Hanukkah TV & Movies 2019

Created in Israel, Hanukkah has something for everyone. For those who think of it as a Jewish festival, that’s mostly reflected in the foods and songs, which are geared for finding a place between…

Hanukkah TV & Movies 2019

Created in Israel, Hanukkah has something for everyone. For those who think of it as a Jewish festival, that’s mostly reflected in the foods and songs, which are geared for finding a place between something sweet and something savoury. There’s also Hanukkah arts and crafts, with some of the most popular being dreidels.

But what of those who don’t consider themselves part of the Judaism-hiking set? Hanukkah is meant to be a celebration of light and the glow of it on the seasons, so we’ve come up with some movie and TV classics that you don’t want to miss this year.

From movies about baseball and golems to Bollywood songs, we’ve got everything you need to get into the spirit this year. So enjoy the holiday, then mark the 13th (November 28th) on your calendar for the best episodes and movies to watch in 2021 – regardless of what religion you subscribe to.

Hanukkah film highlights

Hanukkah Fictions

This 1999 movie from the screenplay of Jordan Downs (Shelly Glick’s 2001 film, Blood Diamond, starring Leonardo DiCaprio) stars Rachel Weisz as Esther, an American ballerina who finds herself a member of a Wiccan coven, with a surprising twist when she befriends a beautiful woman named Miranda (Solomon Glick). As it progresses, we’re asked to wonder if any of the branches of the Pagan world have any content with their Wiccan lives and whether the Witch Club will turn one of the club members into a warlord or witch.

The Handmaiden (2017)

One of the better movies about the preparation of feasts and and fasting, this Korean-language film stars Kim Tae-ri as an elderly man who, in his past, worked for a Hollywood producer who sent him to live with a wealthy couple in Seoul in order to make a movie. But when he wins the favor of the couple, things begin to go terribly wrong. And from there, it all gets even more complicated and deranged than the original movie.

Dunkirk (2017)

For a fast-paced account of the evacuation of British soldiers from Nazi-held territory in France, this is the go-to movie for Hanukkah. The film was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar in 2017, and, as seen in the trailer, takes a lot of liberties with history in the way it shows the soldiers escaping a little-known tunnel called the No Man’s Land. It’s a stunning piece of cinema, with gorgeous cinematography, fantastic action sequences and some heartfelt character moments between young lead actor Tom Hardy and Juno Temple. There are even plans for a Dunkirk-inspired candy bar and popcorn.

Celebrate the joy of light

Hanukkah is all about the light of what light is and the act of finding it amid things dark. Here are some of the best movies from the years 2010-2021:

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