My Very Own Favorite Movies - Persian

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1. Children of Heaven (1997)

PG | 89 min | Drama, Family

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: 48,652 | Gross: $0.93M

2. The Glass Agency (1998)

114 min | Action, Drama, Romance

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, Qhasem Zare

Votes: 4,657

3. The Color of Paradise (1999)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Family

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: 13,656 | Gross: $1.81M

4. The Lizard (2004)

115 min | Comedy, Drama

A recently jailed petty thief disguises as a Mullah and succeeds in escaping; but has to stay in the Mullah' role longer than he expected to.

Director: Kamal Tabrizi | Stars: Parviz Parastui, Bahram Ebrahimi, Shahrokh Foroutanian, Farideh Sepah Mansour

Votes: 10,371

5. Davandeh (1984)

94 min | Drama

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: 1,247

6. A Separation (2011)

PG-13 | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Family

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: 189,162 | Gross: $7.10M

7. Gaav (1969)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

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: 4,997

8. Dayereh (2000)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

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: 5,178 | Gross: $0.67M

9. Low Heights (2002)

115 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

A domestic Iranian flight is taken hostage by a man Ghasem who is a refugee of war and has financial problems. He will go any distance for his family and wants to find a better place for living.

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia | Stars: Hamid Farokhnezhad, Leila Hatami, Gohar Kheirandish, Amir Aghaee

Votes: 2,874

10. Borj-E Minoo (1996)

82 min | Drama, War

Minoo who is married to Moosa recently, is moving to the new house. But Moosa receive a letter in which he being told to get back to the Minoo Island (a border island between Iran and Iraq)... See full summary »

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia | Stars: Niki Karimi, Turan Mehrzad, Ali Mosaffa, Ali Nassirian

Votes: 299

11. Offside (I) (2006)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

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: 6,705 | Gross: $0.18M

12. Leily Ba Man Ast (1996)

95 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

During the war with Iraq, an absurd set of events has an Iranian documentary cinematographer seemingly unable to get out of a dangerous project documenting the war.

Director: Kamal Tabrizi | Stars: Parviz Parastui, Mahmud Azizi, Shohreh Lorestani, Sahereh Matin

Votes: 3,125

13. The White Balloon (1995)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama, Family

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: 5,798 | Gross: $0.47M

14. Adam barfi (1995)

109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 1,493

15. The Painting Pool (2013)

92 min | Drama

Maryam (Negar Javaherian) and Reza (Shahab Hosseini) are different from other people, it's not just a simple difference, but a very big difference. They must try to prove to others they ... See full summary »

Director: Maziar Miri | Stars: Shahab Hosseini, Negar Javaherian, Elham Korda, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy

Votes: 2,378

16. Nimeh-ye penhan (2001)

103 min | Drama

49 Metascore

An official is sent from his home in Tehran to hear the final appeal of a woman sentenced to death, a political prisoner. The official's wife of nearly 20 years, Fereshteh Samimi, writes ... See full summary »

Director: Tahmineh Milani | Stars: Niki Karimi, Mohammad Nikbin, Atila Pesiani, Akbar Moazezi

Votes: 698

17. Vakonesh panjom (2003)

102 min | Drama, Thriller

Fereshteh loses her home and her two sons after her husband's accidental death when Hadj Safdar, her stubborn and powerful father-in-law, forces her to return to her parents. She is faced ... See full summary »

Director: Tahmineh Milani | Stars: Homayoun Ershadi, Ali Ghorbanzadeh, Jamshid Hashempur, Seyd-Ali Hosseini

Votes: 520

18. Rooban-e ghermez (1999)

110 min | Drama, War

A man and a woman fight over the rights to a property.

