Feature Film, Yiddish (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Menashe (2017)

PG | 82 min | Drama

6.5
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Within Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. A tender drama performed entirely in Yiddish, the film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood.

Director: Joshua Z Weinstein | Stars: Menashe Lustig, Anna Gansburg Nahmani, Ariel Vaysman, Sophie Vaysman

Votes: 2,331 | Gross: $1.70M

2. The Dybbuk (1937)

Unrated | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

6.5
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The mystical love story between Chonen, a poor Talmud student, and Lea, a girl from a wealthy family, depicts the traditional folk culture of Polish Jews before WW2.

Director: Michal Waszynski | Stars: Avrom Morewski, Ajzyk Samberg, Mojzesz Lipman, Lili Liliana

Votes: 649

3. SHTTL (2022)

Drama | Post-production

The 1941 invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany is shown through the life of inhabitants of a Yiddish village at the border of Poland.

Director: Ady Walter | Stars: Moshe Lobel, Saul Rubinek, Lili Rosen, Emily Karpel

4. The Way to Happiness (2021)

112 min | Comedy, Drama

5.3
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Saül Birnbaum is a "hidden child", who, at the age of six, was separated from his parents to escape the Holocaust. He was sent away by the so-called "Kindertransport". In 1986, Saül is on ... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Steil | Stars: Simon Abkarian, Pascale Arbillot, Django Schrevens, André Jung

Votes: 25

5. The Pin (2013)

R | 85 min | Drama

8.4
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Two young people experience love and loss while in hiding during WWII. After a life of regret, the young man, now old, is faced with an opportunity for redemption.

Director: Naomi Jaye | Stars: Milda Gecaite, Grisha Pasternak, Paskal Vaklev, David Fox

Votes: 75

6. Tevya (1939)

Approved | 93 min | Drama

6.9
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The original, non-musical film version of the book which inspired "Fiddler on the Roof".

Director: Maurice Schwartz | Stars: Maurice Schwartz, Miriam Riselle, Rebecca Weintraub, Paula Lubelski

Votes: 306

7. The Light Ahead (1939)

94 min | Drama

6.5
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In a small town in Russia in the 1880s, two young but poor lovers are helped by a wise old bookseller.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: David Opatoshu, Helen Beverley, Isidore Cashier, Rosetta Bialis

Votes: 87

8. Three Daughters (1949)

87 min

5.8
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This rarely-seen later work by Yiddish cinema mogul Joseph Seiden observes the hardships and heartaches of three sisters as they seek romantic happiness, while struggling to remain faithful to the traditions of their parents. Kino Now

Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Charlotte Goldstein, Michael Rosenberg, Esta Salzman, Sacha Shaw

Votes: 12

9. Overture to Glory (1940)

77 min | Drama

6.9
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A jewish cantor is seduced by the allure of opera when introduced to it by two attractive young Poles.

Director: Max Nosseck | Stars: Moyshe Oysher, Florence Weiss, Maurice Krohner, John Mylong

Votes: 38

10. Ivan & Abraham (1993)

105 min | Drama

6.7
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The action of the movie takes place in the thirties before the Jewish pogrom in the border town of Poland, which became a kind of emigration zone. Two teenagers - Ivan and Abram - run away from the dictates of adults into a big life.

Director: Yolande Zauberman | Stars: Roma Alexandrovitch, Aleksandr Yakovlev, Vladimir Mashkov, Mariya Lipkina

Votes: 268 | Gross: $0.16M

11. Uncle Moses (1932)

Passed | 88 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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Wealthy, powerful sweatshop owner falls in love with employee's teenage daughter, who feels obligated to marry him after he shares his wealth with her parents, though she actually loves a young Marxist unionizer.

Directors: Sidney M. Goldin, Aubrey Scotto | Stars: Maurice Schwartz, Judith Abarbanel, Mark Schweid, Sam Gertler

Votes: 37

12. Green Fields (1937)

Passed | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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Ulmer's soulful, open-air adaptation of Peretz Hirshbein's classic play heralded the Golden Age of Yiddish cinema. When an ascetic young scholar ventures into the countryside, searching for... See full summary »

Directors: Jacob Ben-Ami, Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Michael Gorrin, Helen Beverley, Isidore Cashier, Anna Appel

Votes: 101 | Gross: $0.08M

13. Home (LX)

Crime, Drama | Post-production

When you wage war on your community, you wage war on your family.

