Best Israeli Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Israeli Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: realistic, serious, humorous, suspense, touching and sincere. Plot: jewish, family relations, society, soldier, love and romance, friendship, parents and children, culture clash, redemption and death. Genre: Drama, Comedy and Romance. Country: Israel, USA and France.
Best Israeli Movies
Best Israeli Movies
TOP Movies: Yana's Friends (1999), Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (2003), The Slut (2011), Big Bad Wolves (2013), The Golem (2018), Zero Motivation (2014), Jeruzalem (2015), Fill the Void (2012), Princess (2014), Love & Dance (2006), The Angel (2018), Footnote (2011), The Bubble (2006), Ushpizin (2004), Asia (2020), Aviva, My Love (2006), Operation Grandma (1999), Jarhead: Law of Return (2019), James' Journey to Jerusalem (2003), Cobra (1986).

List of Best Movies

 7.1
 579
Yana's Friends (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Israel
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three parallel stories of immigrants in Tel Aviv during the Gulf War and about coming together while sealed in a room during the Scud attacks.
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching
Plot: immigrants, gulf war, romance, society, opposites attract, love and romance, couples, couple relations, pregnancy, wartime life, fall in love, news report ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: israel, middle east, tel aviv israel
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Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (2003)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Israel
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 16 years old Shlomi lives with his restless mother, his soldier brother and their ill grandfather. Although not doing well in school, Shlomi is a gifted cook and takes care of most household chores. One day, the school's principal finds out ...
Style: touching, humorous, sentimental, feel good, realistic ...
Plot: high school, prodigy, teenage life, dysfunctional family, self discovery, youth, family life, parents and children, teenage love, fall in love, human nature, mathematics ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel
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 4.4
 772
The Slut (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Israel, Germany, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Tamar, an attractive single mother, lives alone in a small village with her two daughters. Unsatisfied, she attempts to fill her many voids through meaningless sexual rendezvous.
Style: sincere, captivating, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: slut, sexual relations, lifestyle, fall in love, introspection, starting over, opposites attract, couples, addiction, single parent, life is a bitch, thirtysomething life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
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 6.8
 16K
Big Bad Wolves (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Israel
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings - a ...
Style: twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, crimes, kidnapping, vengeance, rivalry, partners, confined, loss of child, parents and children, captivity, mind game, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, palestine, tel aviv, tel aviv israel
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 5.6
 6K
The Golem (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Israel
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A re-imagining of the old mystical folklore that follows a woman and a tight-knit Jewish community that is besieged by foreign invaders. She conjures a dangerous creature to protect them but it may be more evil than she ever imagined.
Style: psychotronic, exciting, scary, suspense
Plot: ritual, survival horror, golem, rabbi, monster, folklore, legend, child, evil, ancient, jewish, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 17th century
Place: lithuania, europe
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Zero Motivation (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Filmmaker Talya Lavie steps into the spotlight with a dark comedy about everyday life for a unit of young female Israeli soldiers. The human resources office at a remote desert base serves as the setting for this cast of characters, who bide their ...
Style: humorous, tragicomedy, funny, witty, talky ...
Plot: office, female soldier, military base, military, soldier, army, friendship, virginity, best friends, hapless soldier, military life, administration ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: israel, tokyo, russia
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 4.8
 10K
Jeruzalem (2015)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Israel
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When a couple of American young adults fly to Israel to visit the city of Jerusalem, a biblical nightmare falls upon the city
Style: suspense, scary, exciting, suspenseful, psychotronic ...
Plot: demon, curses spells and rituals, tourist, vacation, zombie, church, apocalypse, transformation, jewish, survival, deadly creature, good versus evil ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 2010s, year 1972, 70s
Place: jerusalem, israel, palestine, asia, tel aviv israel
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Fill the Void (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Israel
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Eighteen-year-old Shira is the youngest daughter of the Mendelman family. She is about to be married off to a promising young man of the same age and background. It is a dream come true, and Shira feels prepared and excited. On Purim, her ...
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: rabbi, arranged marriage, orthodox jew, family relations, tradition, matchmaking, widower, moral dilemma, society, parents and children, introspection, women's rights ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, belgium, tel aviv israel
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 6.3
 623
Princess (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 92 min.
