NDR's Top 100 German Films

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1. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.4
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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: 188,640 | Gross: $11.49M

2. Nosferatu (1922)

Not Rated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror

8.0
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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: 75,054

3. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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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: 278,306 | Gross: $5.51M

4. Die Feuerzangenbowle (1944)

97 min | Comedy

7.9
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A successful writer, home-schooled in his youth, masquerades as a student at a secondary school to experience all the fun and pranks he missed out on.

Director: Helmut Weiss | Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Karin Himboldt, Hilde Sessak, Erich Ponto

Votes: 4,991

5. The School Girls (1970)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

4.7
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Mockumentary about German schoolgirls openly talking about their scandalous sexual experiences. Some of these are illustrated through inserted vignettes. Also, a street reporter asks actual common folk about their views on sex.

Director: Ernst Hofbauer | Stars: Günther Kieslich, Wolf Harnisch, Helga Kruck, Friedrich von Thun

Votes: 502

6. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann

Votes: 14,589

7. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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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: 122,908 | Gross: $4.06M

8. The Bridge (1959)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, War

7.8
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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: 5,885

9. Der Schuh des Manitu (2001)

87 min | Comedy, Western

6.6
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Abahachi, Chief of the Apache Indians, and his blood brother Ranger maintain peace and justice in the Wild West. One day, Abahachi needs to take up a credit from the Shoshone Indians to ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Herbig | Stars: Michael Herbig, Christian Tramitz, Marie Bäumer, Sky du Mont

Votes: 15,023

10. The Tin Drum (1979)

R | 142 min | Drama, War

7.6
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In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Katharina Thalbach

Votes: 19,230

11. Run Lola Run (1998)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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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: 171,293 | Gross: $7.27M

12. Wenn der Vater mit dem Sohne (1955)

95 min | Drama, Comedy

6.2
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After Clown Teddy lost his son, he lost his gift for laughter. He opened a joke shop and lives above the shop. His landlady has had a foster son since birth, and Teddy decides to raise the ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Quest | Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Oliver Grimm, Waltraut Haas, Robert Freitag

Votes: 326

13. Christiane F. (1981)

R | 138 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14-year-old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-story... See full summary »

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Natja Brunckhorst, Eberhard Auriga, Peggy Bussieck, Lothar Chamski

Votes: 17,708

14. Die Legende von Paul und Paula (1973)

105 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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Paul and Paula have had bad experiences with love: Paul is financially well off but has lost all affection for his wife, and Paula leads a troublesome life raising two children on her own. ... See full summary »

Director: Heiner Carow | Stars: Angelica Domröse, Winfried Glatzeder, Heidemarie Wenzel, Fred Delmare

Votes: 872

15. Head-On (2004)

R | 121 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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78 Metascore

With the intention to break free from the strict familial restrictions, a suicidal young woman sets up a marriage of convenience with a forty-year-old addict, an act that will lead to an outburst of envious love.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Birol Ünel, Sibel Kekilli, Güven Kiraç, Zarah Jane McKenzie

Votes: 44,268

16. Das Wunder von Bern (2003)

118 min | Drama, Sport

6.8
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A young boy from a working class family in post-war Germany struggles with his estranged father returning from war captivity, while a friend of his plays for the German National Soccer Team at the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland.

Director: Sönke Wortmann | Stars: Louis Klamroth, Peter Lohmeyer, Johanna Gastdorf, Lucas Gregorowicz

Votes: 5,896

17. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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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: 112,552 | Gross: $0.03M

18. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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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: 23,806 | Gross: $0.68M

19. The Experiment (2001)

R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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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: 83,843 | Gross: $0.14M

20. Rossini (1997)

114 min | Comedy

6.4
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Jakob Windisch has written THE number one bestselling novel. Since he is very shy, no-one has seen him except Uhu Zigeuner who is the designated director of the film adaption. Zigeuner is ... See full summary »

