Israeli Oscar Submissions

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1. Sallah (1964)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

The sharp, often hilarious satire that became the most successful film in Israeli history (until that time) is about new immigrants Sallah and his family, who are left in a shack near their... See full summary »

Director: Ephraim Kishon | Stars: Topol, Geula Nuni, Gila Almagor, Albert Cohen

Votes: 932

3. The Flying Matchmaker (1966)

G | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Reb Kalman, the matchmaker comes home on Shabbat to find out that Reb Pinchas has been there. He learns that RebPinchas wants him to find a husband from a good family for his daughter ... See full summary »

Director: Israel Becker | Stars: Mike Burstyn, Raphael Klatchkin, Germaine Unikovsky, Shmuel Rodensky

Votes: 43

4. Every Bastard a King (1968)

GP | 100 min | Drama, War

During the Six-Day War, an Israeli pilot, hoping to bring peace to his country, fly his plane towards Egypt to hopefully commiserate with Abdel Nasser. Shot down en route, he finds himself halfway between the Egyptian and Israeli armies.

Director: Uri Zohar | Stars: Yehoram Gaon, Oded Kotler, Pier Angeli, William Berger

Votes: 46

5. Siege (1969)

100 min | Drama

Story of a war-widow pressured by her friends to behave in the role of the heroic widow, and the journey she takes in a country of people under siege.

Director: Gilberto Tofano | Stars: Eran Agmon, Gila Almagor, Yael Aviv, Dahn Ben Amotz

Votes: 80

6. 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: 666

7. I Love You Rosa (1972)

77 min | Drama

The love of Nissim for his widowed sister-in-law, Rosa, in the Old City of Jerusalem at the turn of the century. Under a (very old) Jewish religious law, Nissim has the duty to marry his childless sister-in-law on the death of his brother.

Director: Moshé Mizrahi | Stars: Michal Bat-Adam, Gabi Otterman, Moshe Tal, Levana Finkelstein

Votes: 178

8. The House on Chelouche Street (1973)

PG | 110 min | Drama

A fatherless family immigrates to Israel from Egypt during the British Mandate period. The film traces the hardships the family suffers in the politically unstable country.

Director: Moshé Mizrahi | Stars: Gila Almagor, Shaike Ophir, Yosef Shiloach, Michal Bat-Adam

Votes: 203

9. 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

10. Operation Thunderbolt (1977)

PG | 124 min | Action, Drama, History

In July 1976, an Air France flight from Tel-Aviv to Paris via Athens was hijacked and forced to land in Entebbe, Uganda. The Jewish passengers were separated and held hostage in demand to ... See full summary »

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Yehoram Gaon, Gila Almagor, Assi Dayan, Klaus Kinski

Votes: 828

11. Lemon Popsicle (1978)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Three friends live their lives in the 1950's each searching for someone to love.

Director: Boaz Davidson | Stars: Yftach Katzur, Anat Atzmon, Jonathan Sagall, Zachi Noy

Votes: 3,035

12. 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, Brigitte Catillon, Assi Dayan, Avi Pnini

Votes: 60

13. A Thin Line (1980)

90 min | Drama

Explores the relationship between an eleven-year-old girl and her ailing mother, who is losing a grasp of reality in the surrounding environment of insensitivity and cruelty.

Director: Michal Bat-Adam | Stars: Gila Almagor, Alexander Peleg, Liat Pansky, Aya Veirov

Votes: 22

14. A Thousand Little Kisses (1981)

110 min | Drama

In contemporary Tel Aviv, a mother and daughter confront each other after the death of the father/husband and the discovery of the dead man's secret affair. The daughter is drawn ... See full summary »

Director: Mira Recanati | Stars: Dina Doron, Rivka Neuman, Gad Roll, Rina Otchital

Votes: 7

15. 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

17. 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: 301

18. 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

19. 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: 349

21. 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: 370

22. 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: 103

23. Shuroo (1990)

85 min | Comedy

Comedy about life among Tel Aviv's 30-something bourgeoisie is nothing if not proof that self-absorbed, would-be hipsters are the same the world over. The central character is Asher, an ... See full summary »

Director: Savi Gabizon | Stars: Moshe Ivgy, Sharon Hacohen, Sinai Peter, Keren Mor

Votes: 110

25. Life According to Agfa (1992)

100 min | Drama

The film takes place in Tel Aviv, much of it in a fictitious local pub called Barbie, a satirical nickname for a famous Israeli mental health institution. The pub's name hints at the ... See full summary »

Director: Assi Dayan | Stars: Gila Almagor, Akram Tillawi, Smadar Kilchinsky, Tsipor Aizen

Votes: 540

27. Sh'Chur (1994)

100 min | Drama

A Westernized teenager struggles to come to terms with the white magic practiced by members of her family.

