German Films worth seeingby Bunkerwelt | created - 18 Aug 2015 | updated - 18 Aug 2015 | Public
Being german, you grow up with a lot of guilt. It's just something regarding World War 2 that will never let you go. Sadly, this extended to good german movies as well. While we were once know as the "nation of poets and thinkers" it all was lost after World War 2. With this list I try to bring you some of the worthwhile german movies. The strange thing is that we only seem to succeed with historic flicks. So I base my list on you guys already knowing the likes of "The Downfall", "The Lives of Others" and "The Baader Meinhof Complex". While my focus is definitely on everything else I still include the classics.
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1. Muxmäuschenstill (2004)
89 min | Comedy, Drama
A pseudo documentary study of an archetypal German who tries to model his world according to his ideas of law and (sexual) order.
2. Antibodies (2005)
Not Rated | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Wanted for a long time, serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police raid. Small town cop Michael Martens travels to the big city to interrogate him and finds out more then he is looking for.
3. Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997)
Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Crime, Comedy
Two young men, Martin and Rudi, both suffering from terminal cancer, get to know each other in a hospital room. They drown their desperation in Tequila and decide to take one last trip to ... See full summary »
Votes: 25,058 | Gross: $0.00M
4. Bang Boom Bang - Ein todsicheres Ding (1999)
110 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Life could be just great for bank robber Keek: His buddy Kalle is doing time for their last coup, while Keek has to retain the loot. Kalle will spend two more years in jail, so Keek is not ... See full summary »
5. Berlin Blues (2003)
105 min | Comedy, Drama
In October 1989, the part of the West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg called SO 36, had been largely shut off by the Wall from the rest of the city for 28 years. A lethargic sub-culture of ... See full summary »
6. Das Millionenspiel (1970 TV Movie)
96 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
A candidate in a game show is hunted by three men. He will get a Million DMark, if he survives for a week; the hunters will get the money, if they can kill the candidate. The audience of ... See full summary »
7. The Experiment (2001)
R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 87,259 | Gross: $0.14M
8. Attention, Papa Arrives! (1991)
89 min | Comedy
After ordering enough typewriting paper for 40 years, just to get discount, Heinrich Lohse is forced to retire. The former manager has plenty of time now to spend with his wife and their 16... See full summary »
9. Hut in the Woods (2011)
117 min | Drama
Two misfit males, one man-child, one boy, find each other, building a small cabin in the woods to create a new life. Their daily struggle for survival creates a strong bond between them ... See full summary »
11. Lammbock (2001)
Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy
Stefan and Kai have good going business, self-grown cannabis screened as pizza delivering service. For now they only have to deal with aphids.
13. Der Eisbär (1998)
90 min | Action, Thriller
At the beginning of the movie, a man drives a vintage Mercedes saloon to a gangster boss ("Der Gesundheitsinspektor" - The Health Inspector, played by Heiner Lauterbach). The "Health ... See full synopsis »
14. Goldene Zeiten (2006)
134 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Ingo organizes a charity event for the local golf club. Special guest will be the Hollywood star Douglas Burnett. But who remembers what the aging star looks like today?
15. Rammbock (2010)
R | 63 min | Action, Drama, Horror
Just when Michael arrives in Berlin to visit his ex-girlfriend Gabi, a terrible virus starts spreading across the city at a rapid pace, turning people into mindless homicidal maniacs. Much ... See full summary »
16. 23 (1998)
99 min | Thriller, Drama
The movie's plot is based on the true story of a group of young computer hackers from Hannover, Germany. In the late 1980s the orphaned Karl Koch invests his inheritance in a flat and a ... See full summary »
18. 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.
20. Vaya con Dios (2002)
106 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
Three monks are making their way from Germany to a monastry in Italy, because they cannot afford the rent for their facility any longer.
24. Downfall (2004)
R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 307,505 | Gross: $5.51M
25. The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
R | 150 min | Action, Biography, Crime
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.
Votes: 33,645 | Gross: $0.48M
26. The Lives of Others (2006)
R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 325,324 | Gross: $11.29M
29. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
R | 147 min | Crime, Drama
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.
Votes: 220,385 | Gross: $2.22M
30. Metropolis (1927)
Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 145,534 | Gross: $1.24M
31. Joyeux Noel (2005)
PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History, Music
In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.
Votes: 25,692 | Gross: $1.05M
32. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 129,488 | Gross: $4.06M
34. What to Do in Case of Fire (2001)
R | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
What To Do In Case of Fire? tells the humorous and touching story of six former creative anarchists who lived as house squatters in Berlin during its heyday in the 80s when Berlin was still... See full summary »
35. If It Don't Fit, Use a Bigger Hammer (2002)
101 min | Comedy
A group of rather slap dash builders are rather imaginative at solving what problems come their way. Whatever it is that doesn't fit the picture, it will be made fit in no time. This ... See full summary »
36. Funny Games (1997)
Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
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.
38. Der Wixxer (2004)
85 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
A mysterious serial killer is shocking the underworld. Scotland Yard is investigating the case. Clues lead the detectives to Blackwhite Castle.
39. No More School (2000)
99 min | Comedy
The last three weeks of school life have begun: After the Abitur, Germany's leaving certificate, the friends and schoolmates of Gymnasium Kerkheim (Kerkheim High) will not see each other ... See full summary »
40. Superstau (1991)
80 min | Comedy
Every year a lot of German people prepare to spent their holidays in the sunny south. And all of them have to use the same motor ways. And every year all comes to an end in a big jam.
Votes: 826 | Gross: $0.26M