Deutsche Filme fuer Amerikaner

by e801083 | created - 30 Dec 2011 | updated - 28 May 2015 | Public

I put together this list of German films for my own enjoyment and those of my students. In general, it is very hard to search for German film online. However, I used Wikipedia, Imdb, Netflix, Blockbuster, and Amazon.com and Amazon.de to help out. The advanced DVD search in amazon.com allows one to search for movies with subtitles in a certain language, which was the most helpful. Unfortunately, many German films are released on DVD without any subtitles in English or even in German. Hopefully, this will start to change because the hearing impaired community in Germany and around the world is really at a loss. Please leave commentary on films that you have seen and additional recommendations.

Good luck and enjoy. Dein, Anton

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1. Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Crime, Comedy

Two young men, Martin and Rudi, both suffering from terminal cancer, get to know each other in a hospital room. They drown their desperation in Tequila and decide to take one last trip to ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Jahn | Stars: Til Schweiger, Jan Josef Liefers, Thierry van Werveke, Moritz Bleibtreu

Votes: 23,260 | Gross: $0.00M

2. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Directors: Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,035,444 | Gross: $120.54M

3. Keinohrhasen (2007)

116 min | Comedy, Romance

Rainbow press reporter Ludo is sentenced to 8 months, but is released on probation. But he has to work 300 hours for a local daycare center and meets Anna who has unfinished business with him.

Director: Til Schweiger | Stars: Til Schweiger, Nora Tschirner, Matthias Schweighöfer, Alwara Höfels

Votes: 15,712

4. Männerherzen (2009)

107 min | Comedy

The story follows six very different men and their struggles with women, family and work. Yet, they are somehow connected to each other.

Director: Simon Verhoeven | Stars: Christian Ulmen, Nadja Uhl, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Maxim Mehmet

Votes: 4,373

5. Der rote Baron (2008)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

German biopic loosely based on the World War I fighter ace Manfred Von Richthofen, nicknamed the Red Baron by friend and foe alike.

Director: Nikolai Müllerschön | Stars: Matthias Schweighöfer, Lena Headey, Til Schweiger, Joseph Fiennes

Votes: 10,576 | Gross: $0.04M

6. Barfuss (2005)

118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Nick, a hedonistic bachelor, falls for an escaped mental patient.

Director: Til Schweiger | Stars: Til Schweiger, Johanna Wokalek, Nadja Tiller, Michael Mendl

Votes: 9,412

7. 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: 3,306

8. Jetzt oder nie - Zeit ist Geld (2000)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Three elderly ladies, Carla, Lilli and Meta, who, after their hard earned holiday money is stolen by bank robbers, decide to steal from their local bank. Along the way their are romances, arguments and a few other unexpected surprises.

Director: Lars Büchel | Stars: Gudrun Okras, Elisabeth Scherer, Christel Peters, Vladimir Weigl

Votes: 518

9. Der Eisbär (1998)

90 min | Action, Thriller

At the beginning of the movie, a man drives a vintage Mercedes saloon to a gangster boss ("Der Gesundheitsinspektor" - The Health Inspector, played by Heiner Lauterbach). The "Health ... See full synopsis »

Directors: Til Schweiger, Granz Henman | Stars: Til Schweiger, Karina Krawczyk, Benno Fürmann, Florian Lukas

Votes: 2,682

10. 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: 5,193 | Gross: $0.37M

11. Manta, Manta (1991)

91 min | Comedy

Proud German owners of Opel Manta's race the streets against VW's and Mercedes. They decide to set up a real race with lots of money involved.

Director: Wolfgang Büld | Stars: Til Schweiger, Tina Ruland, Stefan Gebelhoff, Lena Sabine Berg

Votes: 3,544

12. Kebab Connection (2004)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

In Hamburg, Ibrahim "Ibo" Secmez, of Turkish descent, wants to direct the first German kung-fu movie. For now, he makes commercials for his uncle's kebab restaurant. Titzie, an aspiring ... See full summary »

Director: Anno Saul | Stars: Denis Moschitto, Nora Tschirner, Emanuel Bettencourt, Numan Acar

Votes: 4,555

13. Zweiohrküken (2009)

124 min | Comedy, Romance

Ludo Decker and Anna Gotzlowski have been living together for two years. Everyday routine has set in, with Ludo neglecting his household responsibilities much to Anna's dislike, while he is... See full summary »

