Favourite Germanic films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland

by RogerTheMovieManiac88 | created - 10 months ago | updated - 10 months ago | Public

A selection of my most cherished titles from these three countries. I have also drawn upon my favourites from East Germany and West Germany. Unranked apart from my No. 1.

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1. Homecoming (1928)

Passed | 78 min | Drama, Romance, War

Following World War I, after a long imprisonment, two German prisoner-of-war soldiers escape from a Siberian lead-mine. Karl manages to reach Germany before Richard, and is sheltered by ... See full summary »

Director: Joe May | Stars: Lars Hanson, Dita Parlo, Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos

Votes: 144

2. Asphalt (1929)

90 min | Drama

Joe May's sensual drama of life in the Berlin underworld is in many ways the perfect summation of German filmmaking in the silent era: a dazzling visual style, a psychological approach to ... See full summary »

Director: Joe May | Stars: Albert Steinrück, Else Heller, Gustav Fröhlich, Betty Amann

Votes: 1,271

3. 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: 146,308 | Gross: $1.24M

4. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)

R | 120 min | Drama

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: 11,055

5. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Not Rated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover

Votes: 50,418

6. Passage à l'acte (1993)

12 min | Short, Comedy

An avant-garde sonic and visual reediting of a short clip from the classic 1962 film "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Director: Martin Arnold | Stars: Phillip Alford, Mary Badham, Gregory Peck

Votes: 291

7. Fast Film (2003)

14 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Bits of found film and different types of animation illustrate a classic chase scene scenario: A woman is abducted and a man comes to her rescue, but during their escape they find themselves in the enemy's secret headquarters.

Director: Virgil Widrich

Votes: 958

8. Stars (1959)

91 min | War, Drama

The tragic love of the Jewish girl and the Nazi officer is presented as a symbol of human purity defeated by fascism and racial prejudice.

Director: Konrad Wolf | Stars: Sasha Krusharska, Jürgen Frohriep, Erik S. Klein, Stefan Pejchev

Votes: 316

9. Masquerade in Vienna (1934)

90 min | Comedy, Romance

Vienna 1905: After a carnival party the famous painter Heidenick draws his otherwise engaged girlfriend Anita Helfer with very few clothes on, only blurs her face. The image makes it into ... See full summary »

Director: Willi Forst | Stars: Paula Wessely, Anton Walbrook, Peter Petersen, Walter Janssen

Votes: 250

10. Nosferatu (1922)

Not Rated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror

Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder

Votes: 81,552

12. Vampyr (1932)

Not Rated | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror

A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel, Sybille Schmitz

Votes: 14,040

13. 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: 308,898 | Gross: $5.51M

14. 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: 130,119 | Gross: $0.03M

15. Phoenix (II) (2014)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, History, Music

89 Metascore

A disfigured Holocaust survivor sets out to determine if the man she loved betrayed her trust.

Director: Christian Petzold | Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, Trystan Pütter

Votes: 14,872

16. Gestalt (2003)

5 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Thorsten Fleisch

Votes: 21

17. To the Happy Few (2003)

4 min | Short

This award-winning short color films include a wide range of images, which include animated and black and white footage. The film rapidly cuts between scenes. Some of the depictions could be judged as shocking or offensive by some.

Directors: Thomas Draschan, Stella Friedrichs

Votes: 55

18. Copy Shop (2001)

12 min | Drama, Short, Comedy

Unknowingly, a copy shop employee sets off a bizarre series of events with utterly unforeseen consequences.

Director: Virgil Widrich | Stars: Johannes Silberschneider, Elisabeth Ebner-Haid

Votes: 1,600

19. Opus IV (1925)

4 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Walter Ruttmann

Votes: 291

20. Opus III (1924)

3 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Walter Ruttmann

Votes: 300

21. Opus II (1921)

4 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Walter Ruttmann

Votes: 285

23. Muratti privat (1935)

3 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Oskar Fischinger

Votes: 44

24. Wachsexperimente (1927)

6 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Oskar Fischinger

Votes: 123

25. Kreise (1933)

3 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Oskar Fischinger

Votes: 168

26. 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: 13,508 | Gross: $0.97M

27. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 213,030 | Gross: $11.49M

29. Adebar (1957)

2 min | Short

An early experimental short film produced by Peter Kubelka.

Director: Peter Kubelka

Votes: 595

30. 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: 12,969

31. Arnulf Rainer (1960)

7 min | Short

An experimental short from Peter Kubelka in which the film flickers between periods of light and sound.

Director: Peter Kubelka

Votes: 762

32. Koloto: Fay (2016 Video)

3 min | Animation, Short, Music

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Director: Sabine Volkert

Votes: 6

33. Erlking (2015)

5 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Georges Schwizgebel

Votes: 16

34. The Exquisite Corpus (2015)

18 min | Documentary, Short

A sunbathing woman has a phantasmagoric vision of ecstasy, derived from various found footage sources.

Director: Peter Tscherkassky

Votes: 264

35. The Nightmare (2015)

92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After attending a rave party, a teenage girl forms a bond with a strange monster as she suffers a slow chaotic mental breakdown.

Director: Akiz | Stars: Carolyn Genzkow, Sina Tkotsch, Wilson Gonzalez, Arnd Klawitter

Votes: 2,301

37. Walk the Dog (2014)

3 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

A woman walks her dog in the park, where she meets a man she would have liked to avoid.

Director: Sonja Rohleder

Votes: 21

38. Stations of the Cross (2014)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama

68 Metascore

Fourteen-year-old Maria is a fundamentalist Catholic, living her life in a modern fashion, yet her heart belongs to Jesus. She wants to be a saint and go to heaven. No one, not even a nice boy she meets, can stop her in this goal.

Director: Dietrich Brüggemann | Stars: Lea van Acken, Franziska Weisz, Florian Stetter, Lucie Aron

Votes: 3,824

39. Der Rabe (1951)

14 min | Short, Horror

A black and white short depicting the events written by Edgar Allan Poe in his famous poem "The Raven".

Director: Kurt Steinwendner | Stars: Leopold Rudolf, Margit Jergins

Votes: 82

40. Unsere Afrikareise (1966)

13 min | Short

A trip to Africa is edited into a brief documentary without continuity between sound and image or story and time.

Director: Peter Kubelka

Votes: 638

41. Outer Space (1999)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Horror

Footage from The Entity (1980) is edited into an abstract nightmare.

Director: Peter Tscherkassky | Star: Barbara Hershey

Votes: 1,555

43. Überfall (1928)

21 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A coin found on the street turns out to be unlucky for those who attempt to possess it.

Director: Ernö Metzner | Stars: Heinrich Gotho, Eva Schmid-Kayser, Sybille Schmitz, Alfred Loretto

Votes: 350

44. In July (2000)

99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

71 Metascore

A young, insecure teacher embarks on a journey through Europe to Turkey, where he wants to see a woman again whom he believes to be his fate.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christiane Paul, Mehmet Kurtulus, Idil Üner

Votes: 19,613

45. Walpurgis Night (2016)

5 min | Short, Horror

Lovesick, a young maiden summons heavens and hell for aid, but only the devil hears her.

Director: Patrick Müller

Votes: 17

46. The Last Laugh (1924)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

An aging doorman, after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbours and society.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller, Emilie Kurz

Votes: 11,194 | Gross: $0.09M

47. 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: 63,333 | Gross: $2.22M

48. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

PG | 107 min | Horror

Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor

Votes: 29,206