German Films worth seeing

by 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.

Director: Marcus Mittermeier | Stars: Jan Henrik Stahlberg, Fritz Roth, Wanda Perdelwitz, Markus von Lingen

Votes: 2,582

2. Antibodies (2005)

Not Rated | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

57 Metascore

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.

Director: Christian Alvart | Stars: Norman Reedus, Christian von Aster, André Hennicke, Waltraud Witte

Votes: 7,020

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 »

Director: Thomas Jahn | Stars: Til Schweiger, Jan Josef Liefers, Thierry van Werveke, Moritz Bleibtreu

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 »

Director: Peter Thorwarth | Stars: Oliver Korittke, Markus Knüfken, Ralf Richter, Diether Krebs

Votes: 8,830

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 »

Director: Leander Haußmann | Stars: Christian Ulmen, Katja Danowski, Detlev Buck, Janek Rieke

Votes: 6,132

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 »

Director: Tom Toelle | Stars: Jörg Pleva, Suzanne Roquette, Dieter Thomas Heck, Theo Fink

Votes: 976

7. 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: 87,259 | 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 »

Directors: Vicco von Bülow, Renate Westphal-Lorenz | Stars: Evelyn Hamann, Vicco von Bülow, Irm Hermann, Hans-Peter Korff

Votes: 4,443

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 »

Director: Hans Weingartner | Stars: Peter Schneider, Timur Massold, Henrike von Kuick, Eleonore Weisgerber

Votes: 870

10. Aimee & Jaguar (1999)

Not Rated | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

In 1943 Berlin, a Nazi officer's wife meets and starts a passionate affair with a Jewish woman.

Director: Max Färberböck | Stars: Maria Schrader, Juliane Köhler, Johanna Wokalek, Heike Makatsch

Votes: 5,780 | Gross: $0.93M

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.

Director: Christian Zübert | Stars: Lucas Gregorowicz, Moritz Bleibtreu, Marie Zielcke, Julian Weigend

Votes: 10,196

12. 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: 179,575 | Gross: $7.27M

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 »

Directors: Til Schweiger, Granz Henman | Stars: Til Schweiger, Karina Krawczyk, Benno Fürmann, Florian Lukas

Votes: 2,774

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?

Director: Peter Thorwarth | Stars: Wotan Wilke Möhring, Dirk Benedict, Wolf Roth, Gennadi Vengerov

Votes: 998

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 »

Director: Marvin Kren | Stars: Michael Fuith, Theo Trebs, Anka Graczyk, Emily Cox

Votes: 4,910

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 »

Director: Hans-Christian Schmid | Stars: August Diehl, Fabian Busch, Dieter Landuris, Jan-Gregor Kremp

Votes: 6,179

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: 29,568 | Gross: $0.18M

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.

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich

Votes: 95,546

19. 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: 211,747 | Gross: $11.49M

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.

Director: Zoltan Spirandelli | Stars: Michael Gwisdek, Daniel Brühl, Traugott Buhre, Matthias Brenner

Votes: 937

21. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Del Negro

Votes: 46,830

22. Barbara (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital.

Director: Christian Petzold | Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke

Votes: 11,352

23. 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: 6,368

24. 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: 307,505 | Gross: $5.51M

25. 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: 33,645 | Gross: $0.48M

26. 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: 325,324 | Gross: $11.29M

27. 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: 81,132

28. Wings of Desire (1987)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

79 Metascore

An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois

Votes: 58,212 | Gross: $3.21M

29. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

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.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Francesc Albiol

Votes: 220,385 | Gross: $2.22M

30. 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: 145,534 | Gross: $1.24M

31. Joyeux Noel (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History, Music

70 Metascore

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.

Director: Christian Carion | Stars: Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Natalie Dessay

Votes: 25,692 | Gross: $1.05M

32. 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: 129,488 | Gross: $4.06M

33. Friendship! (2010)

110 min | Adventure, Comedy

A young man from East Germany travels to San Francisco to search for his father, who fled 12 years ago.

Director: Markus Goller | Stars: Matthias Schweighöfer, Friedrich Mücke, Alicja Bachleda, Todd Stashwick

Votes: 5,095

34. What to Do in Case of Fire (2001)

R | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

47 Metascore

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 »

Director: Gregor Schnitzler | Stars: Klaus Löwitsch, Til Schweiger, Martin Feifel, Sebastian Blomberg

Votes: 3,405

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 »

Director: Peter Thorwarth | Stars: Peter Thorwarth, Ralf Richter, Hilmi Sözer, Willi Thomczyk

Votes: 3,234

36. 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: 56,935

37. Maybe... Maybe Not (1994)

R | 93 min | Comedy

Thrown out by his girlfriend from her apartment, Axel lives for a while with Norbert, a gay man he met some days before.

Director: Sönke Wortmann | Stars: Til Schweiger, Katja Riemann, Joachim Król, Rufus Beck

Votes: 5,486 | Gross: $0.37M

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.

Director: Tobi Baumann | Stars: Oliver Kalkofe, Bastian Pastewka, Thomas Fritsch, Tanja Wenzel

Votes: 7,425

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 »

Director: Marco Petry | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Jasmin Schwiers, Niels-Bruno Schmidt, Mina Tander

Votes: 3,031

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.

Director: Manfred Stelzer | Stars: Ottfried Fischer, Ralf Richter, Monika Baumgartner, Hildegard Kuhlenberg

Votes: 826 | Gross: $0.26M



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