Top 100 Egyptian films

Bibliotheca Alexandrina formed a committee from three Egyptian film critics and historians to choose the most important 100 films in the history of Egyptian cinema to mark the centenary -- meaning landmarks and turning points irrespective of aesthetic standards. The list of the Bibliotheca was an attempt to represent both the largest number of male and female directors and all the trends and genres in narrative (fiction) feature films, which number over 3,000. http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2007/836/cu4.htm
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1.
The White Rose (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(110 mins.)
Director: Mohammed Karim
 
2.
The Chant of Hope (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Ahmed Badrakhan
 
3.
Salama Is Safe (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Eastern prince get a poor man to take his place to discover the real love. (100 mins.)
Director: Niazi Mostafa
 
4.
Lachine, the People's Hope (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Lachin, commander of the Army of One rulers, manages the affairs of governance prime minister, who traded... (98 mins.)
Director: Fritz Kramp
 
5.
Osman wa Ali (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Togo Mizrahi
 
6.
The Will (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of Mohammed the son of a barber who has recently got his degree, his lover Fatma, his rivel Al-Etr. (108 mins.)
Director: Kamal Selim
 
7.
Passion and Revenge (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An Egyptian guy tried to love a women who taken care by his enemy
Director: Youssef Wahby
 
8.
Al-suq al-Soda' (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A corrupt grocer in a traditional Cairene neighborhood enters into an alliance with comprador merchants... (100 mins.)
 
9.
Antar and Ablah (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Niazi Mostafa
 
11.
The Public Prosecutor (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(110 mins.)
 
12.
The Flirtation of Girls (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Hamam is a poor Arabic language teacher who gets sacked from a girls' elementary school for not being able to control mischievous students... (120 mins.)
Director: Anwar Wagdi
 
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14.
Immortal Song (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(132 mins.)
Director: Henry Barakat
 
15.
Raya wa Sekina (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Dramatic rendition of a real life crime wave that terrorized the city of Alexandria, Egypt, between the years 1920 and 1922... (81 mins.)
Director: Salah Abouseif
 
16.
Struggle in the Valley (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The film revolves around a young Ahmed, who works as an agronomist, and who returns to his village in the south of the valley... (105 mins.)
Director: Youssef Chahine
 
17.
Miss Hanafi (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Hanafi, the only son of a butcher, has to face life after a sex change operation from a woman's point of view and suffer the oppression as one of them
 
18.
Life or Death (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man with cardiac problems, had heart attack and sent his daughter to get the medicine from the drug store, however the pharmacist discovers that he sent the wrong medication, he cooperates with the police to stop a disaster. (75 mins.)
Director: Kamal El Sheikh
 
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20.
Our Best Days (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Poor girl live on the surface next to the three poor young people fall in love with her all and discover they occur under the weight of the disease... (120 mins.)
Director: Helmy Halim
 
21.
Fools' Alley (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Tewfik Saleh
 
23.
Lost Youth (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Ahmed Diaeddin
 
24.
The Leech (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young man from the country arrives in Cairo to finish his education. His landlady, a widow and successful... (126 mins.)
 
25.
Samara (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Hassan El-Seify
 
26.
Al-mufattish al-amm (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
When a penniless fertilizer inspector visits a village, its mayor mistakes him for an Inspector General sent to investigate charges of corruption. (115 mins.)
Director: Helmy Rafla
 
27.
Crime and Punishment (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(135 mins.)
Director: Ibrahim Emara
 
28.
The Tough (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Salah Abouseif
 
29.
Sleepless (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
'I Never Sleep' (also called 'Sleepless') is the story of Nadia Lotfi (Faten Hamama), a teenage girl... (127 mins.)
Director: Salah Abouseif
 
30.
Tamarind (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A young man arranges for the transformation of a Ghawazee (Gypsy) woman into a society lady.
Director: Hussein Fawzi
 
31.
Cairo Station (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Kinawi, a physically challenged peddler who makes his living selling newspapers in the central Cairo train station... (77 mins.)
Director: Youssef Chahine
 
