50 Turkish Movies You Must See Before You Die

by nopainnogain06 | created - 25 Feb 2011 | updated - 15 Sep 2011 | Public

Ölmeden Önce İzlemeniz Gereken 50 Türk Filmi

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1. Yol (1982)

PG | 114 min | Drama

A harsh portrait of Turkey, its people and its authorities, shown through the stories of five prisoners given a week's home leave, and the problems they encounter in adjusting to the world ... See full summary »

Directors: Serif Gören, Yilmaz Güney | Stars: Tarik Akan, Serif Sezer, Halil Ergün, Meral Orhonsay

Votes: 10,500

2. Hababam Sinifi (1975)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

Lazy, uneducated students share a very close bond. They live together in the dormitory, where they plan their latest pranks. When a new headmaster arrives, the students naturally try to overthrow him. A comic war of nitwits follows.

Director: Ertem Egilmez | Stars: Kemal Sunal, Münir Özkul, Halit Akçatepe, Tarik Akan

Votes: 32,693

Rıfat Ilgaz'ın ölümsüz eserinden uyarlanan bir mizah şahaseri. Belki de türk televizyonlarında en çok izlenen film. Hababam sınıfı, baba otoritesinden korkan ama onunla yaşamak için de sonsuz kaçış yöntemleri bulan, uyanık ve haylaz yanımızı temsil ediyor. Yeşilçam'ın tartışmasız başyapıtı.

3. Motherland Hotel (1987)

101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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.

Director: Ömer Kavur | Stars: Macit Koper, Sahika Tekand, Serra Yilmaz, Orhan Çagman

Votes: 2,679

4. Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalim (1977)

90 min | Drama, Romance

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, and they quickly fall in love. They get over the ... See full summary »

Director: Atif Yilmaz | Stars: Türkan Soray, Kadir Inanir, Ahmet Mekin, Hülya Tuglu

Votes: 12,997

5. Vesikali Yarim (1968)

89 min | Drama, Romance

My Prostitute Love is a 'realist melodrama' that represents the sentiment of 60s' Istanbul in an authentic way. Poetically written and carefully crafted in cinematography, it juxtaposes the... See full summary »

Director: Lütfi Akad | Stars: Türkan Soray, Izzet Günay, Ayfer Feray, Semih Sezerli

Votes: 1,736

6. Muhsin Bey (1987)

119 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

An ingenuous countryman Ali Nazik migrates to Istanbul and meets producer Muhsin Kanadikirik to have his first album.

Director: Yavuz Turgul | Stars: Sener Sen, Ugur Yücel, Sermin Hürmeriç, Osman Cavci

Votes: 8,039

7. Uzak (2002)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

84 Metascore

After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Muzaffer Özdemir, Emin Toprak, Zuhal Gencer, Nazan Kesal

Votes: 15,327 | Gross: $0.10M

8. Ah Güzel Istanbul (1966)

97 min | Comedy, Drama

Black comedy about a girl who runs away from her rural village to Istanbul to become and actress and an old drunkard street photographer.

Director: Atif Yilmaz | Stars: Sadri Alisik, Ayla Algan, Handan Adali, Diclehan Baban

Votes: 1,243

9. Kosmos (2009)

122 min | Drama, Fantasy

A strange man with otherworldly talents becomes both a friend and a pariah in a small Turkish town in this drama from writer and director Reha Erdem. Yahya is nearly in a panic when his ... See full summary »

Director: Reha Erdem | Stars: Sermet Yesil, Türkü Turan, Serkan Keskin, Hakan Altuntas

Votes: 4,083

10. The Bandit (1996)

128 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The epic adventures of the legendary Baran the Bandit following his release from prison. After serving 35 years, it is no surprise that the world has changed dramatically. Still, Baran ... See full summary »

Director: Yavuz Turgul | Stars: Sener Sen, Ugur Yücel, Sermin Hürmeriç, Yesim Salkim

Votes: 53,211

11. Drakula Istanbul'da (1953)

102 min | Fantasy, Horror

Azmi is a lawyer from Istanbul. Drakula of Romania has assumed a new title. Azmi travels to Romania for legal matters. He is warned of Drakula but Azmi is a strong believer of goodness.

