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List of Iranian Movies and TV Shows

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1. Fireworks Wednesday

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7.7/10
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78/100
Released: 2006
Drama, Romance

What it's about: On the day before their holiday trip to Dubai, a wife who believes her husband is unfaithful enlists the help of Roohi, a young woman sent by an agency to clean the house. She asks Roohi to make an appointment and gather information at the salon of the woman she suspects. Roohi is betrothed, innocent of marital discord. Over the course of the day, she, the couple, their small son, the wife's sister and husband, and the beautician engage in a series of exchanges, confrontations, and prevarications. Are the wife's suspicions unwarranted; is her behavior imperiling her marriage? Acts of kindness may go awry. And the trip to Dubai?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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2. Turtles Can Fly

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8.1/10
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77/100
Released: 2005Rated: PG-13
Drama

What it's about: Turtles can fly tells the story of a group of young children near the Turkey-Iran border. They clean up mines and wait for the Saddam regime to fall.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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3. The Colour of Paradise

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8.2/10
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76/100
Released: 1999Rated: PG
Family, Drama

What it's about: The story revolves around a blind boy named Mohammed who is released from his special school in Tehran for summer vacation. His father, shamed and burdened by Mohammed's blindness, arrives late to pick him up and then tries to convince the headmaster to keep Mohammed over the summer. The headmaster refuses, so Mohammed's father eventually takes him home.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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4. A Separation

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8.3/10
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74/100
Released: 2011Rated: PG-13
Mystery, Drama

What it's about: 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.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. The White Balloon

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7.7/10
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73/100
Released: 1995
Family, Drama

What it's about: Several people try to take advantage of a little girl's innocence to hustle money her mom gave to her to buy a goldfish with.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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6. The Stoning of Soraya M.

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8.0/10
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73/100
Released: 2009Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A drama set in 1986 Iran and centered on a man, Sahebjam, whose car breaks down in a remote village and enters into a conversation with Zahra, who relays to him the story about her niece, Soraya, whose arranged marriage to an abusive tyrant had a tragic ending.

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7. Baraka

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8.6/10
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73/100
Released: 1992Rated: G
Documentary

What it's about: A paralysingly beautiful documentary with a global vision—an odyssey through landscape and time—that attempts to capture the essence of life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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8. The Salesman

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7.8/10
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70/100
Released: 2016Rated: PG-13
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Forced out of their apartment due to dangerous works on a neighboring building, Emad and Rana move into a new flat in the center of Tehran. An incident linked to the previous tenant will dramatically change the young couple’s life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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9. Children of Heaven

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8.3/10
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70/100
Released: 1997Rated: PG
Family, Drama

What it's about: Zohre's shoes are gone; her older brother Ali lost them. They are poor, there are no shoes for Zohre until they come up with an idea: they will share one pair of shoes, Ali's. School awaits...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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10. No One Knows About Persian Cats

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7.1/10
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70/100
Released: 2009
Drama

What it's about: Iranian musicians Negar and Ashkan look for band members to play at a London concert ... and the visa that allows them to leave Tehran to do so.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Google Play).

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11. 3 Faces

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7.0/10
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69/100
Released: 2018
Drama, History

What it's about: The famous actress Behnaz Jafari has no idea what to do when she receives a video in which a young girl is begging for help after her family did not allow her to study at Tehran Theatrical University. Behnaz abandons her shoot and turns to the director Jafar Panahi so that they can help the girl deal with her problems together. They drive to the northwest of the country, where they meet the charming and generous people of a mountain village. But Behnaz and Jafar also observe that in these places, it is the traditions of their ancestors that completely determine the way of life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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12. Gabbeh

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6.9/10
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69/100
Released: 1996
Romance, Drama

What it's about: An elderly couple go about their routine of cleaning their gabbeh, while bickering gently with each other. Magically, a young woman appears, helping the two clean the rug. This young woman belongs to the clan whose history is depicted in the design of the gabbeh, and the rug recounts the story of the courtship of the young woman by a stranger from the clan.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Google Play).

