Feature Film, Yiddish (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Menashe (2017)

PG | 82 min | Drama

6.5
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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.

Director: Joshua Z Weinstein | Stars: Menashe Lustig, Josh Alpert, Abraham Bresky, Jorge Cea

Votes: 1,649 | Gross: $1.70M

2. Daniel (1983)

R | 130 min | Drama

6.7
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Daniel Isaacson attempts to determine the true complicity of his parents Paul and Rochelle Isaacson, who were executed for espionage in the 1950s.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Timothy Hutton, Mandy Patinkin, Lindsay Crouse, Edward Asner

Votes: 1,060 | Gross: $0.28M

3. The Pin (2013)

R | 85 min | Drama

7.6
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Two young people experience love and loss while in hiding during WWII. After a life of regret, the young man, now old, is faced with an opportunity for redemption.

Director: Naomi Jaye | Stars: Milda Gecaite, Paskal Vaklev, Grisha Pasternak, David Fox

Votes: 26

4. Ivan & Abraham (1993)

105 min | Drama

6.9
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In 1930s Poland, it was traditional for some Christian boys to live for a time with Jewish families in order to learn a trade from Jewish craftsmen. For this reason, Ivan has gone to live ... See full summary »

Director: Yolande Zauberman | Stars: Roma Alexandrovitch, Aleksandr Yakovlev, Vladimir Mashkov, Mariya Lipkina

Votes: 233 | Gross: $0.16M

5. The Dybbuk (1937)

Unrated | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.5
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The mystical love story between Chonen, a poor Talmud student, and Lea, a girl from a wealthy family, depicts the traditional folk culture of Polish Jews before WW2.

Director: Michal Waszynski | Stars: Avrom Morewski, Ajzyk Samberg, Mojzesz Lipman, Lili Liliana

Votes: 373

6. Tevya (1939)

Approved | 93 min | Drama

6.6
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The original, non-musical film version of the book which inspired "Fiddler on the Roof".

Director: Maurice Schwartz | Stars: Maurice Schwartz, Miriam Riselle, Rebecca Weintraub, Paula Lubelski

Votes: 156

7. Yidl mitn fidl (1936)

92 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.2
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A young woman posing as a man in a group of klezmer musicians in Poland.

Directors: Joseph Green, Jan Nowina-Przybylski | Stars: Molly Picon, Max Bozyk, Leon Liebgold, Simche Fostel

Votes: 140

8. David Golder (1931)

86 min | Drama

7.0
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David is a poor but ambitious Polish Jew who reinvents himself as a powerful New York business magnate. After gaining wealth, he relocates to Paris, only to have his selfish and demanding wife squander his fortune.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Harry Baur, Paule Andral, Jackie Monnier, Jean Bradin

Votes: 174

9. Overture to Glory (1940)

77 min | Drama

7.4
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A jewish cantor is seduced by the allure of opera when introduced to it by two attractive young Poles.

Director: Max Nosseck | Stars: Moyshe Oysher, Florence Weiss, Maurice Krohner, John Mylong

Votes: 16

10. Green Fields (1937)

Passed | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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Ulmer's soulful, open-air adaptation of Peretz Hirshbein's classic play heralded the Golden Age of Yiddish cinema. When an ascetic young scholar ventures into the countryside, searching for... See full summary »

Directors: Jacob Ben-Ami, Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Michael Gorrin, Helen Beverley, Isidore Cashier, Anna Appel

Votes: 82 | Gross: $0.08M

11. Tsili (2014)

88 min | Drama

5.0
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Director: Amos Gitai | Stars: Sarah Adler, Meshi Olinski, Leah Koenig, Adam Tsekhman

Votes: 52

12. The Singing Blacksmith (1938)

Approved | 115 min | Drama, Musical

6.6
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Moishe Oysher gives his most robust performance as a passionate shtetl blacksmith who must struggle against temptation to become a mensch. Ulmer's film is a musical version of David Pinski's classic 1906 play Yankl der Schmid.

Directors: Edgar G. Ulmer, Ben-Zvi Baratoff, Ossip Dymow | Stars: Moyshe Oysher, Miriam Riselle, Florence Weiss, Anna Appel

Votes: 39

13. The Light Ahead (1939)

94 min | Drama

6.6
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In a small town in Russia in the 1880s, two young but poor lovers are helped by a wise old bookseller.

