Movies and TV shows set in middle east

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in middle east ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, political, dramatic, intense and tense films and TV shows about / with islam, storytelling, politics, death, betrayal, violence, culture clash, courage, mentor and corruption plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and War genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as middle east: Body of Lies (2008), Incendies (2010), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Hurt Locker (2008), The Kingdom (2007), Tyrant (2014), Syriana (2005), The Message (1976), Munich (2005), Caliphate (2020).

List of movies set in middle east

Body of Lies (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The CIA’s hunt is on for the mastermind of a wave of terrorist attacks. Roger Ferris is the agency’s man on the ground, moving from place to place, scrambling to stay ahead of ever-shifting events. An eye in the sky – a satellite link – ...
Style: tense, realistic, clever, serious, political ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spy, terrorism, espionage, cia, intelligence agency, cia agent, terrorist, government agency, secret service, torture, bomb, secret agents ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, jordan, syria, israel, washington d.c. ...
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Incendies (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to ...
Style: disturbing, twists and turns, heartbreaking, psychological, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: incest rape, incest, torture, rape, pregnant from rape, twins, prison, mother son incest, brother sister relationship, last will and testament, civil war, muslim ...
Time: contemporary, year 1970, year 2009, 21st century, 20th century ...
Place: middle east, lebanon, canada, montreal
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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 218 min.
Story: The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological ...
Style: epic, factual, realistic, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: desert, world war one, adventure, war, imperialism, bedouin, military, historical character, battles, british empire, politics, camel ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: middle east, ottoman empire, arabia, saudi arabia, jordan ...
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The Hurt Locker (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.
Style: suspense, realistic, tense, emotional, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: iraq war, military, war, soldier, sniper, marines, army, terrorism, gulf war, bomb squad, bomb, u.s. army ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2004
Place: iraq, middle east, baghdad iraq, new york
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The Kingdom (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A team of U.S. government agents is sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: terrorism, investigation, terrorist, fbi, special agents, explosions, military, gunfight, chase, al qaeda, deception, muslim ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, saudi arabia, iraq, washington d.c., usa
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Tyrant (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Bassam "Barry" Al Fayeed, the younger son of the dictator of a war-torn nation, ends a self-imposed 20-year exile to return to his ...
Style: captivating, tense, stylized, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: dictatorship, state affairs, homecoming, totalitarianism, ruler, political unrest, family relations, parents and children, gay son, secret, exile, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east
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Syriana (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The Middle Eastern oil industry is the backdrop of this tense drama, which weaves together numerous story lines. Bennett Holiday is an American lawyer in charge of facilitating a dubious merger of oil companies, while Bryan Woodman, a ...
Style: suspense, political, thought provoking, tense, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, spy, cia, espionage, corruption, capitalism, globalization, politics, oil, conspiracy, political conspiracy, deal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, usa, lebanon, persia, iran ...
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The Message (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait, Morocco, UK, Egypt
Duration: 177 min.
Story: Handsomely-mounted historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of the prophet Mohammed.
Style: epic, serious, exciting, captivating, rough ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: muslim, prophet, ancient history, islam, religion, religions or cults, arab, arabic history, desert, ancient, society, leadership ...
Time: 7th century, middle ages
Place: middle east, arabia
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Munich (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 164 min.
Story: During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and ...
Style: political, suspenseful, tense, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, espionage, mossad, vengeance, spy, politics, revenge, assassination, jewish, murder, secret agents, terrorist ...
Time: 70s, year 1972, 20th century
Place: middle east, israel, beirut lebanon, europe, palestine ...
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Caliphate (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: National Security agent Fatima receives a tip that a terrorist attack against Sweden is in the planning stage. Meanwhile Sulle, a teenage girl in Stockholm, gets interested in her student assistent who opens doors to a new and fascinating world - ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, exciting, tense, slasher
Plot: isis, terrorist, hijab, terrorism, islamic terrorism, islam, suicide bomber, rape, intelligence agency, muslim, police, female protagonist ...
