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1. Defiance (I) (2008)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, History

7.2
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58 Metascore

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.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos

Votes: 131,085 | Gross: $28.64M

2. Sunshine (1999)

R | 181 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.5
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71 Metascore

The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century.

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Ehle

Votes: 12,425 | Gross: $5.10M

3. The Dovekeepers (2015)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance

5.5
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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.

Stars: Maia Laura Attard, André Agius, Jonas Armstrong, Diego Boneta

Votes: 787

4. Esther and the King (1960)

Approved | 109 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.5
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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 »

Directors: Raoul Walsh, Mario Bava | Stars: Joan Collins, Richard Egan, Denis O'Dea, Sergio Fantoni

Votes: 541

5. Masada (1981)

394 min | Action, Drama, History

7.8
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After the destruction of the Second Temple, nine hundred Jewish zealots hold out against a five thousand man Roman legion on the mountaintop fortress of Masada.

Stars: Peter O'Toole, Peter Strauss, Barbara Carrera, Alan Feinstein

Votes: 1,931

6. The Eternal Jew (1940)

62 min | Documentary, History

5.0
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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.

Director: Fritz Hippler | Stars: Curt Bois, Charles Chaplin, Albert Einstein, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 3,342

7. The Fixer (1968)

M | 132 min | Drama

6.8
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In Czarist Russia, around 1911, a Russian-Jewish handyman, Yakov Bok (Sir Alan Bates), is wrongly imprisoned for a most unlikely crime.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde, Georgia Brown, Hugh Griffith

Votes: 1,108

8. Hester Street (1975)

PG | 89 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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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 »

Director: Joan Micklin Silver | Stars: Steven Keats, Carol Kane, Mel Howard, Dorrie Kavanaugh

Votes: 1,158

9. Joe's Palace (2007 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 108 min | Drama

6.9
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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.

Director: Stephen Poliakoff | Stars: Michael Gambon, Danny Lee Wynter, Rupert Penry-Jones, Kelly Reilly

Votes: 972

10. The Jews Are Coming (2014– )

24 min | Comedy, History

8.2
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Satire sketches, examining the history of the Jewish people since biblical times.

Stars: Moni Moshonov, Yael Sharoni, Yaniv Biton, Ido Mosseri

Votes: 127

11. Defamation (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

7.4
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58 Metascore

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?"

Director: Yoav Shamir | Stars: Yoav Shamir, Abraham Foxman, Bob Wolfson, Notav

Votes: 1,323 | Gross: $0.01M

12. Four Blood Moons (2015)

PG | 84 min | Documentary, History

4.7
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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 »

Director: Kieth Merrill | Stars: Cameron Amari, Jane Bailey, Darryl Baldwin, Perry Ball

Votes: 141

13. Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998 TV Movie)

98 min | Documentary, History

7.1
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The history of the influence of Eastern European Jewish Emigre culture has had on Hollywood and the films created in its golden age.

Directors: Simcha Jacobovici, Stuart Samuels | Stars: Neal Gabler, R.H. Thomson, J. Hoberman, Arthur Tracy

Votes: 261

14. The Long Way Home (1997)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, History, War

7.5
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The story of the post World War II Jewish refugee situation from liberation to the establishment of the modern state of Israel.

Director: Mark Jonathan Harris | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Israel Lau, Livia Shacter, Abraham Klausner

Votes: 624

15. Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man (2002 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 104 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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56 Metascore

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 »

Director: Alberto Negrin | Stars: Luca Zingaretti, Jérôme Anger, Amanda Sandrelli, Franco Castellano

Votes: 479

16. VeHaaretz Hayta Tohu vaVohu: Toldot Eretz Yisrael (2016–2017)

55 min | Documentary, History

6.5
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The history of the Land of Israel from prehistoric times to the Ottoman period.

Stars: Maharta Baruch, Dori Parnas, Merav Batito, Ishai Golan

Votes: 6

17. Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas (2017)

Documentary, History, Music

7.0
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The amazing story of a group of Jewish songwriters who wrote the soundtrack to Christmas.

Director: Larry Weinstein | Stars: Larry Weinstein, Ben Sidran, Jennifer 8. Lee, Ophira Eisenberg

Votes: 31

18. The Imported Bridegroom (1990)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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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 »

Director: Pamela Berger | Stars: Eugene Troobnick, Greta Cowan, Ira Goldenberg, Avi Hoffman

Votes: 15

19. A Letter from London (2017)

50 min | Documentary, History

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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 »

Director: Doug Dalgleish | Stars: Louisa Clein, Chaim Yavin

20. The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.6
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75 Metascore

The life and career of Hank Greenberg, the first major Jewish baseball star in the Major Leagues.

Director: Aviva Kempner | Stars: Reeve Brenner, Hank Greenberg, Walter Matthau, Alan M. Dershowitz

Votes: 741 | Gross: $1.70M

21. The Story of the Jews (2013– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

7.1
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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

Votes: 225

22. The Impure (2017)

69 min | Documentary, History

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"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 »

Director: Daniel Najenson | Stars: Daniel Najenson, Sonia Sánchez

23. The Thirteenth Day: The Story of Esther (1979 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.6
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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 »

Director: Leo Penn | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Tony Musante, Harris Yulin, Nehemiah Persoff

Votes: 23

24. The Tree of Life (2008)

76 min | Documentary, History

4.2
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A woman from Los Angeles travels to Italy to trace the roots of her Italian Jewish ancestors.

