8 Streaming Hanukkah Movies That Are Perfect For The Whole Family
Christmas comes but once a year, but Hanukkah shows up and stays for eight entire nights. Somehow, the Hanukkah movies don't though. While Lifetime, AMC, Hallmark and Freeform are so full of Christmas films one might accidentally burst and get tinsel all over the rug, Jewish families must turn to streaming services to round up enough films to fill all eight evenings after everyone is too full of latkes to move. These streaming Hanukkah movies are perfect for families ages 3 to 103, and uplifting for everyone to watch.
As usual, before diving in, it's time to get a little Seinfeld and do an Airing of Grievances at the lack of offerings from any particular streaming service. Some people complain how the entertainment industry is run by Jewish people, but you wouldn't know it from the millions of Christmas films and only small tokens towards Hanukkah movies. Hallmark may be promising a Hanukkah film or two for 2019, but as it stands, the ratio of Christmas to Hanukkah films is overwhelming.
Still, despite an errand Christmas tree or two, between Netflix, Amazon Prime streaming rentals and a few YouTube offerings, I've been able to put together a cheerful family-friendly list everyone can enjoy this holiday season. Chag Sameach!
1Eight Crazy Nights
2Hitched for the Holidays
3Auf das Leben! (To Life!)
This pretends to be a Holocaust film, but it's not. Here's the synopsis:
Aging cabaret singer Ruth and terminally ill Jonas form an intense bond that gives them a reason and purpose to live.
Available on Netflix.
4The Hebrew Hammer
5The Producers (1968)
6The Women's Balcony
This recent release is a great new addition for 2018. Here's the synopsis:
An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community, in this good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.
Available on Netflix.
7Full Court Miracle
8An American Tail
There are no cats in America, and the streets are paved with cheese. Here's the synopsis:
Fievel Mousekewitz is a young Jewish mouse whose family are run out of their home, leading them to jump on a boat for America.
This is available for rental everywhere, and also Netflix.