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1. Bride of Fire (2000)

113 min | Drama, Romance

Ahlam who is studying medicine in the college is in love with Dr. Parviz and wants to marry him. But according to her tribe's laws and traditions she must marry her cousin Farhan. She decides to face her family and find a solution.

Director: Khosrow Sinai | Stars: Mehdi Ahmadi, Ghazal Sarami, Hamid Farokhnezhad, Salimeh Rangzan

Votes: 402

women issues in (south of) Iran

2. Two Women (1999)

96 min | Drama, Thriller

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: Mohammad Reza Forutan, Niki Karimi, Reza Khandan, Atila Pesiani

Votes: 1,440

Women issues in Iran

3. The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama

50 Metascore

A desperate woman asks for a meeting with a journalist to disclose the cruel and inhumane punishment of her niece.

Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh | Stars: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jim Caviezel, Mozhan Marnò, Navid Negahban

Votes: 18,267 | Gross: $0.66M

4. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

97 Metascore

A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean

Votes: 54,864 | Gross: $1.19M

About forbidden abortion

5. Tess (1979)

PG | 170 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

A strong-willed young peasant girl attracts the affection of two men.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson, John Collin

Votes: 14,570

6. 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: 2,207

7. A Time for Love (1995)

75 min | Drama, Romance

Part one: A brown-haired man finds out that his wife cheats on him with a blonde-haired man. He kills his rival and is condemned to the capital punishment. Gazale takes her own life. Part ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Shiva Gered, Abdurrahman Palay, Menderes Samancilar, Aken Tunj

Votes: 146

8. Revolutionary Road (2008)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Christopher Fitzgerald, Jonathan Roumie

Votes: 189,042 | Gross: $22.91M

9. The Day I Became a Woman (2000)

74 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

A film comprised of three interconnected vignettes that depict women at three stages of life in Iran. The first part centers on a young girl on her ninth birthday who is told that she can ... See full summary »

Director: Marzieh Makhmalbaf | Stars: Fatemeh Cherag Akhar, Hassan Nebhan, Shahr Banou Sisizadeh, Ameneh Passand

Votes: 1,513 | Gross: $0.34M

10. The Fifth Reaction (2003)

102 min | Drama, Thriller

Fereshteh loses her home and her two sons after her husband's accidental death when Hadj Safdar, her stubborn and powerful father-in-law, forces her to return to her parents. She is faced ... See full summary »

Director: Tahmineh Milani | Stars: Homayoun Ershadi, Ali Ghorbanzadeh, Jamshid Hashempur, Seyd-Ali Hosseini

Votes: 560

11. 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: 661

12. What's Up? (1992)

110 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

The film is about an imaginative and lively student who transforms her immediate family and surroundings when she talks herself into writing a novel.

Director: Tahmineh Milani | Stars: Mahaya Petrossian, Danial Hakimi, Jahangir Almasi, Rashid Aslani

Votes: 170

13. As Simple as That (2008)

PG | 93 min | Drama

Tomorrow is an important day for Amir. He had participated in an international architecture competition to win the competition with foreign companies. His wife ,Tahereh (Hengameh Ghaziani),... See full summary »

Director: Reza Mirkarimi | Stars: Hengameh Ghaziani, Mehran Kashani, Safa Aghajani, Parvaneh Ahmadi

Votes: 1,277

14. Water (I) (2005)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Set in colonial India against Gandhi's rise to power, it's the story of 8-year-old Chuyia, who is widowed and sent to a home to live in penitence; once there, Chuyia's feisty presence deeply affects the lives of the other residents.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Seema Biswas, Sarala Kariyawasam

Votes: 14,033 | Gross: $3.22M

15. Life with Closed Eyes (2010)

101 min | Drama

Parasto a young girl from a virtuous family, in absence of her brother and being alone, by her careless behavior leads the neighborhood and her family into some misunderstandings. But that changes by return of her brother when she tries to clear them up.

Director: Rasoul Sadrameli | Stars: Hamed Behdad, Taraneh Alidoosti, Poulad Kimiayi, Farhad Aeesh

Votes: 466

16. Nothing (2010)

84 min | Comedy, Drama

A man, who has some kind of a disease and eats a lot, enters a poor and large family to marry their mother.

Director: Abdolreza Kahani | Stars: Ahmad Mehranfar, Mehran Ahmadi, Nayereh Farahani, Marzieh Boroomand

Votes: 960

17. The Private Life of Mr. & Mrs. M (2012)

80 min | Drama, Family

Mohsen is improving his business life to higher levels, but when his wife gets involved in the business, he finds it difficult to tolerate the underlying conflicts.

Director: Rouhollah Hejazi | Stars: Hamid Farokhnezhad, Ebrahim Hatamikia, Mahtab Keramati, Shima Nikpour

Votes: 499

18. Offside (I) (2006)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

85 Metascore

Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums.

