My watchlist of arabic movies

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1. The Yacoubian Building (2006)

165 min | Drama

Meditations on corruption, fundamentalism, prostitution, homosexuality, and drugs in central Cairo.

Director: Marwan Hamed | Stars: Adel Emam, Nour El-Sherif, Youssra, Essad Youniss

Votes: 6,271

2. Destiny (1997)

135 min | Comedy, Drama, History

The story is set in the 12th century in Arab-ruled Spanish province Andalusia, where famed philosopher Averroes is appointed grand judge by the caliph and his liberal court judgments are ... See full summary »

Directors: Youssef Chahine, Khairiya A-Mansour | Stars: Nour El-Sherif, Layla Olwi, Mahmoud Hemida, Safia El Emari

Votes: 2,715

3. Silence... We're Rolling (2001)

102 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Drama about Malak, a rich and famous singing star who, when her husband leaves her, takes up with the younger, handsome Lamei. What Malak can't see - but her family can - is that Lamei is only after her money.

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Latifa, Ahmad Bedair, Ahmed Wafik, Magda El-Khatib

Votes: 565

4. Abi foq al-Shagara (1969)

142 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A young man is shunned by his friends after he starts an affair with a dancer.

Director: Hussein Kamal | Stars: Abdel Halim Hafez, Nadia Lutfi, Mervat Amin, Samir Sabri

Votes: 294

5. Mabodet el gamahir (1967)

146 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Ibrahim Farid is an amateur actor who is deeply in love with Sohair the famous stage actress. He knows he cannot marry Sohair due to her higher status in society, until one day he gets an ... See full summary »

Director: Helmy Rafla | Stars: Abdel Halim Hafez, Shadia, Fouad El-Mohandes, Mohamed Reda

Votes: 336

6. There Is a Man in Our House (1961)

159 min | Drama, History, Romance

Based in British occupied Egypt, Ibrahim (Omar Sharif), a member of the resistance, seeks refuge in the house of a politically passive family after killing the prime minister for his acts of treason.

Director: Henry Barakat | Stars: Rushdi Abazah, Mokhtar Al Sayed, Aziza Badr, Umran Bahar

Votes: 992

7. The Curlew's Cry (1959)

109 min | Drama, Romance

This compelling tale of love and betrayal, set in the upper Egyptian countryside, follows the story of Amna as she plots her revenge on the engineer who destroyed her family's honor.

Director: Henry Barakat | Stars: Faten Hamamah, Ahmad Mazhar, Aminah Rizq, Zahrat El-Ula

Votes: 1,681

8. Nasser 56 (1996)

142 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life of Egyptian political leader Gamal abd El-Nasser.

Director: Mohammad Fadel | Stars: Ahmed Zaki, Fardous Abdel Hamid, Hasan Husni, Ahmed Maher

Votes: 908

9. Adrift on the Nile (1971)

115 min | Drama

Set against the backdrop of the 1967 Six-Day War, the movie adaptation of Naguib Mahfouz's novel follows the escapist, drug-fuelled riverboat meetings of a group of frustrated Egyptians from various walks of life.

Director: Hussein Kamal | Stars: Magda El-Khatib, Adel Adham, Ahmed Al Jaziri, Fathiya Ali

Votes: 647

10. Chaos, This Is (2007)

124 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Egyptian movie deals with the issue of corruption in Egypt and the Egyptian police excesses, embodies all of this in the character of the police officer, "Hatem".

Directors: Youssef Chahine, Khaled Youssef | Stars: Khaled Saleh, Menna Shalabi, Youssef El Sherif, Hala Sedki

Votes: 1,976

11. Alexandria... New York (2004)

128 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Yehia, an Egyptian director from Alexandria goes to New York where he is reunited with Ginger, a woman he dated forty years ago.

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Mahmoud Hemida, Ahmed Yehia, Youssra, Yousra El Lozy

Votes: 568

12. The Land (1969)

130 min | Drama

A small peasant village's struggles against the careless inroads of the large local landowner, The Land shows why political oppression does not necessarily lead to a sense of solidarity among the disinherited.

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Mahmoud Al Meleji, Nagwa Ibrahim, Ezzat El Alaili, Hamdy Ahmed

Votes: 1,784

13. Saladin (1963)

TV-MA | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

After Saladin's victory over the King of Jerusalem, a peace treaty is signed between them, but the commander of the Crusader army, Renaud de Chatillon, slaughters a group of pilgrims going to Mecca. Saladin then decides to take revenge.

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Ahmad Mazhar, Salah Zulfikar, Nadia Lutfi, Mohamed Abdel Gawad

Votes: 2,380

14. Cairo Station (1958)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama

A newspaper salesman at the train station in Cairo develops an unhealthy obsession with a woman who sells refreshments.

