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Ranking All Of Director Abbas Kiarostami’s Movies

Abbas Kiarostami Filmography Movie Ranking Movies

“What are Abbas Kiarostami’s Best Movies?” We looked at all of Kiarostami’s directed filmography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the movies directed by Abbas Kiarostami and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato User, IMDB, and Letterboxd scores, ranking them against one another to see which movies came out on top. The movies are ranked in our list below based on which movies have the highest overall score between all 6 review sites in comparison with all of the other movies by the same director. The process is all very scientific with no flaws at all.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

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The Top Film’s Of Abbas Kiarostami



23 ) Five

Five Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 23
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

Five sequences : 1) A piece of driftwood on the seashore, carried about by the waves 2) People walking on the seashore. The oldest ones stop by, look at the sea, then go away 3) Blurry shapes on a winter beach. A herd of dogs. A love story 4) A group of loud ducks cross the image, in one direction then the other 5) A pond, at night. Frogs improvising a concert. A storm, then the sunrise.

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22 ) To Each His Own Cinema

To Each His Own Cinema Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 21
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

A collective film of 33 shorts directed by different directors about their feeling about cinema.

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21 ) Tickets

Tickets Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

A train travels across Italy toward Rome. On board is a professor who daydreams a conversation with a love that never was, a family of Albanian refugees who switch trains and steal a ticket, three brash Scottish soccer fans en route to a match, and a complaining widow traveling to a memorial service for her late husband who’s accompanied by a community-service volunteer who’s assisting her. Interactions among these Europeans turn on class and nationalism, courtesy and rudeness, and opportunities for kindness.

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18 ) 10 on Ten

10 on Ten Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 13
  • IMDB User Review Score: 20
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

10 on Ten is a 2004 Iranian documentary film directed by Abbas Kiarostami. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Looking to his own art for inspiration, Abbas Kiarostami reflects on his techniques of filming and how he taped certain sequences in Ten in 2001.

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18 ) Shirin

Shirin Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 21
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

A hundred and fourteen famous Iranian theater and cinema actresses and a French star: mute spectators at a theatrical representation of Khosrow and Shirin, a Persian poem from the twelfth century, put on stage by Kiarostami. The development of the text — long a favorite in Persia and the Middle East — remains invisible to the viewer of the film, the whole story is told by the faces of the women watching the show.

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18 ) ABC Africa

ABC Africa Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 23

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17 ) The Experience

The Experience Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

A boy works for a photographer and falls in love with an upper class girl.

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16 ) A Wedding Suit

A Wedding Suit Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 15
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

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15 ) The Report

The Report Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

The movie revolves around the life of a tax collector who is accused of taking bribes, and also has to deal with problems at home, including the suicide attempt of his wife.

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14 ) First Graders

First Graders Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

A documentary film about a boys school in Iran. The film shows numerous, funny and moving interviews of many different young pupils of this school summoned by their superintendent for questions of discipline. The man is not severe, but clever and fair. He teaches loyalty, fellowship and righteousness to these boys. Besides these interviews, we see scenes of this school’s quotidian life.

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13 ) Like Someone in Love

Like Someone in Love Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 8

An old man and a young woman meet in Tokyo. She knows nothing about him, he thinks he knows her. He welcomes her into his home, she offers him her body. But the web that is woven between them in the space of twenty four hours bears no relation to the circumstances of their encounter.

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11 ) First Case, Second Case

First Case, Second Case Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 5
  • Letterboxd User Score: 11

Kiarostami presents two cases for talking heads to evaluate in terms of morality, rights and responsibilities. Case One: Your son is in class, sitting in the back row. His teacher is writing on the board. A restless student in the back row makes a lot of noise. Not knowing who the culprit is, the teacher makes all the children sitting in the last two rows stay outside of the class until the weekend, unless they tell him who made the noise. After a few days spent outside of the classroom, your son relents and tattles on the boy who made the noise, so he can go back in and continue learning. Was he in the right? Case Two: The other students from the back row wait out the rest of the week outside of the class, before returning. Were they in the right?

