Krimi films

by abdurahman | created - 26 Aug 2016 | updated - 06 Mar 2019 | Public

German crime thriller sub-genre of film, that was popular during the 1960s, and a major influence on the Italian Gialli .

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1. Face of the Frog (1959)

89 min | Crime, Thriller

Scotland Yard and an American playboy investigate a criminal gang led by a mysterious man in a frog-like mask.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Siegfried Lowitz, Elfie von Kalckreuth, Jochen Brockmann

Votes: 978

Considered by many to be the real start of the sub-genre.

2. The Terrible People (1960)

92 min | Crime, Horror, Drama

A creepy German-made Wallace thriller about the ghost of a hanged man who returns to fulfill his promise. All of his accusers must die.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Karin Dor, Fritz Rasp, Dieter Eppler

Votes: 467

3. The Avenger (1960)

Approved | 99 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A maniac is loose in London, decapitating his victims and sending the heads to Scotland Yard.

Director: Karl Anton | Stars: Heinz Drache, Ingrid van Bergen, Benno Sterzenbach, Ina Duscha

Votes: 310

4. Das Rätsel der grünen Spinne (1960)

88 min | Crime, Thriller

In the cabaret "The Green Spider", a stranger shoot the singer. Since the murder happens during a trumpet solo nobody hears the shot.

Director: Franz Marischka | Stars: Adrian Hoven, Renate Ewert, Hans von Borsody, Jochen Brockmann

Votes: 44

5. The Red Circle (1960)

92 min | Thriller, Crime

A strange, red circle appears on the neck of a man saved from the guillotine. What is its mysterious meaning? Tragically, it turns out to be something of a family curse, as each generation ... See full summary »

Director: Jürgen Roland | Stars: Renate Ewert, Klausjürgen Wussow, Karl-Georg Saebisch, Thomas Alder

Votes: 443

6. The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)

103 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

In 1960s Germany, criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse uses hypnotized victims and the surveillance equipment of a Nazi-era bugged hotel to steal nuclear technology from a visiting American industrialist.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Dawn Addams, Peter van Eyck, Gert Fröbe, Wolfgang Preiss

Votes: 3,047

7. The Devil's Daffodil (1961)

86 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A Chinese detective breaks up a drug smuggling ring and tries to find the "Daffodil Killer". The drug smugglers had devised the ingenious method of smuggling heroin from Hong Kong in the stems of daffodils.

Director: Ákos Ráthonyi | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, William Lucas, Sabine Sesselmann, Penelope Horner

Votes: 491

8. Der grüne Bogenschütze (1961)

93 min | Crime, Drama

An English businessman comes home to London, only to find visitors to his home being killed by arrows from "the Green Archer."

Director: Jürgen Roland | Stars: Klausjürgen Wussow, Karin Dor, Eddi Arent, Harry Wüstenhagen

Votes: 707

9. The Forger of London (1961)

93 min | Crime, Drama

A ring of counterfeiters is flooding the country with phony money, and suspicion falls upon a wealthy playboy who may--or may not--have amnesia.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Karin Dor, Hellmut Lange, Siegfried Lowitz, Mady Rahl

Votes: 431

10. Dead Eyes of London (1961)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Wealthy, heavily insured men are being murdered at an alarming rate. Scotland Yard investigates and finds clues that lead to a ring of blind men, led by a mysterious "reverend."

Director: Alfred Vohrer | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Karin Baal, Dieter Borsche, Wolfgang Lukschy

Votes: 1,008

11. The Return of Dr. Mabuse (1961)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Evil mastermind Dr. Mabuse is using brainwashed prison inmates to commit crimes but the German police aided by an FBI agent is on his trail.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Gert Fröbe, Lex Barker, Daliah Lavi, Fausto Tozzi

Votes: 556

12. Die seltsame Gräfin (1961)

95 min | Adventure, Crime

A girl is almost murdered, but no explainable motive can be found until a 20 year old murder is uncovered and linked to the case.

Directors: Josef von Báky, Jürgen Roland, Ottokar Runze | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Brigitte Grothum, Marianne Hoppe, Rudolf Fernau

Votes: 510

13. Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Koffer (1962)

85 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A killer who uses a knife is knocking off guests at a hotel in London's Soho district. A police detective is sent to investigate.

Director: Werner Klingler | Stars: Joachim Hansen, Senta Berger, Hans Reiser, Leonard Steckel

Votes: 111

14. The Inn on the River (1962)

92 min | Crime, Drama

A serial killer named The Shark is terrorizing London by killing his victims with a speargun and then, dressed in a scruba-diver's wetsuit, using the city's sewer tunnels to make his ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Vohrer | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Brigitte Grothum, Elisabeth Flickenschildt, Klaus Kinski

Votes: 844

15. Hypnosis (1962)

86 min | Horror, Thriller

A hypnotist is murdered in his dressing room. His ventriloquist dummy seemingly the only witness to the crime. A boxer and part-time delivery boy is blamed for the murder. Soon another ... See full summary »

Director: Eugenio Martín | Stars: Jean Sorel, Götz George, Heinz Drache, Margot Trooger

Votes: 147

16. Secret of the Red Orchid (1962)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Rival gangsters from Chicago move to London and attempt to extort money from rich Britons.

