Feminist film

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1. 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: 5,175 | Gross: $0.67M

2. Ruz-egar-e ma (2002)

65 min

Documentary covering women's political involvement and contribution in the 2001 Iranian elections.

Director: Rakhshan Banietemad | Stars: Pegah Ahangarani, Arezu Bayat, Reza Davoudnejad, Ehsan Delaviz

Votes: 87

3. 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: 767

6. Bezness (1992)

100 min | Drama

Roufa, a young prostitute (Bezness) befriends a French photographer sent to do an expose.

Director: Nouri Bouzid | Stars: Abdellatif Kechiche, Jacques Penot, Ghalia Lacroix, Manfred Andrae

Votes: 93

7. Man of Ashes (1986)

109 min | Drama

In the ensuing days before his wedding bridegroom Hachemi faces both the anxieties of the future and the shadows of the past. His best friend, Farfat, is the topic of street graffiti and ... See full summary »

Director: Nouri Bouzid | Stars: Khadija Abaoub, Sarra Abdelhadi, Mustapha Adouani, Khaled Akrout

Votes: 177

8. 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: 1,077

9. Bab Al-Sama Maftuh (1989)

107 min

In this Sufi tale, Nadia, a young Moroccan emigre returns from Paris to Fez to visit her dying father. At his funeral, she is overcome by the voice of Karina chanting the Koran. A powerful ... See full summary »

Director: Farida Benlyazid | Stars: Chaabia Laadraoui, Eva Saint-Paul, Zakia Tahri

Votes: 33

10. My Heart Is My Witness (1998)

81 min | Documentary

MY HEART IS MY WITNESS, by renowed French-Canadian filmmaker, Louise Carré, investigates the status of women in Islam through interviews with men and women from Mali, Morocco, Algeria, and ... See full summary »

Director: Louise Carré

11. Rashômon (1950)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband are recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai's ghost and a woodcutter.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 128,935 | Gross: $0.10M

12. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Romance

An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann

Votes: 15,766

15. Al Dhakira al Khasba (1980)

Not Rated | 99 min

The first full length film to be shot within the disputed Palestinian West Bank "Green Line," FERTILE MEMORY is the feature debut of Michel Khleifi, acclaimed director of the Cannes Film ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Khleifi | Stars: Farah Hatoum, Sahar Khalifeh

Votes: 26

16. Inside Out (2006)

52 min | Documentary

A portrait of three transsexuals living in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Director: Zohreh Shayesteh

Votes: 7

17. Kaghaz-e Sefid (2010)

3 min | Animation, Short

A portrait of stick-figure kids who don't fit in at home; they bring their rainbow of colors out into the world and meet each other.

Director: Seyed Mohsen Pourmohseni Shakib

Votes: 13

18. Be Like Others (2008)

PG-13 | 74 min | Documentary

An intimate and unflinching look at life in Iran, seen through the lens of those living at its fringes, 'Be Like Others' is a provocative look at a generation of young Iranian men choosing to undergo sex change surgery.

Director: Tanaz Eshaghian

Votes: 238

19. Aynehaye rooberoo (2011)

98 min | Drama

Rana has chosen a path in order to support her family, while Adineh (Eddie) has fled his home and city to escape his complicated situation as a transsexual man prevented from living as his ... See full summary »

Director: Negar Azarbayjani | Stars: Shayesteh Irani, Ghazal Shakeri, Homayoun Ershadi, Maryam Boubani

Votes: 427

20. A Jihad for Love (2007)

Unrated | 81 min | Documentary

55 Metascore

A documentary on gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims across the Muslim and Western worlds.

Director: Parvez Sharma | Stars: Muhsin Hendricks, A.K. Hoosen, Mazen, Abdellah Taia

Votes: 615 | Gross: $0.11M

21. Out in the Dark (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

69 Metascore

A drama centered on the love affair between two men on opposite sides of the Mid-East conflict: Palestinian student Nimer and Roy, an Israeli lawyer.

