Jewish & GLBT

by Inna | created - 17 Nov 2011 | updated - 06 Sep 2013 | Public

Jewish (and Israeli) setting or GLBT characters.

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1. Milk (I) (2008)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama

83 Metascore

The story of Harvey Milk and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna

Votes: 169,352 | Gross: $31.84M

2. Eyes Wide Open (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A married, Orthodox, Jerusalem butcher and Jewish father of four falls in love with his handsome, 22-year-old male apprentice, triggering the suspicions of his wife and the disapproval of his Orthodox community.

Director: Haim Tabakman | Stars: Zohar Strauss, Ran Danker, Tinkerbell, Tzahi Grad

Votes: 6,238 | Gross: $0.02M

3. Yossi & Jagger (2002)

R | 65 min | Drama, Romance, War

70 Metascore

Romance blooms between two soldiers (Knoller, Levi) stationed in an Israeli outpost on the Lebanese border.

Director: Eytan Fox | Stars: Ohad Knoller, Yehuda Levi, Assi Cohen, Aya Steinovitz

Votes: 7,070

4. Man Is a Woman (1998)

100 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Klezmer musician Simon Eskanazy wrestles with his gay nature. His conservative, orthodox family, Parisian bankers, expects him to carry on the family name by marriage. However he's ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Jacques Zilbermann | Stars: Antoine de Caunes, Elsa Zylberstein, Gad Elmaleh, Michel Aumont

Votes: 701

5. The Gold Rimmed Glasses (1987)

110 min | Drama

A Jewish family and a homosexual doctor suffer persecution in Fascist Italy. Based on a novel by Giorgio Bassani.

Director: Giuliano Montaldo | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Rupert Everett, Valeria Golino, Stefania Sandrelli

Votes: 572

6. Aimee & Jaguar (1999)

Not Rated | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

In 1943 Berlin, a Nazi officer's wife meets and starts a passionate affair with a Jewish woman.

Director: Max Färberböck | Stars: Maria Schrader, Juliane Köhler, Johanna Wokalek, Heike Makatsch

Votes: 6,412 | Gross: $0.93M

7. Facing Windows (2003)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

Overburdened and stuck in a greying marriage, Giovanna takes to caring for the Jewish Holocaust survivor her husband brings home. As she begins to reflect on her life, she turns to the man who lives across from her ...

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek | Stars: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Massimo Girotti, Raoul Bova, Filippo Nigro

Votes: 11,025 | Gross: $0.54M

8. Torch Song Trilogy (1988)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Arnold is a gay man working as drag queen in 1971 NYC. He meets a handsome bisexual man.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Matthew Broderick, Harvey Fierstein, Brian Kerwin

Votes: 7,135 | Gross: $4.87M

9. Round Trip (2003)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

A divorced Israeli woman hires a single African woman as a nanny, and soon the two women form a passionate friendship that leads to a romantic relationship.

Director: Shahar Rozen | Stars: Anat Waxman, Eyal Rozales, Nthati Moshesh, Natan Zahavi

Votes: 221

10. The Bubble (2006)

Unrated | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

The movie follows a group of young friends in the city of Tel Aviv and is as much a love song to the city as it is an exploration of the claim that people in Tel Aviv are isolated from the ... See full summary »

Director: Eytan Fox | Stars: Ohad Knoller, Yousef 'Joe' Sweid, Daniella Wircer, Alon Friedman

Votes: 5,493 | Gross: $0.16M

11. The Boys in the Band (1970)

R | 118 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Tempers fray and true selves are revealed when a heterosexual accidentally intrudes on a homosexual party.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Kenneth Nelson, Peter White, Leonard Frey, Frederick Combs

Votes: 4,758 | Gross: $7.63M

12. The Lost Language of Cranes (1991)

87 min | Drama, Romance

A young gay man comes out to his middle-class parents, which has repercussions for his father who has long since been trying to repress his own sexuality.

Director: Nigel Finch | Stars: Brian Cox, Eileen Atkins, Angus Macfadyen, Corey Parker

Votes: 479

13. Ernesto (1979)

R | 94 min | Drama, Romance

Triestw in the year 1911. Ernesto is the privileged, seventeen year old son of a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father, who has deserted his family. He is raised by his uncle Giovanni and ... See full summary »

Director: Salvatore Samperi | Stars: Martin Halm, Michele Placido, Virna Lisi, Turi Ferro

Votes: 480

14. Entre Nous (1983)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama, War

A Jewish refugee marries a soldier to escape deportation to Germany. Meanwhile a wealthy art student loses her first husband to a stray Resistance bullet; at the Liberation she meets an actor, gets pregnant, and marries him.

Director: Diane Kurys | Stars: Miou-Miou, Isabelle Huppert, Guy Marchand, Jean-Pierre Bacri

Votes: 1,796

15. Close to Home (2005)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

64 Metascore

Rebellious and outgoing Smadar can't stand types like Mirit. Mirit, introverted and frightened, keeps away from the likes of Smadar. But the two are thrown together as they are assigned to ... See full summary »

Directors: Vardit Bilu, Dalia Hager | Stars: Smadar Sayar, Naama Schendar, Danny Geva, Katia Zinbris

Votes: 929 | Gross: $0.02M

16. Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! (2009)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

Every Friday night Shirley invites another "perfect" woman for Shabbat dinner in hopes that her son, Nelson, will marry a nice Jewish girl. Nelson, however, has something to tell them...he's gay.

