Deutsche Filme fuer Amerikanerby 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 »
Votes: 23,260 | Gross: $0.00M
2. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War
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.
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.
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.
Votes: 10,576 | Gross: $0.04M
7. What to Do in Case of Fire (2001)
R | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
14. Valkyrie (2008)
PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, History, Thriller
A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II.
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.
16. Rosenstrasse (2003)
PG-13 | 136 min | Drama, War
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.
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.
19. Eichmann (2007)
TV-MA | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History
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 »
20. Anatomie 2 (2003)
R | 101 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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 »
21. The Princess and the Warrior (2000)
R | 135 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
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 »
Votes: 13,486 | Gross: $0.87M
22. Anatomie (2000)
R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller
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 »
Votes: 10,718 | Gross: $0.01M
23. The Experiment (2001)
R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 84,621 | Gross: $0.14M
24. Munich (2005)
R | 164 min | Drama, History, Thriller
Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.
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 »
27. Gloomy Sunday (1999)
Not Rated | 112 min | Romance, Drama
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.
Votes: 6,294 | Gross: $0.22M
28. Adam Resurrected (2008)
R | 106 min | Drama, War
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
33. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 1,001,300 | Gross: $96.07M
36. Winter Sleepers (1997)
122 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
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 »
Votes: 4,083 | Gross: $0.32M
37. Downfall (2004)
R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 286,335 | Gross: $5.51M
41. The Counterfeiters (2007)
R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, War
The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII.
Votes: 39,536 | Gross: $5.48M
42. Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (2008)
Unrated | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History
A woman tries to survive the invasion of Berlin by the Soviet troops during the last days of World War II.
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.
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.
45. Before the Fall (2004)
110 min | Drama, Sport, Thriller
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 »
Votes: 12,472 | Gross: $0.14M
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 »
Votes: 1,910 | Gross: $0.67M
48. Head-On (2004)
R | 121 min | Drama, Romance
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.