Director: Shmuel Hasfari | Stars: Gila Almagor, Ronit Elkabetz, Eti Adar, Louise Asher

Votes: 120

28. Lovesick on Nana Street (1995)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

The touching story of Victor, who lives with his mother in the REALLY bad part of town and runs an illegal TV cable station. One day he sees the beautiful Michaela and falls madly in love ... See full summary »

Director: Savi Gabizon | Stars: Avigail Ariely, Asher Atlas, Hanna Azoulay Hasfari, Shmil Ben Ari

Votes: 200

29. Saint Clara (1996)

85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

The year is 1999 and the storyline is actually a number of sub-plots all revolving around the 13-year old Clara, a girl that can predict the future and has telekinetic powers. The sub-plots... See full summary »

Directors: Ari Folman, Ori Sivan | Stars: Lucy Dubinchik, Halil Elohev, Johnny Peterson, Maya Maron

Votes: 652

30. Afula Express (1997)

95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

David is a garage electrician, who dreamt all of his life of becoming a magician, but had no luck in it. His girlfriend Batya wants an ordinary life, but David is still looking for his ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Shles | Stars: Zvika Hadar, Esti Zakheim, Aryeh Moskona, Orli Perl

Votes: 183

31. Circus Palestina (1998)

83 min | Drama

When a small, run-down circus comes to a Palestinian town, it changes the lives of the West Bank villagers.

Director: Eyal Halfon | Stars: Evgenia Dodina, Yoram Hattab, Amos Lavi, Bassam Zo'amat

Votes: 81

32. Yana's Friends (1999)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

Three parallel strories of immigrants in Tel Aviv during the Gulf War and about coming together while sealed in a room during the Scud attacks.

Director: Arik Kaplun | Stars: Evelyn Kaplun, Nir Levy, Shmil Ben Ari, Mosko Alkalai

Votes: 527 | Gross: $0.06M

33. Time of Favor (2000)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama

53 Metascore

Is today's fanaticism tomorrow's policy? In a West Bank settlement, Rabbi Meltzer has a grand design: he's building a movement "to pray at the Temple Mount." His yeshiva has scholars, and ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Cedar | Stars: Aki Avni, Tinkerbell, Idan Alterman, Assi Dayan

Votes: 532 | Gross: $0.14M

34. Late Marriage (2001)

Unrated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

Zaza is a 31-year old Israeli bachelor, handsome and intelligent, and his family wants to see him married. But tradition dictates that Zaza has to choose a young virgin. She must be ... See full summary »

Director: Dover Koshashvili | Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Ronit Elkabetz, Moni Moshonov, Lili Koshashvili

Votes: 3,165 | Gross: $1.55M

35. Broken Wings (2002)

R | 87 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'.

Director: Nir Bergman | Stars: Orly Silbersatz, Maya Maron, Nitai Gvirtz, Daniel Magon

Votes: 2,362 | Gross: $0.41M

36. Nina's Tragedies (2003)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

The taboo relationship between young Nadav and his Aunt Nina transcends definition on its way to odd highs and lows.

Director: Savi Gabizon | Stars: Ayelet Zurer, Yoram Hattab, Alon Aboutboul, Aviv Elkabeth

Votes: 733 | Gross: $0.24M

37. Campfire Tales (1997)

R | 88 min | Horror

A group of teens entertain themselves by telling an anthology of famous urban legends with a modern twist; including make-out-point, monsters, psychopaths, and ghosts.

Directors: Matt Cooper, Martin Kunert, David Semel | Stars: James Marsden, Amy Smart, Frederick Lawrence, Christopher Masterson

Votes: 3,721

38. What a Wonderful Place (2005)

104 min | Drama

Sergey works for Franko and is responsible for the girls, Franko pays him to watch the girls. Sergey does not treat them very well.

Director: Eyal Halfon | Stars: Uri Gavriel, Evelyn Kaplun, Avi Oriah, Yossi Graber

Votes: 136

39. Sweet Mud (2006)

90 min | Drama

Set in mid-70's, 12-year old Dvir Avni navigates between the equality values of his home-born Kibbutz and the relationship with his undermined mother, whom the Kibbutz members will to denounce.

Director: Dror Shaul | Stars: Tomer Steinhof, Ronit Yudkevitz, Shai Avivi, Pini Tavger

Votes: 708

40. Beaufort (2007)

Unrated | 131 min | Action, Drama, War

The story of a group of Israeli soldiers stationed in an outpost prior to the withdrawal of forces of 2000.

Director: Joseph Cedar | Stars: Alon Aboutboul, Adi Adouan, Ya'akov Ahimeir, Guy Apriat

Votes: 4,508 | Gross: $0.10M

41. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

91 Metascore

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 55,195 | Gross: $2.28M

42. Ajami (2009)

Not Rated | 124 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

Ajami is the religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. These are five stories about the everyday life in Ajami.

Directors: Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani | Stars: Fouad Habash, Nisrin Siksik, Elias Saba, Youssef Sahwani

Votes: 5,971 | Gross: $0.62M

43. The Human Resources Manager (2010)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

A tragi-comedy centered on the HR manager of Israel's largest industrial bakery, who sets out to save the reputation of his business and prevent the publication of a defamatory article.

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Mark Ivanir, Guri Alfi, Noah Silver, Rozina Cambos

Votes: 1,333 | Gross: $0.06M

44. Footnote (2011)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.

Director: Joseph Cedar | Stars: Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Aliza Rosen, Alma Zack

Votes: 5,718 | Gross: $2.01M

45. Fill the Void (2012)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

When the older sister of Shira, an 18-year-old Hasidic Israeli, dies suddenly in childbirth, Shira must decide if she can and should marry her widowed brother-in-law, which also generates tensions within her extended family.

Director: Rama Burshtein | Stars: Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein, Irit Sheleg, Chayim Sharir

Votes: 3,682 | Gross: $1.77M