Austrian Films - personal recommendations

by maxi13 | created - 13 Jan 2016 | updated - 23 Sep 2016 | Public

This list is not ranked! it is listed by subjects.

I. Michael Haneke (more adult movies): No. 1-3 II. Michael Haneke (controversial and fierce movies): No. 4+5 III. "Angst": another controversial Austrian film: No. 6 IV. Ulrich Seidl V. other films; some are even more mainstream VI. Documentaries (Austrian directors made a lot of extraordinary good docus, so they have to be listed here. Even though i am not so much in this genre, these films are really highlights. internationally!) VII. typical Austrian comedies (would be good if you are fluent in Austrian german, cause Austrian comedies depend a lot on speech). VIII. non-Austrian films with extraordinary good performances by an Austrian actor or actress.

 Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc
  • Instant Watch Options
  • Genres
  • Movies or TV
  • IMDb Rating
  • In Theaters
  • On TV
  • Release Year
  • Keywords



IMDb user rating (average) to
Number of votes to »




Reset



Reset
Release year or range to »




































































































1. Amour (2012)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud

Votes: 85,680 | Gross: $6.74M

Haneke is a director whose films are much more "Arthouse" than entertainment. they are not easy to consume, but this is one of those films which is also not shocking. it has a more adult feeling.

This film got an Oscar, a Golden Globe and the Palme d'Or in Cannes

2. The Piano Teacher (2001)

R | 131 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel, Susanne Lothar

Votes: 50,157 | Gross: $1.90M

Haneke is a director whose films are much more "Arthouse" than entertainment. they are not easy to consume, but this is one of those films which is also not that much shocking, just a little bit. it has a more adult feeling.

This film won 3 prizes in Cannes.

3. The White Ribbon (2009)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, Mystery

82 Metascore

Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible?

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 63,339 | Gross: $2.22M

Haneke is a director whose films are much more "Arthouse" than entertainment. they are not easy to consume, but this is one of those films which is also not shocking. it has a more adult feeling.

This film was nominated for an Oscar, won a Golden Globe and 4 prizes in Cannes.

4. Funny Games (1997)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch, Frank Giering

Votes: 57,422

"funny games" is really hard stuff. it's shocking and very popular at a younger audience.

was nominated for the Palme d'Or in Cannes.

5. Benny's Video (1992)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

A 14-year-old video enthusiast is so caught up in film fantasy that he can no longer relate to the real world, to such an extent that he commits murder and records an on-camera confession for his parents.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Arno Frisch, Angela Winkler, Ulrich Mühe, Ingrid Stassner

Votes: 12,418

"Bennys Video" is also hard stuff and shocking. controversial

6. Angst (I) (1983)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A troubled man gets released from prison and starts taking out his sadistic fantasies on an unsuspecting family living in a secluded house.

Director: Gerald Kargl | Stars: Erwin Leder, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Silvia Ryder, Karin Springer

Votes: 6,933

If you like "Funny Games" and "Bennys Video" there is a good chance that you also like this one. also very shocking and controversial, even its not a Haneke film. if you think about the time this one was made, it is VERY progressive. It got banned in many countries.

7. Dog Days (2001)

R | 121 min | Drama

66 Metascore

In a suburb of Vienna during some hot summer days: A teacher who is in bondage to a sleazy pimp, a very importunate hitchhiker, a private detective on the run for some car vandals, a couple... See full summary »

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Maria Hofstätter, Christine Jirku, Viktor Hennemann, Georg Friedrich

Votes: 5,628 | Gross: $0.01M

Ulrich Seidl is the second very important director in Austria today. The feeling of his movies is very much an Austrian or sometimes even eastern european one. this one is mostly about austrian white trash people. You like it - or you hate it! hard to consume and very unique. I've chosen 2 films which i think are good to get an insight in his works. Ulrich Seidls films are somewhat misanthropic, so if you are someone who loves and need happy ends and if you are just optimistic and never pessimistic you maybe shouldnt even try his films

This film won the Grand Special Jury Prize in Venice.

