Africa Overview

Nairobi: Arrival

Out of Africa  (1985)

White Mischief  (1987)

Nowhere in Africa  (2001) – German

Something Of Value  (1957)

The Constant Gardener  (2005) – In Kenya

The Boys of Baraka  (2005) – Doc – In Kenya

Indigenous Africa

Yeelen  (1987) – Mali

Masai: The Rain Warriors (2005) – Kenya / French

Serengeti: Migrations

The Lion King  (1994) – Disney

The Lion  (1962) / Born Free  (1966)

The Ghost and the Darkness  (1996)

Trader Horn (1931)

The Macomber Affair   (1947)

The Snows of Kilimanjaro  (1952)

Mogambo  (1953)

King Solomon’s Mines  (1950)

King Solomon’s Mines  (2004)

Central Africa: Colonial Legacy

Stanley and Livingston  (1939)

Mountains of the Moon  (1990)

Heart of Darkness  (1993)

Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death  (2004)

Virunga  (2014)

The African Queen  (1951)

Zulu Dawn  (1979)

Zulu  (1964)

Shaka Zulu  (1983)

Breaker Morant  (1980)

Young Winston  (1972)

Naked Prey  (1966)

The Gods Must Be Crazy  (1981)

Oka!’ (2011)

 

Russian Empire

Ukraine

Prince Vladimir (2006) – Animated
The Cossacks (1928) – Tolstoy
Taras Bulba  (1962)
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

Rurik Dynasty

Alexander Nevsky (1938) – Eisenstein
Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1944) – Eisenstein
Ivan the Terrible, Part II (1958) – Eisenstein

Romanov Dynasty

Peter the Great (1984) – TV Miniseries
The Scarlet Empress (1934)
Catherine the Great (2000)
Onegin (1999)
War and Peace (1956)
War and Peace (1966-67) – Russian
Love and Death (1975) – Woody Allen
Anna Karenina (1935) – Unavailable
Anna Karenina (1948)
Anna Karenina (2012)
We Live Again (1934)
The Last Station (2009)
The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
The Music Lovers (1970)
Tchaikovsky: ‘The Creation of Genius’ (2007) – Docudrama

Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
Rasputin and the Empress (1932)
Rasputin – The Mad Monk (1966)
Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin (1982)

Russian Revolution

The Battleship Potemkin; or Potemkin (1925) – Eisenstein
October: Ten Days that Shook the World  (1928) – Eisenstein
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Reds (1981)
Anastasia (1956) – Ingrid Bergman
Anastasia (1997) – Animated

Modern Russia

The Man With the Movie Camera (1929)
Happiness (1934)
The Assassination of Trotsky (1972)
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Dersu Uzala (1975) – Kurosawa
The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966)
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Brother (1997)

Nostalghia (1983)
Russian Ark (2002)
In One Breath: Alexander Sokurov’s Russian Ark (2003)

 

Middle East

Egypt

The Loves of Pharaoh (1922)
Land of the Pharaohs (1955)

Death on the Nile (1978)
The Egyptian (1954)
Nefertiti, Queen of the Nile (1961/64)
Valley of the Kings (1954)

See Alexander (2005) in Greece
See Agora (2009) in Rome
Justine (1969)

Suez (1938)
Cairo (1942)
Cairo (1963)
The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964)
Cairo Time (2009)

Mesopotamia

Intolerance (1916) – D.W. Griffith
Civilization (1916)
I am Semiramis, AKA: Slave Queen of Babylon (1963)
Good Morning, Babylon (1987) – Italian
Poirot: Murder in Mesopotamia (2001)

Movies about Iraq and Iran

See also: Israel and Turkey
Where is My Friend’s House? (1989) – Iranian

The White Balloon (1995) – Iranian
Children of Heaven (1997) – Iranian
The Wind Will Carry Us (1999) – Iranian
The Color of Paradise (1999) – Iranian
The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam (2005) – Iranian
Turtles Can Fly (2005) – Iraq
Persepolis (2008) – Animated

Asia Minor: Turkey

Conquest 1453 (2012)
America, America (1963)
From Russia With Love (1963)
Topkapi (1964)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974) / Remade for TV (2010)
Istanbul: Keep Your Eyes Open (1990)

Midnight Express (1978)
Times and Winds (2006)
Climates (2006)
Bliss, Mutluluk (2007)

Israel: The Old Testament

John Huston’s The Bible (1966)
Noah’s Ark (1929)
Noah’s Ark (1999) – TV Movie
Noah (2014)
I am Semiramis, AKA: Slave Queen of Babylon (1963)
Abraham (1994)
In the Beginning (2000)
Sodom and Gomorrah (1963)
Jacob (1963)
Joseph (1994) – TV Movie
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1999)
Joseph: King of Dreams (2000) – Animation

