German Films after 1945

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RELATED LISTS German Films: Early classics 15 movies of Karl Valentin UFA Pictures (1933-1945)

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1. Peter Voss, der Millionendieb (1946)

91 min | Comedy, Crime

A rich girl, about to become of age, decides to withdraw all her money from a bank. The sum is much larger than the bank can afford, at that particular time, so Peter Voss, a bank employee,... See full summary »

Director: Karl Anton | Stars: Viktor de Kowa, Else von Möllendorff, Karl Schönböck, Hans Leibelt

Votes: 29

2. Die Fledermaus (1946)

100 min | Comedy, Romance

The plot from the famous Johann Strauss operetta adapted as a comedy film with most of the songs left out.

Director: Géza von Bolváry | Stars: Marte Harell, Johannes Heesters, Will Dohm, Willy Fritsch

Votes: 88

3. Murderers Among Us (1946)

85 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

After returning from a concentration camp, Susanne finds an ex-soldier living in her apartment. Together the two try to move past their experiences during WWII.

Director: Wolfgang Staudte | Stars: Hildegard Knef, Elly Burgmer, Erna Sellmer, Hilde Adolphi

Votes: 1,821

4. Under the Bridges (1946)

99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two barge skippers fall in love with the same woman.

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: Hannelore Schroth, Carl Raddatz, Gustav Knuth, Margarete Haagen

Votes: 596

5. Morituri (1948)

88 min | Drama, War

As the end of the Second World War approaches and the Soviet Red Army is advancing, a group of concentration camp inmates is helped to escape by a Polish doctor. They hide in a wood where ... See full summary »

Director: Eugen York | Stars: Lotte Koch, Hilde Körber, Winnie Markus, Catja Görna

Votes: 53

6. Film Without a Name (1948)

79 min | Comedy, Romance

A screenwriter comes up with a story about an affair between a maid and her employer

Director: Rudolf Jugert | Stars: Hans Söhnker, Hildegard Knef, Irene von Meyendorff, Erich Ponto

Votes: 157

7. The Berliner (1948)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Musical

After he has luckily survived the war, Otto tries to build up his new life in the remains of Berlin.

Director: Robert A. Stemmle | Stars: Gert Fröbe, Tatjana Sais, Ute Sielisch, Aribert Wäscher

Votes: 122

8. The Angel with the Trumpet (1948)

138 min | Drama, History

A long time-span of Austrian history (from the late 19th century to the years after world war II) is reflected in the ups and downs of a family of piano-makers in Vienna.

Director: Karl Hartl | Stars: Paula Wessely, Helene Thimig, Hedwig Bleibtreu, Alma Seidler

Votes: 69

9. The Marriage of Figaro (1949)

95 min | Musical, Romance

Shortly after WWII, the DEFA Studios produced a series of operas and operettas which belonged to the classical German musical heritage. This enchanting film, the very first opera production... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wildhagen | Stars: Angelika Hauff, Willy Domgraf-Fassbaender, Sabine Peters, Mathieu Ahlersmeyer

Votes: 11

10. Love' 47 (1949)

118 min | Drama, Romance

A young man and a woman about to commit suicide by jumping into a river, recount to each other their experiences of the Second World War and the struggles of the immediate post-war situation.

Director: Wolfgang Liebeneiner | Stars: Dieter Horn, Hilde Krahl, Sylvia Schwarz, Karl John

Votes: 58

13. Heart of Stone (1950)

106 min | Family, Fantasy, Romance

Peter Munk, a poor charcoal burner, lives with his mother in The Black Forest. Poverty prevents him from marrying Lisbeth, the girl he loves. When he comes across the Little Glass Man, the ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Lutz Moik, Hanna Rucker, Paul Bildt, Paul Esser

Votes: 465

14. Der Verlorene (1951)

98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

German scientist murders his fiancée during World War II when he learns that she has been selling the results of his secret research to the enemy.

Director: Peter Lorre | Stars: Peter Lorre, Karl John, Helmuth Rudolph, Johanna Hofer

Votes: 836

16. Man of Straw (1951)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

Diederich Heßling is scared of everything and everyone. But as he grows up, he comes to realize that he has to offer his services to the powers-that-be if he wants to wield power himself. ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Staudte | Stars: Werner Peters, Paul Esser, Renate Fischer, Ernst Legal

Votes: 716

17. Emil und die Detektive (1954)

90 min | Adventure, Family

Emil goes to Berlin to see his grandmother with a large amount of money and is offered sweets by a strange man that make him sleep. He wakes up at his stop with no money. It is up to him and a group of children to save the day.

