best films in german

by Hans-Peter14 | created - 15 Aug 2011 | updated - 10 Mar 2012 | Public

Some flicks from Germany and Austria that I like for whatever reason in chronological order

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1. Nosferatu (1922)

Not Rated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror

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: 81,832

I know, it's silent and so it's not really in german but what the heck

2. The Last Laugh (1924)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

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: 11,242 | Gross: $0.09M

This not even has intertitles, but you can't make to much publicity for F.W. Murnau

3. The Blue Angel (1930)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Music

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: 12,589 | Gross: $0.08M

Today it seems unbelievable, but there was a time directors from the U.S. came to Germany to make films, needless to say it was before Goebbels propaganda destroyed german cinema.

4. Murderers Among Us (1946)

85 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

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: 1,811

First german film after Second World War

5. Germany Year Zero (1948)

Not Rated | 78 min | Drama, War

A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post WWII Berlin.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Edmund Moeschke, Ernst Pittschau, Ingetraud Hinze, Franz-Otto Krüger

Votes: 9,024

6. Man of Straw (1951)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 714

7. Der Verlorene (1951)

98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

German scientist murders his fiancée during World War II when he learns that she has been selling the results of his secret research to the enemy.

Director: Peter Lorre | Stars: Peter Lorre, Karl John, Helmuth Rudolph, Johanna Hofer

Votes: 828

8. The Axe of Wandsbek (1951)

110 min | Drama

After a crime is committed during the Nazi era in the Reeperbahn area of Hamburg,the aspiring local leader,a ship owner,needs to find an executioner to kill the perpetrators(the crime is ... See full summary »

Director: Falk Harnack | Stars: Erwin Geschonneck, Käthe Braun, Gefion Helmke, Willy A. Kleinau

Votes: 136

9. Hallo Dienstmann (1952)

105 min | Comedy

Musical comedy about confused identities.

Director: Franz Antel | Stars: Paul Hörbiger, Hans Moser, Maria Andergast, Waltraut Haas

Votes: 153

10. Vier Mädel aus der Wachau (1957)

96 min | Comedy, Romance

A remote Austrian village depends economically on its wine production. But no-one has heard of the place, and the wine business is in the doldrums. Then two sets of twins are born in the ... See full summary »

Director: Franz Antel | Stars: Isa Günther, Jutta Günther, Alice Kessler, Ellen Kessler

Votes: 46

11. The Last Witness (1960)

102 min | Crime

Wolfgang Staudte takes a few swipes at the West German judicial system in this fairly effective courtroom drama about the murder of a four-month-old baby. Police almost immediately arrest ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Staudte | Stars: Martin Held, Hanns Lothar, Ellen Schwiers, Jürgen Goslar

Votes: 76

12. Am Sonntag will mein Süsser mit mir segeln gehn (1961)

95 min | Music, Comedy

Albert and Corinna begin a camping site in their backyard and soon welcome a bunch of eccentric, love lost holiday goers.

Director: Franz Marischka | Stars: Vivi Bach, Adrian Hoven, Elma Karlowa, Claus Biederstaedt

Votes: 50

All your beloved musicstars on vacation in Yugoslavia and they sing, sing and sing

13. Professor Mamlock (1961)

99 min | Drama

Professor Hans Mamlock is the distinguished chief of surgery in a university hospital. The year is 1933, and although the Professor is Jewish, he remains unconcerned with politics and the ... See full summary »

Director: Konrad Wolf | Stars: Wolfgang Heinz, Ursula Burg, Hilmar Thate, Lissy Tempelhof

Votes: 103

15. Solange Leben in mir ist (1965)

114 min | Drama, War

The biography of the German socialistic politician Karl Liebknecht and his fight against World War I.

Director: Günter Reisch | Stars: Horst Schulze, Lyudmila Kasyanova, Rita Krips, Mikhail Ulyanov

Votes: 31

First Part of a two-piece biography of Karl Liebknecht, the only member of parliament who opposed the First World War and first chairman of the Communist Party of Germany

17. Zum Teufel mit der Penne - Die Lümmel von der ersten Bank, 2. Teil (1968)

99 min | Comedy

Dr. Peter Roland, a Geneva TV reporter and prankster, is ordered as punishment to cover the German schools. So he cheats his brother in law William 'Willy' Tell to steal his identity as ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Jacobs | Stars: Peter Alexander, Hans Kraus, Hannelore Elsner, Willy Millowitsch

Votes: 385

Oh yes, the wild 68's storm the school and the great Peter Alexander mocks the authority. Plus the dutch childstar Heintje has one of the weirdest appearances I've ever seen in a movie

18. Trotz alledem! (1972)

125 min | Drama, War

Biographical war drama about the life of German socialist Karl Liebknecht.

