Winners of the german national film award/Preisträger des Deutschen Filmpreises

by swordfishtrombone_85 | created - 15 Nov 2011 | updated - 27 Apr 2013 | Public

The winners for best picture. In the years 1963 and 1970 the price was shared between two winners, in 1987 and 1993 even between three.

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1. Das doppelte Lottchen (1950)

105 min | Family, Comedy

Based on Erich Kästner's famous book about two similar-looking girls who meet at summer camp, realize that they're twin sisters, and plan to switch homes for a while.

Director: Josef von Báky | Stars: Antje Weisgerber, Peter Mosbacher, Jutta Günther, Isa Günther

Votes: 404

3. The Mistress (1952)

112 min | Drama

An aging truck driver finds smuggled money and becomes involved with a hijacking crowd.

Director: Rudolf Jugert | Stars: Hans Albers, Hildegard Knef, Lucie Mannheim, Marius Goring

Votes: 98

4. No Way Back (1953)

87 min | Drama, History, Romance

In 1945, Mischa, a Red Army officer, discovers a frightened German girl, Anna, huddled in a Berlin cellar. He gives her a safe escort home and wins her gratitude. Seven years later, Mischa ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Vicas | Stars: Ivan Desny, Ruth Niehaus, René Deltgen, Karl John

Votes: 25

5. Deadly Decision (1954)

92 min | Biography, Drama, War

Brief biopic of Wilhelm Canaris, army intelligence (Abwehr) chief of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1944.

Director: Alfred Weidenmann | Stars: O.E. Hasse, Barbara Rütting, Adrian Hoven, Martin Held

Votes: 218

6. The Captain from Köpenick (1956)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

A young shoemaker is arrested for stealing a small amount of money, and is released after being jailed for 15 years. He wants to have a pass to get a job and start anew, but without a job ... See full summary »

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Martin Held, Hannelore Schroth, Willy A. Kleinau

Votes: 1,288

7. The Devil Strikes at Night (1957)

97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A serial killer strikes again during WWII in Germany. The wrong man is arrested and a detective hunts down the real killer. But justice in Nazi Germany is not so easily administered.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Claus Holm, Annemarie Düringer, Mario Adorf, Hannes Messemer

Votes: 760

8. Helden (1958)

96 min | Comedy, Romance

1865: Swiss captain Bluntschli fights as mercenary in the war between Bulgaria and Serbia. When his group's attacked by a few Bulgarian troopers, he learns that he's got the wrong ... See full summary »

Director: Franz Peter Wirth | Stars: O.W. Fischer, Liselotte Pulver, Ellen Schwiers, Jan Hendriks

Votes: 87

9. The Bridge (1959)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, War

In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers.

Director: Bernhard Wicki | Stars: Folker Bohnet, Fritz Wepper, Michael Hinz, Frank Glaubrecht

Votes: 5,989

10. Das Brot der frühen Jahre (1962)

84 min | Drama

A young electrical engineer, engaged to his boss's daughter and on the way to a secure existence, breaks out of his usual life when he meets a childhood friend.

Director: Herbert Vesely | Stars: Christian Doermer, Karen Blanguernon, Vera Tschechowa, Eike Siegel

Votes: 68

11. Die endlose Nacht (1963)

85 min | Drama

A thick fog force the travelers to persevere on the ground for many hours at Berlin-Tempelhof airport. Among them is a businessman who is facing ruin and not shy away, throwing his girlfriend to another man's neck in order to save himself.

Director: Will Tremper | Stars: Karin Hübner, Louise Martini, Harald Leipnitz, Hannelore Elsner

Votes: 132

12. Das Feuerschiff (1963)

84 min | Crime, Drama

Religiously principled Captain Freytag must choose between his morals and the safety of his crew and his young son, when three ruthless criminals on the run take over his lighthouse.

