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Yeshivish movies

The Rock yeshivish moviesThere are many yeshivish things, potato chips, cars and yarmulkes can all be yeshivish, but movies are never really thought of as yeshivish. Fact is that any yeshivish school worth its weight in shidduchim will throw you out and force you off the derech if you were caught going to a movie. If it was really yeshivish the hava mina to watch a movie may not even have occurred, but that doesnt negate the fact that there are certain classic movies that all yeshiva guys love.

Please note that I attended yeshiva high school from 1996 until 2000 and this reflects the era prior to the $10 movie ticket and proliferation of DVDs. This was the era of John Travolta action films and American Pie, and I wont name all the movies but there are several that come to mind.

The most yeshivish movie of all time is The Rock, even the sound track was one of those things that yeshivish people listened to. In my yeshiva the soundtrack for Glory and Braveheart were also especially liked, we were allowed to listen to instrumental music out loud.

Besides for the Rock, other yeshivish movies include, Con Air, Face Off, Broken Arrow, True Lies, Die Hard, Under Siege, Rush Hour, Desperado, Bad Boys, Saving Private Ryan and Fight Club.

Yeshivish actors include John Travolta, Nicholas Cage, Wesley Snipes, Steven Segal and Brad Pitt

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  • Anonymous August 2, 2009, 12:06 AM

    hesh i think you got this one mostly wrong. i once had this same conversation with my friend we came out like this:
    the rock (greasy yeshivish the great rosh yeshiva of yeshivish movies)
    oceans 11 (also greasy)
    saving private ryan (the rest just plain yeshivish)
    air force 1
    home alone
    mrs doubtfire
    black hawk down

  • T D August 2, 2009, 1:23 AM

    Among yishivish Tv shows are 24, prison break and Entourage. All over Israel, Yishivish guys frequent internet cafes to catch up on these shows. Rumor has it, on the next season of 24,Jack Bauer eats cholent thursday nights and smokes strictly parliment lights and wears fake ferragamos.

  • A. Nuran August 2, 2009, 1:38 AM


    What the hell? Anyone who watches that evil, insidious crock of shit deserves to be horsewhipped, tarred, feathered, ridden out of town on a rail and sodomized to death by a dozen heavily hung syphilitics.


    That show is evil. The producers admitted it was designed to make torture more acceptable to the American public.

  • Roger August 2, 2009, 1:52 AM

    This may be obvious but what makes these movies yeshivish is that the plots revolve around bad guys getting killed as opposed to romantic storylines, and they tend to have little to no sex and/or nudity. Foul language and violence (rightly or not) do not “assur” the movie, therefore these movies are all accepted amongst the yeshivish clientle.

  • Child Ish August 2, 2009, 2:32 AM

    There is only one reason for these movies being “Yeshivish.”

    R rating for violence, and no nudity.

    It’s as simple as that.

  • Jersey August 2, 2009, 3:05 AM

    Have you done a similar post on yeshivish goyish music?

    Songs like Eye of the Tiger, The Final Countdown, and Clocks were all big in my yeshiva.

  • Ben-Yehudah August 2, 2009, 3:56 AM


    When I worked at the [in]famous “Internet Shtiebel” in Jerusalem, all any of the guys wanted to do was watch movies with action.

    Litvak, Hassidishe, Sefardi were all the same, action, action, action. B”H none of them cared about “pritzus.”

    The favorite actors were Jackie Chan, Vin Diesel, and Jason Statham.

    The girls came to watch the TV shows sent to them from home, so they could catch up. But even they watched “Heros” which had some action.

  • anon August 2, 2009, 3:59 AM


  • ipitythefoo August 2, 2009, 4:38 AM

    SO true.
    add Terminator to that list.

  • Jacob da Jew August 2, 2009, 8:10 AM


    No mention of Van Damme?? Bloodsport?

  • Heshy Fried August 2, 2009, 9:29 AM

    I did miss out on Air Force One, Rambo, and Oceans 11 – I am not super human I gave the basic ones I remember being talked about to no avail.

  • Rabbi Van Damme August 2, 2009, 9:31 AM

    @ Jacob the Jew

    -Do you remember the order? (It was a Van Damme movie that was filmed in Israel)

    That should be the best Yeshivish/Heimish movie ever made


  • Ben-Yehudah August 2, 2009, 9:34 AM

    We, in the “ardent Torah Zionist” community believe that yeshiva bochurs SHOULD watch action {w/o pritzus} movies, OR at least learn self defense, a martial art, work out at the gym, and prepare for aliyah.

  • brandon August 2, 2009, 11:59 AM

    as soon as i saw the title post, i thought to myself, oh definitely “The Rock!” haha! it is the rosh yeshiva of yeshivish movies..

    i guess if you absolutely must give in to your yetzer hara and watch a movie made by goyim, it should be violent, because yes, it is much better that your pure neshama be exposed to acts of murder and aggression than to love and tenderdness. ..Because love and tenderness might make you cum, a very serious offense to the Creator.

    and for women? they can watch anything they want because God is not as concerned with them when it comes to these things.

  • Phil August 2, 2009, 12:51 PM

    Yeshivishly acceptable movies were ones that had to do with Jewish themes. In the mid 80s when vcrs/ videos first started being popular, the Israeli version raid on Entebbe was the classic yeshivish action movie, followed by Delta Force (American version with Chuck Norris).

