1990s Arabic-language Movies

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Executive Decision(1996)

| 2h 13min | Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 386 votes)

Terrorists hijack a 747 inbound to Washington D.C., demanding the release of their imprisoned leader. Intelligence expert David Grant (Kurt Russell) suspects another reason and he is soon the reluctant member of a special assault team that is assigned to intercept the plane and hijackers.

The English Patient(1996)

| 2h 42min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.6/5 (with 916 votes)

In the 1930s, Count Almásy is a Hungarian map maker employed by the Royal Geographical Society to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert along with several other prominent explorers. As World War II unfolds, Almásy enters into a world of love, betrayal, and politics.

Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces(1990)

1h 38min | Comedy, Drama
3.4/5 (with 15 votes)

Twelve-year-old Noura dangles uncertainly in that difficult netherworld between childhood and adulthood. His growing libido has gotten him banned from the women's baths, where his mother took him when he was younger, but he's not yet old enough to participate in grown-up discussions with the men of his Tunisian village. Noura's only real friend is a troublemaker named Salih -- the village political outcast.

Hideous Kinky(1998)

| 1h 38min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.1/5 (with 38 votes)

In 1972, disenchanted about the dreary conventions of English life, 25-year-old Julia heads for Morocco with her daughters, six-year-old Lucy and precocious eight-year-old Bea.

A Summer in La Goulette(1996)

1h 29min | Drama, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 8 votes)

Summer, 1967. La Goulette, the touristic beach of Tunisi, is the site where three nice seventeen-year-old girls live: Gigi, sicilian and catholic; Meriem, Tunisian and Arab; Tina, French and Jewish. They would like to have their first sexual experience during that summer, challenging their families. Their fathers, Youssef, Jojo and Giuseppe, are old friends and their friendship will be in crisis because of the girls, while Hadj, an old rich Arab, would like to marry Meriem.

West Beirut(1998)

3.7/5 (with 18 votes)

In April, 1975, civil war breaks out; Beirut is partitioned along a Moslem-Christian line. Tarek is in high school, making Super 8 movies with his friend, Omar. At first the war is a lark: school has closed, the violence is fascinating, getting from West to East is a game. His mother wants to leave; his father refuses. Tarek spends time with May, a Christian, orphaned and living in his building. By accident, Tarek goes to an infamous brothel in the war-torn Olive Quarter, meeting its legendary madam, Oum Walid. He then takes Omar and May there using her underwear as a white flag for safe passage. Family tensions rise. As he comes of age, the war moves inexorably from adventure to tragedy.

Directed by Ziad Doueiri - With Rami Doueiri, Mohamad Chamas, Rola Al Amin, Carmen Lebbos, Joseph Bou Nassar, Liliane Nemri, ...

The Emigrant(1994)

2h 9min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 5 votes)

The biblical tale of Joseph is told from an Egyptian perspective in this interesting character study. In this film, Joseph is called Ram. Ram, tired of his family's backward superstitious life, and tired of being picked on by his brothers, wants to go to Egypt to study agriculture. His brothers travel with him across Sinai, but then suddenly sell him to Ozir, an Egyptian who works for a Theban military leader, Amihar. Amihar is impressed by Ram's drive and personal charm and so grants Ram some desolate land outside the capital. Ram soon finds himself a pawn in the political and sexual games between Amihar and his wife Simihit, a high priestess of the Cult of Amun.

The Silences of the Palace(1994)

1h 56min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 9 votes)

The death of a prince brings a young woman back to the palace where she was born into servitude. The lingering legacy is brought into light from behind frosted windows and velvet curtains.

Kit Kat(1991)

2h 7min | Comedy, Drama
3.8/5 (with 14 votes)

Sheikh Hosny is a blind man who lives with his old mother and his frustrated son in the Kit Kat neighborhood. His son Youssef dreams of going to Europe to find work, and has a relationship with a divorced woman named Fatima. Sheikh Hosny refuses to admit his handicap and dreams of riding a motorcycle like every sighted person, he also spends his nights smoking hash with the locals in order to forget his miseries after the loss of his wife and selling his father's house.

Terrorism and Kebab(1992)

1h 45min | Action, Comedy, Crime
3.9/5 (with 10 votes)

Ahmad heads to Tahrir compound to extract papers to move his son to another school. There he clashes with the administrative obstacles. He finds himself suddenly involved in carrying a weapon, and taking hostages and is joined by others and soon the police forces surrounds the place.

