Movies I watched and rated (German)

by svipdag | created - 07 Jan 2013 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

All German movies I watched since I started to rate them. 5 Stars: Brilliant 4 Stars: Recommended to watch 3 Stars: Good 2 Stars: Average 1 Star: Not recommended to watch 0 Stars: Horrible

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1. Ihr könnt euch niemals sicher sein (2008 TV Movie)

88 min | Drama

7.1
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A teenager who announces an act of violence against his teacher and with whom violent videos are found is examined in the adolescent psychiatry for his danger.

Director: Nicole Weegmann | Stars: Ludwig Trepte, Jenny Schily, Jürgen Tonkel, Anna Marie Fuchs

Votes: 189

Absolutely underrated movie with a message at least as important as "Die Welle". 5 Stars.

2. Two Merry Adventurers (1937)

Passed | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

7.1
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Hans Albers and Heinz Rühmann play two confidence tricksters. They manage to stop a night train for nefarious purposes, and impersonate Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Romantic involvement ... See full summary »

Director: Karl Hartl | Stars: Hans Albers, Heinz Rühmann, Marieluise Claudius, Hansi Knoteck

Votes: 574

Surprising turns and the two grestest German actors of this time - what more could one want? 5 Stars

3. Die Geschichte vom Brandner Kaspar (2008)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

6.0
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70-year old Brandner Kaspar lives with his granddaughter Nannerl in the mountains at the Schliersee. As he is visited by the Death and wants to take him, Brandner Kaspar tricks him and gets another 20 years of life.

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier | Stars: Franz-Xaver Kroetz, Michael Herbig, Lisa Maria Potthoff, Peter Ketnath

Votes: 653

Original and worthy adaption of the iconic Bavarian stage play. 5 Stars.

4. The Wave (2008)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

7.6
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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: 89,140

5 Stars

5. Afrika, mon amour (2007– )

270 min | Drama

6.5
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This Out of Africa (1985) style three-part movie deals with a courageous woman, who moves to Africa to flee her past. Berlin, 1914: When Katharina von Strahlberg discovers that her husband ... See full summary »

Stars: Alexander Held, Robert Atzorn, Iris Berben, Pierre Besson

Votes: 70

German style monumental movie - without Hollywood pathos. 4 Stars

6. 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: 278,162 | Gross: $5.51M

Credible athmospheric picture, great acting performance of Bruno Ganz. 4 Stars.

7. Die Frau vom Checkpoint Charlie (2007 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama

5.9
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Based on a true story, Miguel Alexandre's two-part drama focuses on a East German woman and the fight for her children. Spring 1982: Sara Bender, living with her daughters Silvia and Sabine... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Alexandre | Stars: Veronica Ferres, Peter Kremer, Filip Peeters, Maria Ehrich

Votes: 243

Thrilling, but a bit to much cliché for the full rating. 4 Stars

8. Der letzte Zug (2006)

123 min | Drama, War

6.6
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A group of people are imprisoned in a rail car bound from Berlin to a concentration camp in 1945.

Directors: Joseph Vilsmaier, Dana Vávrová | Stars: Gedeon Burkhard, Lale Yavas, Lena Beyerling, Sibel Kekilli

Votes: 1,181

There are many holocaust movies, but I know only one about the horrible deportation trains. 4 Stars.

9. Speer und er (2005– )

270 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.5
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A reassessment of the role Albert Speer played in the Third Reich. Speer, who was ultimately convicted at the Nuremburg trials and served a 20-year prison sentence, was known for designing ... See full summary »

Stars: Sebastian Koch, Tobias Moretti, Dagmar Manzel, Susanne Schäfer

Votes: 691

Mix between documentary and feature. 4 Stars.

10. Krupp - Eine deutsche Familie (2009– )

270 min | Biography, Drama

6.6
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Its about the story of Alfred Krupp and his family, also the story of the Krupp company, which has been proeminent in German industry. The family company was a key supplier of weapons and material to the Nazi regime during WW II.

Stars: Iris Berben, Benjamin Sadler, Valerie Koch, Barbara Auer

Votes: 138

4 Stars

11. Vaya con Dios (2002)

106 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

7.0
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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: 910

Goddamn funny. 4 Stars

12. Nirgendwo in Afrika (2001)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama

7.7
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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: 11,281 | Gross: $6.17M

A movie for demanding watchers. 4 Stars

13. Before the Fall (2004)

110 min | Drama, Sport, Thriller

7.4
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65 Metascore

In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Max Riemelt, Tom Schilling, Devid Striesow, Jonas Jägermeyr

Votes: 12,226 | Gross: $0.14M

Relentless study about the intended brutalization of the youth in the Third Reich. 4 Stars

14. Kaddisch für einen Freund (2012)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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Director: Leo Khasin | Stars: Ryszard Ronczewski, Neil Belakhdar, Neil Malik Abdullah, Sanam Afrashteh

Votes: 212

Rather undistinguished as a movie, but it serves the purpose to deliver the message. 3 Stars

15. The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

R | 150 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.4
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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: 31,993 | Gross: $0.48M

3 Stars

16. Sommergäste (1976)

115 min | Drama

7.1
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A group of people from the wealthy middle class in endless quasi intellectual quarrels and discussions trying to find some meaning in their comfortable and indolent life. Adaptation of the play by Maxim Gorky.

