List of Films

Films Listed by Year

Click on the name of the film to read more about it.  Films that do not have links have not yet been written up.  To suggest a film that you think should be added, please leave a comment.

1920
The Golem

1927
The Jazz Singer

1930
Animal Crackers

1933
Counsellor at Law
Duck Soup

1934
Little Man, What Now?

1935
Triumph of the Will

1937
The Dybbuk
Grand Illusion
Green Fields
The Life of Emile Zola

1938
Professor Mamlock
Three Comrades

1939
Tevye

1940
The Great Dictator
The Moral Storm
The Shop Around the Corner

1944
Till We Meet Again

1947
Body and Soul
Crossfire
Gentleman’s Agreement
The Last Stage

1948
Letter from an Unknown Woman
The Search

1949
Samson and Delilah

1951
David and Bathsheba

1955
A Generation
Night and Fog

1956
A Kid for Two Farthings
The Ten Commandments

1957
Kanal
Twelve Angry Men

1958
Ashes and Diamonds

1959
The Diary of Anne Frank
Middle of the Night

1960
The Apartment
David and Goliath
Esther and the King
Exodus
The Story of Ruth

1961
Judgment at Nuremberg

1963
The Nutty Professor

1964
The Patsy
Sallah

1965
The Pawnbroker
The Shop on Main Street

1966
Cast a Giant Shadow

1967
The Graduate
The Old Man and the Boy
The Producers

1968
Bye, Bye Braverman
Funny Girl
The Producers

1969
Army of Shadows
Goodbye Columbus
The Sorrow and the Pity

1970
The Garden of the Fitzi-Continis

1971
Fiddler on the Roof

1972
The Heartbreak Kid

1973
The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob
The Merchant of Venice
The Way We Were

1974
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
Blazing Saddles
Moses the Lawgiver
Young Frankenstein

1975
Hester Street
Jacob the Liar
Welfare

1976
The Front
Next Stop Greenwich Village
Raid on Entebbe

1977
Annie Hall
Number Our Days
Operation Thunderbolt

1978
Holocaust

1979
The Frisco Kid

1980
The Last Metro
Playing for Time

1981
Chariots of Fire
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Chosen

1982
A Woman Called Golda
Sophie’s Choice
Tootsie
The White Rose

1983
To Be or Not To Be
Yentl
Zelig

1984
Once Upon a Time in America

1985
Lost in America
Shoah

1986
Alex in Love
An American Tale
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Poor Butterfly

1987
Au Revoir, Les Enfants
Dirty Dancing
Escape from Sobibor
Late Summer Blues
Operation Thunderbolt
Radio Days
Sweet Lorraine

1988
Biloxi Blues
Crossing Delancey
The Tenth Man
Torch Song Trilogy

1989
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Driving Miss Daisy
Enemies, A Love Story
The Plot Against Harry
When Harry Met Sally

1990
Avalon
The Plot Against Harry
Reversal of Fortune

1991
Barton Fink
Bugsy
Europa, Europa
Homicide
Intimate Stranger

1992
Birthplace
School Ties

1993
Lost in Yonkers
Me Ivan, You Abraham
Schindler’s List

1994
Like a Bride
Quiz Show

1995
Clueless
La Haina

1996
Nobody’s Business

1997
Life is Beautiful

1998
American History X
The Big Lebowski
The Last Days
Pi
A Price Above Rubies
The Prince of Egypt
Zug des Lebens [Train of Life]

1999
Aimée and Jaguar
The Children of Chabannes
Liberty Heights
Kadosh
One Day in September
Sunshine
Train of Life

2000
Divided We Fall
Keeping the Faith
Kippur
In the Beginning
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
X-Men

2001
Focus
God is Great, I’m Not
Kissing Jessica Stein
Late Marriage
Promises
Trembling before God

2002
The Grey Zone
Late Marriage
Local Angel
The Pianist
Punch-Drunk Love
Shanghai Ghetto

2003
American Splendor
It Runs in the Family
The Hebrew Hammer
Monsieur Ibrahim
Rosenstrasse

2004
Anne Frank Remembered
Arna’s Children
Downfall
Go for Zucker
The Governess
Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance after the Holocaust
Paper Clips
Teknolust
The Syrian Bride
Ushpizin
Walk on Water

2005
Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State
Everything is Illuminated
Jacob the Liar
Munich
La Petite Jerusalem
Live and Become
The Merchant of Venice
Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
The Squid and the Whale
When Do We Eat?
Zero Degrees of Separation

2006
Borat
Black Book
Dear Mr. Waldman
I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal
Lucky Number Slevin
One Night with the King
Sixty Six
Turn Left at the End of the World
Unsettled

2007
A Mighty Heart
Arranged
The Band’s Visit
Black Book
The Counterfeiters
Ira and Abby
Jellyfish
My Father, My Lord
Praying with Lior
The Rape of Europa
The Secrets
Six Days in June
Steal a Pencil for Me

