1001 Movies irani You Must See Before You Die

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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
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2.
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
 
3.
Mother (1991)
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How a mother acts in the hardest parts of her, and her children's lives. (108 mins.)
Director: Ali Hatami
 
4.
The Glass Agency (1999)
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The Glass Agency is the story of a war veteran living in post war Iran. It depicts veterans who are suffering from social problems after the war... (114 mins.)
 
5.
The Lizard (2004)
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A recently jailed petty thief disguises as a religious and succeeds in escaping; but has to stay in a religious' role more than he expected to. (115 mins.)
Director: Kamal Tabrizi
 
6.
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
 
7.
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
 
8.
Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)
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Lost and left behind in a foreign country after running away, a little boy whose family have been killed during the war is saved and trained by a middle-aged woman. (120 mins.)
Director: Bahram Beizai
 
9.
The Runner (1984)
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Amiro is a young boy who has lost his home during the war. He spends his days by working odd jobs, until... (94 mins.)
Director: Amir Naderi
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
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
 
12.
The Tenants (1986)
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Two brothers are involved in a dispute over a house in urban Tehran. It is only through a series of adventures with the tenants that they are able to settle their differences. (109 mins.)
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
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
 
15.
The Cow (1969)
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An old villager deeply in love with his cow goes to the capital for a while. While he's there, the cow dies and now the villagers are afraid of his possible reaction to it when he returns. (105 mins.)
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
 
16.
Gheisar (1969)
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A young man's drive to avenge for his sister and brother. (100 mins.)
Director: Masud Kimiai
 
17.
Killing Mad Dogs (2001)
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Golrokh an Iranian lady who is a talented author struggles to settle her presumably disloyal but amorous... (135 mins.)
Director: Bahram Beizai
 
18.
Offside (2006)
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Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums. (93 mins.)
Director: Jafar Panahi
 
19.
Captain Khorshid (1987)
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(117 mins.)
Director: Naser Taghvai
 
20.
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
 
21.
Nassereddin Shah, Actor-e Cinema (1992)
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Mirza Ebrahim Khan, travels past in time to introduce cinematography to the previous king who can afford to pay for the new industry... (90 mins.)
 
22.
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
 
23.
Desiderium (1978)
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Desiderium lyrically charts the hapless loves of a three brother: Majid, they young handicapped brother with a deformed head falls in love with Aghdas... (120 mins.)
Director: Ali Hatami
 
24.
Leily Is with Me (1996)
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During the Iran-Iraq war, a television cinematographer, having financial problems, needs to get a loan... (95 mins.)
Director: Kamal Tabrizi
 
25.
Adam barfi (1995)
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A Iranian man (Akbar Abdi) stuck in Turkey, desperately wants to get a VISA to go to America. He starts dressing up as a woman in hopes of marrying an American man to get American citizenship, but he starts having doubts and... (97 mins.)
 
26.
Muhammad: The Messenger of God (2015)
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The events, trials and tribulations of the city of Makkah in 7th century AD. (178 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
27.
Tight Spot (1974)
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This film, based on a well-known novel of the same name by Sadegh Chooback, is about a wronged man seeking revenge... (112 mins.)
Director: Amir Naderi
 
28.
A Cube of Sugar (2011)
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The story happens in an old house in an old city of Iran. Because of the wedding of the youngest sister, Pasandide, all of her sisters come to their old house to help their mother. (116 mins.)
 
29.
Low Heights (2002)
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(115 mins.)
 
30.
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
 
31.
Niaz (1992)
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Two boys compete for one job they both need desperately. This movie portrays their rivalry. (82 mins.)
 
32.
I Am Taraneh, I Am Fifteen Years Old (2002)
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Fifteen year old Taraneh, whose widowed father is in jail, refuses the unwanted attentions of carpet salesman Amir... (110 mins.)
 
33.
The Red Ribbon (1999)
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A man and a woman fight over the rights to a property. (110 mins.)
 
34.
Under the Moonlight (2001)
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Hassan is a student of Religious /Islamic school and is about to be dressed as a missioner .In such... (96 mins.)
 
35.
Travellers (1991)
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A young woman's wedding becomes a ritual of mourning when her sister and family die in an auto accident on the way to the wedding... (90 mins.)
Director: Bahram Beizai
 
36.
Close-Up (1990)
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Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran... (98 mins.)
 
