Turkish movies and series are popular in several countries of the world because of their interesting plot, the strong acting skills of their cast and cultural attraction. If we only talk about the TV shows, these series have grown the exports of Turkey. Yes, according to the head of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce Şekib Avdagiç, Turkey earned up to 600 million USD from series export this year.
Additionally, different countries of the world are telecasting 100 Turkish serials right now. Although Turkish series are more famous but you can ignore the viewership of Turkish movies. They are also gaining much attention from international movie fans.
So, DigitalCruch presents one of the most entertaining and worth-watching Turkish movies with its readers.
Pains of Autumn – Güz Sancısı
Genre: Drama, Historical
Cast: Beren Saat, Murat Yildirim, Okan Yalabik, Belçim Bilgin
If you are looking for a classic period Turkish movie with a touching story, you must consider watching Pains of Autumn or Güz Sancısı. The plot for Pains of Autumn is very delicate, where the son of a wealthy man adores a escort, Elena. You can see Beren Saat in the role of Elena and Murat Yildirim as Behçet.
Furthermore, all events of this movie from Turkey are based on the events of 1955, but the love story of this couple will surely melt your heart.
Only You – Sadece Sen
Genre: Romance, Drama
Cast: Belçim Bilgin, Ibrahim Celikkol, Necmi Yapici, Erol Demiröz
Sadece Sen is an excellent romantic Turkish film which is famous with the name of Only You among English viewers. The story of Sadece Sen revolves around a veteran boxer and a blind woman. Ali is basically a retired boxer who has a disturbing past, but his life transforms when he meets pretty blind lady Hazal.
You would love to watch the outstanding chemistry of handsome Turkish actor Ibrahim Celikkol with Belçim Bilgin, an actress of Kurdish origin.
One Love Two Lives – Bir Ask Iki Hayat
Genre: Drama, Romance
Cast: Engin Akyürek, Bergüzar Korel, Merve Dizdar, Osman Sonant
One Love Two Lives is a Valentine’s Day movie that reveals a scenario of how the life of a Turk ad director changes when he goes for a walk with his dog. During this walk, he encounters the love of his life. This movie has a unique plot that discusses the different aspects of choosing between a love life and a career.
Engin Akyürek features as the main character, Umut Atay, and you would be able to see Bergüzar Korel in the role of Deniz.
Chokehold – Boga Boga
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Cast: Kivanç Tatlitug, Funda Eryigit, Gürgen Öz, Kerem Arslanoglu
Chokehold is one of the most appealing thriller Turkish movies with English subtitles on Netflix. Yes, with 4.2k reviews on IMDb, Boga Boga is another worth-watching film on our list. Especially if you love watching thriller movies with some drama. The plot of Chokehold revolves around a young couple who settle in the countryside of Assos to live a peaceful life.
However, they realized this village was still not safe to live in. Audiences can see Kivanç Tatlitug and Funda Eryigit in the lead roles.
Brother’s Keeper – Okul Tirasi
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Cast: Samet Yildiz, Ekin Koç, Mahir Ipek, Melih Selcuk
With a rating of 7.4 out of 10 on IMDb, Brother’s Keeper is the finest Turkish film depicting the struggle of a schoolboy for his friend. Indeed, a Kurdish pupil gets a severe illness, but the management of the boarding school doesn’t pay attention.
Therefore, his friend fights against the system to safeguard the life of a Kurdish student. You will find this movie heart-touching and full of emotional connection.
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Cast: Neslihan Atagül, Serkan Çayoglu, Necip Memili, Sacide Tasaner
Oh Belinda is one of the fantastic movies that features Sefirin Kizi and Kara Sevda, famed actress Neslihan Atagül. If we talk about the storyline, Dilara is a high-rated actress who gets an ad for a shampoo called Belinda. However, during the shoot, her life swaps with the life of a household lady, Handan.
Dilara works hard to get her old life back. Do you think Dilara will get her life back? Or will she have to live the role of Handan forever? To get these answers, you will have to stream Oh Belinda on Netflix.
Miracle in Cell No. 7 – Yedinci Koğuştaki Mucize
Genre: Drama, Emotional
Cast: Aras Bulut Iynemli, Deniz Baysal, Celile Toyon Uysal and Nisa Sofiya Aksongur
Miracle in Cell No. 7 is a popular Turkish drama film and is an adaptation of a South Korean film from 2013, but with some major changes. The story begins in 1983 in a village site. If we talk about the story of Miracle in Cell No. 7, this story’s protagonist, Memo, is portrayed as living in harmony with his daughter and grandmother.