Director: Robert A. Stemmle | Stars: Peter Finkbeiner, Heli Finkenzeller, Wolfgang Lukschy, Kurt Meisel

Votes: 239

18. Desires (1952)

97 min | Drama

During the Salzburg Festival a drug-addicted ballerina tries everything to get some morphine in her hands. She put her moves on a young pharmacist, Hans Falkner (O.W. Fischer) and almost ... See full summary »

Director: Rolf Hansen | Stars: Heidemarie Hatheyer, O.W. Fischer, Sybil Werden, René Deltgen

Votes: 9

19. The Last Bridge (1954)

102 min | Drama, War

A German nurse gets sent to the front because she gives medical aid to a wounded Serbian partisan during World War II.

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: Maria Schell, Bernhard Wicki, Barbara Rütting, Carl Möhner

Votes: 316

20. A Love Story (1954)

97 min | Drama, Romance

During a New Year's Eve ball, Jost von Fredersdorff a Prussian cavalry officer falls in love Lili, the lover of his superior. When they decide to get married, their plans are opposed by ... See full summary »

Director: Rudolf Jugert | Stars: Hildegard Knef, O.W. Fischer, Viktor de Kowa, Karl Ludwig Diehl

Votes: 6

21. 08/15 (1954)

95 min | Drama, War

Shortly before the outbreak of World War II: Private Asch and gunner Vierbein belong to the same unit but could not be more contrary.

Director: Paul May | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Helen Vita, Paul Bösiger, Emmerich Schrenk

Votes: 343

22. Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs (1955)

115 min | Biography, Drama, History

King Ludwig II of Bavaria is frustrated, having to accept parliament's will to join Bismarck, rather he his cultured Habsburg friends, in wars. His love-life being as fruitless, he seeks ... See full summary »

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: O.W. Fischer, Marianne Koch, Paul Bildt, Friedrich Domin

Votes: 253

23. Sons, Mothers and a General (1955)

110 min | Drama, War

As Germany's fortunes in the latter part of World War II wane, several young boys, in their enthusiasm to do something "for the fatherland", volunteer to fight with the German army in the ... See full summary »

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Hilde Krahl, Therese Giehse, Ursula Herking, Alice Treff

Votes: 100

24. The Devil's General (1955)

117 min | Drama, War

1941, the Third Reich seems to be winning the war. Luftwaffe (air force) general Harry Harras enjoys the good life as highly respected technician and Berlin ministry/ HQ official. However ... See full summary »

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: Curd Jürgens, Viktor de Kowa, Karl John, Marianne Koch

Votes: 970

25. Sky Without Stars (1955)

105 min | Romance, Drama

A border police officer helps a woman cross between West and East Germany with her son. Despite being increasingly united by love, the distance between them increases as border security tightens.

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: Erik Schumann, Eva Kotthaus, Georg Thomalla, Gustav Knuth

Votes: 179

26. The Life and Loves of Mozart (1955)

Not Rated | 87 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Explores the mental state of Mozart during production of his final opera "Die Zauberflöte".

Director: Karl Hartl | Stars: Oskar Werner, Johanna Matz, Gertrud Kückelmann, Nadja Tiller

Votes: 76

27. The Captain from Köpenick (1956)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

A young shoemaker is arrested for stealing a small amount of money, and is released after being jailed for 15 years. He wants to have a pass to get a job and start anew, but without a job ... See full summary »

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Martin Held, Hannelore Schroth, Willy A. Kleinau

Votes: 1,397

28. The Girl from Flanders (1956)

105 min | Drama, Romance

A love story between a German soldier and a young Flemish woman amidst World War I.

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: Nicole Berger, Maximilian Schell, Viktor de Kowa, Friedrich Domin

Votes: 49

29. Ich suche dich (1956)

95 min | Drama

The young, religious Dr. Francoise Maurer comes from Alsace in "Good Hope" Sanatorium and plans after a short time to leave the sanatorium and go to Indochina to help out in a hospital for the poorest ones.

Director: O.W. Fischer | Stars: O.W. Fischer, Anouk Aimée, Nadja Tiller, Otto Brüggemann

Votes: 48

30. Ballerina (1956)

95 min | Drama, Music

Kostja has created a ballet "The Bolero" (Ravel) for the famous ballet dancer Bettina, who is in love with him. But when Bettina gets polio, and lovely Irene should be her substitute,she is desperate. Will she ever dance and love again?

