Germanic Movies and TV Shows

Movies and TV shows that have Germanic main themes, and/or deal with famous Germanic persons, and/or take place in a significantly Germanic setting.

This list is informational and I do not personally endorse all these films.
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1.
The Student of Prague (1913)
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A poor student rescues a beautiful countess and soon becomes obsessed with her. A sorcerer makes a deal... (85 mins.)
 
2.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
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Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. (76 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
 
3.
Nosferatu (1922)
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Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
4.
Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)
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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... (97 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
5.
Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (1924)
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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... (129 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
6.
The Last Laugh (1924)
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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. (77 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
7.
Faust (1926)
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The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul. (85 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
8.
Metropolis (1927)
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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
 
9.
The Viking (1928)
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Vikings compete for power and the love of a woman. (90 mins.)
 
10.
Frankenstein (1931)
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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
11.
Triumph of the Will (1935 Documentary)
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The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany. (114 mins.)
 
12.
Heidi (1937)
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A plucky little orphan girl gets dumped abruptly into her gruff, hermit grandfather's care, then later gets retaken and delivered as a companion for an injured girl. (88 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
13.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
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Snow White, pursued by a jealous queen, hides with the Dwarfs; the queen soon learns of this and prepares to feed her a poison apple. (83 mins.)
 
14.
Fridericus (1937)
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In 18th century Europe, King Friedrich II of Prussia leads his army through the seven-years-war with neighboring states, and after numerous near defeats, eventually brings a victorious army back to Berlin. (97 mins.)
Director: Johannes Meyer
 
15.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
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When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army. (102 mins.)
 
16.
Bismarck (1940)
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A biographical film of Otto von Bismarck, the Prime Minister of Prussia, and how he and his policies - including aggressive war - helped to unite Germany. (118 mins.)
 
17.
The Dismissal (1942)
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A sequel to 1940's "Bismark", Bismarck is dismissed by an under-pressure Wilhelm II. Then the treaty with Russia is in peril as the leader is left with the dilemma of who could complete Bismarck's work. (110 mins.)
 
18.
Der große König (1942)
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King Frederick II (aka "Frederick the Great") of Prussia is engaged in a major battle against the Austrian army at Kunersdorf... (118 mins.)
Director: Veit Harlan
 
19.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1943)
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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. (110 mins.)
Director: Josef von Báky
 
20.
The Punch Bowl (1944)
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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. (97 mins.)
Director: Helmut Weiss
 
21.
Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
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The opening scene of the movie describes it best: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales." (112 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
22.
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
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Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life, but it behaves not as he intended. (82 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
23.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
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A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
24.
The Vikings (1958)
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A slave and a Viking prince fight for the love of a captive princess. (116 mins.)
 
25.
The Virgin Spring (1960)
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An innocent yet pampered young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way. (89 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
26.
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
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A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island. (126 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
 
27.
Erik the Conqueror (1961)
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In the 9th Century, two Viking children, separated since their early childhood with one raised by the British and the other by Vikings... (90 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
 
28.
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)
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The story of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, and three of their stories... (135 mins.)
 
29.
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954 TV Series)
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A Disney-produced anthology covering many different genres. (120 mins.)
 
30.
Dinner for One (1963 Short Film)
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At Miss Sophie's 90th birthday dinner, her butler James must fill in for her four departed friends - and that includes lots of drinks before every course!. (18 mins.)
 
31.
The Long Ships (1964)
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A vagabond Viking adventurer and a Moor both compete to find "The Mother of All Voices," a legendary golden bell near the Pillars of Hercules. (126 mins.)
Director: Jack Cardiff
 
32.
The War Lord (1965)
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A knight in the service of a duke goes to a coastal villiage where an earlier attempt to build a defensive castle has failed... (123 mins.)
 
