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1. The Lizard (2004)

115 min | Comedy, Drama

A recently jailed petty thief disguises as a Mullah and succeeds in escaping; but has to stay in the Mullah' role longer than he expected to.

Director: Kamal Tabrizi | Stars: Parviz Parastui, Bahram Ebrahimi, Shahrokh Foroutanian, Farideh Sepah Mansour

Votes: 16,755

2. Snowman (1995)

109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Iranian man (Akbar Abdi) stuck in Turkey, desperately wants to get a VISA to go to America. He starts dressing up as a woman in hopes of marrying an American man to get American citizenship, but he starts having doubts and...

Director: Davood Mir-Bagheri | Stars: Akbar Abdi, Dariush Arjmand, Parviz Parastui, Azita Hajian

Votes: 2,009

3. I'm Taraneh, 15 (2002)

110 min | Drama

64 Metascore

Fifteen year old Taraneh, whose widowed father is in jail, refuses the unwanted attentions of carpet salesman Amir - until Amir's mother talks Taraneh into accepting Amir's marriage ... See full summary »

Director: Rasoul Sadrameli | Stars: Taraneh Alidoosti, Negar Javaherian, Hossein Mahjoub, Mahtab Nasirpour

Votes: 3,248

4. Gheisar (1969)

100 min | Crime, Drama

A young man's drive to avenge for his sister and brother.

Director: Masud Kimiai | Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Pouri Baneai, Naser Malek Motiee, Jamshid Mashayekhi

Votes: 3,144

5. Life and a Day (2016)

112 min | Drama

Somaieh, the youngest daughter of an indigent family, is getting married and fear is overwhelming each and every member of the family regarding how to overcome their difficulties after she's gone.

Director: Saeed Roustayi | Stars: Payman Maadi, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Parinaz Izadyar, Shabnam Moghadami

Votes: 12,708

6. The Glass Agency (1998)

114 min | Action, Drama, Romance

The Glass Agency is the story of a war veteran living in post war Iran. It depicts veterans who are suffering from social problems after the war. Society does not understand them and the ... See full summary »

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia | Stars: Parviz Parastui, Reza Kianian, Habib Rezaei, Qasem Zare

Votes: 6,384

7. The Third Day (2007)

99 min | Action, Drama, Romance

During the Iran-Iraq War, a disabled young woman is taken captive by Iraqi Baathist forces in Khuzestan Province (in Southern Iran). Her brother, along with his fellow combatants, tries to free his sister from the clutches of the enemy.

Director: Mohammad Hossein Latifi | Stars: Pouria Poursorkh, Baran Kosari, Hamed Behdad, Borzou Arjmand

Votes: 1,138

8. Low Heights (2002)

115 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

A domestic Iranian flight is taken hostage by a man Ghasem who is a refugee of war and has financial problems. He will go any distance for his family and wants to find a better place for living.

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia | Stars: Hamid Farokhnezhad, Leila Hatami, Gohar Kheirandish, Amir Aghaee

Votes: 3,512

9. Under the Skin of the City (2001)

92 min | Drama

77 Metascore

A valuable visual commentary on modern society, 'Under The Skin Of The City' follows one Iranian family in their eternal struggle to stay afloat financially and emotionally. Touba works ... See full summary »

Director: Rakhshan Banietemad | Stars: Golab Adineh, Mohammad Reza Forutan, Baran Kosari, Ebrahim Sheibani

Votes: 1,485

10. The Ring-necked Dove (1970)

100 min | Drama

There is an old saying in Farsi, "if you catch a Toughi to keep, it will bring bad omens to the members of the family". ...And that's what happens to a very close nit family when Toghi is ... See full summary »

Director: Ali Hatami | Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Naser Malek Motiee, Soghra Obeisi, Hamideh Kheirabadi

Votes: 716

11. I Am a Mother (2012)

90 min | Crime, Drama

Ava is sentenced to capital punishment for the murder of saeed, the friend of his father and her lover who had raped her.