Directors: Henry Felt, Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: David Opatoshu, Helen Beverley, Isidore Cashier, Rosetta Bialis

Votes: 67

14. Lang ist der Weg (1949)

77 min | Drama, War

7.5
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Written by Israel Becker, this is the first feature film to represent the Holocaust from a Jewish perspective. Shot on location at Landsberg, the largest DP camp in U.S.-occupied Germany, ... See full summary »

Directors: Herbert B. Fredersdorf, Marek Goldstein | Stars: Israel Becker, Bettina Moissi, Berta Litwina, Jakob Fischer

Votes: 32

15. The Cantor's Son (1937)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Musical

6.9
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This musical drama marks the screen debut of Moishe Oysher, in a film critic J. Hoberman calls an "anti-Jazz Singer." Oysher stars as a wayward youth who makes his way from his Polish ... See full summary »

Directors: Ilya Motyleff, Sidney M. Goldin | Stars: Moyshe Oysher, Florence Weiss, Judith Abarbanel, Michael Rosenberg

Votes: 26

16. The Jester (1937)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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Getsel, a wandering Purim player, comes to a Galica village and gets a job with Reb Nuchem, the shoemaker. He falls in love with Esther, the shoemaker's daughter, but knows she is in love ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Green, Jan Nowina-Przybylski | Stars: Miriam Kressyn, Zygmunt Turkow, Hy Jacobson, Ajzyk Samberg

Votes: 30

17. Americaner Shadchen (1940)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

5.9
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Nat Silver has been engaged 7 times already. This time, his 8th, he's really going to get married. But a visitor shows up, Shirley's old boyfriend. With a gun ! He'll kill himself unless he... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Leo Fuchs, Judith Abarbanel, Judel Dubinsky, Anna Guskin

Votes: 68

18. Uncle Moses (1932)

Passed | 88 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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Wealthy, powerful sweatshop owner falls in love with employee's teenage daughter, who feels obligated to marry him after he shares his wealth with her parents, though she actually loves a young Marxist unionizer.

Directors: Sidney M. Goldin, Aubrey Scotto | Stars: Maurice Schwartz, Judith Abarbanel, Mark Schweid, Sam Gertler

Votes: 27

19. Monticello, Here We Come (1950)

75 min | Comedy, Music

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Stars: Larry Daniels, Joseph Buloff, Fyvush Finkel, Mary Forest

20. The Great Advisor (1940)

75 min

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Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Irving Jacobson, Jacob Zanger, Yetta Zwerling, Mae Schoenfeld

21. Brussels Transit (1982)

80 min

8.5
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Director: Samy Szlingerbaum | Stars: Hélène Lapiower, Boris Lehman, Jeremy Wald, Suzy Falk

Votes: 22

22. The Wandering Jew (II) (1933)

Passed | 68 min | Drama, War

6.7
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A German-Jewish artist encounters German anti-semitism when his masterpiece is rejected by the Berlin Academy of Art. Later, the figure in the painting comes to life and tells him the ... See full summary »

Director: George Roland | Stars: Jacob Ben-Ami, Natalie Browning, M.B. Samuylow, Ben Adler

Votes: 13

23. Mamele (1938)

97 min | Comedy, Musical

7.0
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Mamele embraces the entire gamut of interwar Jewish life in Lodz--tenements and unemployed Jews, nightclubs and gangsters, religious Jews celebrating sukkot--but the film belongs to Molly ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Green, Konrad Tom | Stars: Molly Picon, Edmund Zayenda, Gertrude Bulman, Max Bozyk

Votes: 43

24. Mazel Tov Yidden (1941)

89 min | Comedy, Music

4.3
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Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Michael Rosenberg, Gustav Berger, Harry Feld, Leo Fuchs

Votes: 7

25. A Daughter of Her People (1933)

75 min | Drama

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Judith Trachtenberg (1920) re-edited with a new framing story to introduce and conclude the story.

Directors: Henrik Galeen, George Roland | Stars: Joseph Green, Chaim Shneyer, Morris Dorf, Jacob Mestel

26. Mothers of Today (1939)

93 min

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Mothers of Today includes the sole motion picture performance of radio star Esther Field, who was well known on the airwaves of the 1930s as the 'Yiddishe Mama.' The film exemplifies the ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Lynn | Stars: Esther Field, Max Rosenblatt, Gertrude Krause, Simon Wolf

27. Three Daughters (1949)

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Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Charlotte Goldstein, Michael Rosenberg, Esta Salzman, Sacha Shaw

28. The Yiddish King Lear (1935)

70 min | Drama

6.0
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Setting off from Vilna to spend his last days in the Holy Land, an arrogant old man spurns the youngest of his three daughters and leaves his fortune in the wrong hands.

Director: Harry Thomashefsky | Stars: Esther Adler, Jacob Bergreen, Miriam Grossman, Maurice Krohner

Votes: 8

29. The Eternal Jew (1933)

63 min | Drama

5.3
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Director: George Roland | Stars: Louis 'Leibele' Waldman, Celina Breene, Ruben Wendorf, Morris B. Samuylow

Votes: 90

30. The Return of Nathan Becker (1933)

94 min | Drama

6.3
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Directors: Rashel Milman, Boris Shpis | Stars: David Gutman, Solomon Mikhoels, Yelena Kashnitskaya, Kador Ben-Salim

Votes: 11

31. In die poylishe velder (1929)

Drama

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Director: Jonas Turkow | Stars: Diana Blumenfeld, Silven Rich, Mojzesz Lipman, Szlomo Prizament

