Israeli films - 1980s

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Israeli films of the 80s

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1. Avanti popolo (1986)

84 min | Drama, War

June 11th 1967, the Six-Day War is over and the cease fire has just begun. We follow the journey of Gassan and Haled, two Egyptian soldiers whose only wish is to make their way through the ... See full summary »

Director: Rafi Bukai | Stars: Salim Dau, Suhel Haddad, Tuvia Gelber, Danny Segev

Votes: 343

2. Beyond the Walls (1984)

R | 103 min | Drama

In Israel's Central Prison, the security officer is corrupt, supplying drugs and stirring the hatred between Jewish and Arab prisoners to his advantage. Uri, in for 12 years for armed ... See full summary »

Director: Uri Barbash | Stars: Arnon Zadok, Mohammad Bakri, Assi Dayan, Rami Danon

Votes: 295

3. One of Us (1989)

110 min | Drama

A few Palestinian guerilla's break into an Israeli camp in the occupied territories. They kill a few Israeli soldiers before they are killed, apart from one who dies in the camp after being... See full summary »

Director: Uri Barbash | Stars: Alon Aboutboul, Sharon Alexander, Yoel Ben-Simhon, Oded Kimhi

Votes: 102

4. Ricochets (1986)

91 min | Drama, War

The story of a platoon of Israeli soldiers in Lebanon of 1986, shortly before Israeli withdrawal, and the dilemmas they face in having to fight against Lebanese guerilla in a hostile but ... See full summary »

Director: Eli Cohen | Stars: Alon Aboutboul, Shaul Mizrahi, Roni Pinkovitch, Dudu Ben-Zeev

Votes: 100

5. Alex Is Lovesick (1986)

88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The movie is a romantic comedy which takes place in Israel during the Austerity period of the 1950s. The movie's hero is Alex, a 13 year old boy who is about to attend his Bar Mitzvah. Alex... See full summary »

Director: Boaz Davidson | Stars: Batya Barak, Rolf Brin, Sharon Hacohen, Uri Kabiri

Votes: 695

6. Late Summer Blues (1987)

101 min | Drama, Romance

A group of close friends celebrate the bittersweet changes coming to their lives during the summer of their high-school graduation: adult responsibilities, adult romance -- and the ... See full summary »

Director: Renen Schorr | Stars: Dor Zweigenboim, Yoav Tzafir, Shahar Segal, Omri Dolev

Votes: 262

7. Shell Shock (1988)

R | 96 min | Drama

Two shell-shocked veterans struggle to overcome their pain.

Director: Yoel Sharon | Stars: Anat Atzmon, Gili Ben-Ozilio, Amnon Berenson, Slava Chaplin

Votes: 7 | Gross: $0.00M

8. Dead End Street (1982)

86 min | Drama

Based on a true story. Alice, a young street walker, receives an opportunity of a lifetime when a television crew casts her to star in a documentary about prostitution in Tel-Aviv. Alice, a... See full summary »

Director: Yaky Yosha | Stars: Anat Atzmon, Yehoram Gaon, Gila Almagor, Gabi Amrani

Votes: 24

10. Eastern Wind (1982)

88 min | Drama

Named after the hot desert wind that periodically blows through the Middle East sending temperatures and tempers soaring to potentially explosive heights. Set in an old farming village in ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Wachsmann | Stars: Shlomo Tarshish, Yasein Shawaf, Ruth Geller, Hemda Levi

Votes: 41

12. Into the Night (1985)

97 min | Drama

A common crisis changes the complicated relationship between a father and his middle-aged son, both trapped in unhappy marriages.

Director: Eitan Green | Stars: Assi Dayan, Yosef Millo, Orna Porat, Dani Roth

Votes: 16

15. Indian in the Sun (1981)

60 min | Drama

The story revolves around Laufer, an Israeli soldier from the wealthy suburbs of northern Tel Aviv, who is ordered to accompany another soldier, known only as "the Indian", to prison.