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Farid Shawqi, Hind Rustum, Youssef Chahine, Hassan el Baroudi

Votes: 4,079

15. An Egyptian Story (1982)

115 min | Drama

In the middle of his own heart surgery, an Egyptian filmmaker remembers his life. In fact his old self, as a child, is accused of attempted murder of his new self. Through the metaphoric ... See full summary »

Directors: Youssef Chahine, Khairiya A-Mansour | Stars: Oussama Nadir, Mohsen Mohieddin, Nour El-Sherif, Ahmed Mehrez

Votes: 1,070

16. Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story (2009)

Not Rated | 150 min | Drama

75 Metascore

A female talk show host in Cairo stirs up political controversy when she focuses her on-air discussions on the topic of women's issues.

Directors: Wael Mandour, Yusri Nasrullah | Stars: Mona Zaki, Mahmoud Hemida, Hasan El-Raddad, Rehab El Gamal

Votes: 1,265

17. Halim (2006)

155 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A biopic of Egyptian singer Abdel-Haleem Hafez (Zaki).

Director: Sharif Arafah | Stars: Ahmed Zaki, Haitham Ahmed Zaki, Izzat Abu-Of, Mona Zaki

Votes: 771

19. Real Dreams (2007)

Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Mariam is living a troubled life with her husband Ahmed, suddenly her life turned to a nightmare after she dreams of crimes she discovered that it's a real crime after she wakes up, she decides not to sleep anymore.

Director: Mohamed Gomaa | Stars: Hanan Turk, Fathi Abdulwahhab, Khaled Saleh, Dalia El Behairy

Votes: 446

20. Cairo 678 (2010)

100 min | Drama

Unfolds the poignant story of three women and their search for justice from the daily plight of sexual harassment in Egypt.

Director: Mohamed Diab | Stars: Nelly Karim, Bushra, Maged El-Kidwani, Basem Samrah

Votes: 4,238

21. Sorry to Disturb (2008)

116 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Hassan, a brilliant aviation engineer struggles with loneliness and depression while trying to design his exceptional project.

Director: Khalid Marie | Stars: Ahmed Helmy, Menna Shalabi, Mahmoud Hemida, Dalal Abdulaziz

Votes: 5,570

22. Tito (2004)

120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

This Egyptian action film is about Tito (Ahmad Al Saqa), who was sentenced to 16 years in jail after a burglary when he was a kid. After he gets out, he goes back to crime with a corrupt ... See full summary »

Director: Tarek Alarian | Stars: Ahmed el-Sakka, Hanan Turk, Amr Waked, Khaled Saleh

Votes: 3,102

23. An el-Ishq wa el-Hawa (2006)

105 min | Drama, Romance

Omar decides not to marry his love, Alia, after he discovers about her sister's bad reputation. He marries Esmet and Alia marries her neighbor who loves her, traditional marriage.

Director: Kamlah Abu-Zikri | Stars: Ahmed el-Sakka, Mona Zaki, Menna Shalabi, Magdy Kamel

Votes: 712

24. The Best of Times (2004)


A personal tragedy brings a woman closer to a handful of trusted friends in this independent drama. Salma (Hanan Turk) is a middle-aged woman who has achieved success in her profession but ... See full summary »

Director: Hala Khalil | Stars: Hanan Turk, Hind Sabri, Menna Shalabi, Amr Waked

Votes: 1,181

25. Escaping Tel Aviv (2009)

119 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

An Egyptian woman discovers that her husband is in fact a Jewish Mossad agent working for Israel. He takes her and their two children to Israel by force and tries to convince her to live ... See full summary »

Director: Sharif Arafah | Stars: Sherif Mounir, Karim Abdel Aziz, Mona Zaki, Kinda Alloush

Votes: 5,458

26. Justified Betrayal (2006)

117 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

In this intriguing and entertaining thriller, Khalid Youssef tells the story of a young, rich man (Hani Salama) who kills his wife and his brother when he finds them in bed together. After ... See full summary »

Director: Khaled Youssef | Stars: Hani Salama, Somaya El Khashab, Mayy Izzuddin, Amr Saad

Votes: 585

27. One-Zero (2009)

105 min | Drama

8 characters in one day, one city, one football match, one goal, Egypt wins one-Zero, everyone happy.. is it all real happiness? or is it just a release of repressed exploding emotions of ... See full summary »

Director: Kamlah Abu-Zikri | Stars: Ilham Shaheen, Kal Naga, Nelly Karim, Ahmad El-Fishawi

Votes: 520

28. Messages from the Sea (2010)

133 min | Drama, Romance

A man witnesses the drastic changes in society as he goes back to the Alexandria of his youth.

Director: Daoud Abdel Sayed | Stars: Asser Yassin, Basma, Mayy Kassab, Muhammad Lutfi

Votes: 1,514

29. Private Alexandria (2005)

PG | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Lawyer tries to unveil the mysterious murder and linked emotionally with his Client, and soon the case to reveal more and more surprises.

