Iranian Directors: From Best to Worst

by redbear_8968 | created - 1 month ago | updated - 4 weeks ago | Public

Based on the Movies I have Seen

P.S: The Scores are Out of 10

1. Rakhshan Banietemad

Director | Zir-e poost-e shahr

Graduated in the field of film directing from The Faculty of Dramatic Arts and joined the Iranian TV in 1973 beginning her career as continuity girl and assistant director. Later on, she made a number of short documentaries and directed her first picture 'Kharej az Mahdudeh (1986)'. Her next films ...

Ghesseha (2011) : 10

Zire Pooste Shahr (2001) : 9.5

Khoon-Bazi (2006) : 8.5

Total Score : 9.33

2. Bahman Farmanara

Director | Booye kafoor, atre yas

Bahman Farmanara is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film producer. Bahman Farmanara is the second son in a family of four brothers and one sister. The family business was Textile and he was the only son who did not join the business and went off to United Kingdom and later on to United ...

Khaneyi Rooye Ab (2002) : 10

Khake Ashna (2008) : 8.5

Total Score : 9.25

Adam-Barfi (1995) : 9

Mokhtarnameh (2010) : 9

Total Score : 9

4. Saeed Roustayi

Writer | Metri Shesh Va Nim

Saeed Roustayi (born 14 August 1989) is an Iranian film director and screenwriter. He graduated from Soore University with a Bachelor of Film and Television in Directing. Life+1 Day is his first major cinematic work. At the Fajr International Film Festival, Roustayi won 2 Crystal Simorghs for best ...

Life and a Day (2016) : 9

Just 6.5 (2019) : 8.5

Total Socre : 8.7

5. Ali Hatami

Director | Hasan Kachal

Abbas Ali Hatami was born in Tehran, Iran in 1944. He graduated from the College of Dramatic Arts and began his professional career as a writer of short TV screenplays and also as a playwright. Among his plays are: The Demon and the Bald Hassan, Adam and Eve, The Fisherman's Story, City of Oranges,...

Mother (1990) : 9

Haji Washington (1983) : 8

Toughi (1970) : 8

Total Score : 8.3

6. Mehran Modiri

Director | Pavarchin

Mehran Modiri is considered to be the leading artist in social satire in Iran. His various series which have been broadcast through IRIB have set records in terms of viewership (an estimated 85% viewership when he is on air), as well as make him a popular personality among masses. In 2008 Modiri ...

Shabhaye Barareh (2005) : 10

Shookhi Kardam (2013) : 9

The Man with a Thousand Faces (2008) : 8.5

Pavarchin (2002) : 8.5

Bitter Coffee (2010) : 8

5 in the Evening (2017) : 7.5

Baghe Mozaffar (2006) : 6.5

Total Score : 8.2

7. Rasool Mollagholi Poor

Director | Parvaz dar shab

Rasool Mollagholi Poor was born in 1955 in Tehran, Iran. He was a director and writer, known for The Flight in the Night (1987), Heeva (1999) and Majnoon (1990). He died on March 5, 2007 in Nowshahr, Iran.

M Like Mother (2006) : 8

Gharche Sammi (2002) : 8

Total Score : 8

8. Farzad Motamen

Director | Khodahafezi Toolani

Farzad Motamen is known for his work on The Long Farewell (2015), White Nights (2003) and When Did You See Sahar Last Time? (2016).

Shabhaye Roshan (2003) : 10

Sedaha (2009) : 8

The Long Farewell (2015) : 7

Poopak and Mash Mashalla (2010) : 6.5

Total Score : 7.87

9. Reza Mirkarimi

Producer | Be hamin sadegi

Reza Mirkarimi was born in 1967 in Tehran and graduated from the Fine Arts University in Graphic Arts. His cinema activities began in 1987 with a series of shorts followed by two TV series aimed at young people. His 1999 first feature, 'The Child and The Soldier', has won several national and ...