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia | Stars: Azita Hajian, Reza Kianian, Parviz Parastui

Votes: 948

19. Shirin (2008)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

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: 1,948

20. Zir-e noor-e maah (2001)

96 min | Drama

Hassan is a student of Religious /Islamic school and is about to be dressed as a missioner .In such a time when his other mates are excited and are getting ready to be formally dressed and ... See full summary »

Director: Reza Mirkarimi | Stars: Hossein Parastar, Hamed Rajabali, Mehran Rajabi, Mahmoud Nazaralian

Votes: 899

21. Beautiful City (2004)

101 min | Drama

69 Metascore

Directed by multi-award winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, 'Beautiful City' is a cinematic gem not to be missed. Akbar has just turned eighteen. He has been held in a rehabilitation centre ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 4,062

22. I Am Taraneh, I Am Fifteen Years Old (2002)

110 min | Drama

64 Metascore

Fifteen year old Taraneh, whose widowed father is in jail, refuses the unwanted attentions of carpet salesman Amir - until Amir's mother talks Taraneh into accepting Amir's marriage ... See full summary »

Director: Rasoul Sadrameli | Stars: Taraneh Alidoosti, Negar Javaherian, Hossein Mahjoub, Mahtab Nasirpour

Votes: 2,467

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

92 min | Drama

77 Metascore

A valuable visual commentary on modern society, 'Under The Skin Of The City' follows one Iranian family in their eternal struggle to stay afloat financially and emotionally. Touba works ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 1,249

24. Mehman-e maman (2004)

103 min | Comedy, Drama

A mother of a poor family, has guests coming over, yet doesn't know how to get the dinner party altogether with limited resources.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Golab Adineh, Parsa Pirouzfar, Amin Hayayee, Hassan Pourshirazi

Votes: 2,858

25. Honarpisheh (1993)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

It is about a burly film actor who wants to act only in art films but is forced by his family's economic demands to do a string of trashy commercial movies. His tormented wife, infertile ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Akbar Abdi, Azita Hajian, Hamideh Kheirabadi, Fatemah Motamed-Aria

Votes: 522

26. Rusari Abi (1995)

85 min | Drama, Romance

An elderly owner of a tomato farm and sauce factory, after his wife's death, falls in love with one of the workers of the factory endangering his relationship with his daughters and in-laws... See full summary »

Director: Rakhshan Banietemad | Stars: Ezzatolah Entezami, Fatemah Motamed-Aria, Golab Adineh, Afsar Asadi

Votes: 385

27. Kheili dour, kheili nazdik (2005)

121 min | Drama

Dr. Alam, a very profiled specialist in neurology and a successful surgeon, is drowned in his professional and social work, in a way that he has totally forgotten all about his son Saman. ... See full summary »

Director: Reza Mirkarimi | Stars: Afshin Hashemi, Elham Hamidi, Ashkan Khatibi, Mohammadreza Najafi

Votes: 2,130

28. Khanei ruye ab (2002)

108 min | Drama, Fantasy

A surrealist story about Dr. Sepidbakht who one night when driving hit an angel with his car and his hand is injured deeply by touching that angel's fingers. He has several problems in his ... See full summary »

Director: Bahman Farmanara | Stars: Ezzatolah Entezami, Reza Kianian, Hediyeh Tehrani, Jamshid Mashayekhi

Votes: 900

29. Santuri (2007)

107 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

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: 6,116

30. Dah (2002)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

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: 6,083 | Gross: $0.11M

31. Kamalolmolk (1984)

122 min | Biography, Drama, History

The movie chronicles the life of the famous painter Kamololmolk, and his relationship with various kings.

Director: Ali Hatami | Stars: Jamshid Mashayekhi, Ezzatolah Entezami, Ali Nassirian, Davoud Rashidi

Votes: 749

32. Chaharshanbe-soori (2006)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

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: 7,911

33. Be name pedar (2006)

105 min | Drama, War

This is about a father and his daughter who has been injured from the mines from Iran-Iraq war.

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia | Stars: Golshifteh Farahani, Kambiz Dirbaz, Kazem HajirAzad, Afshin Hashemi

Votes: 1,400

35. Be Range Arghavan (2010)

97 min | Action, Drama

An undercover Iranian intelligence officer investigates the political status of a college student, whose parents were active members of the mujahedin khalgh radical group.

