Best Turkish Films of All Time

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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.
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
Selamsiz's Band (1987)
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Selamsiz (wich means 'no greeting') is a small town in Anatolia. The town has a lot of problems but noone from governments come and see the town... (107 mins.)
Director: Nesli Colgecen
 
6.
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
 
7.
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
 
8.
Revenge of the Snakes (1962)
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Karaagac was a small village and Bayram had an ordinary life with his mother Irazca, wife Hatice and children in there until Haceli take a place front of his house to make a new building. (108 mins.)
Director: Metin Erksan
 
9.
Hope (1970)
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"Umut" is the story of an illiterate man and his family, whose existence depends on his income as a horse cab driver... (100 mins.)
 
10.
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
 
11.
Birds of Exile (1964)
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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
 
12.
On Fertile Lands (1980)
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(115 mins.)
Director: Erden Kiral
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
Iron Earth, Copper Sky (1987)
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Despite the hostility of the mayor, the villagers of Anatolia regard as a saint the man who defends them against a creditor of the city. (94 mins.)
 
15.
Head-On (2004)
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With the intention to break free from the strict familial restrictions, a suicidal young woman sets up a marriage of convenience with a forty-year-old addict, an act that will lead to an outburst of envious love. (121 mins.)
Director: Fatih Akin
 
16.
Times and Winds (2006)
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A small, poor village leaning over high rocky mountains, facing the immense sea, flanked by olive yards... (111 mins.)
Director: Reha Erdem
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
 
19.
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
 
20.
Happy Days (1978)
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A mid-aged couple with 6 kids who are running a pickle shop gets divorced with 3 kids each. The family members find each other years later with a funny story. (92 mins.)
Director: Orhan Aksoy
 
21.
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
 
22.
At (1982)
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(116 mins.)
Director: Ali Özgentürk
 
23.
Climates (2006)
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A dowdy university instructor Isa is an inattentive husband to his younger, TV-business wife Bahar. Self-absorbed and selfish, Isa only communicates in the most rudimentary way, while she, similarly, detaches into crying jags and juvenile behavior. (101 mins.)
 
24.
A Season in Hakkari (1983)
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A urban Turkish teacher is transferred for political reasons to a backward Kurdish village in the mountains near the Iranian border. He is welcomed with distrust, but during that harsh year the mutual cultural misunderstandings fade away. (110 mins.)
Director: Erden Kiral
 
25.
Deli Deli Küpeli (1986)
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Two schizophrenic patients escape from a mental asylum supposing they were mistakenly quarantined. When they arrive at a country village, the villagers assume one is a sheriff and the other is a local magistrate. (87 mins.)
Director: Kartal Tibet
 
26.
Feyzo, the Polite One (1978)
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A feudal village in Southeastern Turkey in 1970's. A poor peasant, Feyzo returns from military service dreaming about getting married to Gülo... (83 mins.)
Director: Atif Yilmaz
 
27.
Karartma geceleri (1990)
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The story of teacher who is also writer, trying to hide from the police during WW2 in Turkey. He is wanted because of his leftist articles and books. (85 mins.)
Director: Yusuf Kurçenli
 
28.
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.)
 
29.
Red River, Black Sheep (1967)
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The daughter of the lord of the village and a poor herdsman cannot get married for traditional reasons... (79 mins.)
Director: Lütfi Akad
 
30.
Kuyu (1968)
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In an atmosphere getting darker, and darker and almost without any dialogue, a young woman is kidnapped over and over by an obsessed man. (84 mins.)
Director: Metin Erksan
 
31.
Destiny (2006)
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Bekir is in love with Ugur, who loves Zagor who loves to commit crimes. (103 mins.)
Director: Zeki Demirkubuz
 
32.
Journey to the Sun (1999)
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Mehmet, a young Turkish man newly migrated from the village Tire, takes a job searching for water leaks below the surface of the streets of Istanbul... (104 mins.)
Director: Yesim Ustaoglu
 
33.
On Board (1998)
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Sailors want to remain in their small world, warm and cozy and full of lies, but they kidnap a prostitute from some pimps. (102 mins.)
Director: Serdar Akar
 
34.
Beynelmilel (2006)
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It is 80's Turkey, local musicians of Adiyaman are hired by the military and trained to welcome one of the forceful generals of coup regime. (105 mins.)
 
35.
Takva: A Man's Fear of God (2006)
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A promotion brings a Muslim's relationship with God into question. (96 mins.)
Director: Özer Kiziltan
 
36.
Cholera Street (1997)
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A young car mechanic, while in the middle of an unlikely love affair, tries to protect the people in his poor neighborhood from a gangster who terrorizes the locals. (120 mins.)
 
37.
Mommo (2009)
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A brother and sister are split up after their mother dies, their father remarries, and their new stepmother rejects them. (94 mins.)
Director: Atalay Tasdiken
 
38.
Ömer the Tourist (1964)
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Turist Ömer is a poor man. He finds a job in bank to distribute fake money for advertisement. He accidentally takes the bag full of real money from the burglars. He spends the money for his friends' needs while the burglars search for him. (90 mins.)
Director: Hulki Saner
 
39.
Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite (1989)
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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.
Women's Ward (1990)
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(146 mins.)
Director: Halit Refig