Have you ever exposed to Turkish culture somehow and love it? Or Do you already get to know it and love it? We are here to inform you about the 15 best Turkish movies that you can stream on Netflix according to their IMDb points.
Almost any of us wonders and wants to get to know other nations and their cultures. Although we are actually going through rough days due to the pandemic, we also get the opportunity to take our time and watch lots of movies during the process. And thanks to Netflix, we can benefit from its huge and multi-cultural library in every way and Turkish movies are also among them. So, let’s take a look at them, shall we?
Ayla: The Daughter of War
- IMDb Rate: 8,4
Ayla is one of the most lauded and beloved drama movies not just in Turkey, but all around the world. It was also selected for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards back in 2017 but wasn’t nominated afterward. It is based on the real event of a Turkish soldier trying to adopt a little Korean girl that he saved during the war.
“Turkey sends a brigade to South Korea as a result of the call for help made by the United Nations when North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950. Sergeant Süleyman, one of the soldiers in the sent brigade, finding a little girl whose mother and father were murdered on the night battlefield. A young girl nearly frozen to death is saved by Süleyman, who gives her the nickname Ayla because he found her in the moonlight. The two form a friendship despite the language barrier between them, but are torn apart when Süleyman had to return home.”
Miracle in Cell No.7
- IMDb Rate: 8,2
Turkish drama movie is an official adaptation of the 2013 South Korean comedy-drama Miracle in Cell No. 7 using the same premise, but with significant changes in the story, characters, and tone. It is another selected Turkish entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards, but it was not nominated, either. Still, It has got really positive critics from all over the world and acclaimed.
“The story unfolds in a story to a village in 1983. An autistic father, Mehmet Koyuncu (Memo), lives with his young daughter, Ova, and his grandmother on a hillside. But his world is turned upside down when he is falsely charged with murdering a girl who had died due to an accident.”
- IMDb Rate: 7,7
It is a warm Turkish comedy movie in which the events are connected with very subtle mastery. The viewers can see the Turkish relationship bounds in a very funny way that makes you laugh but also thinks as well. The film is also highly recommended as well for especially its great scenario, screenplay, and acting.
“Life of a singer, her daughter and her friends change when they meet with a divorced man.”
The Butterfly’s Dream
- IMDb Rate: 7,7
The Butterfly’s Dream is a biographical drama movie based on the true story of two young tuberculous poets trying to survive while publishing their poems. Directed by Yılmaz Erdoğan, the film was also selected as the Turkish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated. It has also acclaimed and gathered positive critics by its acting performances and well-crafted script as well.
“Last days of 1941 summer, the era of Obligation, during the famine atmosphere of the Second World War. In the middle of all this poverty and turmoil, there are two poets in their early twenties: Muzaffer Tayyip Uslu and Rustu Onur. They have been carrying tuberculosis germs in their lungs and love of poetry in their hearts for years. Two poets who have the constant habit of making bets on things that they do not own, make a bet on a beautiful girl. They will both write a poem for her and whichever Suzan likes, the other will fade from the scene..”
- IMDb Rate: 7,7
This is a biographical music drama following one of the most beloved and talented Turkish arabesque music icons’ life. The beloved vocal artist Müslüm Gürses suffers a lot throughout his life but he also always welcomes and embraces humans without evaluating them in terms of good and evil. So if you want to get closer to Turkish culture and personality, this film shows you the best of it with his character, as Muslum reflects the culture of Anatolia and Anatolian people’s clemency by his dramatic childhood and his life.
- IMDb Rate: 7,6
Here’s another true story that introduces you to Turkish culture and people from the corner of Eastern Anatolia in the ’60s. It’s a rom-com drama that makes you both laugh and cry almost at the same time.
“1960s Turkey countryside. A newly assigned teacher finds out that the solitary village is missing a school. He gets fond of the village people and especially a disabled man. The teacher helps the village to build a new school and educate the children and the disabled man.”
- IMDb Rate: 7,4
It’s a rom-com drama movie directed and written by Turkish comedian Cem Yılmaz. And even if he is a comedian, he shows how talented he is by crafting emotions into the script with knowing when to make viewers laugh but also cry. So, if you like to laugh but also cry sometimes while watching a movie, Cem Yılmaz’s Coming Soon is a good choice for you.
“Pirated DVD seller Zafer who is formerly an extra in movies; swore to give up illegal works when his wife wanted to get divorce. To win his family back, he and his old-fashioned crew decided to make a movie called “Summit – The End Of Evil” which is a fantastic science fiction movie and couldn’t be shot since 1977. A funny, entertaining, and emotional journey awaits him who waded into this adventure with his unqualified crew.”
