Iranian Cinema

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1. The House Is Black (1963)

20 min | Documentary, Short

8.0
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Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness", of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude.

Director: Forugh Farrokhzad | Stars: Forugh Farrokhzad, Ebrahim Golestan, Hossein Mansouri

Votes: 3,151

2. Khesht va Ayeneh (1965)

126 min | Drama

7.7
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Hashem (Zakariya Hashemi) is a cab driver who finds an infant child in the back seat of his cab one night after he gives a ride to a young woman. He and his girlfriend, Taji (Taji Ahmadi), ... See full summary »

Director: Ebrahim Golestan | Stars: Taji Ahmadi, Zackaria Hashemi, Goli Bozorgmehr, Masoud Faghih

Votes: 332

3. Teheran, payetakht-e Iran ast (1966)

18 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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Director: Kamran Shirdel

Votes: 56

4. Siavash dar takht-e Jamshid (1967)

100 min | Drama

8.0
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Director: Fereydoun Rahnema | Stars: Minou Farjad, Marva Nabili, Abbas Moayeri, Nader Kouklani

Votes: 30

5. An shab ke barun amad (1967)

35 min | Documentary, Short

7.5
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A documentary which explores what did or did not happen on a rainy night a young boy allegedly saved a train from crashing.

Director: Kamran Shirdel

Votes: 209

6. Gaav (1969)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

8.1
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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.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Ezzatolah Entezami, Mahin Shahabi, Ali Nassirian, Jamshid Mashayekhi

Votes: 4,725

7. Ragbar (1972)

128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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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. He falls in love with a hardworking underprivileged young woman that nurses her very... See full summary »

Director: Bahram Beizai | Stars: Parviz Fanizadeh, Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Jamshid Layegh, Parvaneh Massoumi

Votes: 308

8. Yek Etefagh sadeh (1974)

80 min | Drama

7.3
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A small schoolboy lives an austere life with his family in Northern coasts of Iran.

Director: Sohrab Shahid Saless | Stars: Hibibollah Safarian, Mohammed Zamani

Votes: 243

9. Mogholha (1973)

92 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.5
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A director of a television series on the history of cinema, who has been grappling with the screenplay of his first feature film, receives an assignment to oversee the installation of a ... See full summary »

Director: Parviz Kimiavi | Stars: Fahimeh Rastegar, Parviz Kimiavi, Aqa Seyyed, Ali Mirza

Votes: 85

10. Saz Dahani (1974)

75 min | Drama

7.2
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Set on the sun-drenched southern coast of Iran, from which director Amir Naderi hails, "Harmonica" begins as a young boy receives a musical present from abroad. Fascinated and envious, his ... See full summary »

Director: Amir Naderi

Votes: 187

11. Tabiate bijan (1974)

93 min | Drama

7.9
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For more than three decades, aging Iranian Mohamad Sardari (Zadour Bonyadi) has worked as a crossing guard at a desolate train station. Through the years, Mohamad has done little to stifle ... See full summary »

Directors: Houshang Baharlou, Sohrab Shahid Saless | Stars: Zadour Bonyadi, Mohammed Kani, Hibibollah Safarian, Habib Safaryan

Votes: 555

12. Baghé sangui (1976)

81 min | Documentary

7.2
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Darvish Khan a deaf and mute man who is a shepherd lives with his family in the desert. One day when sleeping in the desert he has a strange dream. When awake he finds a stone and carry it ... See full summary »

Director: Parviz Kimiavi | Star: Darvish Khan Esfandiarpoor

Votes: 54

13. Davandeh (1984)

94 min | Drama

7.9
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After enrolling in a school, an impoverished boy finds conflict with his classmates and decides to compete to earn their respect.

Director: Amir Naderi | Stars: Abbas Nazeri, Madjid Niroumand, Musa Torkizadeh

Votes: 1,152

14. Khane-ye doust kodjast? (1987)

83 min | Drama, Family

8.1
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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.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Babek Ahmed Poor, Ahmed Ahmed Poor, Khodabakhsh Defaei, Iran Outari

Votes: 6,737

15. Bashu, gharibeye koochak (1989)

120 min | Drama

8.1
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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.

