Unlike the current trend, old Egyptian movies had true substance and meaning behind them. And those who didn’t, were full of comedy that wasn’t about appearances or trying to be “hip” at the price of turning out cheap. Egyptian movies, although now in colors and with better cinematography, lack the essence and humour that were infused within the old ones which still make us excited whenever we accidentally find them on TV. Here are a few examples:
1- Ard El Nefaq
This movie discusses one of the looming eternal questions: Is honesty really the best policy?
2- El Keif
The movie navigates the world of drugs in an honest and open way.
3- El Zoga El Tanya
This has to be one of the greatest one hundred films in the history of the Egyptian cinema.
4- Sagheera 3al-Hob
To this day, we still reference and use lines from the movie in our day-to-day life.
5- Esha3et Hob
It’s an Egyptian classic that revolves around the destructive nature of jealousy and delivers its message with lots of laughs.
6- El Zoga El 13
Rushdy Abaza playing the role of the playboy who falls in love for the first time; what’s not to like?
7- Akhtar Ragol Fil Alam AKA Mr. X
The movie is creative, original and was way ahead of its time.
8- Embratoryet Mem
The film is empowering and hints on the ideal way the Egyptian society should and could be, if only anyone was really listening.
9- Sokkar Hanem
The movie has hilarious humour.
10- El Naser Salah El-Din
At the time of its release, the movie’s production was considered transcended. Amad Mazhar exceeded all expectations and played his role extraordinarily.
11- Al Bidaya
Salah Abouseif did an impeccable job portraying the different human personalities found in a single community. The movie is in a realm between fantasy and reality, sanity and insanity.
12- Ibn Hamido
It was great comedy for its time and still epic to this day. It packs Egyptian legendary comedian, Ismail Yasseen, the Don Juan of Arab cinema, Ahmed Ramzy and the Marilyn Monroe of the Middle East, Hend Rostom.
13- Meraty Modeer 3am
One of the first movies to defy gender stereotypes.
14- El Beh El Bawab
Director: Hussein Ibrahim
15- El Irhab wel Kabab
Sherif Arafa enjoyed the lack of censorship in the making of this movie. The personage embodied by Adel Imam in the movie was easily relatable to all Egyptians. El Irhab wel Kabab appears on the list of fifteen best Egyptian films of all time.
16- Shams El Zanaty
A pure action Adel Imam movie!
17- El Na3ama we El Tawoos
Compared to all the movies on this list, this movie is new. But it does shed amazing light on the traditions and customs of the Egyptian society when it comes to sexual relations.
18- El 3ar
Director: Aly Abd El Razek
“Does the end really justify the means?” El 3ar movie won three awards at the Annual Film Festival Association; a best film award, best screenplay award and Aly Abd El Razek took home the best director award.
19- El Wesada El Khalya
Forget El Wesada El Khalya el te3bet meno ya ghalya! Abd El Halim Hafez is rolling over in his grave!
These are just SOME of the movies that embody the old charming Egyptian flair!