X  Genesis: The Creation and The Flood  (1994, Ermanno Olmi) TV

In the Beginning  (2000)  --   from creation to Moses

X  The Bible:  In the Beginning (1966)  --  first 22 Books of Genesis (Adam & Eve, Noah, Tower of Babel, Abraham, Sarah and Isaac)

The Bible (1966) Italian

Abraham (1994)  --  Abraham, the founding patriarch of the Israelites, through his son Isaac (some time between 2000 and 1700 B.C.)

X  Abraham Our Patriarch  (1933, George Roland)

X  Noah's Ark - The Story Of The Deluge  (1928, Michael Curtiz)

X  Noah's Ark  (1999, John Irvin) -- TV

Sodom and Gomorrah (1963) -- 

X  Sodom and Gomorrah (1922, Michael Curtiz)

Jacob (1994) TV

X  Jacob, the Man Who Fought With God  (1963)

X  Giacobbe ed Esau (Jacob and Esau) (1963) –

The Story of Jacob and Joseph (1974) TV  --  Abraham to Isaac to Jacob to Joseph

Joseph (1995)  TV  -- 

X  Joseph and His Brethren  (1960, Irving Rapper)

X Joseph in the Land of Egypt  (1932, George Roland)

Ten Commandments (1956) --  Charlton Heston as Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt, around 1275 B.C.

X  The Ten Commandments  (1923, Cecil B. DeMille)

Moses the Law Giver (1975)  --

Moses (1995)  -- 

Prince of Egypt (1998)  --  animated version of the story of Moses

Samson and Delilah (1949) -- Cecile B. DeMille with Victor Mature, Hedy Lamarr, somewhere between 1200 and 1000 B.C.

Samson and Delilah (1984) TV  --   Delilah betrayed by evil Sidka, governor of Gaza

Samson and Delilah (1996)  TV  -- 

The Story of Ruth (1960)  --  grandmother of King David

David and Goliath (1960)  --  David kills the giant Philistine

King David (1985)  --  King of Israel (ruler from 1000 -960 B.C.)

David (1997)  --  David survives King Saul, adultery and internal divisions in his family to bring his son Solomon to be king after him

X  Koning David (1965) – Dutch film about King David

X  Saul e David (aka Saul and David) (1964)  --   David's life with King Saul

David and Batsheba (1951)  --  King David steals himself a wife

X  The Story of David  (1976, David Lowell Rich, Alex Segal) TV

Solomon and Sheba (1959)  --  supposed relationship between King Solomon (960-928) & the Queen of Sheba

X  Solomon and Sheba (1995)  --  Halle Berry as the Queen of Sheba

X  Menelik l (2008) – Queen of Sheba, King Solomon and their son, Menelik

La Regina di Saba (Queen of Sheba) (1952)   --  Italian black & white that should have been called Rehoboam and Sheba 

X  Solomon (1997, Roger Young) TV

Giuditta e Oloferne (aka Head of a Tyrant) (1959)  --  girl gives herself to cruel Assyrian tyrant who has conquered her city in order to overthrow him

Cortigiana di Babilonia (Queen of Babylon) (1956)  --  Babylonia rebels against the Assyrian empire, 626 B.C.

Jeremiah (1998) TV  --  the prophet beginning 628 B.C.

Intolerance (1916)  --  first of four stories deals with intolerance in Babylon that leads to its fall to the Persians, 539 B.C.

Esther and the King (1960) -- Esther saves the Jews of 4th c. B.C. Persia

Esther (1999)  --  remake of Esther and the King

X  Esther  (1985, Amos Gitai)

X  One Night With the King  (2006, Michael O. Sajbel)  --  Esther saves the Jewish nation

X  The Thirteenth Day:  The Story of Esther (1979)  --  ABC one-hour special

X  Liken: Esther and the King (2006) –  mother tells her daughter about the great Esther



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Erode il grande (Herod the Great) (1959)   --  governor of ancient Judea , 37-04 BC

Salome (1953)  --  the dancer and John the Baptist, executed 33 AD

The Passion of the Christ  (2004)