Director: Bahram Beizai | Stars: Susan Taslimi, Parviz Poorhosseini, Adnan Afravian, Bashu

Votes: 1,772

16. Bicycleran (1989)

82 min | Drama

7.4
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The wife of Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran, is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care, but his day labor digging wells does not pay enough. A friend connects Nasim to a two-bit... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Mahshid Afsharzadeh, Firouz Kiani, Samira Makhmalbaf, Mohammad Reza Maleki

Votes: 1,487

17. Nema-ye Nazdik (1990)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.3
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The true story of Hossain Sabzian that impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Hossain Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah

Votes: 10,779 | Gross: $0.00M

18. Travellers (1991)

90 min | Drama

7.6
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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. The sisters' mother refuses to accept her daughter's death... See full summary »

Director: Bahram Beizai | Stars: Karim Akbari Mobarakeh, Shahin Alizadeh, Hamid Amjad, Fariborz Arabnia

Votes: 650

19. Khomreh (1992)

86 min | Drama

7.2
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In the yard of an Iranian village school stands in the shade of a tree a large stoneware jar from which all the pupils drink fresh water. On an unfortunate day, the jar starts leaking. The ... See full summary »

Director: Ebrahim Forouzesh | Stars: Behzad Khodaveisi, Fatemeh Azrah, Abbas Khavaninzadeh, Hassein Balai

Votes: 216

20. Life, and Nothing More... (1992)

95 min | Adventure, Drama

8.0
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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.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Farhad Kheradmand, Buba Bayour, Hocine Rifahi, Ferhendeh Feydi

Votes: 2,913

21. Nargess (1992)

100 min | Drama

7.0
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A sharp-edged look at people who live outside the constraints of Islamic law. In her fourth feature, director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad tells the tragic story of a love triangle. Afagh, an aging... See full summary »

Director: Rakhshan Banietemad | Stars: Farimah Farjami, Abolfazl Poorarab, Atefeh Razavi, Reza Karam Rezai

Votes: 195

22. Nassereddin Shah, Actor-e Cinema (1992)

92 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.5
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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. But Nasser-e-din Shah takes an interest in the actress ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Akbar Abdi, Morteza Ahmadi, Dariush Arjmand, Ezzatolah Entezami

Votes: 724

23. Through the Olive Trees (1994)

G | 103 min | Drama

7.8
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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, and the actors. The local actors play a couple who got ... See full summary »

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Farhad Kheradmand, Zarifeh Shiva, Hossein Rezai

Votes: 4,373 | Gross: $0.04M

24. Salaam Cinema (1995)

75 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

7.7
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Makhmalbaf puts an advertisement in the papers calling for an open casting for his next movie. However when hundreds of people show up, he decides to make a movie about the casting and the ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Shaghayeh Djodat, Behzad Dorani, Feizola Gashghai, Maryam Keyhan

Votes: 1,289

25. The White Balloon (1995)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama, Family

7.8
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Several people try to help a little girl to find the money her mom gave her to buy a goldfish with.

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Aida Mohammadkhani, Mohsen Kafili, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Anna Borkowska

Votes: 5,394 | Gross: $0.47M

26. Nun va Goldoon (1996)

78 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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70 Metascore

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.

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Mirhadi Tayebi, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Ali Bakhsi, Ammar Tafti Dehghan

Votes: 2,292 | Gross: $0.04M

27. Gabbeh (1996)

75 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.1
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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. Magically, a young woman appears, helping the two ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Shaghayeh Djodat, Hossein Moharami, Rogheih Moharami, Abbas Sayah

Votes: 2,375 | Gross: $0.27M

28. Leila (1997)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.7
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Leila and Reza meet in a kind of celebration and fall for each other. Having discovered their love, they get married soon only to find out the infertility of Leila. That's when Reza's ... See full summary »

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Leila Hatami, Ali Mosaffa, Jamileh Sheikhi, Mohamad Reza Sharifinia

Votes: 2,823 | Gross: $0.05M

29. Children of Heaven (1997)

PG | 89 min | Drama, Family

8.4
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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.