33.
Massacre in the Black Forest (1967)
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In the first half of the first century A.D., the Teutonic tribes, led by Arminius The Terrible, rebel against the cruel and conquering Roman Empire... (82 mins.)
Director: Ferdy Baldwin
 
34.
Der Freischütz (1968)
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(127 mins.)
Director: Joachim Hess
 
35.
Alfred the Great (1969)
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While Old England is being ransacked by roving Danes in the 9th century, Alfred is planning to join the priesthood... (122 mins.)
Director: Clive Donner
 
36.
Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)
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The story of Manfred von Richthofen, the German air ace during World War I and his struggle with the enemy aces and some jealous German officers. (97 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
37.
The Pied Piper (1972)
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Greed, corruption, ignorance, and disease. Midsummer, 1349: the Black Death reaches northern Germany... (86 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
 
38.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
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An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body. (106 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
39.
The Island at the Top of the World (1974)
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In 1907, four explorers discover a lost colony of Vikings in the Arctic. (93 mins.)
 
40.
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
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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 speak or walk, and bearing a strange note. (110 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
42.
The Norseman (1978)
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An 11th-century Viking prince sails to America to find his father, who on a previous voyage had been captured by Indians. (90 mins.)
 
43.
Outlaw: The Saga of Gisli (1981)
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From an authentic Viking saga, Outlaw tells the story of a family blood feud, set in 10th century Iceland. (100 mins.)
 
44.
The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977 TV Series)
Episode: Tannhäuser (1982)
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This is the 1977 television recording of the Rise and Fall of Managing by Kurt Weill
 
45.
Hansel and Gretel (1983 TV Movie)
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Tim Burton's "Hansel and Gretel" is a live-action and stop-motion animated film short featuring East... (45 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
46.
Amadeus (1984)
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The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
47.
Lohengrin (1986 TV Movie)
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(226 mins.)
 
48.
Grimm Masterpiece Theatre (1987 TV Series)
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An animated series retelling a different folk or fairy tale in each episode. (30 mins.)
 
49.
Erik the Viking (1989)
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Erik the Viking and his men travel across the sea to find Valhalla to ask the gods to end the Age of Ragnarok. (107 mins.)
Director: Terry Jones
 
50.
Das Rheingold (1990 TV Movie)
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'Das Rheingold' tells the story about Alberich's theft of the gold from the Rhine, the forging of the Ring of power and sets off a cascade of events that further develop in the subsequent operas of the Ring Cycle. (163 mins.)
Director: Brian Large
 
51.
Die Walküre (1990 TV Movie)
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(244 mins.)
Director: Brian Large
 
52.
Siegfried (1990 TV Movie)
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(253 mins.)
Director: Brian Large
 
53.
Götterdämmerung (1990 TV Movie)
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(281 mins.)
Director: Brian Large
 
54.
Hamlet (1990)
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge. (135 mins.)
 
55.
The Nutcracker Prince (1990)
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An adaption of the classic tale of a girl's dreams turned reality when her new toy turns out to be a young man placed under a curse. (75 mins.)
Director: Paul Schibli
 
56.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
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When Robin and his Moorish companion come to England and the tyranny of the Sheriff of Nottingham, he decides to fight back as an outlaw. (143 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
57.
Royal Deceit (1994)
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This re-telling of Hamlet goes back to the original Danish source material. The opening scenario remains... (103 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Axel
 
58.
Rumpelstiltskin (1995)
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In the 1400s, Rumpelstiltskin is imprisoned inside a small jade figurine. In modern-day Los Angeles... (87 mins.)
Director: Mark Jones
 
59.
The Viking Sagas (1995)
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The film chronicles a long-ago time when men relied not on their intellect to make points, but on their swords... (83 mins.)
Director: Michael Chapman
 
60.
Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)
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In this dark take on the fairy tale, the growing hatred of a noblewoman, secretly a practitioner of the dark arts, for her stepdaughter, and the witch's horrifying attempts to kill her. (100 mins.)
Director: Michael Cohn
 