So Close, So Far (2005) : 9

Under the Moonlight (2001) : 9

Today (2014) : 7

A Cube of Sugar (2011) : 7

As Simple as That (2008) : 6.5

Total Score : 7.7

10. Abdolreza Kahani

Director | Bist

Abdolreza Kahani is an award-wining Iranian director. He has a Master of Art in theatre from the University of Tehran. Kahani's career began by making experimental short films and documentaries at the age of thirteen. His first feature film "Dance with the Moon" was debuted in 2004. Kahani created ...

Absolute Rest (2015) : 10

Nothing (2010) : 8.5

Absolutely Tame Is a Horse (2011) : 8

Needlessly and Causelessly (2012) : 4.5

Total Score : 7.7

11. Alireza Davoudnejad

Writer | Niaz

Alireza Davoudnejad was born in 1954 in Tehran, Iran. He is a writer and director, known for The Need (1992), Disarmament (1993) and Actors Studio (2013).

Actors Studio (2013) : 9

Salve (2010) : 7.5

Bad Kids (2000) : 7.5

Ferrari (2017) : 7

The House of Spider (1983) : 7

Total Score : 7.6

Boutique (2004) : 10

Hard Makeup (2014) : 7

Penniless (2009) : 6

Total Score : 7.6

13. Jafar Panahi

Director | Taxi

Jafar Panahi (Born 11 July 1960) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film editor, commonly identified with the Iranian New Wave film movement. After several years of making short films and working as an assistant director for fellow Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami, Panahi achieved ...

Offside (2006) : 9.5

Crimson Gold (2003) : 9

Taxi (2015) : 7.5

The White Balloon (1995) : 7

The Circle (2000) : 7

The Mirror (1997) : 5.5

Total Score : 7.58

14. Fereydoun Jeyrani

Writer | Khafegi

Fereydoun Jeyrani is a writer and director, known for Asphyxia (2017), Red (1999) and The Last Supper (2002).

Red (1999) : 10

The Last Supper (2002) : 10

Asphyxia (2017) : 8

I Am A Mother (2012) : 7

Fairy Tale (2011) : 7

Water and Fire (2001) : 7

Parkway (2007) : 6.5

Dreamy (2014) : 5

Total Score : 7.56

15. Behrouz Shoaybi

Director | Dehliz

Behrouz Shoaybi is a director and writer, known for The Corridor (2013), Axing (2018) and Pardeneshin (2014).

Cyanide (2016) : 8

The Corridor (2013) : 7

Total Score : 7.5

16. Majid Majidi

Director | Bacheha-Ye aseman

Majid Majidi was born on April 17, 1959 in Tehran, Iran to a middle class family. He started acting in amateur theater groups at the age of fourteen. After receiving his high school diploma, he started studying art at the Institute of Dramatic Art in Tehran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, ...

Children of Heaven (1997) : 10

The Color of Paradise (1999) : 6

The Willow Tree (2005) : 6

Total Score : 7.33

17. Hassan Fathi

Director | Postchi se bar dar nemizanad

Hassan Fathi is a director and writer, known for Postchi se bar dar nemizanad (2009), Shahrzad (2015) and Shabe 10 (2002).

Zero Degree Turn (2007) : 8

Forbidden Fruit (2008) : 8

Keyfar (2010) : 7

Postchi se bar dar nemizanad : 6.5

Zamaneh (2013) : 6.5

Total Score : 7.2

18. Dariush Mehrjui

Director | Sara

Dariush Mehrjui was born to a middle-class family in Tehran. He showed interest in painting miniatures, music, and playing santoor and piano. He spent a lot of time going to the movies, particularly American films which were un-dubbed and inter-spliced with explanatory title cards that explained ...

The Tenants (1987) : 8.5

The Cow (1969) : 8

Mr. Gullible (1970) : 8

Hamoun (1990) : 7.5

The Music Man (2007) : 7.5

Mom's Guest (2004) : 7.5

Leila (1997) : 7

Orange Suit (2012) : 3.5

Total Score : 7.18

19. Masud Kimiai

Director | Dandan-e-mar

Massoud Kimiaei was born in Tehran in 1941. He became well known when in 1969 he directed his second film, Gheisar (1969), which was considered a turning point in the Iranian cinema; he depicted the ethics and morals of the romanticized poor working class of the Croesus' Treasure (1965) genre ...