Director: Günter Reisch | Stars: Horst Schulze, Lyudmila Kasyanova, Ute Illmann, Lutz Fremde

Votes: 30

Second Part of the Biography of Liebknecht

19. The Legend of Paul and Paula (1973)

105 min | Drama, Romance

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: 937

20. Blutsbrüder (1975)

100 min | Western, Drama

An Indian village is attacked by the American army. The Indians are cruelly killed. One of the soldiers called Harmonika is disgusted by the murders of the innocent women and children. He ... See full summary »

Director: Werner W. Wallroth | Stars: Dean Reed, Gojko Mitic, Gisela Freudenberg, Jörg Panknin

Votes: 176

21. Jacob the Liar (1974)

100 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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: 1,095

22. The Singer (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Victor Jara is one of the most popular singers in Chile. In 1973 he is arrested by the military and his body is found dead.

Director: Dean Reed | Stars: Dean Reed, Friederike Aust, Gerry Wolff, Thomas Wolff

Votes: 34

23. Der Bockerer (1981)

104 min | Drama, History

A politically naive Viennese butcher (Bockerer) manages to survive the Nazi occupation of Austria and the second world war.

Director: Franz Antel | Stars: Karl Merkatz, Alfred Böhm, Hans Holt, Marte Harell

Votes: 819

24. The White Rose (1982)

108 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

During the Second World War, a small group of students at Munich University begin to question the decisions and sanity of Germany's Nazi government. The students form a resistance cell ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Verhoeven | Stars: Lena Stolze, Wulf Kessler, Oliver Siebert, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 822

25. Stammheim - The Baader-Meinhof Gang on Trial (1986)

107 min | Crime, Drama

Stammheim Prison in Stuttgart, West Germany, as the five defendants--Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof, Gudrun Ensslin, Jan-Carl Raspe, and Holger Meins--are brought before the judge and ... See full summary »

Director: Reinhard Hauff | Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Hans Kremer, Therese Affolter, Ulrich Pleitgen

Votes: 399

26. Singing the Blues in Red (1986)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A singer swaps the political intimidation of working in East Germany for the equally controlling capitalist music industry in the West.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Gerulf Pannach, Fabienne Babe, Sigfrit Steiner, Cristine Rose

Votes: 393

28. Ödipussi (1988)

88 min | Comedy, Romance

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: 3,080

29. Conversation with the Beast (1996)

95 min | Drama

An American historian (Mr Webster) comes to Berlin to visit an old man who claims to be the real Adolf Hitler and to be 103 years old. The Hitler who died in 1945, the old man says, was ... See full summary »

Director: Armin Mueller-Stahl | Stars: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Bob Balaban, Hark Bohm, Katharina Böhm

Votes: 83

Mock Roy Black with Chritoph Waltz

31. Come Sweet Death (2000)

107 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

Ex-detective Brenner wants to keep himself out of trouble but several murder cases and his ex-girlfriend Klara finally get him involved. But making decisions is not one his strengths.

Director: Wolfgang Murnberger | Stars: Josef Hader, Simon Schwarz, Barbara Rudnik, Michael Schönborn

Votes: 3,012

32. Baader (2002)

115 min | Action, Biography, Crime

Andreas Baader starts out as a small-time criminal. In Berlin, he is recruited by a revolutionary cell. They plan to overthrow the state.

Director: Christopher Roth | Stars: Frank Giering, Laura Tonke, Vadim Glowna, Can Taylanlar

Votes: 702

ahistorical film about the RAF. Much better than this right wing Baader-Meinhof-Complex *beep*

33. Babij Jar (2003)

112 min | Drama

Babi Yar is a ravine in the Ukrainian capital Kiev and a site of massacres carried out by German forces and local Ukrainian collaborators during their campaign against the Soviet Union in World War II.

Director: Jeff Kanew | Stars: Michael Degen, Barbara De Rossi, Katrin Saß, Axel Milberg

Votes: 144

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