One day, his life transforms when he is falsely accused of murder. When he is locked up in jail, his inmates are convinced that he is wrongly charged with murder.
Ayla: The Daughter of War
Genre: War, Historical, Drama, Emotional
Cast: Çetin Tekindor, Ismail Hacioglu, Kim Seol and Murat Yildirim
Ayla is one of the popular Turkish movies that even got selected for the best foreign language film for the 90th academy awards. This movie unfolds tragic war events back in 1950 when North Korea attacked South Korea. During those precarious times, Turkey offers aid by sending a brigade.
In this movie, Sergeant Suleyman is one of the subjects of Turkey’s brigade. Later in the sequence, the Sergeant comes across a little girl who has been a victim of war, and he names her “Ayla”.
You Do You – Merve Kült
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Cast: Ahsen Eroglu, Ozan Dolunay, Zuhal Olcay, Ferit Aktug
Ahsen Eroglu is always admired for her roles in Turkish series and movies, and if you are a fan of hers, you must watch You Do You. It is a romantic comedy Turkish movie which is available on Netflix. If we talk about the story, it is about a girl, Merve, who initiates to live a life against the social norms.
Therefore, her behavior with her boss is also totally different compared to other female employees. Would it turn into love? To know the answer, you should watch the movie.
Burning Days – Kurak Günler
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Cast: Selahattin Pasali, Ekin Koç, Erol Babaoglu, Erdem Senocak, Selin Yeninci
Burning Days or Kurak Günler is a top-notch Turkish movie that has 83% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and 10k reviews on IMDb. An inexperienced prosecutor, Emre gets a new appointment to a village. This village is suffering because of a massive water shortage problem.
While investigating, it comes to the knowledge that Emre’s problem has a connection with politics.
Bergen – High-Grossing Turkish Movie
Genre: Biography, Drama, Motivational, Women Empowerment
Cast: Farah Zeynep Abdullah, Erdal Beşikçioğlu, Ahmet Kayakesen and Tilbe Saran
Bergen is a new Turkish movie considered the most-grossing film because of its success. This movie is basically a biography of a female Turkish singer ‘Bergen’ who fights for women’s empowerment and raises her voice against violence in the country.
Farah Zeynep Abdullah excellently played the role of Bergen in this movie. Additionally, this movie didn’t only perform very well at the Turkish box office but also gained much appreciation in countries of the Middle East including KSA, UAE, Qatar and Oman. So, as a recent and high-grossing Turkish film, we are listing this movie on the top.
The Mountain II – Dag II
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Cast: Caglar Ertugrul, Ufuk Bayraktar, Ahu Türkpençe, Armagan Oguz and Açelya Özcan
Experience this action-packed Turkish movie, a sequel to “The Mountain” from 2012. The story commences with the abduction of a journalist, Ceyda, by the ISIS network. For her rescue, seven members of a Turkish special forces squad led by Commander Veysel rush out at once.
There are countless daunting encounters between the far-fetched mountains. Find out if this special force can successfully carry out the assigned task. Or will they fall into the hands of the enemy?
Genre: Romance, Drama
Cast: Çagatay Ulusoy, Mustafa Avkiran, Leyla Lydia Tugutlu and Hüseyin Avni Danyal
If you want to watch a romantic Turkish movie or film of one of the most beloved Turkish actors Çagatay Ulusoy then Delibal should be your preference. This movie has a unique story that is intermingled with love and tragedy that follows till the end. Besides, the movie discusses the story of Baris and Fusun.
Starting with Baris, who studies architecture and idealizes music. On the flip side, Fusun is just focused on education now and in the future as well. Unexpectedly, the guy falls in love with Fusun, who is a stranger. Later, this love story drops to marriage, but there is one secret Baris has yet to reveal.
Paper Lives – Kağıttan Hayatlar
Genre: Drama, Motivational
Cast: Çagatay Ulusoy, Emir Ali Dogrul, Ersin Arici and Selen Öztürk
Paper Lives is another attractive Turkish movie available on Netflix that you must watch. You can experience a captivating story of a man who is trying to justify life itself. Mehmet is the spotlight who runs a solid waste warehouse. By doing so, he strives to help needy people in his impoverished neighbourhood/vicinity. Besides, he has a limited circle of two close friends.