The Ten Commandments (1923) – Cecil B. De Mille
The Ten Commandments (1956) – Cecil B. De Mille
Moses (the Lawgiver) (1975)
Moses (1995) – TV Movie
The Prince of Egypt (1998) – Animation
Joshua and the Battle of Jericho (1978) – TV Movie
Samson and Delilah (1949) – Cecil B. De Mille
Great Leaders of the Bible – Gideon & Samson (1966)
The Story of Ruth (1960)
David and Goliath (1960)
David and Bathsheba (1951)
King David (1985)
Solomon and Sheba (1959)
Solomon (1997)
Jeremiah (1998)
The Book of Daniel (2013)
Esther and the King (1960)
One Night With the King (2006 – Esther)

Modern Israel

Exodus (1960)
Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986)
Broken Wings (2002)
Munich (2005)
Waltz with Bashir (2008)
The Other Son (2012)
The Attack (2012)

The Realm of Islam

The Message (1976)
Muhammad: The Last Prophet (2001) – Animated
Omar Mukhtar: Lion of the Desert (1981)

1001 Nights at the Movies: Arab Folklore

The Sheik (1921) – see North Africa
Sea Hawk (1924)

The Thief of Baghdad (1924)
The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
Kismet (1955)
Sinbad the Sailor (1947)
Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974)
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
Arabian Nights (1974) – Pasolini
Arabian Nights (2000)– TV Miniseries

The Wars

Live From Baghdad (2002) – Docudrama / Iraq
Control Room (2004)
Syriana (2005)
The Kingdom (2007)
The Hurt Locker (2009) – Iraq
Argo (2012)

Osama (2003) – Afghanistan
The Kite Runner (2007) – Afghanistan
Lions for Lambs (2007) – Afghanistan
Afghan Star (2009) – Afghanistan
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
See also: Nomad (The Warrior) (2005) – Kazakhstan

Modern Istanbul

Istanbul (1957)

America, America (1963)

From Russia With Love (1963)

Topkapi (1964)

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Istanbul: Keep Your Eyes Open (1990)

Turkey / Anatolia / Asia Minor

Midnight Express (1978)
Times and Winds (2006) – Turkish
Climates (2006) – Turkish
Bliss, Mutluluk (2007) – Turkish

 

India

New Delhi: The Raj

Gandhi  (1982)

The Making of the Mahatma  (1996)

Gandhi, My Father  (2007)

Bhowani Junction  (1956)

Gunga Din  (1939)

Jungle Book (1942)

The Jungle Book  (1967)

The Song of India  (1949)

Kim  (1950)

The Man Who Would Be King  (1975)

The Deceivers  (1988)

The Far Pavilions  (1983)

The Charge of the Light Brigade  (1936) – Set in Russia

The Charge of the Light Brigade  (1968)

Lagaan  (2001)

The Drum  (1938) – British

A Passage to India  (1984)

Down the Ganges

The Life of Buddha (La Vie de Bouddha)  (2003)

Wheel of Time  (2003) – Herzog

Siddhartha  (1972)

Asoka  (2001)

Little Buddha  (1993) – Bertolucci 

Hinduism in India

Ramayana – Three animated films

The Mahabharata  (1989)

Phantom India (1969) – Louis Malle Documentary

Calcutta  (1969) – Documentary

The Mughal Empire

Mughal-E-Azam  (1960)

Taj Mahal (1963)

The Warrior (2001)

Mumbai: India Today

MOVIES FROM INDIAN FILMMAKERS: After Independence

Mother India (1957) – Not Available
The World of Apu (1959)
Salaam Bombay! (1988) – Mira Nair
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996) – Mira Nair
Baghban (2003)
Maya (2001)
Monsoon Wedding (2002) – Mira Nair
The Journey (2006)
Water (2006)
The Namesake (2007) – Mira Nair
Swades: We, the People (2004)

MOVIES ABOUT MODERN INDIA (British, Canadian, and American):

Shakespeare Wallah (1965) – Merchant Ivory
Bombay Talkie (1970) – Merchant Ivory
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
City of Joy (1992)
Such a Long Journey (1998)
Born into Brothels (2004) – Documentary
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Trishna (2011)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)
The Life of Pi (2012)
Siddharth (2013)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

Sri Lanka

Elephant Walk(1954)

 

