Top Rated German-Language Movies

German-language movies rated by 1000+ viewers && with at least 7.5/10 average rating.

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1.
Downfall (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (156 mins.)
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
Run Lola Run (1998)
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After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks. (81 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
 
4.
Das Boot (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
 
5.
Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (121 mins.)
Director: Wolfgang Becker
 
6.
Metropolis (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (153 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
7.
M (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
8.
The Experiment (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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.)
 
9.
Nosferatu (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
10.
The Wave (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (107 mins.)
Director: Dennis Gansel
 
11.
The White Ribbon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible? (144 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
12.
Wings of Desire (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal. (128 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
13.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
14.
Funny Games (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
15.
The Counterfeiters (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII. (98 mins.)
 
16.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. (76 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
 
17.
The Edukators (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home. (127 mins.)
 
18.
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (120 mins.)
Director: Marc Rothemund
 
19.
Stalingrad (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story follows a group of German soldiers, from their Italian R&R in the summer of 1942 to the frozen steppes of Soviet Russia and ending with the battle for Stalingrad. (134 mins.)
 
20.
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Jonathan and Lucy live in Wismar and the Count wants a house there. Varna is a port on the Black Sea, close to Dracula's castle. (107 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
21.
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle. (158 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
22.
The Tin Drum (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (142 mins.)
 
23.
Europa Europa (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth. (112 mins.)
 
24.
Nowhere in Africa (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930s Kenya. (141 mins.)
Director: Caroline Link
 
25.
Christiane F. (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F... (138 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Edel
 
26.
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note. (110 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
27.
Triumph of the Will (1935 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany. (114 mins.)
 
28.
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (93 mins.)
 
29.
The Blue Angel (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer. (106 mins.)
 
30.
Revanche (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Ex-con Alex plans to flee to the South with his girl after a robbery. But something terrible happens and revenge seems inevitable. (121 mins.)
Director: Götz Spielmann
 
31.
Faust (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul. (85 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
32.
Vampyr (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire. (83 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
 
33.
Pina (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations. (103 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
34.
Stroszek (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin. (115 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
35.
The Last Laugh (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (77 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
36.
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade. (122 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
37.
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A World War II widow seeks to adjust to life in postwar Germany. (120 mins.)
 
38.
My Best Fiend (1999 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski... (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
39.
Pandora's Box (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her. (109 mins.)
 
40.
Mephisto (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance... (144 mins.)
Director: István Szabó
 
41.
The Seventh Continent (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A European family who plan on escaping to Australia, seem caught up in their daily routine, only troubled by minor incidents. However, behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence, they are actually planning something sinister. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
42.
Gloomy Sunday (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Follows three men who are in love with a most beautiful waitress: An intellectual restaurant owner, a mysterious musician and an erratic businessman; taking place during the WWII. (112 mins.)
Director: Rolf Schübel
 
43.
The Tunnel (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Based on a true story a group of East Berliners escaping to the West. Harry Melchior was a champion... (150 mins.)
 
44.
The Bridge (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers. (103 mins.)
Director: Bernhard Wicki
 
45.
Grave Decisions (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Marcus H. Rosenmüller's first feature movie deals with a boy thinking that he is responsible for his mother's... (104 mins.)
 
46.
Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse sets out to make a fortune and run Berlin. Detective Wenk sets out to stop him. (242 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
47.
Cherry Blossoms (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After Rudi's wife Trudi suddenly dies, he travels to Japan to fulfill her dream of being a Butoh dancer. (127 mins.)
Director: Doris Dörrie
 
48.
Alice in the Cities (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A German journalist is saddled with a nine-year-old girl after encountering her mother at a New York airport. (110 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
49.
The Punch Bowl (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (97 mins.)
Director: Helmut Weiss
 
50.
Veronika Voss (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A washed up UFA actress, kept by her doctor, raises suspicion in a sports journalist. (104 mins.)
 