8. Import Export (2007)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama

A nurse from Ukraine searches for a better life in the West, while an unemployed security guard from Austria heads East for the same reason.

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Ekateryna Rak, Lidiya Oleksandrivna Savka, Oksana Ivanivna Sklyarenko, Dmytro Andriyovich Gachkov

Votes: 5,092

Ulrich Seidl is the second very important director in Austria today. The feeling of his movies is very much an Austrian or sometimes even eastern european one. You like it - or you hate it! hard to consume and very unique. I've chosen 2 films which i think are good to get an insight in his works. Ulrich Seidls films are somewhat misanthropic, so if you are someone who loves and need happy ends and if you are just optimistic and never pessimistic you maybe shouldnt even try his films

9. The Counterfeiters (2007)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, War

78 Metascore

The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII.

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky | Stars: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach

Votes: 41,171 | Gross: $5.48M

this film got an Oscar, so it is somewhat entertaining and much more easy to watch than the most others listed here.

10. Revanche (2008)

Not Rated | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

Ex-con Alex plans to flee to the South with his girl after a robbery. But something terrible happens and revenge seems inevitable.

Director: Götz Spielmann | Stars: Johannes Krisch, Irina Potapenko, Andreas Lust, Ursula Strauss

Votes: 12,970

its a mixture of mainstream and arthouse, so it sits between these chairs, which is a problem, but its a good movie and you have to be concentrated to realize the picture language he is sometimes using. very european/austrian

This film was nominated for an Oscar.

11. Slumming (2006)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

Two yuppies play mean tricks on one another until one joke has fatal consequences.

Director: Michael Glawogger | Stars: Paulus Manker, August Diehl, Michael Ostrowski, Pia Hierzegger

Votes: 765

"Slumming" must be listed here, even if it would be just for the first scene which is so intense and great. though the film isn't that strong as the first scene is, its still a very good movie. very european/austrian

12. Breathing (2011)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

66 Metascore

Through his work at a morgue, an incarcerated young man trying to build a new life starts to come to terms with the crime he committed.

Director: Karl Markovics | Stars: Thomas Schubert, Karin Lischka, Georg Friedrich, Gerhard Liebmann

Votes: 2,636 | Gross: $0.00M

arthouse/underground audience can give this one a try. very european/austrian

13. 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: 10,785

is an Austrian alps Western. Its a mainstream film, but nice to watch, though its not an extraordinary amazing Western, you will be entertained enough. i wouldnt say its a favorite of mine, but there should be at least one easy to consume film and this one is a good/okay film

14. We Feed the World (2005)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A look at how the world's food is produced and how mass production changes the environment and the lives of people.

Director: Erwin Wagenhofer | Stars: Jean Ziegler, Peter Brabeck, Karl Otrok

Votes: 2,363

15. Empire Me: New Worlds Are Happening! (2011)

100 min | Documentary

Handmade utopias - a filmic search for the worldwide phenomenon of the micronation movement. Do-it-yourself states that have distanced themselves from the economic and political ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Poet | Stars: John Rinaldi, Paul Poet, Dark Dark Dark, Caledonia Curry

Votes: 143

16. Darwin's Nightmare (2004)

107 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

A documentary on the effect of fishing the Nile perch in Tanzania's Lake Victoria. The predatory fish, which has wiped out the native species, is sold in European supermarkets, while starving Tanzanian families have to make do with the leftovers.

Director: Hubert Sauper | Stars: Elizabeth 'Eliza' Maganga Nsese, Raphael Tukiko Wagara, Dimond Remtulia, Marcus Nyoni

Votes: 5,226 | Gross: $0.20M

was nominated for an Oscar

17. Megacities (1998)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

A look at the people who live precariously, but with an unusual level of resourcefulness and imagination, in four gigantic urban agglomerations: Mumbai, New York City, Moscow and Mexico City.