Gheisar (1969) : 10

Reza, The Motorcyclist (1970) : 8

The Deer (1974) : 7.5

The Feast (1996) : 6.5

Soltan (1997) : 6.5

Protest (2000) : 4

Total Score : 7.08

20. Bahram Tavakoli

Writer | Man Diego Maradona hastam

Bahram Tavakoli is an Iranian film director. Winning numerous awards, he is a well-established filmmaker of the new generation of Iranian cinema. One of his most successful works is 'Here without Me (2011). It is a breathtaking adaptation of Tennessee Williams 'The Glass Menagerie' which was not ...

Here Without Me (2011) : 10

A Walk in the Fog (2010) : 7.5

Barefoot in Paradise (2007) : 7

Shallow Yellow Sky (2013) : 6.5

The Stranger (2014) : 4

Total Score : 7

21. Bahram Beizai

Writer | Sagkoshi

Bahram Beizai started skipping school from around the age of 17 in order to go to movies which were becoming popular in Iran at a rapid pace. This only fed his hunger to learn more about cinema and the visual arts. By 1961 he had already spent a lot of time studying-and researching- ancient persian...

Killing Mad Dogs (2001) : 9

Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989) : 8

When We Are All Sleep (2009) : 4

Total Score : 7

22. Behruz Afkhami

Director | Azar, Shahdokht, Parviz va digaran

Behruz Afkhami was born in 1956 in Tehran, Iran. He is a director and writer, known for Azar, Shahdokht, Parviz and Others (2014), The River's End (2003) and Manuscripts (1987).

Shokaran (1999) : 10

The Bride (1991) : 8

Saint Petersburg (2010) : 6.5

The River's End (2003) : 6.5

Azar, Shahdokht, Parviz and Others (2014) : 3

Total Score : 6.8

Atomic Heart Mother (2015) : 7.5

Kami's Party (2013) : 6

Total Score : 6.75

24. Mohamad Reza Honarmand

Director | Marde avazi

Mohamad Reza Honarmand is a director and writer, known for The Changed Man (1998), The Visit (1995) and Azizam, Man Kook Nistam (2002).

The Changed Man (1998) : 7

The Mummy 3 (2000) : 7

The Visit (1995) : 6.5

Azizam, Man Kook Nistam (2002) : 6

Total Score : 6.62

25. Abolhassan Davoodi

Director | Rokhe Divaneh

Abolhassan Davoodi is a director and writer, known for Crazy Rook (2015), Motherland (2009) and Pickpockets Don't Go to Heaven (1992).

Crazy Rook (2015) : 8.5

Nan, Eshgh va Motor 1000 : 7.5

Crossroads (2006) : 4

Total Score : 6.6

The Nameless Alley (2015) : 7.5

For Pooneh's Sake (2013) : 7.5

Abba Jaan (2017) : 7

7 Months Pregnant (2016) : 6

Dying in September (2014) : 6

Columbus (2018) : 5.5

Total Score : 6.58

27. Ebrahim Hatamikia

Director | Be name pedar

Ebrahim Hatamikia, who is internationally renowned for his role in the cinema of Iran in the 1990s, was born in 1961 in Tehran, Iran from an Azarbaijani's family. He left the Art University where he studied script writing. He began his directing career with the film "The Identity" in 1986 and some ...

The Glass Agency (1998) : 9

Low Heights (2002) : 8

From Karkheh to Rhein (1993) : 8

The Scent of Joseph's Shirt (1995) : 7

In the Name of the Father (2006) : 6.5

Dead Wave (2001) : 6

The Red Ribbon (1999) : 4

Bodyguard (2016) : 3.5

Total Score : 6.5

28. Mani Haghighi

Actor | Paziraie sadeh

Mani Haghighi was born on May 4, 1969 in Tehran, Iran. He is an actor and writer, known for Modest Reception (2012), Pig (2018) and Men at Work (2006).

Pig (2018) : 8.5

Modest Reception (2012) : 8

Canaan (2008) : 7.5

50 Kilos of Sour Cherries (2016) : 2

Total Score : 6.5 / 10

29. Ahmad Reza Darvish

Director | Duel

Ahmad Reza Darvish is a director and writer, known for Duel (2004), Hussein, Who Said No (2014) and Lucifer (1991).

Kimia (1995) : 7.5

Motevalede Mahe Mehr (2000) : 6.5

Duel (2004) : 5.5

Total Score : 6.5

30. Saman Moghadam

Director | Cafe Setareh

Saman Moghadam was born in Tehran, Iran on 6th of January, 1969. He became interested in filmmaking and storytelling in his teens, and continued to follow up on his dream of becoming a filmmaker after graduating high school. He studied filmmaking at the Cinematic Educational Complex in Tehran. ...

The Party (2001) : 7.5

Cafe Setareh (2006) : 7

Maxx (2005) : 7

Sperm Whale (2015) : 6.5

Sperm Whale: Roya's Selection (2017) : 4

Total Score : 6.4

Passenger from India (2004) : 8.5

Red Line (2002) : 7.5

Twilight (2007) : 3

Total Score : 6.3

32. Kazem Rast Goftar

Director | Check

Kazem Rast Goftar is a director and writer, known for Cheque (2012), Mask (2005) and The Lucky Bride (2002).

Mask (2005) : 7.5

Cheque (2012) : 7

Pesar Tehrani (2009) : 5

Zanane Venusi, Mardane Merikhi (2011) : 5

Total Score : 6.12

Special Line (2014) : 7.5

Ice Age (2015) : 7.5

Barcode (2016) : 7

The Singer (2019) : 4.5

A Very Dog Day Afternoon (2010) : 4

Total Score : 6.1

The Wedlock (2014) : 9

The Private Life of Mr. & Mrs. M (2012) : 3

Total Score : 6

35. Reza Dormishian

Producer | Asabani Nistam!

Reza Dormishian was born in Tehran, Iran in 1981. At a young age, he was drawn to the world of cinema. In 1997 he started writing as a film critic for several newspapers and later as executive editor for cinema books and magazines. He also worked as a screen writer. Dormishian had several ...

Lantouri (2016) : 9

Hatred (2012) : 3

Total Score : 6

36. Maziar Miri

Director | Gradually

He, Maziar Miri, was born on 1 February 1974 in Darband neighborhood in Tehran.

He graduated in Film Editing, and started working in Editing Dept of Channel 2 IRIB in 1995. After making a few short films, working as an assistant in the cinema, and editing a few films and serials, He made His first ...

Felicity Land (2011) : 8.5

Sara and Aida (2017) : 6.5

The Painting Pool (2013) : 4

The Book of Law (2009) : 4

Total Score : 5.75

37. Kamal Tabrizi

Director | Marmoulak

Kamal Mosaffa-ye Tabrizi is an Iranian film director. He was born in Tehran, with his parents having moved there from Tabriz. Kamal Tabrizi graduated from Tehran University of Art at Faculty of Cinema and Theater. He began his career with directing, writing and editing short films in 1980. His ...

The Lizard (2004) : 10

Leily Is with Me (1996) : 7.5

A Mother's Love (1998) : 7

Az Raeesjomhoor Padash Nagirid (2009) : 6.5

Sly (2018) : 5

Sensitive Floor (2014) : 2.5

Mina's Choice (2016) : 0

Total Score : 5.5

38. Parviz Shahbazi

Writer | Nafas-e amigh

Parviz Shahbazi is a writer and director, known for Deep Breath (2003), Traveler from the South (1997) and Trapped (2013).

Deep Breath (2003) : 6.5

Trapped (2013) : 4

Total Score : 5.25

39. Asghar Farhadi

Writer | Darbareye Elly

Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of...

Fireworks Wednesday (2006) : 8.5

About Elly (2009) : 8

The Salesman (2016) : 6.5

Dancing In The Dust (2003) : 5

Beautiful City : 5

The Past (2013) : 2.5

A Separation (2011) : 1.5

Total Score : 5.28

40. Pouran Derakhshandeh

Director | Hiss Dokhtarha Faryad Nemizanand

Pouran Derakhshandeh was born in 1951 in Iran. She is a director and producer, known for Hush! Girls Don't Scream (2013), Under the Smoky Roof (2017) and Little Bird of Happiness (1988).