Director: Peter Stein | Stars: Wolf Redl, Edith Clever, Ilse Ritter, Michael König

Votes: 34

Unfortunately, it's not always easy to tell who is who if you don't know the stage play. 3 Stars

17. In July (2000)

99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

7.8
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71 Metascore

Can Daniel follow the sun from Hamburg to the Bosporus by Friday to meet his love?

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christiane Paul, Mehmet Kurtulus, Idil Üner

Votes: 18,147

Refreshing comedy with a message. 3 Stars

18. 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: 5,895

Sporadically tedious, but all in all a good athmospheric picture. 3 Stars

19. Die Machtergreifung (2012 TV Movie)

90 min | History

6.4
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Germany, 1932-1933: The rise of Adolf Hitler as a politician, which eventually led to his dictatorship and the Nazi-Regime.

Director: Bernd Fischerauer | Stars: Thure Riefenstein, Mathieu Carrière, Alexander Held, Alexander Goebel

Votes: 18

More or less credible. 3 Stars

20. Dealer (1999)

74 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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Despite many attempts, Can is unable to devote himself to anything other than a career in crime, as a small-time dealer and errand-boy for drug boss Hakan. Hakan keeps his customers ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Arslan | Stars: Tamer Yigit, Idil Üner, Birol Ünel, Baki Davrak

Votes: 166

The cast acquits itself well, despite some holes in the story. 3 Stars

21. Jugend ohne Gott (1991 TV Movie)

107 min | Drama

5.8
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A teacher at a German high-school in the nineteen thirties has issues with his students who seem to be getting less human and more convinced of Nazi ideals as time goes on.

Director: Michael Knof | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Klaus Piontek, Otto Mellies, Peter Sodann

Votes: 27

Decent adaptation with some small holes. 3 Stars

22. Epsteins Nacht (2002)

82 min | Drama

6.2
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Jochen Epstein wird aus dem Gefängnis entlassen, in dem er 15 Jahre wegen Mordes eingesessen hatte. Er ist entschlossen, aus Deutschland auszuwandern und die Vergangenheit für immer hinter ... See full summary »

Director: Urs Egger | Stars: Mario Adorf, Otto Tausig, Bruno Ganz, Günter Lamprecht

Votes: 104

Good start; a bit tiring after some time, though. 3 Stars

23. 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: 19,225

Funny, but not as good as the novel. 3 Stars

24. Nitschewo (2003)

86 min | Drama

7.2
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Jim and Elise are bound to each other by an uncompromising love, excessive passion and romance, which they like to experience up to life-threatening situations. But when film director Frank... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Sarazin | Stars: Axel Buchholz, Ken Duken, Axel Neumann, Daniel Olbrychski

Votes: 89

Touching, but predictable. 3 Stars

25. Crazy (2000)

97 min | Drama

6.6
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Benjamin is a 16 year old, paralyzed on one side of his body, with lousy grades in math, who switches to a boarding school to reach grammar school. Acclimatization to the new environment is... See full summary »

Director: Hans-Christian Schmid | Stars: Robert Stadlober, Tom Schilling, Oona-Devi Liebich, Julia Hummer

Votes: 3,629

A good choice if you want some rather trivial entertainment. 3 Stars

26. Der Hexer (1932)

88 min | Drama, Mystery

7.1
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Directors: Karel Lamac, Martin Fric | Stars: Paul Richter, Maria Matray, Carl Walther Meyer, Wera Engels

Votes: 18

Not bad, but not a movie that stays in your mind. 3 Stars

27. 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: 2,718

Some funny jokes, much emptyness. 2 Stars

28. The 3 Penny Opera (1931)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.5
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In London at the turn of the century, the bandit Mack the Knife marries Polly without the knowledge of her father, Peachum, the 'king of the beggars'.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Rudolf Forster, Lotte Lenya, Carola Neher, Reinhold Schünzel

Votes: 1,642

Better read or watch Brecht's original play. 2 Stars

29. Die Verhaftung des Johann Nepomuk Nestroy (2000 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

8.4
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In the 19th century the Austrian playwright Johann Nepomuk Nestroy adapts British and French plays for the theatres of Wien. Using ambiguous allusions he makes a fool of the Austrian police... See full summary »

Director: Dieter Berner | Stars: Fritz Karl, Eva Herzig, Myriam Abbas, Giora Seeliger

Votes: 16

Good idea, bad cast. If you turn a movie about Nestroy, you should read up about him. 1 Star.

30. Krabat (2008)

120 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

6.1
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A boy learns the black arts from an evil sorcerer.

Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner | Stars: David Kross, Christian Redl, Daniel Brühl, Robert Stadlober

Votes: 5,609

Has almost nothing to do with the novel. 1 Star.

31. Ich bin ein Elefant, Madame (1969)

100 min | Drama, Comedy

7.3
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The pupil Rull rehearses the uprising at a grammar school in Bremen and tries to break through the authoritarian structures of his school. The result is a humorous protest movement that demands a democratic school form.

Director: Peter Zadek | Stars: Heinz Baumann, Wolfgang Schneider, Guido Baumann, Margot Trooger

Votes: 94

May contain one or two good scenes for those who didn't fall asleep after fifteen minutes. 0 Stars.