32. My Jewish Mother (1930)

60 min

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Director: Sidney M. Goldin | Stars: Mae Simon, Annie Augenblick, Helen Blay, Eddie Friedlander

33. The Megillah 83 (1983)

80 min | Musical

6.7
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Director: Ilan Eldad | Stars: Shlomo Bar-Aba, Jerry Hyman, Aviva Paz, Jonathan Sagall

Votes: 10

34. Joseph in the Land of Egypt (1932)

80 min

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Director: George Roland | Stars: Joseph Green, Ben Adler, Sigmund Zuckerberg, Herman Serotsky

35. Eli Eli (1940)

88 min | Drama

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Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Max Badin, Esther Field, Izidor Frankel, Lazar Freed

36. It Will Never Happen Again (1951)

70 min | Drama

7.0
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In this, Poland's last Yiddish feature film, comedy duo Dzigan and Shumacher play all the parts in a Sholem Aleichem story staged for an audience of children who survived the Holocaust.

Director: Natan Gross | Stars: Shimen Dzigan, Ysrael Szumacher, Niusia Gold, Nathan Meisler

Votes: 19

37. Motel the Operator (1940)

88 min | Drama

5.6
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Motl, a poor laborer, loving husband and new father, leads cloakmakers in a strike for better working conditions. When he is severely injured by strikebreakers, his wife, Esther, and infant... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Chaim Tauber, Seymour Rechzeit, Yetta Zwerling, Jacob Zanger

Votes: 8

38. Two Sisters (1938)

79 min | Drama

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Make sure there's a hanky nearby: After the death of their mother, older sister Betty works tirelessly, supporting her sister through nursing school and her fiancée through medical school ... See full summary »

Director: Ben K. Blake | Stars: Jennie Goldstein, Sylvia Dell, Muni Seroff, Harvey Kier

39. What a Mother-in-Law! (1934)

65 min | Comedy

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Directors: Harry S. Brown, Harry Garson | Stars: Claire Adams, Paula Klida, Ludwig Satz, Max Wilner

40. Her Second Mother (1940)

89 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

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A young woman tries to repay her adoptive parents' kindness by shielding their biological child, who has gotten involved with an embezzler, from the police.

Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Esta Salzman, Max Badin, Rose Greenfield, Margaret Schoenfeld

41. Al khet (1936)

90 min | Drama

6.0
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Director: Aleksander Marten | Stars: Avrom Morewski, Rachel Holzer, Shimen Dzigan, Ysrael Szumacher

Votes: 9

42. His Wife's Lover (1931)

80 min | Musical, Comedy

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Director: Sidney M. Goldin | Stars: Ludwig Satz, Lucy Levine, Isidore Cashier, Lillian Feinman

43. On a heym (1939)

88 min | Drama

6.6
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The last Yiddish feature made in Poland before WWII, this 1939 film was based on a 1907 play by the prolific playwright Jacob Gordin. Best known for his folksy didacticism and moralism, ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksander Marten | Stars: Aleksander Marten, Ida Kaminska, Adam Domb, Ben Zuker

Votes: 10

44. A Brivele der mamen (1938)

106 min | Drama

7.1
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One of the last Yiddish films made in Poland before the Nazi invasion, this film tells the story of a mother's persistent struggles to support her three children in pre-war World War II ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Green, Leon Trystan | Stars: Lucy Gehrman, Misha Gehrman, Max Bozyk, Gertrude Bulman

Votes: 49

45. Mirele Efros (1939)

Approved | 87 min | Drama

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Mirele Efros, "the Jewish Queen Lear," was the masterpiece of influential Yiddish playwright Jacob Gordin. Berta Gershen gives a memorable performance as Mirele, a wealthy and pious widow ... See full summary »

Director: Josef Berne | Stars: Berta Gersten, Ruth Elbaum, Albert Lipton, Michael Rosenberg

46. Tkies khaf (1924)

60 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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Starring real-life mother and daughter Ester-Rokhl Kaminska and Ida Kaminska, this film is a precursor to the 1937 classic, The Dybbuk, featuring the same classic tale of frustrated love and destiny and the breaking/fulfillment of vows.

Director: Zygmunt Turkow | Stars: Adam Domb, Ester Rachel Kaminska, Ida Kaminska, Mojzesz Lipman

Votes: 13

47. Kol Nidre (1939)

85 min | Drama, Musical

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Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Lili Liliana, Joseph Schoengold, Berthe Hart, Menasha Oppenheim

48. The Sacrifice of Isaac (1932)

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Director: Adolf Gartner

49. Eternal Fools (1930)

68 min

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Director: Sidney M. Goldin | Stars: Judel Dubinsky, Juda Bleich, Bella Gudinsky, Seymour Rechzeit

50. Az Men Git, Nemt Men (1982)

91 min | Comedy, Drama

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Director: Alfred Steinhardt | Stars: Ya'akov Alperin, Ya'ackov Bodo, Rachel Dayan, Carol Feldman


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