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1. Menashe (2017)
PG | 82 min | Drama
Within Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. A tender drama performed entirely in Yiddish, the film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood.
Votes: 1,711 | Gross: $1.70M
First movie in Yiddish in decades. Haven't watched yet but trailer is promising.
2. Experimenter (2015)
PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History
In 1961, famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans' willingness to obey authority.
Votes: 16,651 | Gross: $0.16M
Stanley Milgram's experiments are among the most interesting and controversial of the last century. Milgram suffered the consequences of studying scientifically about our dark sides in order to explain how death camps were possible. Apparently we can't look in the mirror.
3. A Woman Called Golda (1982 TV Movie)
191 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of the Russian-born, Wisconsin-raised woman who rose to become Israel's prime minister in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Ingrid Bergmann interprets Golda Meir, the _original_ Iron Maiden. A drama filled with best of the jewish humour. Bergmann was with cancer while filming. She had to smoke (a lot!) while shoting and died not much after, like Golda. An incredible movie about one of the most amazing female politician of the 20th century.
4. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
G | 181 min | Drama, Family, Musical
In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.
Votes: 36,737 | Gross: $80.50M
The most classic jewish movie. Ever. Pay attention to the scene where they are expelled: it's Shabbat and Tevye has to walk beside his horses.
5. The Eichmann Show (2015 TV Movie)
90 min | Drama, History
Dramatisation of the team hoping to televise the trial of Adolf Eichmann, an infamous Nazi responsible for the deaths of millions of Jews. It focuses on Leo Hurwitz, a documentary film-maker and Milton Fruchtman, a producer.
A behind the scenes look into Eichman's trial in Jerusalem. Captures the tension and importance of that event, that made the Holocaust known to the world – and even to Israel – almost 30 years later, while trying in vain to find some lessons learned.
6. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
Votes: 1,144,921 | Gross: $96.90M
A great production, a great story of one of the most well known " Righteous Among The Nations" filmed by the paradigmatic Hollywood-style director Steven Spielberg.
7. A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015)
PG-13 | 95 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of Amos Oz's youth, set against the backdrop of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. The film details the young man's relationship with his mother and his beginnings as a writer, while looking at what happens when the stories we tell become the stories we live.
Votes: 3,223 | Gross: $0.57M
Based on the original story by Amos Oz, it's a dreamy, beautiful and deeply depressive story of people who are too intelligent and sensitive to endure the cruelty in the Olam Haze.
8. The Pianist (2002)
R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.
Votes: 678,240 | Gross: $32.57M
Based on a real story, it's one of the most classic individual tales of WWII.
9. The Believer (2001)
R | 98 min | Drama
A young Jewish man develops a fiercely anti-Semitic philosophy. Based on the factual story of a K.K.K. member in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish by a New York Times reporter.
Votes: 35,539 | Gross: $0.41M
The real and violent story of a Jew turned neo-nazi. He participates in violent action against jews and other "undesirables" while reading and studying the Torah with great faith. Pay attention to the powerful scene where he's rebutted by a journalist after complaining about IDF's treatment of Palestinians.
10. Munich (2005)
R | 164 min | Action, Drama, History
Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.
Votes: 203,462 | Gross: $47.40M
The behind the scenes story of how Mossad hunted the terrorists who killed eleven Israeli olympians in Munich.
11. Live and Become (2005)
Unrated | 140 min | Drama
A Christian boy escapes to Israel from famine-stricken Ethiopia by pretending to be Jewish.
A beautiful and captivating story of the bitter-sweet integration of the Falashas (Ethiopian Jews) in the Israeli society. Pay attention to the scene where they debate the color of Adam, was he Black or White? Maybe neither.
14. The Great Dictator (1940)
Passed | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.
15. Ben-Hur (1959)
G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
Votes: 208,446 | Gross: $74.70M
16. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.
Votes: 581,636 | Gross: $57.60M
17. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
PG | 99 min | Drama
An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.
Votes: 93,099 | Gross: $106.59M
18. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.
Votes: 1,184,166 | Gross: $120.54M
Far from accurate, far from sensitive. Mr. Tarantino uses the WWII only to entertain without much content. But he's good on that. Mr. Christoph Waltz's splendid performance makes the movie bearable.
19. Gett (2014)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama
After a lukewarm marriage of over twenty years, a woman appeals to her husband's compassion to obtain the desirable divorce document in front of a court, which proves to be more challenging than she would expect.
Votes: 5,735 | Gross: $0.99M
The Kafkaeske story of an unhappy orthodox woman who wants a divorce but gets in a cul de sac at the Beit Din (jewish court of law). The movie feels like the most tense thrillers while not being overly judgemental or manicheist.
20. Shine (1996)
PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.
Votes: 49,581 | Gross: $35.81M
21. The Ten Commandments (1956)
G | 220 min | Adventure, Drama
Moses (Charlton Heston), an Egyptian Prince, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.