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13. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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7.0/10
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67/100
Released: 2014
Romance, Horror

What it's about: In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Shudder, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. Close-Up

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8.3/10
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67/100
Released: 1990
Documentary, Drama

What it's about: This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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15. Taste of Cherry

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7.7/10
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67/100
Released: 1997
LGBTQ, Drama

What it's about: A middle-aged Tehranian man, Mr. Badii is intent on killing himself and seeks someone to bury him after his demise. Driving around the city, the seemingly well-to-do Badii meets with numerous people, including a Muslim student, asking them to take on the job, but initially he has little luck. Eventually, Badii finds a man who is up for the task because he needs the money, but his new associate soon tries to talk him out of committing suicide.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel).

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16. About Elly

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8.0/10
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66/100
Released: 2009Rated: PG
Mystery, Drama

What it's about: The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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17. The Past

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7.7/10
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65/100
Released: 2013Rated: PG-13
Mystery, Drama

What it's about: After four years apart, Ahmad returns to his wife Marie in Paris in order to progress their divorce. During his brief stay, he cannot help noticing the strained relationship between Marie and her daughter Lucie. As he attempts to improve matters between mother and daughter Ahmad unwittingly lifts the lid on a long buried secret...

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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18. F for Fake

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7.8/10
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64/100
Released: 1973Rated: PG
Documentary

What it's about: Documents the lives of infamous fakers Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving. De Hory, who later committed suicide to avoid more prison time, made his name by selling forged works of art by painters like Picasso and Matisse. Irving was infamous for writing a fake autobiography of Howard Hughes. Welles moves between documentary and fiction as he examines the fundamental elements of fraud and the people who commit fraud at the expense of others.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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19. Life, and Nothing More...

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7.9/10
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64/100
Released: 1992
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: After the earthquake of Guilan, the film director and his son, Puya, travel to the devastated area to search for the actors of the movie the director made there a few years ago, "Where Is My Friend's House?" (1987). In their search, they found how people who had lost everything in the earthquake still have hope and try to live life to the fullest.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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20. Beyond the Clouds

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7.0/10
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64/100
Released: 2018
Drama, Family

What it's about: A hedonistic teenager in Mumbai is busted for dealing drugs and goes to his estranged sister for help, but complications land her in jail.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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21. Where Is My Friend's House?

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8.1/10
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63/100
Released: 1987
Family, Drama

What it's about: An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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22. Taxi

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7.3/10
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63/100
Released: 2015
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A yellow cab is driving through the vibrant and colourful streets of Tehran. Very diverse passengers enter the taxi, each candidly expressing their views while being interviewed by the driver who is no one else but the director Jafar Panahi himself. His camera placed on the dashboard of his mobile film studio captures the spirit of Iranian society through this comedic and dramatic drive…

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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23. Certified Copy

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7.3/10
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62/100
Released: 2010
Romance, Drama

What it's about: In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged English writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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24. No Date, No Signature

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7.2/10
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61/100
Released: 2017
Mystery, Drama

What it's about: Kaveh Nariman is a Doctor in the medical examiner's office. One day at his work he meets a corpse which is very familiar to him.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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25. Women Without Men

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6.3/10
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61/100
Released: 2009
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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26. The Other Side of the Wind

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6.8/10
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60/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Surrounded by fans and skeptics, grizzled director J.J. "Jake" Hannaford returns from years abroad in Europe to a changed Hollywood, where he attempts to make his innovative comeback film.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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27. The Cow

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8.0/10
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60/100
Released: 1969
Drama

What it's about: An old villager deeply in love with his cow goes to the capital for a while. While he's there, the cow dies and now the villagers are afraid of his possible reaction to it when he returns.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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28. The Song of Sparrows

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7.9/10
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60/100
Released: 2008Rated: PG
Family, Drama

