Best Israeli Films

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1.
Sallah (1964)
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The sharp, often hilarious satire that became the most successful film in Israeli history is about new immigrants Sallah and his family... (110 mins.)
Director: Ephraim Kishon
 
2.
Hole in the Moon (1964)
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A new immigrant, Tzelnik, arrives at the port of Jaffa. He goes to live in the Negev desert where he opens a kiosk in the middle of nowhere... (90 mins.)
Director: Uri Zohar
 
3.
Matzor (1969)
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Story of a war-widow pressured by her friends to behave in the role of the heroic widow, and the journey she takes in a country of people under siege. (100 mins.)
Director: Gilberto Tofano
 
4.
Ha-Lahaka (1978)
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Comedic musical, about an army singing group. (112 mins.)
Director: Avi Nesher
 
5.
Blues Lahofesh Hagadol (1987)
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A group of close friends celebrate the bittersweet changes coming to their lives during the summer of... (90 mins.)
Director: Renen Schorr
 
6.
Gmar Gavi'a (1991)
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An Israeli soldier is taken hostage by a small PLO squad in lebanon. The soldier planned to go on vacation... (105 mins.)
Director: Eran Riklis
 
7.
The House on Chelouche Street (1973)
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A fatherless family immigrates to Israel from Egypt during the British Mandate period. The film traces the hardships the family suffers in the politically unstable country. (110 mins.)
Director: Moshé Mizrahi
 
8.
Walk on Water (2004)
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Following the suicide of his wife, an Israeli intelligence agent is assigned to befriend the grandchildren of a Nazi war criminal. (103 mins.)
Director: Eytan Fox
 
9.
Life According to Agfa (1992)
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The film takes place in Tel Aviv, much of it in a fictitious local pub called Barbie, a satirical nickname... (100 mins.)
Director: Assi Dayan
 
10.
Meduzot (2007)
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Meduzot (the Hebrew word for Jellyfish) tells the story of three very different Israeli women living... (78 mins.)
 
11.
Doda Clara (1977)
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Clara, a polish born Jew, living in Tel Aviv of the 1970's, has her ideas about how people should behave... (94 mins.)
Director: Avraham Heffner
 
12.
Footnote (2011)
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Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak. (107 mins.)
Director: Joseph Cedar
 
13.
Campfire (2004)
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The story of one woman's personal battle for acceptance, but also a portrait of a political movement that has forever affected millions of lives in the Middle East. (96 mins.)
Director: Joseph Cedar
 
14.
Broken Wings (2002)
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Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'. (87 mins.)
Director: Nir Bergman
 
15.
The Policeman (1971)
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Azulai is a policeman in Jaffa, whose incompetence is only matched by his soft-heartedness. His superiors want to send him to early retirement... (87 mins.)
Director: Ephraim Kishon
 
16.
Hamsin (1982)
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Named after the hot desert wind that periodically blows through the Middle East sending temperatures... (88 mins.)
 
17.
Sus Etz (1978)
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Ami Susetz, an Israeli artist, abandons his wife and daughter in New-York, and comes back to his home land after years of absence... (90 mins.)
Director: Yaky Yosha
 
18.
Shuroo (1990)
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(85 mins.)
Director: Savi Gavison
 
19.
Kadosh (1999)
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Two sisters become victims of the patriarchal, ultra-orthodox society. (110 mins.)
Director: Amos Gitai
 
20.
Late Marriage (2001)
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Zaza is a 31-year old Israeli bachelor, handsome and intelligent, and his family wants to see him married... (102 mins.)
 
21.
Avanti popolo (1986)
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June 11th 1967, the Six-Day War is over and the cease fire has just begun. We follow the journey of Gassan and Haled... (84 mins.)
Director: Rafi Bukai
 
22.
Paratroopers (1977)
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Not everyone is born to be a soldier. Not even in Israel, where universal conscription is the tradition... (90 mins.)
Director: Yehuda Ne'eman
 
23.
Amazing Grace (1992)
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Against the backdrop of AIDS, the film explores two families, each with a gay son. Jonathan is splitting... (95 mins.)
Director: Amos Guttman
 
24.
Three Days and a Child (1967)
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Based on a short story by Abraham B. Jehoshua, the movie follows Eli (Oded Kotler) taking care of an old girlfriend's child for three days... (90 mins.)
Director: Uri Zohar
 
25.
Waltz with Bashir (2008 Documentary)
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An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict. (90 mins.)
Director: Ari Folman
 
26.
Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (2003)
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The new math teacher and new school principal discover the 16-year-old underachiever failing classes is really a genius, and the kid's own family's too busy relying on him to mend family fences to notice his brilliance either. (94 mins.)
Director: Shemi Zarhin
 
27.
The Band's Visit (2007)
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A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town. (87 mins.)
Director: Eran Kolirin
 
28.
Halfon Hill Doesn't Answer (1976)
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Sergio Konstanza, a Swindler, owes money to Mr. Hasson. He escapes to the desert where he joins a wacky... (92 mins.)
Director: Assi Dayan
 
29.
Te'alat Blaumilch (1969)
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A slapstick comedy lampooning bureaucracy and the madness of everyday life in Israel centers on an escaped lunatic who digs up the streets of Tel-Aviv with a drill. (95 mins.)
Director: Ephraim Kishon
 
30.
Divine Intervention (2002)
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Separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah arrange clandestine meetings. (92 mins.)
Director: Elia Suleiman
 
31.
Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (1955)
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This was the first movie produced in Israel. It deals with the outbreak of hostilities during the war for independence in 1947... (101 mins.)
 
32.
Ha-Gan (1977)
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An old man tends his garden under the threat of encroaching urbanization. In wanders a beautiful tourist, dazed and naked after a sexual assault, and he mistakes her for an angel. (90 mins.)
Director: Victor Nord
 
33.
Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996)
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(88 mins.)
Director: Elia Suleiman
 
34.
Himmo Melech Yerushalaim (1987)
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Adapted from Yoram Kaniuk's best-selling novel, this heart-rending love story unfolds during the siege of Jerusalem in 1948... (84 mins.)
Director: Amos Guttman
 
35.
Ha-Ayit (1981)
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Boaz, a reserve soldier returns from the battlefield and becomes involved in editing a memorial album... (96 mins.)
Director: Yaky Yosha
 
36.
Or (My Treasure) (2004)
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Or shoulders a lot: she's 17 or 18, a student, works evenings at a restaurant, recycles cans and bottles for cash... (97 mins.)
Director: Keren Yedaya
 
37.
The Exchange (2011)
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A family man becomes obsessed with looking at his own life out of context. (94 mins.)
Director: Eran Kolirin
 
38.
Matzor (1969)
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Story of a war-widow pressured by her friends to behave in the role of the heroic widow, and the journey she takes in a country of people under siege. (100 mins.)
Director: Gilberto Tofano
 
39.
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014)
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After a lukewarm marriage of over twenty years, a woman appeals to her husband's compassion to obtain the desirable divorce document in front of court, which proves to be more challenging than she would expect. (115 mins.)
 
40.
Zero Motivation (2014)
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A unit of female Israeli soldiers at a remote desert base bide their time as they count down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. (97 mins.)
Director: Talya Lavie