The Best Iranian Movies

by Behrooz-Meshkat | created - 14 Sep 2015 | updated - 06 Nov 2016 | Public
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1. Here Without Me (2011)

100 min | Drama, Family

The story is about the world of a small family with familiar dreams and not so remarkable problems. The mother is trying to lead everything to save her family, but small events disarrange all her plans.

Director: Bahram Tavakoli | Stars: Saber Abar, Mehdi Hoseininia, Parinaz Izadyar, Negar Javaherian

Votes: 3,795

2. 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: 1,466

3. Nothing (2010)

84 min | Comedy, Drama

A man, who has some kind of a disease and eats a lot, enters a poor and large family to marry their mother.

Director: Abdolreza Kahani | Stars: Ahmad Mehranfar, Mehran Ahmadi, Nayereh Farahani, Marzieh Boroomand

Votes: 935

4. 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

5. Unruled Paper (2002)

110 min | Drama, Mystery

"Royaa", mother of two children, tries to follow her dream of becoming a writer, while her life and relationship with her shady architect husband "Jahaan", gets into some serious drama; ... See full summary »

Director: Naser Taghvai | Stars: Khosro Shakibai, Hediyeh Tehrani, Jamshid Mashayekhi, Niku Kheradmand

Votes: 715

6. 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

7. The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Irreverent city engineer Behzad comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Behzad Dorani, Noghre Asadi, Roushan Karam Elmi, Bahman Ghobadi

Votes: 7,773 | Gross: $0.21M

8. 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: 40,638 | Gross: $0.11M

9. The Mirror (1997)

95 min | Drama

When a young girl becomes lost in the hustle and bustle of Tehran, her journey turns into a dazzling exercise on the nature of film itself. In this ingenious and daringly original feature, ... See full summary »

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Mina Mohammad Khani, Aida Mohammadkhani, Kazem Mojdehi, Naser Omuni

Votes: 2,267 | Gross: $0.04M

10. 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

11. Under the Skin of the City (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: 1,334

12. 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

13. O Iran (1990)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

Towards the end of the Shahanshah's reign, Sergeant Makvandi is assigned the commander of the gendarmerie station in a small town. A stern disciplinarian, Sergeant Makvandi tries to impose ... See full summary »

Director: Naser Taghvai | Stars: Akbar Abdi, Hossein Sarshar, Soraya Hekmat, Gholamhossein Naghshineh

Votes: 224

14. 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 »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Mahshid Afsharzadeh, Firouz Kiani, Samira Makhmalbaf, Mohammad Reza Maleki

Votes: 1,742

15. Through the Olive Trees (1994)

G | 103 min | Drama

A depiction of the off-screen relationship between the actors who play the newlyweds in the film Zendegi va digar hich (1992).

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Farhad Kheradmand, Zarifeh Shiva, Hossein Rezai

Votes: 5,403 | Gross: $0.04M

16. 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: 5,951

17. 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: 5,760

18. 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: 206,164 | Gross: $7.10M

19. Fish & Cat (2013)

134 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A number of students have traveled to the Caspian region in order to participate in a kite-flying event during the winter solstice. Next to their camp is a small hut occupied by three cooks who work at a nearby restaurant.

Director: Shahram Mokri | Stars: Abed Abest, Mona Ahmadi, Ainaz Azarhoush, Nazanin Babaei

Votes: 2,076

20. I'm Not Angry! (2014)

110 min | Drama

I'm not Angry. is the story of Navid, a starred and expelled university student who - while trying to provide the least requirements of a normal life -, tries not to get angry when he is ... See full summary »

Director: Reza Dormishian | Stars: Baran Kosari, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Milad Rahimi, Bahram Afshari

Votes: 1,540

21. So Close, So Far (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: Masoud Rayegany, Afshin Hashemi, Elham Hamidi, Ashkan Khatibi

Votes: 2,261

22. Turtles Can Fly (2004)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, War

85 Metascore

Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Soran Ebrahim, Avaz Latif, Saddam Hossein Feysal, Hiresh Feysal Rahman

Votes: 16,921 | Gross: $0.26M

23. No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009)

106 min | Drama, Music

71 Metascore

Iranian musicians Negar and Ashkan look for band members to play at a London concert - and the visas that allow them to leave Tehran to do so.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad, Hamed Behdad, Babak Mirzakhani

Votes: 6,611 | Gross: $0.08M

24. Persepolis (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

90 Metascore

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Gena Rowlands, Danielle Darrieux

Votes: 84,528 | Gross: $4.45M

25. The Paternal House (2012)

97 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

The consequences of a father and son's violent act reverberate through three generations of their family.

Director: Kianoush Ayari | Stars: Mehdi Hashemi, Shahab Hosseini, Mehran Rajabi, Nazanin Farahani

Votes: 503

26. Dast-neveshtehaa nemisoosand (2013)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

88 Metascore

Khosrow and Morteza set out on a mission to kill someone. The assassination ought to be arranged as a suicide. At the last minute however, they are obliged to change their initial plans...

Director: Mohammad Rasoulof | Stars: Anonymous, Anonymous, Ramin Parham

Votes: 736

27. O.K. Mister (1979)

75 min | Comedy

In a remote village in the "land of roses and nightingales" one day surfaces a stranger: William Knox D'Arcy. To enact his plan for exploiting the wealth and the natural resources of this ... See full summary »

Director: Parviz Kimiavi | Stars: Erika Maaz, Farokh Ghafari, Yadolla Shirandami, Terry Graham

Votes: 43

28. Protest (2000)

92 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Amir who was in jail for a murder gets free after twelve years behind bars and finds that now there is a huge gap between his generation and his brothers'.

Director: Masud Kimiai | Stars: Dariush Arjmand, Mohammad Reza Forutan, Mitra Hajjar, Parsa Pirouzfar

Votes: 661



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