61.
Animated Epics: Beowulf (1998 Short Film)
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(27 mins.)
Director: Yuri Kulakov
 
62.
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
 
63.
The 13th Warrior (1999)
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A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled on a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land. (102 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
64.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
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Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
65.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2001 TV Movie)
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To win Eva's hand in marriage, Walther must win First Place in the Nurnberg Singing Contest. He has a formidable opponent in stodgy old Beckmesser, but the cobbler Hans Sachs is on hand to help. (266 mins.)
Director: Brian Large
 
66.
Luther (2003)
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During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation. (123 mins.)
Director: Eric Till
 
67.
Curse of the Ring (2004 TV Movie)
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The legend of Siegfried and Brunhild, loosely based on characters from the Norse sagas and the pre-Christian Germanic heroic motifs outlined in the Nibelungensaga. (184 mins.)
Director: Uli Edel
 
68.
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
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Will and Jake Grimm are traveling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires true courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms. (118 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
69.
Beowulf & Grendel (2005)
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In Denmark, during the 6th century, Danish king Hrothgar and his warriors kill a troll whose son, Grendel, vows revenge. (103 mins.)
 
70.
Antibodies (2005)
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Long wanted serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police strike. Small town cop... (127 mins.)
 
71.
Beerfest (2006)
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Two brothers travel to Germany for Oktoberfest, only to stumble upon a secret, centuries-old competition described as a "Fight Club" with beer games. (110 mins.)
 
72.
Beowulf (2007)
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The warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing Denmark, and later, Grendel's mother, who begins killing out of revenge. (115 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
73.
Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America (2007)
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On the coast of North America in AD 1007, two Norsemen are stranded when their expedition is attacked and they are left for dead... (107 mins.)
Director: Tony Stone
 
74.
The Red Baron (2008)
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German biopic loosely based on the World War I fighter ace Manfred Von Richthofen, nicknamed the Red Baron by friend and foe alike. (106 mins.)
 
75.
Outlander (2008)
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During the reign of the Vikings, Kainan, a man from a far-off world, crash lands on Earth, bringing with him an alien predator known as the Moorwen. Though both man and monster are seeking revenge for violence committed against them, Kainan leads the alliance to kill the Moorwen by fusing his advanced technology with the Viking's Iron Age weaponry. (115 mins.)
Director: Howard McCain
 
76.
Valhalla Rising (2009)
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Forced for some time to be a fighting slave, a pagan warrior escapes his captors with a boy and joins a group of Crusaders on their quest to the Holy Land. (93 mins.)
 
77.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
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A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. (98 mins.)
 
78.
Norwegian Ninja (2010)
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The true story of how Commander Arne Treholt and his Ninja Force saved Norway during the Cold War. (77 mins.)
 
79.
Trollhunter (2010)
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A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter. (103 mins.)
Director: André Øvredal
 
80.
Unknown (2011)
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A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is. (113 mins.)
 
81.
Thor (2011)
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The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. (115 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
82.
Grimm (2011 TV Series)
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A homicide detective discovers he is a descendant of hunters who fight supernatural forces. (45 mins.)
 
83.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
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Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past. (88 mins.)
Director: Tommy Wirkola
 
84.
Vikings (2013 TV Series)
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The world of the Vikings is brought to life through the journey of Ragnar Lothbrok, the first Viking to emerge from Norse legend and onto the pages of history - a man on the edge of myth. (44 mins.)
 
84.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
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When Dr. Jane Foster gets cursed with a powerful entity known as the Aether, Thor is heralded of the cosmic event known as the Convergence and the genocidal Dark Elves. (112 mins.)
Director: Alan Taylor
 
85.
Ragnarok (2013)
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Norwegian archaeologist Sigurd Svendsen forms a small team and sets off to find the true meaning of the secret runes found carved in rock and accidentally awakens a giant monster. (100 mins.)
 
86.
Krampus (2015)
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A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a festive demon to his family home. (98 mins.)