Timur or Tamerlane founded the 14th century Timurid Dynasty in central Asia (including Iran and Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of India)
Indian film about the Shah of Iran who ruled 1736–1747 and founded the Afsharid dynasty
Once Upon a Time, Cinema (1992)
One of the last of Iran's extravagant shahs of the Qajar Dynasty (of Turkic descent, 1795-1925) falls in love with the newly invented movies, as well as an early Iranian screen heroine
A Span of Heaven (2009)
American missionary in Iran in 1907 organizes a revolt
Iranian film about Mīrzā Kūchak Khān, 1880-1921, Iranian national hero who started a revolutionary movement; the uprising started 1914 and went until 1921 when the movement was defeated.
Soraya (2003)
The Shah of Iran
A Moment of Innocence (1996)
1970's; future filmmaker as a teenage Islamic militant fighting against the Shah, who stabs a policeman and is jailed
Kamalolmolk (1984)
Life and work of the famous Iranian painter Mohammad Ghaffari (a.k.a., Kamal-ol-molk) who knew many of the Shahs of Iran
Two Women (1999)
Two architecture students in the first turbulent years of the Islamic Revolution in Iran showing obstacles they face as women
Hidden Half (2001)
Experiences of a female philosophy student (1979 to 1980 academic year) in the Islamic Revolution in Iran
Persepolis (2007)
Animated film; Satrapi's coming of age in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution
The Mirror (1997)
A young girl play acts the part of a girl in Tehran who gets lost; she suddenly quits the film and the film crew follow her to see if she make it back home on her own
Blackboards (2000)
Male teachers travel in Kurdish region of Iran looking for students and running into terrible situations
Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper (1981)
During the Iranian hostage crisis Canadian embassy staffers help rescue six American embassy staffers
Argo (2012)
With Ben Affleck
The Circle (2000)
The stories of several women who have a hard time surviving in the sexually repressive Muslim society
The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)
1986, married woman falsely accused of adultery by her husband with the punishment being stoning to death
The Stoning (2006)
Young American woman converts to Islam and follows her lover to Iran; she meets a tragic fate
My Tehran for Sale (2009)
Iranian actress is stymied artistically by the Iran authorities and thinks about escaping to Australia
The Hidden Half (2001)
The wife of an official tells her husband her life story in a letter (including her student activities in the revolution of 1978) to ask him to listen to the woman political prisoner condemned to death
Rosewater (2014)
Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari is detained by Iranian forces who brutally interrogate him under suspicion that he is a spy