Best Iranian Movies I've Seen

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1. A Separation (2011)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Thriller

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: 200,031 | Gross: $7.10M

2. 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: 19,390 | Gross: $0.31M

3. Downpour (1972)

128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A well educated and humble teacher arrives in a new city and at a new job in the pre-revolutionary Iran. He falls in love with a hardworking underprivileged young woman that nurses her very... See full summary »

Director: Bahram Beizai | Stars: Parviz Fanizadeh, Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Jamshid Layegh, Parvaneh Massoumi

Votes: 370

4. Homework (1989)

86 min | Documentary, Drama

In this documentary, Kiarostami asks a number of students about their school homework. The answers of some children shows the darker side of this method of education.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Babak Ahmadpoor, Farhang Akhavan, Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh, Abbas Kiarostami

Votes: 809

5. A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, War

78 Metascore

Young Iranian Kurdish siblings try to save the youngest of them, who is seriously ill.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi, Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini, Madi Ekhtiar-dini

Votes: 6,560 | Gross: $0.70M

6. 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: 300

7. The Need (1992)

82 min | Drama

Two boys compete for one job they both need desperately. This movie portrays their rivalry.

Director: Alireza Davoudnejad | Stars: Mohammad-Reza Davoudnejad, Tarahom Fathi, Shojaoddin Habibian, Shohreh Lorestani

Votes: 167

8. 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.

Director: Ali Hatami | Stars: Ezzatolah Entezami, Richard Harrison, Ransel Cass, Mario Donatone

Votes: 429

9. Scabies (1989)

85 min | Drama

Abolfazl Jalili's docudrama La Gale (Scabies) is about the painful lives of young offenders who are serving time in the reformatories of post-revolution Iran. Young Hamed, arrested for ... See full summary »

Director: Abolfazl Jalili | Stars: Mehdi Asadi, Hossein Maloomi, Hossein Panahi, Fatemeh Naghavi

Votes: 34

10. 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: 5,812

11. 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: 3,701

12. Parviz (2012)

107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Parvis, a fifty-year-old man who has lived his entire life with his father and never held a job, is suddenly, kicked out from his home, as his father decides to remarry.

Director: Majid Barzegar | Stars: Levon Haftvan, Mahmoud Behrouzian, Homeyra Nonahali, Ali Ramez

Votes: 609

13. 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: 1,729

14. 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: 5,266

15. The Report (1977)

112 min | Drama

The movie revolves around the life of a tax collector who is accused of taking bribes, and also has to deal with problems at home, including the suicide attempt of his wife.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Kurosh Afsharpanah, Mehdi Montazar, Mostafa Taheri

Votes: 588

16. The Traveler (1974)

83 min | Drama

A grade-school-age boy, neglected by his parents, lies, cheats, and steals to accumulate enough money to afford a bus ride to a large city and a ticket to see his favorite soccer team play.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Hassan Darabi, Pare Gol Atashjameh, Masud Zandbegleh, Mostafa Taheri

Votes: 1,109

17. 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: 2,431

18. Desiderium (1978)

111 min | Drama, Romance

Desiderium lyrically charts the hapless loves of a three brother: Majid, they young handicapped brother with a deformed head 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: 1,307

19. The Last Step (2012)

88 min | Drama

A dead man tells us about his feelings and his life.

Director: Ali Mosaffa | Stars: Leila Hatami, Ali Mosaffa, Alireza Aghakhani, Hamed Behdad

Votes: 1,140

20. Killing Mad Dogs (2001)

135 min | Drama, Mystery, 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.

Director: Bahram Beizai | Stars: Mozhdeh Shamsai, Majid Mozaffari, Reza Kianian, Mitra Hajjar

Votes: 1,994

21. 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: 1,290

22. 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: 373

24. 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: 817

25. Maybe Some Other Time (1987)

159 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mr. Modabber who is a dubber see his wife Kian sitting in a car of a stranger in one scene of a documentary he is been dubbing. With the help of the director and the editor of the ... See full summary »

Director: Bahram Beizai | Stars: Susan Taslimi, Dariush Farhang, Simin Ansari, Siamak Atlassi

Votes: 439

26. The Red Ribbon (1999)

110 min | Drama, War

A man and a woman fight over the rights to a property.

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia | Stars: Azita Hajian, Reza Kianian, Parviz Parastui

Votes: 982

27. 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: 788

28. 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: 575

29. 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: 1,681

30. Men at Work (2006)

Not Rated | 75 min | Comedy, Drama

A political allegory on four middle-class guys who pile into their car for a ski weekend. A brief stop at a picturesque vista leads to their chance discovery of a prominent rock formation it seems would be oh so easy to tip over, but...

Director: Mani Haghighi | Stars: Mahnaz Afshar, Ahmad Hamed, Mahmoud Kalari, Reza Kianian

Votes: 502

31. The Mare (1986)

100 min | Drama

Rezvaneh is informed that her daughter Golbooteh is gave birth to a child. She rides the mare and with Rahmat her brother depart for the village in which her daughter lives. In the way she ... See full summary »

Director: Ali Zhekan | Stars: Susan Taslimi, Hossein Mahjoub, Firouz Behjat-Mohamadi, Ataollah Zahed

Votes: 35

32. Escape from the Trap (1971)

102 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Morteza who is recently freed from prison, promises Mehri to buy her out the debt she has to pay her husband. In order to do so, he commits a rubbery that won't turn out well.

Director: Jalal Moghadam | Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Davoud Rashidi, Nilufar, Jalal Pishvaian

Votes: 81



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