The Best German Movies Ever

by mischi-haering | created - 08 Jul 2013 | updated - 08 Jul 2013 | Public

So many people, especially germans, are saying that german movies suck. This is the counterproof! If you know other great german movies, let me know.

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1. A Coffee in Berlin (2012)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

An aimless university dropout attempts to make sense of life as he spends one fateful day wandering the streets of Berlin.

Director: Jan Ole Gerster | Stars: Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Justus von Dohnányi, Andreas Schröders

Votes: 13,100 | Gross: $0.15M

2. 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

3. 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: 5,721

4. Ein Freund von mir (2006)

84 min | Comedy, Drama

An introverted insurance executive at a car rental service is annoyed by his hyperactive, garrulous coworker, but the two end up becoming friends.

Director: Sebastian Schipper | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Jürgen Vogel, Sabine Timoteo, Peter Kurth

Votes: 3,890

5. 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: 12,791 | Gross: $0.14M

6. Die Summe meiner einzelnen Teile (2011)

117 min | Drama

Two misfit males, one man-child, one boy, find each other, building a small cabin in the woods to create a new life. Their daily struggle for survival creates a strong bond between them ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Weingartner | Stars: Peter Schneider, Timur Massold, Henrike von Kuick, Eleonore Weisgerber

Votes: 851

7. 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

8. Barbara (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital.

Director: Christian Petzold | Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke

Votes: 10,877

9. Breathing (2011)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

66 Metascore

Through his work at a morgue, an incarcerated young man trying to build a new life starts to come to terms with the crime he committed.

Director: Karl Markovics | Stars: Thomas Schubert, Karin Lischka, Georg Friedrich, Gerhard Liebmann

Votes: 2,527 | Gross: $0.00M

10. 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: 5,120 | Gross: $0.10M

11. Chiko (2008)

92 min | Crime, Drama

Loyalty between two friends is stretched to its limit by one's deception.

Director: Özgür Yildirim | Stars: Denis Moschitto, Moritz Bleibtreu, Volkan Özcan, Reyhan Sahin

Votes: 3,379

12. Kriegerin (2011)

Unrated | 103 min | Drama

Marisa, a 20-year-old German girl, hates foreigners, Jews, cops, and everyone she finds guilty for the decline of her country. She provokes, drinks, fights and her next tattoo will be a ... See full summary »

Director: David Wnendt | Stars: Alina Levshin, Jella Haase, Sayed Ahmad, Gerdy Zint

Votes: 4,212

13. Der ganz große Traum (2011)

113 min | Drama, Sport

An English teacher brings soccer from England to Germany in the late 19th Century by teaching it to his class.

Director: Sebastian Grobler | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Burghart Klaußner, Thomas Thieme, Justus von Dohnányi

Votes: 1,795

14. 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: 293,677 | Gross: $5.51M

16. Emmas Glück (2006)

99 min | Drama, Romance

Max is very ill. He decides to steal in his own company. But when he tries to run away with the money, he has a car accident that takes him to Emma's pigs farm.

Director: Sven Taddicken | Stars: Jördis Triebel, Jürgen Vogel, Maik Solbach, Martin Feifel

Votes: 1,833

17. Free Rainer (2007)

130 min | Comedy, Drama

Frustrated, because he is forced to produce bad TV-shows, a manager of a TV-station, enters the station and manipulates the ratings, to initiate a TV-revolution.

Director: Hans Weingartner | Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Elsa Sophie Gambard, Milan Peschel, Gregor Bloéb

Votes: 4,275

18. Funny Games (1997)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

69 Metascore

Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch, Frank Giering

Votes: 53,731

19. 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: 126,424 | Gross: $4.06M

20. Wer früher stirbt, ist länger tot (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: 5,109

21. 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

22. Herz über Kopf (2001)

90 min | Drama, Romance

Jakob, an 18-year-old boy, comes back to Frankfurt after he left after his mothers death one year ago. While trying to sort his life he meets a Polish Au-Pair, Wanda, and falls in love with... See full summary »

Director: Michael Gutmann | Stars: Tom Schilling, Alicja Bachleda, Matthias Schweighöfer, Sebastian Kroehnert

Votes: 448

23. Hell (2011)

R | 89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In the not too distant future, people struggle to survive their greatest enemy, the sun.

