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Movies: Best Movies in Hebrew(עברית)

Hebrew (עִבְרִית‎, Ivrit, IPA: [ivˈʁit] or [ʕivˈɾit]) is a Northwest Semitic language of the Afroasiatic language family. Historically, it is regarded as the language of the Israelites, Judeans and their ancestors. It is the only Canaanite language still spoken and the only truly successful example of a revived dead language, and one of only two Northwest Semitic languages still spoken, the other being Aramaic. The language was not referred to by the name Hebrew in the Hebrew Bible, but as Yehudit ("the language of Judah") or səpaṯ Kəna'an ("the language of Canaan"). Mishnah Gitin 9:8 refers to the language as Ivrit meaning Hebrew, however Mishnah Megillah refers to the Hebrew language as Ashurit, meaning Assyrian, which is derived from the name of the alphabet used, in contrast to Ivrit meaning the paleo-Hebrew alphabet. The earliest examples of written Paleo-Hebrew date to the 10th century BCE. Hebrew ceased to be an everyday spoken language somewhere between 200 and 400 CE, declining in the aftermath of the Bar Kokhba revolt. Aramaic and, to a lesser extent, Greek were already in use as international languages, especially among elites and immigrants. Hebrew survived into the medieval period as the language of Jewish liturgy, rabbinic literature, intra-Jew... ()

Hebrew is spoken in Israel and 864 movies (between 1913 and 2021) with this language have been recorded so far. Most of these movies were shot in Israel (647). Popular genres for Hebrew movies are Drama (374), Comedy (156) and Documentary (138). Waltz with Bashir (2008), Invisibles (2015), Hunting Elephants (2013), Fill the Void (2012) and Ajami (2009) are among the best known & most successful Hebrew movies.


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Waltz with Bashir(2008)

R
| 1h 30min | Drama, Animation, War, Documentary
3.9/5 (with 338 votes)

Director and Israeli army veteran Ari Folman interviews friends and former soldiers about their memories of the 1982 Lebanon war and especially the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut. The usage of animation enabled Folman to illustrate their personal memories and dreams.

Directed by Ari Folman

Invisibles(2015)

1h 32min
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Newly discharged from the Israeli Army, Ra'ed, a Bedouin from an unrecognized village in the Negev desert, is determined to save his family's failing herd of sheep, about to be sold. He plans to live off the herd by starting a roadside Bedouin hospitality restaurant.

Hunting Elephants(2013)

1h 47min | Comedy, Crime
3.4/5 (with 8 votes)

In this hilarious crime comedy, a gifted 12-year-old boy and three elderly men plan a bank robbery in order to seek revenge on the institution for cheating the youngster after the death of his father.

Directed by Reshef Levi - With Moni Moshonov, Patrick Stewart, Rotem Zissman-Cohen, Sasson Gabai, Yaël Abecassis, Gil Blank, ...

Fill the Void(2012)

PG
| 1h 30min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 24 votes)

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 twenty-eight-year-old sister, Esther, dies while giving birth to her first child, Mordechay. The pain and grief that overwhelm the family postpone Shira's promised match. Everything changes when a match is proposed to Yochay-Esther's late husband-to a widow from Belgium. Yochay feels it's too early, although he realizes that sooner or later he must seriously consider getting married again. When the girls' mother finds out that Yochay may marry the widow and move to Belgium with her only grandchild, she proposes a match between Shira and the widower. Shira will have to choose between her heart's wish and her family duty. She will find out that the void which she must choose exists only within her heart.

Ajami(2009)

2h | Crime, Drama
3.7/5 (with 26 votes)

Ajami is an area of Tel Aviv in Israel where Arabs, Palestinians, Jews and Christians live together in a tense atmosphere. Omar, an Israeli Arab, struggles to save his family from a gang of extortionists. He also courts a beautiful Christian girl: Hadir. Malek, an illegal Palestinian worker, tries to collect enough money to pay for his mother's operation. Dando, an Israeli cop, does his utmost to find his missing brother who may have been killed by Palestinians.

Directed by Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani - With Fouad Habash, Scandar Copti, Noa Lazar

The Bubble(2006)

3.6/5 (with 20 votes)

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. The movie looks at young people's lives in Tel Aviv through the POVs of gays and straights, Jews and Arabs, men and women.

Jellyfish(2007)

1h 22min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 13 votes)

Meduzot (the Hebrew word for Jellyfish) tells the story of three very different Israeli women living in Tel Aviv whose intersecting stories weave an unlikely portrait of modern Israeli life. Batya, a catering waitress, takes in a young child apparently abandoned at a local beach. Batya is one of the servers at the wedding reception of Keren, a young bride who breaks her leg in trying to escape from a locked toilet stall, which ruins her chance at a romantic honeymoon in the Caribbean. One of the guests is Joy, a Philippine chore woman attending the event with her employer, and who doesn't speak any Hebrew (she communicates mainly in English), and who is guilt-ridden after having left her young son behind in the Philippines.

