German Cinema

by Sublevel4 | created - 08 Feb 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

A list of all the films I have seen that were in German, not necessarily from Germany tho. As always, recommendations are welcome.

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1. 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: 142,902 | Gross: $1.24M

2. 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: 127,085 | Gross: $0.03M

3. 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: 208,895 | Gross: $11.49M

4. Epilogue (I) (1992)

13 min | Short

Sadly, there is nothing more left between Nadja and her husband, and as a grim epilogue, Rainer has to pack and go. But even now, is there a chance to salvage what's left of their tattered marriage?

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Isis Krüger, Thomas Wolff

Votes: 635

5. 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: 178,928 | Gross: $7.27M

6. 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: 1,593

7. 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: 128,982 | Gross: $4.06M

8. 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: 304,363 | Gross: $5.51M

9. 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: 321,707 | Gross: $11.29M

10. North Face (2008)

Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

67 Metascore

Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation's ... See full summary »

Director: Philipp Stölzl | Stars: Benno Fürmann, Florian Lukas, Johanna Wokalek, Simon Schwarz

Votes: 13,609 | Gross: $0.71M

11. Nanga Parbat (2010)

104 min | Biography, Drama

Drama about the tragic Nanga Parbat expedition by the two Messner brothers in 1970, on which Reinhold Messners younger brother Günther died.

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier | Stars: Florian Stetter, Andreas Tobias, Karl Markovics, Steffen Schroeder

Votes: 1,502

12. Cargo (2009)

112 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Dr. Laura P. takes a job on a cargo spaceship for 4 years plus 4 years back. She'll join her sister on Rhea. 44 months later, in Laura's shift, strange things happen in cargo. The crew is reanimated and the captain dies mysteriously.

Directors: Ivan Engler, Ralph Etter | Stars: Anna Katharina Schwabroh, Martin Rapold, Regula Grauwiller, Yangzom Brauen

Votes: 17,908

13. Mogadischu (2008 TV Movie)

90 min | Crime, Drama

In 1977, skyjackers abduct Lufthansa Flight 181, subsequently involving Germany's special operations unit GSG 9 to free all the hostages.

Director: Roland Suso Richter | Stars: Thomas Kretschmann, Nadja Uhl, Saïd Taghmaoui, Herbert Knaup

Votes: 1,147

14. Playoff (2011)

107 min | Drama, Sport

Playoff tells the story of legendary Israeli basketball coach Ralph Klein. He became a national hero, when he made Maccabi Tel Aviv into European Champions in the late Seventies, one of ... See full summary »

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Danny Huston, Amira Casar, Mark Waschke, Max Riemelt

Votes: 248

15. Baader (2002)

115 min | Action, Biography, Crime

Andreas Baader starts out as a small-time criminal. In Berlin, he is recruited by a revolutionary cell. They plan to overthrow the state.

Director: Christopher Roth | Stars: Frank Giering, Laura Tonke, Vadim Glowna, Can Taylanlar

Votes: 698

16. 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: 33,504 | Gross: $0.48M

17. The Edukators (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama, Romance

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: 29,481 | Gross: $0.18M

18. Funny Games (1997)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

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: 56,313

19. 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: 19,458

20. 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: 86,985 | Gross: $0.14M

21. As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)

TV-G | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

At the end of WW2, a German POW doing hard labor in the Soviet Gulag escapes from his Siberian camp to return to Germany but he's pursued by a Soviet NKVD officer.

Director: Hardy Martins | Stars: Bernhard Bettermann, Iris Böhm, Anatoliy Kotenyov, Michael Mendl

Votes: 6,044

22. 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: 24,954 | Gross: $0.68M

23. Paradise: Love (2012)

Unrated | 120 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Teresa, a fifty-year-old Austrian mother, travels to the paradise of the beaches of Kenya, seeking out love from African boys. But she must confront the hard truth that on the beaches of Kenya, love is a business.

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Margarete Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Maux, Dunja Sowinetz

Votes: 7,658 | Gross: $0.02M

24. Paradise: Faith (2012)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A single woman in her 50's devotes her vacations to doing Catholic missionary work in Vienna, descending into violent self-punishment as part of her faith.

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Maria Hofstätter, Nabil Saleh, René Rupnik, Natalya Baranova

Votes: 3,800 | Gross: $0.01M

25. Paradise: Hope (2013)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama

78 Metascore

The final installment in Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy, 'Paradise: Hope' tells the story of overweight thirteen-year-old Melanie and her first love. While her mother travels to Kenya ('... See full summary »

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Melanie Lenz, Verena Lehbauer, Joseph Lorenz, Michael Thomas

Votes: 3,777 | Gross: $0.01M

26. Nowhere in Africa (2001)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930s Kenya.

Director: Caroline Link | Stars: Juliane Köhler, Merab Ninidze, Matthias Habich, Sidede Onyulo

Votes: 11,735 | Gross: $6.17M

27. Stalingrad (1993)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, War

The story follows a group of German soldiers, from their Italian R&R in the summer of 1942 to the frozen steppes of Soviet Russia and ending with the battle for Stalingrad.

