50 Turkish Movies You Must See Before You Die

Ölmeden Önce İzlemeniz Gereken 50 Türk Filmi
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1.
Yol (1982)
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A harsh portrait of Turkey, its people and its authorities, shown through the stories of five prisoners given a week's home leave... (114 mins.)
 
2.
The Chaos Class (1975)
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Lazy, uneducated students share a very close bond. They live together in the dormitory, where they plan their latest pranks. When a new headmaster arrives, the students naturally try to overthrow him. A comic war of nitwits follows. (87 mins.)
Director: Ertem Egilmez
“ Rıfat Ilgaz'ın ölümsüz eserinden uyarlanan bir mizah şahaseri. Belki de türk televizyonlarında en çok izlenen film. Hababam sınıfı, baba otoritesinden korkan ama onunla yaşamak için de sonsuz kaçış yöntemleri bulan, uyanık ve haylaz yanımızı temsil ediyor. Yeşilçam'ın tartışmasız başyapıtı. ” - nopainnogain06
 
3.
Motherland Hotel (1987)
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The lonely proprietor of a small hotel in a provincial Turkish town develops a passion for a departed guest and the reality of routine everyday-life starts crumbling into pieces. (101 mins.)
Director: Ömer Kavur
 
4.
The Girl with the Red Scarf (1977)
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Story of a dilemma between a woman's love and her logic. Asya, a young girl with a strict mother, meets Ilyas who is a womanizer city man... (90 mins.)
Director: Atif Yilmaz
 
5.
Vesikali Yarim (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
My Prostitute Love is a 'realist melodrama' that represents the sentiment of 60s' Istanbul in an authentic way... (89 mins.)
Director: Lütfi Akad
 
6.
Mr. Muhsin (1987)
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An ingenuous countryman Ali Nazik migrates to Istanbul and meets producer Muhsin Kanadikirik to have his first album. (119 mins.)
Director: Yavuz Turgul
 
7.
Distant (2002)
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After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit. (110 mins.)
 
8.
Oh, Beautiful Istanbul (1966)
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Black comedy about a girl who runs away from her rural village to Istanbul to become and actress and an old drunkard street photographer. (97 mins.)
Director: Atif Yilmaz
 
9.
Kosmos (2010)
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A strange man with otherworldly talents becomes both a friend and a pariah in a small Turkish town in this drama from writer and director Reha Erdem... (122 mins.)
Director: Reha Erdem
 
10.
The Bandit (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The epic adventures of the legendary Baran the Bandit following his release from prison. After serving 35 years... (128 mins.)
Director: Yavuz Turgul
 
11.
Dracula in Istanbul (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(102 mins.)
Director: Mehmet Muhtar
 
12.
My Father and My Son (2005)
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Sadik is one of the rebellious youth who has been politically active as a university student and became a left-wing journalist in the 70's... (108 mins.)
Director: Çagan Irmak
 
13.
Gelin (1973)
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A young woman moves with her husband and small child to her husband's family in Istanbul. Her son becomes... (92 mins.)
Director: Lütfi Akad
 
14.
Hope (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
"Umut" is the story of an illiterate man and his family, whose existence depends on his income as a horse cab driver... (100 mins.)
 
15.
Innocence (1997)
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Yusuf is released from prison after serving a ten-year sentence. He is scared of life outside as he goes to an address given to him by another prisoner. (110 mins.)
Director: Zeki Demirkubuz
 
16.
Yusuf ile Kenan (1979)
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Yusuf, 14, and Kenan, 9, are two shepherd brothers. When their father was killed as a result of a blood feud... (80 mins.)
Director: Ömer Kavur
 
17.
On Board (1998)
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The sailors who were duped by woman sellers, want to steal their capitals to retaliate from them. There are four men and one woman in a ruined boat... (102 mins.)
Director: Serdar Akar
 
18.
Time to Love (1965)
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Halil who is a painter falls in love with a picture which belongs to a daughter of a mansion's owner. One day, the girl comes into the mansion while Halil is looking at the picture. (89 mins.)
Director: Metin Erksan
 
19.
On Fertile Lands (1980)
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(115 mins.)
Director: Erden Kiral
 
20.
Maglup edilemeyenler (1976)
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Murat is a successful journalist. One day a girl named Aysel is kidnapped and raped by three men. Murat is misinformed about the case... (80 mins.)
Director: Atif Yilmaz
 
21.
Dry Summer (1963)
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A tobacco farmer tries to ruin his competitors crops by diverting water to his property. (90 mins.)
Director: Metin Erksan
 
22.
Toss-Up (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Yazi Tura (Toss Up) is the film of two stories taking place in 1999. Stories of two young men... One is "Ridvan the Devil"... (102 mins.)
Director: Ugur Yücel
 
23.
Three Friends (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Three hopeless cronies from the slums help a blind panhandler girl who is homeless and hungry. The girl, an ingenue, brings a new hope to everyone's life, especially to the one who falls in love with her. (88 mins.)
Director: Memduh Ün
 
24.
The Bus (1975)
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A group of illegal immigrants are brought to Stockholm in a bus by a smuggler who takes all their money and passports, and then runs away. (84 mins.)
Director: Tunç Okan
 
25.
The Herd (1979)
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Because of a local blood feud, a peasant family in eastern Turkey decides to sell its sheep - a most precious commodity - in far away Ankara... (129 mins.)
Director: Zeki Ökten
 
26.
Birds of Exile (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A Family immigrates from suburb to metropolitan to have a better life. Inspired from the Orhan Kemal's same named novel "Abroad birds", published in 1962. (102 mins.)
Director: Halit Refig
 
27.
Autumn (2008)
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A man struggles after his release from ten years as a political prisoner. (99 mins.)
Director: Özcan Alper
 
28.
Honey (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The quiet life of a boy and his family is endangered when his father does not return home from his work collecting honey in the forest. (103 mins.)
 
