Highest Rated Feature Films Released 2008-01-01 to 2008-12-31 With Country of Origin Israel


1. Burning Mooki (2008)

93 min | Drama

8.1
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When Mooky is fifteen, his beloved father dies a sudden death, and his place is taken by Yanek - an impulsive, rough, yet generous man who is regarded as a controversial figure due to his ... See full summary »

Directors: Lena Chaplin, Slava Chaplin | Stars: Yehuda Almagor, Efrat Ben-Zur, Yoav Koresh, Sivan Levy

Votes: 7

2. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

8.0
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91 Metascore

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.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 49,275 | Gross: $2.28M

3. Brothers (I) (2008)

116 min | Drama

7.5
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A religious fundamentalist Jewish lawyer arrives in Israel to both reacquaint himself with his secular brother and work an explosive trial dealing with the conscription of fundamentalist Jewish students into the Israel Defense Force.

Director: Igaal Niddam | Stars: Baruch Brener, Micha Celektar, Itai Ganot, Sharon Malki-Shemesh

Votes: 35

4. Etz Limon (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

7.4
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74 Metascore

The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Ali Suliman, Doron Tavory

Votes: 5,673 | Gross: $0.57M

5. Lost Islands (2008)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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A family in the 80s with five kids get into a crisis when twin brothers fall in love with the same girl.

Director: Reshef Levi | Stars: Oshri Cohen, Michael Moshonov, Shmil Ben Ari, Orly Silbersatz Banai

Votes: 551

6. Sof Shavua B'Tel Aviv (2008)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

7.2
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56 Metascore

A suicide bomber becomes dependent on the kindness of strangers when his explosives won't detonate, giving him time to meet some of the people he's targeting.

Director: Dror Zahavi | Stars: Shredi Jabarin, Hili Yalon, Shlomo Vishinsky, Khawlah Hag-Debsy

Votes: 580 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Podarok Stalinu (2008)

97 min | Drama

7.2
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57 Metascore

A Jewish child deported to Kazakhstan is saved and adopted by Kasym, an old Kazakh railway-man. Kasym gives him a Kazakh name, Sabyr, that in Kazakh language means humble. The child grows ... See full summary »

Director: Rustem Abdrashev | Stars: Nurzhuman Ikhtymbaev, Bakhtiar Khoja, Yekaterina Rednikova, Dalen Shintemirov

Votes: 208

8. Maftir (2008)

94 min | Crime

7.1
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Two weeks before Elio is released from prison, he finds out that his brother Meir was killed in a gang fight on the streets of South Tel Aviv. He now has two things that he wants to do. The... See full summary »

Director: David Ben Ari | Stars: Jonathan Uziel, Arik Mishali, Liron Levo, Sharon Alexander

Votes: 9

9. Eli & Ben (2008)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Family

7.0
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The life of the Yassif family becomes almost impossible when the father who is the city architect, is charged with taking bribes.

Director: Ori Ravid | Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Yuval Shevach, Yael Hadar, Nissan Nativ

Votes: 102

10. Shiva (2008)

103 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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When one of the brothers (Ohayn) dies, all the whole family comes for Shiva (Jewish tradition,when the family sits seven days at the home after the death one of their family). A large ... See full summary »

Directors: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz | Stars: Ronit Elkabetz, Moshe Ivgy, Yaël Abecassis, Albert Iluz

Votes: 409

11. Sheva Dakot Be'gan Eden (2008)

94 min | Drama

6.9
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One morning Galia and her boyfriend board a local Jerusalem bus. It is packed with passengers, among them a suicide bomber. The bus explodes, leaving Galia with severe burns and memory loss... See full summary »

Director: Omri Givon | Stars: Reymonde Amsallem, Gilles Ben-David, Edna Blilious, Gilad Cohen

Votes: 167

12. Etsba Elohim (2008)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.9
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Director: Yigal Bursztyn | Stars: Alon Aboutboul, Moshe Ivgy, Dorit Bar-Or, Zehavit Passi

Votes: 34

13. $9.99 (2008)

R | 78 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

6.8
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68 Metascore

A stop-motion animated story about people living in a Sydney apartment complex looking for meaning in their lives.

Director: Tatia Rosenthal | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia, Samuel Johnson, Barry Otto

Votes: 2,871 | Gross: $0.05M

14. Surrogate (2008)

57 min | Drama

6.5
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Eli is a 32 year old man who has problems with relationships with women. Hagar is a surrogate, an alternative partner for practical, sexual therapy. They meet once a week and practice a ... See full summary »

Director: Tali Shalom-Ezer | Stars: Amir Wolf, Lana Ettinger, Rozina Cambos, Yonatan Swirski

Votes: 118

15. Le syndrome de Jerusalem (2008)

93 min | Comedy

6.4
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Directors: Stéphane Bélaïsch, Emmanuel Naccache | Stars: Lionel Abelanski, Gilles Ben-David, Lucy Dubinchik, Roni Hadar

Votes: 18

16. Adam Resurrected (2008)

R | 106 min | Drama, War

6.3
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58 Metascore

In the aftermath of WWII, a former circus entertainer who was spared from the gas chamber becomes the ringleader at an asylum for Holocaust survivors.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Cristian Motiu, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 3,259

17. The Other War (2008)

50 min | Drama

6.3
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In a middle of a war, three women fight for a normal life, but can never seem to agree on the actual meaning of normal. "The other war" tells the tale of Tel-Aviv during the second Lebanon ... See full summary »

Director: Tamar Glezerman | Stars: Keren Berger, Orit Zafran, Hen Yanni, Rilli Willow

Votes: 15

18. Hakol Mat'hil Bayam (2008)

93 min | Drama

6.3
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Three scenes in Udi's life, from his childhood to adolescence, all of which related to death.

