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Famous Film Directors from Iran

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List of famous film directors from Iran, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Iran has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Iranian directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Iran and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

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You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Iran in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Iranian directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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Abbas Kiarostami is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 79
Abbas Kiarostami (Persian: عباس کیارستمی‎ [ʔæbˌbɒːs kijɒːɾostæˈmi] (listen); 22 June 1940 – 4 July 2016) was an Iranian film director, screenwriter, poet, photographer, and film ...more
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Abbas Rafei is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Abbas Rafei age 57
Abbas Rafei is a film producer, film director and screenwriter.
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Abbas Shabaviz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Abbas Shabaviz Dec. at 80 (1929-2009)
Abbas Shabaviz was a film director, producer, screenwriter and actor.
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Abdolhossein Sepanta is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Dec. at 62 (1907-1969)
Abdolhossein Sepanta (Persian: عبدالحسین سپنتا‎) (June 4, 1907 – March 28, 1969) was a noted Iranian film director and producer. He made the earliest sound films in the Persian language. He was ...more
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Abolfazl Jalili is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 62
Abolfazl Jalili (Persian: ابوالفضل جلیلی‎, born 1957 in Saveh, Iran) is an internationally acclaimed Iranian film director. He belongs to the Iranian new wave movement. Jalili studied directing ...more
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Afarin Eghbal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Afarin Eghbal is a film director and screenwriter.
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Ahmad Motamedi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Ahmad Motamedi age 66
Seyyed Ahmad Motamedi (Persian: سید احمد معتمدی‎; born 1953 in Tehran) is an Iranian politician & member of Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic)'s Electrical Engineering ...more
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Ahmadreza Garshaspi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Ahmadreza Garshaspi age 58
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Akbar Golrang is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Akbar Golrang age 74
Akbar Golrang, born 12 April 1945, is an Iranian author and film director. He was born in Abadan and has directed over 20 films. In 1972 qualified as Film Director from The London Film School. ...more
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Alexis Kouros is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 58
Alexis Kouros (born 1961, in Kermanshah, Iran) is an Iranian-Finnish writer, documentary-maker, director, and producer. His first book, Gondwana's Children, won the Finlandia Junior award in ...more
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Ali Asghar Shadervan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Ali Asghar Shadervan
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Ali Ghavitan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Ali Ghavitan age 55
Ali Ghavitan is a Film Director.
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Ali Hatami is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Dec. at 52 (1944-1996)
Ali Hatami (Persian: علی حاتمی‎, August 14, 1944 – December 7, 1996) was an Iranian film director, screenwriter, art director, and costume designer. The Tehran Times dubbed him "the Hafez ...more
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Ali Karim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Ali Karim age 42
Ali Karim is an Iranian film director and screenwriter. He was born in Tehran, Iran. Producer, actor, scriptwriter and director Ali Karim was born in Tehran on October 10th 1977. He was a ...more
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Ali Mosaffa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 53
Ali Mosaffa (Persian: علی مصفا‎, born December 1, 1966) is an Iranian actor and director.
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Ali Reza Amini is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 49
Ali Reza Amini is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.
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Ali Sajadi Hoseini is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Ali Sajadi Hoseini Dec. at 41 (1953-1994)
Ali Sadjadi Hoseini (Persian: علی سجادی حسینی‎, 1953 in Ahvaz, Iran – 1994 in Tehran) was an Iranian film director.
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Alireza Raisian is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Alireza Raisian age 64
Alireza Raisian is a film director.
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Aliyar Rasti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Aliyar Rasti age 32
Aliyar Rasti is a film director, film producer, photographer, video artist, and a production designer.
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Amin Haghighizadeh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Amin Haghighizadeh age 35
Amin Haghighizadeh is a film director, cinematographer and film producer.
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Amir Bastan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Amir Bastan age 28
Amir Bastan is a film director, editor, producer, screenwriter and production designer.
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Amir Naderi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 73
Amir Naderi (Persian: امیر نادری‎ (Persian pronunciation: [æˈmiːr-e naːdeˈriː]), born 15 August 1946 in Abadan) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and photographer. He is best ...more
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Amir Sbati is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 63
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Amir Shahab Razavian is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Amir Shahab Razavian age 54
Amir-Shahāb Razaviān (Persian: امیرشهاب رضویان), born in 1965 in Hamadan, Iran, is an Iranian film director, filmmaker and producer. Razavian began his cinematic activities at Hamedan Amateur ...more
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Amir Shervan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Amir Shervan Dec. at 77 (1929-2006)
Amir Shervan, born Amir Hosein Ghaffari, was an Iranian film director, producer, actor, and screenwriter. After studying theatre in Pasadena, California, he returned to his home country and had ...more