Modern Jewish Wedding Movie Inspiration

Our List of The Top 15 Modern Jewish Wedding Movies

Grab your popcorn and candy!  Wedding trends are taking a hint from Hollywood with Cinderella & Star Wars inspiration on every wedding blog.  Got us to thinking…What Jewish Wedding Film inspiration could we find?  Here is our updated list of Top 15 Jewish Wedding Film Inspiration! 

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Our list, although maybe not quite comprehensive, features some of the best, funniest, prettiest and loveliest Jewish Wedding Film magic in modern movie history! (In our very humble, opinion.) To prove it we’ll do an a pinterest board for each of these fabulous Jewish wedding film inspirations, each Thursday for the next 10 weeks.

15. Yentl:

Dramatization of “Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy,”  This Jewish wedding film centers on a young girl who defies tradition by discussing and debating Jewish law and theology while posing as a man.  The film has two love triangles and is wholly unrealistic.  But, we can all appreciate Barbara’s pipes as she belts out, “Papa Can You Hear Me?” a song she dedicated to her real-life father!  The song would make an awesome Father/Daughter dance at any wedding!

14. Annie Hall:

A classic Jewish movie love affair written and directed by the incomparable, Woody Allen. Allen also stars in the film alongside Diane Keaton, who plays his love. One of our favorite scenes is when Alvy (Allen) points out he has never felt more Jewish than when he is with her (Keaton’s) “Jew-hating” grandmother. Needless to say the movie is centered around Alvy trying to figure out the reasons their relationship went astray.

princesses13. Disney Princesses:

We couldn’t choose just one!  We found Jewish wisdom and Modern Jewish Wedding inspiration from Cinderella (“Have Courage & Be Nice”), Tatiana (Willing to Kiss a Frog?), Jasmine (We needed at least a little something from the Middle East) and of course Anna & Elsa (well, Frozen is currently a popular wedding trend).

12. Keeping the Faith:

Starring funny man Ben Stiller and Edward Norton Jr. Stiller plays a young Rabbi, who is best friends with Norton, a Catholic priest and happen to unwillingly fall in love with the same beauty, played by Jenna Elfman.

11. The Wedding Crashers:

Starring Owen Wilson and the handsome Vince Vaughn as two best friends who crash weddings no matter what the religion, trying to pick up women. In one scene, Wilson goes so far to impress a Jewish woman by putting visine in his eyes to make it seem like he is crying. One of the best & funniest scenes is seeing these non-Jewish boys, try to fit in with Jewish wedding traditions and customs, like the Hora!

10. Meet the Parents/Fockers:

They may not be planning a Jewish Wedding but who wouldn’t want Babs & Dustin for their in-laws.  Hilarity ensures.  We’re going to make sure you’re in the “Circle of Trust!”

9. Crossing Delancey:

Starring Amy Irving as Isabelle, a Modern Jewish woman who is content with the people she meets at the New York book shop where she works.  Her grandmother, however, remains less than impressed and decides to hire a good old-fashioned Jewish matchmaker (Yenta) to help Isabelle’s love-life along. Enter pickle-maker Sam who immediately takes to Isabelle. She however is irritated by the whole business, at least to start with.

8. The Jazz Singer:

Neil Diamond stars as Yussel in this tale of a young Jewish cantor who strives to make a career in music. Against the wishes of his Orthodox father and his loving wife, Yussel travels to California to play his music. Swept up by the excitement, he meets a non-Jewish woman who shares his dream. Great musical hits including, “Love on the Rocks” and “Coming to America!”

7. Funny Girl:

The musical film showcases the life of comedienne Fannie Brice, played by the talented Barbara Streisand, from her early days in the Jewish neighborhood of the Lower East Side, to the height of her career with the Ziegfeld Follies; including her marriage to and eventual divorce from her first husband, Nick Arnstein. It’s no wonder it ranks so high on our list, this Jewish wedding film was ranked #16 on top 100 musicals of all time by the AFI.

6.  Mamma Mia:

Who can argue with Destination Wedding Inspiration from the Greek Islands?  Oh, and don’t try and tell us that BFF gal pals who are willing to dance, sing and jump in the water with you are not “Jew-ish.”

5.  Father of the Bride:

Neurotic father who is marrying off his daughter.  Need we say more?

4.  The Five-Year Engagement:

Jewish Wedding traditions matter a lot, until they don’t.  And, the music inspired one of the best proposal videos EVER. We dare you to watch it and not smile and then tear up just a little too.

3. Sex and the City:

Charlotte and Harry had their big Jewish wedding during the run of the TV show.  In the film versions it’s up to Carrie & Big.  Also, we have Stanford tying the knot in SATC II.  There is plenty of Wedding Inspiration to be had.  We even did a styled shoot just to prove how fabulous Carrie and the Ladies are.

sex and the city styled shoot

2. The Frisco Kid:

With a young Harrison Ford playing a bank robber, a hilarious Gene Wilder playing a polish rabbi, a Torah and an arranged marriage, what more could you ask for?

1. Fiddler on the Roof:

Our number one pick for best Jewish wedding film is a beautifully written and crafted musical that had over 3,000 Broadway performances. “Fiddler on the Roof” centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one’s choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. With such an amazing story & music and dancing to go along you will in no time be singing along! “Tradition!”

fiddler inspired chuppah

There you have it!  Our list of Top 15 Jewish Wedding Film Inspirations!  Did we leave off your favorite?  Tell us in the comments below!
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