Place: syria, middle east, sweden, eastern europe
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Paradise Now (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: France, Germany, Netherlands, Israel
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Paradise Now is filmed from the perspective of two Palestinian men who are preparing to perform a suicide attack in Israel. This is the first film to deal with the subject of suicide bombers.
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, bleak, rough, political ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, suicide, freedom, friendship, bomb, israeli palestinian conflict, manipulation, self sacrifice, destiny, occupation, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, palestine, israel, palestinian authority, france ...
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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.
Style: motivational, suspenseful, tense, suspense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, cia, espionage, military, manhunt, terrorist, al qaeda, 9/11, terrorist group, spy, torture, swat team ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001, year 2005, year 2003 ...
Place: middle east, pakistan, iraq, baghdad iraq, paris france ...
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Hidalgo (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Sport, Western
Country: USA, Morocco
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Set in 1890, this is the story of a Pony Express courier who travels to Arabia to compete with his horse, Hidalgo, in a dangerous race for a massive contest prize, in an adventure that sends the pair around the world...
Style: exciting, inspirational, factual, intense, serious ...
Plot: horse, horse race, desert, cowboy, adventurer, lone hero, racehorse, adventure, islam, underdog, sheik, bedouin ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: middle east, saudi arabia, iraq, syria, boston ...
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Wadjda (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, Germany, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight ...
Style: touching, talky, stylized, feminist film, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: childhood, islam, bicycle, muslim girl, muslim, school, gender, dreams, children, troublemaker, religious fanatic, hijab ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: saudi arabia, middle east, iran, japan
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Osama (2003)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Afghanistan, Ireland, Japan, Iran, Netherlands
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Teenage girl Osama cuts her hair and dresses like a boy to get a job and support her widowed mother and grandmother. When Osama is called by the Taliban to join school and military training she embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she ...
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, sincere, bleak ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: survival, dishonesty, coming of age, taliban, child abuse, oppression, injustice, life is a bitch, brutality, justice, police investigation, religion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, poland, iran, afghanistan, pakistan
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The Spy (2019)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: In the 1960s, Israeli clerk-turned-secret agent Eli Cohen goes deep undercover inside Syria on a perilous, years-long mission to spy for Mossad.
Style: factual, serious, realistic
Plot: espionage, mossad, spy, secret mission, israeli palestinian conflict, arab, national security, arab israeli conflict, politics, sex party, male nudity, airplane ...
Time: 60s
Place: middle east, israel, syria
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Argo (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, clever, captivating ...
Plot: cia, rescue mission, revolution, hostage, politics, espionage, u.s. embassy, secret mission, spy, american abroad, courage, escape ...
Time: 70s, 80s, year 1979, year 1980, 20th century ...
Place: middle east, iran, tehran iran, istanbul turkey, washington d.c. ...
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The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 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: disturbing, realistic, emotional, serious, sexy ...
Plot: injustice, discrimination, destructive relationship, sadism, abusive husband, society, loss of family member, hijab, conspiracy, witnessing a crime, religion, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: iran, middle east, israel, persia
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Strike Back (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The series follows John Porter, a former British Special Forces soldier, who is drafted back into service by Section 20, a fictional branch of the Secret Intelligence Service.
Style: heroic, exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: swat team, soldier, top secret, mission, terrorist, military, heroes, daring rescue, heroic mission, teamwork, army, air force ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, afghanistan, iraq, pakistan, africa ...
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American Sniper (2014)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle takes his sole mission—protect his comrades—to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. ...
Style: tense, emotional, factual, intense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, iraq war, sniper, military, navy seal, soldier, violence, american soldier, assassin, u.s. marine, battles, courage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001, year 1998, year 2013 ...
Place: iraq, middle east, usa, california, texas
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The Red Tent (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
TV show
Story: The Red Tent is a sweeping tale that takes place during the times of the Old Testament, told through the eyes of Dinah (Rebecca Ferguson), the daughter of Leah (Minnie Driver) and Jacob (Iain Glen). Dinah happily grows up inside the red tent where ...