Far East

China: The Dynasties

The Emperor’s Shadow (1996)
The Emperor and the Assassin (1999)
Hero (2004)
Mulan (1998) – Disney
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
The Silk Road (1987)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001)
Flowers of Shanghai (1998)
Red Firecracker Green Firecracker (1995)
55 Days in Peking (1963)
Shadow Magic (2001)Shadow Magic (2001)
1911 (2011)
The Last Emperor (1987) – Bertolucci
The Conqueror (1956)
Genghis Khan (1965)
Genghis Khan (1992)
Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (2007)
Mongol (2007)
The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938)
((The Black Rose (1950)
Marco Polo (2014) – Netflix Series

Movies of Modern China

Farewell My Concubine (1993)
The Painted Veil (2007)
The King of Masks (1997)
The Goddess (1934)
The Good Earth (1937)
Dragon Seed (1944)
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
The White Countess (2005)
City of Life and Death (2009)
The Left Hand of God (1955)
The Founding of a Republic (2011) – Not Available
The Red Violin (1998)
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002)
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001)
Electric Shadows (2004)
The World (2004)
Still Life (2006)
Up the Yangtze (2007)
Last Train Home (2009)
Shun Li and the Poet (2011)

Films by Zhang Yimou:
Ju Dou (1990)
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)
To Live (1994)
The Road Home (2000)
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005)
Curse of the Golden Flower (2007)
The Flowers of War (2011)

Hong Kong:

Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1955)
The World of Suzie Wong (1960)
The Killer (1989)
Days of Being Wild (1990)
Chinese Box (1997)
In the Mood for Love (2000)
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) Trailer
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (2011) – Taiwanese

Rashomon  (1950) – Kurosawa

The Seven Samurai  (1954) – Kurosawa

Yojimbo  (1961) – Kurosawa  YouTube

Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior)  (1980) – Kurosawa

The Sea is Watching  (2002) – Kurosawa

Ugetsu monogatari (1953)

Gate of Hell  (1953)

Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto  (1954)

Revenge of a Kabuki Actor  (1963)

Shōgun  (1980)

The Last Samurai  (2003)

The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958) – Not available

Memoirs of a Geisha  (2005)

Japan

Late Spring (1949) – Yasujirō Ozu (1903-63)
Tokyo Story (1953) – Ozu
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

Stray Dog (1949) – Akira Kurosawa (1910-98)
Rashomon (1950) – Kurosawa
Ikiru (1952) – Kurosawa
The Seven Samurai (1954) – Kurosawa
Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior) (1980) – Kurosawa
The Sea is Watching (2002) – Kurosawa
Gate of Hell (1953)
Revenge of a Kabuki Actor (1963)
The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)
Boy (1969) – Oshima
Shogun (1980)
Princess Mononoke (1997) – Anime
Spirited Away (2002) – Anime
The Last Samurai (2003)

Lost in Translation (2003)
Tokyo Godfathers (2003) – Anime
Departures (2008)
Like Someone in Love (2012)

Sans Soleil (1983)
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (2011) – Taiwanese

Korea

The King and the Clown (2005)
Chihwaseon (Painted Fire) (2002) – South Korean
The Way Home (2002)

Movies About Modern China

Farewell My Concubine (1993) Trailer
Two Stage Sisters (1964)
((Ju Dou (1990) Trailer
((Raise the Red Lantern (1991) Trailer
The Painted Veil (2007) Trailer
The King of Masks (1997) Trailer
The Goddess (1934) No Trailer
The Good Earth (1937) Trailer
Dragon Seed (1944) Trailer
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) Trailer
The White Countess (2005) Trailer
City of Life and Death (2009) Trailer
((The Flowers of War (2011) Trailer
The Left Hand of God (1955) No Trailer
The Founding of a Republic (2011) Trailer
The Red Violin (1998) Trailer
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002) Netflix
((The Story of Qiu Ju (1992) Trailer
((To Live (1994)
Shower (1999)
Electric Shadows (2004)
The World (2004)
Still Life (2006)
Up the Yangtze (2007)
Last Train Home (2009)
Shun Li and the Poet (2011)
((Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005) Trailer

Films by Zhang Yimou:

((Ju Dou (1990)
((Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
((The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)
((To Live (1994)
The Road Home (2000)
((Hero (2002)
((House of Flying Daggers (2004)
((Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005)
((Curse of the Golden Flower (2007)
((The Flowers of War (2011)

Movies about Japan: 20th Century Forward

  Late Spring  (1949)  – Yasujirō Ozu (1903-63)

Tokyo Story  (1953) – Ozu

Floating Weeds  (1959) – Ozu

Stray Dog  (1949) – Akira Kurosawa  (1910-98)