Directed by Sherif Arafa - With Adel Emam, Ahmed Rateb

The Other(1999)

1h 45min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.0/5 (with 6 votes)

Adam is the son of a wealthy Egyptian-American family who is studying at UCLA and returns home for a brief vacation. Upon his arrival he meets beautiful reporter Hanane, with whom he begins an intense love affair, and eventually they marry. Trouble arises when Hanane' s journalistic interests lead her to the corrupt business affairs of Adam's parents, who are interested in building an American tourist compound that would allow Americans further control of Egypt's tourist industry, and make them a whole lot richer.

Directed by Youssef Chahine - With Nabila Ebeid

A Plate of Sardines(1997)

17min | Documentary

A man recollects the conflict in the middle east through his personal memory. In this short documentary, Amiralay reflects on the first time he heard of Israel. Through recorded conversations with filmmaker Mohamed Malas, both Amiralay and Malas share their own unique stories and experiences about Israel and Israeli occupation. In the company of fellow Syrian filmmaker Mohammad Malas, the ground-breaking director Omar Amiralay revisits the ruins of the destroyed Golan village of Quneytra, occupied by Israel and then abandoned following the 1973 war.

Directed by Omar Amiralay
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Al Irhabi(1994)

3.1/5 (with 8 votes)

Ali Abd-El-Zaher is a member of an Islamic radical group which has been launching attacks against the government and the society under the orders of the spiritual leader Brother Saif. Ali manages to assasinate an officer, but as he escapes from the authorities he gets hit by a car driven by Sewsan, the daughter of a respected Muslim family living in the Maadi district. Sewsan's father who is a surgeon and his family take care of the injured terrorist who then tries to conceal the truth about his personality, such as his dislike of music, unveiled women and Western life styles.

Directed by Nader Galal - With Adel Emam, Salah Zulfikar, Madiha Yousri

The Extras(1993)

2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

Salem dreams of being an actor but is still working in a gas station, only his love for Nada can make things easier for him.

Directed by Nabil Maleh - With Bassam Kousa

Land of Dreams(1993)

1h 58min | Drama
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Narges prepares for immigration to America to join her kids, but she loses her passport before the flight, and sets out to search for it in the places she has been to or at her friends'. She meets a peculiar wizard, and experiences a series of events that will change her mind about her trip.

Directed by Daoud Abdel Sayed - With Faten Hamama

Salut cousin !(1996)

1h 38min | Comedy
2.2/5 (with 6 votes)

The comedy in this lively film barely conceals its darker, more serious undertones as it chronicles a young Algerian's eye-opening introduction to the joys and travails of being an immigrant in Paris. Alilo has left his home to pick up an important suitcase for his employer. Unfortunately, he has lost the Parisian address. Fortunately, his cousin Mok, emigrated there several years before with his middle-class family before and is able to act as a guide. Mok, an aspiring rap singer, comes from a middle-class family, but chooses to live on his own in the dilapidated deteriorating 18th district, known as 'Moskova.' Mok characterizes the place as a haven for artists and intellectuals, but it is plainly just a Third World slum filled with tightly knit and colorful neighbors. Mok and Alilo have many interesting, some tragedy-tinged adventures over the five days it takes them to find the suitcase.

The Night(1992)

1h 56min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 3 votes)

An exploration the Arab-Israeli conflict as seen through the memories of a Syrian family as they return to the newly retaken city of Quneitra.

Directed by Mohammad Malas - With Sabah Jazairi, Fares Helou


1h 40min | Comedy
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)

Roufa (Abdel Kechiche) is an attractive young man, and that works out well for him because he is a practitioner of "bezness:" he's a sex-for-hire boy for the tourists who come to Tunisia. His girlfriend deeply resents his having sex with other women but doesn't seem much bothered that a rich German man he's been having sex with is hoping to sponsor him in Europe. She also has a hard time with his tendency to behave like any other Arab male around a woman, telling her how to take care of her business. As it turns out, she's got better sense than any of the men around her.

Al-Tareek Ela Eilat(1993)

2h 36min | Drama, History, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

In 1969, a group of Egyptian frogmen target and destroy two Israeli vessels in the port of Eilat during the War of Attrition.