Director: Benny Fredman | Stars: Sarai Givaty, Roy Nik, Yarden Tusia-Cohen, Niv Majar

14. Americaner Shadchen (1940)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

6.0
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Nat Silver has been engaged 7 times already. This time, his 8th, he's really going to get married. But a visitor shows up, Shirley's old boyfriend. With a gun ! He'll kill himself unless he... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Leo Fuchs, Judith Abarbanel, Judel Dubinsky, Anna Guskin

Votes: 107

15. The Delegation

Drama, History | Post-production

The film tells the story of a group of Israeli teenagers who come to Poland for a tour of the Holocaust memorial sites. The main characters of the film are three friends: Nitzan, Frisch and... See full summary »

Director: Asaf Saban | Stars: Yoav Bavly, Naomi Harari, Leib Levin, Karolina Bruchnicka

16. The Singing Blacksmith (1938)

Approved | 115 min | Drama, Musical

6.6
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Moishe Oysher gives his most robust performance as a passionate shtetl blacksmith who must struggle against temptation to become a mensch. Ulmer's film is a musical version of David Pinski's classic 1906 play Yankl der Schmid.

Directors: Edgar G. Ulmer, Ben-Zvi Baratoff, Ossip Dymow | Stars: Moyshe Oysher, Miriam Riselle, Florence Weiss, Anna Appel

Votes: 60

17. Tsili (2014)

88 min | Drama

5.0
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Director: Amos Gitai | Stars: Sarah Adler, Meshi Olinski, Leah Koenig, Adam Tsekhman

Votes: 60

18. Lang ist der Weg (1948)

77 min | Drama, War

7.6
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Written by Israel Becker, this is the first feature film to represent the Holocaust from a Jewish perspective. Shot on location at Landsberg, the largest DP camp in U.S.-occupied Germany, ... See full summary »

Directors: Herbert B. Fredersdorf, Marek Goldstein | Stars: Israel Becker, Bettina Moissi, Berta Litwina, Jakob Fischer

Votes: 49

19. Yidl mitn fidl (1936)

92 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.5
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A young woman posing as a man in a group of klezmer musicians in Poland.

Directors: Joseph Green, Jan Nowina-Przybylski | Stars: Molly Picon, Max Bozyk, Leon Liebgold, Simche Fostel

Votes: 174

20. The Cantor's Son (1937)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Musical

7.0
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This musical drama marks the screen debut of Moishe Oysher, in a film critic J. Hoberman calls an "anti-Jazz Singer." Oysher stars as a wayward youth who makes his way from his Polish ... See full summary »

Directors: Ilya Motyleff, Sidney M. Goldin | Stars: Moyshe Oysher, Florence Weiss, Judith Abarbanel, Michael Rosenberg

Votes: 35

21. The Eternal Jew (1933)

63 min | Drama

5.3
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Director: George Roland | Stars: Louis 'Leibele' Waldman, Celina Breene, Ruben Wendorf, Morris B. Samuylow

Votes: 112

22. A Brivele der mamen (1938)

106 min | Drama

7.0
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One of the last Yiddish films made in Poland before the Nazi invasion, this film tells the story of a mother's persistent struggles to support her three children in pre-war World War II ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Green, Leon Trystan | Stars: Lucy Gehrman, Misha Gehrman, Max Bozyk, Gertrude Bulman

Votes: 61

23. The Jester (1937)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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Getsel, a wandering Purim player, comes to a Galica village and gets a job with Reb Nuchem, the shoemaker. He falls in love with Esther, the shoemaker's daughter, but knows she is in love ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Green, Jan Nowina-Przybylski | Stars: Miriam Kressyn, Zygmunt Turkow, Hy Jacobson, Ajzyk Samberg

Votes: 43

24. The Yiddish King Lear (1935)

70 min | Drama

6.3
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Setting off from Vilna to spend his last days in the Holy Land, an arrogant old man spurns the youngest of his three daughters and leaves his fortune in the wrong hands.