Director: Sandra Nashaat | Stars: Ahmed Ezz, Ghadah Adel, Khaled Saleh, Nour

Votes: 1,525

30. The Replacement (2009)

105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Two young brothers who are identical twins get separated from the orphanage. Faris is adopted by a police officer and his wife and later becomes a policeman, while Nabil is adopted by a ... See full summary »

Director: Ahmad Ala El-Dib | Stars: Ahmed Ezz, Menna Shalabi, Muhammad Lutfi, Rasha Mahdi

Votes: 1,021

31. Awqat faragh (2006)

94 min | Drama

A story of young college friends whom are getting lost in their thoughts, trying to find their own path.

Director: Mohammed Moustafa | Stars: Randa Al Behery, Ahmed Hatem, Amr Abed, Safaa Tag El-Din

Votes: 588

32. Harb Atalia (2005)

PG | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

A battle for a diamond necklace begins in Italy between the Italian mafia, a rich man and an Egyptian lawyer who his fiancée is kidnapped by the rich man.

Director: Ahmed Saleh | Stars: Ahmed el-Sakka, Kal Naga, Nelly Karim, Khaled Saleh

Votes: 1,679

33. Fi shaket Masr El Gedeeda (2007)

118 min | Drama, Romance

Yehia (Khaled Abol Naga) rents an apartment in the Heliopolis suburb of Cairo away from his parents' & close to his Banking & stocks investment work company, to discover that the spirit or ... See full summary »

Director: Mohamed Khan | Stars: Ghadah Adel, Kal Naga, Aida Riyad, Youssef Dawood

Votes: 1,264

34. Enta omry (2004)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama, Romance

Youssef and his wife are leading a tranquil and happy life in Hurghada with their young son when tragedy strikes. Youssef is diagnosed with cancer. He decides not to tell his wife and to ... See full summary »

Director: Khaled Youssef | Stars: Hani Salama, Nelly Karim, Menna Shalabi, Hesham Selim

Votes: 455

35. Sleepless Nights (2003)

128 min | Drama, Romance

It tells about the smallest details and crypts in the lives of four couples friends.

Director: Hani Khalifa | Stars: Mona Zaki, Hanan Turk, Sherif Mounir, Fathi Abdulwahhab

Votes: 2,008

36. We Have the Following News (2001)


Nader saif eldeen and Afet elsherbiny are two competing Egyptians newspaper reporters who expose the truth but the Channel Manager rejects that for fear of government.

Director: Said Hamed | Stars: Mohamed Henedi, Hanan Turk, Lotfy Labib, Nihal Anber

Votes: 1,573

37. Hamam in Amersterdam (1999)

134 min | Comedy

A story of an Egyptian young man who decides to travel to Amsterdam to achieve his dreams.

Director: Said Hamed | Stars: Mohamed Henedi, Ahmed el-Sakka, Yousef Ismail, Sayed Badreya

Votes: 1,763

38. Zay el naharda (2008)

95 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

History literally repeats itself when May meets and falls in love with a passionate young actor, only months after the tragic death of her first fiancée. All the 'signs' suggest her new lover will meet the same fate.

Director: Amr Salama | Stars: Basma, Rania Chahine, Mahmoud El-Bezzawy, Ahmad El-Fishawi

Votes: 860

39. Mafia (2002)

113 min | Action, Romance

The movie revolves around the problem of an important principle that has been missing from the minds and hearts of many Egyptian youth nowadays, that is loyalty to the motherland. The movie... See full summary »

Director: Sharif Arafah | Stars: Ahmed el-Sakka, Mostafa Shaaban, Mona Zaki, Ahmad Rizq

Votes: 1,674

40. Ahlam omrena (2005)

Action, Drama, Romance

group of friends helping their friend to start her project in sharm el sheikh

Director: Othman Abo Labn | Stars: Mona Zaki, Mostafa Shaaban, Menna Shalabi, Ramez Galal

Votes: 371

41. Yom mor... yom helw (1988)

125 min | Drama

A poor family struggles to survive in the slums of Cairo in this depressing social melodrama. Aicha is the widowed matriarch who uses her savvy to avoid tragic calamities. Soon even her ... See full summary »

Director: Khairy Beshara | Stars: Mahmood El-Gindi, Jala Fahmi, Faten Hamamah, Mohamed Henedi

Votes: 206

42. Leilet al quabd al Fatma (1984)

PG-13 | 120 min | Crime, Drama

A tale story of the July, 1952 revolution in Egypt through the experiences of Fatma (Hamama), a young betrothed woman. Her history is told in flash backs as she sits on the roof of her ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Barakat | Stars: Mohamed Al Sharqawy, Faten Hamamah, Mohsen Mohieddin, Salah Qabil

Votes: 163

43. Emberatoriet meem (1972)

113 min | Drama, Romance

Well off widow working Mother "Mona" is struggling raising 6 kids at different ages ranging from elementary school to University graduating students. The day she thinks to bring a new ... See full summary »

Director: Hussein Kamal | Stars: Faten Hamamah, Ahmad Mazhar, Dawlat Abiad, Seif Abol Naga

Votes: 550

44. Struggle on the Nile (1959)

125 min | Drama, Thriller