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1. The Color Purple (2010)

97 min | Drama, Thriller

An undercover Iranian intelligence officer investigates the political status of a college student, whose parents were active members of the mujahedin khalgh radical group.

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia | Stars: Hamid Farokhnezhad, Khazar Ma'soomi, Farhad Ghaemian, Mehrdad Ziaei

Votes: 1,493

2. I Am Taraneh, I Am Fifteen Years Old (2002)

110 min | Drama

64 Metascore

Fifteen year old Taraneh, whose widowed father is in jail, refuses the unwanted attentions of carpet salesman Amir - until Amir's mother talks Taraneh into accepting Amir's marriage ... See full summary »

Director: Rasoul Sadrameli | Stars: Taraneh Alidoosti, Negar Javaherian, Hossein Mahjoub, Mahtab Nasirpour

Votes: 2,841

3. Mum's Guest (2004)

103 min | Comedy, Drama

A mother of a poor family, has guests coming over, yet doesn't know how to get the dinner party altogether with limited resources.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Golab Adineh, Parsa Pirouzfar, Amin Hayayee, Hassan Pourshirazi

Votes: 3,404

4. Absolutely Tame Is a Horse (2011)

89 min | Comedy, Drama

A corrupted police officer insists on bribing a broke man, so he has to go to everybody and do everything in order to be able to pay him in the very night.

Director: Abdolreza Kahani | Stars: Reza Attaran, Habib Rezaei, Mahtab Keramati, Parsa Pirouzfar

Votes: 1,775

5. 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: 1,222

6. A Dragon Arrives! (2016)

105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A Dragon Arrives.

Director: Mani Haghighi | Stars: Amir Jadidi, Ehsan Goodarzi, Amir Homayoun Ghanizadeh, Nader Fallah

Votes: 1,960

7. 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: 211,209 | Gross: $7.10M

8. The Patience Stone (2012)

R | 102 min | Drama, War

64 Metascore

In a war ridden country a woman watches over the husband reduced to a vegetable state by a bullet in the neck, abandoned by Jihad companions and brothers. One day, the woman decides to say things to him she could never have done before.

Director: Atiq Rahimi | Stars: Golshifteh Farahani, Hamid Djavadan, Hassina Burgan, Massi Mrowat

Votes: 4,440 | Gross: $0.15M

9. A Respectable Family (2012)

90 min | Drama

Upon returning home to Iran after more than two decades abroad, visiting professor Arash is quickly thrust into a past he's spent his whole life trying to escape.

Director: Massoud Bakhshi | Stars: Babak Hamidian, Mehrdad Sedighian, Mehran Ahmadi, Ahu Kheradmand

Votes: 458

10. Fat Shaker (2013)

85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

An illustration of gradual destruction of an urban monster.

Director: Mohammad Shirvani | Stars: Levon Haftvan, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Maryam Palizban, Hassan Rostami

Votes: 166

11. Asphyxia (2017)

107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Masoud takes his wife who has neurotic tensions to the asylum to take care of her but..

Director: Fereydoun Jeyrani | Stars: Navid Mohammadzadeh, Elnaz Shakerdust, Pardis Ahmadieh, Gholam-Hossein Lotfi

Votes: 870

12. What's the Time in Your World? (2014)

101 min | Drama, Romance

A woman comes back from Paris to her country after a long time. She meets a man that she hardly knows, but he knows a lot about her life.

Director: Safi Yazdanian | Stars: Leila Hatami, Ali Mosaffa, Zahra Hatami, Payam Yazdani

Votes: 1,702

13. Lantouri (2016)

111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A Girl, Maryam, is attacked with Acid by Pasha, a young man who is madly in love with her.

Director: Reza Dormishian | Stars: Baran Kosari, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Maryam Palizban, Reza Behbudi

Votes: 2,567

14. Sperm Whale (2015)

87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

It's about an Iranian man who tells his life story from childhood to now and his love.

Director: Saman Moghadam | Stars: Mahnaz Afshar, Vishka Asayesh, Reza Attaran, Rebecca Ghaderi

Votes: 3,583

15. The Lizard (2004)

115 min | Comedy, Drama

A recently jailed petty thief disguises as a Mullah and succeeds in escaping; but has to stay in the Mullah' role longer than he expected to.

Director: Kamal Tabrizi | Stars: Parviz Parastui, Bahram Ebrahimi, Shahrokh Foroutanian, Farideh Sepah Mansour

Votes: 13,408

16. Bodyguard (2016)

105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A government bodyguard protects a politician from a suicide bomber, and then begins to question his dedication to his job.

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia | Stars: Parviz Parastui, Merila Zare'i, Babak Hamidian, Amir Aghaee

Votes: 3,029

17. From Karkheh to Rhein (1993)

93 min | Drama, War

Saeed who is suffering from injuries that he received in the Iran-Iraq War, is sent to Germany for treatments. In Germany, he meets his sister and her German husband. Saeed and his sister ... See full summary »

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia | Stars: Ali Dehkordi, Homa Rusta, Hans Noiman, Sadegh Safaie

Votes: 2,488

18. Leily Is with Me (1996)

95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

During the war with Iraq, an absurd set of events has an Iranian documentary cinematographer seemingly unable to get out of a dangerous project documenting the war.

