Most Popular Jewish History Movies and TV Shows
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1. Defiance (I) (2008)
R | 137 min | Action, Drama, History
Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters, and endeavor to build a village, in order to protect themselves and about one thousand Jewish non-combatants.
Votes: 131,085 | Gross: $28.64M
3. The Dovekeepers (2015)
TV-14 | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance
Based in Alice Hoffman's historical novel about the Siege of Masada, the miniseries focuses on four extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada.
4. Esther and the King (1960)
Approved | 109 min | Biography, Drama, History
Two decades before she would gain fame and some fortune as Alexis Carrington in television's Dynasty series, Joan Collins starred as Esther in this melodramatic, routine Biblical story. The... See full summary »
6. The Eternal Jew (1940)
62 min | Documentary, History
Under the guise of a brutally honest documentary, this malevolent propaganda film aims to be an "indispensable tool in the hands of the Aryan race", designed to depict the "true" Jew when the masks of western civilisation fall off.
8. Hester Street (1975)
PG | 89 min | Drama, Romance
It's 1896. Yankel Bogovnik, a Russian Jew, emigrated to the United States three years earlier and has settled where many of his background have, namely on Hester Street on the Lower East ... See full summary »
9. Joe's Palace (2007 TV Movie)
TV-MA | 108 min | Drama
A drama centered on the relationship between Elliot, a strange and wealthy Londoner, and Joe, a teenager who takes care of an empty house Elliot owns.
11. Defamation (2009)
Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary
Intent on shaking up the ultimate 'sacred cow' for Jews, Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative - and at times irreverent - quest to answer the question, "What is anti-Semitism today?"
Votes: 1,323 | Gross: $0.01M
12. Four Blood Moons (2015)
PG | 84 min | Documentary, History
It is rare that science, history and scripture align with each other, yet the last three series of Four Blood Moons have done exactly that. Are these the "signs" that God refers to in the ... See full summary »
13. Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998 TV Movie)
98 min | Documentary, History
The history of the influence of Eastern European Jewish Emigre culture has had on Hollywood and the films created in its golden age.
14. The Long Way Home (1997)
Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, History, War
The story of the post World War II Jewish refugee situation from liberation to the establishment of the modern state of Israel.
15. Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man (2002 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 104 min | Biography, Drama, History
It is the real story of Giorgio Perlasca (Luca Zingaretti). During the 1920s he was an Italian Fascist supporter, fighting in Africa an in the Spanish civil war where he deserved a safe ... See full summary »
18. The Imported Bridegroom (1990)
90 min | Comedy, Drama
Asriel Stroon has done well for himself since arriving in America, but has he lost his purity of soul in the process? On a return visit to his Polish hometown, he makes amends by arranging ... See full summary »
19. A Letter from London (2017)
50 min | Documentary, History
A Letter from London explores Britain's central role in the creation of Israel, exploring the reasons why Britain promised a "Homeland for Jews" at a time when the country was fighting the ... See full summary »
20. The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998)
PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
The life and career of Hank Greenberg, the first major Jewish baseball star in the Major Leagues.
Votes: 741 | Gross: $1.70M
21. The Story of the Jews (2013– )
TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary
The Story of the Jews is a television series, in five parts, presented by British historian Simon Schama. It was broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Two in September 2013 and in the ... See full summary »
Star: Simon Schama
22. The Impure (2017)
69 min | Documentary, History
"The Impure" is a documentary film which brings to live a dark story who took place in Argentina in the early 20th century. The "Impures" was how the Argentinian Jewish pimps were called by... See full summary »
23. The Thirteenth Day: The Story of Esther (1979 TV Movie)
60 min | Drama, History, Romance
Aired as a one-hour special on ABC-TV, this drama told the Old Testament story of a young queen who had to defend both herself and her people after a power-mad advisor convinces her husband... See full summary »
25. Perlasca (1993)
Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, History, War
Giorgio Perlasca was an Italian cattle dealer who was sympathetic to the fascist cause until September 8, 1943. Perlasca was in Budapest, Hungary, on a business trip when he had the opportunity to see Jews were being treated.
