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1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Approved | 228 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

100 Metascore

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 253,936 | Gross: $44.82M

2. Death in Gaza (2004)

TV-14 | 80 min | Documentary

The harrowing documentary that portrays the horror of the Israeli conflict and the resulting death of its director, James Miller.

Director: James Miller | Stars: James Miller, Saira Shah

Votes: 1,165

3. Am Rand der Hoffnung (2006)

50 min | Documentary

In summer 2005 Israel withdraws from the Gaza-strip. While the world has its eyes fixed on the small area on the Mediterranean, life goes on in its own absurd way in the Westbank. The focus... See full summary »

Director: Gerd Schneider | Star: Ramadan Mohammed Affanah

Votes: 8

4. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War

96 Metascore

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Samia Kerbash

Votes: 49,405 | Gross: $0.06M

5. Asmaa (2011)

96 min | Drama

A woman who suffers from AIDS decides not to surrender to the fatal disease. She exerts huge efforts in trying to recover or by helping those who suffer the same disease by giving them glimmers of hope.

Director: Amr Salama | Stars: Hind Sabri, Maged El Kedwany, Hani Adel, Fatma Adel

Votes: 3,877

6. The Message (1976)

207 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of prophet "Muhammad" and the delivery of the message of God "Allah."

Director: Moustapha Akkad | Stars: Abdallah Gheith, Mona Wassef, Hamdy Gheith, Ali Achmed Taram

Votes: 6,409

7. Promises (2001)

106 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers ... See full summary »

Directors: B.Z. Goldberg, Justine Shapiro, Carlos Bolado | Stars: Moishe Bar Am, B.Z. Goldberg, Shlomo Green, Sanabel Hassan

Votes: 2,529 | Gross: $0.24M

8. Operation Grandma (1999 TV Movie)

54 min | Comedy

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Dror Shaul | Stars: Rami Heuberger, Ami Smolartchik, Tzach Shpitzen, Einat Weitzman

Votes: 966

9. Occupation 101 (2006)

90 min | Documentary

A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. political involvement.

Directors: Abdallah Omeish, Sufyan Omeish | Stars: James Akins, Arik Ascherman, Bishop Barltlett Jr., Phyllis Bennis

Votes: 1,697

10. Palestine Is Still the Issue (2003 TV Movie)

53 min | Documentary

A documentary about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has lasted for more than 50 years. Contains some interviews with the children in this conflict.

Director: Tony Stark | Star: John Pilger

Votes: 338

11. My Champion (2010)

Not Rated | 51 min | Documentary, Sport

With his title as 'Boxing Champion of Israel' and a one way ticket, Merhav Mohar takes off for the United States to realize his dream, of becoming boxing champion of the world. The film ... See full summary »

Directors: Ari Davidovich, Gideon Boaz | Star: Merhav Mohar

Votes: 12

12. Honey (2010)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

70 Metascore

The quiet life of a boy and his family is endangered when his father does not return home from his work collecting honey in the forest.

Director: Semih Kaplanoglu | Stars: Bora Altas, Erdal Besikçioglu, Tülin Özen, Ayse Altay

Votes: 6,471

13. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

91 Metascore

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 53,597 | Gross: $2.28M

14. The Other Son (2012)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

63 Metascore

Two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth.

Director: Lorraine Lévy | Stars: Emmanuelle Devos, Pascal Elbé, Jules Sitruk, Mehdi Dehbi

Votes: 3,245 | Gross: $1.16M

15. Lemon Tree (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, War

74 Metascore

The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Ali Suliman, Doron Tavory

Votes: 6,116 | Gross: $0.57M

16. The Syrian Bride (2004)

97 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the... See full summary »

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Makram Khoury, Clara Khoury, Ashraf Barhom

Votes: 3,166 | Gross: $0.38M

17. Exodus (1960)

Approved | 208 min | Action, Drama, History

The state of Israel is created in 1948, resulting in war with its Arab neighbors.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford

Votes: 8,485 | Gross: $18.97M

18. Walk on Water (2004)

R | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

Following the suicide of his wife, an Israeli intelligence agent is assigned to befriend the grandchildren of a Nazi war criminal.

