There are countless Christmas movies to choose from, but Hanukkah movies are hard to come by. Many of the top Hanukkah movies are children’s films that the whole family can enjoy. Maybe Hollywood can produce a Hanukkah classic sometime soon.
1. “Shalom Sesame: Chanukah Special”
This Sesame Street classic features Grover on an exploration of Jewish traditions and identity. The special even shows some Israeli sites such as the Western Wall in Jerusalem .
2. “Lights: The Miracle of Chanukah”
This is a delightful animated Hanukkah story released in 1987. It is a good introduction to the Hanukkah for children and non-Jews. The runtime for this movie is only 28 minutes, but it is also entertaining for adults.
3. “Chanukah on Planet Matzah Ball”
This 2003 film from the Jewish Heritage Series, Inc. is an imaginative tale about a family of Jewish aliens that live in outer space. The family is trying to solve the case of a mysterious menorah that crashed onto their planet. This Hanukkah movie features a combination of puppets, music and animation.
4. “Eight Crazy Nights”
Adam Sandler fans should check out “Eight Crazy Nights.” Based on his famous Chanuka Song, this 2002 animated musical comedy is voiced by Sandler, Rob Schneider, Jon Lovitz and Tyra Banks. “Eight Crazy Nights” is rated PG-13.
5. “A Rugrats Chanukah”
“A Rugrats Chanukah” is a special based on Nickelodeon’s hit animated series the Rugrats. Grandma Minkus is telling the children the story of Hanukkah and the babies go on historical adventures in this entertaining movie.
6. “Lambchop’s Chanukah and Passover Surprise”
Shari Lewis uses dance, music, puppetry and hilarious jokes to create a brilliant comedy about both Chanukah and Passover. Lamp Chop, Hush Puppy and Charlie Horse are up to their usual antics in this holiday comedy.
7. “Chanukah and Passover at Bubbe’s”
This 2003 movie explains the traditions of Chanukah and Passover with songs, puppets and humor. The movie is friendly to younger viewers and has some catchy tunes. The movie is also featured on All Judaica.
8. “The Gift of Chanukah”
The Gift of Chanukah is a really neat interactive DVD that has videos on Chanukah miracles, menorahs and plays. The whole family can enjoy extras like games and Chanukah recipes for latkes and doughnuts.
9. “The Hebrew Hammer”
Adam Goldberg, Andy Dick, Judy Greer and Rachel Dratch star in this film about a hero who save Hanukkah from Santa Claus’ son. It follows the footsteps of a Mel Brooks or Wayans Brothers comedy. This 2003 comedy is rated R and is not suitable for younger viewers. It premiered at Sundance and is directed by Jonathan Kesselman.
10. “Agent Emes and the Happy Chanukah”
This Reel Jewish Entertainment movie is part of the Agent Emes series. Comedian, MODI, plays a famous Jewish singer who helps Agent Emes save Chanukah.