As the Coronavirus keeps us all inside trying to distract ourselves from what’s happening, now’s a good time to catch up on some of the good Turkish movies and TV shows. I have some suggestions that I recommend, even though your preference could be different to mine. These are among the best TV shows and movies so why don’t you give them a try?
Turkish dramas have become world-famous TV shows. The cinema industry is an important part of Turkish culture that has flourished over the years reaching Europe and more recently the Arab world. With the first Turkish-made film in 1914. Turkey now celebrates its 106th year of cinema history.
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Top 5 Turkish movies:
- 1- Miracle In Cell NO. 7
- 2- Ayla: The Daughter of War
- 3- Ikimizin Yerine: For both of us
- 4- Sadece Sen: Only You
- 5- Kocan Kadar Konus: Husband Factor
Top 5 Turkish movies:
- Ethos: Bir Başkadır
- Ertugrul: Resurrection
- Atiye: The gift
- Masum: Innocent
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Turkish series and movies are very popular and even made their way to Netflix. Here is a list of the top 10 Turkish movies and series to stream during this lockdown.
In This Post
- 1 My Top 5 Turkish movies on Netflix to begin with
- 2 My 6 top Turkish series on Netflix
My Top 5 Turkish movies on Netflix to begin with
There are a ton of options available to watch on streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon. I have selected a few of them that are on Netflix. The movies that I have chosen are based solely on my opinion and taste.
#1 Miracle In Cell NO. 7 (2019)
Miracle in Cell no. 7 is a remake of a Korean film released in October 2013 with the same name. It’s a tragic and yet a heartfelt movie that describes the love between a mentally ill father who is wrongfully accused of murdering a young girl and his daughter.
#2 Ayla: The Daughter of War (2017)
The movie is based on a true story of a Turkish sergeant whose name is Suleiman and a little Japanese girl during the Korean War in 1950. Suleyman found the girl (Ayla) after she was left alone and took care of her. Ayla is a very inspiring movie that is full of emotional scenes. The story also addresses the problem of one of the thousands of children suffering from war
#3 Ikimizin Yerine: For both of us (2016)
Çiçek an ambitious girl who grew up and lives is in a small village in Bursa. Her life will change when she meets Dogan, her literature teacher. Their forbidden relationship holds secrets.
#4 Sadece Sen: Only You (2014)
Sadece Sen movie tells the story of passionate love between a former boxer (Ali) and a beautiful blind woman (Hazel). But his violent past shows up to threaten them and their love. If you are a fan of drama movies full of compassion and love this Turkish movie is the right one for you.
#5 Kocan Kadar Konus: Husband Factor (2015/2016)
A Turkish comedy film series. A story of a traditional Turkish woman (Efsun). A thirty-year-old is put under pressure by her family and friends to find a husband, but Efsun still looking for a true love story and a romantic relationship.
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My 6 top Turkish series on Netflix
If ever there was a time for catching up on all the great TV shows you’ve been missing, it is now. There are countless Turkish TV series available to stream on Netflix, so allow me to suggest some of my favorites.
#1 50m2 (1 season – 2021)
50m2 really took me by surprise, in a good way. It starts out as a typical story about a ‘too cool for school’ Hitman doing the rounds for his rich gangster boss. The story also draws from the Jason Bourne cliche where the main character doesn’t know his real name or true identity, history, parents etc. As the story progresses the main character, whose name is still not revealed, finds that his quest to uncover his past turns his life upside-down, sending him on the run. This show also includes a healthy dose of old-school Turkish humour, which is entertaining but also exhausting at times. 50m2 is an entertaining and heart-warming series that will keep you interested while also offering a realistic image of what everyday life in Istanbul is actually like.
#2 Ethos Bir Başkadır (1 season – 2020)
Rated as an excellent Turkish drama series by many websites. Bir Başkadır or Ethos in English is with no doubt different than any Turkish drama series has ever been made. Ethos is 8 episodes, 48 minutes each telling the story of Meryem a cleaner, and her therapist Peri. Give it a chance I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
#3 Ertugrul : Resurrection (5 seasons – 2014/2019)
Resurrection Ertuğrul series was set in the 13th century. It retells the history and events that led to the birth of the Ottoman Empire, More specifically it traces the footsteps of the great leader, Erturgul, the father of Osman I, who was the founder of the Ottoman Empire. The story includes a glimpse of the nomadic lifestyle, love, and war. For Game of Thrones lovers, this should be your next watch.
#4 Phi (2 seasons- 2017/2018)
Phi is a psychological thriller series based on a novel written by the Turkish writer Azra Kohen. This series explains the life of a psychiatrist and psychology teacher Can Manay. He falls in love with a young and ambitious dancer Duru, but Duru has a lover named Deniz, a talented musician. Can‘s love will grow to become an obsession that will uncover hidden secrets.
#5 Atiye : The gift (2 seasons- 2020)
The gift is a drama fantasy series about a girl named Atiye, a painter in Istanbul, who embarks on a personal journey as she unearths universal secrets about an Anatolian archaeological site, Göbeklitepe, the world’s oldest temple in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey and its link to her past.
#6 Masum : Innocent (1 season- 2017)
The slow-burn ominous series that well worth your time. A retired former chief-of-police Cevdet and his family were living peacefully in their small town away from the city. Suddenly everything changes when Yusuf the chief of the Homicide Squad of the police department was assigned a mysterious murder case in his hometown. Cevdet and his family become entwined in a murder riddled with shocking and buried secrets.
All things considered, It is hard to go wrong with most of these Turkish movies and series. Anyway, let me know what you think of these listed options. Do you have a favorite Turkish TV show or movie?
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