Director: Fereydoun Jeyrani | Stars: Baran Kosari, Farhad Aslani, Habib Rezaei, Hengameh Ghaziani

Votes: 1,089

12. Leily Is with Me (1996)

95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

During the war with Iraq, an absurd set of events has an Iranian documentary cinematographer seemingly unable to get out of a dangerous project documenting the war.

Director: Kamal Tabrizi | Stars: Parviz Parastui, Mahmud Azizi, Shohreh Lorestani, Sahereh Matin

Votes: 4,411

13. Here Without Me (2011)

100 min | Drama, Family

The story is about the world of a small family with familiar dreams and not so remarkable problems. The mother is trying to lead everything to save her family, but small events disarrange all her plans.

Director: Bahram Tavakoli | Stars: Saber Abar, Mehdi Hosseinina, Parinaz Izadyar, Negar Javaherian

Votes: 4,240

14. The Music Man (2007)

107 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Not being able to work because of the religious country's prejudice against music, a talented Santour player has to deal with poverty, addiction and the absence of his ex-wife.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Bahram Radan, Golshifteh Farahani, Masoud Rayegany, Roya Taymourian

Votes: 8,344

15. Hamoun (1990)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

Hamoon's wife is leaving him. He is also unsuccessfully trying to finish his Ph.D. thesis. He is forced to reexamine his life. In a series of flashbacks and dreams, Hamoon tries to figure ... See full summary »

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Pantea Bahram, Ezzatolah Entezami, Bita Farahi, Sedigheh Kianfar

Votes: 6,589

16. The Scent of Joseph's Shirt (1995)

100 min | Drama, War

Ghafoor is a Taxi Driver whose son is saying to be killed during war but he is refusing to believe it. Although all the evidences proves that his son is dead and everyone believe so, he ... See full summary »

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia | Stars: Niki Karimi, Ali Nassirian, Jafar Dehghan, Shirin Bina

Votes: 1,595

17. The Past (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery

85 Metascore

An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet

Votes: 47,440 | Gross: $1.33M

18. Mother (1990)

108 min | Drama

How a mother acts in the hardest parts of her, and her children's lives.

Director: Ali Hatami | Stars: Rogheyeh Chehreh-Azad, Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Farimah Farjami, Amin Tarokh

Votes: 4,483

19. The Tenants (1987)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

The tenants of a rundown building on the outskirts of Tehran with no legal heir face major housing problems to deal with: major repairs and threat of eviction by greedy building manager who wants to own the building.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Akbar Abdi, Ezzatolah Entezami, Farimah Farjami, Manouchehr Hamedi

Votes: 2,214

20. Gold and Copper (2010)

97 min | Drama

A Tehran mullah-in-training struggles to take care of his ailing wife and their children in this profoundly moving melodrama. A film of near-universal appeal, it puts a human face on Iran's... See full summary »

Director: Homayoon Ass'adian | Stars: Negar Javaherian, Behrouz Shoaybi, Javad Ezati, Sahar Dolatshahi

Votes: 3,256

21. Desiderium (1978)

111 min | Drama, Romance

Desiderium lyrically charts the hapless loves of three brothers: Majid, the young handicapped brother with a deformed head who falls in love with Aghdas, a prostitute hired by his eldest ... See full summary »

Director: Ali Hatami | Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Jamshid Mashayekhi, Fakhri Khorvash, Shohreh Aghdashloo

Votes: 1,773

22. Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)

120 min | Drama, War

An iranian little boy is Lost from the south to northern part of the country after running away for his life, a little boy whose family have been killed during the war is saved and trained by a middle-aged woman.

Director: Bahram Beizai | Stars: Susan Taslimi, Parviz Poorhosseini, Adnan Afravian, Bashu

Votes: 2,733

23. Croesus' Treasure (1965)

110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

When two young poor men save a rich man who has decided to suicide and take care of him, he learns about the other part of the society and poor people's life.