Director: Helmut Dietl | Stars: Götz George, Mario Adorf, Heiner Lauterbach, Gudrun Landgrebe

Votes: 1,896

21. Die Mädels vom Immenhof (1955)

87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.2
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The story is set in 1954. After their flight from East Prussia following WW II, the orphaned sisters Angela, Barbara (nicknamed Dick) and Brigitte (Dalli) have settled with their ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Schleif | Stars: Angelika Meissner, Heidi Brühl, Christiane König, Margarete Haagen

Votes: 271

22. Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Crime, Comedy

8.0
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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: 22,858 | Gross: $0.00M

23. Fitzcarraldo (1982)

PG | 158 min | Adventure, Drama

8.1
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The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, José Lewgoy, Miguel Ángel Fuentes

Votes: 25,049

24. Gigantic (1999)

80 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Three friends from Hamburg spend one last night on the town before one of them leaves the city forever.

Director: Sebastian Schipper | Stars: Frank Giering, Florian Lukas, Antoine Monot Jr., Julia Hummer

Votes: 3,648

25. (T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1 (2004)

87 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

5.3
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Three hundred years in the future, Mars is colonized by humans and their leader Regulator Rogul plans to conquer Earth. Queen Königin Metapha is advised to send the gays Captain Kork, the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Herbig | Stars: Michael Herbig, Rick Kavanian, Christian Tramitz, Anja Kling

Votes: 11,687

26. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.3
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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: 127,213 | Gross: $0.03M

27. Maybe... Maybe Not (1994)

R | 93 min | Comedy

6.6
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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: 5,146 | Gross: $0.37M

28. Ödipussi (1988)

88 min | Comedy, Romance

7.6
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Gray-haired furniture retailer Paul Winkelmann still has his dinner cooked and his laundry done by his mother. He spends his evenings playing Scrabble with Mama's friends and discussing the... See full summary »

Director: Vicco von Bülow | Stars: Vicco von Bülow, Katharina Brauren, Evelyn Hamann, Edda Seippel

Votes: 2,798

29. 23 (1998)

99 min | Thriller, Drama

7.3
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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: 5,937

30. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)

R | 120 min | Drama

7.9
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A World War II widow seeks to adjust to life in postwar Germany.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Löwitsch, Ivan Desny, Gisela Uhlen

Votes: 10,006

31. Sun Alley (1999)

101 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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A group of kids grow up on the short, wrong (east) side of the Sonnenallee in Berlin, right next to one of the few border crossings between East and West reserved for German citizens. The ... See full summary »

Director: Leander Haußmann | Stars: Alexander Scheer, Alexander Beyer, Robert Stadlober, Teresa Weißbach

Votes: 5,480

32. The Harmonists (1997)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.2
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Comedian Harmonists tells the story of a famous, German male sextet, five vocals and piano, the "Comedian Harmonists", from the day they meet first in 1927 to the day in 1934, when they ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier | Stars: Ben Becker, Heino Ferch, Ulrich Noethen, Heinrich Schafmeister

Votes: 2,903 | Gross: $0.48M

33. Schtonk (1992)

115 min | Comedy

7.4
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The slightly fictionalized story of an art forger, a journalist desperate for a big story, and the biggest press scandal in German history: the Hitler Diaries.

Director: Helmut Dietl | Stars: Götz George, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Christiane Hörbiger, Dagmar Manzel

Votes: 2,719

34. Spur der Steine (1966)

139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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A film about living and working conditions in the GDR of the 60's. Includes a little love story of course.