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia | Stars: Hamid Farokhnezhad, Farhad Ghaemian, Khazar Ma'soomi, Mehrdad Ziaei

Votes: 1,206

36. Borj-E Minoo (1996)

82 min | Drama, War

Minoo who is married to Moosa recently, is moving to the new house. But Moosa receive a letter in which he being told to get back to the Minoo Island (a border island between Iran and Iraq)... See full summary »

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia | Stars: Niki Karimi, Turan Mehrzad, Ali Mosaffa, Ali Nassirian

Votes: 299

37. Khakestar-e sabz (1994)

98 min | Drama, War

Hadi travels to Croatia to complete his researches on Film making. His friend Aziz who has heard about his trip gives him a photo and a VHS cassette asking him to look after a girl Fatemeh ... See full summary »

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia | Stars: Atila Pesiani, Zlata Plsková, Barbora Bobulova, Asghar Naghizadeh

Votes: 136

38. Hajji Washington (1983)

98 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

A loyal and simple-minded statesman is appointed as the first Iranian ambassador in the U.S. but soon starts to lose his mind from homesickness and inaction.

Director: Ali Hatami | Stars: Ezzatolah Entezami, Richard Harrison, Ransel Cass, Mario Donatone

Votes: 387

39. Argo (2012)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin

Votes: 522,948 | Gross: $136.03M

40. House of Sand and Fog (2003)

R | 126 min | Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her house's new owners.

Director: Vadim Perelman | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard, Frances Fisher

Votes: 61,003 | Gross: $13.01M

41. Rooz-e fereshte (1994)

82 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Nyatollah is a rich stingy guy who loves money. One day when he goes to the court to do a job for a friend he is thrown from the roof. This is the beginning of his acquaintance with Djin and the beginning of his adventure.

Director: Behruz Afkhami | Stars: Ezzatolah Entezami, Akbar Abdi, Mina Lakani, Mohamad Reza Honarmand

Votes: 357

42. Soltan ghalbha (1968)

135 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A little girl with a blind mother, accidentally becomes friends with a famous and rich singer who decides to help her in her life.

Director: Mohamad Ali Fardin | Stars: Gholamhossein Bahmanyar, Habibollah Boloor, Mohamad Ali Fardin, Leila Forouhar

Votes: 504

43. Shahr-e mooshha (1986)

92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Probably the most famous puppet show for children and all ages. Mice who have to leave their school and immigrate because of a wild cat who wants to eat them up. Eventually the mice defeat the cat and go back to their home.

Directors: Marzieh Boroomand, Mohammad-Ali Talebi | Stars: Adel Bezdoudeh, Hamid Jebeli, Fariba Jeddikar, Fatemah Motamed-Aria

Votes: 521

44. Kolah ghermezi va pesar khale (1995)

92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A boy travels a long way from his village to Tehran to work as a showman in a kid's show; but finds it harder than he thought.

Director: Iraj Tahmasb | Stars: Morteza Ahmadi, Akbar Doodkar, Farokhlagha Hushmand, Hamid Jebeli

Votes: 1,608

45. Kolah Ghermezi va Sarvenaz (2002)

95 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Two bandits kidnap a boy who in the same time is helping a girl who has been a prisoner in her room for whole life.

Director: Iraj Tahmasb | Stars: Iraj Tahmasb, Fatemah Motamed-Aria, Reza Fieze Norouzi, Reza Attaran

Votes: 980

46. Golnar (1989)

85 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A children's film with music and puppet animals that participate in the lives of villagers in rural Iran. The film centres on the idyllic life of Golnar, a young girl who lives with her ... See full summary »

Director: Kambuzia Partovi | Stars: Ghazal Banki, Moharram Basim, Akbar Doodkar, Hengameh Mofid

Votes: 114

47. Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 741,518 | Gross: $138.43M



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