Director: Harry Thomashefsky | Stars: Esther Adler, Jacob Bergreen, Miriam Grossman, Maurice Krohner

Votes: 23

25. Mothers of Today (1939)

93 min

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Mothers of Today includes the sole motion picture performance of radio star Esther Field, who was well known on the airwaves of the 1930s as the 'Yiddishe Mama.' The film exemplifies the ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Lynn | Stars: Esther Field, Max Rosenblatt, Gertrude Krause, Simon Wolf

26. On a heym (1939)

88 min | Drama

5.9
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The last Yiddish feature made in Poland before WWII, this 1939 film was based on a 1907 play by the prolific playwright Jacob Gordin. Best known for his folksy didacticism and moralism, ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksander Marten | Stars: Aleksander Marten, Ida Kaminska, Adam Domb, Ben Zuker

Votes: 19

27. Eli Eli (1940)

88 min | Drama

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An elderly couple, Mendel and Hannah Shapiro, need to raise money to hang onto their farm and turn to their adult children for help.

Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Max Badin, Esther Field, Izidor Frankel, Lazar Freed

28. His Wife's Lover (1931)

80 min | Musical, Comedy

6.7
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Director: Sidney M. Goldin | Stars: Ludwig Satz, Lucy Levine, Isidore Cashier, Lillian Feinman

Votes: 14

29. What a Mother-in-Law! (1934)

65 min | Comedy

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Directors: Harry S. Brown, Harry Garson | Stars: Claire Adams, Paula Klida, Ludwig Satz, Max Wilner

30. God, Man and Devil (1950)

108 min | Drama

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Based on a play by Jacob Gordin, God, Man and Devil centers on a wager between God and Satan that has dire consequences. Beware, the film cautions, when money sounds sweeter than music.

Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Michal Michalesko, Gustav Berger, Berta Gersten, Shifra Lerer

31. Tkies khaf (1924)

60 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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Starring real-life mother and daughter Ester-Rokhl Kaminska and Ida Kaminska, this film is a precursor to the 1937 classic, The Dybbuk, featuring the same classic tale of frustrated love and destiny and the breaking/fulfillment of vows.

Director: Zygmunt Turkow | Stars: Adam Domb, Ester Rachel Kaminska, Ida Kaminska, Mojzesz Lipman

Votes: 26

32. The Wandering Jew (II) (1933)

Passed | 68 min | Drama, War

6.6
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A German-Jewish artist encounters German anti-semitism when his masterpiece is rejected by the Berlin Academy of Art. Later, the figure in the painting comes to life and tells him the ... See full summary »

Director: George Roland | Stars: Jacob Ben-Ami, Natalie Browning, M.B. Samuylow, Ben Adler

Votes: 27

33. Joseph in the Land of Egypt (1932)

80 min

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Director: George Roland | Stars: Joseph Green, Ben Adler, Sigmund Zuckerberg, Herman Serotsky

34. Jolly Paupers (1937)

62 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

5.1
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In this musical comedy, the comic duo Dzigan and Shumacher play two small town "entrepreneurs" who believe they have struck oil in a local field. Thus begins a comedy of errors, including ... See full summary »

Directors: Leon Jeannot, Zygmunt Turkow | Stars: Shimen Dzigan, Ysrael Szumacher, Jenna Lovic, Menasha Oppenheim

Votes: 14

35. Mamele (1938)

97 min | Comedy, Musical

6.9
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Mamele embraces the entire gamut of interwar Jewish life in Lodz--tenements and unemployed Jews, nightclubs and gangsters, religious Jews celebrating sukkot--but the film belongs to Molly ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Green, Konrad Tom | Stars: Molly Picon, Edmund Zayenda, Gertrude Bulman, Max Bozyk

Votes: 55

36. A Daughter of Her People (1933)

75 min | Drama

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Judith Trachtenberg (1920) re-edited with a new framing story to introduce and conclude the story.