One day, he finds a small boy named Ali coming out of a sack of rags. He is shocked to witness the boy in this situation, but he eventually gives him a job at the warehouse. That’s when his life starts to become complicated.
The Butterfly’s Dream – Kelebegin Rüyasi
Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction, Drama
Cast: Kivanç Tatlitug, Mert Firat, Belçim Bilgin and Farah Zeynep Abdullah
Kelebegin Rüyasi is another good Turkish movie that became an instant hit right after its release. The story mainly focuses on the lives of two poets based in Zonguldak (1941). Yes, Rustu Onur and Muzaffar Uslu are ambitious poets and currently perform civil services in the city.
During this time, this city was under the influence of World War II. Besides, these two poets who suffer from Tuberculosis are trying to spread the message of love through poetry.
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Cast: Talat Bulut, Mahsun Kirmizigül, Mert Turak
This top Turkish movie promotes Kurdish culture in a peaceful 1960s village setting. The story commences with the transfer of a school teacher to a distant village. Mahir Yilmaz plays the key role of a teacher in this movie. On his arrival in the village, he finds out a grave reality.
He is stunned to witness that there is no school or any educational institute. Afterwards, he develops a bond with the people living in the village and strives to build a school.
Cast: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbag and Ayberk Pekcan
This drama genre Turkish movie is the ultimate adaptation of the novella “The Wife.” The actual intent of the story is to enlighten the lives of common and rich individuals in Turkey. In the film, Aydin plays the lead role. Basically, he is an actor retired from his work.
Aydin now runs a restaurant with his wife, Nihal, and his divorced sister. The movie discusses the struggles Aydin has with his family and outside the family.
For Both of Us – Ikimizin Yerine
Genre: Romance, Drama
Cast: Serenay Sarıkaya, Nejat İşler and Zerrin Tekindor
For Both of Us enables entertainment lovers to watch an exciting tale of forbidden love. The story of this romantic Turkish movie is based on the dull life of Cicek, who belongs to a small town. Undoubtedly, she lives a boring life but sets on to discover the real meaning of her life.
Later on, she is taken up by the entrance of a charming young teacher, “Dogan”. Eventually, they are head over heels in love with each other, knowing that this love is forbidden.
Sour Apples – Ekşi Elmalar
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Cast: Yilmaz Erdogan, Farah Zeynep Abdullah, Songül Öden and Sükran Ovali
Sour Apples is another best Turkish film that delineates the struggling lifestyle of eastern Turkey. Well, the movie’s story unfolds Aziz, who happens to be a mayor of a small town. Aziz is the father of three charming daughters who is seeking love despite Aziz’s stern rules.
Many suitors for Aziz’s daughters will approach but would love without success. Later, they plan to marry men of their choice instead of their father’s will. Will they find true love in such circumstances?
Genre: Fiction, Drama
Cast: Erkan Can, Meray Ülgen, Güven Kiraç and Öznur Kula
This iconic Turkish movie discusses the strength when fear of God in one’s heart lives on. The movie unravels the story of a pious man, “Muharrem” who lives in peace with his creator and world. Muharrem’s extraordinary religious lifestyle compels a Sufi to present him with an administrative post.
For the sake of this position, Muharrem is exposed to the temptations of the modern world, which he never witnessed before. Will he continue to be the same?
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Genre: Crime Fiction, Drama, Suspense
Cast: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel and Firat Tanis
With more than 48.5k votes on IMDb, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is one of the best crime genre Turkish movies. It is about a murder that occurs in the suburbs of Anatolia, and a mentally ill person admits the crime.
However, a police officer, prosecutor, and physician doubt that someone else killed the victim. So, if you are a fan of crime thrillers, you would find it a fantastic pick. This film is similar to crime genre movies on Philo TV and Netflix.
Three Monkeys – Üç Maymun
Genre: Crime, Drama
Cast: Yavuz Bingö, Hatice Aslan, Ahmet Rifat Sungar and Ercan Kesal
Watch this incredible Turkish thriller movie with suspense that carries till the last scene. The movie’s story begins with an accident committed by an affluent man, “Servet.” Besides, Servet has a servant working for him to who he promises wealth to take up his guilt of murder.
Find out if this ugly situation turns in Servet’s favour or if he will face the ultimate judgment of the crime.
Therefore, whether you are willing to watch an action Turkish movie or looking for a romantic Turkish film, our list will help you in finding one of the top options. You can also share your experiences regarding Turkish movies by commenting below!