Director: Mehmet Muhtar | Stars: Annie Ball, Cahit Irgat, Ayfer Feray, Bülent Oran

Votes: 332

12. Babam ve Oglum (2005)

108 min | Drama, Family

The family of a left-wing journalist is torn apart after a military coup in 1980's Turkey.

Director: Çagan Irmak | Stars: Çetin Tekindor, Fikret Kuskan, Hümeyra, Ege Tanman

Votes: 62,851

13. Gelin (1973)

92 min | Drama

A young woman moves with her husband and small child to her husband's family in Istanbul. Her son becomes ill and the doctor tells her that he will soon die if he doesn't get an operation. ... See full summary »

Director: Lütfi Akad | Stars: Hülya Koçyigit, Kerem Yilmazer, Ali Sen, Nazan Adali

Votes: 1,019

14. Umut (1970)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

"Umut" is the story of an illiterate man and his family, whose existence depends on his income as a horse cab driver. When one of his horses is killed by an automobile, and when it is clear... See full summary »

Directors: Serif Gören, Yilmaz Güney | Stars: Yilmaz Güney, Gülsen Alniaçik, Tuncel Kurtiz, Kürsat Alniaçik

Votes: 2,623

15. Masumiyet (1997)

110 min | Drama

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.

Director: Zeki Demirkubuz | Stars: Güven Kiraç, Haluk Bilginer, Derya Alabora, Yalcin Cakmak

Votes: 11,888

16. Yusuf ile Kenan (1979)

80 min | Drama

Yusuf, 14, and Kenan, 9, are two shepherd brothers. When their father was killed as a result of a blood feud, children flee to Istanbul to find their only relative, uncle Ali. However all ... See full summary »

Director: Ömer Kavur | Stars: Cem Davran, Tamer Çeliker, Hakan Tanfer, Yalçin Avsar

Votes: 565

17. Gemide (1998)

102 min | Crime, Drama

Sailors want to remain in their small world, warm and cozy and full of lies, but they kidnap a prostitute from some pimps.

Director: Serdar Akar | Stars: Erkan Can, Haldun Boysan, Yildiray Sahinler, Naci Tasdögen

Votes: 10,478

18. Sevmek Zamani (1965)

89 min | Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Metin Erksan | Stars: Müsfik Kenter, Sema Özcan, Süleyman Tekcan, Oya Bulaner

Votes: 3,147

19. Bereketli Topraklar Üzerinde (1980)

115 min | Drama

The tragic story of three farm worker who migrates from their village to the cotton land Çukurova.

Director: Erden Kiral | Stars: Yaman Okay, Erkan Yücel, Nur Sürer, Tuncel Kurtiz

Votes: 392

20. Maglup edilemeyenler (1976)

80 min | Adventure, Drama

Murat is a successful journalist. One day a girl named Aysel is kidnapped and raped by three men. Murat is misinformed about the case, so he distorts the whole story which deeply saddens ... See full summary »

Director: Atif Yilmaz | Stars: Cüneyt Arkin, Müjde Ar, Hayati Hamzaoglu, Ihsan Yüce

Votes: 113

21. Dry Summer (1963)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

A tobacco farmer tries to ruin his competitors crops by diverting water to his property.

Director: Metin Erksan | Stars: Erol Tas, Hülya Koçyigit, Ulvi Dogan, Alaettin Altiok

Votes: 2,937

22. Yazi Tura (2004)

102 min | Drama

Yazi Tura (Toss Up) is the film of two stories taking place in 1999. Stories of two young men... One is "Ridvan the Devil", a young football player from Central Anatolia, Cappadocia / ... See full summary »

Director: Ugur Yücel | Stars: Kenan Imirzalioglu, Olgun Simsek, Bahri Beyat, Engin Günaydin

Votes: 4,844

23. Üç arkadas (1958)

88 min | Drama, Romance

Three hopeless cronies from the slums help a blind panhandler girl who is homeless and hungry. The girl, an ingenue, brings a new hope to everyone's life, especially to the one who falls in love with her.

Director: Memduh Ün | Stars: Muhterem Nur, Fikret Hakan, Salih Tozan, Semih Sezerli

Votes: 154

24. Otobüs (1975)

87 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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.