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier | Stars: Dominique Horwitz, Thomas Kretschmann, Jochen Nickel, Sebastian Rudolph

Votes: 28,065 | Gross: $0.08M

28. Wetlands (2013)

Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

The adventures of an eccentric girl who has strange attitudes towards hygiene and sexuality longs for the reunion of her divorced parents.

Director: David Wnendt | Stars: Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Marlen Kruse, Meret Becker

Votes: 10,299 | Gross: $0.06M

29. 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: 33,868 | Gross: $0.27M

30. Labyrinth of Lies (2014)

R | 124 min | Drama, History

62 Metascore

A story that exposes the conspiracy of prominent German institutions and government branches to cover up the crimes of Nazis during World War II.

Director: Giulio Ricciarelli | Stars: André Szymanski, Alexander Fehling, Friederike Becht, Johannes Krisch

Votes: 10,395 | Gross: $0.79M

31. 13 Minutes (2015)

R | 114 min | Biography, Drama, War

58 Metascore

In November 1939, Georg Elser's attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler fails, and he is arrested. During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaußner, Johann von Bülow

Votes: 7,210 | Gross: $0.16M

32. The People vs. Fritz Bauer (2015)

R | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

The story of the man who brought high-ranking German Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice.

Director: Lars Kraume | Stars: Rüdiger Klink, Burghart Klaußner, Andrej Kaminsky, Jörg Schüttauf

Votes: 3,532 | Gross: $0.28M

33. Berlin Syndrome (2017)

R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

70 Metascore

A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship, when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.

Director: Cate Shortland | Stars: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich, Emma Bading

Votes: 18,497 | Gross: $0.03M

34. Animals United (2010)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A group of animals waiting for the annual flood they rely on for food and water discover that the humans, who have been destroying their habitats have built a dam for a leisure resort.

Directors: Reinhard Klooss, Holger Tappe | Stars: James Corden, Stephen Fry, Andy Serkis, Dawn French

Votes: 5,329

35. Singing the Blues in Red (1986)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A singer swaps the political intimidation of working in East Germany for the equally controlling capitalist music industry in the West.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Gerulf Pannach, Fabienne Babe, Sigfrit Steiner, Cristine Rose

Votes: 388

36. Berlin '36 (2009)

100 min | Drama

45 Metascore

In the days leading up to the 1936 Olympics, the fate of high jumper Gretel Bergmann hangs in the balance as it is decided whether or not a Jewish athlete can be a part of the German Olympic team.

Director: Kaspar Heidelbach | Stars: Karoline Herfurth, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Axel Prahl, Robert Gallinowski

Votes: 764

37. About a Girl (2014)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

Charleen, 15, quick-witted and sassy, is Kurt Cobain's biggest fan and wonders why 'growing up' has to be so complicated. One day, feeling especially melodramatic and rebellious, she ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Monheim | Stars: Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Heike Makatsch, Aurel Manthei, Simon Schwarz

Votes: 661

38. 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: 4,633

39. LenaLove (2016)

95 min | Drama, Thriller

When her life crumbles around her, teenager Lena loses herself in the depths of the internet and social media, as she begins to chat with the mysterious Noah.

Director: Florian Gaag | Stars: Emilia Schüle, Jannik Schümann, Kyra Sophia Kahre, Sina Tkotsch

Votes: 325

40. In the Fade (2017)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

Katja's life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. After a time of mourning and injustice, Katja seeks revenge.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Numan Acar, Adam Bousdoukos, Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto

Votes: 21,885 | Gross: $0.32M

41. Jester Till (2003)

Not Rated | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

In this brand new adventure tale, Jester Till is on his way to the city to visit his grandfather, the slightly absent-minded wizard Marcus. The old man brews up a magical happiness potion ... See full summary »

Director: Eberhard Junkersdorf | Stars: Benedict Weber, Veronica Ferres, Mario Adorf, Christian Tramitz

Votes: 204

42. Luis & the Aliens (2018)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

46 Metascore

An 11-year-old boy befriends three aliens after they crash their spaceship into his house.

Directors: Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein, Sean McCormack | Stars: Callum Maloney, Dermot Magennis, Ian Coppinger, Paul Tylak

Votes: 1,285 | Gross: $0.15M

43. Goodbye Berlin (2016)

93 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Two young teenage boys steal a car and embark on a road trip that will probably change their lives.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Tristan Göbel, Aniya Wendel, Justina Humpf, Paul Busche

Votes: 6,896



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