The Best Turkish Movies

by gorkemevci | created - 23 Sep 2019 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

The list was prepared by me according to my personal view. Most of these movies were shot after 2000.

Detailed descriptions in Turkish: http://taslakhane.blogspot.com/2017/07/turk-filmleri-listem.html

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1. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)

Not Rated | 157 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan

Votes: 46,094 | Gross: $0.14M

2. Winter Sleep (2014)

Not Rated | 196 min | Drama

88 Metascore

A hotel owner and landlord in a remote Turkish village deals with conflicts within his family and a tenant behind on his rent.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbag, Ayberk Pekcan

Votes: 51,311 | Gross: $0.17M

3. Adi Vasfiye (1985)

90 min | Drama, Fantasy

Vasfiye, her story, tellers of the story, and their listeners change every time the story is told.

Director: Atif Yilmaz | Stars: Müjde Ar, Aytaç Arman, Yilmaz Zafer, Macit Koper

Votes: 1,005

4. Aaahh Belinda (1986)

100 min | Comedy, Fantasy

After Serap, the theatre actress, acts in an advertisement, she loses her identity and become a housewife with two children. The movie is about dilemma of Serap and Naciye.

Director: Atif Yilmaz | Stars: Müjde Ar, Macit Koper, Yilmaz Zafer, Füsun Demirel

Votes: 2,993

5. Beyond the Hill (2012)

94 min | Drama, Mystery

When some people from the other side of the mountain invade the territory of a farming family, the family head tries to unite the family and fight back. But then problems within the family start to appear as well.

Director: Emin Alper | Stars: Tamer Levent, Reha Özcan, Mehmet Özgür, Berk Hakman

Votes: 3,558

6. Ivy (2015)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

When the crew of a bankrupt cargo ship gets stuck on board for months, isolation breeds pressures that sink the men into a sea of madness and terror.

Director: Tolga Karaçelik | Stars: Nadir Saribacak, Hakan Karsak, Kadir Çermik, Özgür Emre Yildirim

Votes: 11,892

7. Killing the Shadows (2006)

135 min | Comedy, Drama, History

A story about the tragedy and the danger of humor and the humorist - A comedy as grand as the Lands of Rome...

Director: Ezel Akay | Stars: Haluk Bilginer, Sebnem Dönmez, Beyaz, Güven Kiraç

Votes: 12,423

8. Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite (1989)

100 min | Crime, Drama

Baris, a 5 year-old little boy, has to stay in a prison with her mother during her detention period. Baris develops a special relationship with Inci, a young woman who also stays in prison. She promises him that the kite will fly someday.

Director: Tunç Basaran | Stars: Ozan Bilen, Nur Sürer, Füsun Demirel, Güzin Özipek

Votes: 6,678

9. Innocence (1997)

110 min | Drama

Yusuf is released from prison after serving a ten-year sentence. He is scared of life outside as he goes to an address given to him by another prisoner.

Director: Zeki Demirkubuz | Stars: Güven Kiraç, Haluk Bilginer, Derya Alabora, Yalcin Cakmak

Votes: 17,498

10. Let's Sin (2014)

110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

There is a murder while at prayer. Selman Bulut, the imam of mosque, starts to investigate the murder and faces with people in the neighborhood.

Director: Onur Ünlü | Stars: Serhan Ergören, Serkan Keskin, Ahmet Çevik, Umut Kurt

Votes: 13,219

11. Everything's Gonna Be Great (1998)

107 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

When Altan swipes prescription drugs from his brother Nuri's pharmacy, they soon find themselves on a dangerous but funny road trip to get rid of the stuff and escape the mafiosi Altan ... See full summary »

Director: Ömer Vargi | Stars: Cem Yilmaz, Mazhar Alanson, Ceyda Düvenci, Selim Nasit

Votes: 25,360

12. The Wild Pear Tree (2018)

188 min | Drama

86 Metascore

An unpublished writer returns to his hometown after graduating, where he seeks sponsors to publish his book while dealing with his father's deteriorating indulgence into gambling.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Dogu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Bennu Yildirimlar, Hazar Ergüçlü

Votes: 24,226 | Gross: $0.03M

13. Frenzy (2015)

119 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Amid the intense political violence of Istanbul, Kadir is released on parole two years early on the condition that he become an informant for the police gathering terrorist informations, activities, and searching for bombs on trash cans.

