100 best Israeli movies

by elad3531 | created - 30 Jan 2013 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

As the editor of the biggest movie site in Israel I decided to pick the best Israeli movies of all time, as far as I watched. The list is subjective and dosen't include great Israeli movies that I hadn't had the chance to see yet

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1. Avanti popolo (1986)

84 min | Drama, War

June 11th 1967, the Six-Day War is over and the cease fire has just begun. We follow the journey of Gassan and Haled, two Egyptian soldiers whose only wish is to make their way through the ... See full summary »

Director: Rafi Bukai | Stars: Salim Dau, Suhel Haddad, Tuvia Gelber, Danny Segev

Votes: 326

2. Footnote (2011)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Joseph Cedar | Stars: Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Aliza Rosen, Alma Zack

Votes: 5,389 | Gross: $2.01M

3. Peeping Toms (1972)

90 min | Comedy

Gote and Eli are two aging friends who don't want to age. Gote is a lifeguard who's fighting peepers on the Tel-Aviv beach. Eli is a guitar player who dreams of building a night club in Altman's restaurant.

Director: Uri Zohar | Stars: Arik Einstein, Uri Zohar, Sima Eliyahu, Mona Silberstein

Votes: 379

4. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

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: 52,712 | Gross: $2.28M

5. Norman (2016)

R | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

Norman Oppenheimer is a small time operator who befriends a young politician at a low point in his life. Three years later, when the politician becomes an influential world leader, Norman's life dramatically changes for better and worse.

Director: Joseph Cedar | Stars: Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi, Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 5,187 | Gross: $3.81M

6. S#x Acts (2012)

TV-MA | 100 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Inevitable is a realistic paraphrase of a classic teen-movie, a deep dive into the 'Grey zone' of sexual abuse, told through the story of average suburban adolescents. The story takes place... See full summary »

Director: Johnathan Gurfinkel | Stars: Sivan Levy, Eviatar Mor, Roy Nik, Niv Zilberberg

Votes: 529

7. Broken Wings (2002)

R | 87 min | Drama

75 Metascore

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'.

Director: Nir Bergman | Stars: Orly Silbersatz, Maya Maron, Nitai Gvirtz, Daniel Magon

Votes: 2,288 | Gross: $0.41M

8. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

90 Metascore

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 a court, which proves to be more challenging than she would expect.

Directors: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz | Stars: Ronit Elkabetz, Simon Abkarian, Gabi Amrani, Dalia Beger

Votes: 5,590 | Gross: $0.99M

9. One of Us (1989)

110 min | Drama

A few Palestinian guerilla's break into an Israeli camp in the occupied territories. They kill a few Israeli soldiers before they are killed, apart from one who dies in the camp after being... See full summary »

Director: Uri Barbash | Stars: Alon Aboutboul, Sharon Alexander, Yoel Ben-Simhon, Oded Kimhi

Votes: 98

10. Sallah (1964)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

The sharp, often hilarious satire that became the most successful film in Israeli history (until that time) is about new immigrants Sallah and his family, who are left in a shack near their... See full summary »

Director: Ephraim Kishon | Stars: Topol, Geula Nuni, Gila Almagor, Albert Cohen

Votes: 839

11. Late Summer Blues (1987)

101 min | Drama, Romance

A group of close friends celebrate the bittersweet changes coming to their lives during the summer of their high-school graduation: adult responsibilities, adult romance -- and the ... See full summary »

Director: Renen Schorr | Stars: Dor Zweigenboim, Yoav Tzafir, Shahar Segal, Omri Dolev

Votes: 247

12. Life According to Agfa (1992)

100 min | Drama

The film takes place in Tel Aviv, much of it in a fictitious local pub called Barbie, a satirical nickname for a famous Israeli mental health institution. The pub's name hints at the ... See full summary »

Director: Assi Dayan | Stars: Gila Almagor, Akram Tillawi, Smadar Kilchinsky, Tsipor Aizen

Votes: 510

13. The Kindergarten Teacher (2014)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama

68 Metascore

A kindergarten teacher discovers in a five year-old child a prodigious gift for poetry. Amazed and inspired by this young boy, she decides to protect his talent in spite of everyone.

Director: Nadav Lapid | Stars: Sarit Larry, Avi Shnaidman, Lior Raz, Gilles Ben-David

Votes: 946

14. The Policeman (1971)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

Azulai is a policeman in Jaffa, whose incompetence is only matched by his soft-heartedness. His superiors want to send him to early retirement, but he would like to stay on the force, and ... See full summary »

Director: Ephraim Kishon | Stars: Shaike Ophir, Zaharira Harifai, Avner Hizkiyahu, Itzko Rachamimov

Votes: 605

15. Dizengoff 99 (1979)

110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In the easy-going, sexually-liberated 1970's Tel Aviv, three young friends, struggling filmmaker Nati, his impressionable girlfriend Ossi and his geeky friend Mushon, move in together in a ... See full summary »

Director: Avi Nesher | Stars: Gidi Gov, Gali Atari, Anat Atzmon, Meir Suissa

Votes: 180

17. Zero Motivation (2014)

Unrated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Talya Lavie | Stars: Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar, Shani Klein, Heli Twito

Votes: 3,678 | Gross: $0.10M

18. Longing (2017)

100 min | Drama

A middle-aged Israeli bachelor is forced to evaluate his life choices when he discovers an ex-girlfriend had given birth to his son 20 years before, in this affecting drama from writer director Savi Gabizon.

