Best Iranian movies

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1. About 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: 40,626 | Gross: $0.11M

2. Hamoun (1990)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

Hamoon's wife is leaving him. He is also unsuccessfully trying to finish his Ph.D. thesis. He is forced to reexamine his life. In a series of flashbacks and dreams, Hamoon tries to figure ... See full summary »

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Pantea Bahram, Ezzatolah Entezami, Bita Farahi, Sedigheh Kianfar

Votes: 5,950

3. 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 »

Director: Naser Taghvai | Stars: Dariush Arjmand, Ali Nassirian, Saeed Poursamimi, Parvaneh Massoumi

Votes: 744

4. The Deer (1974)

120 min | Drama

Wounded by the police, a thief looks up his old friend in order to leave the proceeds of his theft with him. Instead, he finds that his friend is a drug addict. He sticks around to try and ... See full summary »

Director: Masud Kimiai | Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Faramarz Gharibian, Nosrat Partovi, Garshasb Raoufi

Votes: 1,838

5. Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)

120 min | Drama, War

Lost in a foreign part of the country after running away for his life, a little boy whose family have been killed during the war is saved and trained by a middle-aged woman.

Director: Bahram Beizai | Stars: Susan Taslimi, Parviz Poorhosseini, Adnan Afravian, Bashu

Votes: 2,221

6. Close-Up (1990)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The true story of Hossain Sabzian that impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Hossain Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah

Votes: 13,556 | Gross: $0.00M

7. Once Upon a Time, Cinema (1992)

92 min | Comedy, Drama, History

An abstract retelling of the history of Film in Iran.

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Ezzatolah Entezami, Mehdi Hashemi, Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Akbar Abdi

Votes: 849

8. Beehive (1975)

103 min | Drama

Recently have been released from jail, Ebi makes a bet with his Friend that he goes and drinks in seven bars without even paying any money.

Director: Fereydun Gole | Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Davoud Rashidi, Reza Karam Rezai, Jalal Pishvaian

Votes: 574

9. Desiderium (1978)

111 min | Drama, Romance

Desiderium lyrically charts the hapless loves of three brothers: Majid, the young handicapped brother with a deformed head who falls in love with Aghdas, a prostitute hired by his eldest ... See full summary »

Director: Ali Hatami | Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Jamshid Mashayekhi, Fakhri Khorvash, Shohreh Aghdashloo

Votes: 1,389

10. 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.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Ezzatolah Entezami, Mahin Shahabi, Ali Nassirian, Jamshid Mashayekhi

Votes: 5,757

11. Tranquility in the Presence of Others (1972)

86 min | Drama

A former army colonel comes from a village to live in the city with her daughters where he finds it hard to adapt with the modern life.

Director: Naser Taghvai | Stars: Akbar Meshkin, Soraya Ghasemi, Leila Baharan, Ali Naraghi

Votes: 242

12. 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.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Akbar Abdi, Ezzatolah Entezami, Farimah Farjami, Manouchehr Hamedi

Votes: 1,689

13. Gheisar (1969)

100 min | Crime, Drama

A young man's drive to avenge for his sister and brother.

Director: Masud Kimiai | Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Pouri Baneai, Naser Malek Motiee, Jamshid Mashayekhi

Votes: 2,560

14. 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.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri, Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari, Safar Ali Moradi

Votes: 20,346 | Gross: $0.31M

15. Where Is the Friend's House? (1987)

Not Rated | 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.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Babek Ahmed Poor, Ahmed Ahmed Poor, Khodabakhsh Defaei, Iran Outari

Votes: 8,738

16. Khesht va Ayeneh (1965)

126 min | Drama

Hashem (Zakariya Hashemi) is a cab driver who finds an infant child in the back seat of his cab one night after he gives a ride to a young woman. He and his girlfriend, Taji (Taji Ahmadi), ... See full summary »

Director: Ebrahim Golestan | Stars: Taji Ahmadi, Zackaria Hashemi, Goli Bozorgmehr, Masoud Faghih

Votes: 409

17. The Cycle (1977)

101 min | Drama

Ali and his father go from their poor neighborhood in the outskirts of the city to a hospital so that Ali's father can be treated for his sickness. However since they have no money, Ali ... See full summary »

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Saeed Kangarani, Ezzatolah Entezami, Fourouzan, Bahman Forsi

Votes: 402

18. The Pear Tree (1998)

95 min | Drama, Romance

Esteemed writer Mahmoud suffers from writers block. While trying to work at the family estate, concerns about an unproductive pear tree trigger in him memories of his childhood love for beautiful tomboy "M".

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Homayoun Ershadi, Golshifteh Farahani, Mohammad Reza Shaban-Noori, Nematollah Gorji

Votes: 1,134

19. Mother (1990)

108 min | Drama

How a mother acts in the hardest parts of her, and her children's lives.