Director: Syamak Yasami | Stars: Mohamad Ali Fardin, Armais Vartani Hovsepian, Fourouzan, Taghi Zohuri

Votes: 503

24. Bodyguard (2016)

105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A government bodyguard protects a politician from a suicide bomber, and then begins to question his dedication to his job.

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia | Stars: Parviz Parastui, Merila Zare'i, Babak Hamidian, Amir Aghaee

Votes: 3,827

25. Ice Age (2015)

106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In the tenth year of marriage, Babak and Manizheh face the biggest challenge of their life. Financial problems and difficult social situation cause Babak to work very hard and this leads to... See full summary »

Director: Mostafa Kiayee | Stars: Mahtab Keramati, Bahram Radan, Farhad Aslani, Sahar Dolatshahi

Votes: 1,167

26. King of the Hearts (1968)

135 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A little girl with a blind mother, accidentally becomes friends with a famous and rich singer who decides to help her in her life.

Director: Mohamad Ali Fardin | Stars: Gholamhossein Bahmanyar, Habibollah Boloor, Mohamad Ali Fardin, Leila Forouhar

Votes: 766

27. A Cube of Sugar (2011)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The story happens in an old house in an old city of Iran. Because of the wedding of the youngest sister, Pasandide, all of her sisters come to their old house to help their mother.

Director: Reza Mirkarimi | Stars: Reza Kianian, Negar Javaherian, Farhad Aslani, Saeed Poursamimi

Votes: 3,659

28. A House Built on Water (2002)

108 min | Drama, Fantasy

A surrealist story about Dr. Sepidbakht who one night when driving hit an angel with his car and his hand is injured deeply by touching that angel's fingers. He has several problems in his ... See full summary »

Director: Bahman Farmanara | Stars: Ezzatolah Entezami, Reza Kianian, Hediyeh Tehrani, Jamshid Mashayekhi

Votes: 1,127

29. The Deer (1974)

120 min | Drama

Wounded by the police, a thief looks up his old friend in order to leave the proceeds of his theft with him. Instead, he finds that his friend is a drug addict. He sticks around to try and ... See full summary »

Director: Masud Kimiai | Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Faramarz Gharibian, Nosrat Partovi, Parviz Fanizadeh

Votes: 2,381

30. Hush! Girls Don't Scream (2013)

106 min | Drama

Shirin is supposed to get married in a couple of hours, but she unexpectedly murders a man. The cause of the crime, rooted in her nightmarish childhood, unravels gradually and the real question emerges: Who is the REAL criminal?

Director: Pouran Derakhshandeh | Stars: Tannaz Tabatabaei, Merila Zare'i, Babak Hamidian, Shahab Hosseini

Votes: 4,518

31. The Last Supper (2002)

96 min | Drama, Romance

Mrs. Mashreghi, who is a prominent university professor, is divorced from her husband. She leads a happy life for a while until one her students who is almost the same age of her daughter ... See full summary »

Director: Fereydoun Jeyrani | Stars: Katayoun Riahi, Hanie Tavassoli, Mohammad Reza Golzar, Soraya Ghasemi

Votes: 766

32. Fellow Traveler (1975)

111 min | Drama, Romance

A wealthy man who has a company deceive a naive girl Atefeh (Gogoosh) who thinks he wants to marry her. Atefeh goes to the north of Iran to find the wealthy man. Her father gives Ali (... See full summary »

Director: Masud Asadollahi | Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Googoosh, Hamideh Kheirabadi, Nematollah Gorji

Votes: 873

33. Maxx (2005)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Musical

An invitation for a famous Iranian bandmaster, Maxx, living in a foreign country, is accidentally sent to a young cabaret singer with the same name.

