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 realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful, captivating and rough films and TV shows about / with death, politics, storytelling, betrayal, violence, murder, terrorism, culture clash, islam and brutality 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: Tyrant (2014), Body of Lies (2008), The Hurt Locker (2008), Strike Back (2010), Incendies (2010), The Spy (2019), Syriana (2005), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Message (1976), Hidalgo (2004).

List of movies set in middle east

Tyrant (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, suspenseful, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: dictatorship, totalitarianism, homecoming, political unrest, ruler, state affairs, family relations, parents and children, exile, society, secret, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east
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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: serious, tense, realistic, clever, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, cia, spy, espionage, government agency, intelligence agency, off the grid, torture, danger, bomb, explosion, beating ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, jordan, dubai, manchester england, saudi arabia ...
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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: realistic, tense, suspense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, iraq war, army, military, sniper, marines, terrorism, gulf war, war, bomb squad, determination, peril ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2004
Place: iraq, middle east, new york
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Strike Back (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
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: suspenseful, rough, stylized, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: swat team, mission, soldier, terrorist, heroes, top secret, daring rescue, heroic mission, army, military, teamwork, sergeant ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, iraq, africa, england, afghanistan ...
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Incendies (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
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: psychological, twists and turns, disturbing, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: pregnant from rape, rape, twins, torture, incest rape, massacre, prison, self discovery, family relations, son, haunted by the past, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 70s, year 2009 ...
Place: middle east, lebanon, montreal quebec, montreal, canada
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The Spy (2019)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 53 min.
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, based on true events, realistic, serious
Plot: mossad, espionage, spy, secret mission, arab, national security, politics, israeli palestinian conflict, period piece, arab israeli conflict, airplane
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: middle east, syria, israel
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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: thought provoking, tense, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: terrorism, cia, capitalism, globalization, politics, corruption, espionage, spy, danger, political unrest, political conspiracy, deal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, lebanon, persia, usa, europe ...
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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 187 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, realistic, captivating, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: desert, adventure, battles, british colonial, war, world war one, historical character, imperialism, rebel, politics, horse, culture clash ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 1930s, 30s, 20s ...
Place: middle east, ottoman empire, saudi arabia, lebanon, cairo egypt ...
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The Message (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait, Morocco, UK, Saudi Arabia, 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, rough, serious, controversial, captivating ...
Plot: muslim, arab, desert, war, religions or cults, prophet, exile, battles, islam, adventure, society, oppression ...
Time: ancient history, 7th century, middle ages
Place: middle east, arabia
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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, serious, captivating, realistic, factual ...
Plot: horse, desert, adventure, horse race, adventurer, cowboy, racehorse, underdog, rivalry, contests and competitions, human spirit, against the odds ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: middle east, saudi arabia, new york, boston, iraq ...
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The Honourable Woman (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: serious, captivating, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Plot: israeli palestinian conflict, powerful corporation, political unrest, mistrust, undercover, political intrigue, family relations, secret service, espionage, muslim, state affairs, maid ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, england, israel, palestinian authority, usa ...
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Kandahar (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 85 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: tense, atmospheric, surreal, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: desert, islam, survival, taliban, on the road, refugee, politics, rescue, siblings relations, self discovery, race against time, journalism ...
Time: contemporary
Place: afghanistan, middle east, canada, iran, africa ...
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Death Before Dishonor (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Gunnery Sergeant Burns reports for duty to an American Embassy in the Middle East. However due to the 'enlightened' views of the Ambassador, the marine security detachment he is in charge of is severely restricted in their functions and ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: hostage, military, kidnapping, terrorism, battles, soldier, one man army, terrorist, hijacking, tough heroes, profanity, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: middle east, new orleans
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Harem Holiday (1965)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Johnny Tyronne, action movie star and ladies man, is travelling through the Middle East on a goodwill tour to promote his latest movie, "Sands of the Desert". Once he arrives, however, he is kidnapped by a gang of assassins who were so ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, light, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: assassination, crimes, fish out of water, disorder, blind ambition, desire for fame, opposites attract, nothing goes right, partners, goofy hero, rivalry, orphan ...
Time: 60s
Place: middle east, pakistan
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Paradise Now (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Palestine, 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: thought provoking, disturbing, bleak, rough, controversial ...
Plot: terrorism, israeli palestinian conflict, suicide, freedom, politics, bomb, friendship, self sacrifice, occupation, destiny, mission gone awry, introspection ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, palestine, palestinian authority, morocco ...
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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, bleak, touching, factual ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: culture clash, confined, escape, islam, life is a bitch, society, family problems, isolation, escape attempt, family in crisis, hopes, domestic violence ...
Time: 80s
Place: iran, middle east, persia, israel
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Queen of the Desert (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Morocco
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.
Style: stylized, captivating, serious, sincere, exciting ...
Plot: adventurer, bedouin, political intrigue, escapades, state affairs, love and romance, politics, british empire, rivalry, marriage proposal, strong female character, british military ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, year 1914, year 1915 ...