A Tale of Love and Darkness(2015)

1h 35min | Drama
2.6/5 (with 41 votes)

The story of young Amos Oz, growing up in Jerusalem in the years before Israeli statehood with his parents; his academic father, Arieh, and his dreamy, imaginative mother, Fania.

Directed by Natalie Portman - With Natalie Portman

Yossi(2012)

NR
| 1h 24min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 22 votes)

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 routine and sends him on a spontaneous pilgrimage to Tel Aviv. It is on the roads of southern Israel that he reignites the fire of his former self.

Big Bad Wolves(2013)

NR
| 1h 46min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller, Horror
3.3/5 (with 126 votes)

Tel Aviv, Israel. The twisted paths of three very different men brutally collide due to a chain of unspeakable murders: a grieving father who has been doomed to seek vengeance and a police detective who boldly crosses the narrow boundary between law and crime meet a religion teacher suspected of being the murderer.

Out in the Dark(2012)

NR
| 1h 36min | Drama, Romance / Love, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 41 votes)

Two young men — a Palestinian grad student and an Israeli lawyer — meet and fall in love amidst personal and political intrigue.

Directed by Michael Mayer - With Jamil Khoury, Khawlah Hag-Debsy, Loai Nofi, Shimon Mimran, Michael Aloni, Alon Oleartchik, ...

Walk on Water(2004)

1h 43min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 26 votes)

Eyal, an Israeli Mossad agent, is given the mission to track down and kill the very old Alfred Himmelman, an ex-Nazi officer, who might still be alive. Pretending to be a tourist guide, he befriends his grandson Axel, in Israel to visit his sister Pia. The two men set out on a tour of the country during which, Axel challenges Eyal's values.

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She Is Coming Home(2014)

1h 30min | Drama

At the end of a lengthy relationship, Michal, 33, returns to her parents' small, cramped apartment in Herzliya, a sleepy, bourgeois suburb. Michal is a young, promising director, who should be devoting her time to writing a screenplay, but instead shuts herself up in her room, frustrated, and spends most of her time sleeping. Things change when Michal meets Zeev - the principal of the local high school, a 50 year old married man, and falls in love. The forbidden passion and stormy emotions that develop between Michal and Zeev reminiscent of first love. Unaware, Michal becomes a teenager all over again. But this time, contrary to her earlier adolescence, Michal rebels. The apartment, too small to contain two parents and a 30 year old teenager, is transformed into a pressure cooker teeming with conflict. Can Michal commit, give her all and fulfill her love and passion? Or is she too attached to the fantasy youth that she has created to break away? Perhaps she is just too busy rebelling?

Baba Joon(2015)

1h 31min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 5 votes)

Yitzhak runs the turkey farm his father built with his own two hands after they emigrated from Iran to Israel. When his son Moti turns thirteen, Yitzhak teaches him the trade, hoping that he will continue the proud family tradition. But Moti doesn't like working in the turkey barn; his passion is fixing up junkyard cars and bringing them back to life. Moti's mother Sarah tries to reconcile between the two, while his grandfather pushes Yitzhak to take a firm hand with his son. Yitzhak takes Moti's refusal to work in the turkey barn as a personal rejection. Though he loves his son dearly, he makes it his mission to impose the family farm on Moti. The arrival of Darius, the uncle from America, sets off a chain of events that will undermine the familial harmony. Soon enough Yitzhak will learn that his son is just as stubborn as he is. The conflict is inevitable.

Directed by Yuval Delshad - With Navid Negahban

We Are Not Alone(2012)

1h 30min
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Eddie is a lonesome young man who works as a security guard at a big shopping mall. Eddie strongly believes in an old prophecy predicting the very near end of all human civilization. Just as he is getting ready to embark on a carefully planned escape journey, Eddie meets May, a very intelligent yet anti-social young woman, with a dubious past. As the last days before the fateful date go by, May gradually insert herself into Eddie's life and heart until finally Eddie must choose whether to stay and abandon his hope to escape the upcoming apocalypse, or leave and lose his chance for intimacy and real love.

Directed by Lior Har-Lev - With Ohad Knoller

Once There Was a Girl(2019)

Once there was a girl Noa has unconventional relationships with her doctor, with her neighbor and with a young soldier. Sleepless, she wanders around, trying to find her place in the world, willing to do anything to get some warm attention.

Garden(2003)

1h 30min | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

A look into the lives of teenage male prostitutes working the area known as the "Electricity Garden" in Tel Aviv.