Director: Michael Mayer | Stars: Nicholas Jacob, Michael Aloni, Jameel Khoury, Alon Pdut

Votes: 6,384

22. The String (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Malik has a lot on his plate when he returns home to Tunisia after living in France. He's processing his father's death, he can't come out to his mother, and his childhood anxieties have ... See full summary »

Director: Mehdi Ben Attia | Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Antonin Stahly Viswanadhan, Salim Kechiouche, Driss Ramdi

Votes: 1,690

23. City of Borders (2009)

66 min | Documentary

Interviews with the owners and diverse patrons of a Jerusalem gay bar called "Shushan."

Director: Yun Suh | Stars: Boody, Ravit Geva, Sa'Ar Netanel, Adam Russo

Votes: 68

25. La Ciénaga (2001)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

The life of two women and their families in a small provincial town of Salta, Argentina.

Director: Lucrecia Martel | Stars: Mercedes Morán, Graciela Borges, Martín Adjemián, Leonora Balcarce

Votes: 4,442 | Gross: $0.10M

26. The House Is Black (1963)

20 min | Documentary, Short

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: 3,377

27. The May Lady (1998)

88 min | Drama

Forough Kia is a film-maker who got divorced from her husband many years ago and now is living with her son Maani. She decides to make a documentary about perfect mothers. In order to do so... See full summary »

Director: Rakhshan Banietemad | Stars: Golah Adineh, Minoo Farshchi, Golab Adineh, Mani Kasraian

Votes: 174

28. 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: 697

29. Lezate divanegi (2003)

73 min | Documentary

Documentary showing the backstage of production of Samira Makhmalbaf's film Panj É Asr(At Five in the Afternoon), in Kabul, after the fall of the Taliban regime. Everything was recorded ... See full summary »

Director: Hana Makhmalbaf | Stars: Bibigol Asef, Sima Asef, Agheleh Farahmand, Marzieh Makhmalbaf

Votes: 102

30. Bedwin Hacker (2003)

98 min | Comedy, Drama

From a remote mountain village in Tunisia, Kalt, a female hacker hijacks the airwaves in Northern Africa and France to broadcast political messages. When Julia, a French Intelligence ... See full summary »

Director: Nadia El Fani | Stars: Sonia Hamza, Muriel Solvay, Tomer Sisley, Nadia Saiji

Votes: 56

31. Inch'Allah dimanche (2001)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama

The story of an immigrant woman struggling against old world traditions. Zouina leaves her homeland with her three children to join her husband in France, where he's been living for the ... See full summary »

Director: Yamina Benguigui | Stars: Fejria Deliba, Rabia Mokeddem, Amina Annabi, Anass Behri

Votes: 494

32. Divorce Iranian Style (1998)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

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

Directors: Kim Longinotto, Ziba Mir-Hosseini

Votes: 353

33. Khamosh Pani: Silent Waters (2003)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

64 Metascore

1979. A village in Pakistan. A widow sees her 17 years old son being attracted to Islamist militants. It brings her past back...

Director: Sabiha Sumar | Stars: Kiron Kher, Aamir Ali Malik, Arshad Mahmood, Salman Shahid

Votes: 995 | Gross: $0.01M

34. Berbagi suami (2006)

120 min | Comedy, Drama

This is the story of women those are live in polygamy life. It's about their consequence to accept the status as other wife. There are three stories, packed with satire and surprisingly ... See full synopsis »

Director: Nia Di Nata | Stars: Jajang C. Noer, Shanty, Dominique Agisca Diyose, El Manik

Votes: 356

35. Monsoon Wedding (2001)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shah, Vijay Raaz

Votes: 21,775 | Gross: $13.88M

36. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002)

120 min | Drama

50 Metascore

During a bus journey, a devout Hindu Brahmin woman protects a Muslim man when communal rioting breaks out.