51.
Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms... (97 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
52.
Lola (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In post-war West Germany, the charming Von Bohm is appointed a city's new Building Commissioner. His morality is tested when he unknowingly falls in love with a brothel worker, Lola, the paid mistress of a corrupt property developer. (113 mins.)
 
53.
Pappa ante Portas (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
After ordering enough typewriting paper for 40 years, just to get discount, Heinrich Lohse is forced to retire... (89 mins.)
 
54.
Gigantic (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three friends from Hamburg spend one last night on the town before one of them leaves the city forever. (80 mins.)
 
55.
Destiny (1921)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate. (114 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
56.
It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (100 mins.)
Director: Ladislao Vajda
 
57.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A handsome prince rides a flying horse to far-away lands and embarks on magical adventures, which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess. (81 mins.)
Director: Lotte Reiniger
 
58.
Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (1938 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin. (121 mins.)
 
59.
Fox and His Friends (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Working class and middle-upper class worlds come together in this interesting look at class conflict... (123 mins.)
 
60.
Silentium (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man who accused a catholic bishop of abusing him when he was a child dies in the Austrian city Salzburg. Everyone except his widow and the eccentrical detective Simon Brenner keeps silent and believes that the man killed himself. (116 mins.)
 
61.
Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Thymiane is a beautiful young girl who is not having a storybook life. Her governess, Elizabeth, is thrown out of her home when she is pregnant... (104 mins.)
 
62.
Kings of the Road (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A traveling projection-equipment mechanic works in Western Germany along the East-German border, visiting worn-out theatres. He meets with a depressed young man whose marriage has just broken up, and the two decide to travel together. (175 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
63.
Come Sweet Death (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Ex-detective Brenner wants to keep himself out of trouble but several murder cases and his ex-girlfriend Klara finally get him involved... (107 mins.)
 
64.
Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
This movie shows us one day in Berlin, the rhythm of that time, starting at the earliest morning and ends in the deepest night. (65 mins.)
 
65.
In a Year with 13 Moons (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
This drama follows the last few days in the life of Elvira (formerly Erwin) Weisshaupt. Years before... (124 mins.)
 
66.
The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Hans Epp is a self-destructive man who lives a dissatisfied life. He tries to find meaning as a fruit vendor, but a heart attack impedes his ability to work, which turns his dissatisfaction into despair. (88 mins.)
 
67.
Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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... (129 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
68.
World on a Wire (1973 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality... (212 mins.)
 
69.
Distant Lights (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
This movie reflects on the situation around the border between Poland and Germany. The fate of many... (105 mins.)
 
70.
Our Daily Bread (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
OUR DAILY BREAD is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn't always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas. (92 mins.)
 
71.
Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty (1938 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin, orchestrated as Nazi propaganda. (96 mins.)
 
72.
Chinese Roulette (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Both the parents of a young teen who walks with crutches, goes on each their secret meeting with lovers, both surprising each other at the family's county home. The daughter arrives and initiates a guessing game of "Chinese roulette". (86 mins.)
 
73.
Spies (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The mastermind behind a ubiquitous spy operation learns of a dangerous romance between a Russian lady in his employ and a dashing agent from the government's secret service. (178 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
74.
Colonel Redl (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Set during the fading glory of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the film tells of the rise and fall of Alfred Redl (Brandauer)... (144 mins.)
Director: István Szabó
 
75.
The Goebbels Experiment (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Through archival footage and dramatic readings of his personal writings, the life of Nazi Germany's Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels, is examined. (108 mins.)
 
76.
The Deathmaker (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Fritz Haarmann, who has killed at least 27 boys, is questioned by a psychology professor in order to... (110 mins.)
 
77.
Mother's Day (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A satirical take on the life of a family in a public housing complex in Vienna as they prepare for Mother's Day. (95 mins.)
 
78.
Martha (1974 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A single woman in her early thirties, Martha (Margit Carstensen) is on vacation with her father in Rome when he has a heart attack and falls down dead... (116 mins.)