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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: 923

2. Every Bastard a King (1968)

GP | 100 min | Drama, War

An American reporter and his girl-friend are visiting Israel to get a "sense of the people", in the process he meets many Israelis and some Arabs as well, particularly becoming friends with... See full summary »

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

Votes: 46

3. 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: 78

4. 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

5. 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: 174

6. 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: 198

7. 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: 811

8. 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: 20

9. 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

11. 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: 298

12. Is Tel Aviv Burning? (1967)

93 min | Drama, War

Four stories related to the Six-Day War.

Director: Kobi Jaeger | Stars: Misha Asherov, Alexander Peleg, Geula Nuni, Aviva Marks

13. Sinai Commandos: The Story of the Six Day War (1968)

98 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

A dramatization of the six-day-war between Israel and an alliance of Arab countries, enhancing the patriotism of a commando of Israeli reservists.

Director: Raphael Nussbaum | Stars: Robert Fuller, Avraham Mor, Reuven Bar-Yotam, Gabi Amrani

Votes: 73

14. 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: 346

15. The Patriots (1994)

TV-MA | 138 min | Thriller

At 18, Ariel Brenner leaves Paris and his family to live in Israel. He secretly joins the Mossad, the Isreali secret service. After years of training, his first mission is in Paris to steal... See full summary »

Director: Eric Rochant | Stars: Yvan Attal, Richard Masur, Allen Garfield, Yossi Banai

Votes: 1,120

16. 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: 644

17. 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: 44

18. The Pedestrian (1973)

PG | 98 min | Drama

When a German businessman causes a car accident with deadly consequences, the papers start digging into his past to find scandals. What they find causes him to reevaluate his own past during WW2 when he was in Greece.

Director: Maximilian Schell | Stars: Gustav Rudolf Sellner, Peter Hall, Maximilian Schell, Gila von Weitershausen

Votes: 182

19. 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

20. 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

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: 367

23. 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

24. Witness in the War Zone (1987)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

An American journalist is set up and fed false information after the Lebanon war.

Director: Nathaniel Gutman | Stars: Christopher Walken, Hywel Bennett, Marita Marschall, Arnon Zadok

Votes: 427 | Gross: $0.14M

25. Burning Memory (1989)

93 min | Drama

A man walks amongst an inferno of flames, shell-shocked. When he's back home, he starts group therapy in a military rehab center, meeting all kinds of fellow soldiers who, like him, have ... See full summary »

Director: Yossi Somer | Stars: Dani Roth, Poly Reshef, Etti Ankri, Alon Oleartchik

Votes: 7

26. Time for Cherries (1990)

103 min | Drama, War

Muki, a reserve soldier serving in Lebanon just before the IDF's retreat,is trying to document his soon to come death.

Director: Haim Bouzaglo | Stars: Gil Frank, Idit Teperson, David Danino, Levana Finkelstein

Votes: 26

28. The Delta Force (1986)

R | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

37 Metascore

After a plane is hijacked by terrorists, The Delta Force is sent in to resolve the crisis.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin, Martin Balsam, Joey Bishop

Votes: 18,560 | Gross: $17.77M

29. Not Without My Daughter (1991)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

An American woman, trapped in Islamic Iran by her brutish husband, must find a way to escape with her daughter as well.

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Sally Field, Alfred Molina, Sheila Rosenthal, Roshan Seth

Votes: 12,185 | Gross: $14.79M

30. Lemon Tree (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, War

74 Metascore

The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Ali Suliman, Doron Tavory

Votes: 6,243 | Gross: $0.57M

31. Fauda (2015– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

The human stories on both sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Stars: Lior Raz, Itzik Cohen, Neta Garty, Rona-Lee Shim'on

Votes: 17,337

32. Walk on Water (2004)

R | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

Following the suicide of his wife, an Israeli intelligence agent is assigned to befriend the grandchildren of a Nazi war criminal.

Director: Eytan Fox | Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Knut Berger, Caroline Peters, Gideon Shemer

Votes: 6,505 | Gross: $2.71M

33. The Faithful City (1952)

Passed | 79 min | Drama, History, War

Produced in Israel in English with an international cast, "The Faithful City" depicts some of the courage, patience, bravery and understanding that attended the birth of Israel as a free ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Lejtes | Stars: Jamie Smith, Ben Josef, John Slater, Rahel Marcus

34. Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (1955)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In 1948, four Israeli soldiers recount the events that led them to take up arms while preparing for a final mission in the hours leading up to a truce.

Director: Thorold Dickinson | Stars: Edward Mulhare, Haya Harareet, Michael Shillo, Michael Wager

Votes: 456

35. Exodus (1960)

Approved | 208 min | Action, Drama, History

The state of Israel is created in 1948, resulting in war with its Arab neighbors.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford

Votes: 8,766 | Gross: $18.97M

36. Trunk to Cairo (1965)

80 min | Drama

A James Bond-type action hero is assigned to destroy a weapons factory run by a fugitive Nazi.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Audie Murphy, George Sanders, Marianne Koch, Gila Almagor

Votes: 158

37. Judith (1966)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, War

Beautiful woman who survived concentration camp goes to Israel in 1948 to track down Nazi husband who betrayed her.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Sophia Loren, Peter Finch, Jack Hawkins, Hans Verner

Votes: 320

38. The Jerusalem File (1972)

PG | 95 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

An American student starts working with his Arab colleague while putting all politics aside. However, is his colleague just a regular Joe? Set around the time of Arab-Israeli Six Day War.

Director: John Flynn | Stars: Bruce Davison, Nicol Williamson, Daria Halprin, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 52

39. 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

40. Sword of Gideon (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 173 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Chronicles a Mossad team hand picked to hunt down the terrorists involved in the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Steven Bauer, Michael York, Robert Joy, Laurent Malet

Votes: 1,122

41. Himmo, King of Jerusalem (1987)

84 min | Drama

Adapted from Yoram Kaniuk's best-selling novel, this heart-rending love story unfolds during the siege of Jerusalem in 1948. A young and beautiful volunteer nurse is drawn to the enigmatic ... See full summary »

Director: Amos Guttman | Stars: Icho Avital, Shay Capon, Amiram Gabriel, Avi Gilor

Votes: 37

42. Hanna K. (1983)

R | 111 min | Drama

An Israeli lawyer is defending a Palestinian charged by The Military Court System in the Israeli-Occupied Territories. It's a tough case because of a strong political background.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Jean Yanne, Gabriel Byrne, Mohammad Bakri

Votes: 631 | Gross: $0.11M

43. The Little Drummer Girl (1984)

R | 130 min | Thriller

54 Metascore

An American actress with a penchant for lying is forcibly recruited by Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, to trap a Palestinian bomber, by pretending to be the girlfriend of his dead brother.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Diane Keaton, Yorgo Voyagis, Klaus Kinski, Sami Frey

Votes: 1,925 | Gross: $7.83M

44. The Impossible Spy (1987 TV Movie)

96 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

Young Israeli husband Eli Cohen is recruited by the Mossad in the early 1960's and sent to Syria. Telling his wife he has a new job that requires extensive business travel, he takes up ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Goddard | Stars: John Shea, Eli Wallach, Sasson Gabai, Michal Bat-Adam

Votes: 262

45. 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

46. The Cage (1989)

29 min | Short, Drama