Director: Frank Beyer | Stars: Manfred Krug, Krystyna Stypulkowska, Jutta Hoffmann, Eberhard Esche

Votes: 691

35. Otto - Der Film (1985)

85 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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Otto, a young man from East-Frisia comes to the big city (Hamburg) to make his fortune. Most of all he is engaged with two problems: How can he impress Silvia, a rich young girl, and where ... See full summary »

Directors: Xaver Schwarzenberger, Otto Waalkes | Stars: Otto Waalkes, Elisabeth Wiedemann, Sky du Mont, Jessika Cardinahl

Votes: 2,975

36. Beyond Silence (1996)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Music

7.5
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Since the earliest days in her childhood Lara has had a difficult but important task. Both her parents are deaf-mute and Lara has to translate from sign-language to the spoken word and vice... See full summary »

Director: Caroline Link | Stars: Sylvie Testud, Tatjana Trieb, Howie Seago, Emmanuelle Laborit

Votes: 3,749 | Gross: $0.17M

37. Herr Lehmann (2003)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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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: 5,813

38. Lili Marleen (1981)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.2
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In Switzerland German singer 'Willie' falls in love with Jewish composer 'Robert' who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks that 'Willie' is also a Nazi ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer, Karl-Heinz von Hassel

Votes: 3,110

39. Muxmäuschenstill (2004)

89 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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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: 2,513

40. The Blue Angel (1930)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Music

7.8
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88 Metascore

An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron, Rosa Valetti

Votes: 11,427 | Gross: $0.08M

41. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Not Rated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.1
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Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover

Votes: 45,022

42. Kleine Haie (1992)

87 min | Comedy, Romance

7.7
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When dishwasher Ingo, whose girl-friend has just left him, returns a borrowed bar stool to the Folkwang Acting School in Essen, he stumbles into the audition for next year's new students. ... See full summary »

Director: Sönke Wortmann | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Kai Wiesinger, Gedeon Burkhard, Meret Becker

Votes: 1,190

43. Wings of Desire (1987)

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

8.1
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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: 52,566 | Gross: $3.21M

44. Werner - Beinhart! (1990)

93 min | Action, Animation, Comedy

6.7
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Broesel has to make a Werner animation film but right now he has no real ideas for new stories. Thus he simply draws some stories from Werner's youth.

Directors: Gerhard Hahn, Niki List, Michael Schaack | Stars: Klaus Büchner, Andi Feldmann, Kulle Westphal, Rötger Feldmann

Votes: 4,384

45. Das Leben ist eine Baustelle. (1997)

115 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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After he loses his job, his father, and his girlfriend, Jan's life is a shambles. Then suddenly he meets freakish street musician Vera, and a bittersweet romance unfolds...

Director: Wolfgang Becker | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Christiane Paul, Ricky Tomlinson, Christina Papamichou

Votes: 1,642

46. Große Freiheit Nr. 7 (1944)

111 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.5
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The film tells the story of the blond "singing sailor" Hannes Kröger who works in a St. Pauli club on the Große Freiheit 7, and falls in love with a girl. But she prefers his rival Willem and Hannes returns to the sea.

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: Hans Albers, Ilse Werner, Hans Söhnker, Hilde Hildebrand

Votes: 534

47. Theo gegen den Rest der Welt (1980)

106 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

6.9
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Theo is having some bad luck. His barely paid-for truck has been stolen, and credit collectors are after him. The chase leads him across Europe.

Director: Peter F. Bringmann | Stars: Marius Müller-Westernhagen, Guido Gagliardi, Claudia Demarmels, Carlheinz Heitmann

Votes: 520

48. Der Untertan (1951)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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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: 676

49. Wir können auch anders... (1993)

92 min | Comedy

7.6
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Two brothers both of which can neither read nor write making their way across Germany in order to claim to their inheritance. On their way they meet Viktor, a deserted soldier of the sowjet... See full summary »

Director: Detlev Buck | Stars: Joachim Król, Horst Krause, Konstantin Kotljarov, Sophie Rois

Votes: 1,142

50. Winnetou (1963)

91 min | Western, Adventure

6.9
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When violent conflict breaks out between greedy railroaders and a tribe of Mescalero Apaches, only two men, destined to be blood brothers, can prevent all-out war: chief's son Winnetou and German engineer Old Shatterhand.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Lex Barker, Pierre Brice, Marie Versini, Mario Adorf

Votes: 3,058

51. Love in Thoughts (2004)

89 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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A posthumous look at the last days of Guenther's life as he, his best friend, and his sister let loose on a four-day binge of alcohol, drugs, and sex.

