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Famous Film Directors from Iran

Updated October 13, 2018 14.5k views213 items

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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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Iranian directors?" and "Which directors are from Iran?"

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

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran, Tehran Province, Eurasia, Greater Tehran

    NationalityIran

    Films DirectedLumière and Company, Toothache, Ten, A Wedding Suit, Where Is the Friend's Home?

    Abbas Kiarostami (Persian: عباس کیارستمی‎ [ʔæbˌbɒːs kijɒːɾostæˈmi] (listen); 22 June 1940 – 4... more on Wikipedia
  • Abbas Rafei

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceIran, Eurasia, Fars Province, Shiraz County, Shiraz

    NationalityIran

    Films DirectedThe Strangers

    Abbas Rafei is a film producer, film director and screenwriter.
  • Abbas Shabaviz

    Dec. at 80 (1929-2009)

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran, Tehran Province, Eurasia, Greater Tehran

    NationalityIran

    Films DirectedThe Hundred Kilo Bridegroom

    Abbas Shabaviz was a film director, producer, screenwriter and actor.
  • Abdolhossein Sepanta

    Dec. at 62 (1907-1969)

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran, Tehran Province, Eurasia, Greater Tehran

    NationalityIran

    Films DirectedLeyli o Majnun

    Abdolhossein Sepanta (Persian: عبدالحسین سپنتا‎) (June 4, 1907 – March 28, 1969) was a noted... more on Wikipedia
  • Abolfazl Jalili

    BirthplaceSaveh, Iran

    NationalityIran

    Films DirectedDon, Darvag, Tales of Kish, Delbaran, A True Story

    Abolfazl Jalili (Persian: ابوالفضل جلیلی‎, born 1957 in Saveh, Iran) is an internationally... more on Wikipedia
  • Afarin Eghbal is a film director and screenwriter.
  • Ahmad Motamedi

    Age: 66

    BirthplaceIran

    NationalityIran

    Seyyed Ahmad Motamedi (Persian: سید احمد معتمدی‎; born 1953 in Tehran) is an Iranian... more on Wikipedia
  • Ahmadreza Garshaspi

    Age: 58

    NationalityIran

  • Akbar Golrang

    Age: 74

    NationalityIran

    Akbar Golrang, born 12 April 1945, is an Iranian author and film director. He was born in... more on Wikipedia
  • BirthplaceIran, Middle East, Eurasia, Asia

    NationalityIran, Finland

    Films DirectedWithout My Daughter

    Alexis Kouros (born 1961, in Kermanshah, Iran) is an Iranian-Finnish writer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Ali Asghar Shadervan

  • Ali Ghavitan

    Age: 55

    BirthplaceIran, Eurasia, Dargaz

    NationalityIran

    Films DirectedFlight of the Kites

    Ali Ghavitan is a Film Director.
  • Ali Hatami

    Ali Hatami

    Dec. at 52 (1944-1996)

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    NationalityIran

    Films DirectedDel Shodegan, Toughi, Sattar Khan, Sooteh-Delan, Madar

    Ali Hatami (Persian: علی حاتمی‎, August 14, 1944 – December 7, 1996) was an Iranian film... more on Wikipedia
  • Ali Karim

    Age: 42

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran, Tehran Province, Eurasia, Greater Tehran

    NationalityIran

    Films DirectedPothole

    Ali Karim is an Iranian film director and screenwriter. He was born in Tehran, Iran. Producer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Ali Mosaffa

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    NationalityIran

    Films DirectedThe Last Step, Portrait of a Lady Far Away

    Ali Mosaffa (Persian: علی مصفا‎, born December 1, 1966) is an Iranian actor and director.
  • BirthplaceTehran, Iran, Tehran Province, Eurasia, Greater Tehran

    NationalityIran

    Films DirectedTiny Snowflakes, The Riverside, Letters in the Wind

    Ali Reza Amini is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.
  • Ali Sajadi Hoseini

    Dec. at 41 (1953-1994)

    BirthplaceIran

    NationalityIran

    Ali Sadjadi Hoseini (Persian: علی سجادی حسینی‎, 1953 in Ahvaz, Iran – 1994 in Tehran) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • Alireza Raisian

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran, Tehran Province, Eurasia, Greater Tehran

    NationalityIran

    Films DirectedThe Journey, The Deserted Station, Reyhaneh, Love At 40

    Alireza Raisian is a film director.
  • Aliyar Rasti

    Age: 32

    NationalityIran

    Films DirectedGood Childhood Days

    Aliyar Rasti is a film director, film producer, photographer, video artist, and a production...
  • Amin Haghighizadeh

    Age: 35

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran, Tehran Province, Eurasia, Greater Tehran

    NationalityIran

    Films DirectedComma

    Amin Haghighizadeh is a film director, cinematographer and film producer.
  • Amir Bastan

    Age: 28

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    NationalityIran

    Films DirectedWorn Out Mirrors

    Amir Bastan is a film director, editor, producer, screenwriter and production designer.
  • Amir Naderi

    BirthplaceAbadan, Iran, Iran

    NationalityIran

    Films DirectedTight Spot, Cut, Marathon, Water, Wind

    Amir Naderi (Persian: امیر نادری‎ (Persian pronunciation: [æˈmiːr-e naːdeˈriː]), born 15... more on Wikipedia
  • Amir Sbati

    Age: 63

    NationalityIran

  • Amir Shahab Razavian

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceHamedan, Iran

    NationalityIran

    Films DirectedColors of Memory

    Amir-Shahāb Razaviān (Persian: امیرشهاب رضویان), born in 1965 in Hamadan, Iran, is an Iranian... more on Wikipedia
  • Amir Shervan

    Dec. at 77 (1929-2006)

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    NationalityIran

    Films DirectedSamurai Cop, Hollywood Cop

    Amir Shervan, born Amir Hosein Ghaffari, was an Iranian film director, producer, actor, and... more on Wikipedia