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Sima Mobarak-Shahi, Shayesteh Irani, Ayda Sadeqi, Mohammad Asarian

Votes: 7,211 | Gross: $0.18M

19. Just Like a Woman (2012)

R | 87 min | Drama

39 Metascore

Two women get on the highway heading to Santa Fe. Marilyn dreams of winning a contest held by a famous belly dancing company, while her friend, Mona, has a secret: she's a fugitive from justice - accused of her mother-in-law's death.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Sienna Miller, Golshifteh Farahani, Bahar Soomekh, Tim Guinee

Votes: 2,635

20. Leviathan (2014)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama

92 Metascore

In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev | Stars: Aleksey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov

Votes: 47,122 | Gross: $1.09M

21. Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

Not Rated | 202 min | Drama

A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze

Votes: 6,670 | Gross: $0.02M

22. The Tango Lesson (1997)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance

65 Metascore

A scriptwriter comes to Paris to work on her film. There she takes up tango lessons and forms a relationship with the dancer.

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Sally Potter, Pablo Verón, Morgane Maugran, Géraldine Maillet

Votes: 2,154 | Gross: $1.30M

23. Vagabond (1985)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman's body is found frozen in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, we see the events that led to her inevitable death.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Macha Méril, Stéphane Freiss, Setti Ramdane

Votes: 8,109

24. Death and the Maiden (1994)

R | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

72 Metascore

A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Stuart Wilson, Krystia Mova

Votes: 21,794 | Gross: $2.10M

25. Faithless (2000)

R | 142 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

An imaginary woman recollects the painful experience of adultery to a storyteller.

Director: Liv Ullmann | Stars: Lena Endre, Erland Josephson, Krister Henriksson, Thomas Hanzon

Votes: 3,211 | Gross: $0.73M

26. Raspberry (2014)

90 min | Drama

Hamid and Homa are incapable of having a baby. Rezvan accepts to carry their child in her uterus through artificial impregnation until the child is born. When Homa dies and Hamid loses his memory in a car accident, things get complicated.

Director: Saman Salur | Stars: Bijan Afshar, Mehran Ahmadi, Tabasom Hashemi, Samira Hassanpour

Votes: 64

27. The Help (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama

62 Metascore

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 412,407 | Gross: $169.71M

28. Circumstance (2011)

R | 107 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession.

Director: Maryam Keshavarz | Stars: Sarah Kazemy, Nikohl Boosheri, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa

Votes: 7,215 | Gross: $0.44M

29. The Hidden Half (2001)

103 min | Drama

49 Metascore

An official is sent from his home in Tehran to hear the final appeal of a woman sentenced to death, a political prisoner. The official's wife of nearly 20 years, Fereshteh Samimi, writes ... See full summary »

Director: Tahmineh Milani | Stars: Niki Karimi, Mohammad Nikbin, Atila Pesiani, Akbar Moazezi

Votes: 729

30. Vessel (II) (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

68 Metascore

A fearless sea captain sails a ship through loopholes in international law, providing abortions on the high seas, and leaving in her wake a network of emboldened activists who trust women to handle abortion on their own terms.

Director: Diana Whitten | Star: Rebecca Gomperts

Votes: 209

31. 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: 8,378

32. Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography (1981)

69 min | Documentary

Documentary about the pornography industry and the apparent violent anti-woman slant much of it takes.

Director: Bonnie Sherr Klein | Stars: Linda Lee Tracey, Bonnie Sherr Klein, Suze Randall, Kate Millett

Votes: 251

33. Quest for Honor (2009)

63 min | Documentary

A former teacher and tireless activist works with local lawmen, Kurdish government agencies and her colleagues to investigate and eradicate honor killings in the tribal regions of Kurdistan.

Director: Mary Ann Smothers Bruni | Stars: Lawen Azad, Runak Faraj, Hemin Kakaiy, Kalthoum

Votes: 17

34. 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: 9,429

35. Head-On (2004)

R | 121 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

With the intention to break free from the strict familial restrictions, a suicidal young woman sets up a marriage of convenience with a forty-year-old addict, an act that will lead to an outburst of envious love.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Birol Ünel, Sibel Kekilli, Güven Kiraç, Zarah Jane McKenzie

Votes: 49,533

36. When We Leave (2010)

Unrated | 119 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Umay is a young woman of Turkish descent, fighting for an independent and self-determined life in Germany against the resistance of her family. Her struggle initiates a dynamic, which results in a life-threatening situation.

Director: Feo Aladag | Stars: Sibel Kekilli, Nizam Schiller, Derya Alabora, Settar Tanriögen

Votes: 5,102 | Gross: $0.02M

37. Abba Jaan (2017)

75 min | Drama, War

The story is in Zanjan 1980s. It tells the life of people of that city and their problems in those years.

Director: Hatef Alimardani | Stars: Fatemah Motamed-Aria, Shabnam Moghadami, Saeed Aghakhani, Hamid Reza Azarang

Votes: 365

38. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama

88 Metascore

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ana López Mercado

Votes: 112,385 | Gross: $13.62M

39. Three Monkeys (2008)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A family suffers from a major communication breakdown during their struggle to get through their hardships.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Yavuz Bingöl, Hatice Aslan, Ahmet Rifat Sungar, Ercan Kesal

Votes: 18,916 | Gross: $0.04M

40. Incendies (2010)

R | 131 min | Drama, Mystery, War

80 Metascore

Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history and fulfill their mother's last wishes.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Mustafa Kamel

Votes: 138,816 | Gross: $6.86M



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