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15 Hanukkah Movies to Entertain the Whole Family

Good Housekeeping Logo By Alesandra Dubin of Good Housekeeping | Slide 1 of 16: What comes to mind when you think of Hanukkah movies? (Insert gif of crickets here.) Yes, you’d be forgiven if you draw a blank — because there just aren’t the same number of Hanukkah movies swirling around as there are movies about Christmas. In fact, many Hanukkah movies are actually subplots about the Jewish holiday couched within larger plots about the Christmas season. Plus, a lot of Hanukkah content goes right to TV or streaming without ever seeing its day in theaters. And what’s even worse (if we’re being honest), a lot of movies with Hanukkah themes just… aren’t very good, and they hardly win critical acclaim! Yes, it’s true. The Jewish community sorely lacks representation when it comes to holiday movies. But we’re here to elevate the Hanukkah movies that did manage to make their way to screens big and small — and stand among the proud few to offer inclusive holiday fun during the wintertime holiday season. So make some popcorn (or fry up some latkes), light the menorah and grab a blanket to cozy up on the couch for a Hanukkah movie night at home. Our list of the best Hanukkah movies ranges from the inspirational (Full-Court Miracle) to the downright silly (anything involving Adam Sandler or Seth Rogen), with everything in between… so there’s something to watch for all eight nights.

What comes to mind when you think of Hanukkah movies? (Insert gif of crickets here.) Yes, you’d be forgiven if you draw a blank — because there just aren’t the same number of Hanukkah movies swirling around as there are movies about Christmas.

In fact, many Hanukkah movies are actually subplots about the Jewish holiday couched within larger plots about the Christmas season. Plus, a lot of Hanukkah content goes right to TV or streaming without ever seeing its day in theaters. And what’s even worse (if we’re being honest), a lot of movies with Hanukkah themes just… aren’t very good, and they hardly win critical acclaim!

Yes, it’s true. The Jewish community sorely lacks representation when it comes to holiday movies. But we’re here to elevate the Hanukkah movies that did manage to make their way to screens big and small — and stand among the proud few to offer inclusive holiday fun during the wintertime holiday season.

So make some popcorn (or fry up some latkes), light the menorah and grab a blanket to cozy up on the couch for a Hanukkah movie night at home. Our list of the best Hanukkah movies ranges from the inspirational (Full-Court Miracle) to the downright silly (anything involving Adam Sandler or Seth Rogen), with everything in between… so there’s something to watch for all eight nights.

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