Directory of World Cinema: Germany

by PeacefulAnarchy | created - 19 Dec 2015 | updated - 25 Dec 2015 | Public

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1. Four Minutes (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: 5,901

2. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Del Negro

Votes: 46,481

3. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Romance

An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann

Votes: 16,419

4. Am Ende kommen Touristen (2007)

85 min | Drama

A civil service worker befriends an elderly concentration camp survivor.

Director: Robert Thalheim | Stars: Alexander Fehling, Ryszard Ronczewski, Barbara Wysocka, Piotr Rogucki

Votes: 993

6. A Virus Knows No Morals (1986)

84 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

Director Rosa vonPraunheim, an outspoken gay advocate (and, despite that first name, certifiably male), uses nonprofessional actors in this story of a debilitating effects the AIDS epidemic... See full summary »

Director: Rosa von Praunheim | Stars: Dieter Dicken, Maria Hasenäcker, Christian Kesten, Eva-Maria Kurz

Votes: 110

7. Die Tränen meiner Mutter (2008)

91 min | Drama

An Argentinean family flees to Germany with their little son during the military dictatorship in Argentina during the seventies. In Germany, their son grows up.

Director: Alejandro Cardenas Amelio | Stars: Adrian Goessel, Rafael Ferro, Erica Rivas, Fabian Busch

Votes: 96

10. Karbid und Sauerampfer (1963)

85 min | Comedy

After the second World War, Dresden has a lot of reconstructing to do. To get the cigarette factory he once worked for running again, Kalle has to travel to Wittenberg - the only place ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Beyer | Stars: Erwin Geschonneck, Marita Böhme, Manja Behrens, Margot Busse

Votes: 234

11. Scream of Stone (1991)

105 min | Drama

Two famous competitive climbers make a bet on who can climb Cerro Torre, one of the most dangerous mountains in Argentina and the world, first. As the day of the climb approaches, their increasing competitiveness becomes destructive.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Stefan Glowacz, Mathilda May, Al Waxman

Votes: 1,120

12. City of Lost Souls (1983)

91 min | Musical, Comedy

A film about the teeming flip side of life in Berlin centered on eccentric characters of almost every imaginable sexual orientation, or disorientation.

Director: Rosa von Praunheim | Stars: Jayne County, Manfred Finger, Judith Flex, Helga Goetze

Votes: 48

13. Death Is My Trade (1977)

145 min | Biography, Drama

The disturbing biography of Auschwitz commander Rudolf Höss.

Director: Theodor Kotulla | Stars: Götz George, Elisabeth Schwarz, Kurt Hübner, Hans Korte

Votes: 247

14. The Three Lights (1921)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Bernhard Goetzke, Hans Sternberg

Votes: 4,518 | Gross: $0.01M

15. Die Mädels vom Immenhof (1955)

87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The story is set in 1954. After their flight from East Prussia following WW II, the orphaned sisters Angela, Barbara (nicknamed Dick) and Brigitte (Dalli) have settled with their ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Schleif | Stars: Angelika Meissner, Heidi Brühl, Christiane König, Margarete Haagen

Votes: 295

16. Different from the Others (1919)

Not Rated | 50 min | Crime, Drama, History

Two male musicians fall in love, but blackmail and scandal makes the affair take a tragic turn.

Director: Richard Oswald | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Leo Connard, Ilse von Tasso-Lind, Alexandra Willegh

Votes: 999

17. 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: 304,139 | Gross: $5.51M

18. (T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1 (2004)

87 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Three hundred years in the future, Mars is colonized by humans and their leader Regulator Rogul plans to conquer Earth. Queen Königin Metapha is advised to send the gays Captain Kork, the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Herbig | Stars: Michael Herbig, Rick Kavanian, Christian Tramitz, Anja Kling

Votes: 12,490

19. Europa Europa (1990)

R | 112 min | Drama, History, War

75 Metascore

A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Solomon Perel, Marco Hofschneider, René Hofschneider, André Wilms

Votes: 13,576 | Gross: $5.58M

20. Faraway, So Close! (1993)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A group of angels in the German capital look longingly upon the life of humans.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Otto Sander, Bruno Ganz, Peter Falk, Horst Buchholz

Votes: 6,858 | Gross: $0.81M

21. Faust (1926)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard

Votes: 12,591

22. Fitzcarraldo (1982)

PG | 158 min | Adventure, Drama

The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, José Lewgoy, Miguel Ángel Fuentes

Votes: 27,424

24. Fox and His Friends (1975)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Romance

A young West German working-class man wins the lottery and initiates a relationship with a man above his social standing.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Peter Chatel, Karlheinz Böhm, Adrian Hoven

Votes: 4,405

25. Germany in Autumn (1978)

123 min | Documentary, Drama

Germany in Autumn does not have a plot per se; it mixes documentary footage, along with standard movie scenes, to give the audience the mood of Germany during the late 1970s. The movie ... See full summary »

Directors: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alf Brustellin, Hans Peter Cloos, Alexander Kluge, Maximiliane Mainka, Edgar Reitz, Katja Rupé, Volker Schlöndorff, Peter Schubert, Bernhard Sinkel | Stars: Wolfgang Bächler, Heinz Bennent, Wolf Biermann, Joachim Bißmeier

Votes: 1,050

26. Mädchen in Uniform (1931)

Passed | 87 min | Drama, Romance

At an all-girls boarding school, Manuela falls in love with a teacher, to terrific consequences.

Directors: Leontine Sagan, Carl Froelich | Stars: Dorothea Wieck, Hertha Thiele, Emilia Unda, Hedwig Schlichter

Votes: 2,107

27. 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: 128,922 | Gross: $4.06M

28. Good Times (2007)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of two country girls who dream of love and freedom while dealing with parents and boyfriends.

