Best German Movies

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1. A Coffee in Berlin (2012)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

An aimless university dropout attempts to make sense of life as he spends one fateful day wandering the streets of Berlin.

Director: Jan-Ole Gerster | Stars: Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Justus von Dohnányi, Andreas Schröders

Votes: 14,090 | Gross: $0.15M

2. Victoria (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A young Spanish woman who has recently moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.

Director: Sebastian Schipper | Stars: Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit

Votes: 46,583

3. Toni Erdmann (2016)

R | 162 min | Comedy, Drama

93 Metascore

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.

Director: Maren Ade | Stars: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl

Votes: 39,720 | Gross: $1.48M

4. Gigantic (1999)

80 min | Comedy, Drama

Three friends from Hamburg spend one last night on the town before one of them leaves the city forever.

Director: Sebastian Schipper | Stars: Frank Giering, Florian Lukas, Antoine Monot Jr., Julia Hummer

Votes: 4,100

5. The Golden Glove (2019)

Not Rated | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

38 Metascore

A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Jonas Dassler, Margarete Tiesel, Adam Bousdoukos, Katja Studt

Votes: 4,506

6. Head-On (2004)

R | 121 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

With the intention to break free from the strict familial restrictions, a suicidal young woman sets up a marriage of convenience with a forty-year-old addict, an act that will lead to an outburst of envious love.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Birol Ünel, Sibel Kekilli, Güven Kiraç, Zarah Jane McKenzie

Votes: 48,087

7. In the Fade (2017)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

Katja's life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. After a time of mourning and injustice, Katja seeks revenge.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Numan Acar, Adam Bousdoukos, Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto

Votes: 24,331 | Gross: $0.32M

8. Soul Kitchen (2009)

99 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

In Hamburg, German-Greek chef Zinos unknowingly disturbs the peace in his locals-only restaurant by hiring a more talented chef.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Pheline Roggan, Anna Bederke

Votes: 34,448 | Gross: $0.27M

9. 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: 312,879 | Gross: $5.51M

10. 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: 332,936 | Gross: $11.29M

11. The Experiment (2001)

R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Berkel, Oliver Stokowski, Wotan Wilke Möhring

Votes: 88,073 | Gross: $0.14M

12. 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: 6,305

13. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Francesc Albiol

Votes: 223,973 | Gross: $2.22M

14. 23 (1998)

99 min | Thriller, Drama

The movie's plot is based on the true story of a group of young computer hackers from Hannover, Germany. In the late 1980s the orphaned Karl Koch invests his inheritance in a flat and a ... See full summary »

Director: Hans-Christian Schmid | Stars: August Diehl, Fabian Busch, Dieter Landuris, Jan-Gregor Kremp

Votes: 6,252

15. All About Me (2018)

100 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Dramatised origin story of one of Germany's most beloved contemporary comedians.

Director: Caroline Link | Stars: Luise Heyer, Sönke Möhring, Diana Amft, Hape Kerkeling

Votes: 1,965

16. Berlin Calling (2008)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A man tours clubs around the globe with his manager and girlfriend. On the eve of their largest album release he is admitted to a psychiatric clinic after overdosing at a gig.

Director: Hannes Stöhr | Stars: Paul Kalkbrenner, Rita Lengyel, Corinna Harfouch, Araba Walton

Votes: 12,512

17. A Heavy Heart (2015)

109 min | Drama

A former East German boxing champion reduced to working as a bouncer and debt collector is forced to reflect on his life when he is diagnosed with a fatal disease.

Director: Thomas Stuber | Stars: Peter Kurth, Udo Kroschwald, Edin Hasanovic, Atef Vogel

Votes: 502

18. Never Look Away (2018)

R | 189 min | Drama, History, Romance

68 Metascore

German artist Kurt Barnert has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the GDR-regime.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl

Votes: 9,300 | Gross: $1.30M

19. Run Lola Run (1998)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri

Votes: 181,488 | Gross: $7.27M

20. 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: 34,059 | Gross: $0.48M

21. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.

Director: Wolfgang Becker | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, Florian Lukas

Votes: 131,381 | Gross: $4.06M

22. 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: 5,937

23. Tough Enough (2006)

98 min | Crime, Drama

When Miriam splits up with her wealthy lover, she and her 15-year-old son Michael have to move from posh Zehlendorf to run-down Berlin-Neukölln. The boy finds friends in his new ... See full summary »

Director: Detlev Buck | Stars: David Kross, Jenny Elvers, Erhan Emre, Oktay Özdemir

Votes: 3,273

24. Rage (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Züli Aladag's critically acclaimed, but controversial movie deals with the conflict of Can, son of Turkish immigrants, and the Laubs, a supposedly liberal middle class family. Simon Laub, ... See full summary »

Director: Züli Aladag | Stars: Oktay Özdemir, Robert Höller, August Zirner, Corinna Harfouch

Votes: 690

25. Chiko (2008)

92 min | Crime, Drama

Loyalty between two friends is stretched to its limit by one's deception.

