Best german movies since 1990 / Die besten deutschen Filme seit 1990

by swordfishtrombone_85 | created - 20 Aug 2011 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

German movies I voted 7 or better; listed in order of their release year. ---------------------------- Alle deutschen Filme mit Erscheinungsjahr nach 1990, die ich mit 7 oder besser bewertet habe. Sortiert nach Erscheinungsjahr.

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1. Pappa ante Portas (1991)

89 min | Comedy

After ordering enough typewriting paper for 40 years, just to get discount, Heinrich Lohse is forced to retire. The former manager has plenty of time now to spend with his wife and their 16... See full summary »

Directors: Vicco von Bülow, Renate Westphal-Lorenz | Stars: Evelyn Hamann, Vicco von Bülow, Irm Hermann, Hans-Peter Korff

Votes: 4,205

2. Kleine Haie (1992)

87 min | Comedy, Romance

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: 1,241

3. Schtonk (1992)

115 min | Comedy

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: 2,859

5. Wir können auch anders... (1993)

92 min | Comedy

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: 1,155

6. Black Rider (1993)

Not Rated | 12 min | Short, Comedy

A young black man is verbally harassed by an older woman on a streetcar, while the other passengers remain silent. He finally exacts his revenge.

Director: Pepe Danquart | Stars: Senta Moira, Paul Outlaw, Stefan Merki, Klaus Tilsner

Votes: 1,420

7. Die tödliche Maria (1993)

106 min | Drama, Thriller, Fantasy

This dark psychological thriller draws us slowly but surely into Maria's strange world. Tension mounts as she is buffeted by interactions with her abusive husband, demanding father, and ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Nina Petri, Katja Studt, Juliane Heinemann, Josef Bierbichler

Votes: 798

8. Der Totmacher (1995)

110 min | Crime, Drama

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: 1,874

9. Nach Fünf im Urwald (1995)

99 min | Comedy, Romance

Anna, 17 years old, is happy to throw her first big birthday party without her parents, but some of her guests are so stoned that they leave a big chaos and, even worse, destroy the ... See full summary »

Director: Hans-Christian Schmid | Stars: Franka Potente, Axel Milberg, Dagmar Manzel, Farina Brock

Votes: 1,423

10. Beyond Silence (1996)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Music

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: 3,810 | Gross: $0.17M

11. Die Musterknaben (1997)

91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Anticipating a major drug deal the Düsseldorf LKA (state police) conducts an observation of a flat in Cologne. The night shift in the camera-equipped camper is assigned to local police ... See full summary »

Director: Ralf Huettner | Stars: Jürgen Tarrach, Oliver Korittke, Ellen Ten Damme, Herbert Knaup

Votes: 677

12. Das Leben ist eine Baustelle. (1997)

115 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 1,668

13. Winter Sleepers (1997)

122 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

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: 4,124 | Gross: $0.32M

14. Run Lola Run (1998)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

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: 175,439 | Gross: $7.27M

15. 23 (1998)

99 min | Thriller, Drama

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: 6,051

16. Train Birds (1998)

87 min | Comedy, Romance, Crime

Hannes is a beer-truck driver in Dortmund. His biggest dream is to win the first prize at the International Time-Table Contest in Inari (Finland). When his new boss cancels his extra ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Lichtefeld | Stars: Joachim Król, Outi Mäenpää, Peter Lohmeyer, Jochen Nickel

Votes: 1,122

17. Short Sharp Shock (1998)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Three friends get caught in a life of major crime.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Mehmet Kurtulus, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Adam Bousdoukos, Regula Grauwiller

Votes: 3,750

18. Gigantic (1999)

80 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 3,867

19. Night Shapes (1999)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 612

20. Nichts als die Wahrheit (1999)

128 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The famous Nazi-Doctor Dr. Josef Mengele - the "death angel of Auschwitz", who killed more than 300.000 people - comes back from his hide out in Argentina to Germany as a 87 year old man. ... See full summary »

Director: Roland Suso Richter | Stars: Kai Wiesinger, Götz George, Karoline Eichhorn, Doris Schade

Votes: 764

21. Bang Boom Bang - Ein todsicheres Ding (1999)

110 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Life could be just great for bank robber Keek: His buddy Kalle is doing time for their last coup, while Keek has to retain the loot. Kalle will spend two more years in jail, so Keek is not ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Thorwarth | Stars: Oliver Korittke, Markus Knüfken, Ralf Richter, Diether Krebs

Votes: 8,483

22. Sun Alley (1999)

101 min | Comedy, Romance

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: 5,635

23. Erleuchtung garantiert (1999)

109 min | Drama, Comedy

68 Metascore

Two very different brothers get together for a temporary stay in a Japanese zen monastry. The trip from Germany to Japan brings up some unexpected quests they have to manage. Soon both ... See full summary »

Director: Doris Dörrie | Stars: Uwe Ochsenknecht, Gustav-Peter Wöhler, Petra Zieser, Ulrike Kriener

Votes: 1,210

24. Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski (1999)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography

70 Metascore

In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Justo González

Votes: 9,169 | Gross: $0.10M

25. Die Unberührbare (2000)

110 min | Drama

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: 723

26. In July (2000)

99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

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: 18,918

27. The Experiment (2001)

R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

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: 85,684 | Gross: $0.14M

28. Lammbock (2001)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy

Stefan and Kai have good going business, self-grown cannabis screened as pizza delivering service. For now they only have to deal with aphids.