Story: While her mother is away from home, 12-year-old Adar's role-playing games with her stepfather move into dangerous territory. Seeking an escape, Adar finds Alan, an ethereal boy that accompanies her on a dark journey between reality and fantasy.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, rough, gloomy
Plot: coming of age, parents and children, family relations, friendship, friends, child abuse, teenage sexuality, bittersweet, youth, underage sex, role playing, female masturbation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east
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Turn Left at the End of the World (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The year is 1968. To a small town in the south of Israel, mostly inhabited by Moroccan immigrants, a few families from India arrive, searching for a better life in the west. The instinct driven Moroccans patronize the "black" Indians, ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, touching, humorous, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, ethnic, immigrants, teenage love, culture clash, social differences, teenage life, society, family relations, social relations, romance, youth ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: israel, middle east
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 7.0
 279
Love & Dance (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Israel
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Chen, a young kid, is battling a cultural conflict between his Russian born mother and Israeli father. She is cultured and used to the finer things in life, including theater and fine dining. He is gruff on the outside but sweet on the inside - a ...
Style: captivating, romantic, entertaining
Plot: ballroom dancing, dance lesson, russian immigrant, family relations, father son relationship, dancing, cultural difference, culture clash, mother son relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, in love, fall in love ...
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 6.6
 13K
The Angel (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: Israel, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: True story of Ashraf Marwan, who was President Nasser's son-in-law and special adviser and confidant to his successor Anwar Sadat - while simultaneously Israeli Intelligence's most precious asset of the 20th century. Based on NYT ...
Style: clever, atmospheric, surprise ending, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: mossad, politics, spy, investigator, undercover agent, president, mysterious character, war, historical event, army, contact, secret ...
Time: 70s
Place: egypt, israel, london, cairo egypt, paris france
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 7.1
 6K
Footnote (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The story of a great rivalry between a father and son, both eccentric professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The son has an addictive dependency on the embrace and accolades that the establishment provides, while his ...
Style: tragicomedy, captivating, melancholic, meditative, thought provoking ...
Plot: rivalry, parents and children, family problems, ambition, moral dilemma, estrangement, religions or cults, father son relationship, scientist, greed, secrets, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, jerusalem, tokyo
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 7.3
 6K
The Bubble (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Israel
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The movie follows a group of young friends in the city of Tel Aviv and is as much a love song to the city as it is an exploration of the claim that people in Tel Aviv are isolated from the rest of the country and the turmoil it's going through. ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gay, gay soldier, friendship, gay relationship, forbidden love, understanding, civil rights, occupation, lifestyle, romance, society, love affair ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, jordan, jerusalem, tel aviv israel ...
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Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2016)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Israel, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A financial schemer finds himself in the middle of an international scandal after he becomes a political adviser to the new prime minister of Israel.
Style: suspense, psychological, tense, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: politics, politician, businessman, society, business, job, prankster, office worker, ordinary people, friendship, office, prime minister ...
Time: contemporary
Place: israel, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new york
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 7.3
 2K
Ushpizin (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In Jerusalem's orthodox neighborhoods, it's Succoth, seven days celebrating life's essentials in a sukkah, a temporary shack of both deprivation and hospitality. A devout couple, Moshe and Mali, married nearly five years and ...
Style: uplifting, touching, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: rabbi, charity, uninvited guest, redemption, society, hopes, cause and meaning, family relations, couples, religions or cults, couple relations, orthodox jew ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, jerusalem
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 484
Asia (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Asia is the single mother of 17-year-old Vika. Vika's deteriorating health urges Asia to finally find her voice as a mother and to embrace and cherish their time together.
Style: touching, captivating, sincere
Plot: mother daughter relationship, single mother, fighting illness, sick child, family relations, parents and children, relationships, child, lifestyle, mother and daughter, teenage girl, nursing ...
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 476
Aviva, My Love (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Aviva, a hard-working hotel cook in the small northern Israeli town of Tiberias, is on the brink of finally fulfilling her lifelong dream. For years she kept her remarkable writing abilities under wraps, until her sister, Anita, introduces her to ...
Style: realistic, captivating, touching, psychological, semi serious ...
Plot: family relations, writer's life, working class, dysfunctional family, family problems, creative block, unemployment, small town life, small town, social decay, betrayal, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tel aviv israel
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Operation Grandma (1999)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Israel
Duration: 54 min.
Story: Mivtza Savta ("Operation Grandma") is a satirical Israeli comedy about three very different brothers trying to get around many obstacles to bury their grandmother on her kibbutz. The story takes place in Israel, in the fictional kibbutz ...
Style: not serious, realistic, humorous, feel good, witty ...
