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1. Omar (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Eyad Hourani, Samer Bisharat

Votes: 12,217 | Gross: $0.36M

2. The Yacoubian Building (2006)

161 min | Drama

Meditations on corruption, fundamentalism, prostitution, homosexuality, and drugs in central Cairo.

Director: Marwan Hamed | Stars: Adel Emam, Nour El-Sherif, Youssra, Essad Youniss

Votes: 5,435

3. Incendies (2010)

R | 131 min | Drama, Mystery, War

80 Metascore

Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history and fulfill their mother's last wishes.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Mustafa Kamel

Votes: 127,318 | Gross: $6.86M

4. Horses of God (2012)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

76 Metascore

A fictional account of the lives of the men responsible for the suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003.

Director: Nabil Ayouch | Stars: Abdelhakim Rachi, Abdelilah Rachid, Hamza Souidek, Ahmed El Idrissi Amrani

Votes: 1,512 | Gross: $0.00M

5. Lemon Tree (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, War

74 Metascore

The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Ali Suliman, Doron Tavory

Votes: 6,014 | Gross: $0.57M

6. Caramel (2007)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Nadine Labaki, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisèle Aouad, Yasmine Al Massri

Votes: 11,828 | Gross: $1.06M

7. Asmaa (2011)

96 min | Drama

A woman who suffers from AIDS decides not to surrender to the fatal disease. She exerts huge efforts in trying to recover or by helping those who suffer the same disease by giving them glimmers of hope.

Director: Amr Salama | Stars: Hind Sabri, Maged El Kedwany, Hani Adel, Fatma Adel

Votes: 3,786

8. Private (2004)

90 min | Drama, War

61 Metascore

A Palestinian family is trapped inside a house commandeered by Israeli soldiers.

Director: Saverio Costanzo | Stars: Mohammad Bakri, Lior Miller, Hend Ayoub, Tomer Russo

Votes: 768 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Ajami (2009)

Not Rated | 124 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

Ajami is the religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. These are five stories about the everyday life in Ajami.

Directors: Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani | Stars: Fouad Habash, Nisrin Siksik, Elias Saba, Youssef Sahwani

Votes: 5,718 | Gross: $0.62M

10. Casanegra (2008)

131 min | Drama

Two childhood friends, Karim and Adil, prowl the streets of Casablanca, their native city. They do not do much, in fact they hustle rather than work. They are also unashamed dreamers, Karim... See full summary »

Director: Nour Eddine Lakhmari | Stars: Anas El Baz, Omar Lotfi, Mohamed Benbrahim, Ghita Tazi

Votes: 655

11. Wadjda (2012)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour | Stars: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd

Votes: 16,661 | Gross: $1.35M

12. 678 (2010)

100 min | Drama

Unfolds the poignant story of three women and their search for justice from the daily plight of sexual harassment in Egypt.

Director: Mohamed Diab | Stars: Nelly Karim, Bushra, Maged El Kedwany, Bassem Samra

Votes: 3,630

13. Amreeka (2009)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A drama centered on the trials and tribulations of a proud Palestinian Christian immigrant single mother and her teenage son in small town Indiana.

Director: Cherien Dabis | Stars: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat

Votes: 3,327 | Gross: $0.62M

14. Towelhead (2007)

R | 124 min | Drama

57 Metascore

A young Arab-American girl struggles with her sexual obsession, a bigoted Army reservist and her strict father during the Gulf War.

Director: Alan Ball | Stars: Summer Bishil, Aaron Eckhart, Peter Macdissi, Chris Messina

Votes: 11,102 | Gross: $0.37M

15. The Visitor (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass

Votes: 40,368 | Gross: $9.42M

16. Miral (2010)

R | 112 min | Drama, History

45 Metascore

A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass, Willem Dafoe, Asma Al Shiukhy

Votes: 3,080 | Gross: $0.37M

17. Paradise Now (2005)

PG-13 | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Kais Nashif, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Hamza Abu-Aiaash

Votes: 21,510 | Gross: $1.45M

18. The Source (2011)

135 min | Comedy, Drama

A comedy/drama set in a village and centered on a battle of the sexes, where women threaten to withhold sexual favors if their men refuse to fetch water from a remote well.

Director: Radu Mihaileanu | Stars: Leïla Bekhti, Hafsia Herzi, Hiam Abbass, Saleh Bakri

Votes: 3,528

19. Pomegranates and Myrrh (2008)

95 min | Drama

A free spirited Palestinian dancer becomes the wife of a prisoner.

Director: Najwa Najjar | Stars: Ali Suliman, Hiam Abbass, Walid Abdul Salam, Ahmad Abu Sal'oum

Votes: 182

20. Buried Secrets (2009)

91 min | Drama

A teenager unwittingly reveals a terrible family secret to the new neighbors.

Director: Raja Amari | Stars: Hafsia Herzi, Sondos Belhassen, Wassila Dari, Rim El Benna

Votes: 168

21. Between Two Fires (2010)

130 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A young mother with her daughter escapes child trafficking in their home country Belarus just to end up in a refugee camp in northern Sweden. In her vulnerable situation she becomes a easy ... See full summary »

Director: Agnieszka Lukasiak | Stars: Magdalena Poplawska, Simon Kassianides, Kamila Nowysz, Leila Haji

Votes: 217

22. Timbuktu (2014)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

92 Metascore

A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed.

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako | Stars: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki, Layla Walet Mohamed

Votes: 14,918 | Gross: $1.08M

23. Ida (2013)

PG-13 | 82 min | Drama

91 Metascore

A novice nun about to take her vows uncovers a family secret dating back to the German occupation.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela

Votes: 47,593 | Gross: $3.83M

24. Una noche (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

In Havana, Raul dreams of escaping to Miami. Accused of assault, he appeals to Elio to help him reach the forbidden world 90 miles across the ocean. One night, full of hope, they face the biggest challenge of their lives.

Director: Lucy Mulloy | Stars: Dariel Arrechaga, Anailín de la Rúa de la Torre, Javier Núñez Florián, María Adelaida Méndez Bonet

Votes: 1,734 | Gross: $0.07M

25. From Afar (2015)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Armando, a 50 year man, seeks young men in Caracas and pays them just for company. One day he meets Elder, a 17 years boy that is the leader of a criminal gang, and that meeting changes their lives forever.

Director: Lorenzo Vigas | Stars: Alfredo Castro, Luis Silva, Jericó Montilla, Catherina Cardozo

Votes: 3,076 | Gross: $0.03M

26. Elle (I) (2016)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

89 Metascore

A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling

Votes: 55,665

27. The Salesman (2016)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

While both participating in a production of "Death of a Salesman," a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Mina Sadati, Babak Karimi

Votes: 42,878 | Gross: $2.40M

28. Paradise: Love (2012)

Unrated | 120 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Teresa, a fifty-year-old Austrian mother, travels to the paradise of the beaches of Kenya, seeking out love from African boys. But she must confront the hard truth that on the beaches of Kenya, love is a business.

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Margarete Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Maux, Dunja Sowinetz

Votes: 7,820 | Gross: $0.02M

29. Rust and Bone (2012)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure, Céline Sallette

Votes: 59,495 | Gross: $2.06M

30. Villa Touma (2014)

85 min | Drama, Romance

Three unmarried aristocratic Christian sisters from Ramallah have shut themselves in their villa clinging desperately to their former glory, until their orphan niece, Badia, walks into their life and turns their world upside down

Director: Suha Arraf | Stars: Nisreen Faour, Ula Tabari, Cherien Dabis, Maria Zreik

Votes: 123



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