26. William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible (2010)
55 min | Documentary
"William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible" gives viewers an intimate look into the mind and creative process of William Kentridge, the South African artist whose acclaimed charcoal drawings,... See full summary »
28. Operation Wedding (2016)
63 min | Documentary, History
Leningrad, 1970. A group of young Jewish dissidents plots to hijack an empty plane and escape the USSR. Caught by the KGB a few steps from boarding, they were sentenced to years in the ... See full summary »
30. Lights (1984 TV Short)
24 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
A family-friendly version of the story of Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday also known as The Festival of Lights. Playful lights (letters) arrive from the sky one day for people to enjoy, but invading Greeks try to impose their alphabet instead.
32. Eyes of the Holocaust (2000)
56 min | Documentary, History
Steven Spielberg and Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation present interviews with survivors of the Nazi death camps in Hungary. Their tragic testimonies are illustrated through newsreels from the era and archival photos.
33. Aliyah DaDa (2015)
115 min | Documentary
A documentary about the Jewish people in Romania and their several migrations towards Israel, across history and changing political frames - everything presented in a self-proclaimed dadaist style.
34. Salome of the Tenements (1925)
70 min | Drama, Romance
Sonya Mendel (nicknamed Salome because of the string of scalps she wears at her belt!) is the daughter of poor Jewish immigrants on New York's Lower East Side. Clever and pretty, she works ... See full summary »
36. Santa Fe (1986 TV Movie)
110 min | Drama
Santa Fe begins where Corti's 1982 film God Does Not Believe In Us Anymore leaves off. In 1940, a ship arrives in New York harbor filled with exhausted Jewish immigrants desperate to begin ... See full summary »
37. Témoignages pour Mémoire (2007)
55 min | Documentary
In their own words, Holocaust survivors Henri Borlant, Marcel Jabelot, and Violette Jacquet-Silberstein share their experiences of deportation and incarceration in concentration camps ... See full summary »
39. The Longest Journey (2013)
50 min | Documentary
This documentary examines the 2,000 year-old Jewish community of Rhodes that was almost destroyed when the majority of its residents were transported to Auschwitz in the summer of 1944.
40. What I Saw in Hebron (1999)
73 min | Documentary
Seventy years after the 1929 Hebron massacre, directors Noit and Dan Geva bring us the personal testimony of 12 people who survived the atrocity. Noit Geva's grandmother, who was only 16 ... See full summary »
43. The Last Sea (1984)
100 min | Documentary
This film, the second in a trilogy deals with the illegal Jewish immigrants - Holocaust survivors - who, between 1945 and 1948, overcame incredible hardships to get to Israel and, by their ... See full summary »
45. Weizenbaum. Rebel at Work. (2007)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary
The Jewish Weizenbaum family left Germany and their family furrier business in 1936, and started all over in Detroit, Michigan, when Joseph was 13. At a time when the German capital, Berlin... See full summary »
46. Colorful Curacao (1939)
9 min | Documentary, Short
The camera stays mostly in Willemstad, on the island of Curacao, in the Dutch Antilles. We enter from the harbor and sail up the only main street in the world that accommodates ships. An ... See full summary »
Star: James A. FitzPatrick
47. The Star, the Castle & the Butterfly (1991)
25 min | Documentary, Short
Tour Prague's legendary Jewish quarter with Rabbi Hugo Gryn as he visits some of its most evocative sites and recalls a world that is no more. Filmed six months before Prague's 1989 Velvet Revolution.
Great Performances (1971– )
From Shtetl to Swing
58 min | Music
A collective journey from synagogue choirs to Harlem hot spots, from Yiddish theater to musical extravaganza, from klezmer to ragtime, from symphonic jazz to swing. All the way from the ... See full summary »