Third World Movies

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1. The Silences of the Palace (1994)

116 min | Drama

As she grows up, Alia (the daughter of housemaid Khedija) learns the secrets of the peaceful palace where she and her mother live.

Director: Moufida Tlatli | Stars: Amel Hedhili, Najia Ouerghi, Hind Sabri, Fatima Ben Saïdane

Votes: 769

2. Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces (1990)

Unrated | 98 min | Drama, Comedy

A coming-of-age comedy/drama set in Tunisia. Twelve-year-old Noura is an impressionable boy who must learn to reconcile two conflicting worlds - the loving world of Muslim women and the ... See full summary »

Director: Férid Boughedir | Stars: Selim Boughedir, Mustapha Adouani, Rabia Ben Abdallah, Mohammed Driss

Votes: 1,078

3. The Wedding Song (2008)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, War

65 Metascore

The Nazi occupation of Tunisia strains the bonds of friendship between a Muslim woman and a Sephardic Jewish woman who are both preparing for their marriages.

Director: Karin Albou | Stars: Lizzie Brocheré, Olympe Borval, Najib Oudghiri, Simon Abkarian

Votes: 638 | Gross: $0.03M

4. Exils (2004)

Unrated | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Music

Two French lovers, Zano and Naima, decided to travel to the land of their parents: Algeria. Their road trip gradually becomes a spiritual quest.

Director: Tony Gatlif | Stars: Romain Duris, Lubna Azabal, Zouhir Gacem, Lila Makhlouf

Votes: 2,795

5. Et maintenant on va où? (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: 9,754 | Gross: $0.53M

6. Viva Laldjérie (2004)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

This movie portrays three women living in today's Algeria between modern society and Islamic fundamentalism, self-determination and dependence. Goucem, a young woman who works for a ... See full summary »

Director: Nadir Moknèche | Stars: Lubna Azabal, Biyouna, Nadia Kaci, Jalil Naciri

Votes: 475

7. A Summer in La Goulette (1996)

TV-PG | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

Summer, 1967. La Goulette, the touristic beach of Tunisi, is the site where three nice seventeen-year-old girls live: Gigi, sicilian and catholic; Meriem, Tunisian and Arab; Tina, French ... See full summary »

Director: Férid Boughedir | Stars: Sonia Mankaï, Ava Cohen-Jonathan, Sarah Pariente, Mustapha Adouani

Votes: 623

8. Fasle kargadan (2012)

88 min | Drama, History, Thriller

66 Metascore

Kurdish-Iranian poet Sahel has just been released from a thirty-year prison sentence in Iran. Now the one thing keeping him going is the thought of finding his wife, who thinks him dead for over twenty years.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Monica Bellucci, Yilmaz Erdogan, Caner Cindoruk

Votes: 5,445

9. Darbareye Elly (2009)

119 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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: 36,178 | Gross: $0.11M

10. Earth (1998)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance, War

71 Metascore

It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl witnesses tragedy as her ayah (nanny) is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna, Maia Sethna

Votes: 6,788 | Gross: $0.53M

11. Water (I) (2005)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A thesis picture. In 1938, Gandhi's party is making inroads in women's rights. Chuyia, a child already married but living with her parents, becomes a widow. By tradition, she is ... See full summary »

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Seema Biswas, Sarala Kariyawasam

Votes: 13,510 | Gross: $3.22M

12. Fire (1996)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

Two women who are abandoned by their husbands, find love and solace in each other.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Karishma Jhalani, Ramanjeet Kaur

Votes: 5,260 | Gross: $0.40M

13. Dedemin Insanlari (2011)

126 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Grandpapa and his family were torn from their land, forced to migrate from Crete during the population exchange when he was just seven years old. Grands greatest desire is to see the land ... See full summary »

Director: Çagan Irmak | Stars: Çetin Tekindor, Yigit Özsener, Gökçe Bahadir, Sacide Tasaner

Votes: 7,038

14. Circumstance (2011)

R | 107 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession.

Director: Maryam Keshavarz | Stars: Sarah Kazemy, Nikohl Boosheri, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa

Votes: 6,954 | Gross: $0.44M

15. The Secrets (2007)

R | 127 min | Drama, Romance

In The Secrets, two brilliant young women discover their own voices in a repressive orthodox culture where females are forbidden to sing, let alone speak out. Naomi, the studious, devoutly ... See full summary »

Director: Avi Nesher | Stars: Fanny Ardant, Ania Bukstein, Michal Shtamler, Adir Miller

Votes: 1,776 | Gross: $0.12M

16. Live and Become (2005)

Unrated | 140 min | Drama

A Christian boy escapes to Israel from famine-stricken Ethiopia by pretending to be Jewish.