Director: Saman Moghadam | Stars: Farhad Aeesh, Reza Ahadi, Pegah Ahangarani, Morteza Akbari

Votes: 888

34. Reza, the Motorcyclist (1970)

87 min | Crime, Drama

Reza Motori, who has feigned madness, escapes from an asylum and robs a factory, with the aid of a friend. Afterwards, a young writer, who looks exactly like Reza, visits the asylum in ... See full summary »

Director: Masud Kimiai | Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Bahman Mofid, Fariba Khatami, Hassan Shahin

Votes: 952

35. The Painting Pool (2013)

PG | 92 min | Drama, Romance

Maryam (Negar Javaherian) and Reza (Shahab Hosseini) are different from other people, it's not just a simple difference, but a very big difference. They must try to prove to others they ... See full summary »

Director: Maziar Miri | Stars: Sepahrad Farzami, Shahab Hosseini, Negar Javaherian, Elham Korda

Votes: 4,153

36. No Men Allowed (2011)

102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

This movie is about a strict girls high school whose faculties are all female. After the maternity leave of a chemistry teacher, the principal has to bent the rules for the presence of a male teacher in the girls high school.

Director: Rambod Javan | Stars: Reza Attaran, Vishka Asayesh, Pegah Ahangarani, Mani Haghighi

Votes: 6,363

37. From Karkheh to Rhein (1993)

93 min | Drama, War

Saeed who is suffering from injuries that he received in the Iran-Iraq War, is sent to Germany for treatments. In Germany, he meets his sister and her German husband. Saeed and his sister ... See full summary »

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia | Stars: Ali Dehkordi, Homa Rusta, Hans Noiman, Sadegh Safaie

Votes: 2,718

38. Fireworks Wednesday (2006)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

84 Metascore

On the last Wednesday before the spring solstice ushers in the Persian New Year, people set off fireworks following an ancient Zoroastrian tradition. Rouhi, spending her first day at a new job, finds herself in the midst of a different kind of fireworks -- a domestic dispute between her new boss and his wife.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Hamid Farokhnezhad, Hediyeh Tehrani, Taraneh Alidoosti, Pantea Bahram

Votes: 11,224

39. The Actor (1993)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

It is about a burly film actor who wants to act only in art films but is forced by his family's economic demands to do a string of trashy commercial movies. His tormented wife, infertile ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Akbar Abdi, Azita Hajian, Hamideh Kheirabadi, Fatemah Motamed-Aria

Votes: 622

40. The White Balloon (1995)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama, Family

Several people try to help a little girl to find the money her mom gave her to buy a goldfish with.

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Aida Mohammadkhani, Mohsen Kafili, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Anna Borkowska

Votes: 7,052 | Gross: $0.47M

41. City of Mice 2 (2014)

100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Three little mice found a kitten in a mice town... All the mice in the town scared except the little mice...

Director: Marzieh Boroomand | Stars: Nima Fallah, Arsha Aghdasi, Amir Badri, Arefe Abbasi

Votes: 359

42. Killing Mad Dogs (2001)

135 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

While the post-revolution frenzy is at its peak in Iran, a woman attempts to help her secretive husband out of jail by settling his debts for him on her own.

Director: Bahram Beizai | Stars: Mozhdeh Shamsai, Majid Mozaffari, Reza Kianian, Mitra Hajjar

Votes: 2,549

43. Two Women (1999)

95 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A sensation when released in 1999 in Iran, Two Women charts the lives of two promising architecture students over the course of the first turbulent years of the Islamic Republic. Tahimine ... See full summary »

Director: Tahmineh Milani | Stars: Niki Karimi, Merila Zare'i, Mohammad Reza Forutan, Atila Pesiani

Votes: 1,587

44. Turtles Can Fly (2004)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, War

85 Metascore

Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Soran Ebrahim, Avaz Latif, Saddam Hossein Feysal, Hiresh Feysal Rahman

Votes: 19,090 | Gross: $0.26M

45. Red (1999)

89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hasti, a widowed nurse who has a daughter, marries a paranoid wealthy man.

Director: Fereydoun Jeyrani | Stars: Hediyeh Tehrani, Mohammad Reza Forutan, Kamand Amirsoleimani, Turan Mehrzad

Votes: 1,266

46. Private Life (2012)

90 min | Drama, Thriller