Director: Eytan Fox | Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Knut Berger, Caroline Peters, Gideon Shemer

Votes: 6,410 | Gross: $2.71M

19. West Beirut (1998)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In April, 1975, civil war breaks out; Beirut is partitioned along a Moslem-Christian line. Tarek is in high school, making Super 8 movies with his friend, Omar. At first the war is a lark: ... See full summary »

Director: Ziad Doueiri | Stars: Rami Doueiri, Naamar Sahli, Mohamad Chamas, Rola Al Amin

Votes: 3,199 | Gross: $0.34M

20. Live and Become (2005)

Unrated | 140 min | Drama

A Christian boy escapes to Israel from famine-stricken Ethiopia by pretending to be Jewish.

Director: Radu Mihaileanu | Stars: Yaël Abecassis, Roschdy Zem, Moshe Agazai, Moshe Abebe

Votes: 5,667

Beautiful story of the problems of integration of the Falashas in the Israeli society. Fantastic.

21. O Jerusalem (2006)

R | 100 min | Drama, History

39 Metascore

A tale of friendship between two men, one Jewish and the other Arab, as the country of Israel is being created.

Director: Élie Chouraqui | Stars: JJ Feild, Saïd Taghmaoui, Maria Papas, Patrick Bruel

Votes: 819 | Gross: $0.23M

22. Lebanon (2009)

R | 93 min | Drama, War

85 Metascore

During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town.

Director: Samuel Maoz | Stars: Yoav Donat, Itay Tiran, Oshri Cohen, Michael Moshonov

Votes: 10,749 | Gross: $0.37M

23. The Secret of the Grain (2007)

Not Rated | 151 min | Drama

83 Metascore

In southern France, a Franco-Arabic shipyard worker along with his partner's daughter pursues his dream of opening a restaurant.

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche | Stars: Habib Boufares, Hafsia Herzi, Farida Benkhetache, Abdelhamid Aktouche

Votes: 6,624 | Gross: $0.09M

24. Sword of Gideon (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 173 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Chronicles a Mossad team hand picked to hunt down the terrorists involved in the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Steven Bauer, Michael York, Robert Joy, Laurent Malet

Votes: 1,092

25. Arranged (2007)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

ARRANGED centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn... See full summary »

Directors: Diane Crespo, Stefan C. Schaefer | Stars: Zoe Lister-Jones, Francis Benhamou, Mimi Lieber, John Rothman

Votes: 2,662 | Gross: $0.02M

26. Eyes Wide Open (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A married, Orthodox, Jerusalem butcher and Jewish father of four falls in love with his handsome, 22-year-old male apprentice, triggering the suspicions of his wife and the disapproval of his Orthodox community.

Director: Haim Tabakman | Stars: Zohar Shtrauss, Ran Danker, Tinkerbell, Tzahi Grad

Votes: 5,854 | Gross: $0.02M

Brokeback mountain, Kosher version. Still reminds us that despite Tel Aviv's liberal lifestyle, orthodox raised jews still has lotsa trouble with homosexuality. After all it's kinda condemned by the book...

27. Liam (2000)

R | 90 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A family falls into poverty during the Depression.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Anthony Borrows, Ian Hart, Claire Hackett, David Hart

Votes: 2,399 | Gross: $1.01M

28. The Band's Visit (2007)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

80 Metascore

A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

Director: Eran Kolirin | Stars: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour

Votes: 12,448 | Gross: $3.05M

29. Footnote (2011)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.

Director: Joseph Cedar | Stars: Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Aliza Rosen, Alma Zack

Votes: 5,504 | Gross: $2.01M

30. One Day in September (1999)

R | 94 min | Documentary, History, Sport

82 Metascore

The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Michael Douglas, Ankie Spitzer, Jamal Al Gashey, Gerald Seymour

Votes: 5,499 | Gross: $0.16M

31. A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (2010)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

58 Metascore

Tal is 17 years old. Naim is 20. She's Israeli. He's Palestinian. She lives in Jerusalem. He lives in Gaza. They were born in a land of scorched earth, where fathers bury their children. ... See full summary »

Director: Thierry Binisti | Stars: Agathe Bonitzer, Mahmud Shalaby, Hiam Abbass, Riff Cohen

Votes: 1,012 | Gross: $0.00M

32. Ajami (2009)

Not Rated | 124 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

Ajami is the religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. These are five stories about the everyday life in Ajami.