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11 ) 24 Frames

24 Frames Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 11

24 Frames is an experimental project made by filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami in the last three years of his life. It is a collection of 24 short four-and-a-half minutes films inspired by still images, including paintings and photographs.

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9 ) Ten

Ten Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 8

A visual social examination in the form of ten conversations between a driving woman and her various pick-ups and hitchhikers.

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9 ) The Traveler

The Traveler Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 11

The Traveler is a 1974 Iranian drama film directed by Abbas Kiarostami that tells the story of Hassan Darabi, a troublesome, amoral 10-year-old boy in a small Iranian town. He wishes to see the Iran national football team play an important match in Tehran. In order to achieve that, he scams his friends and neighbors. After a number of adventures, he finally reaches Tehran stadium at the time of the match. The film addresses the boy’s determination in his goal and his indifference to the effects of his actions on other people, particularly those who are closest to him. In its element, the film is an examination of human behavior and the balance of right and wrong.

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8 ) Certified Copy

Certified Copy Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged English writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano.

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7 ) Homework

Homework Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 3
  • Letterboxd User Score: 8

Homework (Mashgh-e Shab) is a documentary Abbas Kiarostami directed in 1989 after realizing he was having difficulties assisting his son with his homework. Kiarostami interviewed young male students at a local school to find out what kind of problems kids faced completing their homework, which in Iran requires a great deal of parental assistance (or did at the time).

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6 ) Taste of Cherry

Taste of Cherry Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

A middle-aged Tehranian man, Mr. Badii is intent on killing himself and seeks someone to bury him after his demise. Driving around the city, the seemingly well-to-do Badii meets with numerous people, including a Muslim student, asking them to take on the job, but initially he has little luck. Eventually, Badii finds a man who is up for the task because he needs the money, but his new associate soon tries to talk him out of committing suicide.

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5 ) The Wind Will Carry Us

The Wind Will Carry Us Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

Irreverent city engineer Behzad comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result.

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4 ) Through the Olive Trees

Through the Olive Trees Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

The movie focuses on one of the events in Zendegi Edame Darad (1992), and explores the relationship between the movie director, and the actors. The local actors play a couple who got married right after the earthquake. In reality, the actor is trying to persuade the actress that they should get married.

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3 ) Close-Up

Close-Up Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves.

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2 ) Life and Nothing More…

Life and Nothing More... Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 3
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

After the earthquake of Guilan, the film director and his son, Puya, travel to the devastated area to search for the actors of the movie the director made there a few years ago, Khane-ye Doust Kodjast? (1987). In their search, they found how people who had lost everything in the earthquake still have hope and try to live life to the fullest.

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1 ) Where Is My Friend’s House?

Where Is My Friend's House? Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

An 8 year old boy must return his friend’s notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.

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Abbas Kiarostami’s Best Movies



Abbas Kiarostami Review Website Filmography Rankings

Film RT Critic RT User IMDB Letterboxd Overal Rank
Where Is My Friend’s House? 1 2 2 2 1
Life and Nothing More… 1 1 3 3 2
Close-Up 6 5 1 1 3
Through the Olive Trees 9 3 6 3 4
The Wind Will Carry Us 3 7 9 3 5
Taste of Cherry 8 8 8 3 6
Homework 14 6 3 8 7
Certified Copy 5 11 12 3 8
Ten 7 10 11 8 9
The Traveler 14 3 9 11 9
First Case, Second Case 14 17 5 11 11
24 Frames 4 17 13 11 11
Like Someone in Love 9 12 17 8 13
First Graders 14 17 6 16 14
The Report 14 14 13 14 15
A Wedding Suit 14 17 15 16 16
The Experience 14 16 16 14 17
10 on Ten 13 13 20 16 18
Shirin 12 15 21 16 18
ABC Africa 11 9 17 23 18
Tickets 14 17 17 16 21
To Each His Own Cinema 14 17 21 16 22
Five 14 17 23 16 23

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