Cinema Judaica

In 1988, Neal Gabler published “An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood.” One of the themes running through the book was that, despite most of the original studio heads being Jewish, their urge for acceptance by a gentile public led them to avoid overtly Jewish themes and subject matters.

We have certainly progressed beyond those times and now have many cinematic representations of the Jewish experience. Though considering how many high profile Jews work in the industry, not as many as you’d think.

This list is a collection of those Jewish films covering subjects as varied as religion, Biblical stories, Jewish family life, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and Israel. Really, any work that explores the Jewish experience.

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  • The Merchant of Venice
  • The Golem
  • The Golem: How He Came into the World
  • Love One Another
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Jazz Singer
  • Uncle Moses
  • The Dybbuk
  • Tevye
  • The Golem
  • Yiddle with His Fiddle
  • The Cantor's Son
  • Grand Illusion
  • Green Fields
  • The Great Dictator
  • The Mortal Storm
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Mr. Emmanuel
  • Crossfire
  • Gentleman's Agreement
  • Hill 24 Doesn't Answer
  • David and Bathsheba
  • The Jazz Singer
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • The Jazz Singer
  • Marjorie Morningstar
  • Esther and the King
  • Exodus
  • Romeo, Juliet and Darkness
  • Mother Joan of the Angels
  • Sallah
  • The Pawnbroker
  • Goldstein
  • The Bible: In the Beginning...
  • Cast a Giant Shadow
  • Funny Girl
  • I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!
  • The Two of Us
  • The Producers
  • The Angel Levine
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Cabaret
  • Portnoy's Complaint
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Lacombe, Lucien
  • Moses the Lawgiver
  • Funny Lady
  • Hester Street
  • Moses and Aaron
  • The Promised Land
  • Mr. Klein
  • Raid on Entebbe
  • Victory at Entebbe
  • Annie Hall
  • Operation Thunderbolt
  • David
  • The Frisco Kid
  • Gorp
  • The Jazz Singer
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • History of the World: Part I
  • Masada
  • Skokie
  • The Chosen
  • A Woman Called Golda
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Fanny and Alexander
  • Remembrance Of Love
  • Porky's II: The Next Day
  • Diary
  • Yentl
  • The Great Sadness of Zohara
  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • Goodbye, New York
  • Shoah
  • An American Tail
  • Brighton Beach Memoirs
  • Every Time We Say Goodbye
  • King David
  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Au Revoir les Enfants
  • Radio Days
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Escape from Sobibor
  • Biloxi Blues
  • The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • Enemies, A Love Story
  • Europa Europa
  • The Plot Against Harry
  • Korczak
  • Homicide
  • The Quarrel
  • Broadway Bound
  • School Ties
  • A Stranger Among Us
  • Life According To Agfa
  • Schindler's List