Director: Helmuth Ashley | Stars: Christopher Lee, Adrian Hoven, Marisa Mell, Pinkas Braun

Votes: 495

17. Der rote Rausch (1962)

88 min | Thriller

A serial killer is on the run, after escaping a mental institution. He befriends a woman and her child, but the urge to strangle women with red necklaces still haunts him.

Director: Wolfgang Schleif | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Brigitte Grothum, Marina Petrova, Sieghardt Rupp

Votes: 103

18. Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)

84 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sherlock Holmes and Watson do battle with their nemesis, Professor Moriarity, over an ancient necklace attributed to Cleopatra.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Christopher Lee, Hans Söhnker, Hans Nielsen, Senta Berger

Votes: 835

19. The Carpet of Horror (1962)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Crime, Drama

An evil genius uses poison gas to avenge himself on his enemies.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Karin Dor, Eleonora Rossi Drago, Antonio Casas

Votes: 189

20. Front à la Scotland Yard (1962)

96 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A woman arrives at a lonely mansion and finds herself mixed up with a lunatic who has built his own torture chamber, which is already crowded with victims - and he plans to make her his next one.

Director: Alfred Vohrer | Stars: Heinz Drache, Sabine Sesselmann, Eddi Arent, Pinkas Braun

Votes: 608

21. The Invisible Dr. Mabuse (1962)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Crime, Drama

Evil mastermind Dr. Mabuse seeks Professor Erasmus' secret invention, a device that makes one invisible, but a murder in a revue theatre brings the German police and the FBI into the mix.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Lex Barker, Karin Dor, Siegfried Lowitz, Rudolf Fernau

Votes: 399

23. The Terror of Doctor Mabuse (1962)

88 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

German Police Inspector Lohmann investigates a string of crimes resembling Dr. Mabuse's M.O. but Mabuse is in Professor Polland's care inside an insane asylum.

Director: Werner Klingler | Stars: Gert Fröbe, Senta Berger, Helmut Schmid, Charles Regnier

Votes: 438

24. Er kanns nicht lassen (1962)

94 min | Comedy, Crime

Father Brown brings back a stolen painting. Later he examines the mysterious death of a castle owner.

Director: Axel von Ambesser | Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Peter Parten, Grit Boettcher, Ruth-Maria Kubitschek

Votes: 513

25. Der Fluch der gelben Schlange (1963)

98 min | Thriller

A Chinese cult bent on taking over the world uses an idol called The Golden Reptile that they believe can give them the power to achieve their goal.

Director: Franz Josef Gottlieb | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Brigitte Grothum, Pinkas Braun, Doris Kirchner

Votes: 206

26. The Secret of the Black Widow (1963)

107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A journalist with a drinking problem investigates, along with the police, a string of strange murders. Someone is killing members of a South American expedition using poison darts with rubber black widow spider on top of them.

Director: Franz Josef Gottlieb | Stars: O.W. Fischer, Karin Dor, Klaus Kinski, Werner Peters

Votes: 143

27. The Mad Executioners (1963)

92 min | Crime, Horror

A group of vigilantes hang wrong-doers.

Director: Edwin Zbonek | Stars: Hansjörg Felmy, Maria Perschy, Dieter Borsche, Rudolf Forster

Votes: 247

28. The Indian Scarf (1963)

93 min | Drama, Crime

When a wealthy man dies, his avaricious relatives look forward to inheriting all his money. However, he leaves a provision in his will that they all must spend a week together in his castle... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Vohrer | Stars: Heinz Drache, Corny Collins, Klaus Kinski, Gisela Uhlen

Votes: 918

29. Nylon Noose (1963)

74 min | Crime

A company's stockholders hold their meeting at a lonely mansion. A mad doctor conducting experiments in the mansion starts to strangle them one at a time with a nylon noose. The survivors ... See full summary »

Director: Rudolf Zehetgruber | Stars: Dietmar Schönherr, Helga Sommerfeld, Laya Raki, Ady Berber

Votes: 41

30. The Black Abbot (1963)

95 min | Crime, Thriller

Several employees on a nobleman's estate show up at a former abbey, reputed to be haunted, to search for a hidden treasure. Howver, a mysterious hooded figure begins killing off those who may have figured out where the treasure is hidden.

