German History in the Movies

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1. Kaspar Hauser (1993)

139 min | Drama, History, Mystery

Kaspar Hauser is the son of the duke of Baden. At the age of one he was swapped by another baby that has been killed right after the change. The real Kaspar Hauser grew up in prison without... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sehr | Stars: André Eisermann, Udo Samel, Jeremy Clyde, Katharina Thalbach

Votes: 436

2. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

A young man named Kaspar Hauser suddenly appears in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira, Willy Semmelrogge

Votes: 15,511

3. The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

R | 150 min | Action, Biography, Crime

76 Metascore

A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz

Votes: 34,281 | Gross: $0.48M

4. Bornholmer Straße (2014 TV Movie)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

A comic look at the fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989, told from the point of view of the German border guards at the checkpoint where it all started.

Director: Christian Schwochow | Stars: Charly Hübner, Milan Peschel, Ulrich Matthes, Rainer Bock

Votes: 636

5. Night Crossing (1982)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, History

True tale about two men planing to escape from communist East Germany in a hot air balloon, but only if they can take their families with them.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: John Hurt, Jane Alexander, Doug McKeon, Keith McKeon

Votes: 1,175 | Gross: $8.00M

6. Spider's Web (1989)

196 min | Drama

Ulrich Mühe plays a German businessman who was born completely without scruples. This makes him an eminently suitable candidate for success in the chaotic years after World War I. The ... See full summary »

Director: Bernhard Wicki | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Andrea Jonasson

Votes: 194

7. Morenga (1985)

112 min | Drama, War

Set in 1904, this is an uneven tale of war and intrigue between native South Africans, German colonialists, and British colonialists, a war no one really wins.

Director: Egon Günther | Stars: Jacques Breuer, Edwin Noel, Jürgen Holtz, Manfred Seipold

Votes: 21

8. Die Männer der Emden (2012)

180 min | Adventure, Drama

When their ship is sunk in the first world war, in the Indian ocean, 50 men have to cross infinite stretches of sea and desert, avoid enemies, find allies and finally make it home to Germany. A breathtaking real-live odyssey.

Director: Berengar Pfahl | Stars: Sibel Kekilli, Ken Duken, Oliver Korittke, Felicitas Woll

Votes: 285

9. Berlin Blues (2003)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

In October 1989, the part of the West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg called SO 36, had been largely shut off by the Wall from the rest of the city for 28 years. A lethargic sub-culture of ... See full summary »

Director: Leander Haußmann | Stars: Christian Ulmen, Katja Danowski, Detlev Buck, Janek Rieke

Votes: 6,404

10. Sun Alley (1999)

101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A group of kids grow up on the short, wrong (east) side of the Sonnenallee in Berlin, right next to one of the few border crossings between East and West reserved for German citizens. The ... See full summary »

Director: Leander Haußmann | Stars: Alexander Scheer, Alexander Beyer, Robert Stadlober, Teresa Weißbach

Votes: 5,994

11. Young Light (2016)

122 min | Drama

Julian is a 12-year-old boy whose family is just scraping by in the Ruhr industrial region of Germany in the early 1960s . When his mother and younger sister go away for a while, he is left... See full summary »

Director: Adolf Winkelmann | Stars: Charly Hübner, Oscar Brose, Lina Beckmann, Magdalena Matz

Votes: 227

12. Rote Erde (1983– )

History, War

Saga of a miner and his family in the Ruhr area of Western Germany in the time from the the late1800s until World War I.

Stars: Walter Renneisen, Claude-Oliver Rudolph, Angelika Bartsch, Vera Lippisch

Votes: 48

13. Krabat and the Legend of the Satanic Mill (2008)

120 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

A boy learns the black arts from an evil sorcerer.

Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner | Stars: David Kross, Christian Redl, Daniel Brühl, Robert Stadlober

Votes: 5,981

14. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978)

73 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

A young boy becomes an apprentice for a mysterious sorcerer, working at the sorcerer's strange and sinister mill where secretive black magic is being taught and performed at a very heavy price.

Director: Karel Zeman | Stars: Ludek Munzar, Jaroslav Moucka, Christian Brückner, Friedrich Schütter

Votes: 889

15. Leo & Claire (2001)

103 min | Drama, Romance

In 1933 Nuremberg, successful Jewish businessman Leo Katzenberger owns an apartment building and runs a shoe store. A devoted family man, he has a good relationship with his loving wife ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier | Stars: Michael Degen, Franziska Petri, Suzanne von Borsody, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 124

16. Lore (2012)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Romance, War

76 Metascore

As the Allies sweep across Germany, Lore leads her siblings on a journey that exposes them to the truth of their parents' beliefs. An encounter with a mysterious refugee forces Lore to rely on a person she has always been taught to hate.

Director: Cate Shortland | Stars: Saskia Rosendahl, Kai-Peter Malina, Nele Trebs, Ursina Lardi

Votes: 13,747 | Gross: $0.97M

17. Hanussen (1988)

R | 140 min | Drama, History

A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim discovers that Schneider possesses powers of... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Erland Josephson, Ildikó Bánsági, Walter Schmidinger

Votes: 1,483 | Gross: $0.08M

18. Mephisto (1981)

Unrated | 144 min | Drama

In early-1930s Germany, a passionate stage actor finds himself before a dilemma: renounce his apolitical stance and comply with the Reich's doctrine, or face oblivion. But, Faustian bargains never end well. What is the price of success?

