Top 100 Arabic Films (DIFF)

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As published by Dubai International Film Festival on 2013 (10th edition) Missing #57 & #82 Sources: http://www.cinematechhaddad.com/Cinematech/Cinematech_New/DFF_10YearsN.HTM https://mubi.com/lists/top-100-arabic-films https://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%A6%D9%85%D8%A9_%D8%A3%D9%87%D9%85_%D9%85%D8%A6%D8%A9_%D9%81%D9%8A%D9%84%D9%85_%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A8%D9%8A

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1. The Mummy (1969)

102 min | Drama

An Upper-Egyptian clan robs a cache of mummies and sells the artifacts on the illicit antiquities black market. After a conflict within the clan, one of its members goes to the police, helping the Antiquities Service find the cache.

Director: Chadi Abdel Salam | Stars: Ahmed Marei, Ahmad Hegazi, Nadia Lutfi, Mohamed Abdel Rahman

Votes: 1,004

2. Cairo Station (1958)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, 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: 2,800

3. Chronicle of the Years of Fire (1975)

177 min | Drama

The beginings of the Algerian Revolution as seen through the eyes of a peasant.

Director: Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina | Stars: Yorgo Voyagis, Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina, Leila Shenna, Cheikh Nourredine

Votes: 443

4. The Land (1970)

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: 1,181

5. The Silences of the Palace (1994)

116 min | Drama

As she grows up, Alia (the daughter of housemaid Khedija) learns the secrets of the peaceful palace where she and her mother live.

Director: Moufida Tlatli | Stars: Hind Sabri, Ghalia Lacroix, Najia Ouerghi, Amel Hedhili

Votes: 822

7. Divine Intervention (2002)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Romance, War

74 Metascore

Separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah arrange clandestine meetings.

Director: Elia Suleiman | Stars: Elia Suleiman, Manal Khader, George Ibrahim, Amer Daher

Votes: 3,225 | Gross: $0.39M

8. Kit Kat (1991)

129 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sheikh Hosny is a blind man who lives with his old mother and his frustrated son in the Kit Kat neighborhood. His son Youssef dreams of going to Europe to find work, and has a relationship ... See full summary »

Director: Daoud Abdel Sayed | Stars: Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Sherif Mounir, Aida Riyad, Nagah El-Mogui

Votes: 1,642

9. West Beirut (1998)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In April, 1975, civil war breaks out; Beirut is partitioned along a Moslem-Christian line. Tarek is in high school, making Super 8 movies with his friend, Omar. At first the war is a lark: ... See full summary »

Director: Ziad Doueiri | Stars: Rami Doueiri, Naamar Sahli, Mohamad Chamas, Rola Al Amin

Votes: 3,166 | Gross: $0.34M

10. The Dupes (1972)

107 min | Drama

Set in Iraq (but shot in Syria), this is the story of three men who try to leave their impoverished and hopeless lives to get get work in Kuwait. They hire a water-truck driver to transport... See full summary »

Director: Tewfik Saleh | Stars: Mohamed Kheir-Halouani, Abderrahman Alrahy, Abdul Rahman Al Rashi, Bassan Lofti Abou-Ghazala

Votes: 258

11. Paradise Now (2005)

PG-13 | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Kais Nashif, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Hamza Abu-Aiaash

Votes: 21,778 | Gross: $1.45M

12. Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces (1990)

Unrated | 98 min | Drama, Comedy

A coming-of-age comedy/drama set in Tunisia. Twelve-year-old Noura is an impressionable boy who must learn to reconcile two conflicting worlds - the loving world of Muslim women and the ... See full summary »

Director: Férid Boughedir | Stars: Selim Boughedir, Mustapha Adouani, Rabia Ben Abdallah, Mohamed Driss

Votes: 1,148

13. Man of Ashes (1986)

109 min | Drama

In the ensuing days before his wedding bridegroom Hachemi faces both the anxieties of the future and the shadows of the past. His best friend, Farfat, is the topic of street graffiti and ... See full summary »

Director: Nouri Bouzid | Stars: Khadija Abaoub, Sarra Abdelhadi, Mustapha Adouani, Khaled Akrout

Votes: 187

14. Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Crime

55 Metascore

A group of children living on the street leave their gang, prompting retribution from the gang's leader. After one of the children dies, the rest try to come up with the resources to give their friend a proper burial.

