Israeli Film: A Reference Guide

From the book "Israeli Film: A Reference Guide" by Amy Kronish and Costel Safirman.

Missing from the IMDb:

82. Hasamba ve'Na'Arei HaHefker (aka "Get Zorkin") (dir. Yoel Zilberg)
193. Shalosh Sha'ot Be'Yuni (aka "Three Hours in June") (dir. Ilan Eldad)
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1.
Roman Behemshechim (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A highly successful lawyer realises, after a cardiac warning, that he may have squandered his life when he left his first wife and all the ideals of youth she stood for, to marry a neurotic poet and join the rat race for money & success. (91 mins.)
Director: Oded Kotler
 
2.
Amazing Grace (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Against the backdrop of AIDS, the film explores two families, each with a gay son. Jonathan is splitting... (95 mins.)
Director: Amos Guttman
 
3.
Ezrah Amerikai (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An Israeli sports journalist befriends an American basketball pro playing in Israel. Although from very different backgrounds, their love for the game deepens their friendship. Each learns to value the other's culture. (100 mins.)
Director: Eitan Green
 
4.
The Appointed (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(94 mins.)
 
5.
Ariana (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: George Obadiah
 
6.
Atalia (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
7.
Ko'ach Meshiha (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Naftali Alter
 
8.
Sheleg B'Ogust (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(82 mins.)
Director: Hagai Levi
 
9.
Doda Clara (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
10.
Avanti popolo (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
11.
Avoda (1935 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
This documentary celebrates the pioneering labors of early Jewish settlers in Palestine, recording the technological and agricultural accomplishments of the pioneers and the idea of a socialist Jewish state. (50 mins.)
Director: Helmar Lerski
 
12.
Autobiographia Dimionit (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Aya is a woman who, since early childhood, has been driven by her father's ambition to see her become successful. Now she is shooting a film and fragments of dreams ad fantasy alternate with reality. (87 mins.)
Director: Michal Bat-Adam
 
13.
Bar 51 (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(95 mins.)
Director: Amos Guttman
 
14.
Lifnei Maher (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Ellida Geira
 
15.
Berlin-Jerusalem (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Two interconnected stories in the 1930s, one set in Berlin, the other in Palestine: Mania Vilbouchevich Shohat (1880-1961)... (89 mins.)
Director: Amos Gitai
 
16.
Besame Mucho (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
This is a film about the lifes of a few people, living in south Tel-Aviv, and slightly connected to the life of crime... (114 mins.)
 
17.
Beyond the Walls (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In Israel's Central Prison, the security officer is corrupt, supplying drugs and stirring the hatred... (103 mins.)
Director: Uri Barbash
 
18.
Te'alat Blaumilch (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
19.
Einayim G'dolot (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Benny Furman is a basketball headcoach who can't decide what he realy wants. (75 mins.)
Director: Uri Zohar
 
20.
Tipat Mazal (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Ze'ev Revach
 
21.
Ha-Banana Hashehora (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Avram, an Hassadic hippie; Hassan, an Arab inventor; and Tex, a nonchalant Jew, with so different backgrounds and characters... (85 mins.)
Director: Benjamin Hayeem
 
22.
Blazing Sand (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
(97 mins.)
 
23.
Dummy in a Circle (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Based on a novel by Lilly Perry Amitai, Blind Man's Bluff takes a bittersweet look at the life of a young Israeli woman... (95 mins.)
Director: Aner Preminger
 
24.
Ha-Simla (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Three short stories of life in Tel Aviv; A girl meets a boy in a library and has to decide what to do... (85 mins.)
Director: Yehuda Ne'eman
 
25.
Tzamot (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Based on a true story, Braids tells the tale of So'ad, a 14-year-old Jewish girl imprisoned by the Iraqi government in 1947 for her participation in the Zionist movement. (90 mins.)
Director: Yitzhak Halutzi
 
26.
Lehem (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
(84 mins.)
Director: Ram Loevy
 
27.
Broken Wings (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
28.
Adama Hamah (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(95 mins.)
Director: Serge Ankri
 
29.
Resisim (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man walks amongst an inferno of flames, shell-shocked. When he's back home, he starts group therapy in a military rehab center... (93 mins.)
Director: Yossi Somer
 
30.
But Where Is Daniel Wax? (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
(94 mins.)
Director: Avraham Heffner
 
31.
Ha-Fuga (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Gideon was wounded in battle near Jerusalem by an Arab sniper. He was saved by a woman, and then evacuated to recovery in the hospital... (69 mins.)
Director: Amram Amar
 
