What are the best Persian movies?

Genesam Credo - Contributor

Some people may associate the Islamic Republic of Iran, formerly called Persia, with its historical war with Iraq. Yet, little did people know that Iran brims with rich cultural heritage, including fascinating arts and traditions. And for the record, although the cinema of Iran has been flying under the radar for quite a while now, it has been one of the best exporters of cinema, alongside China, back in the 1990s. In terms of movie production, Persian films are on par with some of the best in Hollywood. In fact, even before the success of the South Korean film Parasite at the 2020 Oscars, a Persian movie entitled A Separation won the 2012 Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. Interestingly, although the success of A Separation can be attributed to a lot of people behind the scenes, one person was responsible for the direction, screenplay, and production--he is Asghar Farhadi. That, our friends, is the reason why A Separation secured the top spot on our list of the best Persian movies.

Just to be clear, this page may appear like a feature article for the critically-acclaimed filmmaker Asghar Farhadi but rest assured that his works, which made it to the cut, deserve the spot. It includes The Salesman (2017), which was also Farhadi's 7th feature film that bagged yet another Oscar nomination in 2017, and the drama-thriller Everybody Knows (2018). To rev up the list a little bit, we have also included A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) and Under the Shadow by Babak Anvari. Sit back and relax as this list of the best Iranian movies is just in time for the Islamic Republic Day!

  1. 1A Separation


    A Separation is an Iranian film directed, written, and produced by Asghar Farhadi himself. It stared Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi, Shahab Hosseini, and Babak Karimi. This drama film revolves won the Best Foreign Language Film at Oscars 

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  1. 2Under the shadow


    Tehran, 1980s. The city is amidst the post-revolutionary war.In the middle of this, Shideh (Narges Rashidi) and her daughter (Avin Manshadi) have to deal with a mysterious evil that begins to haunt their home. 

  2. 3A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night


    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a 2014 Persian-language American vampire western film created by Ana Lily Amirpour. It is dubbed as the first Iranian vampire Western and was shown at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

  1. 4Everybody Knows


    Everybody Knows is a Spanish drama and thriller film directed by Asghar Farhadi. It stars Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darin, and more. The movie first premiered on November 30, 2018, in the US.

  2. 5The Salesman


    The Salesman is an Amazon Original movie directed by Asghar Farhadi. It first premiered at the  2016 Cannes Film Festival where it claimed two awards and was later distributed by Amazon Studios.


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