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Mohammad Amir Naji, Amir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi, Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi

Votes: 40,250 | Gross: $0.93M

30. Taste of Cherry (1997)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

7.7
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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.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri, Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari, Safar Ali Moradi

Votes: 17,143 | Gross: $0.31M

31. Ayneh (1997)

95 min | Drama

7.6
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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. In this ingenious and daringly original feature, ... See full summary »

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Mina Mohammad Khani, Aida Mohammadkhani, Kazem Mojdehi, Naser Omuni

Votes: 2,019 | Gross: $0.04M

32. Derakhte Golabi (1998)

95 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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Esteemed writer Mahmoud suffers from writers block. While trying to work at the family estate, concerns about an unproductive pear tree trigger in him memories of his childhood love for beautiful tomboy "M".

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Homayoun Ershadi, Golshifteh Farahani, Mohammad Reza Shaban-Noori, Nematollah Gorji

Votes: 1,014

33. Turbulent (2002)

10 min | Short

7.9
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Director: Shirin Neshat | Star: Shoja Azari

Votes: 71

34. Divorce Iranian Style (1998)

80 min | Documentary

7.6
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73 Metascore

A documentary about real divorce cases in Iran's tribunals.

Directors: Kim Longinotto, Ziba Mir-Hosseini

Votes: 336

35. The Color of Paradise (1999)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Family

8.2
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80 Metascore

Mohamed, a young blind boy, returns to his rural home for the summer and yearns for his father's acceptance.

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Hossein Mahjoub, Mohsen Ramezani, Salameh Feyzi, Farahnaz Safari

Votes: 12,816 | Gross: $1.81M

36. The Apple (1998)

86 min | Drama

7.3
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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.

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf | Stars: Massoumeh Naderi, Zahra Naderi, Ghorban Ali Naderi, Azizeh Mohamadi

Votes: 1,916 | Gross: $0.12M

37. The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

7.6
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86 Metascore

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.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Behzad Dorani, Noghre Asadi, Roushan Karam Elmi, Bahman Ghobadi

Votes: 6,392 | Gross: $0.21M

38. Roozi ke zan shodam (2000)

74 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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84 Metascore

A film comprised of three interconnected vignettes that depict women at three stages of life in Iran. The first part centers on a young girl on her ninth birthday who is told that she can ... See full summary »

Director: Marzieh Makhmalbaf | Stars: Fatemeh Cherag Akhar, Hassan Nebhan, Shahr Banou Sisizadeh, Ameneh Passand

Votes: 1,319 | Gross: $0.34M

39. Dayereh (2000)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

7.5
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85 Metascore

Various women struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran.

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Maryiam Palvin Almani, Nargess Mamizadeh, Mojgan Faramarzi, Elham Saboktakin

Votes: 4,970 | Gross: $0.67M

40. Zamani barayé masti asbha (2000)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, War

7.7
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78 Metascore

Young Iranian Kurds (brothers and sisters) try to save the youngest of them, who is seriously ill.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi, Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini, Madi Ekhtiar-dini

Votes: 5,945 | Gross: $0.70M

41. Blackboards (2000)

88 min | Drama, War

7.0
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64 Metascore

Itinerant Kurdish teachers, carrying blackboards on their backs, look for students in the hills and villages of Iran, near the Iraqi border during the Iran-Iraq war. Said falls in with a ... See full summary »

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf | Stars: Said Mohamadi, Behnaz Jafari, Bahman Ghobadi, Mohamad Karim Rahmati

Votes: 2,203 | Gross: $0.00M

42. Dakhtaran-e khorshid (2000)

92 min | Drama

6.8
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65 Metascore

Amangol's father cuts her hair and sends her to a village to work as a boy in a carpet weaving shop.

