Recommended Arab Films

Recommendations for anyone interested in exploring contemporary Arab cinema. List contains films by Arab filmmakers and/or centers Arab stories. It is intended to cover many countries and cultures as well a genres and styles but it by no means a complete list.

I choose films based on works that particularly stand out or move me and also would add great depth to one's understanding of the region/people.

Notes include: Country - Narrative/Doc Feature/Short - Genre - Themes

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  • Cairo Station
  • Soleil Ô
  • Trances
  • West Beirut
  • Divine Intervention
  • Caramel
  • Slingshot Hip Hop
  • Amreeka
  • The Time That Remains
  • Wadjda
  • Omar
  • Timbuktu
  • Theeb
  • Beats of the Antonov
  • Speed Sisters
  • Ave Maria
  • Very Big Shot
  • Yallah! Underground
  • As I Open My Eyes
  • Clash
  • Submarine
  • In Between
  • The Art of Moving
  • Beauty and the Dogs
  • Wajib
  • Of Fathers and Sons
  • Heaven Without People
  • Yomeddine
  • Capernaum
  • The Roundup
  • The Day I Lost My Shadow
  • Brotherhood
  • Freedom Fields
  • Nefta Football Club
  • Dunya's Day
  • Aziza
  • Gaza
  • Advocate
  • Talking About Trees
  • For Sama
  • In Vitro
  • Tlamess
  • It Must Be Heaven
  • You Will Die at Twenty
  • Moonscape
  • The Present
  • Our River... Our Sky
  • Costa Brava, Lebanon
  • Sirens