Some highly-rated Egyptian Arabic movies include "Cairo Central Station," "The Yacoubian Building," "Chit Chat on the Nile" and "The Mummy" (also known as "The Night of Counting the Years"). All of these have been produced with English subtitles, reflecting to a more international audience Egyptian identity and daily life.
"Cairo Central Station," directed by Youssef Chahine and released in 1958, deals with the theme of unrequited love and madness. It follows the story of a newspaper seller who finds his romantic affections for a lemonade seller frustratingly unreciprocated.
"The Yacoubian Building" is an example of an Egyptian Arabic movie that reflects Egyptian society and the ways in which it has developed. Telling the story after Gamal Abdel Nasser's 1952 coup, the movie is described as an allegory for Egypt's urbanization and class struggles.
Like "The Yacoubian Building," "Chit Chat on the Nile" was adapted from a novel and also deals with the corruption of Gamal Abdel Nasser. In this movie, however, the classes are united in their discontentment, with wealthy and impoverished characters together on the Nile.
The 1969 classic, "The Mummy," directed by Shadi Abdel Salam, depicted the everyday struggles of an earlier time. Specifically, it followed the story of peasants illegally dealing in ancient Egyptian treasure.