Director: Maryam Shahriar | Stars: Altinay Ghelich Taghani, Soghra Karimi, Zahra Mohammadi, Habib Haddad

Votes: 110

43. Booye kafoor, atre yas (2000)

92 min | Drama

6.8
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63 Metascore

Death surrounds Bahman, a director who hasn't made a film in 24 years (he can't get past the censors). He's working on a documentary, for Japanese TV, on Iranian burial practices. On the ... See full summary »

Director: Bahman Farmanara | Stars: Bahman Farmanara, Roya Nonahali, Ebrahim Abadi, Dariush Asadzade

Votes: 564 | Gross: $0.01M

44. Zir-e poost-e shahr (2001)

92 min | Drama

7.5
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77 Metascore

Tuba works daily at a grueling textile factory in Iran, returning home every night to deal with the rest of her problematic family, which includes: a pregnant daughter whose husband beats ... See full summary »

Director: Rakhshan Banietemad | Stars: Golab Adineh, Mohammad Reza Forutan, Baran Kosari, Ebrahim Sheibani

Votes: 1,206

45. Baran (2001)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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79 Metascore

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.

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Hossein Abedini, Zahra Bahrami, Mohammad Amir Naji, Hossein Mahjoub

Votes: 6,825 | Gross: $0.13M

46. Dah (2002)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

7.5
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86 Metascore

A visual social examination in the form of ten conversations between a driving woman and her various pick-ups and hitchhikers.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Mania Akbari, Amin Maher, Kamran Adl, Roya Akbari

Votes: 5,846 | Gross: $0.11M

47. Raye makhfi (2001)

G | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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75 Metascore

A female election agent and a gun-toting soldier try to collect votes among the local islanders with mixed success.

Director: Babak Payami | Stars: Nassim Abdi, Cyrus Abidi, Youssef Habashi, Farrokh Shoja

Votes: 1,121 | Gross: $0.11M

48. Silence of the Sea (2003)

82 min | Drama

7.4
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Siavash left Iran years ago illegally and lives in Sweden with his wife and two children. Realizing he wants to go back for a visit, he decides the best place to go is a free port, which ... See full summary »

Director: Vahid Mousaian | Stars: Masoud Rayegany, Hossein Sheydaie

Votes: 65

49. Panj é asr (2003)

105 min | Drama

6.9
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In a post-Taliban Afghanistan a young woman (Agheleh Rezaie) attends school against her conservative father's will, hoping to learn more about democracy to fulfill her dream of being the country's next president.

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf | Stars: Agheleh Rezaie, Abdolgani Yousefrazi, Razi Mohebi, Marzieh Amiri

Votes: 1,180

50. Five Dedicated to Ozu (2003)

74 min | Documentary

6.6
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Five sequences : 1) A piece of driftwood on the seashore, carried about by the waves 2) People walking on the seashore. The oldest ones stop by, look at the sea, then go away 3) Blurry ... See full summary »

Director: Abbas Kiarostami

Votes: 572

51. Talaye sorkh (2003)

Unrated | 95 min | Drama, Thriller

7.6
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81 Metascore

An Iranian pizza delivery man sees the worst of corruption and social unbalance in his city and is driven to crime.

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Hossain Emadeddin, Kamyar Sheisi, Azita Rayeji, Shahram Vaziri

Votes: 3,831 | Gross: $0.15M

52. Turtles Can Fly (2004)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, War

8.1
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85 Metascore

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.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Soran Ebrahim, Avaz Latif, Saddam Hossein Feysal, Hiresh Feysal Rahman

Votes: 15,101 | Gross: $0.26M

53. Offside (I) (2006)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

7.3
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85 Metascore

Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums.

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Sima Mobarak-Shahi, Shayesteh Irani, Ayda Sadeqi, Golnaz Farmani

Votes: 6,427 | Gross: $0.18M

54. Chand kilo khorma baraye marassem-e tadfin (2006)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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Two desperate men watching a wrecked petrol station for goverment,whilst looking for their strange loves.