Director: Achim von Borries | Stars: Daniel Brühl, August Diehl, Anna Maria Mühe, Jana Pallaske

Votes: 3,623

52. Aimee & Jaguar (1999)

Not Rated | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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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: 5,518 | Gross: $0.93M

53. Der Totmacher (1995)

110 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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Fritz Haarmann, who has killed at least 27 boys, is questioned by a psychology professor in order to find out whether he is sane and can be held responsible for his crimes. During this ... See full summary »

Director: Romuald Karmakar | Stars: Götz George, Jürgen Hentsch, Pierre Franckh, Hans-Michael Rehberg

Votes: 1,813

54. Nirgendwo in Afrika (2001)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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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: 11,282 | Gross: $6.17M

55. The Mysterious Magician (1964)

95 min | Crime, Mystery

6.7
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The sister of a famous, but as yet uncaught, criminal named The Hexer is murdered. Inspector Higgins of Scotland Yard believes that The Hexer will surface to take his revenge on his ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Vohrer | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Heinz Drache, Sophie Hardy, Siegfried Lowitz

Votes: 896

56. The Edukators (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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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: 28,482 | Gross: $0.18M

57. Emil und die Detektive (1931)

75 min | Adventure, Family, Drama

7.2
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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: Gerhard Lamprecht | Stars: Rolf Wenkhaus, Käthe Haack, Fritz Rasp, Rudolf Biebrach

Votes: 438

58. Momo (1986)

101 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.6
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In the village of Momo the pace of time goes very slowly. Nobody is bothering about stress but everyone has time to chat and rest - until the day the grey men arrive. With a great selling ... See full summary »

Director: Johannes Schaaf | Stars: Radost Bokel, Mario Adorf, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sylvester Groth

Votes: 1,522

59. Die Drei von der Tankstelle (1930)

99 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.8
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Willy, Kurt and Hans are broke, so they sell their car and open a filling station. Then they all fall in love with the same girl.

Director: Wilhelm Thiele | Stars: Willy Fritsch, Lilian Harvey, Heinz Rühmann, Oskar Karlweis

Votes: 641

60. The Good Soldier Schweik (1960)

98 min | Comedy, Drama, War

6.7
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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: 468

61. Roses for the Prosecutor (1959)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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April 1945. Because he stole two boxes of chocolate, the soldier Rudi is sentenced to death by the court-martial judge Dr. Schramm. Rudi manages to escape from the firing squad at the last ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Staudte | Stars: Martin Held, Ingrid van Bergen, Camilla Spira, Werner Peters

Votes: 386

62. Bibi Blocksberg (2002)

102 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.2
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An evil witch tries to take possession of a crystal ball from the hands of a young and benevolent witch.

Director: Hermine Huntgeburth | Stars: Sidonie von Krosigk, Katja Riemann, Corinna Harfouch, Max Befort

Votes: 634

63. Heimat - Eine deutsche Chronik (1984– )

90 min | Drama

8.8
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

The series (11 episodes) tells the story of the village Schabbach, on the Hunsrueck in Germany through the years 1919-1982. Central person is Maria, who we see growing from a 17 year old ... See full summary »

Stars: Marita Breuer, Kurt Wagner, Rüdiger Weigang, Eva Maria Schneider

Votes: 2,697

64. Solo Sunny (1980)

100 min | Drama, Music

7.1
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Sunny is the singer of band trying to establish itself in the music-scene of East-Berlin. They play regular gigs in small towns, but Sunny feels out of touch with the audience and her life ... See full summary »

Directors: Konrad Wolf, Wolfgang Kohlhaase | Stars: Renate Krößner, Alexander Lang, Dieter Montag, Heide Kipp

Votes: 402

65. Manta, Manta (1991)

91 min | Comedy

5.6
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Proud German owners of Opel Manta's race the streets against VW's and Mercedes. They decide to set up a real race with lots of money involved.

