Movies and TV shows set in iran

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in iran ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, touching, thought provoking, allegory and melancholic films and TV shows about / with society, family relations, islam, catastrophe, storytelling, runaway, mentor, culture clash, suprisingly clever and loneliness plots mostly in Drama, Family and Comedy genres shot in Iran, France, USA and other countries.
iran
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iran movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as iran: A Separation (2011), About Elly (2009), Children of Heaven (1997), The Wind Will Carry Us (1999), Where is the Friend's Home? (1987), The Circle (2000), Travellers (1992), Rain (2001), Gabbeh (1996), The Song of Sparrows (2008).

List of movies set in iran

 8.3
 221K
A Separation (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Australia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: 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.
Style: emotional, tense, realistic, talky, contemplative ...
Plot: divorce, poverty, maid, alzheimer's disease, marriage, family problems, marital separation, muslim, parenthood, society, legal, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
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 8.0
 46K
About Elly (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 119 min.
Story: 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.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: missing person, friendship, family relations, matchmaking, journey, guilt, parents and children, friends, mystery, couple relations, love and romance, arranged marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: iran, middle east
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Children of Heaven (1997)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: Iran
Duration: 89 min.
Story: 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...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, childhood, family, school, siblings relations, life, unemployment, health situation, foot race, financial problem, young heroes, children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, tokyo
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The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: 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.
Style: thought provoking, serious, touching, melancholic, compassionate ...
Plot: countryside, small town, fish out of water, family relations, village, parents and children, politics, village life, kurd, terminal illness, mountain, engineer ...
Time: 90s
Place: iran, middle east, kurdistan
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Where is the Friend's Home? (1987)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Iran
Duration: 83 min.
Story: An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.
Style: realistic, serious, feel good, touching, enigmatic ...
Plot: family relations, village life, village, schoolboy, power relations, social relations, social differences, on the road, society, youth, obsessive quest, coming of age ...
Time: 80s
Place: iran, middle east
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 7.4
 6K
The Circle (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Various women struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran.
Style: thought provoking, bleak, sincere, contemplative, disturbing ...
Plot: on the run, prostitute, rebellion, woman in danger, life is a bitch, pregnancy, politics, friendship, injustice, society, abortion, discrimination ...
Time: 70s
Place: iran, middle east, california
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 7.4
 900
Travellers (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young woman's wedding becomes a ritual of mourning when her sister and family die in an auto accident on the way to the wedding. The sisters' mother refuses to accept her daughter's death, and in the midst of wedding guests and ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: wedding, couples, family relations, newlyweds, destiny, family gatherings, death in the family, curses spells and rituals, family life, dealing with death, against the rules, ghost ...
Time: 90s
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
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 7.8
 8K
Rain (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Iran
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: touching, serious, compassionate, emotional, lyrical ...
Plot: secret, construction site, love, romance, fall in love, love and romance, immigrants, human nature, family relations, youth, society, adventure ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iran, japan, middle east, afghanistan, tehran iran ...
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 6.9
 3K
Gabbeh (1996)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 75 min.
Story: An elderly couple go about their routine of cleaning their gabbeh (a intricately-designed rug), 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 ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, melancholic, lyrical ...
Plot: family relations, village, couple relations, family life, lifestyle, romance, couples, village life, forbidden love, parents and children, love affair, love ...
Place: iran, middle east, japan, tokyo
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The Song of Sparrows (2008)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Iran
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 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, ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: farmer, family problems, family life, human nature, unemployment, parents and children, family in crisis, hopes, life is a bitch, dignity, human spirit, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
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Not Without My Daughter (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An American woman, trapped in Islamic Iran by her brutish husband, must find a way to escape with her daughter as well.
Style: thought provoking, tense, touching, bleak, factual ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: islam, culture clash, confined, escape, family problems, life is a bitch, society, isolation, hopes, family in crisis, escape attempt, domestic violence ...
Time: 80s
Place: iran, middle east, persia, israel
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Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 82 min.
Story: 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. ...
Style: talky, sincere, touching, realistic, political ...
Plot: taxi, censorship, passenger, workplace situations, society, city life, car, chat, filmmaking, metaphor, poverty, taxi driver ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: iran, tehran iran, tokyo
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The Deserted Station (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 93 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: teacher, prodigy, self discovery, on the road, society, human nature, youth, teachers and students, isolation, religions or cults, village, train ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east
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The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: serious, disturbing, emotional, realistic, political ...
Plot: injustice, sadism, discrimination, destructive relationship, society, tragic hero, loss of family member, village, witnessing a crime, journalist, conspiracy, stoning ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: iran, middle east, persia, israel
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 6.6
 10K
Rosewater (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In 2009, Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was covering Iran's volatile elections for Newsweek. One of the few reporters living in the country with access to US media, he made an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in a taped ...
Style: tense, captivating, suspense, brutal, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, journalism, captivity, false accusation, solitary, danger, life is a bitch, interrogation, reporter, torture, anguish, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: iran, middle east
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 7.4
 7K
Ten (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A visual social examination in the form of ten conversations between a driving woman and her various pick-ups and hitchhikers.
