Top 10 Movies in 2014 with Jews in Them

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To paraphrase one of the great late comic Lenny Bruce’s most famous routines, there is no such thing as half Jewish. Jewish law says that you are a Jew if your mother was a Jew – even if your father was not – and you are not a Jew if she was not. But there are some exceptions. For example, if the son of just a Jewish father, but not mother, is famous for having done something good then its, “you know he’s half Jewish!” But if he isfamous for doing something bad and his mother was Jewish, but not father, then its, “you know he’s only half Jewish!”

Here at JBN we use a much looser standard for a person’s Jewish connections when we decide whether or not to write about him or her. For the purposes of this top ten list, if any actor, director, writer or producer of a movie was Jewish then it was eligible for consideration.

So please sit back and enjoy this list and if you have not yet seen any of the films on it, then you should.

Top 10 Movies in 2014 with Jews in Them: #10 Neighbors

Top 10 Movies in 2014 with Jews in Them: #9 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Top 10 Movies in 2014 with Jews in Them: #8 Monnquake Lake

Top 10 Movies in 2014 with Jews in Them: #7 Big eyes

Top 10 Movies in 2014 with Jews in Them: #6 An Open Secret

Top 10 Movies in 2014 with Jews in Them: #5 Happy Valley

Top 10 Movies in 2014 with Jews in Them: #4 Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Top 10 Movies in 2014 with Jews in Them: #3 Boyhood

Top 10 Movies in 2014 with Jews in Them: #2 The Lego Movie

Top 10 Movies in 2014 with Jews in Them: #1 The Interview

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  1. For future reference:
    Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julian Morris, Adam Brody, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Margarita Levieva, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Skylar Astin, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Eric Balfour, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal.
    Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable.
    Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Andrew Garfield, Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Winona Ryder, Ben Foster, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron, Jonathan Keltz.
    Oh, and Ansel Elgort’s father is Jewish, though I don’t know how Ansel was raised.
    Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

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