Director: Ladislao Vajda | Stars: James Robertson Justice, Helmut Wildt, Dieter Borsche, Pinkas Braun

Votes: 14

15. Young Torless (1966)

Approved | 87 min | Drama

At a boarding school in the pre-war Austro-Hungarian Empire, a pair of students torture one of their fellow classmates, Basini, who has been caught stealing money from one of the two. The ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Mathieu Carrière, Marian Seidowsky, Bernd Tischer, Fred Dietz

Votes: 1,827

16. Abschied von gestern - (Anita G.) (1966)

88 min | Drama

The film tells the story of Anita G., a young East German migrant to West Germany and her struggle to adjust to her new life.

Director: Alexander Kluge | Stars: Alexandra Kluge, Günter Mack, Eva Maria Meineke, Hans Korte

Votes: 739

17. Tätowierung (1967)

86 min | Crime, Drama

Capturing the zeitgeist of discontent and rebellion, the movie anticipates the protests of 1968.

Director: Johannes Schaaf | Stars: Helga Anders, Christof Wackernagel, Rosemarie Fendel, Tilo von Berlepsch

Votes: 65

18. The Artist in the Circus Dome: Clueless (1968)

103 min | Drama

"Neues Kino movie" about life in the circus dome narrated in Brechtian spirit; deceptively illusionist grip is broken violently by aloofness and sweeping subjective tracking shots.

Director: Alexander Kluge | Stars: Hannelore Hoger, Sigi Graue, Alfred Edel, Bernd Höltz

Votes: 300

19. Katzelmacher (1969)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

Jorgos, a migrant worker from Greece, joins a group of young people in Munich usually hanging around. This foreigner incites hostility and jealousy among them, and he is insulted as a "... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Lilith Ungerer, Rudolf Waldemar Brem, Elga Sorbas

Votes: 2,108

21. First Love (1970)

R | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance

Based on Ivan Turgeyev's novella, Erste Liebe is about two young lovers in czarist Russia. One is a 21-year-old woman, the other a young man of sixteen. Things take a tragic turn as the ... See full summary »

Director: Maximilian Schell | Stars: John Moulder-Brown, Dominique Sanda, Maximilian Schell, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 131

22. Trotta (1971)

95 min | Drama

After his imprisonment during the Great War, a young soldier returns to Vienna only to realize that everything has changed.

Director: Johannes Schaaf | Stars: András Bálint, Rosemarie Fendel, Doris Kunstmann, Elma Bulla

Votes: 158

24. The Pedestrian (1973)

PG | 98 min | Drama

When a German businessman causes a car accident with deadly consequences, the papers start digging into his past to find scandals. What they find causes him to reevaluate his own past during WW2 when he was in Greece.

Director: Maximilian Schell | Stars: Gustav Rudolf Sellner, Peter Hall, Maximilian Schell, Gila von Weitershausen

Votes: 128

27. Heinrich (1977)

125 min | Biography

The life and struggles of the German writer Heinrich von Kleist.

Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms | Stars: Heinrich Giskes, Grischa Huber, Hannelore Hoger, Lina Carstens

Votes: 25

28. Die gläserne Zelle (1978)

93 min | Crime, Drama

A man is wrongfully imprisoned for five years. Once out, he hears about his wife's supposed adventures outside of their marriage and becomes increasingly jealous.

Director: Hans W. Geissendörfer | Stars: Brigitte Fossey, Helmut Griem, Dieter Laser, Walter Kohut

Votes: 128

29. The Tin Drum (1979)

R | 142 min | Drama, War

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: 19,565

31. Jede Menge Kohle (1981)

100 min | Comedy

Pitman Katlewski is fed up with his conventional life: a wife, small apartment, nice living room furniture - and DM 9150 in debt to pay for all of the former. One day at work, he walks ... See full summary »

Director: Adolf Winkelmann | Stars: Detlev Quandt, Uli Heucke, Hermann Lause, Martin Lüttge