Director: Franz Josef Gottlieb | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Grit Boettcher, Dieter Borsche, Charles Regnier

Votes: 692

31. Dr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard (1963)

90 min | Crime, Thriller, Sci-Fi

The spirit of the evil Dr. Mabuse takes over the body of a famous professor. The professor/Dr. Mabuse then begins a new crime wave that terrorizes the city.

Director: Paul May | Stars: Peter van Eyck, Agnes Windeck, Dieter Borsche, Werner Peters

Votes: 318

32. Die weiße Spinne (1963)

103 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

(1963) Karin Dor, Joachim Fuchsberger. When gamblers who recently increased their life insurance begin dying, Scotland Yard.gets involved. When their chief inspector is murdered, they bring in a mysterious detective to solve the case.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Karin Dor, Horst Frank, Werner Peters

Votes: 185

33. The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle (1963)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A strangler is loose on a British estate, and he not only strangles his victims but brands an "M" onto their foreheads before he decapitates them.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Karin Dor, Harry Riebauer, Rudolf Fernau, Hans Nielsen

Votes: 398

34. The Squeaker (1963)

Unrated | 93 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Scotland Yard investigates a series of murders where the victims have died by snake venom poisoning.

Director: Alfred Vohrer | Stars: Heinz Drache, Barbara Rütting, Günter Pfitzmann, Jan Hendriks

Votes: 746

37. The Phantom of Soho (1964)

92 min | Mystery, Thriller

A murder mystery involving several high-profile Londoners being bumped off near a Soho nightclub by a masked killer.

Director: Franz Josef Gottlieb | Stars: Dieter Borsche, Barbara Rütting, Hans Söhnker, Peter Vogel

Votes: 292

38. Das Geheimnis der chinesischen Nelke (1964)

90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Several oil companies are trying to get hold of Prof. Wilkens, who has discovered a revolutionary formula for a new type of fuel that will put all the oil companies out of business and control the world's economy.

Director: Rudolf Zehetgruber | Stars: Brad Harris, Olga Schoberová, Paul Dahlke, Dietmar Schönherr

Votes: 82

39. The Curse of the Hidden Vault (1964)

90 min | Crime, Drama

Mobsters conspire to loot another criminal's treasure secured in an enormous booby-trapped vault.

Director: Franz Josef Gottlieb | Stars: Harald Leipnitz, Judith Dornys, Rudolf Forster, Werner Peters

Votes: 311

40. The Mysterious Magician (1964)

95 min | Crime, Mystery

The sister of a famous, but as yet uncaught, criminal named The Hexer is murdered. Inspector Higgins of Scotland Yard believes that The Hexer will surface to take his revenge on his ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Vohrer | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Heinz Drache, Sophie Hardy, Siegfried Lowitz

Votes: 1,302

41. Nebelmörder (1964)

88 min | Mystery, Thriller

A killer terrorizes the small German town of Hainsburg. The police moves in to investigate the crimes and finds a suspect among a small group of teenagers.

Director: Eugen York | Stars: Hansjörg Felmy, Ingmar Zeisberg, Elke Arendt, Ralph Persson

Votes: 91

42. Coffin from Hong Kong (1964)

93 min | Drama, Thriller

A private detective finds the limp body of a young Chinese beauty in his office, shot with his own gun.

Director: Manfred R. Köhler | Stars: Heinz Drache, Elga Andersen, Ralf Wolter, Sabine Sesselmann

Votes: 77

43. Das siebente Opfer (1964)

93 min | Crime, Mystery

(1964) Hansjorg Felmy, Ann Smyrner, Hans Nielson, Walter Rilla. Mystery at the track! A well-known thoroughbred is slain by a rival horse owner. Soon jockeys are being murdered by a ... See full summary »

Director: Franz Josef Gottlieb | Stars: Hansjörg Felmy, Ann Smyrner, Hans Nielsen, Wolfgang Lukschy

Votes: 127

44. Das Ungeheuer von London-City (1964)

90 min | Crime, Horror

Then the spirit of Jack the Ripper seems to be very much alive in 1960s London as a series of brutal slayings by the Monster of London City has Scotland Yard baffled. In a macabre ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin Zbonek | Stars: Hansjörg Felmy, Marianne Koch, Dietmar Schönherr, Hans Nielsen

Votes: 165

45. Traitor's Gate (1964)

80 min | Crime, Drama

A businessman organises a caper to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Albert Lieven, Gary Raymond, Margot Trooger, Catherine Schell

Votes: 283

46. The Inn on Dartmoor (1964)

90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A private detective tries to find out how and why some convicts have mysteriously disappeared from the prison of Dartmoor.

Director: Rudolf Zehetgruber | Stars: Heinz Drache, Ingmar Zeisberg, Paul Klinger, Judith Dornys

Votes: 121