Tuesday, October 16, 2012

World Cinema Guide: Iran (54 Greatest Films 1929-2005)


When I say ‘greatest’ in the title above I mean ‘most critically acclaimed, based on a consensus of opinion’ and for details of how I established that - and why this list only goes up to 2005 - please see ‘World Cinema Guide: Introduction’.

In the alphabetical table of contents at the right you will also find similar lists for other countries: World Cinema Guide China, World Cinema Guide France, World Cinema Guide Germany etc

Note that within this list there is in effect a ‘best of the best’ list: the most critically acclaimed 10-20% of films from this country are marked with a *.


1969 The Cow* (Dariush Mehrjui)
1970 The Postman (Dariush Mehrjui)
1971 Downpour (Bahram Beizai)
1971 Goodbye My Friend (Mir Naderi)
1973 The Cycle (Dariush Mehrjui)
1974 The Traveller (Abbas Kiarostami)
1975 The Deer* (Massoud Kimiai)
1985 The Runner (Amir Naderi)
1987 Where Is the Friend's House?* (Abbas Kiarostami)
1989 Close Up* (Abbas Kiarostami)
1989 The Cyclist (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
1989 Water, Wind, Dust (Amir Naderi)
1990 Hamoon (Dariush Mehrjui)
1990 Snake Fang (Masud Kimiai)
1991 And Life Goes on* (Abbas Kiarostami)
1991 The Need (Alireza Davudnezhad)
1992 Nargess (Rakhshan Bani Etemad)
1992 Travellers (Bahram Beizai)
1994 Through the Olive Trees* (Abbas Kiarostami)
1995 Moment of Innocence (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
1995 Salaam Cinema (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
1995 The White Balloon (Jafar Panahi)
1996 Gabbeh* (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
1997 A Taste of Cherry* (Abbas Kiarostami)
1997 Children of Heaven (Majid Majidi)
1997 Daan (Abolfazl Jalili)
1997 Leila (Dariush Mehrjui)
1998 The Apple* (Samira Makhmalbaf)
1999 The Wind Will Carry Us* (Abbas Kiarostami)
2000 A Time for Drunken Horses* (Bahman Ghobadi)
2000 Blackboards* (Samira Makhmalbaf)
2000 Djomeh* (Hassan Yektapanah)
2000 Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine (Bahman Farman)
2000 The Circle* (Jafar Panahi)
2000 The Color of Paradise* (Magid Majiki)
2000 The Day I Became a Woman (Marzieh Meshkini)
2001 7 Days in Tehran (Reza Khatibi)
2001 ABC Africa (Abbas Kiarostami)
2001 Baran (Majid Majidi)
2001 Delbaran (Abolfazl Jalili)
2001 Kandahar* (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
2001 Secret Ballot (Babak Payami)
2001 Under the Skin of the City (Rakhshan Bani Etemad)
2002 10* (Abbas Kiarostami)
2002 The Deserted Station (Alireza Raisian)
2003 At Five in the Afternoon* (Samira Makhmalbaf)
2003 Crimson Gold (Jafar Panahi)
2003 Joy of Madness (Hana Makhmalbaf)
2003 The First Letter (Abolfazl Jalili)
2004 Bitter Dream (Mohsen Amiryoussefi)
2004 Tear of the Cold (Azizollah Hamidnezhad)
2004 The Lizard (Kamal Tabrizi)
2004 Turtles Can Fly* (Bahman Ghobadi)
2005 Portrait of a Lady Faraway (Ali Mosaffa)


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