Learn by watching Jewish Movies

Learning by watching can be a lot of fun. Why not learn while watching a movie?

I got my rabbinic student friend to turn away from the homework for awhile to give me a list of movies.

Movies for learning about Judaism

Judaism is not just a religion. It is a culture, an ethnicity, a civilization. Each of the movies on this list examines something about the Jewish experience.

Jewish Cultural Landmarks (you really should see them)
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
Schindler’s List (1993)
The Jazz Singer (1927)
Yentl (1983)
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Cabaret (1972)
Exodus (1960)

Jewish History, Jewish Culture (fairly reliable)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Schindler’s List (1993)
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Exodus (1960)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Pictures of the American Jewish Scene
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Bugsy (1991)
Crossing Delancey (1988)
Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
The Chosen (1981)
Biloxi Blues (1988)
The Jolson Story (1946)
Paper Clips (2004)
Harry and Tonto
Life is Beautiful
The Frisco Kid (1979)
Trembling Before God (2001)
Bee Season (2005)
Enemies, A Love Story (1989)

Ushpizin (2005)

Jewish Folklore, Jewish Tales
The Golem (1920)
Ben-Hur (1959)
An American Tail (1986)

Schindler’s List (1993)
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Cabaret (1972)
The Pianist (2002)

World Jewry
Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (1974)
Raid on Entebbe (1971)

Good for Discussion – Not Necessarily Kosher Info
Annie Hall (1977)
Funny Girl (1968)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
The Big Lebowski (1997)
Goodbye, Columbus (1969)
Pi (1998)