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The Very Best Jewish Movies 

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Updated March 19, 2020 1.7k votes 133 voters 3.7k views 68 items

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

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

Released: 1971

Directed by: Norman Jewison

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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Every Song in Fiddler on the Roof, Ranked by Singability #11 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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#8 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #4 of 360 The Best Movies Based On Bookslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

Released: 1956

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

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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#23 of 69 The Best Movies That Are Super Long #274 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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The Pianist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

Released: 2002

Directed by: Roman Polanski

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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#94 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #41 of 69 The Best Movies That Are Super Longlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Exodus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb

Released: 1960

Directed by: Otto Preminger

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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#228 of 598 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #181 of 581 The Greatest Film Scores of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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The Jazz Singer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Myrna Loy, Al Jolson, William Demarest

Released: 1927

Directed by: Gordon Hollingshead, Alan Crosland

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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#155 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #98 of 195 The Best Movies About Music #12 of 22 The Most Important 'Firsts' In Film History

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The Prince of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer

Released: 1998

Directed by: Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner

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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#28 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #55 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Yentl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving

Released: 1983

Directed by: Barbra Streisand

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

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#171 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #491 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey

Released: 1972

Directed by: Bob Fosse

Cabaret is a 1972 musical film directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey. The film is set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931, under the ominous ...more

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The Best Cabaret Bands/Artists #38 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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The Diary of Anne Frank ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
rocky 35 added Shelley Winters, Ed Wynn, Millie Perkins

Released: 1959

Directed by: George Stevens

The Diary of Anne Frank is a 1959 film based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name, which was based on the diary of Anne Frank. It was directed by George Stevens, with a screenplay ...more

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#88 of 214 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #1,297 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

Released: 1959

Directed by: William Wyler

Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler, produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Hugh ...more

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Funny Girl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Anne Francis

Released: 1968

Directed by: William Wyler

Funny Girl, the film, is a 1968 American biographical romantic musical comedy-drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Isobel Lennart was adapted from her book for the eponymous ...more

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Every Song in Funny Girl, Ranked by Singability #53 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on The Most Popular Broadway Musicals of All Time

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An American Tail is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise

Released: 1986

Directed by: Don Bluth

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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#54 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #65 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #135 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

Released: 1987

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

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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#17 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #3 of 299 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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A Woman Called Golda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
LawrenceVoltz added Ingrid Bergman, Leonard Nimoy, Ned Beatty

Released: 1982

Directed by: Alan Gibson

A Woman Called Golda is a 1982 American made-for-television film biopic of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Made by Paramount Television and directed by Alan Gibson, the film stars Ingrid ...more
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Life Is Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz, Richard Sammel

Released: 1997

Directed by: Roberto Benigni

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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Chariots of Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

Released: 1981

Directed by: Hugh Hudson

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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Anne Frank Remembered is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
rocky 35 added Glenn Close, Kenneth Branagh, Joely Richardson

Released: 1995

Directed by: Jon Blair

Anne Frank Remembered is a 1995 documentary film by Jon Blair about the life of the diarist Anne Frank. The documentary was made in association with Anne Frank House, Walt Disney Pictures and ...more
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The Producers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Zero Mostel

Released: 1967

Directed by: Mel Brooks

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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Every Song in The Producers, Ranked by Singability #149 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Defiance is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
rocky 35 added Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Mia Wasikowska

Released: 2008

Directed by: Edward Zwick

Defiance is a 2008 WWII era film written, produced, and directed by Edward Zwick, and set during the occupation of Belarus by Nazi Germany. The film is an account of the Bielski partisans, a ...more

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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Sigourney Weaver

Released: 1977

Directed by: Woody Allen

Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen. Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer (Allen) falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall (Diane Keaton).

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Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Jessica Tandy

Released: 1989

Directed by: Bruce Beresford

Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Bruce Beresford and written by Alfred Uhry, based on Uhry's play of the same name. The film stars Jessica Tandy, Morgan ...more

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The Frisco Kid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Harrison Ford, Gene Wilder, William Smith

Released: 1979

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

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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#222 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #584 of 1,138 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #677 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies
Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Blazing Saddles is a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, the film was written by Brooks, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Norman ...more

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Brighton Beach Memoirs ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Jewish Movies

Directed by: Gene Saks

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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