Director: Radu Mihaileanu | Stars: Yaël Abecassis, Roschdy Zem, Moshe Agazai, Moshe Abebe

Votes: 5,466

17. The Debt (2007)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Thriller

The year is 1965. Rachel Brener is one of 3 young Mossad agents team who caught "The Surgeon of Birkenau" - a Nazi monster who was never brought to trial in Israel. The official reason was ... See full summary »

Director: Assaf Bernstein | Stars: Gila Almagor, Yuriy Chepurnov, Oleg Drach, Sergey Dvoretskiy

Votes: 850

18. The Little Traitor (2007)

TV-PG | 88 min | Drama

47 Metascore

A coming of age tale of the unlikely bond between a kindly British soldier and a spirited Jewish boy set against the backdrop of the birth of the State of Israel.

Director: Lynn Roth | Stars: Ido Port, Alfred Molina, Gilya Stern, Rami Heuberger

Votes: 752 | Gross: $0.40M

19. Knafayim Shvurot (2002)

R | 87 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'.

Director: Nir Bergman | Stars: Orly Silbersatz, Maya Maron, Nitai Gvirtz, Daniel Magon

Votes: 2,266 | Gross: $0.41M

20. Or (My Treasure) (2004)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

Or shoulders a lot: she's 17 or 18, a student, works evenings at a restaurant, recycles cans and bottles for cash, and tries to keep her mother Ruthie from returning to streetwalking in Tel... See full summary »

Director: Keren Yedaya | Stars: Dana Ivgy, Ronit Elkabetz, Meshar Cohen, Katia Zinbris

Votes: 1,355 | Gross: $0.03M

21. The Syrian Bride (2004)

97 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the... See full summary »

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Makram Khoury, Clara Khoury, Ashraf Barhom

Votes: 3,074 | Gross: $0.38M

22. Miral (2010)

R | 112 min | Drama, History

45 Metascore

A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass, Willem Dafoe, Asma Al Shiukhy

Votes: 3,015 | Gross: $0.37M

23. The Kite Runner (2007)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama

61 Metascore

After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Khalid Abdalla, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, Atossa Leoni, Shaun Toub

Votes: 73,525 | Gross: $15.80M

24. Mutluluk (2007)

105 min | Drama

71 Metascore

Condemned to death to salvage her family's honor, a young rape victim escapes to a seaside town with the man tasked with her execution.

Director: Abdullah Oguz | Stars: Talat Bulut, Özgü Namal, Murat Han, Mustafa Avkiran

Votes: 7,038 | Gross: $0.04M

25. Head-On (2004)

R | 121 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

With the intention to break free from the strict familial restrictions, a suicidal young woman sets up a marriage of convenience with a forty-year-old addict, an act that will lead to an outburst of envious love.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Birol Ünel, Sibel Kekilli, Güven Kiraç, Zarah Jane McKenzie

Votes: 46,200

27. Midnight's Children (2012)

TV-14 | 146 min | Drama

56 Metascore

A pair of children, born within moments of India gaining independence from Britain, grow up in the country that is nothing like their parent's generation.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Rajat Kapoor, Vansh Bhardwaj, Anupam Kher, Neha Mahajan

Votes: 2,629 | Gross: $0.14M

28. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

Votes: 517,640 | Gross: $124.99M

29. Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

A South African preacher goes to search for his wayward son, who has committed a crime in the big city.

Director: Darrell Roodt | Stars: Richard Harris, James Earl Jones, Vusi Kunene, Charles S. Dutton

Votes: 1,587 | Gross: $0.68M

30. Kelebegin Rüyasi (2013)

138 min | Biography, Drama, History

In a small Turkish town, two young tuberculous poets try to survive while publishing their poems. As they both fall in love, their life would never be the same.

Director: Yilmaz Erdogan | Stars: Kivanç Tatlitug, Mert Firat, Belçim Bilgin, Farah Zeynep Abdullah

Votes: 16,132

33. Sof Shavua B'Tel Aviv (2008)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

56 Metascore

A suicide bomber becomes dependent on the kindness of strangers when his explosives won't detonate, giving him time to meet some of the people he's targeting.

