Most Popular Feature Films


1. A Contract with God

Drama | Announced

Frimme Hersh, a young, deeply religious Hasidic Jew, carves a contract with God on a stone tablet to live a life of good deeds.

2. The Pin (2013)

R | 85 min | Drama

7.9
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Two young people experience love and loss while in hiding during WWII. After a life of regret, the young man, now old, is faced with an opportunity for redemption.

Director: Naomi Jaye | Stars: Milda Gecaite, Grisha Pasternak, Paskal Vaklev, David Fox

Votes: 22

3. The Dybbuk (1937)

Unrated | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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In a Polish shtetl, two young men who have grown up together betrothe their unborn children, ignoring the advice of a mysterious traveler not to pledge the lives of future generations. Soon... See full summary »

Director: Michal Waszynski | Stars: Avrom Morewski, Ajzyk Samberg, Mojzesz Lipman, Lili Liliana

Votes: 265

4. Uncle Moses (1932)

Passed | 88 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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Wealthy, powerful sweatshop owner falls in love with employee's teenage daughter, who feels obligated to marry him after he shares his wealth with her parents, though she actually loves a young Marxist unionizer.

Directors: Sidney M. Goldin, Aubrey Scotto | Stars: Maurice Schwartz, Judith Abarbanel, Mark Schweid, Sam Gertler

Votes: 23

5. Yidl mitn fidl (1936)

92 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.6
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A young woman posing as a man in a group of klezmer musicians in Poland.

Directors: Joseph Green, Jan Nowina-Przybylski | Stars: Molly Picon, Max Bozyk, Leon Liebgold, Simche Fostel

Votes: 109

6. Tevya (1939)

Approved | 93 min | Drama

6.9
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The original, non-musical film version of the book which inspired "Fiddler on the Roof".

Director: Maurice Schwartz | Stars: Maurice Schwartz, Miriam Riselle, Rebecca Weintraub, Paula Lubelski

Votes: 134

7. Ivan & Abraham (1993)

105 min | Drama

7.1
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In 1930s Poland, it was traditional for some Christian boys to live for a time with Jewish families in order to learn a trade from Jewish craftsmen. For this reason, Ivan has gone to live ... See full summary »

Director: Yolande Zauberman | Stars: Roma Alexandrovitch, Aleksandr Yakovlev, Vladimir Mashkov, Mariya Lipkina

Votes: 204 | Gross: $0.16M

8. Americaner Shadchen (1940)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

6.0
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Nat Silver has been engaged 7 times already. This time, his 8th, he's really going to get married. But a visitor shows up, Shirley's old boyfriend. With a gun ! He'll kill himself unless he... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Leo Fuchs, Judith Abarbanel, Judel Dubinsky, Anna Guskin

Votes: 53

9. Green Fields (1937)

Passed | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

6.3
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Ulmer's soulful, open-air adaptation of Peretz Hirshbein's classic play heralded the Golden Age of Yiddish cinema. When an ascetic young scholar ventures into the countryside, searching for... See full summary »

Directors: Jacob Ben-Ami, Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Michael Gorrin, Helen Beverly, Isidore Cashier, Anna Appel

Votes: 71 | Gross: $0.08M

10. Tsili (2014)

88 min | Drama

5.0
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Director: Amos Gitai | Stars: Sarah Adler, Meshi Olinski, Andrei Kashkar, Leah Koenig

Votes: 44

11. Mamele (1938)

97 min | Comedy, Musical

6.9
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Mamele embraces the entire gamut of interwar Jewish life in Lodz--tenements and unemployed Jews, nightclubs and gangsters, religious Jews celebrating sukkot--but the film belongs to Molly ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Green, Konrad Tom | Stars: Molly Picon, Edmund Zayenda, Gertrude Bulman, Max Bozyk

Votes: 36

12. The Light Ahead (1939)

94 min | Drama

6.6
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In a small town in Russia in the 1880s, two young but poor lovers are helped by a wise old bookseller.

Directors: Henry Felt, Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: David Opatoshu, Helen Beverly, Isidore Cashier, Rosetta Bialis

Votes: 58

13. Motel the Operator (1940)

88 min | Drama

5.3
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Motl, a poor laborer, loving husband and new father, leads cloakmakers in a strike for better working conditions. When he is severely injured by strikebreakers, his wife, Esther, and infant... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Chaim Tauber, Seymour Rechzeit, Yetta Zwerling, Jacob Zanger

Votes: 6

14. Joseph in the Land of Egypt (1932)

80 min

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Director: George Roland | Stars: Joseph Green, Ben Adler, Sigmund Zuckerberg, Herman Serotsky

15. The Eternal Jew (1933)

63 min | Drama

5.2
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Director: George Roland | Stars: Louis 'Leibele' Waldman, Celina Breene, Ruben Wendorf, Morris B. Samuylow

Votes: 88

16. Lang ist der Weg (1949)

77 min | Drama, War

7.7
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Written by Israel Becker, this is the first feature film to represent the Holocaust from a Jewish perspective. Shot on location at Landsberg, the largest DP camp in U.S.-occupied Germany, ... See full summary »

