, Inspector Tellini, goes by the alias Vanzi during the investigation. The movie is a giallo crime thriller directed by Paolo Cavara and revolves around a series of gruesome murders and the efforts to solve the case.
Franco Nero portrayed the character Yodlaf "Penguin" Peterson in the 1970 film 'Compañeros' (also known as 'Vamos a matar, compañeros'). In the movie, Franco Nero's character is a Swedish mercenary with exceptional skills in explosives. He teams up with a Mexican revolutionary, El Vasco (played by Tomas Milian), to rescue a political prisoner and steal a valuable cache of gold.
Franco Nero portrayed the character Horacio in the 1970 film 'Tristana.' Franco Nero's character, Horacio, is an artist who becomes romantically involved with the titular character, Tristana (played by Catherine Deneuve). The film is a Spanish drama directed by Luis Buñuel and is based on the novel of the same name by Benito Pérez Galdós. It explores themes of love, desire, and societal norms in the context of Tristana's complex relationships with Horacio and her guardian, Don Lope (played by Fernando Rey).
2 John Wick: Chapter 2
Franco Nero portrayed the character 'Julius' in the 2017 film 'John Wick: Chapter 2.' In the film, Franco Nero's character, Julius, is the manager of The Continental Hotel in Rome, a safe haven for assassins. The film is an action thriller directed by Chad Stahelski and is the second installment in the 'John Wick' film series, starring Keanu Reeves as the titular character.
1 Banovic Strahinja
Franco Nero did indeed portray the character Banović Strahinja in the 1981 film 'The Falcon' (Serbian: 'Sokol ga nije volio'). In 'The Falcon,' Franco Nero's portrayal of Banović Strahinja is a significant part of the historical drama based on the epic poem "Banović Strahinja" by the Serbian poet Aleksa Santic. The film is directed by Radivoje "Rasa" Andric.