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, dramatic and intense films and TV shows about / with death, violence, culture clash, politics, storytelling, brutality, islam, courage, military and betrayal plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and War genres shot in USA, France, Israel and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as middle east: Tyrant (2014), Body of Lies (2008), The Message (1976), Hidalgo (2004), Syriana (2005), Incendies (2010), The Honourable Woman (2014), Kandahar (2001), May in the Summer (2013), Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

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, serious ...
Plot: dictatorship, ruler, political unrest, state affairs, totalitarianism, homecoming, secret, family relations, parents and children, exile, society, 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: tense, realistic, serious, clever, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, spy, cia, espionage, government agency, danger, torture, off the grid, track down, bomb, intelligence agency, beating ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, jordan, dubai, manchester england, syria ...
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The Message (1976)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait, Morocco, UK, Saudi Arabia
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
Plot: muslim, desert, war, angel, religions or cults, exile, islam, arab, leadership, society, adventure, rebellion ...
Time: ancient history, middle ages
Place: middle east
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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: desert, horse, horse race, adventurer, cowboy, adventure, underdog, rivalry, human spirit, contests and competitions, obsessive quest, against the odds ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: middle east, saudi arabia, syria, iraq
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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: tense, realistic, clever, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: cia, globalization, terrorism, bomb, politics, corruption, espionage, suicide, assassination, capitalism, cover up, self sacrifice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, lebanon, usa, switzerland, europe ...
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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: disturbing, psychological, emotional, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: rape, massacre, muslim, dealing with death, torture, twins, death, christianity, checkpoint, orphanage, will, prison ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 70s, year 2009 ...
Place: middle east, lebanon, montreal quebec, canada
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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: captivating, serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Plot: israeli palestinian conflict, powerful corporation, political unrest, secret service, political intrigue, mistrust, undercover, espionage, muslim, state affairs, family relations, cia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, england, israel, usa, palestinian authority ...
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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, bleak, surreal, disturbing ...
Plot: desert, islam, on the road, survival, teacher, taliban, refugee, red cross, death, politics, escapades, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: middle east, afghanistan, canada, iran, africa ...
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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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: family gatherings, family relations, parents and children, introspection, family life, disorder, family problems, couples, siblings relations, family in crisis, culture clash, new yorker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, jordan
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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 216 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, stylized, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: desert, horse, war, adventure, muslim, soldier, battles, torture, insanity, mercenary, interrogation, explosion ...
Time: 1910s, 30s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: middle east, lebanon, saudi arabia, jerusalem, ottoman empire ...
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Queen of the Desert (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
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, serious, captivating, exciting, sincere ...
Plot: adventurer, political intrigue, state affairs, escapades, love and romance, politics, british empire, british military, rivalry, marriage proposal, strong female character, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, year 1915, 1890s
Place: middle east, persia, jordan, tehran iran, england ...
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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: scientist, ambassador, revolution, plague, disorder, alcohol abuse, chaos, rivalry, save the world, good versus evil, on the road, state affairs ...
Time: 80s
Place: middle east
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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: rough, sexual, serious, erotic, realistic
Plot: sex slave, investigation, lesbian sex, sex, rape, forced to strip, kidnapping, photographer, guru, lesbian, world trade center, bondage ...
Time: 70s
Place: middle east, hong kong, usa, new york, europe ...
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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, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: marines, military, soldier, iraq war, peril, determination, violence, tough heroes, terrorism, rescue, self sacrifice, bomb squad ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2004
Place: iraq, middle east
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Munich (2005)
Genre: 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: suspenseful, rough, tense, factual, based on true events ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, assassination, politics, revenge, terrorism, murder, jewish, vengeance, secret agents, morality, justice, paranoia ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: middle east, europe, israel, lebanon, germany ...
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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, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, cia, terrorism, kidnapping, undercover, government agency, state affairs, senator, war on terror, police brutality, surveillance, moral dilemma ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, usa, north africa, washington d.c., chicago illinois ...