Director: Savi Gabizon | Stars: Ella Armony, Shai Avivi, Shmil Ben Ari, Salim Dau

Votes: 287

19. Mr. Baum (1997)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

Mickey Baum is told by his doctor he has cancer and will die in 92 minutes. During his final hour he makes arrangements while recalling his short life and trying to understand the reality in which he has lived.

Director: Assi Dayan | Stars: Gil Alon, Idan Alterman, Boaz Avni, Adam Baruch

Votes: 146

20. Jellyfish (2007)

Unrated | 78 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Meduzot (the Hebrew word for Jellyfish) tells the story of three very different Israeli women living in Tel Aviv whose intersecting stories weave an unlikely portrait of modern Israeli life... See full summary »

Directors: Shira Geffen, Etgar Keret | Stars: Sarah Adler, Nikol Leidman, Gera Sandler, Noa Raban

Votes: 2,440 | Gross: $0.34M

21. Ajami (2009)

Not Rated | 124 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

Ajami is the religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. These are five stories about the everyday life in Ajami.

Directors: Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani | Stars: Fouad Habash, Nisrin Siksik, Elias Saba, Youssef Sahwani

Votes: 5,718 | Gross: $0.62M

22. The Band's Visit (2007)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Eran Kolirin | Stars: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour

Votes: 12,262 | Gross: $3.05M

23. Foxtrot (II) (2017)

R | 113 min | Drama

88 Metascore

A troubled family must face the facts when something goes terribly wrong at their son's desolate military post.

Director: Samuel Maoz | Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonaton Shiray, Shira Haas

Votes: 5,182 | Gross: $0.62M

24. In Between (2016)

R | 103 min | Drama

78 Metascore

Three Palestinian women living in an apartment in Tel Aviv try to find a balance between traditional and modern culture.

Director: Maysaloun Hamoud | Stars: Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh, Shaden Kanboura, Mahmud Shalaby

Votes: 2,096 | Gross: $0.11M

25. The Unorthodox (2018)

92 min | Comedy, Drama, History

The year is 1983 and Yaakov Cohen, the owner of a Jerusalem printing press, is tired from being pushed around. It seems that he was born on the wrong side, with the wrong family name and in... See full summary »

Director: Eliran Malka | Stars: Shuli Rand, Yaacov Cohen, Yoav Levi, Golan Azulai

Votes: 142

26. Lebanon (2009)

R | 93 min | Drama, War

85 Metascore

During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town.

Director: Samuel Maoz | Stars: Yoav Donat, Itay Tiran, Oshri Cohen, Michael Moshonov

Votes: 10,595 | Gross: $0.37M

27. Ervinka (1967)

95 min | Comedy

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.

Director: Ephraim Kishon | Stars: Topol, Gila Almagor, Avner Hizkiyahu, Yossi Banai

Votes: 105

29. Next to Her (2014)

89 min | Drama

Cheli, 27, is raising her mentally challenged 24yo sister, Gaby, alone. When the social worker finds out that Cheli leaves Gaby alone in the house while Cheli is at work, Cheli is compelled... See full summary »

Director: Asaf Korman | Stars: Liron Ben-Shlush, Dana Ivgy, Yaakov Zada Daniel, Sophia Ostrisky

Votes: 474

30. Broken Mirrors (2018)

104 min | Drama

Shadowed by a strict, military father who inflicts severe methods of punishment as a form of discipline, seventeen year old Ariella commits a grave error that her father isn't willing to ... See full summary »

Directors: Aviad Givon, Imri Matalon | Stars: Shira Haas, Yiftach Klein, Renana Raz, Yoav Rotman

Votes: 48

31. Our Father (2016)

107 min | Drama

This is a story of fatherhood. Ovadia is the strongest and most violent doorman of Tel Aviv night clubs. He has no fear of anything and he never lost a fight . His biggest dream is to ... See full summary »

Director: Meni Yaish | Stars: Moris Cohen, Rotem Zissman-Cohen, Haim Zanati, Alon Dahan

Votes: 184

32. Big Shots (1982)

95 min | Drama

Four men whose combined intellect does not reach into the triple digits decide to steal a safe full of foreign currency - not from a local bank, but from the police station. Based on a ... See full summary »

Director: Jacob Goldwasser | Stars: Uri Gavriel, Moshe Ivgy, Makram Khoury, Zadok Zarum

Votes: 131

33. The Loners (2009)

92 min | Drama

This human drama centers around two loner Russian soldiers who are caught smuggling arms and consequently arrested. The two characters do not want to lose their honor as soldiers even ... See full summary »

Director: Renen Schorr | Stars: Sasha Agronov, Anton 'Klin' Ostrovsky, Rotem Zissman-Cohen, Tzahi Grad