Director: Saman Salur | Stars: Mohsen Tanabandeh, Nader Fallah, Mohsen Namjoo, Mahmoud Nazaralian

Votes: 836

55. It's Winter (2006)

86 min | Drama

6.9
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The struggle to survive, for a generation, torn between wanting to leave its country, yet bound by blood to home.

Director: Rafi Pitts | Stars: Mitra Hajjar, Ali Nicksaulat, Said Orkani, Hashem Abdi

Votes: 501

56. Buda as sharm foru rikht (2007)

81 min | Drama, War

7.4
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A young girl zealously wants to go to school and learn to read and write. Almost everywhere she is met with hostility or indifference. The only young boy who takes her to his school is ... See full summary »

Director: Hana Makhmalbaf | Stars: Abbas Alijome, Abdolali Hoseinali, Nikbakht Noruz

Votes: 1,802

57. Féminin, masculin (2007)

9 min | Documentary, Short

8.5
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Director: Sadaf Foroughi

Votes: 11

58. Persepolis (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

8.1
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90 Metascore

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Gena Rowlands, Danielle Darrieux

Votes: 77,352 | Gross: $4.44M

59. Shirin (2008)

92 min | Drama

6.8
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A hundred and fourteen famous Iranian theater and cinema actresses and a French star: mute spectators at a theatrical representation of Khosrow and Shirin, a Persian poem from the twelfth ... See full summary »

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Mahnaz Afshar, Pegah Ahangarani, Taraneh Alidoosti, Kamand Amir Soleymani

Votes: 1,856

60. Be hamin sadegi (2008)

90 min | Drama

7.2
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Tomorrow is an important day for Amir. He had participated in an international architecture competition to win the competition with foreign companies. His wife ,Tahereh (Hengameh Ghaziani),... See full summary »

Director: Reza Mirkarimi | Stars: Safa Aghajani, Parvaneh Ahmadi, Ahmad Akeshteh, N. Hamdam Ali

Votes: 1,082

61. Darbareye Elly (2009)

119 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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87 Metascore

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.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Golshifteh Farahani, Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Merila Zare'i

Votes: 33,282 | Gross: $0.11M

62. Keshtzar haye sepid (2009)

92 min | Drama

7.7
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Rahmat has been asked to meet the inhabitants of these islands to collect their tears. Although for years people have been giving their tears to Rahmat, no one knows exactly what he has been doing with them.

Director: Mohammad Rasoulof | Stars: Hassan Pourshirazi, Younes Ghazali, Mohammad Rabbani, Mohammad Shirvani

Votes: 350

63. Zanan-e bedun-e mardan (2009)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

6.3
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68 Metascore

Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.

Directors: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari | Stars: Shabnam Toloui, Pegah Ferydoni, Arita Shahrzad, Orsolya Tóth

Votes: 2,084 | Gross: $0.18M

64. Tinar (2009)

72 min | Documentary

8.0
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Doc follows the life of a boy named Tinar, a hired cowherd. Tinar works alone; his father lives elsewhere on the mountain with his new wife and family. Tinar's job is to keep careful watch ... See full summary »

Director: Mahdi Moniri

Votes: 50

65. Orion (2010)

80 min | Drama

6.5
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Three old friends, amir(astronomor), mehdi(film maker) and rezaei(doctor), who were friends back there at high school are now gathered together to help elham (amir s girlfriend),but they ... See full summary »

Director: Ali Zamani Esmati | Stars: Hamed Baraghani, Mohamad Reza Farzad, Nasim Kiani, Mehrdad Sheykhi

Votes: 32

66. A Separation (2011)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Mystery

8.4
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95 Metascore

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.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini

Votes: 175,458 | Gross: $7.10M

67. In film nist (2011)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

7.5
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90 Metascore

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.

