The 25 Greatest Jewish Characters in Movies

5. Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz in Clueless (1995)

Notable Jewish Moment: She doesn't bat an eye when her friend Dionne drops the word "kvelling" into a sentence. Also, Cher ends up being saved by a nice Jewish boy named Josh (Paul Rudd).
Classic Quote: "Okay, so you're probably going, "Is this like a Noxzema commercial or what?" But seriously, I actually have a way normal life for a teenage girl. "

Cher is likely the least explicitly Jewish character on this list—not much is made of her religion, aside from the obvious reference to it in her last name. But she's handily one of the most memorable.

In Amy Heckerling's 1995 teen comedy, Cher clashed with as many of the early '90s Jewish American Princess stereotypes as she reinforced, if not more. Daddy's girl? Check. Father's a lawyer? Yep. Rich, young, in Beverly Hills? Sure. Overdressed, uninterested in school, a spoiled gossip and matchmaking yenta? Absolutely.

But also: She's blonde. She's an all-American California Girl. She's popular. And she proves herself to have a fiercely independent streak. If anything, Cher Horowitz showed the rest of America that a Jewish it-girl really isn't all that different from any other it-girl. Besides, she doesn't even have the most Jewish line in the movie.

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