37.
Beautiful City (2004)
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Akbar has just turned eighteen. He has been held in a rehabilitation centre for committing murder at the age of sixteen when he was condemned to death... (101 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
38.
Mum's Guest (2004)
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A mother of a poor family, has guests coming over, yet doesn't know how to get the dinner party altogether with limited resources. (103 mins.)
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
 
39.
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.)
 
40.
Shayad Vaghti Deegar (1987)
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(159 mins.)
Director: Bahram Beizai
 
41.
The Cyclist (1987)
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The wife of Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran, is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care,... (95 mins.)
 
42.
The Willow Tree (2005)
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Youssef, a blind university professor, is suddenly diagnosed with a fatal disease and must undergo treatment in France. Back home, will he find the life he had before? (96 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
43.
The Deer (1974)
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Wounded by the police, a thief looks up his old friend in order to leave the proceeds of his theft with him... (115 mins.)
Director: Masud Kimiai
 
44.
Ansuyeh Atash (1990)
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(100 mins.)
Director: Kianoush Ayari
 
45.
The Soil (1972)
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(96 mins.)
Director: Masud Kimiai
 
46.
Ragbar (1972)
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A well educated and humble teacher arrives in a new city and at a new job in the pre-revolutionary Iran... (128 mins.)
Director: Bahram Beizai
 
47.
The Actor (1993)
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(88 mins.)
 
48.
Az Karkheh ta Rhein (1993)
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Saeed who is suffering from injuries that he received in the Iran-Iraq War, is sent to Germany for treatments... (93 mins.)
 
49.
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.)
 
50.
So Close, So Far (2005)
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Dr. Alam, a very profiled specialist in neurology and a successful surgeon, is drowned in his professional and social work... (121 mins.)
 
51.
Dash akol (1971)
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Dash Akol is greatly respected in Shiraz as an honorable man who has lost his family's money through helping his friends... (95 mins.)
Director: Masud Kimiai
 
52.
Under the Skin of the City (2001)
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Tuba works daily at a grueling textile factory in Iran, returning home every night to deal with the rest of her problematic family... (92 mins.)
 
53.
Life, and Nothing More... (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
After the earthquake of Guilan, the film director and his son, Puya, travel to the devastated area to... (95 mins.)
 
54.
The Blue-Veiled (1995)
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An elderly owner of a tomato farm and sauce factory, after his wife's death, falls in love with one... (85 mins.)
 
55.
Hamoun (1990)
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Hamoon's wife is leaving him. He is also unsuccessfully trying to finish his Ph.D. thesis. He is forced to reexamine his life... (120 mins.)
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
 
56.
The Past (2013)
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An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce. (130 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
57.
The Cycle (1978)
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Ali and his father go from their poor neighborhood in the outskirts of the city to a hospital so that Ali's father can be treated for his sickness... (101 mins.)
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
 
58.
Baduk (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Baduk is the name of the child who works in smuggling, due to poverty he and his sister separated, the sister will work as a maid... (89 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
60.
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
 
61.
Mr. Gullible (1971)
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A man from village goes to city, to find a job and marry a wife. But encounters with a lot of troubles he did not expect. (90 mins.)
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
 
62.
Bikhod & Bi Jahat (2012)
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A couple are moving in to a house with a lot of boxes to start their married life, but the former residents are still there with their wrapped up furniture and boxes too! They also have a small wedding ceremony to host that very night. (90 mins.)
 
63.
M for Mother (2006)
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What appears to be a grand love story turns sour when parents-to-be discover that their unborn child will likely be born with serious birth defects... (113 mins.)
 
64.
Deep Breath (2003)
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This is about two guys who are departed from their family in totally different ways, they are anti social and try to live in a large city without any money, one of them fall in love and another one got addicted. (86 mins.)
Director: Parviz Shahbazi
 
65.
Cafe Setareh (2006)
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The story is about lives of three women living in an old neighborhood; one has a cafe, one is the landlady and the youngest one is engaged and waiting to get married. They somehow link together with their problems. (90 mins.)
Director: Saman Moghadam
 
66.
Ballad of Tara (1979)
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Tara, the young beautiful widow, returns with her two little kids from country to her village. In her way home... (110 mins.)
Director: Bahram Beizai
 