2008
Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Deal
Defiance
Refusenik
The Reader
Waltz with Bashir
The Wave
You Don’t Mess With the Zohan

2009
A Serious Man
An Education
Being Jewish in France
Eyes Wide Open
The Counterfeiters
Inglourious Basterds
The Unborn
Year One
Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg

2010
A Film Unfinished
Casino Jack
Casino Jack and the United States of Money
Freedom Riders
Holy Rollers
Howl
The Infidel
Joan Rivers – A Piece of Work
The Social Network

2011
Footnote

2012
5 Broken Cameras
Fill the Void
Not in Tel Aviv
Yossi

2013
American Jerusalem
The Book Thief

27 responses to “List of Films

  1. rabbi brian zimmerman

    This site is a wonderful resource, but three films should be added that offer a range of different perspectives of the image of the Jewish mother/ Bubbie both positive and negative. Male Jewish Directors and writers have not been kind to their mothers in American film. To explore that concept I recommend Next Stop Greenwich Village. This is Paul Mazursky’s childhood remembrance of breaking away that features a funny but somewhat offensive nagging and clinging Jewish mother played by Shelly Winters. The perfect companion is Crossing Delancy directed by Joan Micklin Silver, which I like to call a Bubbie empowerment film. This film however has a few things to say about young and confused supposedly liberated young Jewish women. The final piece of the evolution of the American film puzzle can be seen in Kissing Jessica Stein which features a mother who is initially stereotypical but develops into the smartest and most embracing and modern person in the film. There are a lot of conversations to be had about American Jews by viewing this three films in context.

  2. Hi,
    I love reading your reviews and guides. If you’re looking for more movies to add, I would suggest “To be or not to be” – a great 1983 Mel Brooks/Ann Bancroft

    • Thanks, Sheryl! I will add it ASAP.

      If you have any other suggestions, I’m all ears (well, in this medium, eyes.)

  3. Lucky Number Slevin has a few characters and references to Judaism. Good Flick and definetly represents us to the wider world…thought it would be good to add.

  4. Shalom, I’m Alexander, director by studio “RIF’.

    • Shalom, Alexander! I am delighted to learn about your studio, and look forward to acquainting myself with your films.

      – Rabbi Adar

  5. Helen Chronister

    The British film, Sixty six, about a boy planning his bar mitzvah can be viewed and enjoyed by the entire family.

  6. “Fresh, shrewd, fascinating.” The Jewish Advocate raves about “The Matchmaker”, Israel’s smash hit coming-of-age film from director Avi Nesher, coming to Boston this Friday! Set in 1968, “The Matchmaker” follows Arik, an Israeli-born teenage boy who gets a summer job with a mysterious matchmaker named Yankele Bride. Bride takes him on a dangerous coming of age ride into the urban underbelly of Haifa during the time of the Six-Day War. “The Matchmaker” has already become an huge audience favorite in the US, playing for over 14 weeks and counting in Florida.

  7. Dear Rabbi Adar,

    I just wanted you to know that I have just written and posted an article about “Raiders of the Lost Ark” which responds to your review, and expands upon my comments of the other day. Thanks for insppiring me.

    Jonathan

  8. I forgot to mention the original 1942 To Be or Not to be – With Jack Benny and Carole Lombard. It was an really film to be produced about the Holocaust in 1942!
    Also Bee Season (2005) Richard Gere is a profession of Jewish mysticism – but his interest slides into obsession and affects his wife and 2 children.

  9. I suggest “The memory of the righteous” of Victor Vegan a pilot for a fiction about a catholic priest who discover his roots descending from spanish anusim

  10. Hi Ruth! I recently saw “Snow in August” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0262776/ I had read the book when it came out and enjoyed it. In the early 50s(?) a young Irish American boy who witnesses the local thug beating up a Jewish storekeeper, ends up befriending a rabbi who survived the Holocaust.

  11. The film “Eyes Wide Open” (2009) is also very impressive. It’s about a married, Orthodox Jewish father of four who falls in love with a twenty-two year old male student. (I watched the film on Youtube)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1424327/

  12. Shalom,
    two recommendations: Arranged Marriage- what a movie! opens up to show how close we are, beyond our differences. the other one, Fill the void-
    an interesting perspective to learn about haredim close life.

  13. Here’s another recommendation—Fill the Void. It’s an Israeli film about the Haredi community and arranged marriages. Really well acted and fascinating.

  14. I enjoyed a movie I just saw in the USA called, “The Book Thief.” I believe it was made in 2013. It’s setting is in Germany during Hitler’s regime. It’s has abit of violence but no gore. No bad language that I can remember. It would be ok for older children and is a decent movie. It keeps your attention. It’s alittle over 2hrs in length. Highly recommended.

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