According to IMDb user votes, "A Separation," "The Lizard" and "About Elly" are voted among the best Iranian movies. On a one to 10 voting scale, the films were rated an 8.4 by 138,780 users, 8.6 by 5,092 users and an 8.1 by 21,925 users, respectively. "Gheisar" is a popular classic Iranian film.
"A Separation" is a 2011 film that tells the tale of a couple that must decide between leaving Iran to provide better opportunities for their child or staying there to care for an aging parent with Alzheimer's disease. Directed by Asghar Farhadi, it stars Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, and Sareh Bayat.
"The Lizard" is a 2004 movie originally titled "Marmoulak" that depicts a jailed petty thief who disguises himself as a religious person to escape from prison. He soon discovers that he must stay in his religious role to stay free. Kamal Tabrizi directs the film, and Parviz Parastui, Bahram Ibrahimi, Shaahrokh Foriutanian and Farideh Sepah Mansour star in it.
"About Elly" is a 2009 dramatic mystery thriller portraying the disappearance of a kindergarten teacher from a picnic and the trials of fellow picnic goers when trying to find her. Asghar Farhadi directed the film, which critics say is a masterpiece and an outstanding psychological thriller.
Originally released in 1969, "Gheisar" is a crime drama directed by Masoud Kimiai that is considered to be a landmark in Iranian cinema. The film tells the story of a man who trying to avenge the death of his sister who killed herself after being raped, as well as his brother who died confronting her rapist.