Directors: Herbert B. Fredersdorf, Marek Goldstein | Stars: Israel Becker, Bettina Moissi, Berta Litwina, Jakob Fischer

Votes: 21

17. Ha-Megillah '83 (1983)

80 min | Musical

6.3
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Director: Ilan Eldad | Stars: Shlomo Bar-Aba, Jerry Hyman, Aviva Paz, Jonathan Sagall

Votes: 9

18. Ha-Martef (1963)

76 min | Drama

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Director: Natan Gross | Stars: Zaharira Harifai, Hannah Kahane, David Smadar, Shimon Yisraeli

19. A Brivele der mamen (1938)

106 min | Drama

7.2
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One of the last Yiddish films made in Poland before the Nazi invasion, this film tells the story of a mother's persistent struggles to support her three children in pre-war World War II ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Green, Leon Trystan | Stars: Lucy Gehrman, Misha Gehrman, Max Bozyk, Gertrude Bulman

Votes: 47

20. Tkies khaf (1924)

60 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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Starring real-life mother and daughter Ester-Rokhl Kaminska and Ida Kaminska, this film is a precursor to the 1937 classic, The Dybbuk, featuring the same classic tale of frustrated love and destiny and the breaking/fulfillment of vows.

Director: Zygmunt Turkow | Stars: Adam Domb, Ester Rachel Kaminska, Ida Kaminska, Mojzesz Lipman

Votes: 10

21. God, Man and Devil (1950)

108 min | Drama

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Based on a play by Jacob Gordin, God, Man and Devil centers on a wager between God and Satan that has dire consequences. Beware, the film cautions, when money sounds sweeter than music.

Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Michal Michalesko, Gustav Berger, Berta Gersten, Shifra Lerer

22. A Daughter of Her People (1933)

75 min | Drama

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Judith Trachtenberg (1920) re-edited with a new framing story to introduce and conclude the story.

Directors: Henrik Galeen, George Roland | Stars: Joseph Green, Chaim Shneyer, Morris Dorf, Jacob Mestel

23. The Singing Blacksmith (1938)

Approved | 115 min | Drama, Musical

6.6
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Moishe Oysher gives his most robust performance as a passionate shtetl blacksmith who must struggle against temptation to become a mensch. Ulmer's film is a musical version of David Pinski's classic 1906 play Yankl der Schmid.

Directors: Edgar G. Ulmer, Ben-Zvi Baratoff, Ossip Dymow | Stars: Moyshe Oysher, Miriam Riselle, Florence Weiss, Anna Appel

Votes: 31

24. Bar-Mitzvah (1935)

81 min | Drama

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A wife returns home after having been shipwrecked for several years and finds that her husband has remarried, and his new wife is a lazy, gold-digging tramp.

Director: Henry Lynn | Stars: Gertrude Bulman, Anita Chayes, Sam Colton, Peter Graf

25. It Will Never Happen Again (1951)

70 min | Drama

7.0
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In this, Poland's last Yiddish feature film, comedy duo Dzigan and Shumacher play all the parts in a Sholem Aleichem story staged for an audience of children who survived the Holocaust.

Director: Natan Gross | Stars: Shimen Dzigan, Ysrael Szumacher, Niusia Gold, Nathan Meisler

Votes: 14

26. The Yiddish King Lear (1934)

70 min

6.8
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Setting off from Vilna to spend his last days in the Holy Land, an arrogant old man spurns the youngest of his three daughters and leaves his fortune in the wrong hands.

Director: Harry Thomashefsky | Stars: Esther Adler, Jacob Bergreen, Miriam Grossman, Maurice Krohner

Votes: 6

27. His Wife's Lover (1931)

80 min | Musical, Comedy

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Director: Sidney M. Goldin | Stars: Ludwig Satz, Lucy Levine, Isidore Cashier, Lillian Feinman

28. Koliivshchina [1767-1768] (1934)

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Director: Ivan Kavaleridze | Stars: Aleksandr Serdyuk, Fyodor Radchuk, Ivan Maryanenko, Jacob Liebert

Votes: 7

29. The Cantor's Son (1937)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Musical

6.9
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This musical drama marks the screen debut of Moishe Oysher, in a film critic J. Hoberman calls an "anti-Jazz Singer." Oysher stars as a wayward youth who makes his way from his Polish ... See full summary »

Directors: Ilya Motyleff, Sidney M. Goldin | Stars: Moyshe Oysher, Florence Weiss, Judith Abarbanel, Michael Rosenberg

Votes: 23

30. Monticello, Here We Come (1950)

75 min | Comedy, Music

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Stars: Larry Daniels, Joseph Buloff, Fyvush Finkel, Mary Forest

31. Overture to Glory (1940)

77 min | Drama

7.4
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A jewish cantor is seduced by the allure of opera when introduced to it by two attractive young Poles.