Director: Tunç Okan | Stars: Tunç Okan, Björn Gedda, Tuncel Kurtiz, Oguz Arlas

Votes: 1,410

25. The Herd (1978)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama

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. During their long train ride, bribes must be ... See full summary »

Director: Zeki Ökten | Stars: Tarik Akan, Melike Demirag, Erol Demiröz, Levent Inanir

Votes: 3,387

26. Gurbet Kuslari (1964)

102 min | Drama

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.

Director: Halit Refig | Stars: Tanju Gürsu, Özden Çelik, Pervin Par, Önder Somer

Votes: 522

27. Sonbahar (2008)

99 min | Drama

A man struggles after his release from ten years as a political prisoner.

Director: Özcan Alper | Stars: Onur Saylak, Megi Kobaladze, Serkan Keskin, Raife Yenigül

Votes: 4,579

28. Bal (2010)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

70 Metascore

The quiet life of a boy and his family is endangered when his father does not return home from his work collecting honey in the forest.

Director: Semih Kaplanoglu | Stars: Bora Altas, Erdal Besikçioglu, Tülin Özen, Ayse Altay

Votes: 6,071

29. Tabutta Rövasata (1996)

76 min | Drama

Mahsun is homeless and unemployed. He lives in Rumelihisari (one of the most picturesque and oldest quarters of Istanbul), and tries to stay alive with the help of local fishermen. Mahsun ... See full summary »

Director: Dervis Zaim | Stars: Ahmet Ugurlu, Tuncel Kurtiz, Aysen Aydemir, Serif Erol

Votes: 7,065

30. Bes Vakit (2006)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama

A small, poor village leaning over high rocky mountains, facing the immense sea, flanked by olive yards. Villagers are simple and diligent people who struggle to cope with a harsh nature. ... See full summary »

Director: Reha Erdem | Stars: Ozen Ozkan, Ali Bey Kayali, Elit Iscan, Bülent Emin Yarar

Votes: 3,403 | Gross: $0.01M

31. Zügürt Aga (1985)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

The landowner (Agha) of the Haraptar village marries off his old father with the young and beautiful Kiraz. But on the nuptial night, his father dies and everthing starts to go bad for the ... See full summary »

Director: Nesli Çölgeçen | Stars: Sener Sen, Erdal Özyagcilar, Nilgün Nazli, Füsun Demirel

Votes: 11,648

32. Canim Kardesim (1973)

92 min | Drama

Two poor men try to find a television as a last wish for the terminally ill brother of one of them.

Director: Ertem Egilmez | Stars: Tarik Akan, Kahraman Kiral, Halit Akçatepe, Metin Akpinar

Votes: 6,967

33. Dügün (1973)

84 min | Drama

A story of a family of six who are coming from Urfa tries to survive economically in Istanbul.

Director: Lütfi Akad | Stars: Hülya Koçyigit, Ahmet Mekin, Kamran Usluer, Erol Günaydin

Votes: 454

34. Karpuz Kabugundan Gemiler Yapmak (2004)

97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

This is a movie about amateur spirit made with an amateur spirit. It is the story of two adolescents who live in a small village, work in temporary summer jobs in a small town near their ... See full summary »

Director: Ahmet Uluçay | Stars: Fizuli Caferof, Gülayse Erkoc, Hasbiye Günay, Kadir Kaymaz

Votes: 4,670

35. The Town (1997)

85 min | Drama

89 Metascore

The story of a family living in a small godforsaken town in Turkey seen through the eyes of children and dealing with the growing complexity when one becomes an adult.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Emin Toprak, Havva Saglam, Cihat Bütün, Fatma Ceylan

Votes: 3,101

36. Vizontele (2001)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

The film is about the introduction of television to a small village in southeast Anatolia in 1974. Employing a tragicomic language, it tells of the efforts of Emin who is the village idiot ... See full summary »

Directors: Yilmaz Erdogan, Ömer Faruk Sorak | Stars: Yilmaz Erdogan, Demet Akbag, Altan Erkekli, Cem Yilmaz

Votes: 27,112

37. 9 (2002)

91 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

Cops question six people about the rape and murder of a beautiful vagrant

Director: Ümit Ünal | Stars: Ali Poyrazoglu, Cezmi Baskin, Serra Yilmaz, Fikret Kuskan

Votes: 1,386

38. Teyzem (1986)

105 min | Drama, Thriller

7 yo Umur falls in love with his much older aunt in the midst of political upheaval and dysfunctions of his family.