Director: Hava Volterra | Stars: Viviana Gerner, Fabrizio Lelli, Alessandra Veronese, Sergio Della Pergola

Votes: 13

25. Perlasca (1993)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, History, War

8.2
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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.

Director: Nina Gladitz | Stars: Amelia Ingles-Fernandez, Giorgio Perlasca

Votes: 35

26. William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible (2010)

55 min | Documentary

6.5
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"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 »

Directors: Charles Atlas, Susan Sollins | Stars: William Kentridge, Nokrismesi Skota, Philip Miller, Samuel Kentridge

Votes: 17

27. In Our Own Hands (2000)

85 min | Documentary, War

7.6
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The story of the only all-Jewish fighting force in World War II.

Director: Chuck Olin | Stars: Peter Thomas, Mike Nussbaum, Nicholas Rudall, Arie Amir

Votes: 43

28. Operation Wedding (2016)

63 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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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 »

Director: Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov | Stars: Anatoly Altman, Ruth Bar-On, Philipp Bobkov, Oleg Kalugin

Votes: 13

29. The 81st Blow (1974)

92 min | Documentary

8.0
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Historical documentary made up of footage and stills shot by the Nazis. A compilation of testimony from witnesses who appeared at the Eichmann trial provides a telling narrative.

Directors: David Bergman, Jacques Ehrlich, Haim Gouri

Votes: 17

30. Lights (1984 TV Short)

24 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.4
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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.

Director: Yehuda Wurtzel | Stars: Judd Hirsch, Paul Michael Glaser, Leonard Nimoy, Nannette Zussman

Votes: 31

31. Little Castle (2012)

22 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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Little Castle is a poetic reflection on memory as a force that shapes identity, and as a longing for a past that is gone and unrecoverable. Nadine von Mauthner, born a Rothschild in ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Froidevaux

32. Eyes of the Holocaust (2000)

56 min | Documentary, History

5.2
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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.

Director: János Szász | Stars: Kati Sabella, Rezsõné Bartha, Júlia Buda, Judit Burg

Votes: 145

33. Aliyah DaDa (2015)

115 min | Documentary

7.5
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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.

Director: Oana Giurgiu | Stars: Marcel Janco, Tristan Tzara

Votes: 34

34. Salome of the Tenements (1925)

70 min | Drama, Romance

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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 »

Director: Sidney Olcott | Stars: Jetta Goudal, Godfrey Tearle, José Ruben, Lazar Freed

35. The Other Men in Black (2013)

History

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A young film student finds creative inspiration in her grandfather's stories about the Hasidic movement, its history, beliefs, and impact on Jewish culture.

Director: Philip R. Garrett | Stars: Fyvush Finkel, Suzy Kohane, Jon Osbeck, Matisyahu

36. Santa Fe (1986 TV Movie)

110 min | Drama

7.7
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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 »

Director: Axel Corti | Stars: Valda Aviks, Gabriel Barylli, Monica Bleibtreu, Tilli Breidenbach

Votes: 95

37. Témoignages pour Mémoire (2007)

55 min | Documentary

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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 »

Director: Claudine Drame | Stars: Henri Borlant, Marcel Jabelot, Violette Jacquet-Silberstein

38. The Kibbutz (2011)

60 min | Documentary

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The history of the kibbutzim in Israel.

Star: Modi Bar-On

39. The Longest Journey (2013)

50 min | Documentary

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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.

Director: Ruggero Gabbai | Stars: Alberto Israel, Stella Levi, Sami Modiano

40. What I Saw in Hebron (1999)

73 min | Documentary

6.5
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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 »

Directors: Dan Geva, Noit Geva

Votes: 12

41. A Sculpture of Love and Anguish: The Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial (1998 TV Movie)

27 min | Documentary

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Director: David Braman | Stars: Topol, Kenneth Treister, Elie Wiesel

42. Waves of Freedom (2008 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary, History

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Interviewees, supported by authentic documentary footage, reminisce about defying the British blockade to bring Jewish refugees into the future state of Israel.

Director: Alan Rosenthal | Stars: Murray Greenfield, Harold Katz

43. The Last Sea (1984)

100 min | Documentary

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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 »

Directors: David Bergman, Jacques Ehrlich, Haim Gouri

44. Flames in the Ashes (1985)

96 min | Documentary

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This film, the third in a trilogy examines Jewish resistance during World War II.

Directors: Jacques Ehrlich, Haim Gouri

45. Weizenbaum. Rebel at Work. (2007)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

6.9
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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 »

Directors: Peter Haas, Silvia Holzinger | Stars: Joseph Weizenbaum, Naomi Weizenbaum, Ruth Weizenbaum

Votes: 21

46. Colorful Curacao (1939)

9 min | Documentary, Short

6.1
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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

Votes: 13

47. The Star, the Castle & the Butterfly (1991)

25 min | Documentary, Short

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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.

Director: Naomi Gryn | Star: Hugo Gryn

48. True Child of Vienna (2000)

52 min | Documentary

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Imre and Max Rochlitz, two brothers who fled Nazi Vienna in 1938 when they were in their early teens, return to the sites of their childhood: their High School, their apartment, the ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Rochlitz

49. Millennium (1996–1999)
Episode: Forcing the End (I) (1999)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.9
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Frank and Emma investigate when a group of religious fanatics kidnap a pregnant Jewish woman.

Director: Thomas J. Wright | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Terry O'Quinn, Klea Scott, Jason Emanuel

Votes: 157

50. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: From Shtetl to Swing (2005)

58 min | Music

9.0
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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 »

Director: Fabienne Rousso-Lenoir | Stars: Harold Arlen, Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin

Votes: 6



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