32.
Ha-Martef (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(76 mins.)
Director: Natan Gross
 
33.
Charlie Ve'hetzi (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Charlie gets by through fleecing suckers with a three-card Monte. He passes himself off as a rich businessman... (105 mins.)
Director: Boaz Davidson
 
34.
Choice and Destiny (1993 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
(118 mins.)
 
35.
Ma'agalim Shel Shi-Shabbat (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
(86 mins.)
Director: Idit Shehori
 
36.
Zirkus Palestina (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
(83 mins.)
Director: Eyal Halfon
 
37.
Clouds Over Israel (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(85 mins.)
Director: Ivan Longyel
 
38.
Kafe V'Limon (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(92 mins.)
Director: Leonid Gorovets
 
39.
Parashat Winchell (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(104 mins.)
Director: Avraham Heffner
 
40.
Esh Tzolevet (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Gideon Ganani
 
41.
Gmar Gavi'a (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
 
42.
Abbaleh, Bo L'Luna Park (1994 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A documentary that follows Mordechai Vilozny, who travels back to Auschwitz from which he was liberated nearly 50 years ago... (76 mins.)
Director: Nitza Gonen
 
43.
Dalia Vehamalahim (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(104 mins.)
Director: Menahem Golan
 
44.
Abu el Banat (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man with eight daughters, and no hope of an heir, takes a mistress to console himself. He finally consults a magician who gives him a list of instructions on how to make a son. Soon his wife is pregnant again. (100 mins.)
Director: Moshé Mizrahi
 
45.
Yom Yom (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A slice of life - day after day - in Haifa, where Moshe and Didi's marriage is on the rocks, affairs are casual... (102 mins.)
Director: Amos Gitai
 
46.
Kvish L'Lo Motzah (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Based on a true story. Alice, a young street walker, receives an opportunity of a lifetime when a television... (86 mins.)
Director: Yaky Yosha
 
47.
Description d'un combat (1960 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(60 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
 
48.
Desperado Square (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In ha-Argazim, a neighborhood that time forgot, the one-year anniversary of Morris Mandabon's death is approaching... (98 mins.)
Director: Benny Toraty
 
49.
Yoman (1983 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
(330 mins.)
Director: David Perlov
 
50.
Ha-Merhak (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(85 mins.)
Director: Dan Wolman
 
51.
Dizengoff 99 (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Three friends are moving to live together in 70's happy Tel Aviv . By days they are working a boring desk office job and by nights living the city... (110 mins.)
Director: Avi Nesher
 
52.
I Don't Give a Damn (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(102 mins.)
Director: Shmuel Imberman
 
53.
Al Tigu Le B'Shoah (1994 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(170 mins.)
Director: Asher Tlalim
 
54.
Double Edge (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Upon arriving Israel on her first foreign assignment, American photojournalist Faye Milano is greeted by David, an Israeli officer and writer who's also the nephew of Jerusalem's mayor. (81 mins.)
Director: Amos Kollek
 
55.
Ulai Terdu Sham (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(80 mins.)
Director: Amatsia Hiuni, Puchu
 
56.
The Dreamer (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The love story of a young man who is attached to an older woman until the appearance of a younger girl interrupts him... (85 mins.)
Director: Dan Wolman
 
57.
Sipur Shematchil Belevaya Shel Nachash (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Little Benjamin and Margalit are raised in the boondocks of Israel by their long-suffering mother, but they have in them something of their father, who can't stay in a place with no prospect of riches and excitement. (85 mins.)
Director: Dina Zvi-Riklis
 
58.
Drifting (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young gay Israeli man works in his grandmother's store while dreaming of becoming a film-maker. (80 mins.)
Director: Amos Guttman
 
59.
B'Glal Hamilhamah Hahi (1988 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Documentary about the life experience of the Holocaust generation and its own second generation - children born in Israel, who grew up in the shadow of their parents' memories of the Holocaust. (90 mins.)
 
60.
Ha-Dybbuk B'sde Hatapuchim Hakdoshim (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
From birth, Hanan and Lea were destined to be together, a promise made by their fathers and heard in Heaven... (93 mins.)
Director: Yossi Somer
 
61.
Shemona B'Ekevot Ahat (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Menahem Golan
 
62.
The 81st Blow (1974 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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. (92 mins.)
 