Directors: Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani | Stars: Fouad Habash, Nisrin Siksik, Elias Saba, Youssef Sahwani

Votes: 5,807 | Gross: $0.62M

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33. Five Broken Cameras (2011)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, War

78 Metascore

A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.

Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi | Stars: Emad Burnat, Soraya Burnat, Mohammed Burnat, Yasin Burnat

Votes: 5,607 | Gross: $0.11M

34. Valley of the Wolves: Palestine (2011)

105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Polat Alemdar and his crew is in Palestine and fight against Israel special agents.

Director: Zübeyr Sasmaz | Stars: Necati Sasmaz, Gürkan Uygun, Kenan Çoban, Nur Fettahoglu

Votes: 8,186

35. Miral (2010)

R | 112 min | Drama, History

45 Metascore

A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass, Willem Dafoe, Asma Al Shiukhy

Votes: 3,121 | Gross: $0.37M

36. Paradise Now (2005)

PG-13 | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Kais Nashif, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Hamza Abu-Aiaash

Votes: 21,845 | Gross: $1.45M

37. Zaytoun (2012)

Not Rated | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

39 Metascore

Beirut, 1982: a young Palestinian refugee helps an Israeli fighter pilot escape from PLO captivity because he wants to visit his ancestral family home. En route through war-torn Lebanon their relationship develops into a close bond.

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Abdallah El Akal, Alice Taglioni, Loai Nofi

Votes: 1,519 | Gross: $0.04M

38. 678 (2010)

100 min | Drama

Unfolds the poignant story of three women and their search for justice from the daily plight of sexual harassment in Egypt.

Director: Mohamed Diab | Stars: Nelly Karim, Bushra, Maged El Kedwany, Bassem Samra

Votes: 3,720

39. A House in Jerusalem (1998)

90 min | Documentary

Can a house be a metaphor for Arab-Jewish relations in Israel? Amos Gitai returns to the house in West Jerusalem he profiled in 1980. He interviews members of the Jewish families who live ... See full summary »

Director: Amos Gitai

Votes: 32

40. A History of Israeli Cinema (2009)

Not Rated | 208 min | Documentary

The first 1933 - 1978 starts with the Zionist movement and ends with the first re-visitation of that history. The second 1978 - 2005 starts at the beginning of the political wave until the ... See full summary »

Director: Raphaël Nadjari | Stars: Naftali Alter, Mohammad Bakri, Haim Bouzaglo, Joseph Cedar

Votes: 33

41. A Search for Solid Ground: The Intifada Through Israeli Eyes (1990)

60 min | Documentary

Filmed over the summer of 1989, A Search for Solid Ground shows how Israelis viewed the first Palestinian Intifda. It is told from the point of view of Israeli residents, government officials and opponents, soldiers and students.

Director: Steve Brand

42. A Summer in La Goulette (1996)

TV-PG | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

Summer, 1967. La Goulette, the touristic beach of Tunisia, is the site where three nice seventeen-year-old girls live: Gigi, Sicilian and Catholic; Meriem, Tunisian and Arab; Tina, French ... See full summary »

Director: Férid Boughedir | Stars: Sonia Mankaï, Ava Cohen-Jonathan, Sarah Pariente, Mustapha Adouani

Votes: 653

43. A Woman Called Golda (1982 TV Movie)

191 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of the Russian-born, Wisconsin-raised woman who rose to become Israel's prime minister in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Ned Beatty, Franklin Cover, Judy Davis

Votes: 735

44. Afula Express (1997)

95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7