Israeli films - 1970s

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Israeli films of the 70s

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1. My Michael (1974)

95 min | Drama

Based on a novel by Amos Oz. A couple in Jerusalem before the six day war in 1967, fall in love, get married, have a child and drift apart. With Michael away at war, his wife starts ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Wolman | Stars: Irit Alter, Ruth Farhi, Oded Kotler, Efrat Lavie

Votes: 36

2. Paratroopers (1977)

90 min | Drama

Not everyone is born to be a soldier. Not even in Israel, where universal conscription is the tradition. This movie is about a Sad Sack in the Israeli army, incompetent to complete training... See full summary »

Director: Judd Ne'eman | Stars: Gidi Gov, Moni Moshonov, Shlomo Bar-Aba, Doval'e Glickman

Votes: 67

3. 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: 656

4. Halfon Hill Doesn't Answer (1976)

92 min | Comedy

Sergio Konstanza, a Swindler, owes money to Mr. Hasson. He escapes to the desert where he joins a wacky army reserve unit whose Sergeant is engaged to one of Mr. Hasson's Daughters.

Director: Assi Dayan | Stars: Yisrael Poliakov, Gavri Banai, Shaike Levi, Nitza Shaul

Votes: 1,327

5. Charlie and a Half (1974)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Charlie gets by through fleecing suckers with a three-card Monte. He passes himself off as a rich businessman. Miko is a street kid who spends his time with Charlie instead of going to ... See full summary »

Director: Boaz Davidson | Stars: Yehuda Barkan, Ze'ev Revach, Arieh Elias, Edna Fliedel

Votes: 511

6. Kazablan (1973)

PG | 122 min | Musical

An embittered gang leader seeks the respect of his neighbors and the love of a young woman.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Yehoram Gaon, Efrat Lavie, Arieh Elias, Etti Grotes

Votes: 285

7. 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: 201

8. Big Eyes (1974)

75 min | Comedy, Drama

Benny Furman is a basketball headcoach who can't decide what he realy wants.

Director: Uri Zohar | Stars: Alona Einstein, Arik Einstein, Sima Eliyahu, Yisrael Segal

Votes: 156

10. Rockinghorse (1978)

90 min | Drama

Ami Susetz, an Israeli artist, abandons his wife and daughter in New-York, and comes back to his home land after years of absence. Susetz wishes to decipher his constant feeling of failure ... See full summary »

Director: Yaky Yosha | Stars: Miriam Bernstein-Cohen, Gedalia Besser, Levana Finkelstein, Miriam Gavrieli

Votes: 26

11. My Mother the General (1979)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

A mother comes to her son's base to keep him fed

Director: Joel Silberg | Stars: Gila Almagor, Gilat Ankori, Marlene Bajali, Eyal Geffen

Votes: 32

13. West Side Girl (1979)

94 min | Drama, Music

Vered, an attractive blind singer, meets and is befriended by three students. The trio decides to save enough money for the surgery which may restore Vered's sight. After many attempts, two... See full summary »

Director: George Obadiah | Stars: Ofra Haza, Menahem Einy, Uri Selah, Avner Dan

Votes: 31

14. Khirbet Hiza'a (1978)

48 min | Drama, War

Based on the novel "The Story of Hirbet Hizah" by S. Izhar (S.Yizhar).

Director: Ram Loevy | Stars: Gidi Gov, Marlene Bajali, Zvi Borodo, Rolf Brin

Votes: 13

15. The Highway Queen (1971)

107 min | Drama

A story of a street walker, who tries to leave the world of prostitution when she gets pregnant.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Yehuda Barkan, Gila Almagor, Miriam Bernstein-Cohen, Leah Koenig

Votes: 17

16. But Where Is Daniel Wax? (1972)

94 min | Drama

10 years after he left Israel and "played it big-time in America", Benny Shpitz returns for a visit, self-exploring his youth, friends, dreams, beliefs and idol, Daniel Wax, who symbolized ... See full summary »

Director: Avraham Heffner | Stars: Lior Yieniy, Michael Lipkin, Esther Zewko, Yael Heffner

Votes: 72

18. Floch (1972)

90 min | Drama

Floch, a seventy year old man loses his son, daughter in-law and grandson, who are all killed in a car accident. He goes into deep depression and feels that he can't leave this world ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Wolman | Stars: Avraham Chalfi, Lula Yackobovitz, Ofra Doron, Yisrael Segal

Votes: 20

20. The Fox in the Chicken Coop (1978)

90 min | Comedy

Amitz Dolniker, an Israeli politician who speaks way to much has a heart attack in the middle of his speech. In the ambulance on the way to the hospital the doctor orders him to "go ... See full summary »

Director: Ephraim Kishon | Stars: Shaike Ophir, Seffy Rivlin, Zaharira Harifai, Ya'ackov Bodo

Votes: 77

23. Midnight Entertainer (1977)

90 min | Drama, Music

Tiki Dayan is an overweight girl who gains the attention of singer Pik. He wants only a professional relationship with her, she wants romance.

