Best Israeli Movies

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1. 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: 52,967 | Gross: $2.28M

2. Eyes Wide Open (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A married, Orthodox, Jerusalem butcher and Jewish father of four falls in love with his handsome, 22-year-old male apprentice, triggering the suspicions of his wife and the disapproval of his Orthodox community.

Director: Haim Tabakman | Stars: Zohar Shtrauss, Ran Danker, Tinkerbell, Tzahi Grad

Votes: 5,793 | Gross: $0.02M

3. Ajami (2009)

Not Rated | 124 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

Ajami is the religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. These are five stories about the everyday life in Ajami.

Directors: Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani | Stars: Fouad Habash, Nisrin Siksik, Elias Saba, Youssef Sahwani

Votes: 5,740 | Gross: $0.62M

4. In Between (2016)

R | 103 min | Drama

78 Metascore

Three Palestinian women living in an apartment in Tel Aviv try to find a balance between traditional and modern culture.

Director: Maysaloun Hamoud | Stars: Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh, Shaden Kanboura, Mahmud Shalaby

Votes: 2,148 | Gross: $0.11M

5. Zero Motivation (2014)

Unrated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

A unit of female Israeli soldiers at a remote desert base bide their time as they count down the minutes until they can return to civilian life.

Director: Talya Lavie | Stars: Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar, Shani Klein, Heli Twito

Votes: 3,710 | Gross: $0.10M

6. Jellyfish (2007)

Unrated | 78 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Meduzot (the Hebrew word for Jellyfish) tells the story of three very different Israeli women living in Tel Aviv whose intersecting stories weave an unlikely portrait of modern Israeli life... See full summary »

Directors: Shira Geffen, Etgar Keret | Stars: Sarah Adler, Nikol Leidman, Gera Sandler, Noa Raban

Votes: 2,448 | Gross: $0.34M

7. 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: 5,427 | Gross: $2.01M

8. Dancing Arabs (2014)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A Palestinian-Israeli boy named Eyad is sent to a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem, where he struggles with issues of language, culture, and identity.

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Tawfeek Barhom, Razi Gabareen, Yaël Abecassis, Michael Moshonov

Votes: 1,550 | Gross: $0.28M

9. The Syrian Bride (2004)

97 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the... See full summary »

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Makram Khoury, Clara Khoury, Ashraf Barhom

Votes: 3,131 | Gross: $0.38M

10. Late Summer Blues (1987)

101 min | Drama, Romance

A group of close friends celebrate the bittersweet changes coming to their lives during the summer of their high-school graduation: adult responsibilities, adult romance -- and the ... See full summary »

Director: Renen Schorr | Stars: Dor Zweigenboim, Yoav Tzafir, Shahar Segal, Omri Dolev

Votes: 248

11. Bethlehem (I) (2013)

99 min | Drama, Thriller, War

68 Metascore

Tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. Shuttling back and forth between conflicting points of view, the... See full summary »

Director: Yuval Adler | Stars: Tsahi Halevi, Shadi Mar'i, Hitham Omari, Michal Shtamler

Votes: 1,935

12. Maktub (2017)

TV-MA | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

The biggest Israeli blockbuster since 1986 . Steve and Chuma , two criminals are the sole survivors of a terrorist attack at a restaurant in Jerusalem. They decide to change their ways and ... See full summary »

Director: Oded Raz | Stars: Guy Amir, Hanan Savyon, Gal Amitai, Chen Amsalem

Votes: 1,178

13. Broken Wings (2002)

R | 87 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'.

Director: Nir Bergman | Stars: Orly Silbersatz, Maya Maron, Nitai Gvirtz, Daniel Magon

Votes: 2,298 | Gross: $0.41M

14. Campfire (2004)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

51 Metascore

The story of one woman's personal battle for acceptance, but also a portrait of a political movement that has forever affected millions of lives in the Middle East.

Director: Joseph Cedar | Stars: Michaela Eshet, Hani Furstenberg, Moshe Ivgy, Maya Maron

Votes: 618

15. The Summer of Aviya (1988)

95 min | Biography, Drama

A ten year old girl spends her summer with her overly protective mother, a mentally scarred holocaust survivor, while hopefully trying to find her real father in the newly established state of Israel.

Director: Eli Cohen | Stars: Gila Almagor, Kaipu Cohen, Eli Cohen, Marina Rossetti

Votes: 343

16. Sand Storm (2016)

87 min | Drama

74 Metascore

When their entire lives shatter, two Bedouin women struggle to change the unchangeable rules, each in her own individual way.

Director: Elite Zexer | Stars: Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal, Hitham Omari, Khadija Al Akel

Votes: 2,499 | Gross: $0.08M

17. 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: 5,634 | Gross: $0.99M

18. The Band's Visit (2007)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

80 Metascore

A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

Director: Eran Kolirin | Stars: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour

Votes: 12,309 | Gross: $3.05M

19. The Dove Flyer (2013)

105 min | Drama

Between the years 1950-51 close to 130 thousand Jews left Iraq. The most ancient community in the world ceased to exist.

Director: Nissim Dayan | Stars: Daniel Gad, Yasmin Ayun, Tawfeek Barhom, Ahuva Keren

Votes: 133

20. Igor & the Cranes' Journey (2012)

90 min | Adventure, Family

An estranged father and son are brought together by a young crane named Karl as they trace a family of the birds on their migratory journey from Russia to Africa.

Director: Evgeny Ruman | Stars: Clil Arbel, Dorin Caspi, Avinoam Mor Chaim, Menashe Noy

Votes: 56

21. Yana's Friends (1999)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

Three parallel strories of immigrants in Tel Aviv during the Gulf War and about coming together while sealed in a room during the Scud attacks.

Director: Arik Kaplun | Stars: Evelyn Kaplun, Nir Levy, Shmil Ben Ari, Mosko Alkalai

Votes: 522 | Gross: $0.06M

22. James' Journey to Jerusalem (2003)

Unrated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

During his journey to Jerusalem young James learns the meaning of being Israeli.

Director: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz | Stars: Siyabonga Melongisi Shibe, Salim Dau, Arieh Elias, Sandra Schonwald

Votes: 548 | Gross: $0.06M

23. Doubtful (2017)

88 min | Drama

Assi, a screenwriter and poet, is stuck in his personal life. He is full of doubt, disturbing thoughts, and existential restlessness. He is sentenced to community service due to a ... See full summary »

Director: Eliran Elya | Stars: Yaakov Aderet, Osher Amara, Liron Ben-Shlush, Ran Danker

Votes: 135



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