63.
El Dorado (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(88 mins.)
Director: Menahem Golan
 
64.
Smicha Hashmalit Ushma Moshe (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Assi Dayan
 
65.
Rutenberg (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Cohen takes an elliptical approach in telling the story of Pinchas Rutenberg, a visionary, complex, and larger-than-life figure... (90 mins.)
Director: Eli Cohen
 
66.
Sofo Shel Milton Levy (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(98 mins.)
Director: Nissim Dayan
 
67.
Ervinka (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A good-natured but incorrigible layabout becomes embroiled in a plot to rob the Israeli lottery, all the while indulging in his boundless zeal for mischief and romance. (95 mins.)
Director: Ephraim Kishon
 
68.
Escape to the Sun (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Two young university students wish to escape the oppressive Soviet Union. But their plans are monitored by the KGB... (118 mins.)
Director: Menahem Golan
 
69.
Every Bastard a King (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An American reporter and his girl-friend are visiting Israel to get a "sense of the people", in the... (100 mins.)
Director: Uri Zohar
 
70.
The Faithful City (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Produced in Israel in English with an international cast, "The Faithful City" depicts some of the courage... (85 mins.)
Director: Joseph Leytes
 
71.
Fantasy on a Romantic Theme (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Vitek Tracz
 
72.
Magash Hakesef (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Yehuda Ne'eman
 
73.
Yoman Sadeh (1982 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1982, Amos Gitai and a film crew travel around the occupied territories of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank as tensions mount... (83 mins.)
Director: Amos Gitai
Stars: Amos Gitai
 
74.
Fifty Fifty (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Boaz Davidson
 
75.
Ahava Rishonah (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The ex-lover of a middle class woman appears on her birthday after 20 years. Both the mother and the daughter are romantically attracted to him. (90 mins.)
Director: Uzi Peres
 
76.
Floch (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Dan Wolman
 
77.
Ha-Gamal Hame'ofef (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(93 mins.)
Director: Rami Na'aman
 
78.
Edut Me'ones (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
(104 mins.)
Director: Raphael Rebibo
 
79.
Foreign Sister (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(124 mins.)
Director: Dan Wolman
 
80.
Ha-Shu'al B'Lool Hatarnagalot (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Amitz Dolniker, an Israeli politician who speaks way to much has a heart attack in the middle of his speech... (90 mins.)
Director: Ephraim Kishon
 
81.
Shivrei T'munot Yerushalayim (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Documentary about the history of Jerusalem. (358 mins.)
Director: Ron Havilio
 
82.
Girafot (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(115 mins.)
Director: Tzahi Grad
 
83.
Fortuna (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(115 mins.)
Director: Menahem Golan
 
84.
Az Men Git, Nemt Men (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(91 mins.)
 
85.
Sadot Yerukim (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(92 mins.)
 
86.
Halfon Hill Doesn't Answer (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Sergio Konstanza, a Swindler, owes money to Mr. Hasson. He escapes to the desert where he joins a wacky... (92 mins.)
Director: Assi Dayan
 
87.
Hamsin (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Named after the hot desert wind that periodically blows through the Middle East sending temperatures... (88 mins.)
 
88.
Hu Halach B'Sadot (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Based on the novel by Moshe Shamìr. (90 mins.)
Director: Yosef Millo
 
89.
Eshet Hagibor (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
90.
Hide and Seek (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Twelve year-old Uri reports his teacher Balaban as a suspected spy when he observes him meeting with a young arab man. Only later does he discover that Balaban's interest in the young arab is romantic rather than political. (90 mins.)
Director: Dan Wolman
 
91.
The Highway Queen (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A story of a street walker, who tries to leave the world of prostitution when she gets pregnant. (107 mins.)
Director: Menahem Golan
 
92.
Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
This was the first movie produced in Israel. It deals with the outbreak of hostilities during the war for independence in 1947... (101 mins.)
 
93.
Himmo Melech Yerushalaim (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
 
94.
Hole in the Moon (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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
 
95.
The House on Chelouche Street (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
 
96.
I Like Mike (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(120 mins.)
Director: Peter Frye
 
97.
I Love You Rosa (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
This story centers on the Jewish practice that requires an unmarried brother to marry the childless widow of his dead brother... (72 mins.)
Director: Moshé Mizrahi
 
98.
Ani Yerushalmi (1971 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
(100 mins.)
Director: Yehoram Gaon
 
99.
Sipur Intimi (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Reveals at close range the two levels of emotions existing in individual lives in a kibbutz. An atmosphere... (87 mins.)
Director: Nadav Levitan
 
100.
The Investigation Must Go On (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
(94 mins.)
Director: Marek Rozenbaum