Director: Emin Alper | Stars: Mehmet Özgür, Berkay Ates, Tülin Özen, Müfit Kayacan

Votes: 3,986

14. The Herd (1978)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama

Because of a local blood feud, a peasant family in eastern Turkey decides to sell its sheep in far away Ankara.

Director: Zeki Ökten | Stars: Tarik Akan, Suayip Adlig, Zeliha Bekan, Cevahir Civelek

Votes: 4,896

15. Mr. Muhsin (1987)

119 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

An ingenuous countryman Ali Nazik migrates to Istanbul and meets producer Muhsin Kanadikirik to have his first album.

Director: Yavuz Turgul | Stars: Sener Sen, Ugur Yücel, Sermin Hürmeriç, Osman Cavci

Votes: 10,855

16. Something Useful (2017)

104 min | Drama

Why would someone like Leyla go to a high school reunion dinner? And take an overnight train to get there. After all, she hasn't been to a single one for the last 25 years - What is Canan, ... See full summary »

Director: Pelin Esmer | Stars: Basak Köklükaya, Öykü Karayel, Yigit Özsener, Aysenil Samlioglu

Votes: 5,076

17. Istanbul Tales (2005)

99 min | Drama, Thriller

Istanbul Tales is a 2005 Turkish drama film which tells five interconnected stories set in modern-day Istanbul based on the fairy tales Snow White, Cinderella, Pied Piper, Sleeping Beauty ... See full summary »

Directors: Ömür Atay, Selim Demirdelen, Kudret Sabanci, Yücel Yolcu, Ümit Ünal | Stars: Altan Erkekli, Özgü Namal, Mehmet Günsür, Erkan Can

Votes: 6,613

18. The Magician (2006)

122 min | Comedy, Drama

Failed magician Iskender decides to do a tour to save his career, but has to bring his grumpy and senile father along. The tour is quite unexpectedly interrupted when a bride actually disappears from the stage.

Directors: Ali Taner Baltaci, Cem Yilmaz | Stars: Cem Yilmaz, Mazhar Alanson, Özlem Tekin, Tuna Orhan

Votes: 32,640

19. Hunting Season (2010)

140 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The lives of three homicide detectives are turned upside-down during a murder investigation.

Director: Yavuz Turgul | Stars: Sener Sen, Cem Yilmaz, Çetin Tekindor, Melisa Sözen

Votes: 34,396

20. The Bandit (1996)

Not Rated | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Baran the Bandit, released from prison after 35 years, searches for vengeance and his lover.

Director: Yavuz Turgul | Stars: Sener Sen, Ugur Yücel, Sermin Hürmeriç, Yesim Salkim

Votes: 69,699

21. The Road (1982)

PG | 114 min | Drama

When five Kurdish prisoners are granted one week's home leave, they find to their dismay that they face continued oppression outside of prison from their families, the culture, and the government.

Directors: Serif Gören, Yilmaz Güney | Stars: Tarik Akan, Serif Sezer, Halil Ergün, Meral Orhonsay

Votes: 13,568

22. A Tale of Three Sisters (2019)

108 min | Drama

Three young girls are sent back to their father in a poor village in central Anatolia, one after another, after failing in more affluent foster families.

Director: Emin Alper | Stars: Cemre Ebuzziya, Ece Yüksel, Helin Kandemir, Kayhan Açikgöz

Votes: 3,779

23. Time to Love (1965)

89 min | Drama, Romance

A poor painter falls in love with a photograph of a woman while at work in one of the massive villas on Istanbul's Princes' Islands.