What it's about: When an ostrich-rancher focuses on replacing his daughter's hearing aid, which breaks right before crucial exams, everything changes for a struggling rural family in Iran. Karim motorbikes into a world alien to him - incredibly hectic Tehran, where sudden opportunities for independence, thrill and challenge him. But his honor and honesty, plus traditional authority over his inventive clan, are tested, as he stumbles among vast cultural and economic gaps between his village nestled in the desert, and a throbbing international metropolis.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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29. The Deserted Station

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6.6/10
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59/100
Released: 2002
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: On a pilgrimage to Mashad from Tehran, a couple's transportation breaks down, far from any major town. The husband, a photographer, seeks help at a nearby village and encounters a teacher who offers to help. Whilst the husband and teacher go off to find a spare part, the wife, who used to be a teacher, takes over the teaching lessons in the village. It is clear that the children live there, in this strange deserted place, without any men, save the teacher and an old signal guard. As the day draws on, the children help to bring a new hope and life into the wife's heart.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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30. Rain

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7.8/10
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59/100
Released: 2001Rated: PG
Romance, Drama

What it's about: In a building site in present-day Tehran, Lateef, a 17-year-old Kurdish worker is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. When Lateef is given heavier tasks to compensate for new Afghan worker Rahmat, he resents his displacement and treats Rahmat cruelly. After one of his pranks, however, Lateef discovers Rahmat's secret--he is a girl named Baran. Latif's heart softens towards Baran and he shows his new affection for her by doing what he can to ease the hardships she suffers at work. revelation of Rahmat's secret changes both their lives.Baran is a 2001 Iranian film directed by Majid Majidi, based on an original script by Majid Majidi. The movie is set during recent times in which there are a large number of Afghan refugees living on the outskirts of Tehran. Almost a silent movie, Baran won a number of awards both nationally and internationally for the director and writer Majid Majidi.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Plex & Crackle), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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31. The Wind Will Carry Us

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7.5/10
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58/100
Released: 1999
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Irreverent city engineer Behzad comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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32. Ten

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7.4/10
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58/100
Released: 2002
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A visual social examination in the form of ten conversations between a driving woman and her various pick-ups and hitchhikers.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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33. Through the Olive Trees

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7.8/10
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58/100
Released: 1994Rated: G
Drama

What it's about: The film focuses on one of the events in "Life, and Nothing More..." (1992), and explores the relationship between the film director, and the actors. The local actors play a couple who got married right after the earthquake. In reality, the actor is trying to persuade the actress that they should get married.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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34. Secret Ballot

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6.7/10
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57/100
Released: 2001Rated: G
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: A female election agent and a gun-toting soldier try to collect votes among the local islanders with mixed success.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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35. Osama

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7.3/10
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57/100
Released: 2003Rated: PG-13
Drama

What it's about: After the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the restriction of women in public life, a pre-teen girl is forced to masquerade as a boy in order to find work to support her mother and grandmother.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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36. This Is Not a Film

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7.4/10
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55/100
Released: 2011
Documentary

What it's about: Renowned Iranian director Jafar Panahi received a 6-year prison sentence and a 20-year ban from filmmaking and conducting interviews with foreign press due to his open support for the opposition party in Iran's 2009 election. In this film, which was shot secretly by Panahi's close friend Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and smuggled into France on a USB stick concealed inside a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, Panahi documents his daily life under house arrest as he awaits a decision on his appeal.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Kanopy & Sundance Now).

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37. Bab'Aziz

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7.6/10
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54/100
Released: 2005
Drama

What it's about: The story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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38. Offside

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7.3/10
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53/100
Released: 2006Rated: PG
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Since women are banned from soccer matches, Iranian females masquerade as males so they can slip into Tehran's stadium to see the game between Iran and Bahrain. The ones who are caught and arrested are taken to a holding area and guarded by soldiers. One sympathetic soldier agrees to watch the game through a peephole and recount the action to the impatient fans.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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39. When the Moon Was Full

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6.7/10
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51/100
Released: 2019
Drama, Crime

What it's about: There is a story of a young girl from the south of Tehran who falls in love with a young city girl while the girl is forced to emigrate from Iran for some reason. Along the way, his brother accompanies him, but in the middle of the road, something happens to them ...