Director: Wolfgang Büld | Stars: Til Schweiger, Tina Ruland, Stefan Gebelhoff, Lena Sabine Berg

Votes: 3,503

66. Wir Wunderkinder (1958)

108 min | Comedy

7.7
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The movie explains Germany from 1913 until 1955 by example of two contrary characters: The idealistic journalist Hans (H.-J. Felmy) loses his work during the Third Reich, whereas ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Hoffmann | Stars: Johanna von Koczian, Hansjörg Felmy, Wera Frydtberg, Robert Graf

Votes: 354

67. Young Torless (1966)

Approved | 87 min | Drama

7.3
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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: 1,790

68. Winter Sleepers (1997)

122 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.3
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68 Metascore

Beautiful blonde translator Rebecca lives with her boyfriend, ski instructor Marco, in a small mountain villa owned by her friend, nurse Laura. Rene, a cinema projectionist, steals Marco's ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Ulrich Matthes, Marie-Lou Sellem, Floriane Daniel, Heino Ferch

Votes: 4,056 | Gross: $0.32M

69. Das kalte Herz (1950)

106 min | Family, Fantasy, Romance

7.5
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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: 412

70. Jacob the Liar (1974)

100 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.3
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A Jewish ghetto in central Europe, 1944. By coincidence, Jakob Heym eavesdrops on a German radio broadcast announcing the Soviet Army is making slow by steady progress towards central ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Beyer | Stars: Vlastimil Brodský, Erwin Geschonneck, Henry Hübchen, Blanche Kommerell

Votes: 1,014

71. Man spricht deutsh (1988)

84 min | Comedy

6.7
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A very middle-class Bavarian family spend the last day of their Mediterranean vacation on the beach, day-dreaming and muttering racist remarks about Italians.

Director: Hanns Christian Müller | Stars: Gerhard Polt, Gisela Schneeberger, Dieter Hildebrandt, Werner Schneyder

Votes: 800

72. Das Wirtshaus im Spessart (1958)

99 min | Comedy, Musical, Adventure

6.5
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Countess Franziska "is kidnapped" by a band of robbers. However, her father is not willing to pay the ransom so Franziska changes sides.

Director: Kurt Hoffmann | Stars: Liselotte Pulver, Carlos Thompson, Günther Lüders, Rudolf Vogel

Votes: 478

73. Men... (1985)

99 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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A man's wife leaves him to take up with an artist, so the man responds by becoming the artist's roommate.

Director: Doris Dörrie | Stars: Heiner Lauterbach, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Ulrike Kriener, Janna Marangosoff

Votes: 1,017

74. Die Supernasen (1983)

88 min | Comedy

4.4
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When Mike is left by his girlfriend, he meets Tommy, who just lost his job. The dynamic duo decides deliberately to work as private investigators. Their first case involves a rich man who wants to know if his wife is cheating.

Director: Dieter Pröttel | Stars: Mike Krüger, Thomas Gottschalk, Liane Hielscher, Gert Haucke

Votes: 802

75. Die innere Sicherheit (2000)

106 min | Drama

7.0
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Clara and Hans are left-wing terrorists who have been searched by police for almost fifteen years. Their increasingly rebellious daughter Jeanne begins to pose a threat to their security ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Petzold | Stars: Julia Hummer, Barbara Auer, Richy Müller, Bilge Bingul

Votes: 1,735

76. Making Up! (1993)

55 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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An original satire about women of the 90s in search of the men of their dreams. Franzy believes she's through with men, but desperately needs new amorous story lines for the comic strip she... See full summary »

