DIFF's The 100 Greatest Arab Films

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In 2013, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) invited 475 film critics, writers, novelists, academics, and other arts professionals to select the 10 most important films in the history of Arab cinema. They compiled the results into a top 100, which they published in a book, "Cinema of Passion." The book includes analysis of each film in both English and Arabic, written by 20 film critics.

All of the films on this list received at least 9 votes. The most-represented countries are Egypt, Morocco, Syria, Algeria, and Tunisia. See this spreadsheet for the vote counts, top directors, and top films for each country.

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  1. 1 new

    Al-mummia

    1969 — a.k.a. The Mummy, in 6 top lists Check
  2. 2 new

    Bab el hadid

    1958 — a.k.a. Cairo Station, in 6 top lists Check
  3. 3 new

    Ahdat sanawovach el-djamr

    1975 — a.k.a. Chronicle of the Years of Fire, in 3 top lists Check
  4. 4 new

    Al-ard

    1969 — a.k.a. The Earth, in 2 top lists Check
  5. 5 new

    Samt el qusur

    1994 — a.k.a. The Silences of the Palace, in 3 top lists Check
  6. 6 new

    Ahlam el-madina

    1984 — a.k.a. Dreams of the City, in 1 top list Check
  7. 7 new

    Yadon ilaheyya

    2002 — a.k.a. Chronicle of Love and Pain, in 5 top lists Check
  8. 8 new

    Kit Kat

    1991, in 1 top list Check
  9. 9 new

    West Beyrouth (À l'abri les enfants)

    1998 — a.k.a. West Beirut, in 2 top lists Check
  10. 10 new

    Al-makhdu'un

    1972 — a.k.a. The Dupes, in 2 top lists Check
  11. 11 new

    Paradise Now

    2005, in 6 top lists Check
  12. 12 new

    Asfour Stah

    1990 — a.k.a. Halfaouine: Child of the Terraces, in 1 top list Check
  13. 13 new

    Rih essed

    1986, in 1 top list Check
  14. 14 new

    Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue

    2000 — a.k.a. Ali Zoua: Prince of the Streets, in 3 top lists Check
  15. 15 new

    Iskanderija... lih?

    1979 — a.k.a. Alexandria... Why?, in 2 top lists Check
  16. 16 new

    Al-risâlah

    1976 — a.k.a. The Message, in 2 top lists Check
  17. 17 new

    Urs al-jalil

    1987 — a.k.a. Wedding in Galilee, in 4 top lists Check
  18. 18 new

    Arak el-balah

    1998 — a.k.a. Date Wine, in 1 top list Check
  19. 19 new

    Bas ya Bahar

    1972 — a.k.a. Cruel Sea, in 2 top lists Check
  20. 20 new

    Doa al karawan

    1959 — a.k.a. The Curlew's Cry, in 3 top lists Check
  21. 21 new

    The Time that Remains

    2009, in 2 top lists Check
  22. 22 new

    El Towk Wa El Eswera

    1986, in 1 top list Check
  23. 23 new

    Bidaya wa nihaya

    1961 — a.k.a. Dead Among the Living, in 2 top lists Check
  24. 24 new

    Lion of the Desert

    1980, in 1 top list Check
  25. 25 new

    Stars in Broad Daylight

    1988, in 1 top list Check
  26. 26 new

    Al-lail

    1992, in 1 top list Check
  27. 27 new

    Zawgat Ragoul Mohem

    1987 — a.k.a. The Wife of an Important Man, in 1 top list Check
  28. 28 new

    Rih al awras

    1967 — a.k.a. The Winds of the Aures, in 1 top list Check
  29. 29 new

    Omar Gatlato

    1977, in 1 top list Check
  30. 30 new

    Al-asfour

    1972 — a.k.a. Al-ousfour, in 2 top lists Check
  31. 31 new

    Sukkar banat

    2007 — a.k.a. Caramel, in 1 top list Check
  32. 32 new

    Omaret yakobean

    2006 — a.k.a. The Yacoubian Building, in 1 top list Check
  33. 33 new

    Sawak al-utubis

    1982 — a.k.a. Bus Driver, in 1 top list Check
  34. 34 new

    El haram

    1965 — a.k.a. The Sin, in 3 top lists Check
  35. 35 new

    Al-saqqa mat

    1981 — a.k.a. The Water-Carrier Is Dead, in 1 top list Check
  36. 36 new

    Al-boustaguy

    1968 — a.k.a. The Postman, in 2 top lists Check
  37. 37 new

    Kafr kasem

    1974, in 2 top lists Check
  38. 38 new

    Et maintenant on va où?

    2011 — a.k.a. Where Do We Go Now?, in 1 top list Check
  39. 39 new

    Awdat al ibn al dal

    1976 — a.k.a. The Return of the Prodigal Son, in 1 top list Check
  40. 40 new

    Al Baree'

    1986, in 1 top list Check
  41. 41 new

    Bab el shams

    2004, in 1 top list Check
  42. 42 new

    Al-massir

    1997 — a.k.a. Destiny, in 2 top lists Check
  43. 43 new

    Hallaq darb al-fouqara

    1982, in 1 top list Check
  44. 44 new

    Wadjda

    2012, in 3 top lists Check
  45. 45 new

    A Flood in Baath Country

    2005, in 1 top list Check
  46. 46 new

    Al-kompars

    1993 — a.k.a. The Extras, in 1 top list Check
  47. 47 new

    Al malaika la tuhaliq fi al-dar albayda

    2004 — a.k.a. In Casablanca, Angels Don't Fly, in 1 top list Check
  48. 48 new

    Chronicle of a Disappearance

    1996, in 3 top lists Check
  49. 49 new

    Ard al-Khof

    1999 — a.k.a. Land of Fear, in 1 top list Check
  50. 50 new

    La graine et le mulet

    2007 — a.k.a. The Secret of the Grain, in 4 top lists Check
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