Directors: Henrik Galeen, George Roland | Stars: Joseph Green, Chaim Shneyer, Morris Dorf, Jacob Mestel

37. Al khet (1936)

90 min | Drama

6.7
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Director: Aleksander Marten | Stars: Avrom Morewski, Rachel Holzer, Shimen Dzigan, Ysrael Szumacher

Votes: 12

38. Wedding on the Volga (1929)

Drama

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In gratitude for saving his life, Piotr offers the brutish Zhuck the hand of his daughter, Olga, who loves Alexis, a sailor home on leave. However, Borrah, an old chemist, tosses a tear ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Schweid | Stars: Mary Fowler, Arthur Albro, Henrietta Tilghman, Mark Schweid

39. The Cellar (1963)

76 min | Drama

8.4
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Director: Natan Gross | Stars: Zaharira Harifai, Hannah Kahane, David Smadar, Shimon Yisraeli

Votes: 7

40. The Great Advisor (1940)

75 min

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Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Irving Jacobson, Jacob Zanger, Yetta Zwerling, Mae Schoenfeld

41. Monticello, Here We Come (1950)

75 min | Comedy, Music

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Stars: Larry Daniels, Joseph Buloff, Fyvush Finkel, Mary Forest

42. The Jewish Melody (1940)

89 min

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Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Isidore Cashier, Moishe Feder, Lazar Freed, Rose Greenfield

43. The Power of Life (1938)

92 min | Drama

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Nathan Rahinowita is a bookkeeper for a dress manufacturer, and in his spare time he dabbles at inventions. Oner day he is offered $3000 for one of his inventions, and premises to get back ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Lynn | Stars: Michal Michalesko, Berthe Hart, Morris Strassberg, Charlotte Goldstein

44. Brussels Transit (1981)

80 min

8.0
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Fictional re-enactments about the early years in Belgium of the director's parents, Jewish immigrants from Poland, and scenes taken in modern Brussels in this elliptical experimental feature.

Director: Samy Szlingerbaum | Stars: Hélène Lapiower, Boris Lehman, Jeremy Wald, Suzy Falk

Votes: 39

45. Mazel Tov Yidden (1941)

89 min | Comedy, Music

5.4
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Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Michael Rosenberg, Gustav Berger, Harry Feld, Leo Fuchs

Votes: 13

46. Kol Nidre (1939)

85 min | Drama, Musical

5.8
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Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Lili Liliana, Joseph Schoengold, Berthe Hart, Menasha Oppenheim

Votes: 9

47. Motel the Operator (1940)

88 min | Drama

6.1
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Motl, a poor laborer, loving husband and new father, leads cloakmakers in a strike for better working conditions. When he is severely injured by strikebreakers, his wife, Esther, and infant... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Chaim Tauber, Seymour Rechzeit, Yetta Zwerling, Jacob Zanger

Votes: 20

48. It Will Never Happen Again (1951)

70 min | Drama

7.2
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In this, Poland's last Yiddish feature film, comedy duo Dzigan and Shumacher play all the parts in a Sholem Aleichem story staged for an audience of children who survived the Holocaust.

Director: Natan Gross | Stars: Shimen Dzigan, Ysrael Szumacher, Niusia Gold, Nathan Meisler

Votes: 26

49. Where Is My Child? (1937)

95 min | Drama

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Celia Adler, doyenne of the Yiddish stage, gives a haunting performance as a new immigrant forced to give up her son. Obsessed with the thought of reuniting with him, she spends the next 25 years searching, pining, and bewailing her loss.

Directors: Abraham Leff, Henry Lynn | Stars: Celia Adler, Morris Strassberg, Morris Silberkasten, Anna Lillian

50. Her Second Mother (1940)

89 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

5.9
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A young woman tries to repay her adoptive parents' kindness by shielding their biological child, who has gotten involved with an embezzler, from the police.

Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Esta Salzman, Max Badin, Rose Greenfield, Margaret Schoenfeld

Votes: 18


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