Director: Nabil Ayouch | Stars: Mounïm Kbab, Mustapha Hansali, Hicham Moussoune, Abdelhak Zhayra

Votes: 2,470

15. Alexandria... Why? (1979)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama

"Yahia", a young man living in the cosmopolitan Alexandria during World War II. Between his dreams, which up to Hollywood, and constraints of his life in the middle class, trying to be a ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Naglaa Fathi, Ahmed Zaki, Farid Shawqi, Mahmoud Al Meleji

Votes: 1,132

16. Wedding in Galilee (1987)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

A Palestinian seeks Israeli permission to waive curfew to give his son a fine wedding. The military governor's condition is that he and his officers attend. The groom berates his father for... See full summary »

Director: Michel Khleifi | Stars: Mohamad Ali El Akili, Bushra Karaman, Makram Khoury, Yussuf Abu-Warda

Votes: 407

17. The Message (1976)

PG | 177 min | Biography, Drama, History

This epic historical drama chronicles the life and times of Muhammad and serves as an introduction to early Islamic history.

Director: Moustapha Akkad | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Johnny Sekka

Votes: 41,254

18. Date Wine (1998)

110 min | Drama

This film is an exploration of what happens to places in general, and people in particular, once the menfolk abandon an Egyptian village to investigate the greener-grass on the proverbial '... See full summary »

Director: Radwan El-Kashef | Stars: Hamdy Ahmed, Fayza Amasaib, Abla Kamel, Abdalla Mahmoud

Votes: 277

19. Cruel Sea (1972)

106 min | Drama

The first feature film to be made by the state of Kuwait. It is a period piece about Kuwait before the discovery of oil when fishing was the predominant occupation. Bay Ya Bahr is the story... See full summary »

Director: Khalid Al Siddiq | Stars: Mohammed Al-Mansour, Amal Bakr, Sad Al-Faraj, Hayat Al Fahad

Votes: 228

20. 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: Hinri Barakat | Stars: Faten Hamamah, Ahmad Mazhar, Aminah Rizq, Zahrat El-Ula

Votes: 1,387

21. The Time That Remains (2009)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, History

74 Metascore

An examination of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day.

Director: Elia Suleiman | Stars: Menashe Noy, Elia Suleiman, Baher Agbariya, Saleh Bakri

Votes: 2,118 | Gross: $0.02M

22. El Towk Wa El Eswera (1986)

115 min | Crime, Drama, Music

In 1933 in the village of Karnak in Luxor, sad lives with her husband Bakhit Bishari paraplegic and TB disease. And their daughter, Fahima, hopes to return her son Mustafa, who is absent ... See full summary »

Director: Khairy Beshara | Stars: Sherihan, Fardous Abdel Hamid, Ahmed Abdelaziz, Ahmad Bedair

Votes: 87

23. The Beginning and the End (1960)

130 min | Drama

After the death of the father, the family consisting of a mother and two young men and a girl themselves without a breadwinner finds, to begin each of them in the direction to a different ... See full summary »

Director: Salah Abouseif | Stars: Farid Shawqi, Omar Sharif, Aminah Rizq, Amal Zayed

Votes: 391

24. Lion of the Desert (1980)

PG | 173 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1929, Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini appoints General Rodolfo Graziani as colonial governor to Italian Libya with orders to stamp-out all resistance from Libyan nationalists led by rebel guerrilla leader Omar Mukhtar.

Director: Moustapha Akkad | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Oliver Reed, Rod Steiger, Irene Papas

Votes: 13,042

25. Stars in Broad Daylight (1988)

105 min | Drama

In his debut feature film, director Muhammad explores the inexorable dissolution of a family, ironically during the planning of a wedding, the kind of ritual that ought to bond family ... See full summary »

Director: Ossama Mohammed | Stars: Zuhair Abdlulkarim, Sabah As-Salem, Saad Eddin Baqdoones, Fuad Ghazi

Votes: 65

26. Al-lail (1992)

116 min | Drama, History, War

The Night is set in the village of Quneytra, which borders on the Golan, a key battlefield in the 1967 war between Syria and Israel. We are led to the grave of the filmmakers' father, an ... See full summary »

Director: Mohamed Malas | Stars: Nezar Abohajar, Sabah Al Jazaery, Fares Al-Helou, Hazar Awad

Votes: 95

27. The Winds of the Aures (1966)

95 min | Drama, War

A story about the suffering of a mother (Kalthoum) from the Auras region whose husband died after aerial bombardment of the house by the French army during colonial days also the capture of... See full summary »

Director: Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina | Stars: Keltoum, Mohamed Chouikh, Hassan Hassani, Thania Timgad

Votes: 73

28. The Wife of an Important Man (1987)

115 min | Drama

When Mona marries the seemingly decent police officer Hisham, she finds out there is more into him than what he shows to the people.