Director: Evgeny Afineevsky | Stars: Lainie Kazan, Saul Rubinek, Vincent Pastore, John Lloyd Young

Votes: 807 | Gross: $0.09M

17. Wittgenstein (1993)

Not Rated | 72 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

A dramatization, in modern theatrical style, of the life and thought of the Viennese-born, Cambridge-educated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), whose principal interest was the ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Karl Johnson, Michael Gough, Tilda Swinton, John Quentin

Votes: 2,501

18. Good Boys (2005)

Not Rated | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Two rent boys, hired by a trick to perform together, develop a relationship.

Director: Yair Hochner | Stars: Daniel Efrat, Dana Balalti, Michael Hamel, Yuval Raz

Votes: 375

19. Antarctica (2008)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

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: 794 | Gross: $0.02M

20. Walk on Water (2004)

R | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

Following the suicide of his wife, an Israeli intelligence agent is assigned to befriend the grandchildren of a Nazi war criminal.

Director: Eytan Fox | Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Knut Berger, Caroline Peters, Gideon Shemer

Votes: 6,715 | Gross: $2.71M

21. Trembling Before G-d (2001)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

A cinematic portrait of various gay Orthodox Jews who struggle to reconcile their faith and their sexual orientation.

Director: Sandi Simcha Dubowski | Stars: Shlomo Ashkinazy, Steve Greenberg, Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Naomi Mark

Votes: 930 | Gross: $0.62M

22. The Secrets (2007)

R | 127 min | Drama, Romance

Two brilliant young women discover their own voices in a repressive orthodox culture where females are forbidden to sing, let alone speak out.

Director: Avi Nesher | Stars: Fanny Ardant, Ania Bukstein, Michal Shtamler, Adir Miller

Votes: 2,034 | Gross: $0.12M

23. Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School (2005)

60 min | Documentary

Hineini (Hebrew for 'Here I am') chronicles the story of one student's courageous fight to establish a gay-straight alliance at a Jewish high school in the Boston area and the ... See full summary »

Director: Irena Fayngold

Votes: 29

24. Garden (2003)

90 min | Documentary

A look into the lives of teenage male prostitutes working the area known as the "Electricity Garden" in Tel Aviv.

Directors: Adi Barash, Ruthie Shatz

Votes: 320

25. Short Stories About Love (1997– )
Episode: Gotta Have Heart (1997)

35 min | Drama

Young love blossoms amid the inhabitants of a small town in Israel in this gay fantasy. Guri want to relocate to Tel Aviv before he's "outed". Nohav want to win a local song contest and who can tell what stud Merito wants?

Director: Eytan Fox | Stars: Tzak Berkman, Uri Omanuti, Sami Huri, Gisele Silver

Votes: 114

26. Tied Hands (2006)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

The film tells the story of a sensitive and complex relationship between a mother and her ailing son. Like in Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale "The Loveliest Rose in the World" where a ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Wolman | Stars: Gila Almagor, Ido Tadmor, Nelly Tagar, Sharon Stark

Votes: 48

27. Gay Days (2009)

72 min | Documentary, Romance

In 1985, there were three gays who were out of the closet in Israel. By 1998, there were 3,000. In this short, intensive and dramatic period, Israel came out of the closet in one of the ... See full summary »

Director: Yair Qedar | Stars: Michal Eden, Ellyot, Uzi Even, Yossi Even-Kama

Votes: 26

28. The Twilight of the Golds (1996)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Romance

When Suzanne Stein has a genetic analysis done on her unborn child, she discovers that although she has a healthy baby, the child will most likely be born gay, like her brother, David. She ... See full summary »

Director: Ross Kagan Marks | Stars: Garry Marshall, Faye Dunaway, Jill Bernstein, Mark Shunkey

Votes: 1,063

29. A Love to Hide (2005 TV Movie)

103 min | Drama, Romance, War

A young Jewish girl looking to escape the clutches of the Third Reich after seeing her parents and sister brutally slain while attempting to make their way to England is sheltered by an old... See full summary »

Director: Christian Faure | Stars: Jérémie Renier, Louise Monot, Bruno Todeschini, Nicolas Gob

Votes: 3,015

30. Friends and Family (2001)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Crime

36 Metascore

A gay couple are hit men for the mafia.

Director: Kristen Coury | Stars: Greg Lauren, Chris Gartin, Rebecca Creskoff, Edward Hibbert

Votes: 1,445

32. Next Year in Jerusalem (1997)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

Manny, devout to his upbringing, is set to marry Rivka, the Rabbi's daughter. But Manny has a secret only Charlie, an openly gay man in an Orthodox Jewish family can understand.

Director: David Nahmod | Stars: Peter J. Byrnes, LinDel Sandlin, Colleen O'Neil, Daniel Nardicio

Votes: 118

33. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

R | 110 min | Drama

The emotional intricacies of a polyamorous relationship between young artist Bob and his two lovers: a lonely male doctor and a frustrated female office worker.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson, Murray Head, Peggy Ashcroft

Votes: 6,015 | Gross: $0.54M

34. Angels in America (2003)

TV-MA | 352 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Playwright Tony Kushner adapted his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid 1980s and centers the story around a group of disparate but connected individuals.

Stars: Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 27,108

35. Sinner (I) (2009)

28 min | Short, Drama

Yotam, a thirteen year-old boy studying at an ultra-orthodox Jewish boarding school tries to battle the awakening of his sexual desires. Confused and guilt-ridden, he consults with his ... See full summary »

Director: Meni Philip | Stars: Lior Shabtai, Yuval Berger, Omri Aisha, Ami Weinberg

Votes: 76

36. Free Men (2011)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama, History, Romance

58 Metascore

In Paris during WWII, an Algerian immigrant is inspired to join the resistance by his unexpected friendship with a Jewish man.

Director: Ismaël Ferroukhi | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Michael Lonsdale, Mahmud Shalaby, Lubna Azabal

Votes: 1,347 | Gross: $0.05M



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