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The Ten Greatest Least Jewish Movies

A necessary complement to this week’s list

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It's A Wonderful Life.(IMDB)

10 Wild Strawberries

9. Birth of a Nation

8. Gone With The Wind

7. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

6. Nashville

5. It’s A Wonderful Life

4. Breathless

3. The Godfather

2. La Dolce Vita

1. Star Wars

Related: 100 Greatest Jewish Films [Tablet Magazine]

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rlgordonma says:

The Godfather and Star Wars least Jewish? What about Moe Green in Vegas standing in for Bugsy Segal? Or how about Carrie Fisher? These may not make for overtly Jewish films, but LEAST Jewish?

Marc R says:

Yep. Half of Princess Leia and half of Han make up one Jew.

Plus, Star Wars led to Spaceballs. That has to count for something.

As for the Godfather, not just Moe Green but also the producer with the unpleasant morning present in his bed.

Every film version of a Jane Austen or Bronte novel.

Steph F. says:

Kibbitzing robots, a wizened little sage dispensing wisdom using funny syntax…all sounds pretty Jewish to me.

“It’s A Wonderful Life” is as much a Jewish movie as many others on the Jewish list – hope in the midst of terrible circumstances, not giving in to yetzer hora, doing your best with what you have, responsibility for the community. These are just a few of the “Jewish” traits.

STAR WARS – OK, assimilated Judaism does not accept the messianic view that one day a Luke Skywalker will restore balance to the universe. And to “use the Force” seems to require a bit too much ‘faith’ even for me, yet there is something rather Jewish about the whole premise. A totalitarian regime makes scapegoats out of a persecuted people to take control of the universe. Hmm. Sounds familiar.

lets have the list of the 10 worst jewish films !

R.E. Prindle says:

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence is a Jewish movie.

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