TCM RACE AND HOLLYWOOD ARAB IMAGES ON FILMby jramirez-66906 | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public
A list of films featuring the positive and negative images of Arabs on screen from Turner Classic Movies on July 2011
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2. The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
Not Rated | 155 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess.
Votes: 5,196 | Gross: $4.36M
3. The Sheik (1921)
Passed | 86 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A charming Arabian sheik becomes infatuated with an adventurous, modern-thinking Englishwoman and abducts her to his home in the Saharan desert.
4. Tarzan the Fearless (1933)
Passed | 200 min | Action, Adventure
In the African Jungle, a group of Europeans come across the fabled white man who was raised by apes. Tarzan takes an immediate liking to the blond Mary Brooks and rescues her during a nasty... See full summary »
5. Adventure in Iraq (1943)
Approved | 65 min | Adventure
Five Allied soldiers in an airplane flying to Egypt crash-land in Iraq. They are taken in by a local sheik, but soon begin to suspect that he may not be quite as friendly as he appears to be.
7. Sirocco (1951)
Passed | 98 min | Action, Drama, Film-Noir
A cynical American expatriate gets involved in smuggling and gun-running for the rebels during the 1925 Syrian insurgency against French occupation.
9. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Approved | 228 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.
Votes: 251,602 | Gross: $44.82M
10. Lion of the Desert (1980)
PG | 173 min | Biography, Drama, History
In 1929, Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini appoints General Rodolfo Graziani as colonial governor to Italian Libya with orders to stamp-out all resistance from Libyan nationalists led by rebel guerrilla leader Omar Mukhtar.
11. The Four Feathers (1939)
Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A timid British Army officer has quit and burns his last day summons to a war in Egypt. Calling him a coward, his girl friend and 3 officer friends give him a white feather. In redemption, he shadows his friends in war to save their lives.
12. Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937)
Passed | 81 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
A movie company is doing the Arabian Nights when a hobo enters their camp, falls asleep and dreams he's back in Baghdad as advisor to the Sultan. In a spoof of Rosevelt's New Deal, he ... See full summary »
Approved | 17 min | Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Popeye the Sailor, accompanied by Olive Oyl and Wimpy, is dispatched to stop the dreaded bandit Abu Hassan and his force of forty thieves.
14. Road to Morocco (1942)
Passed | 82 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Two carefree castaways on a desert shore find an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the luscious Princess Shalmar.
Votes: 4,829 | Gross: $1.63M
16. Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
Approved | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Bud and Lou find themselves pursued by an Egyptian cult for a special medallion linked to a walking mummy.
17. Mummy's Dummies (1948)
Approved | 16 min | Short, Comedy
Set in ancient Egypt, the stooges run a used chariot lot where they unload defective chariots on unsuspecting customers. When they gyp the head of the palace guard, they're brought to the ... See full summary »
19. Little Beau Porky (1936)
Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short
Porky's in the foreign legion. But he's not allowed to fight; all he can do is scrub camels, and he's not particularly good at that. The other soldiers ride off to find the evil Ali Mode, ... See full summary »
20. The Sad Sack (1957)
Passed | 98 min | Comedy
Private Meredith Bixby is so out of step in the Army that his six weeks of planned basic training has now stretched to 17 months. After he loses a tank, WAC Major Shelton, a psychologist, ... See full summary »
22. Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
Approved | 123 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
At the height of the Roman Civil War, a young Cleopatra meets a middle-aged Julius Caesar, who teaches her how to rule Egypt.
23. Dream Wife (1953)
Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Romance
A business tycoon decides to wed a Middle Eastern princess whose customs dictate the pair must live apart for several months before marrying; even more complications settle in when the tycoon's ex-fiancée is assigned to chaperone the pair.
24. Kismet (1944)
Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Fantasy
In ancient Bagdad, Hafiz is a beggar - self coined the King of Beggars - and a master of the slight of hand. He often likes to wander the streets late at night pretending to be a Prince, ... See full summary »
25. Chandu the Magician (1932)
Passed | 71 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
When delusional madman Roxor kidnaps a scientist in hopes of using his death ray to achieve world dominance, he is opposed by Chandu, a powerful hypnotist and yogi.
26. Drums of Africa (1963)
Approved | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
David Moore is in East Africa to get to his employer's railway construction site. He's accompanied by the owner's son Brian and they've lined up Jack Cuortemayn, reputedly the best guide ... See full summary »
27. Harum Scarum (1965)
Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
American singer Johnny Tyrone is enlisted by sinister forces to assassinate an Arab king whose daughter he has fallen in love with.
28. The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
When Joan Wilder is abducted while on a trip along the Nile, her boyfriend, Jack Colton, and pal Ralph rush to rescue her and retrieve a fabled jewel.
Votes: 48,060 | Gross: $75.97M
29. The Son of the Sheik (1926)
Passed | 68 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
The son of the sheik and a dancing girl fall in love, but when he is made to believe she has betrayed him he seeks revenge.
Votes: 1,704 | Gross: $0.72M
30. Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
Approved | 96 min | Thriller, War
During World War II, an undercover British soldier tries get word to the Allies that the Germans have tons of supplies buried in five excavations across Egypt.
31. The Black Tent (1956)
Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, War, Romance
In the African desert, a British soldier romances the native chief's daughter and helps the tribe fight off a Nazi attack.
32. Three Kings (1999)
R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, four soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.
Votes: 155,299 | Gross: $60.65M
33. King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)
Approved | 114 min | Adventure, History, Romance
While leading the Third Crusade, King Richard the Lionheart (George Sanders) battles treachery in his own camp as well as the Saracens and their charismatic leader Emir Hderim Sultan Saladin (Sir Rex Harrison).
Votes: 676 | Gross: $2.10M
35. The Band's Visit (2007)
PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.
Votes: 12,383 | Gross: $3.05M
36. Rana's Wedding (2002)
Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Comedy
About a Palestinian girl of 17 who wants to get married to the man of her own choosing. Rana wakes up one morning to an ultimatum delivered by her father: she must either choose a husband ... See full summary »
37. The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.
Votes: 49,009 | Gross: $0.06M