Director: Aparna Sen | Stars: Rahul Bose, Konkona Sen Sharma, Bhisham Sahni, Surekha Sikri

Votes: 4,442

37. Bhaji on the Beach (1993)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

A group of women of Indian descent take a trip together from their home in Birmingham, England to the beach resort of Blackpool. The women vary in ages from mid-teens to old, and initially ... See full summary »

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Kim Vithana, Jimmi Harkishin, Sarita Khajuria, Akbar Kurtha

Votes: 939 | Gross: $0.74M

38. Amu (2005)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama

54 Metascore

Amu is the story of an Indian American woman who returns to India. The film takes a dark turn as Kaju learns that a horrifying genocide that took place twenty years ago turns out to hold the key to her mysterious origins.

Director: Shonali Bose | Stars: Konkona Sen Sharma, Yashpal Sharma, Brinda Karat, Ankur Khanna

Votes: 775 | Gross: $0.01M

39. Danzón (1991)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama

Julia (Rojo) is a phone operator in Mexico City who divides her time between her job, her daughter and the danzon: a cuban dance very popular in Mexico and Central America. Every wednesday ... See full summary »

Director: María Novaro | Stars: María Rojo, Carmen Salinas, Tito Vasconcelos, Margarita Isabel

Votes: 460 | Gross: $0.36M

40. Camila (1984)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

In 1840's Buenos Aires, Argentina, a beautiful young socialite named Camila falls in love with Ladislao, a Jesuit priest. After several failed attempts at fighting his own feelings, he ... See full summary »

Director: María Luisa Bemberg | Stars: Susú Pecoraro, Imanol Arias, Héctor Alterio, Elena Tasisto

Votes: 988

41. Madeinusa (2006)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

14-year-old Madeinusa comes of age during the Easter festivities of her tiny, isolated village.

Director: Claudia Llosa | Stars: Magaly Solier, Carlos J. de la Torre, Yiliana Chong, Juan Ubaldo Huamán

Votes: 1,417

42. De cierta manera (1977)

78 min | Drama

Film about Miraflores, a housing development built in 1962.

Director: Sara Gómez | Stars: Mario Balmaseda, Yolanda Cuéllar, Mario Limonta, Isaura Mendoza

Votes: 134

43. Jin tian de yu zen me yang? (2006)

83 min | Drama

A writer's dreamed trip between city and village, reality and fiction, in an chaotic contemporary China.

Director: Xiaolu Guo | Stars: Xiaolu Guo, Ning Hao, Hui Rao, Zijiang Yang

Votes: 113

44. Jin nian xia tian (2001)

106 min | Romance

Two women, Qun and Ling, have a peaceful and loving relationship. But Qun's mother arrive to pay a visit and, not knowing her daughter is a lesbian, tries to arrange boyfriends for her. And... See full summary »

Director: Yu Li | Stars: Yi Pan, Tou Shi, Pengcheng So, Wei

Votes: 164

45. Ci qing (2007)

94 min | Drama, Romance

When Jade, a web-cam girl visits Takeko's tattoo studio she becomes entranced with the image of the spider lily and with Takeko as well. In order to get closer to the object of her desire, ... See full summary »

Director: Zero Chou | Stars: Rainie Yang, Isabella Leong, Kris Shen, Jay Shih

Votes: 1,784

46. Ho yuk (2002)

82 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

Zero, who, like many Hong Kong youngsters, has a handful of unsteady jobs. She takes a fancy to Chan Kwok Chan, whom she stalks. Chan in turn, has a job donning exotic costumes as a cyber ... See full summary »

Director: Yau Ching | Stars: Chung-Ching Wong, Erica Lam, Colette Koo, Maria Cordero

Votes: 42

47. 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

48. 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: 3,271 | Gross: $0.62M

49. Panj é asr (2003)

105 min | Drama

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: 1,227

50. Piao lang qing chun (2008)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance

6.6