German Movies - Best Of

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1. 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: 176,332 | Gross: $7.27M

2. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

46 Metascore

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney

Votes: 115,764 | Gross: $20.16M

3. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 202,481 | Gross: $11.49M

4. 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: 7,510

5. Agnes and His Brothers (2004)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

This drama focuses on three very different siblings, all searching for happiness. Hans-Jörg is a sex addicted librarian, who is interested in young students. Werner is a successful ... See full summary »

Director: Oskar Roehler | Stars: Martin Weiß, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Katja Riemann

Votes: 1,632 | Gross: $0.00M

6. 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: 8,580

7. Rage (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Züli Aladag's critically acclaimed, but controversial movie deals with the conflict of Can, son of Turkish immigrants, and the Laubs, a supposedly liberal middle class family. Simon Laub, ... See full summary »

Director: Züli Aladag | Stars: Oktay Özdemir, Robert Höller, August Zirner, Corinna Harfouch

Votes: 670

8. 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: 86,035 | Gross: $0.14M

9. Picco (2010)

105 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Kevin is new in youth prison. Due to over-occupancy he has to share a cell with Tommy, Andy and Marc. A partnership of convenience in a system where only the strong prevail and which is ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Koch | Stars: Constantin von Jascheroff, Joel Basman, Frederick Lau, Martin Kiefer

Votes: 604

10. Feuchtgebiete (2013)

Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

The adventures of an eccentric girl who has strange attitudes towards hygiene and sexuality longs for the reunion of her divorced parents.

Director: David Wnendt | Stars: Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Marlen Kruse, Meret Becker

Votes: 10,100 | Gross: $0.06M

11. 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: 2,730

12. 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: 1,883

13. 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: 296,120 | Gross: $5.51M

14. 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: 93,035

15. 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: 29,229 | Gross: $0.18M

16. Tattoo (I) (2002)

108 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

66 Metascore

Two police detectives, a grizzled veteran and one fresh-faced rookie, hunt a ritualistic serial killer murdering people with tattoos and skinning them.

Director: Robert Schwentke | Stars: August Diehl, Christian Redl, Nadeshda Brennicke, Johan Leysen

Votes: 2,763

17. Werner - Beinhart! (1990)

93 min | Action, Animation, Comedy

Broesel has to make a Werner animation film but right now he has no real ideas for new stories. Thus he simply draws some stories from Werner's youth.

Directors: Gerhard Hahn, Niki List, Michael Schaack | Stars: Klaus Büchner, Andi Feldmann, Kulle Westphal, Rötger Feldmann

Votes: 4,656

18. 13 Semester (2009)

101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The friends Moritz and Dirk get accepted at the TU Darmstadt and leave their small home village in Brandenburg to set out for the big town to study business arithmetic (mathematical economics).

Director: Frieder Wittich | Stars: Max Riemelt, Dieter Mann, Robert Gwisdek, Amit Shah

Votes: 1,755

19. Changing Skins (1997 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

Inspired by West German terrorists, two pupils hijack a teacher in the GDR.

Director: Andreas Dresen | Stars: Susanne Bormann, Fabian Busch, Otto Mellies, Christel Peters

Votes: 141

20. Schule (2000)

99 min | Comedy

The last three weeks of school life have begun: After the Abitur, Germany's leaving certificate, the friends and schoolmates of Gymnasium Kerkheim (Kerkheim High) will not see each other ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Petry | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Jasmin Schwiers, Niels-Bruno Schmidt, Mina Tander

Votes: 2,888

21. Night Shapes (1999)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

The Pope is in town and the night of his visit is anything but heavenly for some of Berlin's inhabitants. The down-and-out, the rich and the poor, the polizei, the street kids and taxi ... See full summary »

Director: Andreas Dresen | Stars: Myriam Abbas, Dominique Horwitz, Oliver Breite, Susanne Bormann

Votes: 613

23. 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: 1,951

24. Das weiße Rauschen (2001)

109 min | Drama

Kati, Jochen and Lukas take a trip on magic mushrooms. Lukas is not coming back.