Director: Mohamed Khan | Stars: Mervat Amin, Ahmed Zaki, Abdel Halim Hafez, Zizi Mustafa

Votes: 976

29. Omar Gatlato (1977)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

A somewhat cynical but realistic look at the alienation of men in Algerian society.

Director: Merzak Allouache | Stars: Boualem Benani, Aziz Degga, Farida Guenaneche, Rabah Leghaa

Votes: 119

30. Al-asfour (1972)

105 min | Drama

Set shortly before and during the Six Day War in June of 1967, The Sparrow follows a young police officer stationed in a small village in Upper Egypt whose inhabitants suffer from the harassment of a corrupt businessman.

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Salah Qabil, Ali El Sherif, Mahmoud Al Meleji, Seif Abdelrahman

Votes: 247

31. The Yacoubian Building (2006)

161 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: 5,549

32. Caramel (2007)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Nadine Labaki, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisèle Aouad, Yasmine Al Massri

Votes: 12,087 | Gross: $1.06M

33. Sawak al-utubis (1982)

107 min | Drama

Hassan is a bus driver and the only male sibling of five sisters, his father owns a workshop that got suspended due to taxes problems. Hassan tries to provide money before the workshop is sold on the auction.

Director: Atef El-Taieb | Stars: Mervat Amin, Almontaser Bellah, Nabila El Sayed, Nour El-Sherif

Votes: 337

34. The Sin (1965)

105 min | Drama

A poor peasant woman becomes a symbol of worker oppression in this somber social drama directed by Henri Barakat. Azziza (Faten Hamama) is brutally raped by a guard when she goes into the ... See full summary »

Director: Hinri Barakat | Stars: Abdallah Gheith, Faten Hamamah, Zaki Rustum

Votes: 316

35. The Postman (1968)

114 min | Drama

Abbas, a resident of Cairo, is appointed by the government to hold the office of supervisor in a post office in a small village in Upper Egypt.

Director: Hussein Kamal | Stars: Shukri Sarhan, Zizi Mustafa, Seif Abdelrahman, Ahmed Abo Abeya

Votes: 186

36. The Water-Carrier Is Dead (1977)

100 min | Drama

The story of the friendship that develops between two men with quite different world views. One, a water carrier whose wife has died twenty years before, spends his days thinking about her.... See full summary »

Director: Salah Abouseif | Stars: Ezzat El Alaili, Hassan Hussein, Nahid Jabr, Tahiyyah Karyuka

Votes: 140

37. The Massacre of Kafr Kassem (1975)

108 min | Drama

Drama about a massacre of Palestinians at the hands of the Israelis in the years 1947-51.

Director: Borhane Alaouié | Stars: Abdallah Abbassi, Ahmad Ayub, Salim Sabri, Shafiq Manfaluti

Votes: 33

38. Where Do We Go Now? (2011)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

A group of Lebanese women try to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Nadine Labaki, Yvonne Maalouf, Layla Hakim

Votes: 10,912 | Gross: $0.53M

40. Al Baree' (1986)

110 min | Drama, Thriller

A simple minded peasant was recruited in the Egyptian army where he was deceived to believe that political activists are his homeland enemies, but not for so long.

Director: Atef El-Taieb | Stars: Mamdouh Abd El Aleem, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Aaliyah Abdulmoneim, Mahmoud Al Iraqi

Votes: 755

41. Hallaq darb al-fouqara (1982)

105 min | Drama

Among people living in a popular neighborhood in Casablanca, there is a hairdresser who accepts his fate, but his best friend never stops teaching him that struggles and resistance are the ... See full summary »

Director: Mohamed Reggab | Stars: Omar Chenbod, Mohamed El Habachi, Khadija Khamouli, Hamid Najah

42. Bab el shams (2004)

278 min | Romance, Drama, War

In the beginning was Palestine, and the story of Younes (Orwa Nyrabia) began, known as Abou Salem, known as the Man, said to be the father of Ibrahim, fighting the English from the age of ... See full synopsis »

Director: Yusri Nasrullah | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Hussein Abou Seada, Fady Abou-Samra, Mohamad Akil

Votes: 341

43. 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 judgements are ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Nour El-Sherif, Hani Salama, Mahmood Hemaidah, Layla Olwi

Votes: 2,312

44. Wadjda (2012)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour | Stars: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd

Votes: 16,952 | Gross: $1.35M

45. Al-kompars (1993)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Salem dreams of being an actor but is still working in a gas station, only his love for Nada can make things easier for him.

Director: Nabil Maleh | Stars: Bassam Kousa, Wafaa Mouselley, Mohammed Esh-Sheikh Naguib, Samar Sami

Votes: 88

46. A Flood in Baath Country (2005)

46 min | Documentary

7.5