Plot: nothing goes right, race against time, military, soldier, family problems, disorder, family relations, social relations, comedy of errors, military life, siblings relations, death in the family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: israel, middle east
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Jarhead: Law of Return (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Israel, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Major Ronan Jackson (Devon Sawa), an accomplished fighter pilot for the Israel Defense Forces and son of a U.S. Senator (Robert Patrick), is shot down while flying through Syrian airspace. After miraculously surviving the crash, Jackson is taken ...
Style: exciting, tense, suspense, disturbing
Plot: pow, interrogation, torture, machismo, airplane shot down, rescue, tough guy, brutality, soldier, heroes, fight, violence ...
Place: syria, jerusalem
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James' Journey to Jerusalem (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: During his journey to Jerusalem young James learns the meaning of being Israeli.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, semi serious, humorous, suspense ...
Plot: wisdom of life, friendship, fish out of water, change of luck, culture clash, racism, social differences, immigrants, boss and employee, teaching the ways of the world, society, satire ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel
Is relevant ?
 5.8
 71K
Cobra (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: gang, tough law enforcer, serial killer, police investigation, murder, rivalry, fighting crime, law enforcement, crimes, resistance, tough heroes, prosecution ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 68K
The Debt (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Hungary, Israel
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Rachel Singer is a former Mossad agent who tried to capture a notorious Nazi war criminal – the Surgeon of Birkenau – in a secret Israeli mission that ended with his death on the streets of East Berlin. Now, 30 years later, a man claiming to be ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: mossad, war criminal, secret agents, spy, haunted by the past, moral dilemma, righting the wronged, war crime, cold war, redemption, ex husband ex wife relationship, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 90s, year 1997, 70s ...
Place: israel, middle east, germany, europe, ukraine ...
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 6.9
 930
Close to Home (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Smadar (Smadar Sayar) and Mirit (Naama Schendar), both 18 years old, are assigned to patrol the streets of Jerusalem together as part of their military service. Worlds apart in their personality their initial frosty relationship changes to ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, suspense
Plot: friendship, military life, soldier, politics, terrorism, military, women, crimes, teenage life, coming of age, buddies, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: jerusalem, israel, middle east
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 2K
Broken Wings (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: 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'.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hopes, couple relations, midlife crisis, family life, human nature, haunted by the past, fall in love, teenage life, innocence lost, family problems, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 4.9
 91K
Knock Knock (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Chile, Israel, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: When a devoted husband and father is left home alone for the weekend, two stranded young women unexpectedly knock on his door for help. What starts out as a kind gesture results in a dangerous seduction and a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Style: suspense, brutal, bad ending, sexy, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: threesome, seductress, torture, seduction, female on male rape, female psychopath, home invasion, rape, married man, female villain, one night stand, female rapist ...
Place: chile
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 5K
Beaufort (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Israel
Duration: 131 min.
Story: BEAUFORT tells the story of LIRAZ LIBERTI, the 22 year-old outpost commander, and his troops in the months before Israel pulled out of Lebanon. This is not a story of war, but of retreat. This is a story with no enemy, only an amorphous entity that ...
Style: rough, tense, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: military, soldier, military life, evacuation, confined, battle zone, military base, war, militia, anti war, wound, officer ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary, 80s
Place: lebanon, middle east, israel
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 3K
Yossi (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Israel
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The sequel to "Yossi and Jagger" finds character Yossi (Ohad Knoller) leading a sad existence after losing his partner Jagger on the battlefield. A chance encounter with a middle-aged woman linked to his past shakes up his otherwise staid ...
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, serious, road movie
Plot: gay, gay soldier, bereavement, love and romance, workplace, workplace situations, fall in love, gays and lesbians, gender, unfulfillment, bittersweet, coming out ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, tel aviv israel, tel aviv
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 218
Out of Sight (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Ya'ara, a blind PhD candidate in Mathematics at Princeton University, hears of her cousin Talia's suicide. Ya'ara rushes back to Israel. They were best of friends and twin spirits. Talia saw for both of them, and was always the one ...
Plot: suicide, piano, coming of age, pregnancy, taxi, sea, clinic, doctor, flashback, sex, father daughter relationship, airport ...
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Masters of the Universe (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Israel
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The world of Eternia in the aftermath of Skeletor's war on Castle Grayskull, which he has won after seizing Grayskull and the surrounding city using a cosmic key developed by the locksmith Gwildor. The Sorceress is now Skeletor's prisoner ...
Style: serious, stylized, suspenseful, exciting, epic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: heroes, good versus evil, battles, superhero, time travel, heroic mission, adventure, space and aliens, save the day, supernatural, transformation, one man army ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
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