The 50 Greatest Jewish Movies

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The 50 Greatest Jewish Movies: A Critic's Ranking of the Very Best was a 1998 book published by Kathryn Bernheimer. Bernheimer ranked the "top 50" films dealing with Jewish topics.

List[edit]

Rank Title Year Rating Director
1 The Chosen 1981 PG Jeremy Kagan
2 Fiddler on the Roof 1971 G Norman Jewison (Gentile)
3 Schindler's List 1993 R Steven Spielberg
4 Shoah 1985 NR Claude Lanzmann
5 The Jazz Singer 1927 NR Alan Crosland
6 Annie Hall 1977 PG Woody Allen
7 Funny Girl 1968 G William Wyler
8 Gentleman's Agreement 1947 NR Elia Kazan
9 Exodus 1960 NR Otto Preminger
10 Ben-Hur 1959 NR William Wyler
10 The Ten Commandments 1956 G Cecil B. DeMille
11 Crossing Delancey 1988 PG Joan Micklin Silver
12 The Golem 1920 NR Paul Wegener and Carl Boese
13 Au revoir, les enfants 1987 PG Louis Malle
14 Almonds and Raisins 1988 NR Russ Karel
15 Enemies, a Love Story 1989 R Paul Mazursky
16 The Great Dictator 1940 NR Charlie Chaplin (Gentile)
17 The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz 1974 PG Ted Kotcheff
18 Blazing Saddles 1974 R Mel Brooks
19 Chariots of Fire 1981 PG Hugh Hudson
20 Body and Soul 1947 NR Robert Rossen
21 The Pawnbroker 1965 NR Sidney Lumet
22 Goodbye, Columbus 1969 PG Larry Peerce
23 Bugsy 1991 R Barry Levinson
24 Cabaret 1972 PG Bob Fosse (Gentile)
25 Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 PG-13 Woody Allen
26 The Last Angry Man 1959 NR Daniel Mann
27 The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick 1988 G Allan Goldstein
28 Job's Revolt 1983 NR Imre Gyöngyössy and Barna Kabay
29 Homicide 1991 R David Mamet
30 Madame Rosa 1977 PG Moshé Mizrahi
31 Driving Miss Daisy 1989 PG Bruce Beresford (Gentile)
32 Reversal of Fortune 1990 R Barbet Schroeder
33 Europa Europa 1991 R Agnieszka Holland
34 The Big Fix 1978 PG Jeremy Kagan
35 Broadway Danny Rose 1984 PG Woody Allen
36 Julia 1977 PG Fred Zinnemann
37 Marathon Man 1976 R John Schlesinger
38 A Majority of One 1962 NR Mervyn LeRoy
39 Oliver! 1968 G Carol Reed
40 Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 R Paul Mazursky
41 Holocaust 1978 NR Marvin Chomsky
42 Dirty Dancing 1987 PG-13 Emile Ardolino (Gentile)
43 The Front 1976 PG Martin Ritt
44 Biloxi Blues 1988 PG-13 Mike Nichols
45 The Diary of Anne Frank 1959 NR George Stevens
46 Shine 1996 PG-13 Scott Hicks (Gentile)
47 Daniel 1983 R Sidney Lumet
48 Yentl 1983 PG Barbra Streisand
49 The Young Lions 1958 NR Edward Dmytryk
50 Marjorie Morningstar 1958 NR Irving Rapper

References[edit]

  • Bernheimer, Kathryn. The 50 Greatest Jewish Movies: A Critic's Ranking of the Very Best. Secaucus, NJ: Carol, 1998.
  • Reproduction of the list