Director: Max Nosseck | Stars: Moyshe Oysher, Florence Weiss, Maurice Krohner, John Mylong

Votes: 10

32. The Jester (1937)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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Getsel, a wandering Purim player, comes to a Galica village and gets a job with Reb Nuchem, the shoemaker. He falls in love with Esther, the shoemaker's daughter, but knows she is in love ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Green, Jan Nowina-Przybylski | Stars: Miriam Kressyn, Zygmunt Turkow, Hy Jacobson, Ajzyk Samberg

Votes: 23

33. Brussels Transit (1982)

80 min

8.5
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Director: Samy Szlingerbaum | Stars: Hélène Lapiower, Boris Lehman, Jeremy Wald, Suzy Falk

Votes: 21

34. Kol Nidre (1939)

85 min | Drama, Musical

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Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Lili Liliana, Joseph Schoengold, Berthe Hart, Menasha Oppenheim

35. The Vow (1937)

88 min | Drama

7.7
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Two friends make a sacred pact pledging their newborn children, Rachel and Mendel, in marriage. Based on the same legend as S. Ansky's classic play The Dybbuk, this spirited film offers the divine intervention of Elijah and a happy ending.

Director: Henryk Szaro | Stars: Zygmunt Turkow, Kurt Katch, Estera Perlman, Izak Grudberg

Votes: 6

36. Her Second Mother (1940)

89 min

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Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Esta Salzman, Max Badin, Rose Greenfield, Margaret Schoenfeld

37. The Wandering Jew (II) (1933)

Passed | 68 min | Drama, War

6.7
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A German-Jewish artist encounters German anti-semitism when his masterpiece is rejected by the Berlin Academy of Art. Later, the figure in the painting comes to life and tells him the ... See full summary »

Director: George Roland | Stars: Jacob Ben-Ami, Natalie Browning, M.B. Samuylow, Ben Adler

Votes: 12

39. Lamedvovnik (1925)

Drama, History

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Director: Henryk Szaro | Stars: Jonas Turkow, Mojzesz Lipman, Helena Gotlib, Irma Green

40. Love and Sacrifice (1936)

75 min | Crime, Drama

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The tale of a middle-class matron who shoots the man who compromises her, Love and Sacrifice is a prime example of "shund," the melodramatic, theatrical, escapist entertainment of the Yiddish theater.

Director: George Roland | Stars: Rose Greenfield, Lazar Freed, Anne Loeb, Esta Salzman

41. Jolly Paupers (1937)

62 min | Comedy, Musical

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In this musical comedy, the comic duo Dzigan and Shumacher play two small town "entrepreneurs" who believe they have struck oil in a local field. Thus begins a comedy of errors, including ... See full summary »

Directors: Leon Jeannot, Zygmunt Turkow | Stars: Shimen Dzigan, Ysrael Szumacher, Jenna Lovic, Menasha Oppenheim

42. I Want to Be a Mother (1937)

Drama

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Young Amelia, who has always believed that her parents were living in the section of New York City known as the Bronx, has always wanted to have children. However, she is shocked to ... See full summary »

Director: George Roland | Stars: Moishe Feder, Leo Fuchs, Sam Gertler, Rose Greenfield

43. On a heym (1939)

88 min | Drama

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The last Yiddish feature made in Poland before WWII, this 1939 film was based on a 1907 play by the prolific playwright Jacob Gordin. Best known for his folksy didacticism and moralism, ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksander Marten | Stars: Aleksander Marten, Ida Kaminska, Adam Domb, Ben Zuker

44. My Son (1939)

97 min | Drama

6.1
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This dramatic tale of immigrant hardship highlights some of the traumatic problems of the immigrant experience, including alcoholism, separation and poverty. The child star, Jerry Rosenberg... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Fania Rubina, Gustav Berger, Jerry Rosenberg, Herman Rosen

Votes: 7

45. Two Sisters (1938)

79 min | Drama

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Make sure there's a hanky nearby: After the death of their mother, older sister Betty works tirelessly, supporting her sister through nursing school and her fiancée through medical school ... See full summary »

Director: Ben K. Blake | Stars: Jennie Goldstein, Sylvia Dell, Muni Seroff, Harvey Kier

46. The Great Advisor (1940)

75 min

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Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Irving Jacobson, Jacob Zanger, Yetta Zwerling, Mae Schoenfeld

47. Mirele Efros (1939)

Approved | 87 min | Drama

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Mirele Efros, "the Jewish Queen Lear," was the masterpiece of influential Yiddish playwright Jacob Gordin. Berta Gershen gives a memorable performance as Mirele, a wealthy and pious widow ... See full summary »

Director: Josef Berne | Stars: Berta Gersten, Ruth Elbaum, Albert Lipton, Michael Rosenberg

48. The Jewish Melody (1940)

89 min

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Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Isidore Cashier, Moishe Feder, Lazar Freed, Rose Greenfield

49. Mazel Tov Yidden (1941)

89 min | Comedy, Music

4.3
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Director: Joseph Seiden | Stars: Michael Rosenberg, Gustav Berger, Harry Feld, Leo Fuchs

Votes: 7

50. In die poylishe velder (1929)

Drama

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Director: Jonas Turkow | Stars: Diana Blumenfeld, Silven Rich, Mojzesz Lipman, Szlomo Prizament