    The partially OTD guys / bums basically watched all action movies by Stallone, Arnold, Van Dam, Steven Seagal, Bruce Lee and the Die hard trilogy.

    The frummies stuck to Rebbe videos and televised farbrengens.

  • Sergeant J August 2, 2009, 1:11 PM

    All I know is that When we had “movie nights” in my school (Heshy knows which one), It was almost always action, and when the lights came up, there were always MGD bottles all over. As a sci-fi guy, I’d sneak up to the school to watch Doctor Who on the old “projection” tv thatwas donated by someone, and resided in the back of one of the classrooms for no apparent reason. I seriously do not remember any other use that TV got.

  • Schwartzie August 2, 2009, 2:41 PM

    Titanic is probably the most yeshivish movie of all time, if only because every single bochur I knew saw that movie three times and sat through hours and hours of crap for a glimpse of Kate Winslet’s boobie. This applies only while it was showing in theaters, and not after it came out on video.

  • SCott Steinberg August 2, 2009, 4:48 PM

    Ever go to the “french” internet cafe up near Ben Yehuda. Place looks like a yeshiva! Black hatters all over the place watching porn and watching movies. WHy again are these yeshiva institutions stealing my money again?

  • OPINIONATED August 2, 2009, 5:15 PM

    How about Gremlins and Ghostbusters?

  • Future Druggie August 2, 2009, 5:22 PM

    The Goonies?

  • Your your ass August 2, 2009, 9:13 PM

    another moronic post.

    who the hell do you think you are?

  • SCott Steinberg August 2, 2009, 9:17 PM

    I remember at Aish HaTorah I told one of the Rabbis there that there are a lot of Black Hatters looking at porn at internet cafes and HE REFUSED TO BELIEVE ME!

  • Not Brisker Yeshivish August 2, 2009, 9:52 PM

    How come no one ever told me this? I want a reimbursement on my education!

  • kissmei'mshomer August 3, 2009, 1:49 AM

    Love Brandon’s comment!

    So true in the yeshivish world: Violence=mutar, romance=assur.

    To be fair, though, one can argue that the Americans in general (i.e. not just frummies) tend to be more permissive with blood and gore than they are with sex, at least in regards to what parents will allow their kids to watch…

  • A. Nuran August 3, 2009, 4:23 AM

    How about The Frisco Kid?

  • Bsamim Smoker August 3, 2009, 10:18 AM

    My opinion:Stupid post.If you going to go to hell for watching movies you mines well get your rocks off to some decent putang if you know what I mean.There is no pleasure in wathing violence and things blow up and youll feel real stupid when god sends you to hell ’cause you got no hanah from the avayrah.WHAT A LOOSER

  • Bsmaim smeller August 3, 2009, 10:49 AM

    Where does it say that you will be sent to hell for watching violence?

  • Bsamim Smoker August 3, 2009, 11:32 AM

    Very good question.Watching voilent movies goes under the issur of bitul torah.

  • Bsmaim smeller August 3, 2009, 12:01 PM

    A person needs a certain amount of downtime. Eating, playing ball etc. Watching a violent movie may not be the best way to spend free time, but… Where does it say that you will be sent to hell for watching violence?

  • Bsamim Smoker August 3, 2009, 12:16 PM

    It goes under the category of “Make a fence for the torah”you watch violence you will become violent.Some reason we don’t eat milk and meat when the technical issur is only a kid in it’s moms milk

  • Bsmaim smeller August 3, 2009, 1:16 PM

    Hey man, what are you smoking?

    Did you ever see someone eat a cheeseburger?
    Did you ever see someone drive a car on the sabbath?

    While I agree that watching sexually suggestive movies can lead to promiscuity, I don’t believe that watching violent movies with car chases and Rambo-type killing will evoke feelings in the viewer that he/she wants to emulate the actor.

    Of course from a parental perspective, it may not be a wise choice to have children watch this type of programming, but I ask again…

    Where does it say that you will be sent to hell for watching violence?

  • Chris_B August 3, 2009, 1:58 PM

    Y’all have seriously bad taste in movies, I mean really seriously. A. Nuran’s suggestion was the only decent flick so far and even as a buddy movie it was pretty low budget.

  • yeshiva dude August 3, 2009, 8:26 PM

    What about shows like teenage mutant ninja turtles, or power rangers? In regards to movies, I think every yeshivish guy grew up on Lion King, Alladin, and Little Mermaid in addition to the movies listed above.

  • Xvi August 3, 2009, 9:15 PM

    I know its a great movie aside, but “Shawshank” is a huuuuuge yeshivish movie.

  • Schwartzie August 3, 2009, 10:53 PM

    Frisco Kid is one of my favorite movies of all time. Gene Wilder speaks such a great Yiddish. And davens hardcore according to the nussach. Seriously, his tune is EXACT.

  • Schwartzie August 3, 2009, 10:55 PM

    Vayachilaiyhu me’chelev chitah, u’mitzur d’vash, asbiecha.

  • A. Nuran August 4, 2009, 12:28 AM

    And he acts like a strongly religious man who is still, well, a man. That’s a rare combination in movies.

  • Chris_B August 4, 2009, 4:47 AM

    OK, I’ll admit it, I’ve got Frisco Kid on my iPod Touch. And A. Nuran’s point is pretty much the reason why.

  • A. Nuran August 6, 2009, 5:29 AM

    OK, another one. Not the most accessible but worth the effort. And extremely Jewish…


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