Director: Özgür Yildirim | Stars: Denis Moschitto, Moritz Bleibtreu, Volkan Özcan, Reyhan Sahin

Votes: 3,506

26. Stereo (I) (2014)

98 min | Crime, Thriller

The appearance of a mysterious, hooded man evokes Erik's sinister past.

Director: Maximilian Erlenwein | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Moritz Bleibtreu, Petra Schmidt-Schaller, Georg Friedrich

Votes: 4,117

27. We Are Young. We Are Strong. (2014)

123 min | Crime, Drama, History

On 24th August 1992 in the eastern German city of Rostock a rampaging mob, to the applause and cheering of more than 3,000 bystanders, besieged and set fire to a residential building ... See full summary »

Director: Burhan Qurbani | Stars: Jonas Nay, Trang Le Hong, Devid Striesow, Joel Basman

Votes: 1,648

28. The Dark Side of the Moon (2015)

98 min | Mystery, Thriller

A psychedelic mushroom trip turns a successful lawyer into a wanted man.

Director: Stephan Rick | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Moritz Bleibtreu, Nora von Waldstätten, André Hennicke

Votes: 3,666

29. Combat Girls (2011)

Unrated | 103 min | Drama

Marisa, a 20-year-old German girl, hates foreigners, Jews, cops, and everyone she finds guilty for the decline of her country. She provokes, drinks, fights and her next tattoo will be a ... See full summary »

Director: David Wnendt | Stars: Alina Levshin, Jella Haase, Sayed Ahmad, Gerdy Zint

Votes: 4,430

30. 4 Kings (2015)

98 min | Drama

Christmas is approaching, and with it, the desire for harmony, beauty, light and hope. Being unable to cope with her parents' conflict, Alex (16) makes a radical decision. A day later she ... See full summary »

Director: Theresa von Eltz | Stars: Paula Beer, Jella Haase, Jannis Niewöhner, Moritz Leu

Votes: 809

31. Zeit der Kannibalen (2014)

93 min | Drama

Öllers and Niederländer have everything under control. For the past six years, the two successful business consultants have been traveling through some of the seediest countries around the world in order to satisfy their clients' greed.

Director: Johannes Naber | Stars: Sebastian Blomberg, Devid Striesow, Katharina Schüttler, Romesh Ranganathan

Votes: 1,710

32. Who Am I (2014)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Benjamin, a young German computer whiz, is invited to join a subversive hacker group that wants to be noticed on the world's stage.

Director: Baran bo Odar | Stars: Tom Schilling, Elyas M'Barek, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Antoine Monot Jr.

Votes: 42,239

33. The Deathmaker (1995)

110 min | Crime, Drama

Fritz Haarmann, who has killed at least 27 boys, is questioned by a psychology professor in order to find out whether he is sane and can be held responsible for his crimes. During this ... See full summary »

Director: Romuald Karmakar | Stars: Götz George, Jürgen Hentsch, Pierre Franckh, Hans-Michael Rehberg

Votes: 1,945

34. The Sandman (1995 TV Movie)

92 min | Thriller

The ambitious young Ina Littmann is investigative journalist for the TV talk show "Eye in Eye". Her current subject is Henry Kupfer, who wrote a bestseller about a psychopathic killer after... See full summary »

Director: Nico Hofmann | Stars: Götz George, Karoline Eichhorn, Barbara Rudnik, Martin Armknecht

Votes: 433

35. Tattoo (I) (2002)

108 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

66 Metascore

Two police detectives, a grizzled veteran and one fresh-faced rookie, hunt a ritualistic serial killer murdering people with tattoos and skinning them.

Director: Robert Schwentke | Stars: August Diehl, Christian Redl, Nadeshda Brennicke, Johan Leysen

Votes: 2,831

36. Anatomy (2000)

R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

33 Metascore

Medical student Paula Henning wins a place at an exclusive Heidelberg medical school. When the body of a young man she met on the train turns up on her dissection table, she begins to ... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky | Stars: Franka Potente, Benno Fürmann, Anna Loos, Sebastian Blomberg

Votes: 11,194 | Gross: $0.01M

37. Das Boot (1985–1987)

TV-MA | 293 min | Drama, Thriller, War

A World War II German U-Boat crew have a terrifying patrol mission in the early days of the war.

Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 23,745

38. Neue Vahr Süd (2010 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy

1980, West Germany. Frank Lehmann is drafted into the Bundeswehr because he neglected to object. As his petty-bourgeois pa claims his room for TV repairs, Frank moves in with hippie ... See full summary »

Director: Hermine Huntgeburth | Stars: Frederick Lau, Eike Weinreich, Miriam Stein, Hinnerk Schönemann

Votes: 1,273

39. The Wave (2008)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich

Votes: 97,028



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