Votes: 96

34. Beyond the Mountains and Hills (2016)

92 min | Drama

Lieutenant-Colonel David retires from the army, going from being a leader of men to just another guy looking for a job. He chooses to try selling through a dietary supplement franchise, but... See full summary »

Director: Eran Kolirin | Stars: Alon Pdut, Shiree Nadav-Naor, Mili Eshet, Noam Imber

Votes: 258

35. Freak Out (2015)

84 min | Comedy, Horror

Matan, a soldier in the IDF, sets off for a week of patrolling in a remote base in the north of Israel with three soldiers whom he doesn't know. As the week progresses, the soldiers begin ... See full summary »

Director: Boaz Armoni | Stars: Itay Zvolon, Kye Korabelnikov, Assaf Ben-Shimon, Eran Peretz

Votes: 233

36. Magic Men (2014)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

An elderly Greek man and his Hassidic rapper son embark on a journey with absurd encounters, which ultimately leads them to a final confrontation of father and son.

Directors: Guy Nattiv, Erez Tadmor | Stars: Ariane Labed, Zohar Shtrauss, Makram Khoury, Vangelis Mourikis

Votes: 156

37. Big Bad Wolves (2013)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

64 Metascore

A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the ... See full summary »

Directors: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado | Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad, Doval'e Glickman

Votes: 14,368 | Gross: $0.03M

38. Alex Is Lovesick (1986)

88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The movie is a romantic comedy which takes place in Israel during the Austerity period of the 1950s. The movie's hero is Alex, a 13 year old boy who is about to attend his Bar Mitzvah. Alex... See full summary »

Director: Boaz Davidson | Stars: Batya Barak, Rolf Brin, Sharon Hacohen, Uri Kabiri

Votes: 658

39. The House on Chelouche Street (1973)

PG | 110 min | Drama

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.

Director: Moshé Mizrahi | Stars: Gila Almagor, Shaike Ophir, Joseph Shiloach, Michal Bat-Adam

Votes: 188

40. Beyond the Walls (1984)

R | 103 min | Drama

In Israel's Central Prison, the security officer is corrupt, supplying drugs and stirring the hatred between Jewish and Arab prisoners to his advantage. Uri, in for 12 years for armed ... See full summary »

Director: Uri Barbash | Stars: Arnon Zadok, Mohammad Bakri, Assi Dayan, Rami Danon

Votes: 279

41. Fictitious Marriage (1988)

90 min | Drama

Eldad is about to go abroad, but changes his mind at the last minute. Instead of going home to Jerusalem, he disguises himself and takes a cheap hotel room in Tel Aviv. There he meets the ... See full summary »

Director: Haim Bouzaglo | Stars: Shlomo Bar-Aba, Irit Sheleg, Adib Jahschan, Adiv Shagen

Votes: 76

42. Three Days and a Child (1967)

90 min | Drama

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. He wants him to get hurt, he worries about him. ... See full summary »

Director: Uri Zohar | Stars: Oded Kotler, Shai Oshorov, Judith Solé, Misha Asherov

Votes: 112

43. Scaffolding (2017)

90 min | Drama

69 Metascore

17-year- old ASHER has always been the impulsive troublemaker, from primary school, all through junior high and high school. It's hard for him to concentrate in class, and he is compelled ... See full summary »

Director: Matan Yair | Stars: Asher Lax, Ami Smolartchik, Yaacov Cohen, Keren Berger

Votes: 437

44. Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (2003)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Comedy

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Shemi Zarhin | Stars: Oshri Cohen, Arieh Elias, Esti Zakheim, Aya Steinovitz

Votes: 1,087

45. Dancing Arabs (2014)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A Palestinian-Israeli boy named Eyad is sent to a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem, where he struggles with issues of language, culture, and identity.

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Tawfeek Barhom, Razi Gabareen, Yaël Abecassis, Michael Moshonov

Votes: 1,545 | Gross: $0.28M

46. Snooker (1975)

95 min | Comedy

The story is about two twin brothers, Azriel and Gavriel (both played by Yehuda Barkan). Azriel is a shy and religious Jew who works in a fruit shop in Jaffa. Gavriel, is a hoodlum and a ... See full summary »

Director: Boaz Davidson | Stars: Yehuda Barkan, Joseph Shiloach, Ze'ev Revach, Arieh Elias

Votes: 589

47. Late Marriage (2001)

Unrated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

Zaza is a 31-year old Israeli bachelor, handsome and intelligent, and his family wants to see him married. But tradition dictates that Zaza has to choose a young virgin. She must be ... See full summary »

Director: Dover Koshashvili | Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Ronit Elkabetz, Moni Moshonov, Lili Koshashvili

Votes: 2,893 | Gross: $1.55M

48. Frozen Days (2005)

90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A lonely young woman survives a suicide bombing and assumes the identity of one of its victims. As she moves into his apartment her grip on reality starts to crack.

Director: Danny Lerner | Stars: Anat Klausner, Sandra Sade, Uli Sternberg, Pini Tavger

Votes: 384

49. Lemon Popsicle (1978)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance