Watched: Middle Eastern Films

by Darii | created - 03 Sep 2011 | updated - 13 Oct 2013 | Public

movies I've watched from Middle Eastern countries.

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1. Mutluluk (2007)

105 min | Drama

7.6
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71 Metascore

Condemned to death to salvage her family's honor, a young rape victim escapes to a seaside town with the man tasked with her execution.

Director: Abdullah Oguz | Stars: Talat Bulut, Özgü Namal, Murat Han, Mustafa Avkiran

Votes: 6,856 | Gross: $0.04M

Turkish: Good movie, interesting.

2. Caramel (2007)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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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: 10,603 | Gross: $1.06M

Great portrayal of middle eastern women and their problems.

3. The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama

8.0
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50 Metascore

A distressed woman, desperately 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: 15,747 | Gross: $0.66M

Extremely sad and touching. Must watch.

4. The Kite (2003)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

6.8
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A young 15 year old girl, Lamia, lives in a southern Lebanese village on the border with Israel. She is given in marriage to her cousin on the other side of the border. As Lamia crosses the... See full summary »

Director: Randa Chahal Sabag | Stars: Flavia Bechara, Maher Bsaibes, Randa Asmar, Renée Dick

Votes: 558

5. Paradise Now (2005)

PG-13 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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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: 20,696 | Gross: $1.45M

6. Osama (2003)

PG-13 | 83 min | Drama

7.4
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83 Metascore

The Taliban are ruling Afghanistan, they being a repressive regime especially for women, who, among other things, are not allowed to work. This situation is especially difficult for one ... See full summary »

Director: Siddiq Barmak | Stars: Marina Golbahari, Zubaida Sahar, Khwaja Nader, Mohammad Arif Herati

Votes: 7,953 | Gross: $1.13M

7. Children of Heaven (1997)

PG | 89 min | Drama, Family

8.4
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After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair.

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Mohammad Amir Naji, Amir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi, Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi

Votes: 39,669 | Gross: $0.93M

8. Ha-Kochavim Shel Shlomi (2003)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Comedy

7.6
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59 Metascore

The new math teacher and new school principal discover the 16-year-old underachiever failing classes is really a genius, and the kid's own family's too busy relying on him to mend family fences to notice his brilliance either.

Director: Shemi Zarhin | Stars: Oshri Cohen, Arieh Elias, Esti Zakheim, Aya Steinovitz

Votes: 1,049

9. Baran (2001)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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79 Metascore

In a building site in present-day Tehran, Lateef, a 17-year-old Turkish worker is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. The revelation of Rahmat's secret changes both their lives.

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Hossein Abedini, Zahra Bahrami, Mohammad Amir Naji, Hossein Mahjoub

Votes: 6,798 | Gross: $0.13M

10. The Kite Runner (2007)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama

7.6
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61 Metascore

After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Khalid Abdalla, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, Atossa Leoni, Shaun Toub

Votes: 71,847 | Gross: $15.80M

11. The Bubble (2006)

Unrated | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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61 Metascore

The movie follows a group of young friends in the city of Tel Aviv and is as much a love song to the city as it is an exploration of the claim that people in Tel Aviv are isolated from the ... See full summary »

Director: Eytan Fox | Stars: Ohad Knoller, Yousef 'Joe' Sweid, Daniella Wircer, Alon Friedman

Votes: 4,974 | Gross: $0.16M

12. Musallat (2007)

95 min | Crime, Fantasy, Horror

6.2
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The story of a young couple haunted by mysterious forces and there looks to be a heavy possession element as well. The calm life of Suat and Nurcan is broken when they begin to be scared by supernatural creatures.

Director: Alper Mestçi | Stars: Ecem Cansu Aktay, Ibrahim Can, Sedat Kalkavan, Bigkem Karavus

Votes: 3,381

13. Et maintenant on va où? (2011)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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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: 9,068 | Gross: $0.53M

14. Fatmagül'ün Suçu Ne? (2010–2012)

Drama, Romance

5.5
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Fatmagul Sucu Ne (What is Fatmagul's Fault?) is a story based on novel. The series revolves around Fatmagul (Beren) and Kerim (Engin) who are the lead characters. Fatmagul who is a small ... See full summary »

Stars: Beren Saat, Civan Canova, Engin Akyürek, Firat Çelik

Votes: 4,254

15. Kuzey Güney (2011–2013)

90 min | Drama

7.5
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Kuzey and Güney are brothers, yet they cannot be more different, both in character and also in their perception, much like their names they are north and south. While the older brother ... See full summary »

Stars: Kivanç Tatlitug, Zerrin Tekindor, Bugra Gülsoy, Öykü Karayel

Votes: 6,339

16. Circumstance (2011)

R | 107 min | Drama

5.9
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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: 6,732 | Gross: $0.44M

17. 678 (2010)

100 min | Drama

7.5
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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 Kedwany, Bassem Samra

Votes: 3,355

18. A Separation (2011)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Mystery

8.4
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95 Metascore

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini

Votes: 174,461 | Gross: $7.10M

19. Bikur Ha-Tizmoret (2007)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.6
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80 Metascore

A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

Director: Eran Kolirin | Stars: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour

Votes: 11,574 | Gross: $3.05M

20. Rabies (2010)

Unrated | 90 min | Horror

5.9
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A brother and sister who run away from home find sanctuary in a deserted nature reserve. When the sister falls into the trap of a psychopathic killer, the brother sets out on a race against... See full summary »

Directors: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado | Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Ania Bukstein, Danny Geva, Yael Grobglas

Votes: 2,441

21. Etz Limon (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

7.4
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74 Metascore

The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Ali Suliman, Doron Tavory

Votes: 5,719 | Gross: $0.57M