Iran: Films that matter

An effort towards a comprehensive compilation of the most significant Iranian films.
List layout:
-Pre-New Wave narrative films (up to 1968)
-A new wave of short documentary and experimental films (1960s)
-New Wave until the Revolution (1969-1979)
-Post-Revolution cinema: A period of transition (1980s)
-Auteurs and festival darlings (1990s)
-Post-Kiarostami/contemporary era (2000s)
-Current films (2009 onwards)

*Films from Iranian directors but with completely non-Iranian productions (like most of Shahid Saless’ and a few of Kiarostami’s works) are not included in this list

  • Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution
  • Anxiety
  • The Strike
  • Night of the Hunchback
  • The Brick and the Mirror
  • Siyavosh at Persepolis
  • A Fire
  • Wave, Coral and Rock
  • The Hills of Marlik
  • Kharab-abad
  • The House Is Black
  • Flaming Poppies
  • The Sacred Pit
  • Nishdaroo
  • Dawn of the Capricorn
  • The Eye That Hears
  • Women's Prison
  • Women's Quarter
  • Tehran Is the Capital of Iran
  • The Night It Rained
  • Ceramics
  • Jame Mosque
  • Rhythm
  • The Hassanlou Chalice
  • Badbade
  • The Barbershop of Sun
  • Wind of Jinn
  • Arba'een
  • The Hills of Qaytariyeh
  • Oh, Protector of the Gazelle
  • P for Pelican
  • Ars Poetica
  • Coldness of Iron
  • The Death of a Tale
  • Che harasi darad zolmat-e rooh
  • The Cow
  • The Postman
  • The Cycle
  • Gheisar
  • The Deer
  • Escape from the Trap
  • Knucklebones
  • The Spring
  • Bita
  • The Carriage Driver
  • The Interim Husband
  • The Curse
  • Goodbye, Friend
  • Strait
  • Tight Spot
  • Harmonica
  • Waiting
  • Sadegh the Kurd
  • Tranquility in the Presence of Others
  • The Dagger
  • Under the Skin of the Night
  • Beehive
  • Iran's Son Has No News of His Mother
  • Hassan, the Bald
  • The Ring-necked Dove
  • Desiderium
  • Journey
  • Downpour
  • The Raven
  • Stranger and the Fog
  • Ballad of Tara
  • Dead End
  • Along the Night
  • The Mongols
  • The Garden of Stones
  • The Old Man and his Garden of Stones
  • O.K. Mister
  • A Simple Event
  • Still Life
  • Far from Home
  • Sohrab, A Journey
  • Prince Ehtejab
  • Tall Shadows of the Wind
  • The Ghost Valley's Treasure Mysteries
  • Red Hair
  • The Blind Owl
  • The Divine One
  • The Rook
  • Flower Storm
  • The Custodian
  • Malek Khorshid
  • Wooden Pistols
  • Motreb-e Eshgh
  • Fatehe
  • Salandar
  • The Sealed Soil
  • The Chess Game of the Wind
  • Caviar
  • The Bread and Alley
  • Recess
  • The Experience
  • The Traveler
  • Two Solutions for One Problem
  • The Colours
  • The Report