Jesus of Nazareth (1977)  -- crucified 30 AD

El redentor (The Redeemer) (1959) – life of Jesus

Golgotha (1935)  --  Jesus

Jesus (1999)  -- 

Jesus (1979)  -- 

Jesús, el nino Dios (1971)  -- 

Jesús, María y José (Jesus, Mary and Joseph) (1972)  -- 

Karunamayudu (Ocean of Mercy) (1978) – Indian cast in Indian movie about the life of Jesus

King of Kings (1961)  --  Jesus

Mary Mother of Christ (2010)  -- 

Mary and Joseph (1979)

Per amore, solo per amore (For Love, Only for Love) (1993) – Mary and the nativity from Joseph’s point of view

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

X  The Sword and the Cross (1958)  --  story of Mary Magdalene (prostitute or disciple?)

X  Mary Magdalene (1993)  --  ditto

X Judas (2004)  --  the story of the man who betrayed Jesus of Nazareth

X  The Revolutionary II (1996)  --  Jesus of Nazareth

X  Il vangelo secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew) (1964) – Jesus as a Marxist

Barabbas (1961)

The Robe (1953)

Peter and Paul (1981)  --  Peter may have been the rock, but it was Paul that spread Christianity to the non-Jewish world

X  Life of St. Paul (1938)  --  popularizer of Christianity

X  Life of St. Paul Series (1949) –  ditto

The Da Vinci Code (2006)  --  the Catholic church fights and murders to prevent the world from knowing that Jesus was mortal and had actually married Mary Magdalene 

X  Gli amici di Ges - Maria Maddalena (Mary Magdalene) (2000) –John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene

Quo Vadis (1951)  --  Christian persecution under Emperor Nero

Sign of the Cross (1932) --  Christians in Rome under Emperor Nero (Charles Laughton) are blamed and persecuted for the Great Fire of 64 A.D.    

Ben-Hur (1959) --   a proud Jew named Ben-Hur and his boyhood Roman friend Messala become in adulthood bitter enemies.

Gladiator (2000)

Fabiola (1949)  --  love story between a Roman woman and a gladiator and persecution of the Christians

Masada (1981) -- 70 A.D. Jewish Revolt against Roman rule

San Giovanni - L'apocalisse (The Apocalypse) (2002)  --  the apostle St. John tries to save Christianity from Roman Emperor Domitian, 90 AD



Ben Gurion (1948-1954):

Exodus (1960) -- establishment of Israel

Kedma (2002)   --  follows new immigrants to Israel shortly after the nation's founding

 Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)  --  US Col. David "Mickey" Marcus goes to late-1940s Israel to reorganize its army 

Orde Wingate (1976)  --  play-like movie about commander Orde Wingate who became a Zionist during foreign service in Palestine and developed guerrilla tactics used by the Israelis; leads strikes into Burma in WWII

O Jerusalem (2006)  --  a Jewish-American is friends with an Arab-Muslim but when British controlled Palestine erupts in war, the two friends find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict

Alex Holeh Ahavah (Alex is Lovesick) (1986)  --  romantic comedy set in the period of Austerity in Israel, 1949-1959

Mose Sharatt (1954-1955):

Ben Gurion (1955-1963):

Operation Eichmann (1961) -- Israelis capture & execute a Nazi war criminal  ($150 for a VHS tape)

Man Who Captured Eichmann (1996) TV  --  Nazi war criminal

Eichmann (2007)  --  based upon the final confession of Adolf Eichmann

Levi Eshkol (1963-1969)

The Impossible Spy  (1987)  --  Israeli spy Eli Cohen performs a valuable espionage service while sacrificing his family and himself in the period before the 1967 Six Days' War

Matzor (Siege) (1969)  --  set during the Six Day War (June 1967), a woman loses her husband and tries to start a new life

Yigal Allon (1969):

Golda Meir (1969-1974):

A Woman Called Golda (1982) -- Israeli leader Golda Meir, prime minister 1969-1974

