TOP 50 Arabic Movies

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Top 50 Arabic contemporary movies from the last 20 years.

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1. Theeb (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.

Director: Naji Abu Nowar | Stars: Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh, Jack Fox

Votes: 8,972 | Gross: $0.28M

2. Capernaum (2018)

R | 126 min | Drama

75 Metascore

While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawsar Al Haddad

Votes: 21,239 | Gross: $1.66M

3. The Square (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Drama, History

84 Metascore

A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.

Director: Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Ahmed Hassan, Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour, Ramy Essam

Votes: 8,012 | Gross: $0.12M

4. The Insult (2017)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

After an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee escalates, the men end up in a court case that gets national attention.

Director: Ziad Doueiri | Stars: Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Camille Salameh, Diamand Bou Abboud

Votes: 11,259 | Gross: $1.00M

5. Heaven Without People (2017)

91 min | Drama

Josephine, the matriarch of a sprawling family, is delighted to gather everyone for Easter lunch for the first time in two years. While they all share a joyful meal, an incident ignites ... See full summary »

Director: Lucien Bourjeily | Stars: Farah Shaer, Jean Paul Hage, Jenny Gebara, Laeticia Semaan

Votes: 340

6. Wajib - The Wedding Invitation (2017)

96 min | Drama

A father and his estranged son must come together to hand deliver his daughter's wedding invitations to each guest as per local Palestinian custom, in this rousing family drama from Annemarie Jacir (When I Saw You).

Director: Annemarie Jacir | Stars: Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Tarik Kopty, Monera Shehadeh

Votes: 815

7. Yomeddine (2018)

97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

A Coptic leper and his orphaned apprentice leave the confines of the leper colony for the first time and embark on a journey across Egypt to search for what is left of their families.

Director: A.B. Shawky | Stars: Rady Gamal, Ahmed Abdelhafiz, Osama Abdallah, Mohamed Abdel Azim

Votes: 788 | Gross: $0.01M

8. Five Broken Cameras (2011)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, War

78 Metascore

A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.

Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi | Stars: Emad Burnat, Soraya Burnat, Mohammed Burnat, Yasin Burnat

Votes: 5,491 | Gross: $0.11M

9. Beauty and the Dogs (2017)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

During a student party, Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, meets the mysterious Youssef and leaves with him. A long night will begin, during which she'll have to fight for her rights and her ... See full summary »

Director: Kaouther Ben Hania | Stars: Mariam Al Ferjani, Ghanem Zrelli, Noomen Hamda, Mohamed Akkari

Votes: 1,028 | Gross: $0.01M

10. West Beirut (1998)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In April, 1975, civil war breaks out; Beirut is partitioned along a Moslem-Christian line. Tarek is in high school, making Super 8 movies with his friend, Omar. At first the war is a lark: ... See full summary »

Director: Ziad Doueiri | Stars: Rami Doueiri, Naamar Sahli, Mohamad Chamas, Rola Al Amin

Votes: 3,011 | Gross: $0.34M

11. Paradise Now (2005)

PG-13 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Kais Nashif, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Hamza Abu-Aiaash

Votes: 21,420 | Gross: $1.45M

12. The Day I Lost My Shadow (2018)

94 min | Drama

In Syria in 2012 a mother ventures into a war zone to find a gas cylinder so she can prepare a meal for her son. She discovers that in the besieged area the people there have lost their shadows.

Director: Soudade Kaadan | Stars: Reham Alkassar, Sawsan Arshid, Samer Ismail, Oweiss Mkhallalati

Votes: 85

13. Wadjda (2012)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour | Stars: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd

Votes: 16,533 | Gross: $1.35M

14. Withered Green (2016)

73 min | Drama

A defining week in Iman's life goes by as she attempts to convince any of her uncles to attend her younger sister's engagement in her deceased father's place, as is tradition. However, a ... See full summary »

Director: Mohammed Hammad | Stars: Heba Ali, Asmaa Fawzi, John Ekram Hanna, Tamer Abdul-Hamid

Votes: 178

15. Sofia (2018)

80 min | Drama

Sofia, 20, lives with her parents in Casablanca. Following a denial of pregnancy, she finds herself illegally giving birth to a baby out of wedlock. The hospital leaves her 24h to provide ... See full summary »

Director: Meryem Benm'Barek-Aloïsi | Stars: Maha Alemi, Lubna Azabal, Sarah Perles, Faouzi Bensaïdi

Votes: 471

16. The Time That Remains (2009)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, History

74 Metascore

An examination of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day.

