The Bicycle Thief (Ladri di biciclette) is a 1948 Italian neorealist film about a man who gets a job posting fliers in the depressed post-WWII economy of Italy; to keep the job, he must have a bicycle. His wife sells her wedding sheets to get the money to buy him a bicycle. Early in the film, the bike is stolen, and the man and his son spend the remainder of the film searching for it. At the end of the film the man, desperate to keep his job, attempts to steal a bicycle himself.
The film was directed by Vittorio De Sica, stars Lamberto Maggiorani as the father and Enzo Staiola as the son, and won an honorary Academy Award for Foreign Language Film in 1950, and won the British Academy Awards for Best Film from Any Source. The film was heavily awarded by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, and is commonly considered a film classic.