More often than not, Jewish films do not revolve around the religion of the minority and are considered to be Jewish solely because of the time and place they are set in, which a lot of times could be the World War II. They could also be considered Jewish because of their cast or because of the filmmakers involved in the making of the film. An example of this would be Woody Allen’s films. Jewish films and directors have been a major part of Hollywood since ages, with their numbers probably reaching thousands. So choosing a few good ones out of so many can at times be an unnerving task. What makes a movie worth watching can be relative and may not usually include movies that just won awards. Some movies do have major flaws and imperfections in them but that does not mean they’re not good enough.
The films mentioned below may not be the best, but they’re all surely worth your time and deserve a chance. Some of these are highly acclaimed movies, some are award-winning masterpieces while some just make you laugh and cry with the character. We’ve managed to create a list of top Jewish movies so that there’s something for everyone’s taste. You can watch several of these Jewish movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
15. Schindler’s List (1993)
This biopic about Oskar Schindler is a well known Jewish film. It’s so good you can revisit it again and again from time to time. The film tells the story of Oskar Schindler and how his life had entirely changed during World War II after he started to empathize with the lives of the Jews around him. Oskar initially was a greedy profit-seeking businessman who was just worried about the functioning of his factory while his Jew employees were being sent to concentration camps. He decided to give these Jews a roof under which they could hide, but soon, his factory became the home for many other Jews who just want to avoid going to the concentration camps. A selfish greedy businessman finally begins to show the good in him as he saves the lives of more than a thousand Jews from getting gassed at a nearby camp. ‘Schindler’s List’ is one of the best Jewish films out there and this classic should not be missed.
14. Life is Beautiful (1997)
‘Life is beautiful’ is about how one can manage to find happiness even in the darkest of days. It tells us the story of a father who uses fantasy and humor to protect his son from the dark and hostile world all around them which is full of Nazi death camps. He makes his son imagine the whole Holocaust as a game and the winning prize of this game would be a tank. Roberto Benigni has done almost everything in this film, from writing to directing and even acting. He got nominated for 4 Oscars and won two of them for Best Picture and Best Acting and he truly deserves it for his breathtakingly good and fresh performance. ‘Life is Beautiful’ is one film that you will never regret watching.