Director: Michael Glawogger

Votes: 767

18. Plastic Planet (2009)

TV-G | 95 min | Documentary

55 Metascore

Werner Boote presents an up-close and personal view of the controversial and fascinating material that has found its way into every facet of our daily lives: plastic. He takes us on a ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Boote | Stars: Werner Boote, John Taylor, Peter Lieberzeit, Marques Brown

Votes: 1,120 | Gross: $0.00M

19. Let's Make Money (2008)

110 min | Documentary

Most of us don't know where their money is. However, one thing is for certain, it's is not in the bank to which we entrusted it. The bank and our money is already a part of the cycle of the global money market.

Director: Erwin Wagenhofer | Stars: Mark Mobius, Mirko Kovats, K. Sujatha Raaju, Gerhard Schwarz

Votes: 1,651

20. Der Bockerer (1981)

104 min | Drama, History

A politically naive Viennese butcher (Bockerer) manages to survive the Nazi occupation of Austria and the second world war.

Director: Franz Antel | Stars: Karl Merkatz, Alfred Böhm, Hans Holt, Marte Harell

Votes: 816

I am afraid that all this 3 films ("Bockerer", "Muttertag" and "Immer nie am Meer") are not understandable by non german speakers. I dont even know if there exist subtitles. All 3 are more or less comedies and these Austrian films are depending very much on the language. Anyway! You can give it a try if you are really interested in Austrians soul and (unique) humor.

21. Mother's Day (1994)

95 min | Comedy

A satirical take on the life of a family in a public housing complex in Vienna as they prepare for Mother's Day.

Director: Harald Sicheritz | Stars: Alfred Dorfer, Reinhard Nowak, Andrea Händler, Eva Billisich

Votes: 1,857

I am afraid that all this 3 films ("Bockerer", "Muttertag" and "Immer nie am Meer") are not understandable by non german speakers. I dont even know if there exist subtitles. All 3 are more or less comedies and these Austrian films are depending very much on the language. Anyway! You can give it a try if you are really interested in Austrians soul and (unique) humor.

I am afraid that all this 3 films ("Bockerer", "Muttertag" and "Immer nie am Meer") are not understandable by non german speakers. I dont even know if there exist subtitles. All 3 are more or less comedies and these Austrian films are depending very much on the language. Anyway! You can give it a try if you are really interested in Austrians soul and (unique) humor.

23. Contact High (2009)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy

An episodic comedy that follows the lives of four men living in Vienna.

Director: Michael Glawogger | Stars: Michael Ostrowski, Raimund Wallisch, Alexis Santiago Hernandez, Victor Varnado

Votes: 1,120

24. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,140,259 | Gross: $120.54M

Christoph Waltz as the Nazi Lauda was maybe the most astonishing actors performance in the last decades. If you have seen this movie you will never forget this character. amazing!

25. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

Votes: 130,137 | Gross: $0.03M

Peter Lorre was THE villain in cinema.

(btw.: the director of this film was also Austrian before he moved to the USA)

26. Mephisto (1981)

Unrated | 144 min | Drama

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: 8,645

Klaus Maria Brandauer is a famous Actor in Austria. Internationally he is for sure much more famous for his role in "Out of Africa" (nominated for an Oscar) but his mask in this film is just unforgettable and reminds on his career as theater actor.

27. The Cardinal (1963)

Approved | 175 min | Drama, History, War

A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Naziism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Tom Tryon, John Huston, Romy Schneider, Carol Lynley

Votes: 2,146

Romy Schneider got international attention with this, though there are a lot of remarkable films by her

(btw.: Otto Preminger, the director of this film, was also Austrian before he moved to the USA)

28. Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring

Votes: 38,705

Oskar Werner is an incredible actor, though its maybe not his best film its the one i like most. You have to hear his original german voice! though… i think he is not dubbed in the english version of this film. don't know! i love the german one.

29. Goodnight Mommy (2014)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don't recognize.

Directors: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz | Stars: Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz, Susanne Wuest, Hans Escher

Votes: 36,331 | Gross: $1.17M



Recently Viewed