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Best Jewish Films of 2021

As 2021 has now come to a close, it's a good time to reflect on the past year in Jewish film and highlight six worthy of your attention. Two of the films here are from first-time filmmakers, another pair are Holocaust documentaries, and the final duo draw their tales from the past. Take a look at this list from Wes Hopper (ReformJudaism.org) of the best Jewish films released in the U.S. in 2021...

Life is too stressful to waste time watching sad movies.

Here are 10 suggestions we guarantee will make you smile.

Everyone loves a feel-good film. Sure, sometimes we all could use a nice cathartic cry, or a good scare, or even a really messed up true-crime documentary that’ll cause us to lose entire nights of sleep.


But after a long, hard day of work, after you’ve gotten up to speed on all of the latest devastating news of the day, or after you’ve made yourself a healthy yet unsatisfying dinner, or put your screaming kids to bed, or suffered an awkward run-in at the grocery store with an old high school classmate whose name you forgot, you deserve two, uninterrupted hours of happy, Hollywood bliss.


For these two hours, you know that everything will work out in the end. You know that even if things seem like they’re going a little bit off the rails, they’ll get back on track. You know that no matter what, everyone is going to get what they deserve, and the good guy (or gal) is going to win.

We know that when you’re feeling brain dead at the end of the day and all you want to do is put your feet up and fire up a feel-good flick, the worst thing ever is having to scroll through endless pages of films to choose one. You have to make sure it’s something that you haven’t seen, maybe you have to cross-reference with Rotten Tomatoes to make sure it has at least a 65 percent certified fresh score, or maybe you need to phone a friend who loves movies to ask what they suggest. Well, we’ve got good news: no need to phone a friend tonight! We’re your friend, and we’re here for you.


We’ve put together this list of ten movies that we 100 percent guarantee will make you feel warm and cuddly inside. And the best part is: they’re all available on Netflix. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the well-deserved escape.