Ikiru  (1952) – Kurosawa

Osaka Elegy  (1936) – Kenji Mizoguchi

Boy  (1969) – Oshima

Japanese War Bride  (1952)

The Teahouse of the August Moon  (1956)

Sayonara  (1957) 

Tanpopo  (1985)

Lost in Translation  (2003)

Departures  (2008)

Emperor  (2012)

Princess Mononoke  (1997) – Anime

Spirited Away  (2002) – Anime

Tokyo Godfathers  (2003) – Anime

 

The Greek World

Greek Scenery

Boy on a Dolphin  (1957)

In the Cool of the Day  (1963)

 For the Love of Benji  (1977)

Shirley Valentine  (1989)

 Summer Lovers  (1992)

My Life in Ruins (2009)

Before Midnight  (2013)

The Two Faces of January (2014).

Greek History

The Giant of Marathon  (1958)

The 300 Spartans  (1962)

300  (2007)

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time  (2010)

Barefoot in Athens  (1966) – Not Available

Movies & Mythology

Immortals  (2011)

The Minotaur  (1960)

Clash of the Titans  (1981)

 Clash of the Titans  (2010)

Wrath of the Titans  (2012)

Jason and the Argonauts  (1963)

Jason and the Argonauts  (2000)

Hercules  (1959)

Hercules and the Amazon Women  (1994)

Hercules  (1997) – Disney

The Legend of Hercules  (2014)

Hercules  (2014) – Review

Orpheus  (1949)

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief  (2010)

The Homeric Landscape

Helen of Troy (1955)
Helen of Troy (2003)
Fury of Achilles (1961) – Review
The Trojan Horse (1961) – Review
Ulysses (1955) – Italian – Kirk Douglas
The Odyssey (1997)
Troy (2004)

Greek Drama

Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)
Electra (1962)
Antigone (1962)
Oedipus Rex (1967) – Pasolini
Medea (1970) – Pasolini
The Trojan Women (1972)
Iphigenia (1977)
Bacchantes (1988)
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

Alexander’s Empire

Alexander the Great (1956)
Alexander – The Director’s Cut (2005) – Oliver Stone

Modern Greece

The Guns of Navarone (1961)

 

The Romans

Roman Scenery

Roman Holiday  (1953)

Three Coins in the Fountain  (1954)

10,000 Bedrooms  (1957)

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)

Rome Adventure  (1962)

Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) 

Belly of an Architect  (1987)

To Rome With Love  (2012)

Republican Rome

Romulus and the Sabines (1961) – Italian
The Avenger (1962) – Italian
Cabiria (1914) – Italian
Spartacus (1960) – Stanley Kubrick
Spartacus – USA (2004)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
Amazons and Gladiators (2001)
Julius Caesar (1953)
Julius Caesar (1970) – Heston
Julius Caesar: His Time Has Come (2003) – TNT
Cleopatra: The Romance of a Woman and a Queen (1912)
Cleopatra (1917) – Theda Bara
Cleopatra (1934)
Cleopatra (1963) – Elizabeth Taylor
Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
Antony and Cleopatra (1973) – Heston
Cleopatra (1999)
Rome (2005) – HBO

Mad Emperors

Augustus (2003)
Caligula (1980)
I Claudius (1976) – Television
Nero: The Decline of the Empire (2005) – HBO

New Testament Rome

Salome (1953)
Masada (1981)
King of Kings (1927) – Cecil B. DeMille – Silent
King of Kings (1961)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
Godspell (1973)
Jesus of Nazareth (1976)
Jesus (1979)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Jesus in Montreal (1990)
Jesus (2000) – The Epic Miniseries
The Passion of the Christ (2004) – Mel Gibson
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) – Silent
Ben-Hur (1959)
The Robe (1953)
The Big Fisherman (1959)
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) – Sequel to The Robe
The Silver Chalice (1954)
Barabbas (1962)
The Sign of the Cross (1932) – DeMille
Quo Vadis (1951) (Whither goest thou?)
Androcles and the Lion (1952)
Constantine and the Cross (1962)

Fall of the Western Empire

The Last Days of Pompeii (1913)
The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)*
Pompeii (2014)
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Gladiator (2000)
Attila (1954) – Italian
Sign of the Pagan (1954)
Attila (2001)
Centurion (2010)
The Eagle (2011)
The (2007)

Byzantine Empire

Agora (2009) – Alexandria
Theodora, Slave Empress (1954)
Sword of the Conqueror (1961) – Italy

Fellini’s Rome

La Dolce Vita (1960)
Fellini Satyricon (1970)
Fellini’s Roma (1972)