Director: Katja von Garnier | Stars: Katja Riemann, Nina Kronjäger, Gedeon Burkhard, Max Tidof

Votes: 543

77. Nackt unter Wölfen (1963)

100 min | Drama, War

7.2
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As rumors reach them that the Allied armies are advancing on their concentration camp at Buchenwald, Polish prisoners renew their feeble hope for survival and freedom. When a group of ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Beyer | Stars: Erwin Geschonneck, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Krystyn Wójcik, Fred Delmare

Votes: 605

78. Erkan & Stefan (2000)

87 min | Comedy

4.9
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Editor Eckernförde has come into the possession of an audiocassette that contains a recording of the last minutes of deceased politician Uwe Barschel. The circumstances of his untimely ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Herbig | Stars: John Friedmann, Florian Simbeck, Alexandra Neldel, Manfred Zapatka

Votes: 2,050

79. Murderers Among Us (1946)

85 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.6
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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: 1,639

80. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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A young woman's life is scrutinized by police and tabloid press after she spends the night with a suspected terrorist.

Directors: Volker Schlöndorff, Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Angela Winkler, Mario Adorf, Dieter Laser, Jürgen Prochnow

Votes: 3,251

81. Das Superweib (1996)

86 min | Comedy

4.2
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Franziska is kind of a romantic woman with two children and a husband who is working around the globe as a movie director. When she wants to buy a flat some day she gets in contact with ... See full summary »

Director: Sönke Wortmann | Stars: Veronica Ferres, Joachim Król, Richy Müller, Til Schweiger

Votes: 720

82. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1943)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy

7.2
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This lavish, impudent, adult fairy tale takes the viewer from 18th-century Braunschweig to St. Petersburg, Constantinople, Venice, and then to the moon using ingenious special effects, stunning location shooting.

Director: Josef von Báky | Stars: Hans Albers, Wilhelm Bendow, Michael Bohnen, Hans Brausewetter

Votes: 1,540

83. Faust (1926)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.1
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The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard

Votes: 11,642

84. A Woman in Flames (1983)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

6.1
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Eva, an upper-class housewife, frustratedly leaves her arrogant husband and decides to enter the call girl business. She lets Yvonne, a prostitute, teach her the basics and both set out for... See full summary »

Director: Robert van Ackeren | Stars: Gudrun Landgrebe, Mathieu Carrière, Hanns Zischler, Gabriele Lafari

Votes: 435

85. Die Unberührbare (2000)

110 min | Drama

7.2
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Flanders, a famous female author, travels 1989 after the fall of the Berlin wall into the German capital. She is deeply depressed of the events because she saw the communistic states as a ... See full summary »

Director: Oskar Roehler | Stars: Hannelore Elsner, Vadim Glowna, Jasmin Tabatabai, Lars Rudolph

Votes: 698

86. Die Söhne der großen Bärin (1966)

92 min | Western

6.1
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Although the Indians were assured their lands adjacent to the Black Hills by contract, the Whites want to expel them. Meanwhile, gold has been discovered there and the unscrupulous settler,... See full summary »

Director: Josef Mach | Stars: Gojko Mitic, Jirí Vrstála, Rolf Römer, Hans Hardt-Hardtloff

Votes: 267

87. Teenage Wolfpack (1956)

89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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"Think of a law, they've broken it. Think of a crime, they've committed it." A tense, tough story of teenage gangs committing acts of robbery, violence, and murder. The leader of the gang ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Tressler | Stars: Horst Buchholz, Karin Baal, Christian Doermer, Jo Herbst

Votes: 345

88. Quax, der Bruchpilot (1941)

92 min | Comedy

5.9
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Add a Plot

Director: Kurt Hoffmann | Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Karin Himboldt, Lothar Firmans, Harry Liedtke

Votes: 382

89. Deutschland im Herbst (1978)

123 min | Documentary, Drama

7.0
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Germany in Autumn does not have a plot per se; it mixes documentary footage, along with standard movie scenes, to give the audience the mood of Germany during the late 1970s. The movie ... See full summary »