Director: Til Schweiger | Stars: Tom Beck, Annika Blendl, Yvonne Catterfeld, Ken Duken

Votes: 6,922

14. Valkyrie (2008)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, History, Thriller

56 Metascore

A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten, Kenneth Branagh

Votes: 203,043 | Gross: $83.08M

15. The Wave (2008)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

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: 90,412

16. Rosenstrasse (2003)

PG-13 | 136 min | Drama, War

49 Metascore

After the death of her father, Hannah becomes concerned with the strange behavior of her mother. As her mother's troubled childhood is revealed, Hannah realizes how little she ever knew.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Katja Riemann, Maria Schrader, Svea Lohde, Jutta Lampe

Votes: 2,116 | Gross: $0.73M

17. Emil und die Detektive (2001)

111 min | Family, Adventure, Comedy

Emil goes to Berlin to see his grandmother with a large amount of money and is offered sweets by a strange man that make him sleep. He wakes up at his stop with no money. It is up to him and a group of children to save the day.

Director: Franziska Buch | Stars: Tobias Retzlaff, Anja Sommavilla, Jürgen Vogel, Maria Schrader

Votes: 819

18. Run Lola Run (1998)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 172,760 | Gross: $7.27M

19. Eichmann (2007)

TV-MA | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

35 Metascore

Based upon the final confession of Adolf Eichmann, made before his execution in Israel as he accounts to Captain Avner Less, a young Israeli Police Officer, of his past as the architect of ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Young | Stars: Avner W. Less, Thomas Kretschmann, Troy Garity, Franka Potente

Votes: 2,702

20. Anatomie 2 (2003)

R | 101 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

46 Metascore

The doctor and soccer player in the leisure time Jo Hauser decides to move to Berlin and be an intern in a famous clinic, expecting to increase his knowledge and expertize, and help his ... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky | Stars: Ariane Schnug, August Diehl, Herbert Knaup, Birgit von Rönn

Votes: 3,239

21. The Princess and the Warrior (2000)

R | 135 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

64 Metascore

Young nurse Sissi lives a secluded life, seemingly entirely devoted to her patients at Birkenhof asylum. Her first encounter with ex-soldier and drifter Bodo has a lasting impact. He causes... See full summary »

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Franka Potente, Benno Fürmann, Joachim Król, Lars Rudolph

Votes: 13,486 | Gross: $0.87M

22. Anatomie (2000)

R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

33 Metascore

Medical student Paula Henning wins a place at an exclusive Heidelberg medical school. When the body of a young man she met on the train turns up on her dissection table, she begins to ... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky | Stars: Franka Potente, Benno Fürmann, Anna Loos, Sebastian Blomberg

Votes: 10,718 | Gross: $0.01M

23. 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: 84,621 | Gross: $0.14M

24. Munich (2005)

R | 164 min | Drama, History, Thriller

74 Metascore

Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 191,070 | Gross: $47.40M

25. Elementarteilchen (2006)

113 min | Drama, Romance

Based on Michel Houellebecq's controversial novel, this movie focuses on Michael and Bruno, two very different half-brothers and their disturbed sexuality. After a chaotic childhood with a ... See full summary »

Director: Oskar Roehler | Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Ulmen, Franka Potente, Martina Gedeck

Votes: 7,373

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: 18,397

27. Gloomy Sunday (1999)

Not Rated | 112 min | Romance, Drama

60 Metascore

Follows three men who are in love with a most beautiful waitress: An intellectual restaurant owner, a mysterious musician and an erratic businessman; taking place during the WWII.

Director: Rolf Schübel | Stars: Joachim Król, Erika Marozsán, Stefano Dionisi, Ben Becker

Votes: 6,294 | Gross: $0.22M

28. Adam Resurrected (2008)

R | 106 min | Drama, War

58 Metascore

In the aftermath of WWII, a former circus entertainer who was spared from the gas chamber becomes the ringleader at an asylum for Holocaust survivors.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Cristian Motiu, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 3,306

29. 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: 931

30. 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: 1,115

31. Rossini (1997)

114 min | Comedy

Jakob Windisch has written THE number one bestselling novel. Since he is very shy, no-one has seen him except Uhu Zigeuner who is the designated director of the film adaption. Zigeuner is ... See full summary »

Director: Helmut Dietl | Stars: Götz George, Mario Adorf, Heiner Lauterbach, Gudrun Landgrebe

Votes: 1,918

32. Nobody Loves Me (1994)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

On the brink of her 30th birthday, Fanny feels the door to marital happiness closing up on her. She is obsessed with death, even visits evening classes on dying and so it seems fitting, ... See full summary »

Director: Doris Dörrie | Stars: Maria Schrader, Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss, Michael von Au, Elisabeth Trissenaar

Votes: 1,031

33. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

93 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,001,300 | Gross: $96.07M

34. Der Puppengräber (2003)

Thriller

In a small German town roams Ben, a boy with mental disorders. When several youths are murdered Ben becomes suspect.

