Best Turkish Movies All Time

by msamigurpinar | created - 01 Jan 2015 | updated - 13 Oct 2017 | Public

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1. Ne Olacak Simdi (1979)

83 min | Comedy, Romance

The funny love and marriage story of 4 people 2 of who is a couple that want to divorce and the other 2 are their attorneys.

Director: Atif Yilmaz | Stars: Levent Kirca, Nevra Serezli, Sener Sen, Perran Kutman

Votes: 2,318

2. Asik Oldum (1985)

97 min | Comedy, Romance

Turkish version of 'The Woman in Red'. A married guy, Sakir, falls in love with the beautiful Sibel.

Director: Ertem Egilmez | Stars: Sener Sen, Sehnaz Dilan, Nevra Serezli, Aysen Gruda

Votes: 1,348

3. Uzak (2002)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

84 Metascore

After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Muzaffer Özdemir, Mehmet Emin Toprak, Zuhal Gencer, Nazan Kesal

Votes: 16,681 | Gross: $0.10M

4. 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: 39,564 | Gross: $0.17M

5. Everything's Gonna Be Great (1998)

107 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 19,846

6. A World Upside Down (1994)

97 min | Comedy

In the film TERSINE DÜNYA the traditional roles of men and women are reversed. "Calamity" Leyla, Sari Leman and Hasibe are friends from the same neighborhood. Hasibe's father passed away ... See full summary »

Director: Ersin Pertan | Stars: Demet Akbag, Rasim Öztekin, Lale Mansur, Jale Arikan

Votes: 342

7. 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: 11,090

8. Yozgat Blues (2013)

93 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A barber in Yozgat - a very small city in the middle Anatolia - has an emotional breakdown when he runs into Yavuz and Nese who have come to town to sing in a small music hall-bar.

Director: Mahmut Fazil Coskun | Stars: Ercan Kesal, Ayça Damgaci, Tansu Biçer, Nadir Saribacak

Votes: 2,375

9. Yol (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: 11,403

10. Somersault in a Coffin (1996)

76 min | Drama

Mahsun is homeless and unemployed. He lives in Rumelihisari (one of the most picturesque and oldest quarters of Istanbul), and tries to stay alive with the help of local fishermen. Mahsun ... See full summary »

Director: Dervis Zaim | Stars: Ahmet Ugurlu, Tuncel Kurtiz, Aysen Aydemir, Serif Erol

Votes: 7,993

11. Güzel Günler Görecegiz (2012)

112 min | Drama

"To Better Days" takes place in a day in Istanbul. It tells about five different character's paths crossing in daily life and intervention to each other's lives without awareness. The film ... See full summary »

Director: Hasan Tolga Pulat | Stars: Sebahat Adalar, Luran Ahmeti, Can Akkurt, Baris Atay

Votes: 458

12. Arabesque (1988)

105 min | Comedy, Musical

This is the tragicomic story of two lovers who cannot ever get together. Sener is the son of a simple family in the village and he is in love with the village headman's daughter Mujde. Kaya... See full summary »

Director: Ertem Egilmez | Stars: Sener Sen, Müjde Ar, Ugur Yücel, Necati Bilgiç

Votes: 6,680

13. Lovelorn (2005)

142 min | Drama

A single mother with a child meets a retired teacher who tries to keep pace with his new life and to protect them from her ex-husband.

Director: Yavuz Turgul | Stars: Meltem Cumbul, Sener Sen, Timuçin Esen, Güven Kiraç

Votes: 8,999

14. Mum kokulu kadinlar (1996)

89 min | Drama

He second half of 1990s Lady Firuzan is about to give birth to a child whose name will be Ihsan. In 1950s Lady Firuzan adapts a daughter called Fatma about 5- 6 years old and Ä°hsan and ... See full summary »

Director: Irfan Tözüm | Stars: Halil Ergün, Hande Ataizi, Selma Güneri, Sevtap Parman

Votes: 485

15. Our Grand Despair (2011)

102 min | Drama

The peaceful cohabitation of two 30-something bachelors is disrupted when they both fall in love with the charming young woman who moves in with them.

Director: Seyfi Teoman | Stars: Ilker Aksum, Fatih Al, Gunes Sayin, Taner Birsel

Votes: 2,994

16. Saka ile karisik (1965)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The story of a rogue, Osman, who earns his living by singing on the streets in return for some food. Since he could not achieve any goal in his life before, people call him " Ofsayt Osman" ... See full summary »

Director: Osman F. Seden | Stars: Sadri Alisik, Filiz Akin, Ajda Pekkan, Efgan Efekan

Votes: 848

17. Time to Love (1965)

89 min | Drama, Romance

Halil who is a painter falls in love with a picture which belongs to a daughter of a mansion's owner. One day, the girl comes into the mansion while Halil is looking at the picture.

Director: Metin Erksan | Stars: Müsfik Kenter, Sema Özcan, Süleyman Tekcan, Oya Bulaner

Votes: 3,678

18. Dry Summer (1963)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

A tobacco farmer tries to ruin his competitors crops by diverting water to his property.

