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Top 10 Iranian Movies That Everyone Have To watch

Iranian Movies are one of textbooks for World cinema to teach how to make budget movies in limitations. Those sound much to world by its creative excellence. Here is the list of all time best Iranian Movies.


A Separation (2011)

Directed by Asghar Farhadi
With Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini

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.

Children of Heaven (1997)

Directed by Majid Majidi
With Mohammad Amir Naji, Amir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi, Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi

After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to 'win' a new pair.

Taxi (2015)

Directed by Jafar Panahi. With Jafar Panahi. A day with a taxi driver in Teheran

Fish & Cat (2013)

Directed by Shahram Mokri
With Abed Abest, Mona Ahmadi, Ainaz Azarhoush, Nazanin Babaei
A number of students have traveled to the Caspian region in order to participate in a kite-flying event during the winter solstice. Next to their camp is a small hut occupied by three cooks who work at a nearby restaurant.

Close-Up (1990)

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
With Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Hossain Sabzian, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah

Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran, promising it a prominent part in his next movie. The actual people involved in the incident re-enact the actual events, followed by the footage from the actual trial that took place.

Hamoun (1990)

Directed by Dariush Mehrjui
With Ezzatolah Entezami, Bita Farahi, Sedigheh Kianfar, Turan Mehrzad

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 out what he did wrong.

The Color of Paradise (1999)

Directed by Majid Majidi
With Hossein Mahjoub, Mohsen Ramezani, Salameh Feyzi, Farahnaz Safari

Mohammad, a boy at Tehran's institute for the blind, waits for his dad to pick him up for summer vacation. While waiting, he realizes a baby bird has fallen from its nest: he chases away a cat, finds the bird, climbs a tree, and puts it back. His father finally comes and takes him to their village where his sisters and granny await. The lad is a loving student of nature and longs for village life...

Turtles Can Fly (2004)

Directed by Bahman Ghobadi
With Soran Ebrahim, Avaz Latif, Saddam Hossein Feysal, Hiresh Feysal Rahman

Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate.

About Elly (2009)

Directed by Asghar Farhadi
With Golshifteh Farahani, Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Merila Zare'i

The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her follow travelers.

Where is the Friend's Home? (1987)

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
With Babek Ahmed Poor, Ahmed Ahmed Poor, Kheda Barech Defai, Iran Outari

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