Director: Ali Hatami | Stars: Rogheyeh Chehreh-Azad, Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Farimah Farjami, Amin Tarokh

Votes: 3,720

20. 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 »

Directors: Houshang Baharlou, Morteza Momayyez, Sohrab Shahid Saless | Stars: Zadour Bonyadi, Mohammed Kani, Hibibollah Safarian, Habib Safaryan

Votes: 725

21. The Last Act (1991)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

"Gaslight" as Farsi farce. Kamran and Moluk, middle-aged siblings, live penniless in the family's Tehran mansion, selling furniture to pay expenses. Their brother, who owns the house, has ... See full summary »

Director: Varuzh Karim-Masihi | Stars: Farimah Farjami, Dariush Arjmand, Niku Kheradmand, Shahin Alizadeh

Votes: 355

22. 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: 5,409

23. To Be or Not to Be (1999)

94 min | Drama

Anik a young girl is in desperate need to heart implement. She with the help of her doctor goes to an hospital where a young guy Amir is in comma. He in his wedding night had an accident ... See full summary »

Director: Kianoush Ayari | Stars: Asal Badeei, Farhad Sharifi, Hossein Ilbeygi, Noor-Ali Lotfi

Votes: 162

24. Leila (1997)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Leila and Reza meet in a kind of celebration and fall for each other. Having discovered their love, they get married soon only to find out the infertility of Leila. That's when Reza's ... See full summary »

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Leila Hatami, Ali Mosaffa, Jamileh Sheikhi, Mohamad Reza Sharifinia

Votes: 3,192 | Gross: $0.05M

25. Sara (1993)

102 min | Drama

Sara is the perfect young housewife, eager to serve. When husband Hessam requires an expensive emergency operation abroad, it is she who get the funds. For the next three years, it is Sara,... See full summary »

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Niki Karimi, Yassamin Maleknasr, Khosro Shakibai, Amin Tarokh

Votes: 525

26. Death of Yazdgerd (1982)

110 min | Drama, History

Death of Yazdgerd is the story of death of the last king of Iran before Muslims invade Iran. He escapes to city of Marv and hides in a mill but finally gets killed. The Story is told by the... See full summary »

Director: Bahram Beizai | Stars: Susan Taslimi, Mehdi Hashemi, Mahmoud Behrouzian, Amin Tarokh

Votes: 616

27. P Like Pelican (1972)

25 min | Documentary, Short

An old hermit lives in a slum and wants to teach the alphabet to the children regularly go there to play. What makes the hermit happiest however, is when he comes to the letter P (for "... See full summary »

Director: Parviz Kimiavi | Star: Mohammad Jazayeri Tabas

Votes: 186

28. Strait (1973)

88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Naderi's second film is set in the slums of Tehran. Hanging out in a pool hall, Ali Khoshdast becomes involved in a brawl with three brothers, and accidently kills one of them. He runs for ... See full summary »

Director: Amir Naderi | Stars: Saeed Rad, Nuri Kasrai, Enayat Bakhshi, Mohammad Eskandari

Votes: 183

29. The Runner (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: Madjid Niroumand, Abbas Nazeri, Musa Torkizadeh

Votes: 1,465

30. Fireworks Wednesday (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: 8,987

31. Deep Breath (2003)

86 min | Drama, Romance

This is about two guys who are departed from their family in totally different ways, they are anti social and try to live in a large city without any money, one of them fall in love and another one got addicted.

Director: Parviz Shahbazi | Stars: Mansour Shahbazi, Maryam Palizban, Said Amini

Votes: 679

32. 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 »

Director: Farzad Motamen | Stars: Mehdi Ahmadi, Hanie Tavassoli, Mohsen Shah-Ebrahimi, Hilda Hashempour

Votes: 833

33. Travellers (1992)

90 min | Drama

A young woman's wedding becomes a ritual of mourning when her sister and family die in an auto accident on the way to the wedding. The sisters' mother refuses to accept her daughter's death... See full summary »

Director: Bahram Beizai | Stars: Mozhdeh Shamsai, Homa Rusta, Jamileh Sheikhi, Niku Kheradmand

Votes: 784

34. A Simple Event (1974)

80 min | Drama

A small schoolboy lives an austere life with his family in Northern coasts of Iran.

Director: Sohrab Shahid Saless | Stars: Hedayatollah Navid, Hibibollah Safarian, Ane Mohammad Tarikhi, Mohammed Zamani

Votes: 343

35. The Mongols (1973)

92 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A director of a television series on the history of cinema, who has been grappling with the screenplay of his first feature film, receives an assignment to oversee the installation of a ... See full summary »

Director: Parviz Kimiavi | Stars: Fahimeh Rastkar, Parviz Kimiavi, Aqa Seyyed, Ali Mirza

Votes: 123

36. The Night It Rained (1967)

35 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary which explores what did or did not happen on a rainy night a young boy allegedly saved a train from crashing.

Director: Kamran Shirdel

Votes: 247

37. Hemlock (1999)

98 min | Drama

A middle-class family man (Mahmoud) starts a relationship with a female nurse (Sima). When Sima gets Pregnant, things go complicated.

Director: Behruz Afkhami | Stars: Fariborz Arabnia, Hediyeh Tehrani, Mohammad Saleh Ala, Rozita Ghaffari

Votes: 635

38. Hello Cinema (1995)

75 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Makhmalbaf puts an advertisement in the papers calling for an open casting for his next movie. However when hundreds of people show up, he decides to make a movie about the casting and the ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Shaghayeh Djodat, Behzad Dorani, Feizola Gashghai, Maryam Keyhan

Votes: 1,578

39. The Peddler (1987)

95 min | Drama

Consisting of three separate stories, the director explores "Man" as a theme: birth, life and death, to present a sometimes comic, sometimes tragic portrait of life at the bottom of the ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Mahmoud Basiri, Behzad Behzadpour, Jafar Dehghan, Farid Koshan Falah

Votes: 308

40. A Separation (2011)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama

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: 206,111 | Gross: $7.10M



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