32.
A Woman on the Road (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(115 mins.)
 
33.
Hassan and Nayima (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A love story similar to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet taking place in the Egyptian Countryside. (104 mins.)
Director: Henry Barakat
 
34.
Between Heaven and Earth (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The film revolves around a group of people stuck in the elevator are waiting for the help, but they discovered that the group include a thief and a crazy man. (85 mins.)
Director: Salah Abouseif
 
35.
The Curlew's Cry (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
This compelling tale of love and betrayal, set in the upper Egyptian countryside, follows the story... (109 mins.)
Director: Henry Barakat
 
36.
Struggle on the Nile (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The people of Luxor decided to buy Sandal new submarine instead of the old sandal for river transport business... (125 mins.)
Director: Atef Salem
 
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38.
The Beginning and the End (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After the death of the father, the family consisting of a mother and two young men and a girl themselves without a breadwinner finds... (130 mins.)
Director: Salah Abouseif
 
39.
There Is a Man in Our House (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Based in British occupied Egypt, Ibrahim (Omar Sharif), a member of the resistance, seeks refuge in the house of a politically passive family after killing the prime minister for his acts of treason. (159 mins.)
Director: Henry Barakat
 
40.
Struggle of the Heroes (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(112 mins.)
Director: Tewfik Saleh
 
41.
Chased by the Dogs (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After four years in prison, the young thief Said Mahran come out of jail & seek revenge against those... (125 mins.)
Director: Kamal El Sheikh
 
42.
El Naser Salah el Dine (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Saladin, ruler of the kingdoms surrounding the Latin state of Jerusalem, is brought to attack the Christians... (90 mins.)
Director: Youssef Chahine
 
43.
Mother of the Bride (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
This magnificently madcap comedy classic stars Egyptian film legends Tahiya Karioka and Emad Hamdi as Zeinab and Hussein... (102 mins.)
Director: Atef Salem
 
44.
The Sin (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A poor peasant woman becomes a symbol of worker oppression in this somber social drama directed by Henri Barakat... (105 mins.)
Director: Henry Barakat
 
45.
Khan el khalili (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(120 mins.)
Director: Atef Salem
 
46.
The Postman (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Abbas, a resident of Cairo, is appointed by the government to hold the office of supervisor in a post office in a small village in Upper Egypt. (100 mins.)
Director: Hussein Kamal
 
47.
Kandil om Hashem (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(115 mins.)
Director: Kamal Attia
 
48.
Shey min el khouf (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Based on Tharwat Abaza's short story, 'Shey min al Khawf' takes place in a rural Egyptian village. Atris'... (112 mins.)
Director: Hussein Kamal
 
49.
The Land (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A small peasant village's struggles against the careless inroads of the large local landowner, The Land shows why political oppression does not necessarily lead to a sense of solidarity among the disinherited. (130 mins.)
Director: Youssef Chahine
 
50.
Khally ballak men ZouZou (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
When a college professor falls for one of his students, his fiance decides to expose the student's shameful secret to all. (132 mins.)
Director: Hassan Al Imam
 
52.
Al-asfour (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(105 mins.)
Director: Youssef Chahine
 
53.
The Mummy (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An Upper-Egyptian clan robs a cache of mummies and sells the artifacts on the illicit antiquities black market. After a conflict within the clan, one of its members goes to the police, helping the Antiquities Service find the cache. (102 mins.)
 