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi).

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40. The Night

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5.6/10
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51/100
Released: 2021
Horror, Mystery

What it's about: An Iranian couple living in the US become trapped inside a hotel when insidious events force them to face the secrets that have come between them, in a night that never ends.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $6.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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41. Short Skin

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6.4/10
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51/100
Released: 2014
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Ever since he was a child, the seventeen-yearold Edoardo has suffered from a malformation of the foreskin that stops him from masturbating and makes him insecure and ill at ease with girls. Shut up in his sexless microcosm, Edoardo reacts with irritation to the pressures of the outside world, which do nothing but exacerbate his insecurity. Forced against his will to emerge from the shadows in which he has hidden for years, Edoardo will initially try to solve his problem by clumsy stratagems before finding, at last, the courage to face his own fears.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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42. The Load

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6.6/10
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51/100
Released: 2019
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Vlada works as a truck driver during the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999. Tasked with transporting a mysterious load from Kosovo to Belgrade, he drives through unfamiliar territory, trying to make his way in a country scarred by the war. He knows that once the job is over, he will need to return home and face the consequences of his actions.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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43. Nasrin

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8.7/10
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50/100
Released: 2020
Documentary

What it's about: Secretly filmed in Iran for over two years, Nasrin is an immersive portrait of human rights activist and political prisoner Nasrin Sotoudeh and Iran’s remarkably resilient women’s rights movement. Nasrin has long fought for the rights of women, children, LGBT prisoners, religious minorities, journalists and artists, and those facing the death penalty. She was arrested in 2018 for representing women who protested Iran’s mandatory hijab law and sentenced to 38 years in prison, plus 148 lashes. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Olivia Colman and featuring acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, journalist Ann Curry, exiled women’s rights activist Mansoureh Shojaee, and Nasrin Sotoudeh.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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44. Circumstance

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5.8/10
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50/100
Released: 2011Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's newfound conservatism.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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45. Divorce Iranian Style

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7.5/10
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49/100
Released: 1998
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE unfolds inside an Iranian divorce court, providing a subtle and intimate look at the lives of women in a country stereotypically associated with fanaticism and oppression. Astute and beautifully observed, the film reveals the ingenuity and humour with which Iranian women negotiate the restrictions of their society.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy & Realeyz).

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46. The Last Fiction

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6.9/10
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48/100
Released: 2019
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Kingdom of Jamkard, ancient Persia. After defeating the armies of Ahriman, embodiment of evil, King Jamshid, bearer of the light of Divine Power, abandons his people blinded by pride, determined to conquer new lands. Thus, by chance, Zahhaak becomes regent and undertakes the reconstruction of the devastated capital. But then Ahriman, who dwells in the heart of every human being, begins to poison his tormented soul…

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Plex).

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47. Closed Curtain

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6.5/10
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48/100
Released: 2013
Drama

What it's about: A man, his dog, a young woman and a filmmaker in a house by the Caspian Sea. All three are wanted, but they are also in search of each other. Thus begins an absurd game in which reality and fiction merge.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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48. The Silence

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7.0/10
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47/100
Released: 1998
Drama

What it's about: Everyday, 10-year old Khorsid takes the bus to his work at an instrument maker's shop and everyday something unexpected happens.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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49. Shirin

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47/100
Released: 2008
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A hundred and fourteen famous Iranian theater and cinema actresses and a French star: mute spectators at a theatrical representation of Khosrow and Shirin, a Persian poem from the twelfth century, put on stage by Kiarostami. The development of the text -- long a favorite in Persia and the Middle East -- remains invisible to the viewer of the film, the whole story is told by the faces of the women watching the show.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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50. Manuscripts Don't Burn

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7.2/10
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46/100
Released: 2014
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Khosrow and Morteza set out on a mission to kill someone. The assassination ought to be arranged as a suicide. At the last minute however, they are obliged to change their initial plans…

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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