The best German movies ever!

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1. 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: 130,287 | Gross: $4.06M

2. 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: 19,660

3. 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: 309,708 | Gross: $5.51M

4. 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: 180,420 | Gross: $7.27M

5. 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: 34,204 | Gross: $0.27M

6. 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: 328,336 | Gross: $11.29M

7. Ganz nah bei Dir (2009)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

The lonely bank-employee Phillip follows a strict pattern of somewhat compulsive actions keeping his encounters with strangers to a minimum.

Director: Almut Getto | Stars: Bastian Trost, Moritz Berg, Stephan Bieker, Katja Danowski

Votes: 154

8. Somewhere in Berlin (1946)

77 min | Drama

After WWII, Berlin lies in ruins. For Gustav, Willi and their friends the rubble provides an adventurous, dangerous playground. Especially for Gustav, it helps pass the time, as he longs ... See full summary »

Director: Gerhard Lamprecht | Stars: Charles Brauer, Harry Hindemith, Hedda Sarnow, Fritz Rasp

Votes: 105

9. Krabat and the Legend of the Satanic Mill (2008)

120 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

A boy learns the black arts from an evil sorcerer.

Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner | Stars: David Kross, Christian Redl, Daniel Brühl, Robert Stadlober

Votes: 5,905

10. 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: 33,842 | Gross: $0.48M

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: 87,588 | Gross: $0.14M

12. 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: 96,140

13. Barefoot (2005)

118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Nick, a hedonistic bachelor, falls for an escaped mental patient.

Director: Til Schweiger | Stars: Til Schweiger, Johanna Wokalek, Nadja Tiller, Michael Mendl

Votes: 9,872

14. Four Minutes (2006)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Music

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: 5,966

15. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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: 25,188 | Gross: $0.68M

16. Beyond Silence (1996)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Music

Since the earliest days in her childhood Lara has had a difficult but important task. Both her parents are deaf-mute and Lara has to translate from sign-language to the spoken word and vice... See full summary »

Director: Caroline Link | Stars: Sylvie Testud, Tatjana Trieb, Howie Seago, Emmanuelle Laborit

Votes: 3,925 | Gross: $0.17M

17. Color of the Ocean (2011)

95 min | Drama

A young German tourist tries to help an African refugee and his son to get to the Spanish mainland.

Director: Maggie Peren | Stars: Álex González, Hubert Koundé, Friedrich Mücke, Nathalie Poza

Votes: 219

18. Am Ende kommen Touristen (2007)

85 min | Drama

A civil service worker befriends an elderly concentration camp survivor.

Director: Robert Thalheim | Stars: Alexander Fehling, Ryszard Ronczewski, Barbara Wysocka, Piotr Rogucki

Votes: 998

19. My Words, My Lies - My Love (2009)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

David, a waiter, finds an unpublished manuscript in a dresser drawer. To impress a girl, he claims to be the author. When the novel becomes a best-seller the real author introduces himself in his life and begins to take-over David's life.

Director: Alain Gsponer | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Hannah Herzsprung, Henry Hübchen, Kirsten Block

Votes: 938

21. Einmal Hans mit scharfer Soße (2013)

89 min | Comedy, Drama

Hatice is the older of two daughters of Turkish parents living in Germany. And while their father is open minded and has adapted to the Western lifestyle in most regards, he still stands ... See full summary »

Director: Buket Alakus | Stars: Idil Üner, Adnan Maral, Siir Eloglu, Sesede Terziyan

Votes: 344

22. No Place to Go (2000)

110 min | Drama

Flanders, a famous female author, travels 1989 after the fall of the Berlin wall into the German capital. She is deeply depressed of the events because she saw the communistic states as a ... See full summary »

Director: Oskar Roehler | Stars: Hannelore Elsner, Vadim Glowna, Jasmin Tabatabai, Lars Rudolph

Votes: 755



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