Director: Kamal Tabrizi | Stars: Parviz Parastui, Mahmud Azizi, Shohreh Lorestani, Sahereh Matin

Votes: 3,867

19. 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: 5,639

20. Rings (1986)

88 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

The silence of this sleepy little town is soon disturbed when the residents begin to receive threatening phone calls. No one knows who is making them. The police fail to find any evidence ... See full summary »

Director: Mohamad Reza Honarmand | Stars: Ebrahim Abadi, Reza Cheraghi, Naser Forough, Mohammad Kasebi

Votes: 58

21. Snowman (1995)

109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Iranian man (Akbar Abdi) stuck in Turkey, desperately wants to get a VISA to go to America. He starts dressing up as a woman in hopes of marrying an American man to get American citizenship, but he starts having doubts and...

Director: Davood Mir-Bagheri | Stars: Akbar Abdi, Dariush Arjmand, Parviz Parastui, Azita Hajian

Votes: 1,749

22. 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: 2,675

23. 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: 1,959

24. 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: 791

25. 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: 427

26. When We Are All Sleep (2009)

107 min | Drama

Chakameh who has lost both her husband and child in a car accident meets a guy who recently been released from prison. While she is under pressure from the lawyers to compromise with the ... See full summary »

Director: Bahram Beizai | Stars: Mozhdeh Shamsai, Alireza Jalali-tabar, Hesam Navab Safavi, Shaghayegh Farahani

Votes: 762

27. 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: 1,813

28. 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: 1,478

29. 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: 5,992

30. 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: 6,093

31. 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: 3,890

32. 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: 2,205

33. 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: 2,336

34. 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: 1,803

35. Negar (2017)

93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

According to the police, Negar's father committed suicide. Having had a happy life, Negar suspects that his death has not happened the way it seems. She starts unfolding the truth through an unconventional investigation.

Director: Rambod Javan | Stars: Negar Javaherian, Mohammad Reza Forutan, Ali Reza Shoja'noori, Mani Haghighi

Votes: 829

36. Subdued (2017)

103 min | Drama, Romance

After her divorce Mina is in need to financial and emotional supporting. She meets a guy and thinks that this is the man of her dreams. But things are not just as their first seem to be.

Director: Hamid Nematollah | Stars: Leila Hatami, Elham Korda, Leila Moosavi, Kourosh Tahami

Votes: 1,480

37. The Bride (1991)

90 min | Drama

Hamid and Mahin are husband and wife and are traveling to the north by their car. But in the way they have an accident with a rural woman. Unlike his wife's disagreement Hamid decides to ... See full summary »

Director: Behruz Afkhami | Stars: Abolfazl Poorarab, Niki Karimi, Abbas Amiri, Ali Sajjadi Hosseini

Votes: 336

38. Penniless (2009)

108 min | Drama, Romance

A haughty acclaimed newly married fashion designer named Iraj is shown the door by his boss after the boss's son arrives at Iran to take over his father's company. Iraj reluctant to ... See full summary »

Director: Hamid Nematollah | Stars: Bahram Radan, Leila Hatami, Nader Fallah, Siamak Ansari

Votes: 2,009

39. The Changed Man (1998)

106 min | Comedy, Romance

Khosrow Paziresh who invented a magical washing powder goes to a washing powder factory to register his invention but.

Director: Mohamad Reza Honarmand | Stars: Afsaneh Bayegan, Mohammad Reza Haghgoo, Reza Jian, Hamid Lolayi

Votes: 1,039

40. Day of the Angel (1994)

82 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Nyatollah is a rich stingy guy who loves money. One day when he goes to the court to do a job for a friend he is thrown from the roof. This is the beginning of his acquaintance with Djin and the beginning of his adventure.

Director: Behruz Afkhami | Stars: Ezzatolah Entezami, Akbar Abdi, Mina Lakani, Mohamad Reza Honarmand

Votes: 410

41. Canary Yellow (1989)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

After spending all his money buying a piece of land that was already sold to someone else, Nasrallah Madadi finds himself in trouble. To solve his money problems, he then decides to be the ... See full summary »

Director: Rakhshan Banietemad | Stars: Mehdi Hashemi, Golab Adineh, Manouchehr Hamedi, Mahmoud Jafari

Votes: 136

42. Once Upon a Time in Tehran (1999)

90 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The second feature film to be edited using footage from Hatami's miniseries Hezar Dastan.

Director: Ali Hatami | Stars: Jamshid Mashayekhi, Ezzatolah Entezami, Davoud Rashidi, Mohamad Ali Keshavarz

Votes: 44

43. Beautiful City (2004)

98 min | Drama

69 Metascore

In Islamic Iran, how much is a woman worth in comparison with a man, and who pays the difference? This film is tale of vengeance, labyrinthine judicial procedure & the concept of "blood money."

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Taraneh Alidoosti, Faramarz Gharibian, Babak Ansari, Hossein Farzi-Zad

Votes: 4,588

44. 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: 47,447 | Gross: $2.40M

45. The Past (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery

85 Metascore

An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet

Votes: 43,498 | Gross: $1.33M