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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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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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Arash T. Riahi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 47
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 39
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
Aryana Farshad is a writer, director, and film producer born in Tehran, Iran.Known for her documentary films on spirituality and mysticism, Aryana Farshad is an award-winning international film ...more
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Asghar Farhadi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 47
Asghar Farhadi (Persian: اصغر فرهادی‎; Persian pronunciation: [æsɢæɾ fæɾhɑːdiː] pronunciation born 7 May 1972) is an Iranian film director and screenwriter. Farhadi has ...more
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David Diaan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 60
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 50
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 49
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 53
Babak Payami (Persian: بابک پیامی‎, born 1966 in Tehran) 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 54
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 38
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 77
Bahman Farmanara (Persian: بهمن فرمان‌آرا‎, also Romanized as Bahman Farmānārā; born 23 January 1942 in Isfahan) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film producer. Bahman Farmanara is ...more
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Bahman Ghobadi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 50
Bahman Ghobadi (Persian: بهمن قبادی‎; Kurdish: به‌همه‌ن قوبادی / Behmen Qubadî) is an Iranian Kurdish film director, producer and writer. He was born on February 1, 1969 in Baneh, ...more
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Bahman Kiarostami is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
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Bahman Kiarostami (Persian: بهمن کیارستمی‎) (born 11 August 1978 in Tehran) is an Iranian film director, cinematographer, film editor and film producer. He is the son of the late critically ...more
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Bahman Maghsoudlou is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 73
Bahman Maghsoudlou (born in Gorgan, Iran) is a film scholar, critic, author and independent film producer/director.
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Bahram Bayzai is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 81
Bahrām Beyzāie (also spelt Beizai, Beyza'i, Persian: بهرام بیضائی‎, born 26 December 1938) is a critically and popularly acclaimed filmmaker, playwright, theatre director, screenwriter, film ...more
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Bahram Tavakoli is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Bahram Tavakoli age 44
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 42
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 78
Barbet Schroeder (born 26 August 1941) is an Swiss film director and producer who started his career in French cinema in the 1960s, working together with directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and ...more
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Behrouz Gharibpour is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 69
Behrouz Gharibpour (Persian: بهروز غریب‌پور‎) (born 1950 in Sanandaj) is an Iranian theatre director and pioneer of traditional Persian puppet theatre.He studied theatre at Tehran University and ...more
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Bijan Zmanpira is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
Bijan Zmanpira age 54
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 58
Cyrus Kar (born March 18, 1961 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian-born American film director, part-time professor at the University of Phoenix, and now-vindicated alleged terrorist who was captured ...more
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Dariush Mehrjui is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 80
Dariush Mehrju'i (Persian: داریوش مهرجویی‎, born 8 December 1939, also spelled as Mehrjui, Mehrjoui, and Mehrjuyi) is an Iranian director, screenwriter, producer, film editor and a member of the ...more
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Daryush Shokof is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from Iran
age 65
Daryush Shokof (Persian: داریوش شکوف, born 1954) is an Iranian artist, film director, writer, and film producer based in Germany.
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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