Style: stylized, captivating, emotional, biblical, epic ...
Plot: old testament, siblings relations, family relations, destiny, female bonding, strong female character, bible, female protagonist, ancient history, christian, love, tragedy ...
Place: middle east, holy land, israel
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Messiah (2020)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: A wary CIA officer investigates a charismatic man who sparks a spiritual movement and stirs political unrest. Who exactly is he? And what does he want?
Style: suspense, captivating, psychological, disturbing
Plot: cia, messiah, prophet, religion, cia agent, isis, jesus, politics, investigation, media, disorder, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: middle east, israel, texas
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Rendition (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: When an Egyptian terrorism suspect "disappears" on a flight from Africa to Washington DC, his American wife and a CIA analyst find themselves caught up in a struggle to secure his release from a secret detention facility somewhere outside ...
Style: rough, serious, tense, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, conspiracy, cia, kidnapping, terrorist, surveillance, torture, war on terror, spy, police brutality, introspection ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, washington d.c., south africa, egypt, iraq ...
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The Honourable Woman (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Nessa Stein, the daughter of a Zionist arms procurer who as a child witnessed his assassination. Now an adult, Nessa inherits her father's company and changes course from supplying arms to laying data cabling networks between Israel and the ...
Style: captivating, serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: israeli palestinian conflict, espionage, spy, political unrest, powerful corporation, family relations, mistrust, political intrigue, secret service, state affairs, undercover, muslim ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, palestine, england, israel, palestinian authority ...
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Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Germany, Spain, Morocco, USA, Italy, France
Duration: 144 min.
Story: After his wife dies, a blacksmith named Balian is thrust into royalty, political intrigue and bloody holy wars during the Crusades.
Style: epic, serious, exciting, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: war, sword fight, medieval, knight, crusade, siege, warrior, battles, crusader, king, christianity, muslim ...
Time: 12th century, middle ages
Place: jerusalem, middle east, holy land, palestine, england ...
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The Debt (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Hungary, Israel
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Rachel Singer is a former Mossad agent who tried to capture a notorious Nazi war criminal – the Surgeon of Birkenau – in a secret Israeli mission that ended with his death on the streets of East Berlin. Now, 30 years later, a man claiming to be ...
Style: twists and turns, suspense, suspenseful, psychological, tense ...
Plot: mossad, spy, war criminal, secret agents, espionage, nazi hunter, world war two, redemption, cold war, nazi, jewish, female protagonist ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 90s, 70s, year 1966 ...
Place: israel, middle east, east germany, germany, berlin germany ...
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Lone Survivor (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find ...
Style: captivating, rough, tense, emotional, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, survival, war, gunfight, soldier, terrorism, courage, navy seal, squad, death, taliban, military life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2005
Place: afghanistan, middle east, iraq, usa, israel
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Killer Elite (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Based on a shocking true story, Killer Elite pits two of the world’s most elite operatives—Danny, an ex-special ops agent and Hunter, his longtime mentor—against the cunning leader of a secret military society. Covering the globe from ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, tense, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, spy, mentor, secret agents, secret service, ex military, rescue, swat team, conspiracy, hostage, espionage, tough guy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: middle east, london, england, australia, europe ...
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Kandahar (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: After an Afghanistan-born woman who lives in Canada receives a letter from her suicidal sister, she takes a perilous journey through Afghanistan to try to find her.
Style: surreal, disturbing, sincere, bleak, tense ...
Plot: islam, desert, politics, survival, refugee, brutality, culture clash, suicide, women, on the road, rescue, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: middle east, afghanistan, iran, canada, california ...
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The Message (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Libya, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia
Duration: 207 min.
Story: The story of prophet "Muhammad" and the delivery of the message of God "Allah".
Style: epic, cult film
Plot: prophet, muslim woman, muslim, islam, historical character, koran, arabic history, historical event, ancient, religion, arab, combat ...
Time: 7th century
Place: middle east, sahara, saudi arabia
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