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What American movies show the Middle East in a positive light?

Asked by JLeslie (59808points) December 16th, 2014 from iPhone

My husband was asking what American movies have been made that show the Middle East in a positive light. Not including Israel.

I have said before that the first Middle Eastern city I remember hearing about and portrayed on TV was Baghdad on I Dream of Jeannie.

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FireMadeFlesh's avatar

Kingdom of Heaven.

That may seem like a strange choice, considering it depicts the 1187 Siege of Jerusalem, but it makes the Holy Land look like a prize worth fighting for. A land of potential.

elbanditoroso's avatar

What is a positive light? Lawrence of Arabia was pretty good. Tobruk was a great war movie that took place in Libya.

Need to define what qualifies as positive.

JLeslie's avatar

I think I would define it as any movie that isn’t showing brutality going on. I guess a movie that is set in the Middle East that is a drama, comedy, love story, or light hearted. No violence, no inference of Islamic extremism.

Blackberry's avatar

I can’t think of any. My first thought was the movie Persepolis, but that isn’t US made.

Buttonstc's avatar

Lawrence of Arabia

An epic movie with breathtakingly beautiful cinematography.

Yes, there’s violence in warfare but at least it’s historically accurate.

Buttonstc's avatar

Three Kings George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube

Drama with comedic moments.

cheebdragon's avatar

Wasn’t there violence in Three Kings?

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