Feature Film, Yiddish (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. Menashe (2017)
PG | 82 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 2,331 | Gross: $1.70M
2. The Dybbuk (1937)
Unrated | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical
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.
4. The Way to Happiness (2021)
112 min | Comedy, Drama
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 »
8. Three Daughters (1949)
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
10. Ivan & Abraham (1993)
105 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 268 | Gross: $0.16M
11. Uncle Moses (1932)
Passed | 88 min | Drama, Romance
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.
12. Green Fields (1937)
Passed | 106 min | Comedy, Romance
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 »
Votes: 101 | Gross: $0.08M
14. Americaner Shadchen (1940)
Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Romance
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 »
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 »
16. The Singing Blacksmith (1938)
Approved | 115 min | Drama, Musical
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.
18. Lang ist der Weg (1948)
77 min | Drama, War
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 »
20. The Cantor's Son (1937)
Approved | 90 min | Drama, Musical
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 »
22. A Brivele der mamen (1938)
106 min | Drama
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 »
23. The Jester (1937)
Approved | 88 min | Drama, Romance
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 »
24. The Yiddish King Lear (1935)
70 min | Drama
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.
25. Mothers of Today (1939)
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 »
26. On a heym (1939)
88 min | Drama
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 »
30. God, Man and Devil (1950)
108 min | Drama
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.
31. Tkies khaf (1924)
60 min | Drama, Romance
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.
32. The Wandering Jew (II) (1933)
Passed | 68 min | Drama, War
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 »
34. Jolly Paupers (1937)
62 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
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 »
35. Mamele (1938)
97 min | Comedy, Musical
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 »
38. Wedding on the Volga (1929)
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 »
43. The Power of Life (1938)
92 min | Drama
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 »
44. Brussels Transit (1981)
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.
47. Motel the Operator (1940)
88 min | Drama
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 »
48. It Will Never Happen Again (1951)
70 min | Drama
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.
49. Where Is My Child? (1937)
95 min | Drama
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.
50. Her Second Mother (1940)
89 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
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.