Director: Metin Erksan | Stars: Müsfik Kenter, Sema Özcan, Süleyman Tekcan, Fadil Garan

Votes: 5,161

24. Bornova Bornova (2009)

92 min | Drama

A story from Bornova, a neighborhood in Izmir. Two good friends Salih and Hakan spend their days in front of a grocery store waiting for a chance to do something with their lives.

Director: Inan Temelkuran | Stars: Kadir Çermik, Öner Erkan, Damla Sönmez, Erkan Bektas

Votes: 2,044

25. My Aunt (1986)

105 min | Drama, Thriller

7 year old Umur falls in love with his much older aunt in the midst of political upheaval and dysfunctions of his family.

Director: Halit Refig | Stars: Müjde Ar, Yasar Alptekin, Mehmet Akan, Ayse Demirel

Votes: 1,325

26. Piano Piano Kid (1991)

81 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

In 1940's Turkey, the world in the eyes of a child.

Director: Tunç Basaran | Stars: Rutkay Aziz, Emin Sivas, Serap Aksoy, Yaman Okay

Votes: 1,888

27. Noah Land (2019)

109 min | Drama

Suffering through a mid-life crisis, Omer has to face the angry villagers in order to realize his estranged father's dying wish to be buried under the enshrined Noah Tree which his father claims to have planted half a century ago.

Director: Cenk Ertürk | Stars: Ali Atay, Haluk Bilginer, Arin Kusaksizoglu, Mehmet Özgür

Votes: 5,415

28. Sofra Sirlari (2017)

103 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Meet Neslihan. A perfect cook, an expert on Turkish cuisine, strictly loyal to her husband, an impeccable house wife ...and a serial killer.

Director: Ümit Ünal | Stars: Demet Evgar, Fatih Al, Alican Yücesoy, Firat Altunmese

Votes: 4,435

29. Inside (2012)

107 min | Drama

A man's life, thoughts, feelings and his very own darkness... Adapted from Dostoevsky's novel "Notes from Undergroud", Demirkubuz follows Muharrem as he gets himself invited to a party ... See full summary »

Director: Zeki Demirkubuz | Stars: Engin Günaydin, Serhat Tutumluer, Nihal Yalcin, Nergis Öztürk

Votes: 9,084

30. Envy (2009)

96 min | Drama

It's the 1930s. The Republic Day Ball is in progress in Zonguldak, a coal mining town in Turkey. Among the invited guests are the newcomers to this small and boring town: Halit, an engineer... See full summary »

Director: Zeki Demirkubuz | Stars: Serhat Tutumluer, Berrak Tüzünataç, Nergis Öztürk, Bora Cengiz

Votes: 3,171

31. The Bus (1975)

87 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A group of illegal immigrants are brought to Stockholm in a bus by a smuggler who takes all their money and passports, and then runs away.

Director: Bay Okan | Stars: Bay Okan, Björn Gedda, Tuncel Kurtiz, Oguz Arlas

Votes: 2,115

32. On Board (1998)

102 min | Crime, Drama

Sailors want to remain in their small world, warm and cozy and full of lies, but they kidnap a prostitute from some pimps.

Director: Serdar Akar | Stars: Erkan Can, Haldun Boysan, Yildiray Sahinler, Naci Tasdögen

Votes: 14,808

33. Autumn (2008)

99 min | Drama

A man struggles after his release from ten years as a political prisoner.