Directors: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi | Stars: Jafar Panahi, Igi, Mrs. Gheirat, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Votes: 3,986 | Gross: $0.08M

68. Hamoun (1990)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

8.2
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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. In a series of flashbacks and dreams, Hamoon tries to figure ... See full summary »

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Ezzatolah Entezami, Bita Farahi, Sedigheh Kianfar, Turan Mehrzad

Votes: 5,387

69. The Traveler (1974)

83 min | Drama

7.6
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A grade-school-age boy, neglected by his parents, lies, cheats, and steals to accumulate enough money to afford a bus ride to a large city and a ticket to see his favorite soccer team play.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Hassan Darabi, Masud Zandbegleh, Mostafa Tari

Votes: 898

70. Chaharshanbe-soori (2006)

102 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.9
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84 Metascore

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.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Hamid Farokhnezhad, Hediyeh Tehrani, Taraneh Alidoosti, Pantea Bahram

Votes: 6,928

71. Davandeh (1984)

94 min | Drama

7.9
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After enrolling in a school, an impoverished boy finds conflict with his classmates and decides to compete to earn their respect.

Director: Amir Naderi | Stars: Abbas Nazeri, Madjid Niroumand, Musa Torkizadeh

Votes: 1,152

72. Nan va Koutcheh (1970)

10 min | Drama, Short

7.2
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A child carrying a bread is going home but in the alley on his way to home, there is a frightening dog and he doesn't seem to pass it alone.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Reza Hashemi, Mehdi Shahravanfar

Votes: 754

73. Tcherike-ye Tara (1979)

110 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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Tara, the young beautiful widow, returns with her two little kids from country to her village. In her way home, she finds out that her grandfather has passed away. She distributes grandpa's... See full summary »

Director: Bahram Beizai | Stars: Susan Taslimi, Manuchehr Farid, Reza Babak, Siamak Atlassi

Votes: 321

74. Tadjrebeh (1973)

60 min | Drama

7.1
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The daily hard life of a kid working in a photo shop, and tries to get closer to the girl he like.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Hossein Yarmohammadi, Andre Govalovish, Parviz Naderi, Mostafa Tari

Votes: 389

75. Beautiful City (2004)

101 min | Drama

7.8
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69 Metascore

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. Legally speaking, he had to reach the... See full summary »

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Taraneh Alidoosti, Faramarz Gharibian, Babak Ansari, Hossein Farzi-Zadeh

Votes: 3,726

76. Mashgh-e Shab (1989)

86 min | Documentary

8.0
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In this documentary, Kiarostami asks a number of students about their school homework. The answers of some children shows the darker side of this method of education.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Babak Ahmadpoor, Farhang Akhavan, Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh, Abbas Kiarostami

Votes: 688

77. 10 on Ten (2004)

88 min | Documentary

6.9
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46 Metascore

Documentary where Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami reflects on his own film-making techniques, drawing from his own films - and 2001's Ten in particular.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami

Votes: 465

78. Avaze gonjeshk-ha (2008)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Family

8.0
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74 Metascore

When an ostrich-rancher focuses on replacing his daughter's hearing aid, which breaks right before crucial exams, everything changes for a struggling rural family in Iran. Karim motorbikes ... See full summary »

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Mohammad Amir Naji, Maryam Akbari, Kamran Dehghan, Hamid Aghazi

Votes: 7,376 | Gross: $0.12M

79. Gabbeh (1996)

75 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.1
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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. Magically, a young woman appears, helping the two ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Shaghayeh Djodat, Hossein Moharami, Rogheih Moharami, Abbas Sayah

Votes: 2,375 | Gross: $0.27M

80. Roads of Kiarostami (2006)

32 min | Documentary, Short

6.8
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A documentary which is consist of poetry, music and photos. Kiarostami made this of some photos he had take from some Iran's roads which he has passed himself during many years.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Star: Abbas Kiarostami

Votes: 190

81. Madar (1990)

108 min | Drama

8.6
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How a mother acts in the hardest parts of her, and her children's lives.

Director: Ali Hatami | Stars: Rogheyeh Chehreh-Azad, Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Farimah Farjami, Amin Tarokh

Votes: 3,122

82. Adam barfi (1995)

109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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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...

