Persian Films

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1. This Is Not a Film (2011)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

It's been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema.

Directors: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi | Stars: Jafar Panahi, Igi, Mrs. Gheirat, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Votes: 4,471 | Gross: $0.08M

2. 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: 205,459 | Gross: $7.10M

3. 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 Tari

Votes: 1,170

4. Where Is the Friend's House? (1987)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Family

An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Babek Ahmed Poor, Ahmed Ahmed Poor, Khodabakhsh Defaei, Iran Outari

Votes: 8,649

5. And Life Goes On (1992)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Drama

A director and his son return to a region damaged by the Guilan earthquake, hoping to find the children who appeared in his film a few years earlier.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Farhad Kheradmand, Buba Bayour, Hocine Rifahi, Ferhendeh Feydi

Votes: 3,692

6. 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: 5,361 | Gross: $0.04M

7. 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: 20,240 | Gross: $0.31M

8. 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: 7,719 | Gross: $0.21M

9. Crimson Gold (2003)

Unrated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

An Iranian pizza delivery man sees the worst of corruption and social unbalance in his city and is driven to crime.

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Hossain Emadeddin, Kamyar Sheisi, Azita Rayeji, Shahram Vaziri

Votes: 4,182 | Gross: $0.15M

10. Ten (2002)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A visual social examination in the form of ten conversations between a driving woman and her various pick-ups and hitchhikers.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Mania Akbari, Amin Maher, Kamran Adl, Roya Akbari

Votes: 6,428 | Gross: $0.11M

11. 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: 511

12. 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: 390

13. The Red Line (1982)

112 min | Drama, Thriller

During the Islamic revolution a SAVAK member Amani marries a woman her name Laleh. Laleh is a doctor and helps the injures of the revolution. Her brother is too involved in the revolution. ... See full summary »

Director: Masud Kimiai | Stars: Saeed Rad, Farimah Farjami, Khosro Shakibai, Amrollah Saberi

Votes: 85

14. 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: 2,205

15. 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: 2,083

16. 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: 735

17. 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: 1,733

18. 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: 6,922 | Gross: $0.70M

19. Baran (2001)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

In a building site in present-day Tehran, Lateef, a 17-year-old Turkish worker is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. The revelation of Rahmat's secret changes both their lives.

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Hossein Abedini, Zahra Bahrami, Mohammad Amir Naji, Hossein Mahjoub

Votes: 7,451 | Gross: $0.13M

20. Joy of Madness (2003)

73 min | Documentary

Documentary showing the backstage of production of Samira Makhmalbaf's film Panj É Asr(At Five in the Afternoon), in Kabul, after the fall of the Taliban regime. Everything was recorded ... See full summary »

Director: Hana Makhmalbaf | Stars: Bibigol Asef, Sima Asef, Agheleh Farahmand, Marzieh Makhmalbaf

Votes: 108

21. Scream of the Ants (2006)

85 min | Adventure, Drama

A girl believing in God marries an atheist, who is consumed by doubt. They decide to spend their honeymoon in India. Searching the countryside for a guru called the "perfect man," who fobs ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Mamhoud Chokrollahi, Mahnour Shadzi, Karl Maass, Tenzin Chogyal

Votes: 796

22. The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama

50 Metascore

A desperate woman asks for a meeting with a journalist to disclose the cruel and inhumane punishment of her niece.

Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh | Stars: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jim Caviezel, Mozhan Marnò, Navid Negahban

Votes: 17,779 | Gross: $0.66M

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: 6,597 | Gross: $0.08M

24. Gabbeh (1996)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

When an old couple washes their gabbeh - a type of Persian rug - a young woman magically appears and tells them her life story.

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Shaghayeh Djodat, Hossein Moharami, Rogheih Moharami, Abbas Sayah

Votes: 2,838 | Gross: $0.27M

25. The Circle (2000)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

85 Metascore

Various women struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran.