Director: Elia Suleiman | Stars: Menashe Noy, Elia Suleiman, Baher Agbariya, Saleh Bakri

Votes: 2,031 | Gross: $0.02M

17. Divine Intervention (2002)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Romance, War

74 Metascore

Separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah arrange clandestine meetings.

Director: Elia Suleiman | Stars: Elia Suleiman, Manal Khader, George Ibrahim, Amer Daher

Votes: 3,145 | Gross: $0.39M

18. Omar (2013)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Eyad Hourani, Samer Bisharat

Votes: 12,101 | Gross: $0.36M

19. Where Do We Go Now? (2011)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

A group of Lebanese women try to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Nadine Labaki, Yvonne Maalouf, Layla Hakim

Votes: 10,438 | Gross: $0.53M

20. Amreeka (2009)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A drama centered on the trials and tribulations of a proud Palestinian Christian immigrant single mother and her teenage son in small town Indiana.

Director: Cherien Dabis | Stars: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat

Votes: 3,315 | Gross: $0.62M

21. Very Big Shot (2015)

107 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Intending to smuggle drugs across the borders, a small-time Lebanese drug-dealer slyly manipulates public opinion with the help of an underrated filmmaker.

Director: Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya | Stars: Alain Saadeh, Fouad Yammine, Wissam Fares, Tarek Yaacoub

Votes: 1,133

22. Zozo (2005)

105 min | Drama, Family, War

A Lebanese boy gets separated from his family during the civil war and ends up in Sweden.

Director: Josef Fares | Stars: Imad Creidi, Antoinette Turk, Elias Gergi, Carmen Lebbos

Votes: 2,936

23. Microphone (II) (2010)

120 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Khaled returns from USA to his mother's funeral at his hometown: Alexandria, Egypt. He decides to make it a fresh new start even if it meant mending his first love story yet it proved a ... See full summary »

Director: Ahmad Abdalla | Stars: Kal Naga, Yousra El Lozy, Hani Adel, Ahmad Magdy

Votes: 1,259

24. The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2018)

127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

The affaire of a married Palestinian man and a married Israeli woman in Jerusalem takes a dangerous political dimension when they are spotted in the wrong place at the wrong time, leaving them to deal with more than their broken marriages.

Director: Muayad Alayan | Stars: Maisa Abd Elhadi, Mohammad Eid, Kamel El Basha, Ishai Golan

Votes: 490

25. Under the Bombs (2007)

TV-14 | 98 min | Drama, Romance, War

In the wake of Israel's 2006 bombardment of Lebanon, a determined woman finds her way into the country convincing a taxi cab driver to take a risky journey around the scarred region in search of her sister and her son.

Director: Philippe Aractingi | Stars: Nada Abou Farhat, Georges Khabbaz, Rawia Elchab, Bshara Atallah

Votes: 1,343

26. Caramel (2007)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Nadine Labaki, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisèle Aouad, Yasmine Al Massri

Votes: 11,669 | Gross: $1.06M

27. Ali Mizah wa Ibrahim (2016)

92 min | Drama, Fantasy

Ali believes his late girlfriend's soul has been reincarnated in a goat. Ali, his goat and his friend Ibrahim embark on a journey of friendship and self-discovery across Egypt to reverse the curse.

Director: Sherif Elbendary | Stars: Ali Subhi, Ahmad Magdy, Salwa Mohamed Ali, Nahed El Sebaï

Votes: 466

28. Last Men in Aleppo (2017)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, War

80 Metascore

Khaled, Mahmoud and Subhi volunteer with the White Helmets trying to save lives of hundreds of victims in the besieged city of Aleppo during the Syrian Civil War.