29.
Somersault in a Coffin (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Mahsun is homeless and unemployed. He lives in Rumelihisari (one of the most picturesque and oldest quarters of Istanbul)... (75 mins.)
Director: Dervis Zaim
 
30.
Times and Winds (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A small, poor village leaning over high rocky mountains, facing the immense sea, flanked by olive yards... (111 mins.)
Director: Reha Erdem
 
31.
The Broken Landlord (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
The landowner (Agha) of the Haraptar village marries off his old father with the young and beautiful Kiraz... (101 mins.)
Director: Nesli Colgecen
 
32.
My Dear Brother (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Two poor men try to find a television as a last wish for the terminally ill brother of one of them. (92 mins.)
Director: Ertem Egilmez
 
33.
Dügün (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A story of a family of six who are coming from Urfa tries to survive economically in Istanbul. (84 mins.)
Director: Lütfi Akad
 
34.
Boats Out of Watermelon Rinds (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
This is a movie about amateur spirit made with an amateur spirit. It is the story of two adolescents who live in a small village... (97 mins.)
Director: Ahmet Uluçay
 
35.
The Town (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The story of a family living in a small godforsaken town in Turkey seen through the eyes of children and dealing with the growing complexity when one becomes an adult. (85 mins.)
 
36.
Vizontele (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The film is about the introduction of television to a small village in southeast Anatolia in 1974. Employing a tragicomic language... (110 mins.)
 
37.
9 (2002)
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Cops question six people about the rape and murder of a beautiful vagrant (91 mins.)
Director: Ümit Ünal
 
38.
My Aunt (1987)
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7 yo Umur falls in love with his much older aunt in the midst of political upheaval and dysfunctions of his family. (105 mins.)
Director: Halit Refig
 
39.
Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Baris, a 5 year-old little boy, has to stay in a prison with her mother during her detention period. Baris develops a special relationship with Inci, a young woman who also stays in prison. She promises him that the kite will fly someday. (100 mins.)
Director: Tunç Basaran
 
40.
Alin yazisi (1972)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Orhan Aksoy
 
41.
The Return (1972)
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(94 mins.)
Director: Türkan Soray
 
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43.
Aysel: Batakli damin kizi (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Aysel, while working for the strong Satilmiszade family, is seduced by her boss and becomes pregnant... (80 mins.)
Director: Muhsin Ertugrul
 
44.
In the Name of the Law (1952)
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(94 mins.)
Director: Lütfi Akad
“ 1952 yılında 4 film yöneten Lütfi Ö. Akad, özgün bir yaşam öyküsüne dayanan Kanun Namına ile Türk sinemasına ilk kilometre taşını koyuyor. Gerçekten Akad, yıllardır anlatım aksaklıklarıyla yaşamaya çalışan kekeme bir Türk Sinemasına bir dil kazandırıyor, yeni soluk getiriyordu. Yaşayan tipler, gündelik olaylar ve doğal çevrenin kullanımı Kanun Namına'yı tarihsel süreç içindeki yerine oturtuyor. ” - nopainnogain06
 
45.
The Bus Passengers (1961)
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(100 mins.)
Director: Ertem Göreç
 
46.
Law of the Border (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In order to keep his ailing son alive, an impoverished man agrees to sneak a herd of sheep across the border. (71 mins.)
Director: Lütfi Akad
“ Türk sineması kuramcılarının çeşitli kamplara ayrılıp "ATÜT sineması", "halk sineması", "ulusal sinema", "toplumsal gerçekçilik" gibi görüşleri tartıştıkları dönemde Lütfi Ö. Akad, çok önemli bir film patlattı: Senaryo çalışmasını Yılmaz Güney'le birlikte yaptığı Hudutların Kanunu, Türk sinema tarihinin en önemli filmiydi. Akad, ikinci kez doğarken, Yılmaz Güney'in "büyük oyun"u da uzun süre unutulmayacaktı. ” - nopainnogain06
 
47.
Yatik Emine (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Ömer Kavur
 
48.
Camdan Kalp (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(104 mins.)
Director: Fehmi Yasar
 
49.
Clouds of May (1999)
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This is a movie within movie, which is almost recursive, i.e., the movie inside looks like director Ceylan's previous movie... (130 mins.)
 
50.
Offside (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Thirtysomething Suat still lives with his parents and works at his father's store when not practicing as goalie for the local football team... (120 mins.)
Director: Serdar Akar