My favorite Iranian movies

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1.
Children of Heaven (1997)
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After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair. (89 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
2.
The Color of Paradise (1999)
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Mohamed, a young blind boy, returns to his rural home for the summer and yearns for his father's acceptance. (90 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
3.
Baran (2001)
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In a building site in present-day Tehran, Lateef, a 17-year-old Turkish worker is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. The revelation of Rahmat's secret changes both their lives. (94 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
4.
The Song of Sparrows (2008)
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When an ostrich-rancher focuses on replacing his daughter's hearing aid, which breaks right before crucial exams... (96 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
5.
The Father (1996)
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Mehrollah is a 14-year-old boy who is forced to find a job to support his family after his father dies. He travels to the southern parts of Iran, looking for work. Upon his return to his hometown, he notices certain changes in his family. (96 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
6.
Taste of Cherry (1997)
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An Iranian man drives his truck in search of someone who will quietly bury him under a cherry tree after he commits suicide. (95 mins.)
 
7.
The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)
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Irreverent city engineer Behzad comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result. (118 mins.)
 
8.
Close-Up (1990)
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The true story of Hussein Sabzian that impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film. (98 mins.)
 
9.
Where is the Friend's Home? (1987)
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An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school. (83 mins.)
 
10.
Life, and Nothing More... (1992)
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A director and his son return to a region damaged by the Guilan earthquake, hoping to find the children who appeared in his film a few years earlier. (95 mins.)
 
11.
Through the Olive Trees (1994)
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The movie focuses on one of the events in Zendegi Edame Darad (1992), and explores the relationship between the movie director... (103 mins.)
 
12.
The White Balloon (1995)
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Several people try to take advantage of a little girl's innocence to hustle money her mom gave to her to buy a goldfish with. (85 mins.)
Director: Jafar Panahi
 
13.
The Mirror (1997)
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When a young girl becomes lost in the hustle and bustle of Tehran, her journey turns into a dazzling exercise on the nature of film itself... (95 mins.)
Director: Jafar Panahi
 
14.
Offside (2006)
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Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums. (93 mins.)
Director: Jafar Panahi
 
15.
The Circle (2000)
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Various women struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran. (90 mins.)
Director: Jafar Panahi
 
16.
Crimson Gold (2003)
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An Iranian pizza delivery man sees the worst of corruption and social unbalance in his city and is driven to crime. (97 mins.)
Director: Jafar Panahi
 
17.
This Is Not a Film (2011 Documentary)
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It's been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema. (75 mins.)
 
18.
Hayat (2005)
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Hayat has an exam. Suddenly on that day her mother must take the father to the hospital outside village. Mother asks her to take care of her infant sister. What will Hayat do now? Will she stay home? or will she go to take the exam? (75 mins.)
 
19.
No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009)
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Iranian musicians Negar and Ashkan look for band members to play at a London concert - and the visas that allow them to leave Tehran to do so. (106 mins.)
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
 
20.
Turtles Can Fly (2004)
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Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate. (98 mins.)
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
 
21.
About Elly (2009)
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The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers. (119 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
22.
A Separation (2011)
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A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
23.
Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
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On the last Wednesday before the spring solstice ushers in the Persian New Year, people set off fireworks following an ancient Zoroastrian tradition. Rouhi, spending her first day at a new job, finds herself in the midst of a different kind of fireworks -- a domestic dispute between her new boss and his wife. (102 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
24.
Gabbeh (1996)
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An elderly couple go about their routine of cleaning their gabbeh (a intricately-designed rug), while bickering gently with each other... (75 mins.)
 
25.
A Moment of Innocence (1996)
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A semi-autobiographical account of Makmahlbaf's experience as a teenager when, as a 17-year-old, he stabbed a policeman at a protest rally. Two decades later, he tracks down the policeman he injured in an attempt to make amends. (78 mins.)
 
26.
The Silence (1998)
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Everyday, 10-year old Khorsid takes the bus to his work at an instrument maker's shop and everyday something unexpected happens. (76 mins.)
 
27.
Marooned in Iraq (2002)
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During the war between Iran and Iraq, a group of Iranian Kurd musicians set off on an almost impossible mission... (108 mins.)
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
 
28.
Blackboards (2000)
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Itinerant Kurdish teachers, carrying blackboards on their backs, look for students in the hills and villages of Iran... (88 mins.)
 
29.
The Apple (1998)
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After twelve years of imprisonment by their own parents, two sisters are finally released by social workers to face the outside world for the first time. (86 mins.)
 
30.
Circumstance (2011)
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A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession. (107 mins.)