Before being given this article, I had no idea who or what MOSSAD was. I somehow mistakenly took the word for Mozart, which just sounded more ridiculous. I mean, why would anyone make THAT MANY shows in the life of Mozart? But now, after watching shows based on MOSSAD, I can confidently say that it is one of the best genres out there and worth giving a try. MOSSAD (which stands for ‘Merkazi le-Modiin ule-Tafkidim Meyuhadim’ in Hebrew and ‘Central Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations’ in English) is an Israeli intelligence service, which established in 1951.
Here’s a list of my favorite shows from this genre:
1. Fauda (2015)
Fauda spins its story around the Israeli-Palestinian clash. The protagonist, a retired trooper of the Force, is compelled to stand up to his brutal past. This show already has three seasons on Netflix, and the fourth is in the making.
2. Tehran (2020)
The protagonist is a Mossad programmer who is snuck into Iran to help explode an atomic site. She almost makes it out of the air terminal before a retired soldier spots her, and that’s where the trouble begins. The show is available on Netflix and Apple TV.
3. The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019)
Based on real-life events. Chris Evans plays the lead character, a Mossad agent, helping hundreds and thousands of refugees sneak safely back into their country. It is available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
4. The Spy (2019)
The actress, Sacha Baron Cohen, delivers a stunning depiction of Eli Cohen, an agent working for Mossad, sent to Syria before the Six-Day War of 1967. This series, which will keep you at the edge of your seat, is available on Netflix.
5. When Heroes Fly (2018)
This emotional spinechiller focuses on four companions – Mossad veterans – who come together for a last, connecting experience after a dispute they had continued for 11 years. They travel to the Colombian wilderness looking for Yaeli – the previous admirer of one man and sister of another – who they had assumed dead, and their adventure begins. Based on a book.
6. Mossad 101 (2015)
After a doomed mission abroad, a Mossad soldier is called back to Israel, where he is entrusted with another project, to find, hire and guide new agents like him. This show has two series available on Netflix.
7. The Angel (2018)
This is another movie based on a non-fiction book, called by the same name. It is about the son-in-law of the president who gets into Mossad services. In the end, he suspected of being an agent of another institute.
8. Prisoners of War (2010)
A wartime captive, who is not a warrior—regardless of his military past— held hostage by a bellicose force during or following an outfitted clash. The most dated records of the expression “wartime captive” trace back to 1610.
9. False Flag (2015)
The plot revolves around five strangers who are, out of nowhere, suspected of a very high-profile criminal case, a kidnapping. This series, which has two seasons, with 18 episodes each, is available on Amazon Prime in some countries.
10. Hostages (2013)
This is a dramatization that follows an election to play out as a standard procedure to elect Israel’s leader. Everything turns out badly when a gathering abducts her family and issues her a final proposal. She is told to murder the president.
11. Munich (2015)
This movie is based on a book by George Jonas called Vengeance and released in 1984. The movie, however, directed by the infamous Steven Spielberg. It follows a terrorist group responsible for attacks during the Olympics, which proved to be fatal to five players.
12. 7 Days in Entebbe (2018)
In 1976, a psychological gathering of commandeers took place on a bound-up plane and held the travelers as prisoners. The Israeli government rules against arranging and sets up a salvage activity were taken into account.
13. Operation Finale (2018)
Fifteen years after the conclusion of World War II, a group of highly confidential Israeli specialists goes to Argentina to find Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi official who planned to send thousands of Jews to their demises in death camps.
14. Inside the Mossad (2017)
This is a documentary of the same thing we are talking about in this entire list, Mossad. It explains the working and structure of this organization and gives us insight into how such secretive actions occur.
15. The Spy Who Fell to Earth
This is another documentary following the life of a billionaire. It takes us through the struggles of how he became one and how he handles his fame and success. In the end, the billionaire found dead at the foot of a building, and to this day, it is unclear if he jumped or if he was pushed.
16. Ghosts of Beirut (2023)
Follows the search for Imad Mughniyeh, a terrorist from Lebanon who spent more than 20 years eluding the Mossad and the CIA.
17. The Operative (2019)
A lady is chosen to join Mossad as an agent, and she is dispatched on a covert assignment to Tehran. She decides to leave as her missions become riskier, requiring her employer to pursue her before she becomes a threat to Israel.
18. The Little Drummer Girl (2018)
A young English actress is hired by Mossad to infiltrate the terrorist organization that a Palestinian assassin is using to attack famous Israelis. This requires all of her acting skills but also places her in grave danger.
19. The Debt (2010)
Three Mossad agents enter East Berlin in 1965 with the intention of capturing a known Nazi war criminal. The Agents’ shared secrets resurface thirty years later and haunt them.
20. Lansky (2021)
When the aging Meyer Lansky is investigated by the Feds, who suspect he has stashed away millions of dollars over half a century, the retired gangster reveals the untold truth about his life as the boss of the National Crime Syndicate.
With that, we have come to an end to this list. Mossad is certainly a very interesting brick in the world of television series and movies, and if you haven’t watched a piece yet, you absolutely must. The spine-chilling and bone-wrecking plots keep you glued to your device. In the end, it gets a hold of your conscious and subconscious mind, and you think about it all day long. But isn’t that the whole point of such depictions?