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági, Rolf Hoppe

Votes: 8,874

20. Beloved Clara (2008)

107 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A look at the lives of 19th-century composers Clara and Robert Schumann.

Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms | Stars: Martina Gedeck, Pascal Greggory, Malik Zidi, Aline Annessy

Votes: 250

21. Immortal Beloved (1994)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved, and the movie tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbé, Isabella Rossellini, Johanna ter Steege

Votes: 22,186 | Gross: $9.91M

22. Copying Beethoven (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Music

59 Metascore

A fictionalized account of the last year of Beethoven's life.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Ed Harris, Diane Kruger, Matthew Goode, Ralph Riach

Votes: 12,540 | Gross: $0.35M

23. The Devil's Elixirs (1973)

96 min

Young seminary student Franziskus (Benjamin Besson) has been ceremonially ordained. He wants to escape the harshness and injustice of the world and devote himself to the service of God in ... See full summary »

Directors: Brigitte Kirsten, Ralf Kirsten | Stars: Benjamin Besson, Jaroslava Schallerová, Andrzej Kopiczynski, Milena Dvorská

Votes: 17

24. The Last Valley (1971)

PG | 128 min | Adventure, Drama, War

During the Thirty Years' War of 1600s, a band of Protestant mercenaries peacefully coexist with German Catholic villagers in a hidden idyllic mountain valley untouched by war.

Director: James Clavell | Stars: Michael Caine, Omar Sharif, Florinda Bolkan, Nigel Davenport

Votes: 2,658

25. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

82 Metascore

Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler

Votes: 315,619 | Gross: $5.51M

26. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

89 Metascore

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 336,980 | Gross: $11.29M

27. The Murder Farm (2009)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

On a remote farm an entire family is murdered.

Director: Bettina Oberli | Stars: Julia Jentsch, Monica Bleibtreu, Volker Bruch, Filip Peeters

Votes: 910

31. Effi Briest (1974)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama, History

In the nineteenth century, seventeen year old Effi Briest is married to the older Baron von Instetten and moves into a house, that she believes has a ghost, in a small isolated Baltic town.... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Wolfgang Schenck, Ulli Lommel, Karlheinz Böhm

Votes: 2,100

32. Effi Briest (2009)

118 min | Drama, Romance

Ambitious German imperial hussars veteran baron Geert von Instetten takes office as coastal district administrator, hoping to e promoted to the colonies. His childhood love, Luise, married ... See full summary »

Director: Hermine Huntgeburth | Stars: Julia Jentsch, Heike Warmuth, Mirko Lang, Ludwig Blochberger

Votes: 773

34. Brother of Sleep (1995)

R | 127 min | Drama, Music, Romance

In the beginning of the 19th century, Johannes Elias Alder is born in a small village in the Austrian mountains. While growing up he is considered strange by the other villagers and ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier | Stars: André Eisermann, Dana Vávrová, Ben Becker, Jochen Nickel

Votes: 1,485

35. John Rabe (2009)

134 min | Biography, Drama, History

57 Metascore

A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.

Director: Florian Gallenberger | Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Daniel Brühl, Steve Buscemi, Anne Consigny

Votes: 5,898 | Gross: $0.07M

39. Ekkelins Knecht (2008)

110 min | Adventure, Drama

Winter AD 1373 in southern Germany. The day-taller Konrad lost his parents and gets into the service of the knight Ekkelin Gayling. In the coming feuds and robberies he has to realize, that... See full summary »

Director: Reinhard Kungel | Stars: Peter Klewitz, Philipp J. Sprongl, Yvonne Brosch, Johannes Ernst

Votes: 40

40. Ekkehard (1990– )

300 min | History

The early Middle Ages; the 10th century. The monk Ekkehard lives secluded in the monastery of St. Gallen. Everything changes for him when the Duchess widow Hadwiga appears to him and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Gabriel Barylli, Zdena Studenková, András Fricsay Kali Son, Edith Zalatnay

Votes: 8

41. Barry Lyndon (1975)

PG | 185 min | Adventure, Drama, History

89 Metascore

An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger

Votes: 138,796

42. Buddenbrooks (2008)

151 min | Drama

In the 1840s, Lübeck is a dominating commercial town on the Baltic coast, and the Buddenbrooks are among the town's first families. Consul Jean Buddenbrook has two sons, Thomas and ... See full summary »

Director: Heinrich Breloer | Stars: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Iris Berben, Jessica Schwarz, August Diehl

Votes: 1,399

43. Tauerngold (2003 TV Movie)

Drama

Jacob Hirzbacher is a widower who hopes to find work in the local mining industry. With the arrival of a stranger with a charming attitude the hierarchy in the nearest village changes forever.

Director: Rüdiger Nüchtern | Stars: Sebastian Koch, Aglaia Szyszkowitz, Fritz Karl, Sabrina White

Votes: 16

44. Heavyweights (2006)

94 min | Biography, Comedy

The carpennter Gamser from Garmisch-Patenkirchen, southern Germany, aims at success as a bobber at the Winter Olympics 1952. One of his opponents is his old rival Dorfler from his home country.

Director: Marcus H. Rosenmüller | Stars: Sebastian Bezzel, Michael A. Grimm, Simon Schwarz, Antoine Monot Jr.

Votes: 669

45. North Face (2008)

Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama