Good German Movies/Series

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1. 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: 22,701

2. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, 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: 327,038 | Gross: $11.29M

3. The Dark Valley (2014)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Mystery, Western

Through a hidden path a lone rider reaches a little town high up in the Alps. Nobody knows where the stranger comes from, nor what he wants there. But everyone knows that they don't want him to stay.

Director: Andreas Prochaska | Stars: Sam Riley, Tobias Moretti, Paula Beer, Thomas Schubert

Votes: 10,781

4. Babylon Berlin (2017– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Colognian commissioner Gereon Rath moves to Berlin, the epicenter of political and social changes in the Golden Twenties.

Stars: Volker Bruch, Liv Lisa Fries, Leonie Benesch, Peter Kurth

Votes: 11,991

5. 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: 33,747 | Gross: $0.48M

6. Parfum (2018– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Drama, Thriller

When a singer is found murdered, with her scent glands excised from her body, detectives probe a group of friends who attended boarding school with her.

Stars: Friederike Becht, Natalia Belitski, Oskar Belton, Leon Lukas Blaschke

Votes: 5,224

7. 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: 308,812 | Gross: $5.51M

8. Das Boot (2018– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, War

An inexperienced U-boat crew has to survive a secret mission and a young German woman is torn between loyalty for her home country and the French resistance in the WWII drama.

Stars: Vicky Krieps, Tom Wlaschiha, Thierry Frémont, August Wittgenstein

Votes: 3,338

9. 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: 45,600

10. 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: 6,194

11. 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: 129,955 | Gross: $4.06M

12. Bagdad Cafe (1987)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

A lonely German woman ends up in the most desolate motel on Earth and decides to make it brighter.

Director: Percy Adlon | Stars: Marianne Sägebrecht, CCH Pounder, Jack Palance, Christine Kaufmann

Votes: 11,374 | Gross: $3.59M

13. Young Goethe in Love (2010)

Not Rated | 102 min | Biography, Romance

55 Metascore

After aspiring poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe fails his law exams, he's sent to a sleepy provincial court to reform. Instead, he falls for Lotte, a young woman who is promised to another man.

Director: Philipp Stölzl | Stars: Alexander Fehling, Miriam Stein, Moritz Bleibtreu, Volker Bruch

Votes: 2,616 | Gross: $0.16M

14. World on a Wire (1973– )

Not Rated | 212 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His ... See full summary »

Stars: Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben, Karl Heinz Vosgerau

Votes: 4,731

15. 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: 221,286 | Gross: $2.22M

16. Pregau (2016– )

Crime, Drama

A policeman gets into a spiral of events, in which assault, extortion and murder are proven means.

Stars: Maximilian Brückner, Ursula Strauss, Robert Palfrader, Armin Rohde

Votes: 198

17. Ödipussi (1988)

88 min | Comedy, Romance

Gray-haired furniture retailer Paul Winkelmann still has his dinner cooked and his laundry done by his mother. He spends his evenings playing Scrabble with Mama's friends and discussing the... See full summary »

Director: Vicco von Bülow | Stars: Vicco von Bülow, Katharina Brauren, Evelyn Hamann, Edda Seippel

Votes: 3,069

18. Attention, Papa Arrives! (1991)

89 min | Comedy

After ordering enough typewriting paper for 40 years, just to get discount, Heinrich Lohse is forced to retire. The former manager has plenty of time now to spend with his wife and their 16... See full summary »

Directors: Vicco von Bülow, Renate Westphal-Lorenz | Stars: Evelyn Hamann, Vicco von Bülow, Irm Hermann, Hans-Peter Korff

Votes: 4,464

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: 180,056 | Gross: $7.27M

20. Christiane F. (1981)

R | 138 min | Biography, Drama

This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14-year-old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-story... See full summary »

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Natja Brunckhorst, Eberhard Auriga, Peggy Bussieck, Lothar Chamski

Votes: 19,758

21. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 146,248 | Gross: $1.24M

22. 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: 1,383

23. Manitou's Shoe (2001)

87 min | Comedy, Western

The hilarious adventures of two best friends, Apachi Indian chief Abahachi and cowboy Ranger, in the Wild West.

Director: Michael Herbig | Stars: Michael Herbig, Christian Tramitz, Marie Bäumer, Sky du Mont

Votes: 16,218

24. The Punch Bowl (1944)

97 min | Comedy

A successful writer, home-schooled in his youth, masquerades as a student at a secondary school to experience all the fun and pranks he missed out on.

Director: Helmut Weiss | Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Karin Himboldt, Hilde Sessak, Erich Ponto

Votes: 5,375

25. Generation War (2013)

TV-MA | 270 min | Action, Drama, History

57 Metascore

Five friends go out to war and promise each other to be back for Christmas.

Stars: Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Miriam Stein

Votes: 22,166 | Gross: $0.09M

26. 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: 11,116 | Gross: $0.01M

27. Stromberg - Der Film (2014)

123 min | Comedy

The movie spin-off of the TV series centered around the incompetent boss of a German insurance office.

Director: Arne Feldhusen | Stars: Christoph Maria Herbst, Milena Dreißig, Bjarne Mädel, Diana Staehly

Votes: 6,632

28. Stromberg (2004–2012)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

A comedy centered around the incompetent boss of a German insurance office.

Stars: Christoph Maria Herbst, Oliver Wnuk, Bjarne Mädel, Diana Staehly

Votes: 6,671

29. Türkisch für Anfänger (2012)

105 min | Adventure, Comedy

After a plane crash Lena Schneider finds herself on a remote Andaman island with a teenage turk Cem, full of hormones, his religious sister and Greek Costa.

Director: Bora Dagtekin | Stars: Josefine Preuß, Elyas M'Barek, Anna Stieblich, Adnan Maral

Votes: 7,561

31. 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: 2,820

33. Hell (2011)

R | 89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In the not too distant future, people struggle to survive their greatest enemy, the sun.

Director: Tim Fehlbaum | Stars: Lilo Baur, Marco Calamandrei, Lisa Vicari, Lars Eidinger

Votes: 11,301

34. Das Millionenspiel (1970 TV Movie)

96 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

A candidate in a game show is hunted by three men. He will get a Million DMark, if he survives for a week; the hunters will get the money, if they can kill the candidate. The audience of ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Toelle | Stars: Jörg Pleva, Suzanne Roquette, Dieter Thomas Heck, Theo Fink

Votes: 981

35. Die Kirche bleibt im Dorf (2012)

97 min | Comedy

The enigmatic foreigner knows something in the village church has a special value, but the locals won't allow it to be bought from under their feet quite so easily..

Director: Ulrike Grote | Stars: Natalia Wörner, Karoline Eichhorn, Julia Nachtmann, Christian Pätzold

Votes: 346

36. Suck Me Shakespeer (2013)

119 min | Comedy

A comedy that follows an ex-con who lands a position at a school that sits over the spot where money from one of his earlier robberies was stashed.

Director: Bora Dagtekin | Stars: Elyas M'Barek, Karoline Herfurth, Katja Riemann, Jana Pallaske

Votes: 24,702

37. München 72 - Das Attentat (2012 TV Movie)

90 min | Crime, Drama

The 1972 Olympics should have been a sporting highlight. But then the unthinkable happens. In the early morning of September 5th Palestinian terrorists stormed the Olympic village and invade the quarters of the Israeli delegation.

Director: Dror Zahavi | Stars: Bernadette Heerwagen, Heino Ferch, Felix Klare, Pasquale Aleardi

Votes: 174

38. We Are the Night (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

In Berlin, a cop closes in on an all-female vampire trio who just took in a new member, Lena.

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Karoline Herfurth, Nina Hoss, Jennifer Ulrich, Anna Fischer

Votes: 7,365

39. A Hitman's Solitude Before the Shot (2014)

80 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The over-ambitious Koralnik has a dream job: he is a contract killer for a secret EU programme. But even eight years after his training he still hasn't had a single hit. Bored and ... See full summary »

Director: Florian Mischa Böder | Stars: Benno Fürmann, Mavie Hörbiger, Wolf Roth, Rolf Berg

Votes: 155

40. The Mysterious Magician (1964)

95 min | Crime, Mystery

The sister of a famous, but as yet uncaught, criminal named The Hexer is murdered. Inspector Higgins of Scotland Yard believes that The Hexer will surface to take his revenge on his ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Vohrer | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Heinz Drache, Sophie Hardy, Siegfried Lowitz

Votes: 1,015

41. Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (1972)

Unrated | 92 min | Mystery, Thriller

A woman, a survivor of a failed murder attempt by a person dubbed "The Half-Moon Killer" by the police, and her husband must find the connecting thread between herself, six other women, and... See full summary »

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Antonio Sabato, Uschi Glas, Pier Paolo Capponi, Rossella Falk

Votes: 1,647

42. Face of the Frog (1959)

89 min | Crime, Thriller

Both Scotland Yard and an amateur American sleuth are tracking a master criminal known as The Frog. This moniker refers to the bulging-eyed mask worn by the evildoer, and is reflected by ... See full summary »

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Elfie von Kalckreuth, Jochen Brockmann, Carl Lange

Votes: 801

43. The Devil's Daffodil (1961)

86 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A Chinese detective breaks up a drug smuggling ring and tries to find the "Daffodil Killer". The drug smugglers had devised the ingenious method of smuggling heroin from Hong Kong in the stems of daffodils.

Director: Ákos Ráthonyi | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, William Lucas, Sabine Sesselmann, Penelope Horner

Votes: 390

44. Dead Eyes of London (1961)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Wealthy, heavily insured men are being murdered at an alarming rate. Scotland Yard investigates and finds clues that lead to a ring of blind men, led by a mysterious "reverend."

Director: Alfred Vohrer | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Karin Baal, Dieter Borsche, Wolfgang Lukschy

Votes: 839

45. The Avenger (1960)

Approved | 99 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A maniac is loose in London, decapitating his victims and sending the heads to Scotland Yard.

Director: Karl Anton | Stars: Heinz Drache, Ingrid van Bergen, Benno Sterzenbach, Ina Duscha

Votes: 273

46. Again the Ringer (1965)

95 min | Crime, Drama

Arthur Milton aka Der Hexer (The Magician/Ringer) must return to London after his calling card was left at the scene of a murder he did not commit.

Director: Alfred Vohrer | Stars: Heinz Drache, Barbara Rütting, Brigitte Horney, Margot Trooger

Votes: 503

47. Die Gruft mit dem Rätselschloß (1964)

90 min | Crime, Drama

Mobsters conspire to loot another criminal's treasure secured in an enormous booby-trapped vault.

Director: Franz Josef Gottlieb | Stars: Harald Leipnitz, Judith Dornys, Rudolf Forster, Werner Peters

Votes: 240

48. Der Mann mit dem Glasauge (1969)

PG | 87 min | Crime, Drama

A pool-hall is used as the front for a white slavery ring.

Director: Alfred Vohrer | Stars: Horst Tappert, Karin Hübner, Hubert von Meyerinck, Stefan Behrens

Votes: 224