Style: talky, thought provoking, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: society, life is a bitch, passenger, driver, hopes, love and romance, family relations, down on your luck, human nature, sibling relationship, sister sister relationship, divorced divorcee ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo, tehran iran, california
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 7.3
 7K
Offside (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Iran
Duration: 93 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: humorous, realistic, political, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: stadium, fighting the system, sexism, human spirit, politics, rebelliousness, injustice, soccer, rebellion, gender disguise, segregation, sport ...
Time: contemporary, year 2006, 2000s
Place: iran, middle east, germany, berlin germany
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Secret Ballot (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Iran, Italy, Canada, Switzerland
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A female election agent and a gun-toting soldier try to collect votes among the local islanders with mixed success.
Style: surreal, humorous, realistic, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: desert, politics, satire, citizenship, soldier, campaign, political unrest, odd couple, heroes, state affairs, island, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iran, middle east
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The Day I Became a Woman (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 74 min.
Story: A girl reaches the age of nine and is supposed to act as a grown woman according to her family. A girl participates in a bike race against the will of her husband. An elderly woman decides she wants to buy all the things she always wanted but could ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: feminism, against the odds, injustice, life is a bitch, culture clash, society, rebelliousness, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, gender, strong female presence, female director ...
Time: 90s
Place: iran, middle east, japan, paris france
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Desert Dancer (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, United Arab Emirates, Romania, Morocco
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Inspirational true story of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked his life for his dream to become a dancer despite a nationwide dancing ban.
Style: uplifting, serious, suspense, sad, based on true events ...
Plot: dance, dancer's life, human spirit, follow your dream, against the rules, oppression, friendship, emigration, violence, dancing, drug addict, dance studio ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2009
Place: iran, middle east, paris france, tehran iran
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Women Without Men (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Ukraine, Morocco, Iran
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'├ętat, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.
Style: sincere, stylized, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: prostitute, life is a bitch, society, social differences, state affairs, coping, rich and poor, coup d'etat, women, low lives, political unrest, siblings relations ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
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The Color of Paradise (1999)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Iran
Duration: 90 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: orphan, blind character, blindness, children, father son relationship, poverty, family relations, village, shame, bittersweet, vacation, parent getting married ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
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Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Iran
Duration: 102 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: marital problem, maid, social differences, infidelity, couple relations, family problems, couples, crumbling marriage, dishonesty, society, housewife, wedding preparations and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, dubai
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The Operative (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Israel, Germany, USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A young Western woman is recruited by the Mossad to go undercover in Tehran where she becomes entangled in a complex triangle with her handler and her subject.
Style: twists and turns, suspense, psychological, exciting
Plot: mossad, female spy, espionage, interracial romance, molestation, spy, female nudity, secret agents, deception, female protagonist, couple relations, off the grid ...
Place: iran
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The White Balloon (1995)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Iran
Duration: 85 min.
Story: 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.
Style: semi serious, touching, humorous, allegory, harsh ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: fish, money, new year, family relations, celebration, goldfish, coming of age, friendship, innocence lost, cons and scams, family life, new wave ...
Time: 90s
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, hong kong
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 6.5
 117
Dog Sweat (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Intertwines the lives of six young Iranians as they struggle to satisfy their private desires in the face of conservative Islamic society.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, underground film
Plot: forbidden love, love and romance, society, young lovers, youth, injustice, bittersweet, muslim, repression, infidelity, hijab, islam ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
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The Music Man (2007)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: Iran
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ali is son of a well-off family who plays the santoor (an Iranian instrument) and has earned some reputation through his concerts and teaching music but is rejected by his family because of this profession, which they despise. He falls for one of ...
Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: musician, rise and fall, couple relations, addiction, drug abuse, rehabilitation, society, unfulfillment, tragic hero, music, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
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The Hidden Half (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An official is sent from his home in Tehran to hear the final appeal of a woman sentenced to death, a political prisoner. The official's wife of nearly 20 years, Fereshteh Samimi, writes him a letter to read when he reaches the hotel - the ...
Style: sincere, serious, captivating, thought provoking, contemplative ...
Plot: militant, rebellion, fighting the system, injustice, woman in danger, state affairs, couples, legal, legal action, society, couple relations, political unrest ...
Time: 70s
Place: iran, middle east
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A Few Kilos of Dates for a Funeral (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Iran
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The film is set around three protagonists. Two run a gas station on the outskirts of town, on a road that gets next to no traffic anymore, and so they get next to no customers. They live and work out of a decrepit van on site, its windows covered in ...
Style: sincere, atmospheric, humorous, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: friends, partners, friendship, workplace, realism, iranian, love, one eyed man, workplace situations, gas station, postman, necklace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran
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 7.1
 743
Iron Island (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Squatters live on a mothballed oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. The children attend a school on board; men harvest scrap metal and old oil in the hull; women keep house and raise children and Captain Nemat runs it all with an iron hand. We follow a ...
Style: sincere, touching, thought provoking, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: ship, forbidden love, power relations, injustice, human nature, human spirit, young lovers, misfit, hopes, oil tanker, social misfits, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, persia, middle east
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