Director: Ram Loevy | Stars: Rami Danon, Riki Eliah, Haim Garfi, Moshe Ivgy

Votes: 7

16. Bar 51 (1986)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama

After the mother's death, the siblings leave the family home and go to Tel Aviv. They both intend to start a new life. They meet the transgender Apolonia, the owner of Bar 51, who offers them help and work.

Director: Amos Guttman | Stars: Smadar Kilchinsky, Juliano Mer-Khamis, Ada Valerie-Tal, Rahel Shor

Votes: 51

17. Drifting (1982)

80 min | Drama

A young gay Israeli man works in his grandmother's store while dreaming of becoming a film-maker.

Director: Amos Guttman | Stars: Jonathan Sagall, Ami Traub, Ben Levin, Dita Arel

Votes: 64

18. Sunstroke (1984)

88 min | Drama, Music

"Makat Shemesh" ("Summertime Blues") is the last summer before the army, an early 1980's Tel-Aviv summer, at the dawn of the war (the "first" war) in Lebanon. Four friends are walking on ... See full summary »

Director: Yaky Yosha | Stars: Irit Alter, Anat Atzmon, Ya'ackov Banai, Yuval Banai

Votes: 10

19. Rage and Glory (1984)

118 min | Drama, History

An avowed anarchist and Stern Gang hitman is sent to Jerusalem to assassinate a senior British officer creating much tension within the already troubled cell and almost brings its collapse,... See full summary »

Director: Avi Nesher | Stars: Juliano Mer-Khamis, Roni Pinkovitch, Hanna Azoulay Hasfari, Tuvia Gelber

Votes: 59

22. The Lover (1985)

R | 90 min | Drama

Gabriel makes arrangement with garage-owner Adam to pay for repairs to his grandmother's car by giving his depressed wife French lessons. But the relationship goes beyond that of teacher and pupil as a passionate love affair develops.

Director: Michal Bat-Adam | Stars: Michal Bat-Adam, Noa Aizik, Avigail Ariely, Yehoram Gaon

Votes: 43

25. The Vulture (1981)

96 min | Drama

Boaz, a reserve soldier returns from the battlefield and becomes involved in editing a memorial album dedicated to a friend who was killed before his eyes. He becomes increasingly involved ... See full summary »

Director: Yaky Yosha | Stars: Shraga Harpaz, Shimon Finkel, Hanna Maron, Nitza Shaul

Votes: 31

26. Growing Pains (1980)

90 min | Drama

A coming-of-age story combined with a love interest between a boy and girl from different social stratum told during the years of teenage turmoil after high school the barriers of ... See full summary »

Director: Ze'ev Revach | Stars: Doron Tzioni, Sharon Alexander, Dalia Shimko, Dalia Beger

Votes: 10

27. Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Romance, War

A Protestant World War II pilot and a Jewish girl fall in love in Jerusalem, even though their diverse backgrounds threaten to pull them apart.

Director: Moshé Mizrahi | Stars: Tom Hanks, Cristina Marsillach, Benedict Taylor, Anat Atzmon

Votes: 2,165 | Gross: $0.28M

28. Greenfields (1989)

92 min | Drama

From legendary writer-director Yitzhak Yeshurun comes a drama about the true meaning of flag and family. The so-called Israeli war of attrition forced Shmuel Braverman to leave Israel and ... See full summary »

Director: Isaac Zepel Yeshurun | Stars: Johnny Arbid, Sharon Brandon, Lia Dultzkaya, Shmuel Edelman

Votes: 17

29. Night Soldier (1984)

R | 86 min | Drama

Set in the early eighties in Israel, "Soldier of the Night" is a horror film. It is the first Israeli horror film ever made. A beautiful young woman (Iris) meets an attractive young man (... See full summary »

Director: Dan Wolman | Stars: Yehuda Efroni, Iris Kanner, Yftach Katzur, Hillel Ne'eman

Votes: 18

30. Hide and Seek (1980)

90 min | Drama

Twelve year-old Uri reports his teacher Balaban as a suspected spy when he observes him meeting with a young arab man. Only later does he discover that Balaban's interest in the young arab is romantic rather than political.