Munich (2005)  --  death of the 1972 Israel Olympic team and the Israeli attempt to kill all those responsible

21 Hours at Munich (1976)  --  terrorists capture Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games

Sword of Gideon (1986)  --  Mossad team hunts down terrorists involved in the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes

Kippur (2000)   --  war seen through the perspective of a member of a rescue squad, 1973

Yitzhak Rabin (1974-1977):

Menachem Begin (1977-1983): 

Sadat (1983) --  President of Egypt Anwar Sadat makes war on and then makes peace with Israel

 X  Ayyam El Sadat (The Days of Sadat) (2001) --  life of Anwar Sadat  (currently unavailable)

Lebanon (2009)  --  1982, four young Israeli tank crewmen find themselves in a nightmarish deathtrap 

Yitzhak Shamir (1983-1984):

Shimon Peres (1984-1986):

Yitzhak Shamir  (1986-1992):

Ha Chaverim Shel Yana (Yana's Friends) (1999)  --  Tel Aviv immigrants bond with each other during the Scud attacks of the Gulf War  (1990-1991)

Yitzhak Rabin (1992-1995):

Shimon Peres (1995-1996)

Benjamin Netanyahu (1996-1999)

Ehud Barak (1999-2001):

Beaufort (2007) --  Israeli soldiers in the South Lebanon conflict at the Beaufort castle before the Israeli withdrawal in 2000

Ariel Sharon (2001-2006):

Ehurd Olmert (2006-2009):

Benjamin Netanyahu (2009- ?)



Ha-Hesder (Time of Favor) (2002)  --  Menachem, an Orthodox Army officer living in a West Bank settlement run by Rabbi Meltzer who preaches the need for Jews to rule all of the Holy Land, finds himself torn between duty and faith when he leads an all-Orthodox unit

Gmar Gavi'a (Cup Final) (1991)  --  PLO squad in Lebanon takes an Israeli soldier hostage; the Israelis only want to see the world final soccer cup; his captors also love the game

Rana's Wedding (2002)  --  Palestinian woman who wants to marry has to go through many obstacles thrown up by the occupation

Wedding in Galilee (1988)  -- in order for a Palestinian wedding to take place, they have to invite the occupation military governor

Etz Limon (Lemon Tree) (2009)  --  Palestinian woman must fight a powerful Israeli couple to save her lemon tree orchard

Paradise Now (2005)  --  two Palestinian buddies consider blowing themselves up in Tel Aviv, Israel

David and Fatima (2008)  --  an Israeli Romeo and a Palestinian Juliet try to survive the prejudice coming from both sides

Ard al-Salam (Land of Peace) (1957)  --  an Egyptian helps Palestinians free their village from Israeli control

Ici et Ailleurs (Here and Elsewhere) (1974)  --  a French family is compared to a Palestinian portrait  (currently unavailable)

Yadon ilaheyya (Divine Intervention) (2002)  --  a Palestinian man and woman are separated by hostile borders and have to find ways to meet

Private (2004)   --  the home of a well-educated Palestinian family is raided by Israeli soldiers imprisoning the family on the ground floor while they take over the top floor as a lookout

X The Promise  --  a four-part drama about Londoner Erin who goes to visit her friend in Israel for the summer;  she finds her grandfather's old diary & learns disturbing truths about Palestine & the atrocities he witnessed

Free Zone (2005)  --  two women, an American and an Israeli cab driver, drive into Jordan in order to retrieve money owed to the cab driver Hanna by a business partner;  they are joined by a Palestinian woman, who is part of the family of the business partner, known as the American; they don't really discuss the Israel-Palestine question, focusing more on the matters of the heart (except for the question of where is the money owed to Hanna?); they form an emotional bound between them

 Sof Shavua B'Tel Aviv (For my Father) (2008)  --  suicide bomber has second thoughts about his mission after meeting some of the Israelis he was about to bomb

Homeland (2008)  --  an Israeli man comes to New York City and falls in love with a Palestinian woman; will the politics of division divide the couple


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