Directors: Peter Henning, Claudia Prietzel | Stars: Sven Hönig, Suzanne von Borsody, Bernd Tauber, Paula Kalenberg

Votes: 74

35. Marlene (2000)

125 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The movie follows the life and personality of the famous actress Marlene Dietrich.

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier | Stars: Katja Flint, Hans Werner Meyer, Herbert Knaup, Heino Ferch

Votes: 517

36. 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: 4,083 | Gross: $0.32M

37. 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: 286,335 | Gross: $5.51M

38. Der neunte Tag (2004)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Thriller, War

67 Metascore

A drama loosely based on Jean Bernard's Nazi-era prison diary.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Ulrich Matthes, August Diehl, Hilmar Thate, Bibiana Beglau

Votes: 1,552 | Gross: $0.07M

39. Aimee & Jaguar (1999)

Not Rated | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

In 1943 Berlin, a Nazi officer's wife meets and starts a passionate affair with a Jewish woman.

Director: Max Färberböck | Stars: Maria Schrader, Juliane Köhler, Johanna Wokalek, Heike Makatsch

Votes: 5,575 | Gross: $0.93M

40. Kirschblüten - Hanami (2008)

Unrated | 127 min | Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

After Rudi's wife Trudi suddenly dies, he travels to Japan to fulfill her dream of being a Butoh dancer.

Director: Doris Dörrie | Stars: Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner, Aya Irizuki, Maximilian Brückner

Votes: 5,062 | Gross: $0.10M

41. The Counterfeiters (2007)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, War

78 Metascore

The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII.

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky | Stars: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach

Votes: 39,536 | Gross: $5.48M

42. Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (2008)

Unrated | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

A woman tries to survive the invasion of Berlin by the Soviet troops during the last days of World War II.

Director: Max Färberböck | Stars: Nina Hoss, Evgeniy Sidikhin, Irm Hermann, Rüdiger Vogler

Votes: 5,297 | Gross: $0.29M

43. Love in Thoughts (2004)

89 min | Drama, Romance

A posthumous look at the last days of Guenther's life as he, his best friend, and his sister let loose on a four-day binge of alcohol, drugs, and sex.

Director: Achim von Borries | Stars: Daniel Brühl, August Diehl, Anna Maria Mühe, Jana Pallaske

Votes: 3,654

44. The Red Cockatoo (2006)

128 min | Comedy, Drama, History

A coming-of-age story set in Germany in the 1960s. Siggi becomes involved in a love triangle when he falls for Luise, but the tightening political climate forces him to make a fateful decision.

Director: Dominik Graf | Stars: Max Riemelt, Jessica Schwarz, Ronald Zehrfeld, Ingeborg Westphal

Votes: 766

45. Before the Fall (2004)

110 min | Drama, Sport, Thriller

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: 12,472 | Gross: $0.14M

46. Vier Minuten (2006)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Music

An elderly piano teacher trains a young convict at a women's penitentiary.

Director: Chris Kraus | Stars: Hannah Herzsprung, Monica Bleibtreu, Vadim Glowna, Sven Pippig

Votes: 5,589

47. The Legend of Rita (2000)

103 min | Drama, Romance

Rita Vogt is a radical West German terrorist who abandons the revolution and settles in East Germany with a new identity provided by the East German secret service. She lives in constant ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Bibiana Beglau, Richard Kropf, Martin Wuttke, Nadja Uhl

Votes: 1,910 | Gross: $0.67M

48. 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: 44,913

49. Wir sind die Nacht (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

In Berlin, a cop closes in on an all-female vampire trio who just took in a new member, Lena.

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Karoline Herfurth, Nina Hoss, Jennifer Ulrich, Anna Fischer

Votes: 6,974

50. The Reader (2008)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Kate W