75 Best German Thrillers and Crime

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1.
Antibodies (2005)
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Long wanted serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police strike. Small town cop... (127 mins.)
 
2.
Tatort (1970 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A long running German cop show where detectives work to solve a crime. (90 mins.)
 
3.
Bukow and König (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
 
4.
Mord am Meer (2005 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
5.
Straight Shooter (1999)
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After his daughter died of cancer, former French foreign legionnaire "Straight Shooter" alias Volker Bretz threatens those who financed... (88 mins.)
Director: Thomas Bohn
 
6.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, 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. (147 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
 
7.
Entführt (2009 TV Movie)
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(180 mins.)
 
8.
Das Phantom (2000 TV Movie)
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After the partner of a policeman is killed he is drawn into a mysterious plot of conspiracy and terrorists. (95 mins.)
Director: Dennis Gansel
 
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Tattoo (2002)
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Two police detectives, a grizzled veteran and one fresh-faced rookie, hunt a ritualistic serial killer murdering people with tattoos and skinning them. (108 mins.)
 
12.
Lautlos (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Viktor, a methodical hit man, probably on his last job, has no plan for his retirement. He does not kill Nina... (94 mins.)
Director: Mennan Yapo
 
13.
Nachtschicht (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(89 mins.)
 
14.
Death in the Eifel (2008 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
15.
Kommissarin Lucas (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
16.
Under Suspicion (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
17.
Wilsberg (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
18.
KDD - Kriminaldauerdienst (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
(45 mins.)
 
19.
In the Face of Crime (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
(479 mins.)
 
20.
The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (150 mins.)
Director: Uli Edel
 
21.
Das Konto (2004 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Michael Mühlhausen, crafty manager of a big food company, dreams of being promoted. While he plans the contested takeover of a main competitor... (180 mins.)
Director: Markus Imboden
 
22.
Run Lola Run (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks. (81 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
 
23.
Nord Nord Mord (2011 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After a Chicago profiler training, young commissioner Hinnerk Feldmann accepts the deputy post in Theo Clüver's tiny... (90 mins.)
Director: Josh Broecker
 
24.
Flemming (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
 
25.
Der letzte Zeuge (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
(45 mins.)
 
26.
Bella Block (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
 
27.
The Lives of Others (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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. (137 mins.)
 
28.
The Cat (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two bank robbers hold the clerks hostage and demand 3 million German marks as ransom. What the police do not realise is that the true criminal mastermind watches them from outside the bank, anticipating every move. (118 mins.)
Director: Dominik Graf
 
29.
The Invincibles (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Simon, the "invincible" leader of a police special unit, becomes caught up in a complex scheme involving bribery and money-laundering... (130 mins.)
Director: Dominik Graf
 
30.
Bang Boom Bang - Ein todsicheres Ding (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Life could be just great for bankrobber Keek: His buddy Kalle is doing time for their last coup, while Keek has to retain the loot... (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Thorwarth
 
31.
Eine Stadt wird erpresst (2006 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Dominik Graf
 
32.
Run While You Can (2001 TV Movie)
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Director: Lars Becker
 
33.
Fürchte dich nicht (2007 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
34.
Der Staatsanwalt (2005 TV Series)
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Cases and complicated lives of a public prosecutor and a police unit, a member of whom is the prosecutor's son, who work in Wiesbaden.
 
35.
Der Kriminalist (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Crime series about a police unit in Berlin's Friedrichshain - Kreuzberg district.
 
36.
Der Schattenmann (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Undercover cop Charly Held sneaks into the organization of Jan Herzog, the head of organised crime in Frankfurt... (600 mins.)
 
37.
Der Fahnder (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(45 mins.)
 
38.
Arnie's World (2005 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Isabel Kleefeld's crime drama deals with a little boy whose life is in danger after he had watched a road accident...
Director: Isabel Kleefeld
 
40.
Operation Guardian Angel (2009 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(89 mins.)
 
41.
23 (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The movie's plot is based on the true story of a group of young computer hackers from Hannover, Germany... (99 mins.)
 
42.
Windland (2007 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(89 mins.)
Director: Edward Berger
 
43.
Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two young men, Martin and Rudi, both suffering from terminal cancer, get to know each other in a hospital room... (87 mins.)
Director: Thomas Jahn
 
44.
Die Musterknaben (1997)
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Anticipating a major drug deal the Düsseldorf LKA (state police) conducts an observation of a flat in Cologne... (91 mins.)
Director: Ralf Huettner
 
45.
Hafendetektiv (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(45 mins.)
Director: Sigi Rothemund
 
46.
Der Leibwächter (1989 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(210 mins.)
 
47.
Die dunkle Seite (2008 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Peter Keglevic
 
48.
Friends (2000)
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(100 mins.)
Director: Martin Eigler
 
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Der Hammermörder (1990 TV Movie)
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(90 mins.)
 
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T.E.A.M. Berlin (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
53.
Zwölf Winter (2009 TV Movie)
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Two Robbers - several banks - and why not leave some traces for the cops, but the wrong? (85 mins.)
Director: Thomas Stiller
 
54.
The Deathmaker (1995)
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Fritz Haarmann, who has killed at least 27 boys, is questioned by a psychology professor in order to... (110 mins.)
 
55.
Gambit (1987 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
(205 mins.)
 
56.
14 Days to Life (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Konrad von Seidlitz is a young yuppie lawyer currently celebrating his engagement with Cornelia, daughter of minister of justice Volkerts... (105 mins.)
 
57.
The Experiment (2001)
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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. (120 mins.)
 
58.
The Silence (2010)
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13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past. (118 mins.)
Director: Baran bo Odar
 
59.
Berlin - Moskau (1997 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(93 mins.)
 
60.
Todfeinde - Die falsche Entscheidung (1998 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Nico has just shot and killed a man by accident. The two friends cover it up but it soon turns out that the victim was a big fish in the drug world... (96 mins.)
 
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Der Fall Gehring (2003 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Markus Imboden
 
63.
Vanished (2011 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(183 mins.)
 
64.
After the Truth (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The famous Nazi-Doctor Dr. Josef Mengele - the "death angel of Auschwitz", who killed more than 300.000 people... (128 mins.)
 
66.
Schwarz Rot Gold (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
 
67.
Der Joker (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Several known criminals already have been murdered by a professional killer, leaving no trace but the "ace" game card... (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Patzak
 
68.
Happy Birthday, Türke! (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Kemal Kayankaya, a private detective, was hired by a Turkish women, Ilter, to search for his husband... (109 mins.)
Director: Doris Dörrie
 
69.
Traces of Evil (2010 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(89 mins.)
 
70.
Der Fall Jakob von Metzler (2012 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(92 mins.)
Director: Stephan Wagner
 
71.
Spuren des Bösen - Racheengel (2012 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(89 mins.)
 
72.
Das unsichtbare Mädchen (2011 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(105 mins.)
Director: Dominik Graf
 
73.
Das Geheimnis im Wald (2008 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Christoph Waltz being ihboy n that (89 mins.)
Director: Peter Keglevic
 
74.
Mord in Eberswalde (2013 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Stephan Wagner
 
75.
Harms (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Tough felon Harms comes out of jail and plans the next big thing with his old crew: rob the central bank. (102 mins.)