Place: persia, middle east, cairo egypt, tehran iran, arabia ...
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Les Patterson Saves the World (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Australia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Fat middle aged 24/7 drunkard Les Patterson represents Australia at the UN where his fart literally incinerates an Arab ambassador. Patterson is reassigned to the Middle East so he can be tortured to death by the country he insulted. ...
Style: offbeat, humorous, semi serious
Plot: ambassador, scientist, on the road, plague, alcohol abuse, uninhibited rivalry, chaos, revolution, disorder, save the world, rivalry, state affairs ...
Time: 80s
Place: middle east, new york
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Confessions of Emanuelle (1977)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Famous undercover journalist Emanuelle teams with her friend Cora Norman to uncover a white slave ring.
Style: erotic, realistic, serious, sexy, rough ...
Plot: orgy, forced to strip, sex slave, lesbian sex, investigation, menage a trois, world trade center, rape, kidnapping, guru, photographer, bondage ...
Time: 70s
Place: hong kong, middle east, new york, san francisco, manhattan new york city ...
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Munich (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, Canada, USA
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: bleak, suspenseful, rough, disturbing, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, terrorism, mossad, secret agents, murder, politics, assassination, jewish, terrorist, vengeance, revenge, hostage ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: middle east, europe, israel, lebanon, munich germany ...
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Combat Hospital (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Combat Hospital was a Canadian-British medical drama television series, filmed in Toronto, that debuted on Global in Canada on 21 June 2011. In the United States, it aired on ABC. Its final episode was broadcast on 6 September 2011. The series was ...
Style: tense, emotional, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: military hospital, military, workplace, life is a bitch, military life, wartime life, lifesaver, surgery, battle zone, workplace situations, hospital, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2006
Place: middle east, afghanistan
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Caliphate (2020)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
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, exciting, disturbing
Plot: terrorism, terrorist, teenage girl, police, murder, woman in danger, family, security, death, stalking, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship ...
Place: middle east, sweden, syria, eastern europe
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May in the Summer (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Jordan, Qatar, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A bride-to-be is forced to reevaluate her life when she reunites with her family in Jordan and finds herself confronted with the aftermath of her parents’ divorce.
Style: captivating, humorous, realistic, emotional, semi serious
Plot: family problems, culture clash, parents and children, couples, introspection, doubt, divorced parents, arranged marriage, family in crisis, wedding, family relations, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, jordan
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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, suspenseful, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, kidnapping, terrorist, cia, war on terror, undercover, state affairs, government agency, introspection, senator, police brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, chicago illinois, washington d.c., usa, north africa ...
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Iron Eagle (1986)
Genre: Action, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Israel, Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Doug's father, an Air Force Pilot, is shot down by MiGs belonging to a radical Middle Eastern state, no one seems able to get him out. Doug finds Chappy, an Air Force Colonel who is intrigued by the idea of sending in two fighters piloted ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: rescue, military, pilot, colonel, desert, hotshot hero, daring rescue, captivity, parent child relationship, race against time, danger, save the day ...
Time: 80s
Place: middle east, california
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Navy Seals (1990)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: During a rescue mission, a team of Navy Seals discover that a terrorist group have access to deadly US built Stinger missiles, and must set out to locate and destroy them before they can be used.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, intense, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, soldier, race against time, heroes, battles, military, heroic mission, danger, save the day, war, adventure, leadership ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s, frogman, 90s
Place: middle east, lebanon, beirut lebanon, russia
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Red Sky (2014)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Russia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Disgraced Top Gun fighter pilot Butch Masters leads a rogue squad in recovery of a WMD. Masters must navigate a fractured friendship, a love triangle, and must take to the skies to reclaim his military and personal honor.
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, tense, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, military, conspiracy, soldier, mission, save the day, danger, rivalry, love triangle, pilot, off the grid, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, iraq, las vegas, pentagon, st. petersburg russia ...
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The Red Tent (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
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, emotional, captivating, epic, biblical ...
Plot: old testament, siblings relations, family relations, destiny, female bonding, strong female character, female protagonist, wisdom of life, based on a novel, tragedy, women in society, betrayal ...
Time: ancient history
Place: middle east, israel, holy land
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Best Defense (1984)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Wylie is a lazy engineer. Landry is a Sergeant specialising in Armour. They have never met but their lives become entangled when Landry must take the tank Wylie designed into combat. Wylie is waiting for his employer to go out of business when he ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, melancholic, tense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, engineer, espionage, danger, undercover, military, heroic mission, army investigation, save the day, secret agents, fighting the system, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: middle east
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Private (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A Palestinian family is trapped inside a house commandeered by Israeli soldiers.
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: soldier, life is a bitch, military, survival, dysfunctional family, society, family in danger, teenage life, terrorism, parents and children, isolation, political unrest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, palestinian authority, palestine, israel
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