- IMDb Rate: 7,4
Yılmaz Erdoğan’s one of the most popular and beloved comedy films, which he has both written and directed. It follows a small-time criminal who accidentally recruits a failed comedy Superman impersonator into his gang. The film was criticized to be as hilarious and sometimes thought-provoking along with its well-crafted plot and great acting performances. Even if the script seems a little cliche, you will find the clever and funny details in dialogs. But still, it might struggle you to understand the good citations if you are not familiar with the Turkish humor as well.
“A struggling, suicidal young comedian meets a car thief who is willing to teach him a few things about his profession.”
Love Likes Coincidences
- IMDb Rate: 7,3
It’s a romantic drama film starring Mehmet Günsür and Belçim Bilgin Erdoğan as star crossed lovers whose lives are intertwined by a series of coincidences. If you like a good romance and crying till your eyes out as well, you might want to watch it. With the chemistry between the pair, the story never bores you but keeps you trying to guess on the contrary.
“One September morning in 1977 in Ankara, a young man rushes his pregnant wife to the hospital for the impending birth. He crashes into another car, whose driver is another father-to-be. As a result of the accident, the woman in the car they hit gives birth prematurely, resulting in both babies being born on the same day at the same hospital. That accident becomes the first of many coincidences that will connect the fates of Özgür and Deniz, whose lives will continue to intersect throughout the rest of their childhood and teenage years in Ankara. Each time their paths intersect, the cause of the intersection greatly transforms both Özgür and Deniz’s lives. However, their lives never fully intertwine because whatever it is that brings them together manages to build a wall between them until their next encounter, some 25 years on, in Istanbul.”
- IMDb Rate: 7,3
It’s a Turkish action romance drama movie telling the story of passionate love between a former boxer and a beautiful blind woman. But not so far, his violent past returns to threaten them and their love. It’s a remake of the 2011, South Korean film, Always. It also has been criticized positively by many audiences for its good performance of acting.
“A former boxer falls in love with a blind woman and starts to build a new life, but his dark past returns to endanger them both.”
- IMDb Rate: 7,2
It’s a Turkish biographical comedy-drama movie directed by Yılmaz Erdoğan following a rural family isolated from towns or the world. This Turkish movie makes you feel full of happiness and full of theatrical together as it introduces you to old Eastern customs and traditions that suffocate women’s dreams and rights.
“Promising a visual feast of colors, costumes, light and locations, SOUR APPLES will have you simultaneously laughing and crying with its powerful acting performances as well as Yilmaz Erdogan’s witty and memorable dialogues.”
- IMDb Rate: 7,2
Starring Haluk Bilginer, who won the Emmy Best Actor Award, the drama film has acclaimed especially for its fluent and well-crafted plot along with the good acting performances. On the other side, the director Cenk Ertürk has also been criticized positively with the film’s shooting and look.
“Suffering through a mid-life crisis, Omer has to face the angry villagers in order to realize his estranged father’s dying wish to be buried under the enshrined Noah Tree which his father claims to have planted half a century ago.”
- IMDb Rate: 7,2
Here’s another Turkish drama movie telling a very sad story of the ’80s in a very touching way. It’s actually about some socialists young people who were shown to be responsible for killings and massacres, and the film tells the truth from a very far corner. But actually, all they did was to listen to the communist international, which is said as Beynelmilel in Turkish, and speak of how the world should be. The film sets in a less developed portion of Turkey, Adiyaman, following local musicians who are earning their living from night entertainments or from weddings as it gives a spectrum from comedy to tragedy like their life itself.
“It is 80’s Turkey, local musicians of Adiyaman are hired by the military and trained to welcome one of the forceful generals of the coup regime.”
Love Likes Coincidences 2
- IMDb Rate: 7,0
It’s the next installment of Love Likes Coincidences, although it follows different characters this time. While providing an unforgettable love story, this Turkish romance movie explores parallel stories one of which concludes and satires some sorrowful facts of Turkey’s political history at the same time.
“An unforgettable love that overcomes all obstacles, even time, distance, and falling apart.”
For Both Of Us
- IMDb Rate: 6,2
If you like a good forbidden love story, you might be our guest. İkimizin Yerine is a romance film following a young girl named Çiçek as she falls in love. So she tries to change her ordinary life with an extraordinary one and the love story reveals the secrets lies beneath it. It might seem that original and promising but still, it’s worth giving it a try during your free and emotional time, especially for Nejat İşler, who is one of the most talented actors in Turkey. The acting performances are all good along with him also.
“Çiçek is a girl who grew up in a small village. She has so many questions about her own life with no answers. And then her life is changed by Dogan, her literature teacher.”