Votes: 59,362 | Gross: $93.74M
22. The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 95 min | Biography, Drama, War
The story of Irena Sendler, a social worker who was part of the Polish underground during World War II and was arrested by the Nazis for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto.
A trully great made for TV movie. If you're impressed by Shindler's story you need to meet Irena Sendler's corageous heart.
23. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, War
Through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, a forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.
Votes: 179,024 | Gross: $9.03M
24. Sophie's Choice (1982)
R | 150 min | Drama, Romance
Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live with Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust.
Votes: 38,879 | Gross: $30.04M
25. The Prince of Egypt (1998)
PG | 99 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
Egyptian Prince Moses learns of his identity as a Hebrew and his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.
Votes: 112,167 | Gross: $101.22M
Classic. Nuff' said.
26. Shoah (1985)
Not Rated | 566 min | Documentary, History, War
Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors.
Votes: 7,924 | Gross: $0.02M
27. My Father My Lord (2007)
Not Rated | 72 min | Drama
A respected rabbi is forced to come to terms with the demands of his faith and the welfare of his own family.
Votes: 413 | Gross: $0.11M
The first time I saw this movie let me with mixed feelings. The second time I saw this litlle movie I fell in love with it. It's pure minimalism. Don't let the mother bird go away, please!
28. Zelig (1983)
PG | 79 min | Comedy
"Documentary" about a man who can look and act like whoever he's around, and meets various famous people.
Votes: 38,163 | Gross: $11.80M
"no more pancakes..."
29. Footnote (2011)
PG | 107 min | Comedy, Drama
Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.
Votes: 5,487 | Gross: $2.01M
Son and father make careers in Talmud studies. The son writes in a more self-help style and the father is skeptic and prefers a filological approach. The depiction of their conflict is the Talmud itself.
31. The Rape of Europa (2006)
Unrated | 117 min | Documentary, History, War
The story of Nazi Germany's plundering of Europe's great works of art during World War II and Allied efforts to minimize the damage.
A battle for the biggest art collection.
32. Beaufort (2007)
Unrated | 131 min | Action, Drama, War
The story of a group of Israeli soldiers stationed in an outpost prior to the withdrawal of forces of 2000.
Votes: 4,399 | Gross: $0.10M
A truly psychological war movie in the Das Boot tradition. Its claustrophobic atmosphere is unique and one feels enclosed in the Beaufort fortress. Another classic of Israeli cinema.
33. A Film Unfinished (2010)
Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Drama, History
A film about an unfinished film which portrays the people behind and before the camera in the Warsaw Ghetto, exposing the extent of the cinematic manipulation forever changing the way we look at historic images.
Votes: 1,669 | Gross: $0.31M
The reconstruction of a unfinished Nazi documentary about the Warsaw ghetto. The Nazis wanted to make the argument that Jews were inflicting hunger, desease and death in their peers because of Jew's "natural" social organization scheme: Capitalism.
34. Rabin, the Last Day (2015)
Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, History
Itzhak Rabin's murder ended all efforts of peace, and with him the whole left wing of Israel died. The movie shows the last of his days as prime minister, and what led to his murder.
Votes: 341 | Gross: $0.03M
Part documentary part movie, shows events in the days preceding and the aftermath of Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli PM who was trying to negotiate peace with Yasser Arafat and Bill Clinton.
Captures in details the roots of current Israeli politics.
35. Annie Hall (1977)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.
Votes: 242,529 | Gross: $39.20M
The scene that Mr. Allen's is in the cinema showing how a perfect argumentation would be is simply genious. His discussions on anti-semitism are also hilarious.
36. A Serious Man (2009)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking.
Votes: 126,211 | Gross: $9.19M
37. Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)
PG | 104 min | Drama, War
A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of the top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.
Votes: 29,177 | Gross: $4.54M
You don't need to show gore to make a very powerful movie. Sometimes a gesture, a simple phrase, a simple look can make we see the world with new eyes. This movie is a true masterpiece in any sense.
38. Zero Days (2016)
PG-13 | 116 min | Documentary
A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.
Votes: 8,307 | Gross: $0.10M
The chilling story of Stuxnet, a computer exploit [very likely] created by the US and Israel's 9200 unit to destroy Iran's nuclear centrifuges.
You go for Stuxnet, but you leave with the disturbing knowledge that a new and incredibly powerful kind of weapon has dawned into the Earth and thing will never be the same.
39. The Pawnbroker (1964)
Approved | 116 min | Drama
A Jewish pawnbroker, victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.
"Money is the whole thing". - Mr. Nazerman
A dark and gloomy story of nihilism encroached by witnessing the most horrendous atrocities. A psychological masterpiece.
40. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
R | 229 min | Crime, Drama
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Votes: 291,208 | Gross: $5.32M
41. Waltz with Bashir (2008)
R | 90 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography
An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.
Votes: 53,450 | Gross: $2.28M
Beautiful animation with impactful grand finale. Very innovative in its storytelling and psychological exploration of war trauma.
42. Fateless (2005)
R | 140 min | Drama, Romance, War