The Best Iranian Movies of all Timeby iranvolley | created - 28 Oct 2016 | updated - 28 Oct 2016 | Public
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1. About Elly (2009)
119 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 38,026 | Gross: $0.11M
2. Close-Up (1990)
Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Votes: 12,440 | Gross: $0.00M
3. 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 »
4. Killing Mad Dogs (2001)
135 min | Drama, Thriller
While the post-revolution frenzy is at its peak in Iran, a woman attempts to help her secretive husband out of jail by settling his debts for him on her own.
5. A Cube of Sugar (2011)
116 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
The story happens in an old house in an old city of Iran. Because of the wedding of the youngest sister, Pasandide, all of her sisters come to their old house to help their mother.
6. The Willow Tree (2005)
96 min | Drama
Youssef, a blind university professor, is suddenly diagnosed with a fatal disease and must undergo treatment in France. Back home, will he find the life he had before?
Votes: 3,688 | Gross: $0.03M
7. Snake's Fang (1990)
105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Reza, the veteran worker of a print house whose sight is adversely affected because of his job, loses his mother. Finding the gloom reigning over the home beyond bearing, he departs to ... See full summary »
8. Captain Khorshid (1987)
118 min | Crime, Drama
Khaje Majed informs the authorities about Captain Khorshid smuggling with his ship. The authorities take the smuggling and burn it. Farhan is a new arriver in the port. He wants to smuggle ... See full summary »
11. Tight Spot (1973)
114 min | Drama, Thriller
This film, based on a well-known novel of the same name by Sadegh Chooback, is about a wronged man seeking revenge. Director Amir Naderi's inspiration for making the film was one of his ... See full summary »
12. 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.
13. 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.
15. Crazy Rook (2015)
110 min | Drama, Thriller
A group of people who met on social media are forced to work together when one of them commits a crime which if not solved, will concern all of them.
16. The Song of Sparrows (2008)
PG | 96 min | Drama, Family
When an ostrich-rancher focuses on replacing his daughter's hearing aid, which breaks right before crucial exams, everything changes for a struggling rural family in Iran. Karim motorbikes ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,254 | Gross: $0.12M
17. Where Is the Friend's House? (1987)
83 min | Drama, Family
An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.
20. The Cyclist (1989)
82 min | Drama
The wife of Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran, is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care, but his day labor digging wells does not pay enough. A friend connects Nasim to a two-bit... See full summary »
21. The Cow (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.
22. The Longest Night (2001)
85 min | Drama
Hamed is unemployed. Meanwhile, his wife and daughter immigrate to Europe for a better future. Missing his family, he imprisons himself and starts to revise his life in isolation.
23. Taste of Cherry (1997)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama
An Iranian man drives his truck in search of someone who will quietly bury him under a cherry tree after he commits suicide.
Votes: 18,992 | Gross: $0.31M
25. The Fish Fall in Love (2005)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance
After 22 years, Aziz decides to return to his hometown, to sell some family possessions, including the house where he was born. But for his astonishment, the place is now a small restaurant... See full summary »
26. White Nights (2003)
103 min | Drama, Romance
A young university professor, who leads a quiet and reclusive life and fills his life with reading and teaching literature, meet a young girl who has altered the course of her life for the ... See full summary »
28. The Tenants (1987)
109 min | Comedy, Drama
The tenants of a rundown building on the outskirts of Tehran with no legal heir face major housing problems to deal with: major repairs and threat of eviction by greedy building manager who wants to own the building.
29. A Separation (2011)
PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 195,686 | Gross: $7.10M
30. Gabbeh (1996)
Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
When an old couple washes their gabbeh - a type of Persian rug - a young woman magically appears and tells them her life story.
Votes: 2,680 | Gross: $0.27M
31. Tambourine (2008)
110 min | Comedy, Drama
Mohammad is sent to an apartment situated in uptown Tehran to install their satellite dishes, while having satellite TV is illegal in Iran. He arrives there with a girl named Shirin who ... See full summary »
33. Felicity Land (2011)
90 min | Drama
A look at the lives of 3 well-off Iranian couples who are ostensibly living an idyllic life and are going to have a get-together for a birthday party. Each couple bearing their own sordid ... See full summary »
34. Trapped (2013)
102 min | Drama, Thriller
This fascinating moral thriller is centered on the bristling relationship between two very different young women in contemporary Tehran. Moving to the city for her studies and desperate for... See full summary »
35. Iron Island (2005)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama
Some poor people in the Southern coasts of Iran do not have any place to live, and thus, they reside on an old, abandoned ship in the sea. Captain Nemat, their chief, tries to persuade the ... See full summary »
Votes: 613 | Gross: $0.02M
38. Still Life (1974)
93 min | Drama
For more than three decades, aging Iranian Mohamad Sardari (Zadour Bonyadi) has worked as a crossing guard at a desolate train station. Through the years, Mohamad has done little to stifle ... See full summary »
39. Moneyless (2009)
108 min | Drama, Romance
A haughty acclaimed newly married fashion designer named Iraj is shown the door by his boss after the boss's son arrives at Iran to take over his father's company. Iraj reluctant to ... See full summary »
40. Girl's Dormitory (2004)
96 min | Drama, Horror
Story of two friends Roya and Shirin who are abut to enter the college in a city near Tehran. They rent a house but little by little they begin to notice some horrible problems and disappearing of the newly brides.
41. A House Built on Water (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 »
42. A Man Like Rain (1997)
90 min | Drama, War
Mansor Ghasemi an Iranian leader is captured by the Iraqis. But in the camp they don't know him so a spy is hired to go among the Iranian captures and recognize him. The Iranians manage to ... See full summary »
43. The Wooden Bridge (2012)
98 min | Drama, Romance
Wooden Bridge was a passage over the northern trench of old Tehran, connecting the capital to the countryside of Shemiran. A connection between old Tehran and modern Tehran.
44. Women's Prison (2002)
106 min | Drama
Spanning 18 years in an Iranian women's prison, this follows two women: the new prison warden, a tough as nails devout Muslim who has served in the army on the Iraqi front, and a young ... See full summary »
45. I Am Taraneh, I Am Fifteen Years Old (2002)
110 min | Drama
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 »
46. Modest Reception (2012)
100 min | Comedy, Drama
An Iranian couple from the city drive around a remote mountainous region. They hand out bags of money to poor villagers in return for them carrying out unusual requests the couple make of them.
47. Ice Age (2015)
106 min | Crime, Drama, Family
In the tenth year of marriage, Babak and Manizheh face the biggest challenge of their life. Financial problems and difficult social situation cause Babak to work very hard and this leads to... See full summary »
48. Journey to Chazzabeh (1996)
84 min | War
Vahid is making a movie about the war. He invites a musician friend of himself Ali to compose a theme music for this film. But Ali can not make his mind. So they go to visit the real places... See full summary »
49. Twenty (2009)
85 min | Drama