Director: Christian Zübert | Stars: Lucas Gregorowicz, Moritz Bleibtreu, Marie Zielcke, Julian Weigend

Votes: 9,952

29. Das weiße Rauschen (2001)

109 min | Drama

Kati, Jochen and Lukas take a trip on magic mushrooms. Lukas is not coming back.

Directors: Hans Weingartner, Tobias Amann | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Anabelle Lachatte, Patrick Joswig, Karl Danguillier

Votes: 2,977

30. What to Do in Case of Fire (2001)

R | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

47 Metascore

What To Do In Case of Fire? tells the humorous and touching story of six former creative anarchists who lived as house squatters in Berlin during its heyday in the 80s when Berlin was still... See full summary »

Director: Gregor Schnitzler | Stars: Klaus Löwitsch, Til Schweiger, Martin Feifel, Sebastian Blomberg

Votes: 3,335

31. Nichts bereuen (2001)

104 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

A recent high school grad still pines for an old classmate, and devises a stunt to get her attention.

Director: Benjamin Quabeck | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Jessica Schwarz, Marie-Lou Sellem, Denis Moschitto

Votes: 1,197

33. Scherbentanz (2002)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

Un hombre enfermo de leucemia busca desesperadamente un donador de médula.

Director: Chris Kraus | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Nadja Uhl, Margit Carstensen, Peter Davor

Votes: 174

34. Solino (2002)

124 min | Drama, Comedy

In the sixties Romano Amato, his wife Rosa and their two sons Giancarlo and Gigi emigrate from Solino in Italy to Duisburg in the Ruhr area and establish the first Pizza restaurant in town.... See full summary »

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Barnaby Metschurat, Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Tasche, Tiziana Lodato

Votes: 4,780

35. Eierdiebe (2003)

87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A man who loses a very personal part of his body to cancer decides he wants it back in this offbeat black comedy.

Director: Robert Schwentke | Stars: Wotan Wilke Möhring, Julia Hummer, Antoine Monot Jr., Alexander Beyer

Votes: 564

36. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 126,428 | Gross: $4.06M

37. Der alte Affe Angst (2003)

92 min | Drama, Romance

Angst is the story of a sensitive stage director, Robert, and his beautiful girlfriend Marie, a doctor in a children's clinic. Their different attitudes toward life lead the two to constant... See full summary »

Director: Oskar Roehler | Stars: André Hennicke, Marie Bäumer, Vadim Glowna, Hilde Van Mieghem

Votes: 442

38. Schultze Gets the Blues (2003)

PG | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

67 Metascore

Schultze is an accordion player and newly without work. When the local music club celebrates its 50th anniversary, his taste of music changes unexpectedly.

Director: Michael Schorr | Stars: Horst Krause, Harald Warmbrunn, Karl-Fred Müller, Ursula Schucht

Votes: 3,476 | Gross: $0.59M

39. Lichter (2003)

105 min | Drama

This movie reflects on the situation around the border between Poland and Germany. The fate of many single characters creates a picture of life in this region: Some Ukrainians want to cross... See full summary »

Director: Hans-Christian Schmid | Stars: Andrzej Górak, Anna Yanovskaya, Sergey Frolov, Bartek Wójtowicz

Votes: 1,832

40. Kroko (2003)

92 min | Drama

16 years old Julia calls herself Kroko and plays the role of a tough and ruthless girly gang leader in Berlin-Wedding, home of the losers within the German capital. She dominates her ... See full summary »

Director: Sylke Enders | Stars: Franziska Jünger, Alexander Lange, Hinnerk Schönemann, Danilo Bauer

Votes: 409

41. Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen (2003)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Drama

As an awkward idealistic high school teacher begins her first job in the city, things turn out to be much tougher than she had imagined.

Director: Maren Ade | Stars: Eva Löbau, Daniela Holtz, Jan Neumann, Ilona Schulz

Votes: 1,292 | Gross: $0.00M

42. Lautlos (2004)

94 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

Viktor, a methodical hit man, probably on his last job, has no plan for his retirement. He does not kill Nina, a woman sleeping beside his latest mark; then he follows her and rescues her ... See full summary »

Director: Mennan Yapo | Stars: Joachim Król, Nadja Uhl, Christian Berkel, Rudolf Martin

Votes: 937

43. Muxmäuschenstill (2004)

89 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 2,555

44. Head-On (2004)

R | 121 min | Drama, Romance

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: 45,915

45. Go for Zucker (2004)

Unrated | 95 min | Comedy

60 Metascore

A Journalist of Jewish descent in Berlin feels that he is a loser of the political changes in Germany after 1989. When his mother dies, he has to meet his brother to whom he has not talked ... See full summary »

Director: Dani Levy | Stars: Henry Hübchen, Hannelore Elsner, Udo Samel, Golda Tencer

Votes: 2,571 | Gross: $0.09M

46. Kammerflimmern (2004)

100 min | Drama, Romance

Traumatised paramedic looks for the woman of his dreams.

Director: Hendrik Hölzemann | Stars: Matthias Schweighöfer, Jessica Schwarz, Jan-Gregor Kremp, Florian Lukas

Votes: 1,852

47. The Edukators (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama, Romance

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: 29,140 | Gross: $0.18M

48. Sommersturm (2004)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

A close friendship between two crew teammates is tested when one slowly discovers he's gay and attracted to the other.

Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner | Stars: Robert Stadlober, Kostja Ullmann, Miriam Morgenstern, Jürgen Tonkel

Votes: 12,373 | Gross: $0.10M

49. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 293,680 | Gross: $5.51M

50. Love in Thoughts (2004)

89 min | Drama, Romance