Director: Tim Fehlbaum | Stars: Lilo Baur, Marco Calamandrei, Lisa Vicari, Lars Eidinger

Votes: 11,081

24. Herr Lehmann (2003)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

In October 1989, the part of the West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg called SO 36, had been largely shut off by the Wall from the rest of the city for 28 years. A lethargic sub-culture of ... See full summary »

Director: Leander Haußmann | Stars: Christian Ulmen, Katja Danowski, Detlev Buck, Janek Rieke

Votes: 5,967

25. 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: 23,882 | Gross: $0.00M

26. 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: 3,700

27. North Face (2008)

Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

67 Metascore

Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation's ... See full summary »

Director: Philipp Stölzl | Stars: Benno Fürmann, Florian Lukas, Johanna Wokalek, Simon Schwarz

Votes: 13,175 | Gross: $0.71M

28. Nirgendwo in Afrika (2001)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930s Kenya.

Director: Caroline Link | Stars: Juliane Köhler, Merab Ninidze, Matthias Habich, Sidede Onyulo

Votes: 11,505 | Gross: $6.17M

29. Verschwende deine Jugend (2003)

97 min | Music, Comedy, Drama

The year is 1981, the German New Wave is at the peak. Harry, otherwise Sparkasse trainee, wants to make it big as a manager of the band of his friends, Apollo Schwabing. He has booked the ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Quabeck | Stars: Tom Schilling, Robert Stadlober, Jessica Schwarz, Marlon Kittel

Votes: 901

30. 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: 175,436 | Gross: $7.27M

31. Slumming (2006)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

Two yuppies play mean tricks on one another until one joke has fatal consequences.

Director: Michael Glawogger | Stars: Paulus Manker, August Diehl, Michael Ostrowski, Pia Hierzegger

Votes: 755

32. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose.

Director: Marc Rothemund | Stars: Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs, Alexander Held, Johanna Gastdorf

Votes: 24,462 | Gross: $0.68M

33. Soul Kitchen (2009)

99 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

In Hamburg, German-Greek chef Zinos unknowingly disturbs the peace in his locals-only restaurant by hiring a more talented chef.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Pheline Roggan, Anna Bederke

Votes: 33,039 | Gross: $0.27M

34. 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: 12,372 | Gross: $0.10M

35. 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

36. Tage die bleiben (2011)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

When novelist Andrea Dewenter dies in a car accident, the lives of her husband Christian, grown-up son Lars, and adolescent daughter Elaine go off the rails. For all three, the few days ... See full summary »

Director: Pia Strietmann | Stars: Götz Schubert, Max Riemelt, Mathilde Bundschuh, Lena Stolze

Votes: 105

37. The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

R | 150 min | Action, Biography, Crime

76 Metascore

A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz

Votes: 32,857 | Gross: $0.48M

38. 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

39. The Edge of Heaven (2007)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

85 Metascore

A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father's former girlfriend.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Baki Davrak, Gürsoy Gemec, Cengiz Daner, Tuncel Kurtiz

Votes: 28,359 | Gross: $0.74M

40. 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

41. 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: 85,682 | Gross: $0.14M

42. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller

89 Metascore

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 309,580 | Gross: $11.29M

43. 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: 92,463

44. The White Ribbon (2009)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, Mystery

82 Metascore

Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible?

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 61,014 | Gross: $2.22M

45. Vincent will Meer (2010)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama

39 Metascore

A young man suffering from Tourette's syndrome absconds from an institution with two other inhabitants to travel to Italy to fulfill his mother's last wish.

Director: Ralf Huettner | Stars: Florian David Fitz, Karoline Herfurth, Heino Ferch, Katharina Müller-Elmau

Votes: 4,858

46. Wunderkinder (2011)

100 min | Drama, Music, War

The story takes place in Ukraine (Poltava) in 1941 before and during the German invasion. This story is about deep friendship between three musically talented children . Two Jewish children... See full summary »

Director: Markus Rosenmüller | Stars: Gudrun Landgrebe, Gedeon Burkhard, Catherine Flemming, Natalia Avelon

Votes: 685



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