67.
Tranquility in the Presence of Others (1973)
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A former army colonel comes from a village to live in the city with her daughters where he finds it hard to adapt with the modern life. (86 mins.)
Director: Naser Taghvai
 
68.
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
 
69.
Sadegh Korde (1972)
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(110 mins.)
Director: Naser Taghvai
 
70.
Tangna (1973)
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Naderi's second film is set in the slums of Tehran. Hanging out in a pool hall, Ali Khoshdast becomes involved in a brawl with three brothers... (88 mins.)
Director: Amir Naderi
 
71.
Telesm (1988)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Dariush Farhang
 
72.
Dead End (1977)
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A young woman is living with her mother at the end of a dead-end street. The young woman notices that... (95 mins.)
Director: Parviz Sayyad
 
73.
The Spouse (1994)
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The personal life of a couple is challenged when the wife gets a promotion over her husband and becomes his boss. (100 mins.)
 
74.
The Morning of the Fourth Day (1972)
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(103 mins.)
Director: Kamran Shirdel
 
75.
O Iran (1990)
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Towards the end of the Shahanshah's reign, Sergeant Makvandi is assigned the commander of the gendarmerie station in a small town... (115 mins.)
Director: Naser Taghvai
 
76.
Redhat and Cousin (1994)
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A boy travels a long way from his village to Tehran to work as a showman in a kid's show; but finds it harder than he thought. (92 mins.)
Director: Iraj Tahmasb
 
77.
Boo-ye Gandom (1978)
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78.
Taraj (1985)
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Zeinal Bandari (Jamshid Hashempur) is an opium dealer with a past criminal record. He is nabbed in a...
Director: Iraj Ghaderi
 
79.
Mainline (2006)
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(78 mins.)
 
80.
Tambourine (2008)
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Mohammad is sent to an apartment situated in uptown Tehran to install their satellite dishes, while having satellite TV is illegal in Iran... (110 mins.)
 
81.
The Love-stricken (1992)
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A movie about the Iranian classical musicians in Ghajar era and their struggle to release their first Record which takes them on a journey to France. (91 mins.)
Director: Ali Hatami
 
82.
Bus (1986)
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Director: Yadollah Samadi
 
83.
The Last Act (1991)
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"Gaslight" as Farsi farce. Kamran and Moluk, middle-aged siblings, live penniless in the family's Tehran mansion... (105 mins.)
 
84.
Half Moon (2006)
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Mamo, an old and legendary Kurdish musician living in Iran, plans to give one final concert in Iraqi Kurdistan... (114 mins.)
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
 
85.
Border Café (2005)
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"Cafe Transit" depicts an independent-minded widow who bucks tradition to run her dead husband's truck stop café. (105 mins.)
 
86.
Bita (1972)
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(95 mins.)
Director: Hajir Dariush
 
87.
Beehive (1975)
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Recently have been released from jail, Ebi makes a bet with his Friend that he goes and drinks in seven bars without even paying any money.
Director: Fereydun Gole
 
88.
The Bride (1990)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Behruz Afkhami
 
89.
The Fateful Day (1995)
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As Abdollah prepares to get married to his long-time love, he hears calls for help during his wedding and leaves the ceremony for an adventure to find the truth. (105 mins.)
Director: Shahram Assadi
 
90.
The Brick and the Mirror (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Hashem (Zakariya Hashemi) is a cab driver who finds an infant child in the back seat of his cab one nigjt after he gives a ride to a young woman... (131 mins.)
 
92.
Train (1988)
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The film is about a train carrying fuel for the army in 1979 during the revolution movement in Iran... (111 mins.)
Director: Amir Ghavidel
 
93.
Booy-E Pirahan-E Yusef (1995)
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(100 mins.)
 
94.
To Be or Not to Be (1998)
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(94 mins.)
Director: Kianoush Ayari
 
95.
Kamalolmolk (1984)
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The movie chronicles the life of the famous painter Kamololmolk, and his relationship with various kings. (122 mins.)
Director: Ali Hatami
 
96.
The Music Man (2007)
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Ali is son of a well-off family who plays santoor (an Iranian instrument like dulcimer) and has earned... (107 mins.)
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
 
99.
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
 
100.
Here Without Me (2011)
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The story is about the world of a small family with familiar dreams and not so remarkable problems. The mother is trying to lead everything to save her family, but small events disarrange all her plans. (100 mins.)
Director: Bahram Tavakoli