Directors: Feras Fayyad, Steen Johannessen | Stars: Khaled Umar Harah, Batul, Mahmoud, Abu Umar

Votes: 2,252 | Gross: $0.01M

29. The White Helmets

Drama | Announced

Feature adaptation of the 2016 documentary, 'The White Helmets', about volunteers for the Syrian Civil Defense who risk their lives to save victims in their war-torn country.

30. Ajami (2009)

Not Rated | 124 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

Ajami is the religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. These are five stories about the everyday life in Ajami.

Directors: Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani | Stars: Fouad Habash, Nisrin Siksik, Elias Saba, Youssef Sahwani

Votes: 5,687 | Gross: $0.62M

31. The Kite (2003)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

A young 15 year old girl, Lamia, lives in a southern Lebanese village on the border with Israel. She is given in marriage to her cousin on the other side of the border. As Lamia crosses the... See full summary »

Director: Randa Chahal Sabag | Stars: Flavia Bechara, Maher Bsaibes, Randa Asmar, Renée Dick

Votes: 585

32. Sheikh Jackson (2017)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

63 Metascore

An Islamic cleric has a crisis of faith when he hears the news that his childhood idol, Michael Jackson, has died.

Director: Amr Salama | Stars: Ahmad El-Fishawi, Salma Abu-Deif, Omar Ayman Altounji, Basma

Votes: 1,746

33. Photocopy (2017)

90 min | Drama

When a retired old man in Cairo begins to learn about the extinction of dinosaurs, it sets off a series of events that will give his life renewed meaning.

Director: Tamer Ashry | Stars: Mahmood Hemaidah, Sherine Reda, Farah Youssef, Bayyumi Fuad

Votes: 534

34. In the Last Days of the City (2016)

118 min | Drama

75 Metascore

A documentary filmmaker in Cairo is having difficulty finishing his film, so his friends send him footage from the cities they live in: Baghdad, Beirut, and Berlin.

Director: Tamer El Said | Stars: Khalid Abdalla, Laila Samy, Hanan Youssef, Mariam Saleh Saad

Votes: 340

35. The Blessed (2017)

102 min | Drama

Follows a handful of characters living in Algiers in the wake of a civil war that lasted throughout the 1990s.

Director: Sofia Djama | Stars: Sami Bouajila, Nadia Kaci, Faouzi Bensaïdi, Amine Lansari

Votes: 162

37. Captain Abu Raed (2007)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama

When an old airport janitor finds a captain's hat in the trash, he gets pulled into the lives of children in his poor neighborhood. He weaves imaginary stories of his world adventures to offer hope in the face of their harsh reality.

Director: Amin Matalqa | Stars: Nadim Sawalha, Rana Sultan, Hussein Al-Sous, Odai Qedese

Votes: 1,513

38. 3000 Nights (2015)

103 min | Drama

A young Palestinian schoolteacher gives birth to her son in an Israeli prison where she fights to protect him, survive and maintain hope.

Director: Mai Masri | Stars: Maisa Abd Elhadi, Nadira Omran, Rakeen Saad, Raida Adon

Votes: 405

39. Barakah Meets Barakah (2016)

88 min | Comedy, Romance

A guy from the middle class, meets a girl from A wealthy family, and they start a romance in a country that frowns upon it.

Director: Mahmoud Sabbagh | Stars: Hisham Fageeh, Fatima AlBanawi, Sami Hifny, Khairia Nazmi

Votes: 1,178

40. Hedi (2016)

88 min | Drama

Hedi, a young man with great dreams, is struggling his way through social conventions in Tunisia. While his mother tries to decide his life for him, Hedi meets Rim and suddenly he discovers that his world goes beyond and above conventions.

Director: Mohamed Ben Attia | Stars: Majd Mastoura, Rym Ben Messaoud, Sabah Bouzouita, Omnia Ben Ghali

Votes: 824



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