Director: George Obadiah | Stars: Tikva Dayan, Svika Pick, David Baruch, Yosef Bashi

Votes: 5

24. Nurith (1972)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Musical

Shoshana, a rich young woman from Tiberias loves Moshe, a poor truck driver from Tel Aviv. They intend to marry, but Nissim, her father, forbids it. They intend to take advantage of ... See full summary »

Director: George Obadiah | Stars: Sassi Keshet, Yona Elian, Jacques Cohen, Tova Pardo

Votes: 17

25. Sarit (1974)

90 min | Drama

The film is about a successful actress who gets pregnant from a man whose family thinks she is not right for him and he begins another relationship. She murders him and is in prison while ... See full summary »

Directors: Shimon Herma, George Obadiah | Stars: Dalia Friedland, Yigal Bashan, Nahum Buchman, Elisheva Michaeli

Votes: 12

28. Boys Will Never Believe It (1971)

100 min | Comedy

An army sergeant (Topol) narrates in flash-backs his love adventures with several women, including some women soldiers.

Director: Uri Zohar | Stars: Topol, Naomi Chance, Galia Gofer, Hillit Katmor

Votes: 18

30. The Wooden Gun (1979)

95 min | Drama

The Wooden Gun takes place in Tel Aviv in the early 1950s. In a clear-eyed fashion that would have been impossible in a film made by "outsiders", the plot details the conflict between ... See full summary »

Director: Ilan Moshenson | Stars: Nadav Brenner, Nissim Eliaz, Michael Kafir, Arik Rosen

Votes: 66

31. Only Today (1976)

90 min | Comedy

Sasson works as a greengrocer in the market. He is well known to all around. He has a fair with a healthy lady. One day he is falling in love with a young student who's friend cheating on her.

Director: Ze'ev Revach | Stars: Tikva Aziz, Ya'ackov Banai, Ya'ackov Ben-Sira, Jacques Cohen

Votes: 39

32. Day of Judgment (1974)

91 min | Drama

A hotel manager, who left his wife and daughter and immigrated to the U.S.A, returns to Israel to participate in the Yom Kippur War. After he gets injured in a battle, he receives a blood ... See full summary »

Director: George Obadiah | Stars: Dalia Friedland, Nissim Sarousy, Yossi Warchinski, Rachel Yossifun

33. Three and One (1974)

86 min | Drama

A man traumatized by war memories works as a tour guide on the sea. He starts a relationship with a young woman from the nearby hippie commune.

Director: Mikhail Kalik | Stars: Ori Levy, Yona Elian, Assi Dayan, Avishay Avivi

Votes: 13

34. Moments (1979)

92 min | Drama

Anne, a Parisian, visits her friend Yola in Tel Aviv, where Yola lives with her husband Avi and their son. There's tension in the air and the attraction between the two women is palpable. ... See full summary »

Director: Michal Bat-Adam | Stars: Michal Bat-Adam, Dahn Ben Amotz, Brigitte Catillon, Assi Dayan

Votes: 59

37. Salomonico (1972)

113 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of Salomonico who works in the Tel Aviv Port and tries to defend his house and his life.

Director: Alfred Steinhardt | Stars: Reuven Bar-Yotam, Gabi Amrani, Etti Grotes, Yehuda Efroni

Votes: 14

38. Neither by Day Nor by Night (1972)

85 min | Drama

An American soldier is wounded in Israel and slowly begins to lose his sight while hospitalized.

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern | Stars: Zalman King, Miriam Bernstein-Cohen, Dalia Friedland, Edward G. Robinson

Votes: 10

39. The Dreamer (1970)

R | 85 min | Drama

The love story of a young man who is attached to an older woman until the appearance of a younger girl interrupts him. He has an affair with the younger girl but his love for the older ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Wolman | Stars: Tuvia Tavi, Liora Rivlin, Berta Litwina, Shlomo Bar-Shavit

Votes: 7

40. 7 fois... par jour (1971)

98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

-A 1971 Denis Heroux Canadian/Israeli fantasy sexploitation comedy starring Jean Coutu, Rosanna Schiaffino, Dalia Friedland, Yael Aviv, and Ya'ackov Ben-Sira.

Director: Denis Héroux | Stars: Rosanna Schiaffino, Jean Coutu, Dalia Friedland, Avner Hizkiyahu

Votes: 38

42. A Movie and Breakfast (1977)

100 min | Drama

Tsipi and Rafi meet and quickly marry. To make it difficult on the newly weds, their mother-in-law houses them in an open room, with no privacy. In addition, Rafi works long nights, so that... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Steinhardt | Stars: Zeev Berlinsky, Miriam Gavrieli, Shraga Harpaz, Miki Kam

43. Schwartz: The Brave Detective (1973)

95 min | Comedy

Bumbling private detective Schwartz and his equally inept part Simcha are hired by a man to find out if the man's wife is cheating on him with the family doctor. The blundering duo run ... See full summary »

Directors: Ami Artzi, Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Bomba Tzur, Yosef Shiloach, Ilan Dar, Dubi Gal

Votes: 51