Film The Very Best Jewish Movies  

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List Rules Movies must have a primary focus on practicing Judaism—not just on Jewish characters. Includes documentaries.

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When it comes to movies created by Jewish people, some of the greatest films ever made find their way onto the list. Hollywood has long been full of creative people from all nationalities, religious backgrounds, races, sexual preference, and anything else you can think of, but some of the most influential and creative people working behind the scenes have been Jewish. Determining what makes a movie "Jewish" requires looking into the people who worked on the film, but also the content.

You won't find every movie made by Mel Brooks or Woody Allen on this list seeing as Spaceballs and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask were made by Jewish people, but practicing Judaism or being Jewish was hardly the central theme of the film. Similarly, people like Steven Spielberg have a huge body of work, but only one of his films made the cut for this list and you can probably guess which one. Jewish films that make the cut for this list involve Jewish creators, but also content about Jewish people. Neil Simon's amazing body of work often involves his own life story, which is why movies like Biloxi Blues and Brighton Beach Memoirs can be found here. 

This list has everything from old Jewish movies like the 1947 Body and Soul to new films like 2017's Disobedience. Did your favorite Jewish film make the list? Add the best Jewish movies you think should have been included and rate your favorite to the top!

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Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Paul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol, Molly Picon Fiddler on the Roof is a 1971 American musical comedy-drama film produced and directed by Norman Jewison. It is an adaptation of the 1964 Broadway musical of the same name, with music composed ...more

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more

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The Prince of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated epic musical biblical film and the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures. The film is an adaptation of ...more

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An American Tail is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise An American Tail is a 1986 American animated musical adventure film directed by Don Bluth and produced by Sullivan Bluth Studios and Amblin Entertainment. The film tells the story of Fievel ...more

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Once Upon a Time in America is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro, James Woods Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 Italian epic drama film co-written and directed by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. It chronicles the lives of Jewish ghetto youths ...more

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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Woody Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy directed by Woody Allen from a screenplay he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman. Produced by Allen's manager, Charles H. Joffe, the film stars Allen as ...more

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The Frisco Kid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Harrison Ford, Gene Wilder, William Smith The Frisco Kid is a 1979 movie directed by Robert Aldrich. The movie is a Western comedy featuring Gene Wilder as Avram Belinski, a Polish rabbi who is traveling to San Francisco, and Harrison ...more

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Fill the Void is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Yael Tal, Yiftach Klein, Razia Israeli Fill the Void is a 2012 drama film written and directed by Rama Burshtein.

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The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner The Ten Commandments is a 1956 American religious epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in VistaVision, and released by Paramount Pictures. It dramatizes the biblical story ...more

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Waltz with Bashir is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Yehezkel Lazarov, Mickey Leon One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. As Ari delves deeper and deeper ...more

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The Jazz Singer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Myrna Loy, Al Jolson, William Demarest The Jazz Singer is a 1927 American musical film. The first feature-length motion picture with synchronized dialogue sequences, its release heralded the commercial ascendance of the ...more

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more

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The Producers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Zero Mostel The Producers is a 1968 American satirical dark comedy film written and directed by Mel Brooks. The film is set in the late 1960s and it tells the story of a theatrical producer and an ...more

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Life Is Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz, Richard Sammel Life Is Beautiful is a 1997 Italian tragicomedy comedy-drama film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a Jewish Italian book shop owner, who must employ his ...more

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Exodus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb Exodus is a 1960 epic film made by Alpha and Carlyle Productions and distributed by United Artists. Produced and directed by Otto Preminger, the film was based on the 1958 novel Exodus, by Leon ...more

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Brighton Beach Memoirs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Brighton Beach Memoirs is a semi-autobiographical play by Neil Simon, the first chapter in what is known as his Eugene trilogy. It precedes Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound.

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Au revoir, les enfants is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Irène Jacob, François Berléand, Philippe Morier-Genoud Au revoir les enfants is an autobiographical 1987 film written, produced and directed by Louis Malle. The screenplay was published by Gallimard in the same year. The film won the Golden Lion at ...more

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Keeping the Faith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Ben Stiller, Edward Norton, Jenna Elfman Keeping the Faith is a 2000 American romantic comedy film, written by Stuart Blumberg and directed by Edward Norton. It stars Ben Stiller, Norton, Jenna Elfman, Eli Wallach, and Anne Bancroft. ...more

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Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Jessica Tandy Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film adapted from the Alfred Uhry play of the same name. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford, with Morgan Freeman reprising his role as ...more

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Wet Hot American Summer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler Wet Hot American Summer is a 2001 satirical comedy film directed by David Wain from a screenplay written by David Wain and Michael Showalter, starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, ...more

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Chariots of Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of ...more

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The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kr... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Richard Dreyfuss, Randy Quaid, Denholm Elliott The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is a 1974 Canadian comedy-drama film directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring Richard Dreyfuss. It is based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Mordecai

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A Serious Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Simon Helberg, Richard Kind, Adam Arkin A Serious Man is a 2009 dark comedy written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film stars Michael Stuhlbarg as a Minnesota Jewish man whose life crumbles both ...more

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The Pianist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox The Pianist is a 2002 historical drama film co-produced and directed by Roman Polanski, scripted by Ronald Harwood, and starring Adrien Brody. It is based on the autobiographical book The ...more

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Yentl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving Yentl is a 1983 romantic musical drama film from United Artists, and directed, co-written, co-produced, and starring Barbra Streisand based on the play of the same name by Leah Napolin and Isaac ...more