Director: Dan Wolman | Stars: Gila Almagor, Benyamin Armon, Chaim Hadaya, Efrat Lavie

Votes: 32

31. Gloves (1986)

92 min | Drama

Based on a novel by Dan Tzelkah.

Directors: Rafi Adar, Ami Amir | Stars: Sharon Hacohen, Ezra Kafri, Antonio Marsina, Amnon Meskin

32. Nadia (1986)

90 min | Drama

A story about an Arab girl in a Jewish school.

Director: Amnon Rubinstein | Stars: Hanna Azoulay Hasfari, Meir Banai, Yuval Banai, Ossi Hillel

Votes: 15

33. Fictitious Marriage (1988)

90 min | Drama

Eldad is about to go abroad, but changes his mind at the last minute. Instead of going home to Jerusalem, he disguises himself and takes a cheap hotel room in Tel Aviv. There he meets the ... See full summary »

Director: Haim Bouzaglo | Stars: Shlomo Bar-Aba, Irit Sheleg, Adib Jahschan, Adiv Shagen

Votes: 78

34. Noa at 17 (1982)

86 min | Drama

Set in Israel 1951, Noa is a member of a youth movement who fights for her individuality, her right to doubt and question all beliefs - all conformisms. An ideological battle takes place ... See full summary »

Director: Isaac Zepel Yeshurun | Stars: Moshe Havazelet, Adi Ne'eman, Osnat Ofer, Shmuel Shiloh

Votes: 53

35. Once We Were Dreamers (1987)

PG | 120 min | Drama

Set in the Middle East in 1919, a group of European Jews planning on settling in the Sinai Desert are attacked by Bedouin tribesmen. As they fight for their lives they realize that they are... See full summary »

Director: Uri Barbash | Stars: Kelly McGillis, John Shea, Arnon Zadok, Christine Boisson

Votes: 51

37. The Summer of Aviya (1988)

95 min | Biography, Drama

A ten year old girl spends her summer with her overly protective mother, a mentally scarred holocaust survivor, while hopefully trying to find her real father in the newly established state of Israel.

Director: Eli Cohen | Stars: Gila Almagor, Kaipu Cohen, Eli Cohen, Marina Rossetti

Votes: 364

38. Koko Is 19 (1985)

86 min | Drama, Music

The film tells the story of a rock group in Jerusalem. Two good friends, Koko and Pini, play guitar and are the lead singers in a rock group. They make good music together, but another ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Verete | Stars: Udi Cohen, Shifra Ha'efrati, Meir Dadon, David Danino

Votes: 15

39. The Smile of the Lamb (1986)

95 min | Drama

Based on a novel by David Grossman.

Director: Shimon Dotan | Stars: Tuncel Kurtiz, Rami Danon, Makram Khoury, Dan Muggia

Votes: 42

41. Esther (1986)

97 min | Drama

Ahasverus, king of Persia and Media, puts aside Vashti and makes Esther his queen, choosing her among maidens in a kingdom stretching from India to Ethiopia. Esther, using information from ... See full summary »

Director: Amos Gitai | Stars: Simone Benyamini, Mohammad Bakri, Juliano Mer-Khamis, Zare Vartanian

Votes: 65

42. Lena (1980)

88 min | Drama

The story of a woman trying to free her husband from a Russian prison camp. She lives in Israel, organizes strikes, and gains public and press support. But her public life begins to clash ... See full summary »

Director: Eitan Green | Stars: Yitzhak Bareket, Boris Botwinick, Ruth Geller, Doval'e Glickman

44. Battle of the Chairmanship (1986)

90 min | Comedy

A story about two rivals for the head of the building through a chain of amusing mistakes and how they had to collaborate to save the building.

Director: Avi Cohen | Stars: Shaike Levi, Yisrael Poliakov, Gavri Banai, Alon Aboutboul

Votes: 42

46. Streets of Yesterday (1989)

92 min | Drama