Director: Dror Zahavi | Stars: Shredi Jabarin, Hili Yalon, Shlomo Vishinsky, Khawlah Hag-Debsy

Votes: 606 | Gross: $0.01M

34. Milh Hadha al-Bahr (2008)

Unrated | 109 min | Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

A romantic drama about a working-class woman and her experiences traveling back home.

Director: Annemarie Jacir | Stars: Suheir Hammad, Saleh Bakri, Riyad Ideis, Dana Drigov

Votes: 952 | Gross: $0.01M

35. 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: 5,597 | Gross: $0.62M

36. Under the Domim Tree (1994)

102 min | Drama

Individual memories of a group of teenage Holocaust survivors in Israel creates sharp conflicts among them.

Director: Eli Cohen | Stars: Gila Almagor, Juliano Mer-Khamis, Uri Avrahami, Yael Pearl

Votes: 202

37. Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 7,595 | Gross: $2.08M

38. Kusursuzlar (2013)

95 min | Drama, Family, Mystery

Two sisters in their early thirties find themselves isolated in the Aegean summer cottage of their childhood, as they must deal with their uneasy sibling relationship and confront their devastating recent past past.

Director: Ramin Matin | Stars: Suna Selen, Mehmet Ali Nuroglu, Emre Yetim, Ibrahim Selim

Votes: 712

39. Tahara (2002)

Unrated | 86 min | Drama

45 Metascore

A successful author, Liz, searches for her daughter, Rachel, in the Sinai Desert. There she meets a Bedouin storyteller who relays the unusual love story of a Western tourist and the son of a Bedouin Sheik named Najim. Their relationship is torn apart when the American is exposed to a tribal ritual.

Director: Doron Eran | Stars: Meital Dohan, Ashraf Farah, Amnon Fisher, Razia Israeli

Votes: 106 | Gross: $0.05M

40. The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)

Not Rated | 155 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The story of a young revolutionary who raised an armed resistance against the British rule in India.

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Sushant Singh, D. Santosh, Akhilendra Mishra

Votes: 12,482

41. Campfire (2004)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

51 Metascore

The story of one woman's personal battle for acceptance, but also a portrait of a political movement that has forever affected millions of lives in the Middle East.

Director: Joseph Cedar | Stars: Michaela Eshet, Hani Furstenberg, Moshe Ivgy, Maya Maron

Votes: 608

42. 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: 11,772 | Gross: $0.36M

43. Bethlehem (I) (2013)

99 min | Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

Tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. Shuttling back and forth between conflicting points of view, the... See full summary »

Director: Yuval Adler | Stars: Tsahi Halevi, Shadi Mar'i, Hitham Omari, Michal Shtamler

Votes: 1,864

44. Le passé (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery

85 Metascore

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.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet

Votes: 39,976 | Gross: $1.33M

45. Karov La Bayit (2005)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

64 Metascore

Rebellious and outgoing Smadar can't stand types like Mirit. Mirit, introverted and frightened, keeps away from the likes of Smadar. But the two are thrown together as they are assigned to ... See full summary »

Directors: Vardit Bilu, Dalia Hager | Stars: Smadar Sayar, Naama Schendar, Danny Geva, Katia Zinbris

Votes: 884 | Gross: $0.02M

46. Ha-Kochavim Shel Shlomi (2003)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Comedy

59 Metascore

The new math teacher and new school principal discover the 16-year-old underachiever failing classes is really a genius, and the kid's own family's too busy relying on him to mend family fences to notice his brilliance either.

Director: Shemi Zarhin | Stars: Oshri Cohen, Arieh Elias, Esti Zakheim, Aya Steinovitz

Votes: 1,078

47. The Promise (2011– )

356 min | Drama, Mystery, War

A young British girl travels to Israel/Palestine, retracing the steps of her grandfather - a British soldier stationed there in the 1940s.

Stars: Claire Foy, Christian Cooke, Itay Tiran, Katharina Schüttler

Votes: 1,712

48. Mishehu Larutz Ito (2006)

118 min | Adventure, Drama

Through the streets of Jerusalem two teenagers' stories will unite to tell the summer adventure of their lives. Tamar is an amazingly talented but very quiet and insecure girl, who leaves ... See full summary »

Director: Oded Davidoff | Stars: Bar Belfer, Yonatan Bar-Or, Yuval Mendelson, Rinat Matatov

Votes: 580

49. Banot (1985)

96 min | Comedy