Jody Rosen is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine.
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Bagels Are Tacky

‘Bagel Jews’ outraged by bagel blasphemes are ignoring the obvious: Bagels aren’t sacred anymore, they’re tacky

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Her Holiness

The spirit of Aretha Franklin, whose songs would shoot through the astral plane—and beyond

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No. 1: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

The greatest Jewish movie ever made

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No. 8: The Graduate

Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson

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No. 18: Abie’s Irish Rose

The idea of Jewish-Irish intermarriage

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No. 28: A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Spielberg’s darkest

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No. 35: Young Frankenstein

The essence of Mel Brooks

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No. 38: Fiddler on the Roof

Matchmaking

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No. 40: Manhattan

Woody Hearts New York

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No. 43: Superbad

The Judd Apatow bromance worth keeping

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No. 46: Munich

Israel’s existential plight

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No. 52: Rififi

Banned in Hollywood, a Harlem Jew makes good in Paris

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No. 53: Heathers

Fast Times at Westerberg High

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No. 54: Green Fields (Grine Felder)

Nostalgia in the language of the Old World

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No. 55: This Is Spinal Tap

Things get loud

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No. 61: Bananas

What Woody wouldn’t do to get the girl

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No. 62: Flirting With Disaster

Enter Stiller

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No. 67: Barton Fink

An all-time great of a least one genre

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No. 68: Tootsie

The screwball gets an update

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No. 73: The Big Chill

Last Temptations

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No. 78: The Wizard of Oz

Somewhere

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No. 80: The Squid and the Whale

A modern Brooklyn classic

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No. 82: Inglourious Basterds

Jews unleash hell on the Third Reich

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No. 89: My Favorite Year

An homage to the golden age of the small screen

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No. 90: Hungry Hearts

The first serious depiction of the Jewish immigrant experience

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No. 92: Kramer vs. Kramer

Divorced from reality

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No. 93: Top Hat

Depression-era escapism

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No. 95: White Christmas

The melancholy beauty of sacred-secular America

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