A Candle in the Wind (2004) : 6

The Wet Dream (2006) : 5

Endless Dreams (2009) : 4

Hush! Girls Don't Scream (2013) : 4

Total Score : 4.75

Gasht-e ershad 2 (2017) : 7

Gasht-e ershad 1 (2012) : 6

Kalashnikov (2014) : 5

Pig Gene (2019) : 5

Chahar Changooli (2008) : 1.5

Marriage in the Extra Time (2010) : 1.5

Total Score : 4.33

42. Mohammad Hadi Karimi

Writer | Comedy Ensani

Mohammad Hadi Karimi is a writer and director, known for The Human Comedy (2017), Maral (2001) and Filicide (2020).

Snow on a Hot Tin Roof (2011) : 6.5

Annunciation to a Third Millennium Citizen (2013) : 3

Total Score : 4.7

43. Bahman Ghobadi

Director | Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand

Bahman Ghobadi was born in 1969 in Baneh, in the province of Iranian Kurdistan, near the Iran-Iraq border. Shortly after graduating from the National Audiovisual School, he made his first short, immediately acclaimed by the local critics. One of these short films, "Life in Fog" (1999) is even ...

No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009) : 5.5

Rhino Season (2012) : 3

Total Score : 4.25 / 10

44. Tahmineh Milani

Writer | Nimeh-ye penhan

Tahmineh Milani (born 1 September 1960) is a professional film director, screenwriter, and producer who came to the limelight by breaking all the traditional and conventional norms about women and their presence in Iran's society. Being sentenced to prison have not stopped her from expressing their...

Two Women (1999) : 9

The Fifth Reaction (2003) : 7

What's Up? (1992) : 7

Superstar (2009) : 3

Cease Fire (2006) : 3

Payback (2010) : 0.5

Cease Fire 2 (2014) : 0.5

Total Score : 4.2 / 10

45. Rambod Javan

Director | Negar

Rambod Javan is a director and actor, known for Negar (2017), The Sinners (2012) and No Men Allowed (2011). He has been married to Negar Javaherian since 2014. He was previously married to Sahar Dolatshahi and Mandana Rouhi.

No Men Allowed (2011) : 7

Son of Adam Daughter of Eve (2010) : 4

Spaghetti in 8 Minutes (2005) : 0.5

Total Score : 3.83

46. Mohammad Hossein Latifi

Director | Ruz-e-sevom

Mohammad Hossein Latifi is a director and writer, known for The Third Day (2007), Wednesday, May 9 (2015) and Kot Jadoie (1998).

The Third Day (2007) : 6

Girl's Dormitory (2004) : 4

Tofigh-e Ejbari (2007) : 0.5

Total Score : 3.5 / 10

Quarantine (2008) : 5

Someone Wants to Talk with You (2012) : 5

I'm not Salvador (2016) : 3

Wing Mirror (2017) : 0

Dell (2019-2020) : 0

Total Score : 2.6 / 10

Khoroos Jangi (2009) : 3.5

Texas (2018) : 3

Mind Your Manners (2011) : 0

Total Score : 2.16

49. Arash Moayerian

Editor | Khaltoor

Arash Moayerian is an editor and director, known for Khaltoor (2017), The Charlatan (2005) and Coma (2004).

Coma (2004) : 6

Milk and Honey (2010) : 2.5

The Charlatan (2005) : 0.5

Chap Dast (2006) : 0.5

Khaltoor (2017) : 0.5

Total Score : 2

50. Masoud Dehnamaki

Writer | Deportees 3

Masoud Dehnamaki is an Iranian filmmaker , holding numerous box-office records .

Dehnamaki says that he was a member of the decimated army that liberated Khoramshahr in 1982 - a decisive turning point in Iran-Iraq war . In his interview to CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour , he said that the war...

Ekhrajiha 1 (2007) : 3.5

Ekhrajiha 2 (2009) : 0

Ekhrajiha 3 (2011) : 0

Scandal (2013) : 0

Total Score : 0.87 / 10



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