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1. Menashe (2017)

PG | 82 min | Drama

81 Metascore

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: 1,597 | 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

81 Metascore

In 1961, famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans' willingness to obey authority.

Director: Michael Almereyda | Stars: John Palladino, Anthony Edwards, Jim Gaffigan, Peter Sarsgaard

Votes: 16,439 | 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.

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Ned Beatty, Franklin Cover, Judy Davis

Votes: 724

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

67 Metascore

In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon

Votes: 36,063 | 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.

Director: Paul Andrew Williams | Stars: Martin Freeman, Anthony LaPaglia, Rebecca Front, Andy Nyman

Votes: 3,975

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

94 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,120,657 | 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

55 Metascore

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.

Director: Natalie Portman | Stars: Natalie Portman, Gilad Kahana, Amir Tessler, Moni Moshonov

Votes: 3,160 | 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

85 Metascore

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Votes: 665,455 | 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

75 Metascore

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.

Director: Henry Bean | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Summer Phoenix, Peter Meadows, Garret Dillahunt

Votes: 35,204 | 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 | Biography, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 201,456 | 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.

Director: Radu Mihaileanu | Stars: Yaël Abecassis, Roschdy Zem, Moshe Agazai, Moshe Abebe

Votes: 5,603

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.

12. Fanny and Alexander (1982)

R | 188 min | Drama

100 Metascore

Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Kristina Adolphson, Börje Ahlstedt

Votes: 53,177 | Gross: $4.97M

13. Chariots of Fire (1981)

PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

78 Metascore

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers

Votes: 50,395 | Gross: $58.97M

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.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 186,710

15. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

90 Metascore

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 205,662 | Gross: $74.70M

16. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 570,968 | Gross: $57.60M

17. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

PG | 99 min | Drama

81 Metascore

An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone

Votes: 91,274 | Gross: $106.59M

18. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,162,654 | 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: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

90 Metascore

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.

Directors: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz | Stars: Ronit Elkabetz, Simon Abkarian, Gabi Amrani, Dalia Beger

Votes: 5,637 | 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

87 Metascore

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.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd

Votes: 49,208 | Gross: $35.81M

21. The Ten Commandments (1956)

G | 220 min | Adventure, Drama

The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson

Votes: 58,658 | 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.

Director: John Kent Harrison | Stars: Anna Paquin, Marcia Gay Harden, Goran Visnjic, Nathaniel Parker

Votes: 3,576

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

55 Metascore

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.

Director: Mark Herman | Stars: Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, Zac Mattoon O'Brien

Votes: 175,563 | Gross: $9.03M

24. Sophie's Choice (1982)

R | 150 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol, Rita Karin

Votes: 38,163 | Gross: $30.04M

Great actors.

25. The Prince of Egypt (1998)

PG | 99 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

64 Metascore

An Egyptian prince learns of his identity as a Hebrew and his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.

Directors: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells | Stars: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock

Votes: 110,584 | Gross: $101.22M

Classic. Nuff' said.

26. Shoah (1985)

Not Rated | 566 min | Documentary, History, War

99 Metascore

Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors.

Director: Claude Lanzmann | Stars: Simon Srebnik, Michael Podchlebnik, Motke Zaïdl, Hanna Zaïdl

Votes: 7,763 | 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.

Director: David Volach | Stars: Assi Dayan, Ilan Griff, Sharon Hacohen, Roni Aharon

Votes: 410 | 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.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Patrick Horgan, John Buckwalter

Votes: 37,773 | Gross: $11.80M

"no more pancakes..."

29. Footnote (2011)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Joseph Cedar | Stars: Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Aliza Rosen, Alma Zack

Votes: 5,428 | 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.

30. Cabaret (1972)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical

80 Metascore

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey

Votes: 44,895 | Gross: $42.77M

31. The Rape of Europa (2006)

Unrated | 117 min | Documentary, History, War

77 Metascore

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.

Directors: Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, Nicole Newnham | Stars: Joan Allen, E. Randol Schoenberg, Maria Altmann, Wolfgang Fischer

Votes: 1,356

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.

Director: Joseph Cedar | Stars: Alon Aboutboul, Adi Adouan, Ya'akov Ahimeir, Guy Apriat

Votes: 4,367 | 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

88 Metascore

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.

Director: Yael Hersonski | Stars: Alexander Beyer, Rüdiger Vogler, Hanna Avrutzki, Luba Gewisser

Votes: 1,645 | 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

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Amos Gitai | Stars: Ischac Hiskiya, Yitzhak Hizkiya, Pini Mittelman, Michael Warshaviak

Votes: 335 | 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

92 Metascore

Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane

Votes: 240,145 | 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

79 Metascore

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.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Fred Melamed

Votes: 124,466 | 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 top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carré de Malberg

Votes: 28,740 | 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

77 Metascore

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.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: David Sanger, Emad Kiyaei, Eric Chien, Liam O'Murchu

Votes: 8,157 | 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.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters, Jaime Sánchez

Votes: 7,452

"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.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams

Votes: 286,023 | Gross: $5.32M

41. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

91 Metascore

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.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 52,995 | 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

87 Metascore

Fourteen-year-old György's life is torn apart in World War II Hungary, as he is sent to a concentration camp, where he is forced to become a man, and learns to find happiness in the midst of hatred, and what it really means to be Jewish.

Director: Lajos Koltai | Stars: Marcell Nagy, Béla Dóra, Bálint Péntek, Áron Dimény

Votes: 6,302 | Gross: $0.20M

A truly artistic accomplishment. The camera, the colors, the clothes, the places. Everything both realistic and beautiful.

43. Kanal (1957)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, War

In 1944, during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, Polish Lieutenant Zadra and his resistance fighters use Warsaw's sewer system to escape the German encirclement.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Teresa Izewska, Tadeusz Janczar, Wienczyslaw Glinski, Tadeusz Gwiazdowski

Votes: 6,081

44. American History X (1998)

R | 119 min | Drama

62 Metascore

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien

Votes: 974,144 | Gross: $6.72M