Director: Marcus H. Rosenmüller | Stars: Anna Maria Sturm, Rosalie Thomass, Andreas Giebel, Peter Mitterrutzner

Votes: 365

29. Grave Decisions (2006)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

Marcus H. Rosenmüller's first feature movie deals with a boy thinking that he is responsible for his mother's death and his unusual way to fight his feelings of guilt. 11-year-old Sebastian... See full summary »

Director: Marcus H. Rosenmüller | Stars: Markus Krojer, Fritz Karl, Jürgen Tonkel, Jule Ronstedt

Votes: 5,197

30. Happy Birthday, Türke! (1992)

109 min | Crime, Thriller

Kemal Kayankaya, a private detective, was hired by a Turkish women, Ilter, to search for his husband, Amend, who has been missing since the death of her father, Vassif. Unknownst to him, he... See full summary »

Director: Doris Dörrie | Stars: Hansa Czypionka, Özay Fecht, Meret Becker, Doris Kunstmann

Votes: 211

31. Heart of Glass (1976)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

The foreman of a small village glassworks dies without revealing the secret to the famous "Ruby Glass".

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Josef Bierbichler, Stefan Güttler, Clemens Scheitz, Volker Prechtel

Votes: 4,866

32. 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: 47,081

33. Magda (1938)

98 min | Drama

1885. For the opera festival it has organized, the small town of Imlingen has invited a famous singer, Maddalena Dall'Orto, who will not only sing at the local opera but will also perform ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Froelich | Stars: Zarah Leander, Heinrich George, Ruth Hellberg, Lina Carstens

Votes: 102

34. Heroes Like Us (1999)

93 min | Comedy

Heroes Like Us presents as heroes ordinary teenagers and young East German adults, who in Thomas Brussig's (the novel and screenplay author) story, caused the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Our ... See full summary »

Director: Sebastian Peterson | Stars: Daniel Borgwardt, Xenia Snagowski, Adrian Heidenreich, Luca Lenz

Votes: 304

35. Hungerjahre - in einem reichen Land (1980)

113 min | Biography, Drama

The 13-year-old Ursula Scheuner grows up as the only child of a petty-bourgeois family in the Adenauer era. Increasingly, puberty leads the girl into conflict with her parents and their surroundings.

Director: Jutta Brückner | Stars: Britta Pohland, Sylvia Ulrich, Helga Lehner, Claus Jurichs

Votes: 24

36. Hunting Scenes from Bavaria (1969)

88 min | Drama

Abram returns to his small village and although his repairing skills are needed, people's suspicion about his sexual preferences make his life hard.

Director: Peter Fleischmann | Stars: Martin Sperr, Angela Winkler, Else Quecke, Michael Strixner

Votes: 480

37. Seven Journeys (1947)

111 min | Drama, War

A car tells its story and the story of its seven owners during the years of the Third Reich in Nazi Germany.

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: Gert Schäfer, Erich Schellow, Winnie Markus, Werner Hinz

Votes: 233

38. It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives (1971)

67 min | Documentary, Drama

Daniel, a young man from the provinces come to the city and moves from one gay subculture to the next. His adventures begin on the streets of Berlin, where the shy brunette Daniel meets the... See full summary »

Director: Rosa von Praunheim | Stars: Berryt Bohlen, Bernd Feuerhelm, Ernst Kuchling, Norbert Losch

Votes: 266

39. 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: 1,084

40. Jadup und Boel (1980)

100 min | Drama

In a small town, everyone has tried to forget what happened shortly after WWII. That is, until a stranger finds a book that Jadup (Kurt Böwe) gave to the young refugee Boel (Katrin Knappe),... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Simon | Stars: Kurt Böwe, Katrin Knappe, Gudrun Ritter, Timo Jakob

Votes: 48

41. Krabat and the Legend of the Satanic Mill (2008)

120 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

A boy learns the black arts from an evil sorcerer.

Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner | Stars: David Kross, Christian Redl, Daniel Brühl, Robert Stadlober

Votes: 5,862

42. Latest from the DaDaeR (1990)

86 min | Comedy, Musical

In a loose set of cabaret pieces, Steffen Mensching and Hans-Eckardt Wenzel - highly acclaimed East German poets, songwriters and clowns - satirize East German life in its final days and ... See full summary »

Director: Jörg Foth | Stars: Steffen Mensching, Hans-Eckardt Wenzel, Peter Dommisch, Christoph Hein

Votes: 22

43. 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: 1,981 | Gross: $0.67M

44. Lola and Billy the Kid (1999)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

17-year old Murat from Turkey, living in Berlin, Germany, slowly discovers his homosexuality. His older brother Osman, head of the family since the father's death, wants him to finally lose... See full summary »

Director: Kutlug Ataman | Stars: Gandi Mukli, Baki Davrak, Erdal Yildiz, Inge Keller

Votes: 1,184

45. Madame X: An Absolute Ruler (1978)

147 min | Fantasy

Several women, all bored with their menial lives, join a lesbian pirate ship and set sail on a kooky adventure.

Directors: Tabea Blumenschein, Ulrike Ottinger | Stars: Tabea Blumenschein, Monika von Cube, Roswitha Janz, Irene von Lichtenstein

Votes: 47

47. My Führer (2007)

89 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The action comedy is set in 1944. Hitler appears in it as physically and mentally destroyed person who takes the advice of Goebbels in the actor-teacher of Jewish concentration camp for ... See full summary »

Director: Dani Levy | Stars: Helge Schneider, Ulrich Mühe, Sylvester Groth, Adriana Altaras

Votes: 3,836 | Gross: $0.00M

48. My Father Is Coming (1991)

Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy, Romance