54.
Zaier el-fager (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Rescue police receives a report on the killing of a leftist journalist in her apartment. The prosecutor moves to the scene of the incident and tries to reach the murderer.
Director: Mamduh Shukry
 
55.
I Want a Solution (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
This film erupted the issue of women's right to get their divorce when life is impossible with their husbands... (115 mins.)
Director: Said Marzouk
 
56.
Al karnak (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In Egypt, a group of university students were arrested without comitting a crime because of their meetings at the cafe "Karnak", which was known for hosting some thinkers who sometimes criticize the 1952 revolution. (143 mins.)
Director: Aly Badrakhan
 
57.
Awdat al ibn al dal (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(120 mins.)
Director: Youssef Chahine
 
58.
The Water-Carrier Is Dead (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story of the friendship that develops between two men with quite different world views. One, a water... (100 mins.)
Director: Salah Abouseif
 
59.
El-Mahfaza Maaya (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
 
60.
Alexandria... Why? (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
"Yahia", a young man living in the cosmopolitan Alexandria during World War II. Between his dreams,... (133 mins.)
Director: Youssef Chahine
 
61.
Oyun la tanam (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Raafat El-Mihi
 
62.
Sawak al-utubis (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The film revolves around "hassan", who works as a driver for a bus transfer in during the day and as a taxi driver (taxi) at night... (107 mins.)
Director: Atef E-Taieb
 
63.
Al-avokato (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Director: Raafat El-Mihi
 
64.
As Not to Fly the Smoke (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(115 mins.)
Director: Ahmed Yehia
 
65.
El Towk Wa El Eswera (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 1933 in the village of Karnak in Luxor, sad lives with her husband Bakhit Bishari paraplegic and TB disease... (115 mins.)
Director: Khairy Beshara
 
66.
The Hunger (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(111 mins.)
Director: Aly Badrakhan
 
67.
Ahlam Hind we Kamilia (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Follows the story of two lower-middle class women trying to survive with their dreams in 1980's Egypt. (109 mins.)
Director: Mohamed Khan
 
68.
Yom mor... yom helw (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A poor family struggles to survive in the slums of Cairo in this depressing social melodrama. Aicha... (125 mins.)
Director: Khairy Beshara
 
69.
The Puppeteer (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A father keeps his principles in rural Egypt while power seduces his son in Cairo. Mohamed is a puppeteer... (125 mins.)
Director: Hany Lasheen
 
70.
Escape (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After his discharge from prison , Mansor take his revenge and become hunted by the police. (122 mins.)
Director: Atef E-Taieb
 
71.
Kit Kat (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Sheikh Hosny is a blind man who lives with his old mother and his frustrated son in the Kit Kat neighborhood... (129 mins.)
 
72.
Ice Cream in Gleam (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A young man "Seif" bides his time as a delivery boy while planning his future as a singer. Facing some obstacles... (120 mins.)
Director: Khairy Beshara
 
73.
Mercedes (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Noubi, an avowed communist from a wealthy family, sets out to find his half-brother Gamal after Gamal inherits his father's fortune... (108 mins.)
 
74.
Thalatha ala ettarik (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A truck driver, a belly dancer and a little boy travel together through Egypt.
 
75.
Zeyaret el-Sayed el-Rais (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(115 mins.)
Director: Mounir Rady
 
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77.
Date Wine (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
This film is an exploration of what happens to places in general, and people in particular, once the... (110 mins.)
 
78.
Land of Fear (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A story about a police officer who was assigned to a secret mission as an undercover drug dealer, with the license to kill... (142 mins.)
 
79.
Closed Doors (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Movie about a guy who is in his last high school year , his life was pretty simple till he started figuring out many things about how life in his society is actually going on . (107 mins.)
Director: Atef Hetata
 
80.
Mowaten we mokhber we haramy (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(135 mins.)
 
81.
Sleepless Nights (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
It tells about the smallest details and crypts in the lives of four couples friends. (128 mins.)
Director: Hani Khalifa
 
82.
The Best of Times (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A personal tragedy brings a woman closer to a handful of trusted friends in this independent drama....
Director: Hala Khalil
 
83.
I Love Cinema (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A child who loves the cinema struggles with his fanatic dad who finds everything ,including cinema, a sin, with the help of his mother who is sexually depressed. (125 mins.)
Director: Oussama Fawzi
 
84.
The Yacoubian Building (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Meditations on corruption, fundamentalism, prostitution, homosexuality, and drugs in central Cairo. (161 mins.)
Director: Marwan Hamed