Director: Eitan Green | Stars: Yonathan Alster, Ilanit Ben-Yaakov, Jonathan Cherchi, Dekel Dror

Votes: 59

19. Antarctica (2008)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

6.1
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In two days, Omer will hit a milestone; his 30th birthday. Like many his age, he hasn't found himself. But then Omer is hardly looking. Instead he chooses to loose himself among the stacks ... See full summary »

Director: Yair Hochner | Stars: Ofer Regirer, Guy Zoaretz, Yuval Raz, Yiftach Mizrahi

Votes: 672 | Gross: $0.02M

20. All My Life (2008)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, Romance

6.0
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For Rami, all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds, as long as he keeps to himself. But when his longtime lover leaves him to marry a woman and his best friends drift away, ... See full summary »

Director: Maher Sabry | Stars: Seham Saneya Adelsalam, Mehammed Amadeus, Janaan Attia, Ayman

Votes: 1,669

21. Restless (I) (2008)

100 min | Drama

6.0
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Director: Amos Kollek | Stars: Moshe Ivgy, Ran Danker, Karen Young, Phyllis Somerville

Votes: 174

22. Ima shel Valentina (2008)

76 min | Drama

6.0
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Paula, an elderly Holocaust survivor living in Tel Aviv, resists her only son's attempts to find her a live-in help. Yet, when a local priest introduces her to Valentina, a young Polish ... See full summary »

Directors: Matti Harari, Arik Lubetzki | Stars: Eyal Cohen, Silvia Drori, Liat Ekta, Attel Kovenska

Votes: 6

23. One Day You'll Understand (2008)

90 min | Drama

5.7
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A man endeavors to collect memories of his grandparents who died in a concentration camp during the Holocaust.

Director: Amos Gitai | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Hippolyte Girardot, Emmanuelle Devos, Dominique Blanc

Votes: 288 | Gross: $0.15M

24. Marriage Agreement (2008)

80 min | Comedy

5.6
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After 20 year Elimelech and his wife, Shifra, rediscover their love for each other while searching for the marriage agreement which is needed for Ayala's, their daughter, wedding.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Yaron Atzmon, Anat Barzilai, Yehuda Efroni, Hila Eran

Votes: 13

25. Hello Goodbye (I) (2008)

TV-14 | 99 min | Comedy

5.1
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When they move to Israel to explore their Jewish heritage and revive their flagging marriage, fifty something French emigres Alain and Gisele Gaash arrive in Tel Aviv to find their luggage ... See full summary »

Director: Graham Guit | Stars: Fanny Ardant, Gérard Depardieu, Jean Benguigui, Lior Ashkenazi

Votes: 362

26. Bye Bye Love (2008)

83 min | Drama

2.2
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Director: Ayelet Dekel | Stars: Nataly Attiya, Liat Glick, Eden Har'el, Anat Waxman

Votes: 5

27. Tick, Tick... Boom! (2008)

Musical

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Directors: Liel Zahavi-Asa, Kela Sappir | Stars: Matthew Rissien, Rachel Shapp, Nathan Skop

28. Bruriah (2008)

90 min | Drama

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Director: Avraham Kushnir | Stars: Alon Aboutboul, Shmuel Atzmon, Baruch Brener, Israel Sasha Demidov

29. Zrubavel (2008)

70 min | Drama

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Itzhak is an Ethiopian-Jewish boy who dreams of becoming the future Spike Lee of Israel. Generational clashes though incite a surprising chain of events.

Stars: Avinu Berro, Dani Berro, Meir Deseh, Kfir Levy

30. Ruth (I) (2008)

56 min | Drama

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During the days of the Israeli withdrawal from the settlements in the Gaza strip, when the residents of the Katif Settlements are uniting to fight for its existence, Ruth, a young teenager ... See full summary »

Director: Keren Abitan | Stars: Lucy Dubinchik, Liron Levo, Noga D'Angeli, Noam Dubinchuk

31. Halakeh (2008)

48 min | Drama

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This is the story of a journey made by a young religious family: Yael, Yoni, and their three-year-old son Yiftach. Yoni, once a barely observant Jew, is now devoted to the passionately ... See full summary »

Director: Avigail Sperber | Stars: Hani Furstenberg, Ohad Knoller

32. Lev Shel Even (2008)

100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

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Director: Guy Hasson | Stars: Adina David, Sagit Emet, Ricky Kricheli De-Larena, Alon Leshem

33. Hoze Lech Brach (2008)

54 min | Drama

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Urban Odyssey one night in Tel Aviv.

Director: Tomer Ganihar | Stars: Yaron Berlad, Seffy Efrati, Hamuchtar, Itzik Konfino

34. Delet Mul Delet (2008)

98 min | Drama

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Director: Haim Bouzaglo | Stars: Reymonde Amsallem, Rafi Amzaleg, Nataly Attiya, Axelle Azoulay

35. Writer's Block (II) (2008)

Fantasy, Sci-Fi

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Daniel Vilner, the popular fantasy fantasy author is having troubles completing the third part of his trilogy when suddenly he finds himself trapped inside the book while one of his ... See full summary »

Director: Or Inbar Gur-Arieh | Stars: Amit Ruderman, Itay Nahmias, Adam Robson, Mira Feiner

36. Ha-Proyect Shel Piter Shmychel (2008)

78 min | Comedy

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Shimi Shimon is a guy in his 30'ths, a dreamer and a small underdog gambler that owes a lot of money to the neighborhood Mafia & main gambler . one day he decides to establish a soccer team for children to find the next rising star like "Yossi Benayun" and sell him to a big club, a course that will solve all of his problems.

Director: David Inbar | Stars: Jonathan Rozen, Iris Pen, Amos Lavi, Arnon Zadok