With Ezzat El Alaili, Salah Zulfikar, Nabil El Halafawy


1h 15min
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

Haifa, nicknamed after the city of his love and hope, goes around and comes around in a Palestinian refugee camp. Although he is everybody's fool, there are many things that only he knows. He is closely related to the family of Abu Said, a former policeman who gains new hopes from the political developments. Oum Said, his wife, hangs her hope on the imminent release of their eldest son, Said, from jail. She tries to find him a bride to secure things for the future. Their youngest son, Siad, is cynical and rebellious. He refuses to believe things. Sabah, the 12 year old daughter is romancing the future and wants to find out what's in it for her. The different stories are interwoven into a very timely insight into the current Palestinian mind.

Around the Pink House(1999)

3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

One of the most popular Lebanese films of the late 1990s, Around the Pink House is a story that explores the changing urban landscape of Beirut after the Civil War. La maison rose (the pink house) is an old mansion in Beirut where the Nawfal family found shelter during the Civil War. Unfortunately for them, their immediate environment is rapidly changing, as many of the old shell-ridden buildings are being torn down and replaced by new construction projects. When Mattar, the owner of the pink house, decides to sell it to make room for a large commercial centre, the residents of the neighbourhood become divided between the shopkeepers and businessmen in favour of a different kind of modernity.


1h 19min | Drama
5.0/5 (with 1 vote)

After a conviction for theft, Merwan was expelled from France, where he had lived since the age of one, to Algeria, his country of birth. In a foreign country of which he knows neither the language nor the customs, he finds himself stripped of his belongings and on the street.


1h 37min | Drama, Comedy
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Lebanese director Randa Chahal Sabbag spins this bleak war drama about the brutal absurdity of the urban warfare of Beirut during the 1980s. Opening with the shocking image of kittens being blown apart, the film loosely follows the travails of Bernadette (Nada Ghosn), a naïve country girl sent to the city as a maid for a mansion long since abandoned by the owners. There she meets Therese (Renee Dick), a veteran house cleaner who takes her under her wing. One day, while accompanying her friend to the cemetery, she meets a rakish Arab militiaman, and the two fall in love.

Directed by Randa Chahal Sabag - With Jalila Baccar, Carmen Lebbos, Sotigui Kouyaté, Bruno Todeschini

The Belly Dancer and the Politician(1990)

1h 37min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 1 vote)

A dancer asks a politician with whom she once had an affair to use his influence on her behalf.

Directed by Samir Seif - With Nabila Ebeid


1h 50min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Hassan Hudhud is a poor boxer who dreams of championships and glory. He accidentally takes part in a match at the mansion of a wealthy man who admires him. He soon gets rich and moves into the mansion.

Directed by Khairy Beshara - With Ahmad Zaki

Carnaval fi Dachra(1994)

2h 5min | Comedy
4.7/5 (with 2 votes)

Makhlouf Bombardier, unusual, decides to be elected mayor of a dechra (village). So he surrounds himself with trusted partners to organize a great campaign for his election. Bombardier became the mayor of the village and is organizing an international film festival to compete at the Carthage festival. In his action, he is pursued by the Court of Auditors for embezzlement. So, his ultimate goal is to become the president.

With Athmane Ariouet, Salah Aougrout

Bab El Oued City(1994)

1h 33min | Drama, Comedy
3.0/5 (with 4 votes)

Bab El-Oued, a popular district of Algiers, in 1989, a few months after the riots. Boualem works at night in a bakery and steals the loudspeaker that was installed on his roof and was broadcasting the Imam's word... therefore preventing him from sleeping. This blunder is taken as a pretext by the Islamists to put the district under their control...

The Egyptian Citizen(1991)

1h 30min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The mayor have many sons, the youngest of his sons for military service are required, but it is looking for different ways to not send his son to perform his duty, he makes a deal with a simple peasant that sends his only son (Masry) instead of his son in exchange for Kiratin of the earth.

Directed by Salah Abu Seif - With Omar Sharif, Ezzat El Alaili, Safia El Emari, Abdalla Mahmoud


1h 30min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A young woman attending a conference in Tangier with her husband is kidnapped and raped, but rebuilds her relationship with her husband on a trip to the south of Morocco.

Directed by Nabil Ayouch - With Rachid El Ouali

The Magic(1994)

1h 35min | Drama
0.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Tunisia's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1995.

Directed by Azdine Melliti - With Kamel Touati
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