Directors: Hans Weingartner, Tobias Amann | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Anabelle Lachatte, Patrick Joswig, Karl Danguillier

Votes: 2,988

25. Fack ju Göhte (2013)

119 min | Comedy

A comedy that follows an ex-con who lands a position at a school that sits over the spot where money from one of his earlier robberies was stashed.

Director: Bora Dagtekin | Stars: Elyas M'Barek, Karoline Herfurth, Katja Riemann, Jana Pallaske

Votes: 23,718

26. Parkour (2009)

92 min | Drama, Sport

Parkour is Marc Rensing's debut drama about a young man and his group of friends in an unnamed industrial town in Germany. The film is a captivating story of friendship, love, and jealousy ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Rensing | Stars: Christoph Letkowski, Nora von Waldstätten, Marlon Kittel, Arved Birnbaum

Votes: 180

27. Der Räuber (2010)

Not Rated | 101 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

A story based on Johann Rettenberger, an Austrian marathon runner and a bank robber.

Director: Benjamin Heisenberg | Stars: Andreas Lust, Markus Schleinzer, Roman Kettner, Hannelore Klauber-Laursen

Votes: 4,089 | Gross: $0.08M

28. Quellen des Lebens (2013)

174 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

This is a family story that covers thirty years in the life of the Freytag family (narrated by the grandson, Robert). When his grandfather returns from Russia in 1949, he becomes part of ... See full summary »

Director: Oskar Roehler | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Meret Becker, Moritz Bleibtreu, Lavinia Wilson

Votes: 432

29. Homevideo (2011 TV Movie)

89 min | Drama

Shy, sensitive gymnasium (high school)-outsider Jakob Moormann is miserably lacking immaterial support at home, where his strict father, uniformed cop Claas, and selfish mother are too busy... See full summary »

Director: Kilian Riedhof | Stars: Jonas Nay, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Nicole Marischka, Sophia Boehme

Votes: 1,026

30. 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: 6,212

31. 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: 61,460 | Gross: $2.22M

32. Der freie Wille (2006)

Unrated | 163 min | Crime, Drama

A man is released from a mental institution after serving 9 years for multiple rape.

Director: Matthias Glasner | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Sabine Timoteo, André Hennicke, Manfred Zapatka

Votes: 2,917

33. Der Schuh des Manitu (2001)

87 min | Comedy, Western

Abahachi, Chief of the Apache Indians, and his blood brother Ranger maintain peace and justice in the Wild West. One day, Abahachi needs to take up a credit from the Shoshone Indians to ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Herbig | Stars: Michael Herbig, Christian Tramitz, Marie Bäumer, Sky du Mont

Votes: 15,694

34. Piratensender Power Play (1982)

90 min | Comedy

Tommy and Mike operate a pirate radiostation, which is very famous and the most heared radiostation in germany and the police and operators of the "Bayerischer Rundfunk" (Bavarian Broadcast Company) try to stop them from sending.

Director: Sigi Rothemund | Stars: Thomas Gottschalk, Mike Krüger, Evelyn Hamann, Ralf Wolter

Votes: 832

35. 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: 312,445 | Gross: $11.29M

36. 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: 33,297 | Gross: $0.27M

37. 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: 45,277

38. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 138,321 | Gross: $1.24M

39. Nosferatu (1922)

Not Rated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror

Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder

Votes: 78,809

40. Stromberg - Der Film (2014)

123 min | Comedy

The movie spin-off of the TV series centered around the incompetent boss of a German insurance office.

Director: Arne Feldhusen | Stars: Christoph Maria Herbst, Milena Dreißig, Bjarne Mädel, Diana Staehly

Votes: 6,367

41. 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: 24,103 | Gross: $0.00M

42. Momo (1986)

101 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

In the village of Momo the pace of time goes very slowly. Nobody is bothering about stress but everyone has time to chat and rest - until the day the grey men arrive. With a great selling ... See full summary »

Director: Johannes Schaaf | Stars: Radost Bokel, Mario Adorf, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sylvester Groth

Votes: 1,617

43. Transfer (I) (2010)

93 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In a futuristic society where the wealthy get to live forever by swapping bodies with refugees, an elderly couple explores this opportunity with harsh consequences.

Director: Damir Lukacevic | Stars: B.J. Britt, Regine Nehy, Hans-Michael Rehberg, Ingrid Andree

Votes: 775



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