Directed by Ruthie Shatz

Operation YY(2000)

18min
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Ron, at 22, still lives with his parents. He barely knows the daylight hours and his nights are divided between his job as editor of wedding videos, chats on the Internet and futuristic fantasies. One night all the elements he toys with converge and, for the first time in his life, Ron is willing to risk an in-person human interaction.

Life of the Jews of Palestine(1913)

1h 18min | Documentary
4.4/5 (with 2 votes)

The Life of the Jews in Palestine: 1913 is an extraordinary look at the pioneers of the First and Second Aliyah in Palestine.

The Man in the Wall(2015)

1h 32min | Drama, Thriller
2.6/5 (with 6 votes)

One night, one apartment and one mystery. Shir wakes up in the middle of the night. Her husband hasn’t come back after taking the dog out. The dog has. But where is Rami? Friends, relatives, neighbours and police come round and with each visit more marital secrets are revealed.

Overture(2012)

5.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The abstract story of a lone survivor lost in a dying world. A man struggles to connect pieces from his daily scavenging routine and bits from his repressed memory. When a woman appears in his desolate forest world, she's intent on making him face his past and consequent fate.

Between Worlds(2020)

1h 24min

Bina (46), religious woman from Jerusalem, arrives panic-stricken at the hospital after her son Oliel (25) was severely injured in a stabbing attack. This is the first time she sees him since he became secular and lost contact with the family. Her husband, Meir (50) comes later only after their daughter Ester’s (28) insistence. At the hospital, Bina meets Amal (24). While Meir searches for answers to revive Oliel, the two despondent women bond with one another. However, Amal hides a secret from Bina and Meir. While waiting for Oliel’s revival, they will learn about truth, faith, understanding, acceptance, and love that can and maybe should replace fear of the unknown.

Noodle(2007)

1h 30min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 4 votes)

At thirty-seven, Miri is a twice-widowed, El Al flight attendant. Her well-regulated existence is suddenly turned upside down by an abandoned Chinese boy whose migrant-worker mother has been summarily deported from Israel. The film is a touching comic-drama in which two human beings -- as different from each other as Tel Aviv is from Beijing -- accompany each other on a remarkable journey, one that takes them both back to a meaningful life.

The Journey of Vaan Nguyen(2021)

1h 22min

Hoiami Nguyen never imagined that he will end up so far from his home village of Bong Son in central Vietnam. Political circumstances and the roulette of life have washed him to the shores of Israel. The penniless Vietnamese refugee became a father of 5 Hebrew speaking Israeli daughters. His daughter - Vaan, describes her parents' ordeal using a razor sharp language in her blog. She feels trapped in circles of identity which will never meet. Caught between her wild and stormy Israeli spirit and the expectations to be modest and obedient Vietnamese at home, there is unbridgeable abyss. When her father returns to his family in Vietnam, Van finds herself absorbed into his tragic story - a cruel tale of loss and survival. Hoimai's dream of return sends Vaan to look for a brighter future in the new-old country. She joins him in trying to reclaim the lands of the family, in the remote village at the heart of the Vietnamese jungle.

Shmama(2017)

26min
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

During the day, Leah works as a maid in a hotel, while Meital, her daughter, sings at night. They live trapped in their relationship, surrounded by the Dead Sea.

Foxtrot(2017)

R
| 1h 53min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 71 votes)

Michael and Daphna receive terrible news about their soldier son, who serves in a desolate checkpoint in the middle of nowhere.

Day After Day(1998)

1h 42min | Comedy, Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

In spite of blood ties to both Haifa's Jewish and Arab populations, Moshe (Moshe Ivgy) leads a rootless existence. Grown weary of his impatient wife Didi (Keren Mor) and ambivalent about his needy young mistress Grisha (Natali Atiya), the only relationships Moshe doesn't complicate are with his devoted parents, Jewish Hanna (Meron) and Arab Yussuf, and with Jules (Juliano Mer), Moshe's ne'er-do-well childhood friend. But when Jules' real estate developer brother moves to buy a prized piece of property from the Arab side of the family, Moshe's divided ancestry is put to the test.

A Thin Line(1980)

1h 30min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Explores the relationship between an eleven-year-old daughter and her ailing mother, who is losing a grasp of reality in the surrounding environment of insensitivity and cruelty.

Deportation(1989)

12min | Drama

A short film consisting of one scene in which three people (clearly Palestinians) are deported from their country. What happens in the film doesn’t quite look like a deportation. All its brutal externals have been peeled away, to leave the act itself exposed to a moral discussion.

Saint Clara(1996)

3.3/5 (with 8 votes)

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 include a boy in her class who has a crush on her, his family, her family and her principal that keeps talking French for some strange reason.

Directed by Ari Folman, Ori Sivan - With Lucy Dubinchik
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