Director: Davood Mir-Bagheri | Stars: Akbar Abdi, Dariush Arjmand, Parviz Parastui, Azita Hajian

Votes: 1,375

83. Dokhtari ba kafsh-haye-katani (1999)

110 min | Drama, Family

6.3
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In love with a teenage boy, Tadaei leaves home in the morning heading for school but decides not to go to school and instead starts wandering in the streets of Tehran. She makes up her mind... See full summary »

Director: Rasoul Sadrameli | Stars: Pegah Ahangarani, Majid Hajizadeh, Akram Mohammadi, Abdolreza Akbari

Votes: 632

84. The Glass Agency (1998)

114 min | Action, Drama, Romance

8.1
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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. Society does not understand them and the ... See full summary »

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia | Stars: Parviz Parastui, Reza Kianian, Habib Rezaei, Bita Baadraan

Votes: 4,122

85. Zendan-e zanan (2002)

106 min | Drama

6.7
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Spanning 18 years in an Iranian women's prison, this follows two women: the new prison warden, a tough as nails devout Muslim who has served in the army on the Iraqi front, and a young ... See full summary »

Director: Manijeh Hekmat | Stars: Roya Nonahali, Roya Taymourian, Pegah Ahangarani, Golab Adineh

Votes: 783

86. Yek boos-e koochooloo (2005)

100 min | Drama

6.7
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Two old writers who one of them is returned to Iran after 38 years because of his son's suicide, are going on a trip to the grave of that son.

Director: Bahman Farmanara | Stars: Payam Dehkordi, Babak Hamidian, Jamshid Hashempur, Hossein Kazbian

Votes: 513

87. Turtles Can Fly (2004)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, War

8.1
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85 Metascore

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.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Soran Ebrahim, Avaz Latif, Saddam Hossein Feysal, Hiresh Feysal Rahman

Votes: 15,101 | Gross: $0.26M

88. Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh (2009)

106 min | Drama, Music

7.2
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71 Metascore

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.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad, Hamed Behdad, Babak Mirzakhani

Votes: 6,196 | Gross: $0.08M

89. Gomgashtei dar Aragh (2002)

100 min | Drama, War

7.4
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86 Metascore

During the war between Iran and Iraq, a group of Iranian Kurd musicians set off on an almost impossible mission. They will try to find Hanareh, a singer with a magic voice who crossed the ... See full summary »

Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Shahab Ebrahimi, Faegh Mohamadi, Allah-Morad Rashtian, Rojan Hosseini

Votes: 1,205 | Gross: $0.14M

90. Half Moon (2006)

107 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.3
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72 Metascore

Mamo, an old and legendary Kurdish musician living in Iran, plans to give one final concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. After seven months of trying to get a permit and rounding up his ten sons, he... See full summary »

Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Ismail Ghaffari, Allah-Morad Rashtian, Farzin Sabooni, Kambiz Arshi

Votes: 2,140 | Gross: $0.00M

91. Santuri (2007)

107 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.6
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Not being able to work because of the religious country's prejudice against music, a talented Santour player has to deal with poverty, addiction and the absence of his ex-wife.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Bahram Radan, Golshifteh Farahani, Masoud Rayegany, Roya Taymourian

Votes: 5,625

92. Sarbaz-haye jome (2004)

90 min | Drama

4.8
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The story of four soldiers who on a Friday go to the city with their commander. But this Friday is different and brings many troubles for them which changes them forever.

Director: Masud Kimiai | Stars: Mohammad Reza Forutan, Bahram Radan, Poulad Kimiayi, Andishe Fooladvand

Votes: 430

93. The Hunter (I) (2010)

90 min | Drama, Thriller

6.3
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76 Metascore

In an act of vengeance, a young man randomly kills two police officers. He escapes to the forest, where he is arrested by two other officers. The three men are surrounded by trees, the ... See full summary »

Director: Rafi Pitts | Stars: Rafi Pitts, Mitra Hajjar, Malek Jahan Khazai, Hossein Nickbakht

Votes: 1,317