6 Positive ‘Hollywood’ Movies about Muslims and Islam

Over the years, Hollywood and the Muslim world have had several complications about certain movies that tarnish the image of Muslims and Islam.

Movies such as Sinbad and Lawrence of Arabia often depict the stereotype that all Arabs are violent and belligerent towards society. At some point in time around the beginning of the millennial period, some adjustments were made to correct this stereotypical belief that brought about fear amongst people regarding the Arab world. Fortunately, there have been some positive depictions of Islam in recent times, and in this article we will be looking at some of them.

#6. Kingdom of Heaven


Genre: Historical/Action

Bad Language: Moderate

Sex and Nudity: Some

Violence: Very Strong

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In the beginning of the current millennium, some epic movies have been produced with ethics that can be considered on a biblical scale. Such an example is Kingdom of heaven which served as a peace message for the clash between the East and West, with America still agitated from the 9/11 attacks. Despite its graphic content, the movie still managed to portray some of the most potent dispositions Islamic history in a surprisingly positive manner.

 #5. Malcolm X


Genre: Historical/Biopic/Drama

Bad Language: Moderate

Sex and Nudity: Mild

Violence: Moderate

imbd Link:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104797/

This film was directed by none other than Spike Lee who’s one of the most controversial film directors in the 90s. Spike was into a somewhat rather militant way of directing and sharing his messages in the 90s, but later toned down his anti-establishment tendencies.

While his first movies were miniature comedy dramas, Malcolm X the movie, gives a detailed account of the life of black American Muslim civil rights activist Malcolm X’s especially when he was introduced to the troubled Nation of Islam, to his acceptance of mainstream orthodox Islam. This film is still regarded as one of the most controversial films of recent times and raises questions about race and religion in a rather more positive manner.

#4.The Kite Runner


Genre: Drama

Bad Language: Moderate

Sex and Nudity: Strong Depiction of Child Abuse

Violence: Very Strong

imbd Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104797/

Directed by Mark foster, The Kite runner is a movie about the life of an Afghan youth from his preadolescent days, to his late 30s. In this film, Mark foster sheds some light on the Afghani diaspora, especially from the viewpoint of the Afghans, which is exceptionally well done.

#3. American East

Muslims in US

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Bad Language: Strong

Sex and Nudity: Moderate. Some explicit verbal references.

Violence: Mild

imbd Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808148/

American East is a close look at some of the problems Muslims in the U.S. are facing nowadays. The wars between the Arabs and Jewish American associations, in addition to the dissimilarities between Arab immigrants their American born children, which sets the platform for insights into changes in the lives of Muslim Americans in the wake of the  9/11 attacks.

#2. Lion Desert


Genre: Historical

Bad Language: None

Sex and Nudity: None

Violence: Moderate/Strong

imbd Linkhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081059/

Lion desert is a saga drama featuring a Libyan tribal leader who fought the Italian army in the 2nd World War. This film is banned in Italy, but yet still is the one of the most famous movies in the Middle East as the Italian were depicted as the bad guys which resulted in controversy.

#1.The Message


Genre: Historical

Bad Language: None

Sex and Nudity: None

Violence: Moderate/Strong

imdb Link:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074896/

This is the most influential Islamic movie of all time and is a film that is especially celebrated during Ramadan in many Muslim households, as well as an informal required viewing for Muslim converts.

This Islamic movie depicts some parts of the Prophet’s life (p.b.u.h) and the initial spread of Islam. The Movie was produced twice, initially in English, then in Arabic with a totally different cast.

You also don’t get to see any depictions of the Prophet (PBUH) himself, because such an act is not allowed in Islam, but the movie deals with the matter all the while sticking to the main story.

Although the production might be less compared to the big budget movies like Lawrence of Arabia and Lion desert, this movie is at the top of our list on account of the in-depth look at the life of the Holy Prophet and his followers.


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