Director: Metin Erksan | Stars: Erol Tas, Hülya Koçyigit, Ulvi Dogan, Alaettin Altiok

Votes: 3,347

19. Kilink Istanbul'da (1967)

71 min | Adventure, Crime, Fantasy

Kilink, the Turkish super anti-hero,who was a lookalike of the Italian comic-strip hero Killing, who was a lookalike of the other Italian super hero Kriminal,opens the long series of Kilink... See full summary »

Director: Yilmaz Atadeniz | Stars: Irfan Atasoy, Pervin Par, Muzaffer Tema, Suzan Avci

Votes: 220

20. Vesikali Yarim (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: 2,085

21. Ask Filmlerinin Unutulmaz Yönetmeni (1990)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

Hasmet, director of love stories, wants to make a film with a "social content". He makes a deal with the producer Abdulkadir, yet the actress Mujde Ar doesn't accept the leading role, as ... See full summary »

Director: Yavuz Turgul | Stars: Sener Sen, Pitircik Akerman, Aytaç Yörükaslan, Yavuzer Çetinkaya

Votes: 2,676

22. 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: 13,332

23. Destiny (2006)

103 min | Drama

Bekir loves Ugur, who loves Zagor, who loves to commit crimes.

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

Votes: 10,598

24. Milk (2008)

102 min | Drama

Yusuff has a hard time defining his adulthood. In one hand, there are his mother's expectations while on the other hand his passions.

Director: Semih Kaplanoglu | Stars: Melih Selcuk, Basak Köklükaya, Riza Akin, Saadet Aksoy

Votes: 2,733

25. Egg (2007)

97 min | Drama

Poet Yusuf (35-38) returns to his childhood hometown, which he hadn't visited for years, upon his mother's death. He is faced with a neglected, crumbling house. Ayla, a young girl (17-19) ... See full summary »

Director: Semih Kaplanoglu | Stars: Nejat Isler, Saadet Aksoy, Ufuk Bayraktar, Kaan Karabacak

Votes: 4,608

26. Honey (2010)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

70 Metascore

The quiet life of a boy and his family is endangered when his father does not return home from his work collecting honey in the forest.

Director: Semih Kaplanoglu | Stars: Bora Altas, Erdal Besikçioglu, Tülin Özen, Ayse Altay

Votes: 6,408

27. Zenne Dancer (2012)

99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A feature film about an unusual trio: Daniel, a German photo-journalist in Istanbul without much knowledge about Turkish values. Can, a flamboyant, out and proud male belly dancer with lots... See full summary »

Directors: Caner Alper, Mehmet Binay | Stars: Kerem Can, Giovanni Arvaneh, Erkan Avci, Tilbe Saran

Votes: 2,405

28. Dracula in Istanbul (1953)

102 min | Fantasy, Horror

Azmi is a lawyer from Istanbul. Drakula of Romania has assumed a new title. Azmi travels to Romania for legal matters. He is warned of Drakula but Azmi is a strong believer of goodness.

Director: Mehmet Muhtar | Stars: Annie Ball, Cahit Irgat, Ayfer Feray, Bülent Oran

Votes: 364

29. Uzak Ihtimal (2009)

90 min | Drama

Muezzin Musa falls for his neighbor, the Catholic nurse Clara. The story gets even more exceptional when Musa meets Yakup, who turns out to be connected with Clara.

Director: Mahmut Fazil Coskun | Stars: Nadir Saribacak, Görkem Yeltan, Murat Ergun, Selim Makaroglu

Votes: 2,025

30. Head-On (2004)

R | 121 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

With the intention to break free from the strict familial restrictions, a suicidal young woman sets up a marriage of convenience with a forty-year-old addict, an act that will lead to an outburst of envious love.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Birol Ünel, Sibel Kekilli, Güven Kiraç, Zarah Jane McKenzie

Votes: 48,325

31. The Girl with the Red Scarf (1977)

90 min | Drama, Romance

Story of a dilemma between a woman's love and her logic. Asya, a young girl with a strict mother, meets Ilyas who is a womanizer city man, and they quickly fall in love. They get over the ... See full summary »

Director: Atif Yilmaz | Stars: Türkan Soray, Kadir Inanir, Ahmet Mekin, Hülya Tuglu

Votes: 13,785

32. The Bandit (1996)

TV-MA | 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: 58,265

33. Motherland Hotel (1987)

101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The lonely proprietor of a small hotel in a provincial Turkish town develops a passion for a departed guest and the reality of routine everyday-life starts crumbling into pieces.

Director: Ömer Kavur | Stars: Macit Koper, Sahika Tekand, Serra Yilmaz, Orhan Çagman

Votes: 3,023

34. The Honest One (1984)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

When an incorruptible government pay clerk, who isn't taken seriously by anyone including his family, get robbed while carrying huge amount of work money, he becomes popular because people believe he faked the robbery and kept the money.

Director: Ertem Egilmez | Stars: Sener Sen, Adile Nasit, Aysen Gruda, Erdal Özyagcilar

Votes: 5,473

35. 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: 5,834

36. 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: 1,820

37. Dream (IV) (2016)

106 min | Drama

A female architect who wants to preserve her utopias realizes the only probable way to experience this in today's Istanbul is through dreams and parallel lives. Indeed, her dreams help her to continue, build new hopes and lives.

Director: Dervis Zaim | Stars: Sevil Aki, Gizem Akman, Osman Alkas, Zafer Altun

Votes: 229

38. Bulanti (2015)

112 min | Drama

Upon losing his wife and son, Ahmet has to struggle with the feeling of loneliness.

Director: Zeki Demirkubuz | Stars: Zeki Demirkubuz, Sebnem Hassanisoughi, Öykü Karayel, Çaglar Çorumlu

Votes: 1,537

39. Ember (2016)

115 min | Drama

When her husband Cemal is arrested in Romania, Emine is left alone with their child who needs immediate surgery. She takes a job as a needle worker at a garment workshop where she comes ... See full summary »

Director: Zeki Demirkubuz | Stars: Aslihan Gürbüz, Caner Cindoruk, Taner Birsel, Istar Gökseven

Votes: 1,291

40. 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, Sarp Apak

Votes: 6,556



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