Top 5 Yom Kippur War Movies Recommended by Steven Spielberg

Yom Kippur War
A knocked out Israeli M60 tank amongst the debris of other armor after an Israeli counterattack in the Sinai during the Yom Kippur War. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Tomorrow Israel will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. An Arab coalition launched a joint surprise attack on Israeli positions on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism, which occurred that year during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Egyptian and Syrian forces crossed ceasefire lines to enter the Sinai Peninsula and Golan Heights respectively, which had been captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. Both the United States and the Soviet Union initiated massive resupply efforts to their respective allies during the war, and this led to a near-confrontation between the two nuclear superpowers.

In memory of the war, the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive has recommended the Top 5 films showing the war and its aftermath:

5. Letter From The Front (1973)

The war through the eyes of reserve soldiers who were mobilized

4. Will To Do (1974)

The mood and conditions in Israel a year after the Yom Kippur War: rehabilitation of the wounded, care for war widows and general hardships.


3. A Time Between (1974)

The State of Israel recovers after the Yom Kippur War.


2. A Message Of Life (1974)

The Yom Kippur War causes hardship but also creates solidarity.


1. As Always Hadassah (1974)

Hadassah Hospital treats injured soldiers and civilians during the Yom Kippur War.