Director: Halit Refig | Stars: Müjde Ar, Yasar Alptekin, Mehmet Akan, Ayse Demirel

Votes: 1,040

39. Uçurtmayi Vurmasinlar (1989)

100 min | Crime, Drama

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.

Director: Tunç Basaran | Stars: Ozan Bilen, Nur Sürer, Füsun Demirel, Güzin Özipek

Votes: 5,273

40. Alin yazisi (1972)

90 min | Crime, Drama

A retired tough guy's drive to avenging his brother and sister

Director: Orhan Aksoy | Stars: Cüneyt Arkin, Fatma Belgen, Sükriye Atav, Mümtaz Ener

Votes: 238

41. Dönüs (1972)

94 min | Drama, Romance

Story of a wife and her son waiting for her husband to come back from Germany, where he immigrated for paying his family's debts in Turkey.

Director: Türkan Soray | Stars: Türkan Soray, Kadir Inanir, Bilal Inci, Osman Alyanak

Votes: 929

43. Aysel: Batakli damin kizi (1934)

80 min | Drama

Aysel, while working for the strong Satilmiszade family, is seduced by her boss and becomes pregnant. Giving birth to the child, she applies to the court for alimony, but the father rejects... See full summary »

Director: Muhsin Ertugrul | Stars: Behzat Butak, I. Galip Arcan, Hazim Körmükçü, Mahmut Morali

Votes: 101

44. Kanun namina (1952)

94 min | Drama

Nazim who commit crime because of people around him and Ayten loves Nazim and married with him. However, Ayten's stepsister Nezahat and Halil want to separate them.

Director: Lütfi Akad | Stars: Ayhan Isik, Gülistan Güzey, Muzaffer Tema, Pola Morelli

Votes: 196

1952 yılında 4 film yöneten Lütfi Ö. Akad, özgün bir yaşam öyküsüne dayanan Kanun Namına ile Türk sinemasına ilk kilometre taşını koyuyor. Gerçekten Akad, yıllardır anlatım aksaklıklarıyla yaşamaya çalışan kekeme bir Türk Sinemasına bir dil kazandırıyor, yeni soluk getiriyordu. Yaşayan tipler, gündelik olaylar ve doğal çevrenin kullanımı Kanun Namına'yı tarihsel süreç içindeki yerine oturtuyor.

46. Law of the Border (1966)

Not Rated | 71 min | Crime, Drama

In order to keep his ailing son alive, an impoverished man agrees to sneak a herd of sheep across the border.

Director: Lütfi Akad | Stars: Yilmaz Güney, Pervin Par, Erol Tas, Tuncer Necmioglu

Votes: 537

Türk sineması kuramcılarının çeşitli kamplara ayrılıp "ATÜT sineması", "halk sineması", "ulusal sinema", "toplumsal gerçekçilik" gibi görüşleri tartıştıkları dönemde Lütfi Ö. Akad, çok önemli bir film patlattı: Senaryo çalışmasını Yılmaz Güney'le birlikte yaptığı Hudutların Kanunu, Türk sinema tarihinin en önemli filmiydi. Akad, ikinci kez doğarken, Yılmaz Güney'in "büyük oyun"u da uzun süre unutulmayacaktı.

47. Yatik Emine (1975)

90 min | Drama

Notorious for being an immoral woman, Emine is sent to a village in the middle of nowhere as an attempt of rehabilitation.

Director: Ömer Kavur | Stars: Osman Alyanak, Atilla Ergün, Serdar Gökhan, Mahmut Hekimoglu

Votes: 178

48. Camdan Kalp (1990)

104 min | Drama

A scenario writer who struggles to have any of them filmed, delves into problems of his housemaid.

Director: Fehmi Yasar | Stars: Genco Erkal, Deniz Gökçer, Serif Sezer, Füsun Demirel

Votes: 128

49. Mayis Sikintisi (1999)

130 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

This is a movie within movie, which is almost recursive, i.e., the movie inside looks like director Ceylan's previous movie, Kasaba. It is about the movie director, Muzaffer, going back to ... See full summary »

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Emin Ceylan, Muzaffer Özdemir, Fatma Ceylan, Emin Toprak

Votes: 3,659

50. Dar Alanda Kisa Paslasmalar (2000)

120 min | Drama, Sport