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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, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: rescue, military, desert, pilot, colonel, captivity, tough heroes, hotshot hero, daring rescue, parent child relationship, danger, military life ...
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, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, terrorism, soldier, race against time, war, heroic mission, save the day, danger, adventure, leadership, military life, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: middle east, seaport, lebanon, beirut lebanon, russia
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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, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, military, engineer, espionage, undercover, danger, fighting the system, heroes, heroic mission, save the day, secret agents, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: middle east
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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: semi serious, humorous, feel good, light, realistic
Audience: date night
Plot: assassination, fish out of water, crimes, nothing goes right, blind ambition, goofy hero, desire for fame, opposites attract, partners, disorder, rivalry, desert ...
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: 90 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: realistic, bleak, disturbing, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, freedom, friendship, bomb, self sacrifice, jewish, occupation, muslim, suicide, israeli palestinian conflict, poverty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, palestine, palestinian authority, france ...
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Waltz with Bashir (2008)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, War
Country: Israel, France, Germany, USA, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Much awarded animated documentary, in which director and Israeli army veteran Ari Folman interviews friends and former soldiers about their memories of the 1982 Lebanon war and especially the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut. The usage on ...
Style: rough, surreal, psychological, stylized, disturbing ...
Plot: nightmare, massacre, army, dog, soldier, memory loss, corpse, haunted by the past, war, genocide, guilt, politics ...
Time: 80s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: israel, lebanon, middle east, palestine, beirut lebanon
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Over There (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Gritty, intense, evocative and emotional, "Over There" takes you to the front lines of battle and explores the effects of war on a U.S. Army unit sent to Iraq on their first tour of duty, as well as the equally powerful effects felt at ...
Style: disturbing, rough, captivating, realistic, intellectual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, soldier, sergeant, u.s. army, iraq war, rules and policies, battles, sniper, lost, danger, military life, squad ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iraq, middle east
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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, exciting, serious, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, investigation, fbi, special agents, chase, track down, team, hunt down, torture, prince, disfigurement, deception ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: saudi arabia, middle east, washington d.c., usa, iraq
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Three Kings (1999)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A group of American soldiers stationed in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War find a map they believe will take them to a huge cache of stolen Kuwaiti gold hidden near their base, and they embark on a secret mission that's destined to change ...
Style: humorous, realistic, suspenseful, surreal, thought provoking ...
Plot: treasure hunt, gulf war, gold, culture clash, negotiation, rescue, sniper, anti war, treasure, racial slur, desert, military ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: iraq, middle east, kurdistan
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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
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: tense, suspenseful, realistic, talky, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, cia, military, terrorism, assassination, torture, espionage, track down, 9/11, explosion, terrorist group, al qaeda ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, year 2011, 2010s ...
Place: pakistan, middle east, iraq, poland, langley virginia ...
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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, stylized, realistic, exciting, bilingual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, military, soldier, missile, mission, kidnapping, explosion, conspiracy, dishonesty, deadly, rivalry, gulf war ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, iraq, syria, dungeon, pentagon ...
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Prisoners of War (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Israel
Duration: 50 min.
Story: TJFF presents the pilot episode of the award-winning Israeli series that inspired the American hit, Homeland. Set in 2008, this first episode focuses on two Israeli soldiers being released after 17 years of captivity in Lebanon. It powerfully ...
Style: psychological, gloomy, serious, emotional, suspenseful ...
Plot: father daughter relationship, torture, terrorism, outside help, couple relations, family relations, government agency, government facility, homecoming, parents and children, secret agenda, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
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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: realistic, suspenseful, serious, emotional, rough ...
Plot: military, military hospital, doctor, workplace, sergeant, treatment, surgery, power relations, hospital, allies, patient, doctors and patients ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2006
Place: middle east, afghanistan
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The Syrian Bride (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Germany, Israel
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the Revolution Studios in Damascus, Syria. They have never met ...
Style: emotional, semi serious, clever, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: arranged marriage, politics, un, village life, family relations, family gatherings, unfulfillment, parents and children, hopes, culture clash, reconciliation, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, israel, syria
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