German language films

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1. Lili Marleen (1981)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.2
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In Switzerland German singer 'Willie' falls in love with Jewish composer 'Robert' who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks that 'Willie' is also a Nazi ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer, Karl-Heinz von Hassel

Votes: 3,080

2. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller

8.5
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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: 289,713 | Gross: $11.29M

3. Ecstasy (1933)

TV-MA | 82 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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Eva has just gotten married to an older gentleman, but discovers that he is obsessed with order in his life and doesn't have much room for passion. She becomes despondent and leaves him, ... See full summary »

Director: Gustav Machatý | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Aribert Mog, Zvonimir Rogoz, Leopold Kramer

Votes: 1,567

4. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)

R | 120 min | Drama

7.9
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A World War II widow seeks to adjust to life in postwar Germany.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Löwitsch, Ivan Desny, Gisela Uhlen

Votes: 9,921

5. Martha (I) (1974 TV Movie)

116 min | Drama, Thriller

7.7
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A single woman in her early thirties, Martha (Margit Carstensen) is on vacation with her father in Rome when he has a heart attack and falls down dead. She reacts rather indifferently and ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Margit Carstensen, Karlheinz Böhm, Barbara Valentin, Peter Chatel

Votes: 1,771

6. The Red Cockatoo (2006)

128 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.8
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A coming-of-age story set in Germany in the 1960s. Siggi becomes involved in a love triangle when he falls for Luise, but the tightening political climate forces him to make a fateful decision.

Director: Dominik Graf | Stars: Max Riemelt, Jessica Schwarz, Ronald Zehrfeld, Ingeborg Westphal

Votes: 762

7. Marlene (2000)

125 min | Biography, Drama, Music

5.7
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The movie follows the life and personality of the famous actress Marlene Dietrich.

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier | Stars: Katja Flint, Hans Werner Meyer, Herbert Knaup, Heino Ferch

Votes: 513

8. I Am the Other Woman (2006)

104 min | Drama

5.3
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Successful architect Robert has a one-night stand with a mysterious lady in red. The next day they meet again, but Carolin is now a corporate lawyer working on a major contract for Robert ... See full summary »

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Katja Riemann, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Karin Dor, August Diehl

Votes: 372

9. Rosenstrasse (2003)

PG-13 | 136 min | Drama, War

6.8
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49 Metascore

After the death of her father, Hannah becomes concerned with the strange behavior of her mother. As her mother's troubled childhood is revealed, Hannah realizes how little she ever knew.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Katja Riemann, Maria Schrader, Svea Lohde, Jutta Lampe

Votes: 2,096 | Gross: $0.73M

10. Black Book (2006)

R | 145 min | Drama, Thriller, War

7.8
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71 Metascore

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Halina Reijn

Votes: 64,524 | Gross: $4.40M

11. Geliebte Clara (2008)

107 min | Biography, Drama, Music

5.6
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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: 227

12. Das Dreimäderlhaus (1958)

102 min | Romance, Drama

6.8
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Director: Ernst Marischka | Stars: Karlheinz Böhm, Rudolf Schock, Magda Schneider, Gustav Knuth

Votes: 72

13. Spring Symphony (1983)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Music

6.2
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Director: Peter Schamoni | Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Herbert Grönemeyer, Rolf Hoppe, Anja-Christine Preussler

Votes: 268

14. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared 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: 13,842

15. Mostly Martha (2001)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

7.3
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72 Metascore

When a headstrong chef takes charge of her equally stubborn 8-year-old niece, the tensions between them mount... until an Italian sous-chef arrives to lighten the mood.

Director: Sandra Nettelbeck | Stars: Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste, Sergio Castellitto, August Zirner

Votes: 7,163 | Gross: $4.16M

16. The Tin Drum (1979)

R | 142 min | Drama, War

7.6
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In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Katharina Thalbach

Votes: 19,117

17. Mephisto (1981)

Unrated | 144 min | Drama

7.9
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A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. As his associates and ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 7,911

18. Pandora's Box (1929)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

8.0
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The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer, Carl Goetz

Votes: 8,099 | Gross: $0.01M

19. Run Lola Run (1998)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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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: 170,595 | Gross: $7.27M

20. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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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: 122,275 | Gross: $4.06M

21. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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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: 275,704 | Gross: $5.51M

22. The Edukators (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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68 Metascore

Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.

Director: Hans Weingartner | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Julia Jentsch, Stipe Erceg, Burghart Klaußner

Votes: 28,365 | Gross: $0.18M

23. Anatomie (2000)

R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

6.1
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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: 10,633 | Gross: $0.01M

24. Aimee & Jaguar (1999)

Not Rated | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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72 Metascore

In 1943 Berlin, a Nazi officer's wife meets and starts a passionate affair with a Jewish woman.

Director: Max Färberböck | Stars: Maria Schrader, Juliane Köhler, Johanna Wokalek, Heike Makatsch

Votes: 5,495 | Gross: $0.93M

25. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.7
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76 Metascore

A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose.

Director: Marc Rothemund | Stars: Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs, Alexander Held, Johanna Gastdorf

Votes: 23,707 | Gross: $0.68M

26. Vier Minuten (2006)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Music

7.4
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An elderly piano teacher trains a young convict at a women's penitentiary.

Director: Chris Kraus | Stars: Hannah Herzsprung, Monica Bleibtreu, Vadim Glowna, Sven Pippig

Votes: 5,502

27. Taxi zum Klo (1980)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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Frank Ripploh is a bit of a rascal: he's a bearded and shaggy-haired teacher, and he's gay with a very active sex life and an interest in making films. He keeps his personal life and ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Ripploh | Stars: Frank Ripploh, Bernd Broaderup, Orpha Termin, Peter Fahrni

Votes: 1,238

28. The Holy Land of Tyrol (2010)

123 min | Drama, History, War

6.6
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The film tells the story of Katharina who has to escape from Bavaria to Tyrol together with her husband. Of all the times in the year of 1809. There she faces these tough times of the ... See full summary »

Director: Philipp J. Pamer | Stars: Inga Birkenfeld, Wolfgang Menardi, Manfred-Anton Algrang, Verena Plangger

Votes: 144

29. Mein Prinz. Mein König. (2011)

78 min | Drama

6.3
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Director: Ciril Braem | Stars: Johannes Moss, Dale Rapley, Oktay Khan, Tilman Wiegers

Votes: 14

30. Nicht ganz koscher (2010)

89 min | Documentary, Family

5.7
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Jews who want to live kosher not only have to learn the religious rules of every day life. They also have to face up to questions about just what constitutes proper thinking, speaking and ... See full summary »

Director: Ruth Olshan

Votes: 7

31. Der Brand (2011)

97 min | Drama

6.9
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After an evening out, the 35-year-old, self-confident Judith is raped on her way home. She fights with all possible means to prevent her life being changed. Her lawyer advises her to press ... See full summary »

Director: Brigitte Bertele | Stars: Maja Schöne, Florian David Fitz, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Pit Bukowski

Votes: 119

32. Wen die Götter lieben (1942)

Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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Director: Karl Hartl | Stars: Hans Holt, Irene von Meyendorff, Winnie Markus, Doris Hild

Votes: 44

33. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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An arrogant fashion designer falls in love with an icy beauty who wants to be a model.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Katrin Schaake, Eva Mattes

Votes: 6,461

34. Unter dem Eis (2005)

92 min | Drama

6.9
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Aelrun Goette's critically acclaimed drama deals with a fatal mother-son relationship and the fear of a bitter truth. Jenny's life with her husband and their seven-year old son Tim seems to... See full summary »

Director: Aelrun Goette | Stars: Bibiana Beglau, Adrian Wahlen, Dirk Borchardt, Sandra Borgmann

Votes: 138

35. Bis zum Horizont, dann links! (2012)

93 min | Comedy

5.6
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Most of the inhabitants of the retreat "Abendstern" have long since resigned with the everyday drill of gymnastics and readings. But the grumpy Tiedgen wants to experience something else.

Director: Bernd Böhlich | Stars: Otto Sander, Angelica Domröse, Ralf Wolter, Marion van de Kamp

Votes: 90

36. Vergeßt Mozart (1985)

92 min | Mystery

6.8
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In the dead of night, a few hours after Mozart's death, the usual suspects (Konstanze, Salieri, van Swieten, etc.) are summoned to Mozart's room by Count Pergen, head of the secret police, ... See full summary »

Director: Miloslav Luther | Stars: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Max Tidof, Wolfgang Preiss, Catarina Raacke

Votes: 63

37. Johann Sebastian Bach (1985– )

Biography, Drama, Music

8.4
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Stars: Ulrich Thein, Franziska Troegner, Rosemarie Bärhold, Yvetta Kornová

Votes: 56

38. Faust (III) (2011)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

6.6
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65 Metascore

A despairing scholar sells his soul to Satan in exchange for one night with a beautiful young woman.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Johannes Zeiler, Anton Adasinsky, Isolda Dychauk, Georg Friedrich

Votes: 4,401 | Gross: $0.06M

39. Tag der Idioten (1981)

110 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.5
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Story of a mentally unstable woman who goes into an institution.

Director: Werner Schroeter | Stars: Carole Bouquet, Ingrid Caven, Christine Kaufmann, Ida Di Benedetto

Votes: 154

40. Bildnis einer Trinkerin (1979)

108 min | Drama

6.7
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A woman given to us as a "trinkerin" is having a special tour in Berlin, she bought herself a single way ticket, and start drinking everywhere she can....

Director: Ulrike Ottinger | Stars: Tabea Blumenschein, Lutze, Magdalena Montezuma, Orpha Termin

Votes: 139

41. Sommer vorm Balkon (2005)

107 min | Drama

7.0
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50 Metascore

A tragicomic movie which focuses on two women and their daily struggle for survival during a summer in Berlin. Katrin, a jobless single mom, and Nike, a nurse, live in the same house and ... See full summary »

Director: Andreas Dresen | Stars: Inka Friedrich, Nadja Uhl, Andreas Schmidt, Stephanie Schönfeld

Votes: 2,570

42. Sind denn alle Männer Schweine? (2010 TV Movie)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

5.8
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Maja Nielsen is a divorce lawyer, a working mother and too set in her own ways to bother with men any longer. For her newest case, the divorce of an Italian-German couple, she has to work ... See full synopsis »

Director: Sophie Allet-Coche | Stars: Valerie Niehaus, Oliver Mommsen, Anna Grisebach, Denise Zich

Votes: 103

43. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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A young woman's life is scrutinized by police and tabloid press after she spends the night with a suspected terrorist.

Directors: Volker Schlöndorff, Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Angela Winkler, Mario Adorf, Dieter Laser, Jürgen Prochnow

Votes: 3,220

44. Der Rosenkönig (1986)

106 min | Drama, Musical

6.7
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A mentally unstable woman and her son move to a sprawling mansion in Portugal to grow roses.

Director: Werner Schroeter | Stars: Magdalena Montezuma, Mostefa Djadjam, Antonio Orlando, Karina Fallenstein

Votes: 179

45. Laputa (1986)

92 min | Drama

7.0
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Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms | Stars: Sami Frey, Krystyna Janda

Votes: 179