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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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Abbas Kiarostami is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 78 Abbas Kiarostami is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, photographer and film producer. An active filmmaker since 1970, Kiarostami has been involved in over forty films, including shorts and ...more

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Abbas Rafei is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Abbas Rafei age 56 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 Died 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
Died at 62 (1907-1969) Abdolhossein Sepanta was a noted Iranian film director and producer. He made the earliest sound films in the Persian language. He was also a writer and journalist and promotor of liberal

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Abolfazl Jalili is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 61 Abolfazl Jalili is an internationally acclaimed Iranian film director. He belongs to the Iranian new wave movement. Jalili studied directing at the Iranian College of Dramatic Arts, then worked ...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 65 Seyyed Ahmad Motamedi is an Iranian politician. He was the Iranian Minister of Communication and Information Technology until August 24, 2005, and was replaced by Mohammad Soleimani. Motamedi ...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 73 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 57 Alexis Kouros is an Iranian-Finnish writer, documentary-maker, director and producer. His first book, Gondwana's Children, won the Finlandia Junior award in 1997. His first film was the 2000 ...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 54 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
Died at 52 (1944-1996) Ali Hatami was an Iranian film director, screenwriter, art director and costume designer.

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Ali Karim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Ali Karim age 41 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 52 Ali Mosaffa 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 48 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 Died at 41 (1953-1994) Ali Sadjadi Hoseini 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 63 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 31 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 34 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 27 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 72 Amir Naderi is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and photographer. He is best known for The Runner and Vegas: Based on a True Story.

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Amir Sbati is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 62

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Amir Shahab Razavian is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Amir Shahab Razavian age 53 Amir-Shahāb Razaviān, born in 1965 in Hamadan, Iran, is an Iranian film director, filmmaker and producer. Razavian began his cinematic activities at Hamedan Amateur Film-making Centre in 1980 ...more

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Amir Shervan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Amir Shervan Died 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

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Arash T. Riahi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 46 Arash T. Riahi is a film director and screenwriter.

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Arian Moayed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 38 Arian Moayed is an Iranian-born American actor and theater producer. Moayed received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 2011 for his performance as Musa in Bengal Tiger ...more

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Aryana Farshad is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Aryana Farshad Farshad Aryana is a film producer.

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Asghar Farhadi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 46 Asghar Farhadi is an Iranian film director and screenwriter. For his work as a director, he has received a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, among many ...more

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David Diaan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 59 David Diaan is an actor and film producer.

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Asghar Massombagi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Asghar Massombagi is a film director who was born and raised in Tehran. He immigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1986. He graduated from Simon Fraser University with two majors in film ...more

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Babak Afrassiabi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 49 Babak Afrassiabi is a visual artist and film director.

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Babak Amini is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 48 Babak Amini is a film producer, director and screenwriter.

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Babak Payami is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 52 Babak Payami is an Iranian film director.

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Babak Shokrian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Babak Shokrian age 53 Babak Shokrian is a film editor, producer and screenwriter.

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Bahar Samadi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Bahar Samadi age 37 Bahar Samadi is a film director, film producer, screenwriter and film editor.

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Bahman Farmanara is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 76 Bahman Farmanara is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film producer. Bahman Farmanara is the second son in a family of four brothers and one sister. The family business was Textile and ...more

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Bahman Ghobadi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 49 Bahman Ghobadi is an Iranian film director of Kurdish ethnicity. He was born on February 1, 1969 in Baneh, Kurdistan province. Ghobadi belongs to the "new wave" of Iranian cinema.

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Bahman Kiarostami is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 40 Bahman Kiarostami is an Iranian film director, cinematographer, film editor, film producer and translator. He is the son of the critically acclaimed Abbas Kiarostami. In 1996 he made his first ...more

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Bahman Maghsoudlou is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 72 Bahman Maghsoudlou (born in Gorgan, Iran, 1946) is a film scholar, critic, and independent film producer.

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Bahram Bayzai is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 80 Bahrām Beyzāi is a critically acclaimed Iranian film director, theatre director, screenwriter, playwright, film editor, producer, and researcher. Bahram Beyzai is the son of the poet Ostād ...more

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Bahram Tavakoli is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Bahram Tavakoli age 43 Bahram Tavakoli is a film director and a screenwriter.

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Bani Khoshnoudi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Bani Khoshnoudi age 41 Bani Khoshnoudi is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.

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Barbet Schroeder is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 77 Barbet Schroeder is a Swiss-born French film director and producer who started his career in French cinema in the 1960s, working together with directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques ...more

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Behrouz Gharibpour is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 68 Behrouz Gharibpour is a renowned Iranian theatre director and pioneer of traditional Persian puppet theatre. He studied theatre at Tehran University and at Dramatic Arts Academy in Rome. He ...more

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Bijan Zmanpira is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Bijan Zmanpira age 53 Bijan Zmanpira is a film director.

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Cyrus Kar is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 57 Cyrus Kar is an Iranian-born American film director, part-time professor at the University of Phoenix, and now-vindicated alleged terrorist who was captured by United States forces in Iraq on ...more

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Dariush Mehrjui is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 79 Dariush Mehrju'i, also spelled as Mehrjui, Mehrjoui, and Mehrjuyi, is an Iranian director, screenwriter, producer, and film editor. Mehrjui was a founding member of the Iranian New Wave movement ...more

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Daryush Shokof is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 64 Daryush Shokof is an Iranian artist, philosopher, film director, writer, and film producer. He was born in Tehran, Iran, but lives in Germany. Daryush Shokof was Born in 1954 in Tehran, Iran. He ...more

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Doreen Granpeesheh is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Doreen Granpeesheh Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D is an American clinical psychologist and producer of the independent award-winning documentary Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back, which ...more