Directors: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alf Brustellin, Hans Peter Cloos, Alexander Kluge, Maximiliane Mainka, Edgar Reitz, Katja Rupé, Volker Schlöndorff, Peter Schubert, Bernhard Sinkel | Stars: Wolfgang Bächler, Heinz Bennent, Wolf Biermann, Joachim Bißmeier

Votes: 961

90. Männerpension (1996)

96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.9
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Ein weiteres Highlight am deutschen Kinohimmel. Ein Förderprogramm bringt die beiden Knackis Gerd und Steinbock in die Obhut von Frauen. Dort sollen sie beweisen, dass sie in der Lage sind ... See full summary »

Director: Detlev Buck | Stars: Til Schweiger, Detlev Buck, Leander Haußmann, Marie Bäumer

Votes: 1,492

91. Rosa Luxemburg (1986)

122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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After years of political agitation, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht, and Leo Jogiches form a revolutionary German party, the Spartacists.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Daniel Olbrychski, Otto Sander, Adelheid Arndt

Votes: 918

92. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)

Unrated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms, he kills a dragon and finds a treasure, the Hort. He helps Gunther to... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Paul Richter, Margarete Schön, Theodor Loos, Gertrud Arnold

Votes: 4,252

93. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache (1924)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.9
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After Siegfried's dead, Kriemhild marries Etzel, the King of the Huns. She gives birth to a child, and invites her brothers for a party. She tries to persuade Etzel and the other Huns, that... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Margarete Schön, Gertrud Arnold, Theodor Loos, Hans Carl Mueller

Votes: 3,204

94. The Last Laugh (1924)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

8.1
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An aging doorman, after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbours and society.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller, Emilie Kurz

Votes: 10,171 | Gross: $0.09M

95. Marianne & Juliane (1981)

106 min | Drama

7.6
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Two sisters both fight for women's rights. Juliane is a journalist and Marianne a terrorist. When Marianne is jailed, Juliane feels obligated to help her despite their differing views on how to live.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Jutta Lampe, Barbara Sukowa, Rüdiger Vogler, Doris Schade

Votes: 1,407

96. Der geteilte Himmel (1964)

116 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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After a breakdown, Rita returns to her childhood village. It is 1961. As she recovers, she remembers the past two years: her love for the chemist Manfred, ten years her senior; his ... See full summary »

Director: Konrad Wolf | Stars: Renate Blume, Eberhard Esche, Hans Hardt-Hardtloff, Hilmar Thate

Votes: 240

97. Unter den Brücken (1946)

99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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Two barge skippers fall in love with the same woman.

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

Votes: 536

98. Die Sünderin (1951)

83 min | Drama

6.8
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Marina, a prostitute, lives with the unsuccessful artist Alexander. He suffers from a brain tumor that threatens to make him blind. In order to finance an operation Marina takes up her old profession.

Director: Willi Forst | Stars: Hildegard Knef, Gustav Fröhlich, Robert Meyn, Änne Bruck

Votes: 236

99. Night Shapes (1999)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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The Pope is in town and the night of his visit is anything but heavenly for some of Berlin's inhabitants. The down-and-out, the rich and the poor, the polizei, the street kids and taxi ... See full summary »

Director: Andreas Dresen | Stars: Myriam Abbas, Dominique Horwitz, Oliver Breite, Susanne Bormann

Votes: 599

100. People on Sunday (1930)

Not Rated | 73 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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Edwin, a taxi driver, lives with Annie, a neurasthenic model. They plan to spend Sunday at the Nikolassee beach with Wolfgang, an officer, gentleman, antiquarian, gigolo, at the moment a ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, Rochus Gliese, Curt Siodmak, Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Erwin Splettstößer, Brigitte Borchert, Wolfgang von Waltershausen, Christl Ehlers

Votes: 2,159