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Willy Birgel, Elisabeth Müller, Ivan Desny, Eva Kerbler

Votes: 13

32. The Glass Tower (1957)

104 min | Drama

Marital problems of a couple lead to a mysterious death.

Director: Harald Braun | Stars: Lilli Palmer, O.E. Hasse, Peter van Eyck, Brigitte Horney

Votes: 54

33. The Singing Ringing Tree (1957)

74 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A brave prince wants to win the heart of a stubborn princess by finding the singing, ringing tree for her. He finally locates it in the magical realm of an evil dwarf who offers him a deal:... See full summary »

Director: Francesco Stefani | Stars: Christel Bodenstein, Charles Hans Vogt, Eckart Dux, Richard Krüger

Votes: 672

34. It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958)

97 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

Having doubts about the guilt of the obvious suspect in the murder of an eight year old girl, a police detective decides to investigate the case on his own.

Director: Ladislao Vajda | Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Sigfrit Steiner, Siegfried Lowitz, Michel Simon

Votes: 4,035

35. Arms and the Man (1958)

96 min | Comedy, Romance

1865: Swiss captain Bluntschli fights as mercenary in the war between Bulgaria and Serbia. When his group's attacked by a few Bulgarian troopers, he learns that he's got the wrong ... See full summary »

Director: Franz Peter Wirth | Stars: O.W. Fischer, Liselotte Pulver, Ellen Schwiers, Jan Hendriks

Votes: 110

36. 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: 317

37. The Bridge (1959)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, War

In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers.

Director: Bernhard Wicki | Stars: Folker Bohnet, Fritz Wepper, Michael Hinz, Frank Glaubrecht

Votes: 6,464

38. The Good Soldier Schweik (1960)

98 min | Comedy, Drama, War

During World War I, Schweik (played by Heinz Rühmann) is drafted into the Austro-Hungarian Army as soldier, where he is assigned to be an assistent to Lt. Lukas.

Director: Axel von Ambesser | Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Ernst Stankovski, Franz Muxeneder, Ursula von Borsody

Votes: 522

39. The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)

103 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

In 1960s Germany, criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse uses hypnotized victims and the surveillance equipment of a Nazi-era bugged hotel to steal nuclear technology from a visiting American industrialist.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Dawn Addams, Peter van Eyck, Gert Fröbe, Wolfgang Preiss

Votes: 2,597

40. A Glass of Water (1960)

81 min | Comedy, History, Musical

London, early 18th century: Queen Anne, the last of the House of Stuart, is a weak ruler. She is committed to peace in the War of Spanish Succession. The Duchess of Marlborough, whose ... See full summary »

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: Gustaf Gründgens, Liselotte Pulver, Sabine Sinjen, Hilde Krahl

Votes: 75

43. Black Gravel (1961)

113 min | Drama

The story takes place in postwar Germany, following Germany's loss in World War II. For years, people struggled with shortages of everything, housing, water, food, clothing.

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: Helmut Wildt, Ingmar Zeisberg, Hans Cossy, Wolfgang Büttner

Votes: 111

45. Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt (1965)

164 min | Drama, Romance, War

Two 17-year-olds, Werner Holt and Gilbert Wolzow, are pulled out of school and into Hitler's army. Gilbert becomes a fanatical soldier, but at the front Werner begins to understand the ... See full summary »

Director: Joachim Kunert | Stars: Klaus-Peter Thiele, Manfred Karge, Arno Wyzniewski, Günter Junghans

Votes: 299

46. Karla (1965)

128 min | Drama, Romance

East German romance about a non conformist young school teacher and a disenchanted journalist turned fisherman.

Director: Herrmann Zschoche | Stars: Jutta Hoffmann, Klaus-Peter Pleßow, Hans Hardt-Hardtloff, Inge Keller

Votes: 127

47. Yesterday Girl (1966)

88 min | Drama

The film tells the story of Anita G., a young East German migrant to West Germany and her struggle to adjust to her new life.

Director: Alexander Kluge | Stars: Alexandra Kluge, Günter Mack, Eva Maria Meineke, Hans Korte

Votes: 805

48. Young Törless (1966)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

At a boarding school in the pre-war Austro-Hungarian Empire, a pair of students torture one of their fellow classmates, Basini, who has been caught stealing money from one of the two. The ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Mathieu Carrière, Marian Seidowsky, Bernd Tischer, Fred Dietz

Votes: 1,978

49. Spur der Steine (1966)

139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance