10 Movies on Netflix Jews Should Watch

10 Movies on Netflix Jewish Should Watch

Okay, so “should” is a little strong, but if you are looking for a movie this weekend, here are a few of my favorites on Netflix Instant that are of interest to Jews. Either having a Jewish filmmaker or about Jews themselves, these movies are not the typical Holocaust fare, thankfully! I picked a few overlooked titles, but Netflix does have all the typical Jewish choices too like Life is Beautiful, Downfall, etc.

Updated: May 4, 2016

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This story about a young woman who on the eve of becoming a Catholic nun, discovers that she is the orphan of a Polish family executed by the Nazis, explores the real-life psychological distress that lingered after the Holocaust was well over. It is an artsy film but very powerful and moving.

LOOK WHO’S BACK

It’s hard to make a comedy about Hitler and few would try but this subtitled German film is totally worth seeing. Synopsis: When Adolf Hitler reawakens at the site of his former bunker, he’s mistaken for a brilliant comedian and becomes a media phenomenon. No, really AND like great comedies, there is an important message at the end.

ARRANGED

An award winning film that tells the story of a friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who go through the process of arranged marriages together.

THE LONG WAY HOME

A winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary in it’s year, The Long Way Home explores what happened to Jewish refugees and camp victims after the close of WWII.

THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS

A really different sort of “holocaust” film that looks at the holocaust through a child’s eyes.  A young German boy befriends a boy who lives on the other side of the fence, unaware he’s a Jewish prisoner. Oy, what an ending.

THE BEST OF MEN

A fantastic and inspiring movie about the Jewish doctor that transforms the care of paraplegic former soldiers in WWII.

THE FLAT

An award winning documentary that details the shocking family secrets one many finds when he cleans out his grandmother’s apartment in Tel Aviv.

THE LADY IN NUMBER 6

The inspiring true story about the life of pianist and Holocaust survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer. She accounts how music saved her life and gives advice on how to live a meaningful and happy life. Only 40 minutes long, this film won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short in its year.

HAVA NAGILA: THE MOVIE

A documentary on the history and role of the song and traditions that surround the song “Hava Nagilla”.

REMEMBRANCE

An amazing film about a married woman who comes to a crossroads when she learns that her former lover who rescued her from a concentration camp 30 years earlier is alive. Ladies, this is going to be your new favorite.

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L’Chaim!

 

Photo of movie-goer by Betssssy, modified with text and overlay. License (CC) BY 2.0 

 

28 Comments

  • Fred says:

    5 additional ones:

    Avalon
    Slums of Beverly Hills
    Garden of the Finzi Contini
    Annie Hall
    Europa, Europa

    • Dena says:

      Hi Fred, I love Avalon and I do think it is one of those overlooked classics. I didn’t see it on Netflix though…perhaps it is just not on the Instant Watch. I’ll definitely check out some of those others.

  • Herbert Arce says:

    I totally agree with The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

  • Lee says:

    A few of my faves to check out on Netflix:

    Lies My Father Told Me
    Solomon & Gaenor
    Hester Street
    The Island on Bird Street

  • Marni says:

    Groundhog Day- a bit silly, but easy to watch, and makes a strong point about living a meaningful life.

    • Dena says:

      Hi Marni. Believe it or not, I’ve never actually seen Groundhog Day. But this gives me an interesting idea for a movie list…movies that aren’t necessarily “Jewish” but embody the Jewish belief system.

  • Patricia says:

    Favorite “Jewish” movies in no particular order: Defiance, In the Garden of the Finzi Contini, The Pianist, Au Revoir Les Enfants, Everything Is Illuminated (HIGHLY recommended), The Chosen, Exodus, The Fiddler on the Roof (I’ll never tire of this movie), In Darkness, Yentl.

    • Dena says:

      Hi Patricia. So many great classics there. A few I haven’t heard of though. I’ll have to check out Everything is Illuminated. It looks interesting.

  • Erin says:

    Hi Dena! When Do We Eat? and The Infidel are two of my own favourite movies to watch for a good giggle now and then. ^_^
    (Love your website! I was so happy to stumble on it a few weeks ago. It’ s lovely and so inspiring to read. ^_^)

  • Helen says:

    Hi
    Are jewish movies available on Netflix around the world? As I live in Australia and a great fan of all foreign films. Thanks

    • Dena says:

      I would imagine so. Even if they aren’t the same exact list as this, they must have something.

  • Susan Alexander says:

    All Jews should see the movie “Hester Street” ~ it’s the story of new immigrants living on the lower East Side of New York at the turn of the century (1899-1900). It’s a fascinating cultural glimpse at what our grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ lives were like.

  • Rabbi says:

    I wish there were more Jewish movies like Arranged and not as many about Holocaust or Israel.

    Is Hester Street on Netflix? I couldn’t find it. Bye Bye Braverman would be another great one to put on.

    • Dena says:

      I haven’t seen Hester Street on Netflix yet but it will definitely make this list when it gets there. Thanks for the tip on Bye Bye Braverman. I haven’t heard of it but I’ll check it out.

  • Bimyamin says:

    A Night with The King,
    Switchmass,
    The Cobbler,
    The Book of Esther,
    The Story of Ruth,
    The Book of Daniel,
    Joseph King of Dreams,
    The Prince of Egypt
    Jewtopia
    And more are on Netflix right now.

  • Binyamin says:

    Zero Motivation
    The Green Prince
    Above and Beyond
    Bethlehem
    The Matchmaker
    And more on Netflix as of today.

  • Karen Abrams says:

    Dough
    Serial (Bad) Weddigs
    The German Doctor

  • Carolyn says:

    Crossing Delancy

  • Jennifer says:

    French film aka The Two of Us (1967)