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Famous Movies From Iran

Updated May 14, 2021 16.6k views575 items

List of popular movies from Iran, listed by popularity with movie trailers when available. All prominent movies shot in Iran are included. This list of famous films made in Iran includes additional information about the movies, such as who directed them and what genre they are. Any top rated movies made in Iran should appear on this list, with the most well-known ones at the top. The most popular cinema of Iran is included below, so if you see a movie that's missing then it probably isn't very well-known.

List features A Separation, F for Fake and more. This list answers the questions What movies were shot in Iran?"
  • 1

    The Other Side of the Wind

    John Huston, Bob Random


    Directed byOrson Welles

    The Other Side of the Wind is a 2018 film directed by Orson Welles, shot between 1970 and 1976. The story of a legendary director named J.J. "Jake" Hannaford (John Huston), who returns to Hollywood...  more
  • 2

    F for Fake

    Peter Bogdanovich, Joseph Cotten


    Directed byOrson Welles

    F for Fake is the last major film completed by Orson Welles, who directed, co-wrote, and starred in the film. Initially released in 1974, it focuses on Elmyr de Hory's recounting of his career as a...  more

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  • 3

    11'09"01 September 11

    Ernest Borgnine, Tanvi Azmi


    Directed byAlejandro González Iñárritu, Claude Lelouch, Danis Tanović, Ken Loach, Amos Gitai

    11'09"1 September 11 is a 2002 international anthology film composed of 11 contributions from different filmmakers, each from a different country. Each gave their own vision of the events in New York...  more
  • 4

    Women Without Men

    Pegah Ferydoni, Shahrnush Parsipur


    Directed byShirin Neshat, Shoja Azari

    Women Without Men is a 2009 political drama film written and directed by Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari. "In 1953, four Iranian women search for freedom or survival in Shirin Neshat's interpretation...  more
  • 5


    Mohammad Kheir-abadi, Karim Khodabandeh


    Directed byJafar Panahi

    Offside is a 2006 Iranian film directed by Jafar Panahi, about girls who try to watch a World Cup qualifying match but are forbidden by law because of their sex. Female fans are not allowed to enter...  more
  • 6

    The Color of Paradise

    Hossein Mahjoub, Kamal Mirkarimi


    Directed byMajid Majidi

    The Color of Paradise, is a 1999 Iranian film directed by Majid Majidi....  more
  • 7

    111 Girls

    Yasemin Ashvan, Reza Behbudi


    Directed byBijan Zmanpira, Nahid Ghobadi

    A government official, carrying a message from Iran's president, travels across Iranian Kurdistan with his driver and a young guide on a mission to stop 111 young Kurdish women from committing...
  • 8

    Through the Olive Trees

    Mohammad-Ali Keshavarz, Hossein Rezai


    Directed byAbbas Kiarostami

    Through the Olive Trees is a 1994 film directed and written by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, set in earthquake-ravaged Northern Iran. It is the final part of Kiarostami's Koker trilogy, and the...  more
  • 9


    Niki Karimi, Dariush Mehrjui


    Directed byDariush Mehrjui

    Sara is a 1992 motion picture directed by Dariush Mehrjui. The film is based on Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll's House, with Sara in the role of Nora, Hessam in the role of Torvald, Sima in the role of...  more
  • 10

    Taste of Cherry

    Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri


    Directed byAbbas Kiarostami

    Taste of Cherry is a 1997 film by the Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. It is a minimalist film about a man who drives through a city suburb looking for someone who can carry out the task to bury...  more
  • 11


    Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Hossain Farazmand


    Directed byAbbas Kiarostami

    Close-Up is a 1990 Iranian docufiction written, directed and edited by Abbas Kiarostami. The film tells the story of the real-life trial of a man who impersonated film-maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf,...  more

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  • 12

    Life, and Nothing More...

    Farhad Kheradmand, Maassouma Berouana


    Directed byAbbas Kiarostami

    Life, and Nothing More... is a 1991 Iranian film directed by Abbas Kiarostami. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival. It is considered the second film in...  more
  • 13

    Where Is the Friend's Home?

    Ahmed Ahmed Poor, Babek Ahmed Poor


    Directed byAbbas Kiarostami

    Where Is the Friend's Home? is a 1987 Iranian film directed and written by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. The title of the film was derived from a poem by Sohrab Sepehri. It is considered the...  more
  • 14

    The White Balloon

    Fereshteh Sadre Orafaee, Aida Mohammadkhani


    Directed byJafar Panahi

    The White Balloon is a 1995 Iranian film directed by Jafar Panahi, with a screenplay by Abbas Kiarostami. It was Panahi's feature-film debut as director. The film received many strong critical...  more
  • 15

    The Wind Will Carry Us

    Bahman Ghobadi, Reihan Heidari


    Directed byAbbas Kiarostami

    The Wind Will Carry Us is a 1999 Iranian film by Abbas Kiarostami. The title is a reference to a poem written by the famous modern Iranian female poet Forough Farrokhzad. In 1999, the movie was...  more
  • 16


    Niki Karimi, Ali Mosaffa


    Directed byDariush Mehrjui

    Pari is a 1995 Iranian motion picture directed by Dariush Mehrjui. The film is an unauthorized "loose" adaptation of J. D. Salinger's 1961 book Franny and Zooey. Though the film could be distributed...  more
  • 17

    A Little Farther

    Farid Ghobadi, Hasti Iveh


    Directed byNikan Nezami

    A Little Farther is a 2012 short drama film directed by Nikan Nezami....
  • 18

    The Circle

    Fereshteh Sadre Orafaee, Maedeh Tahmasebi


    Directed byJafar Panahi

    The Circle is a 2000 drama film by Iranian independent filmmaker Jafar Panahi that criticizes the treatment of women in Iran. The film has won several awards, including the Golden Lion at the Venice...  more
  • 19


    Reza Naji, Abbas Rahimi


    Directed byMajid Majidi

    Baran is a 2001 Iranian film directed by Majid Majidi, based on an original script by Majid Majidi. The movie is set during recent times in which there are a large number of Afghan refugees living on...  more
  • 20

    Turtles Can Fly

    Soran Ebrahim, Ajil Zibari


    Directed byBahman Ghobadi

    Turtles Can Fly is a 2004 Kurdish war drama film written, produced, and directed by Bahman Ghobadi, with notable theme music composed by Hossein Alizadeh. It was the first film to be made in Iraq...  more
  • 21

    Children of Heaven

    Reza Naji, Christopher Maleki


    Directed byMajid Majidi

    Children of Heaven is a 1997 Iranian family drama film written and directed by Majid Majidi. It deals with a brother and sister and their adventures over a lost pair of shoes. It was nominated for...  more
  • 22


    Shaghayegh Djodat, Hossein Moharami


    Directed byMohsen Makhmalbaf

    Gabbeh is a 1996 Iranian film directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. The film gets its name from a type of Persian rug and...  more
  • 23


    Leila Hatami, Ali Mosaffa


    Directed byDariush Mehrjui

    Leila is a 1996 Iranian film directed by Dariush Mehrjui....  more
  • 24

    A Respectable Family

    Ahu Kheradmand, Behnaz Jafari


    Directed byMassoud Bakhshi

    A Respectable Family is a 2012 drama film written and directed by Massoud Bakhshi....  more
  • 25


    Nelofer Pazira, Dawud Salahuddin


    Directed byMohsen Makhmalbaf, Nelofer Pazira

    Kandahar is a 2001 Iranian film directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, set in Afghanistan during the rule of the Taliban. Its original Persian title is Safar-e Ghandehar, which means "Journey to Kandahar",...  more