Votes: 134

32. Marianne & Juliane (1981)

106 min | Drama

Two sisters both fight for women's rights. Juliane is a journalist and Marianne a terrorist. When Marianne is jailed, Juliane feels obligated to help her despite their differing views on how to live.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Jutta Lampe, Barbara Sukowa, Rüdiger Vogler, Doris Schade

Votes: 1,452

33. The State of Things (1982)

121 min | Drama

On location in Portugal, a film crew runs out of film while making their own version of Roger Corman's Day the World Ended (1955). The producer is nowhere to be found and director Friedrich... See full summary »

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Allen Garfield, Samuel Fuller, Isabelle Weingarten, Rebecca Pauly

Votes: 2,361 | Gross: $6.00M

34. Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)

R | 100 min | Drama

A geologist employed by an Australian mining company finds himself disputing the rights of some aborigines who believe their land to be sacred.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Bruce Spence, Wandjuk Marika, Roy Marika, Ray Barrett

Votes: 1,737

35. Colonel Redl (1985)

R | 144 min | Biography, Drama, History

Set during the fading glory of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the film tells of the rise and fall of Alfred Redl (Brandauer), an ambitious young officer who proceeds up the ladder to become ... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Hans Christian Blech, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Gudrun Landgrebe

Votes: 2,283 | Gross: $0.00M

36. Rosa Luxemburg (1986)

122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

After years of political agitation, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht, and Leo Jogiches form a revolutionary German party, the Spartacists.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Daniel Olbrychski, Otto Sander, Adelheid Arndt

Votes: 939

38. The Name of the Rose (1986)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Helmut Qualtinger, Elya Baskin

Votes: 90,070 | Gross: $7.15M

40. Wings of Desire (1987)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

79 Metascore

An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois

Votes: 53,828 | Gross: $3.21M

41. Yasemin (1988)

85 min | Drama, Romance

20 years old Casanova Jan falls in love with the 3 years younger Turkish girl Yasemin, who lives in Germany with her family. She's well protected by her father, who believes in the Turkish ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Bohm | Stars: Ayse Romey, Uwe Bohm, Sener Sen, Ilhan Emirli

Votes: 227

42. Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)

R | 102 min | Drama

Set in Brooklyn during the 1950s against a backdrop of union corruption and violence. A prostitute falls in love with one of her customers. Also a disturbed man discovers that he is homosexual.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stephen Lang, Burt Young, Peter Dobson

Votes: 5,016 | Gross: $1.73M

43. Malina (1991)

125 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A female writer and her relationships with two different men, one joyous and one introverted.

Director: Werner Schroeter | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Lisa Kreuzer, Mathieu Carrière, Can Togay

Votes: 426

44. 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: 2,783

45. 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: 1,223

46. Der olympische Sommer (1993)

85 min | Drama, History, Sport

In 1936 Nazi Germany, a young,innocent apprentice, full of Olympic fever, leaves his rural village to see the ceremonies in Berlin. Upon arriving in the capitol, he meets a widow and a ... See full summary »

Director: Gordian Maugg | Stars: Susanne Binninger, Jost Gerstein, Marcus Hambsch, Joachim John

Votes: 21

47. 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: 1,147

48. Kaspar Hauser (1993)

139 min | Drama, History, Mystery

Kaspar Hauser is the son of the duke of Baden. At the age of one he was swapped by another baby that has been killed right after the change. The real Kaspar Hauser grew up in prison without... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sehr | Stars: André Eisermann, Udo Samel, Jeremy Clyde, Katharina Thalbach

Votes: 424

49. Maybe... Maybe Not (1994)

R | 93 min | Comedy

Thrown out by his girlfriend from her apartment, Axel lives for a while with Norbert, a gay man he met some days before.

Director: Sönke Wortmann | Stars: Til Schweiger, Katja Riemann, Joachim Król, Rufus Beck

Votes: 5,210 | Gross: $0.37M

50. 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: 1,846

51. Rossini (1997)

114 min | Comedy

6.4