Director: Özcan Alper | Stars: Onur Saylak, Megi Kobaladze, Serkan Keskin, Raife Yenigül

Votes: 6,350

34. The Extreme Tragic Story of Celal Tan and His Family (2011)

99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Celal Tan is a well-respected constitutional law professor who lives in a provincial city has two children from his first marriage. Many years after the death of his first wife, he married ... See full summary »

Director: Onur Ünlü | Stars: Selçuk Yöntem, Ezgi Mola, Bülent Emin Yarar, Tansu Biçer

Votes: 3,176

35. The Yellow Mercedes (1993)

90 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

The film is based on 'Fikrimin Ince Gulu', a novel by Adalet Agaoglu, which depicts a first generation gurbetci/guest-worker returning home. It covers his land journey in short bursts from ... See full summary »

Director: Bay Okan | Stars: Ilyas Salman, Valérie Lemoine, Micky Sébastian, Alexander Gittinger

Votes: 2,861

36. Butterflies (2018)

117 min | Comedy, Drama

In a Turkish village, three siblings who neither know each other nor anything about their late father, wait to bury his body. As they start to find out more about their father and each other, they also start to learn more about themselves.

Director: Tolga Karaçelik | Stars: Tolga Tekin, Bartu Küçükçaglayan, Tugce Altug, Serkan Keskin

Votes: 13,689

37. Destiny (2006)

103 min | Drama

Bekir loves Ugur, who loves Zagor, who is about to get out of jail. An already tense love triangle is thrown into turmoil on a hot summer night, when Zagor kills someone, and Ugur disappears.

Director: Zeki Demirkubuz | Stars: Ufuk Bayraktar, Vildan Atasever, Engin Akyürek, Müge Ulusoy

Votes: 14,163

38. Atlikarinca (2010)

93 min | Drama

Erdem and Sevil live in a small town with their two kids, Edip and Sevgi, until they are forced to move to Istanbul to look after Sevil's mother who has become paralyzed. Ten years later, ... See full summary »

Director: Ilksen Basarir | Stars: Mert Firat, Nergis Öztürk, Zeynep Oral, Sercan Badur

Votes: 788

39. Hope (1970)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

"Umut" is the story of an illiterate man and his family, whose existence depends on his income as a horse cab driver. When one of his horses is killed by an automobile, and when it is clear... See full summary »

Directors: Serif Gören, Yilmaz Güney | Stars: Yilmaz Güney, Gülsen Alniaçik, Tuncel Kurtiz, Osman Alyanak

Votes: 3,876

40. Vizontele (2001)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

Lives of residents in a small, Anatolian village change when television is introduced to them.

Directors: Yilmaz Erdogan, Ömer Faruk Sorak | Stars: Yilmaz Erdogan, Demet Akbag, Altan Erkekli, Cem Yilmaz

Votes: 36,508

41. My Prostitute Love (1968)

89 min | Drama, Romance

Halil is an honest greengrocer with an ordinary life. One day his friends take him to a local night club where he meets a beautiful hostess, Sabiha. The two fall in love. Little does Sabiha know about Halil's life before they met.

Director: Lütfi Akad | Stars: Türkan Soray, Izzet Günay, Ayfer Feray, Semih Sezerli

Votes: 2,995

42. Takva: A Man's Fear of God (2006)

96 min | Drama

A promotion brings a Muslim's relationship with God into question.

Director: Özer Kiziltan | Stars: Erkan Can, Meray Ülgen, Güven Kiraç, Öznur Kula

Votes: 12,773

43. Climates (2006)

Unrated | 98 min | Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A dowdy university instructor Isa is an inattentive husband to his younger, TV-business wife Bahar. Self-absorbed and selfish, Isa only communicates in the most rudimentary way, while she, similarly, detaches into crying jags and juvenile behavior.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Nazan Kesal, Mehmet Eryilmaz

Votes: 13,296 | Gross: $0.12M

44. Love, Spells and All That (2019)

96 min | Drama

After not having seen each other for 20 years, two women are reunited on the small Turkish island where, as teenagers, they first fell in love. What is the mysterious force that binds them ... See full summary »

Director: Ümit Ünal | Stars: Selen Uçer, Ece Dizdar, Aysenil Samlioglu, Uygar Özçelik

Votes: 1,192

45. Sardunya (2021)

82 min | Crime, Drama

6.6