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Maryiam Palvin Almani, Nargess Mamizadeh, Mojgan Faramarzi, Elham Saboktakin

Votes: 5,445 | Gross: $0.67M

26. Orange Suit (2012)

107 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of a professional photographer Hamed Aban and the radical change in his life. The teacher of his son gives him a book about nature and the cleaning of it. This changes him ... See full summary »

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Hamed Behdad, Homayoun Ershadi, Kianoosh Gerami, Mitra Hajjar

Votes: 1,017

27. Tehran, Tehran (2010)

105 min | Drama

This movie is about a music group that want to have their first concert but the politics don't let them.The name of the episode is sime akhar.

Directors: Mehdi Karampour, Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Ali Abedini, Katayun Amir Ebrahimi, Daryoush Anbarestani, Borzou Arjmand

Votes: 425

28. The Music Man (2007)

107 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Not being able to work because of the religious country's prejudice against music, a talented Santour player has to deal with poverty, addiction and the absence of his ex-wife.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Bahram Radan, Golshifteh Farahani, Masoud Rayegany, Roya Taymourian

Votes: 6,944

29. 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: 3,221

30. Leila (1997)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Leila and Reza meet in a kind of celebration and fall for each other. Having discovered their love, they get married soon only to find out the infertility of Leila. That's when Reza's ... See full summary »

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Leila Hatami, Ali Mosaffa, Jamileh Sheikhi, Mohamad Reza Sharifinia

Votes: 3,183 | Gross: $0.05M

31. Pari (1995)

115 min | Drama, Romance

Haunted by a book found in her dead brother's room, Pari wanders around to find answers for a meaningful life.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Janet Avansiyan, Farhad Jam, Niki Karimi, Turan Mehrzad

Votes: 742

32. 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: 5,919

33. Mr. Gullible (1970)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

A man from village goes to city, to find a job and marry a wife. But encounters with a lot of troubles he did not expect.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Ali Nassirian, Ezzatolah Entezami, Fakhri Khorvash, Mohamad Ali Keshavarz

Votes: 287

34. 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: 5,549

35. 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: 2,543

36. Reza, the Motorcyclist (1970)

87 min | Crime, Drama

Reza Motori, who has feigned madness, escapes from an asylum and robs a factory, with the aid of a friend. Afterwards, a young writer, who looks exactly like Reza, visits the asylum in ... See full summary »

Director: Masud Kimiai | Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Bahman Mofid, Fariba Khatami, Hassan Shahin

Votes: 740

37. Dash akol (1971)

99 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

Dash Akol is greatly respected in Shiraz as an honorable man who has lost his family's money through helping his friends. He has an enemy, however, named Kaka Rostam, a mean and spiteful ... See full summary »

Director: Masud Kimiai | Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Mary Apick, Manoucher Ahmadi, Bahman Mofid

Votes: 905

38. 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: 1,822

39. Soltan (1997)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

In his last moments Mr. Baheri gives his janitor Mr. Koohsari a small piece of land but his sons are after that piece of land. Soltan who is a thief, pick pocketing the janitor's daughter ... See full summary »

Director: Masud Kimiai | Stars: Fariborz Arabnia, Hediyeh Tehrani, Hassan Joharchi, Mehdi Khayyami

Votes: 325

40. Mercedes (1998)

86 min | Drama

Esfandiar because of his father's illness manages to get the expensive Mercedes to travel with it. But he decides to postpone his trip so he can enjoy a day with this car. He goes after his... See full summary »

Director: Masud Kimiai | Stars: Mohammad Reza Forutan, Marjan Shirmohammadi, Rombod Shekarabi, Parsa Pirouzfar

Votes: 343

41. 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: 655

42. Friday's Soldiers (2004)

90 min | Drama

The story of four soldiers who on a Friday go to the city with their commander. But this Friday is different and brings many troubles for them which changes them forever.

Director: Masud Kimiai | Stars: Mohammad Reza Forutan, Bahram Radan, Poulad Kimiayi, Andishe Fooladvand

Votes: 485

43. Verdict (2005)

104 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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