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1. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller

8.4
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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: 326,966 | Gross: $11.29M

2. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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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: 129,944 | Gross: $4.06M

3. The Looking Glass War (1970)

M | 108 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.9
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From the John le Carré novel about a British spy, who sends a Polish defector to East Germany, to verify missile sites.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Christopher Jones, Pia Degermark, Ralph Richardson, Paul Rogers

Votes: 888

4. Barbara (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

7.1
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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: 11,408

5. Night Crossing (1982)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, History

6.4
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True tale about two men planing to escape from communist East Germany in a hot air balloon, but only if they can take their families with them.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: John Hurt, Jane Alexander, Doug McKeon, Keith McKeon

Votes: 1,120 | Gross: $8.00M

6. Three Wishes for Cinderella (1973)

75 min | Drama, Fantasy, Family

7.8
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Life changes dramatically for a Czech housemaid when the house driver gives her three magical hazel nuts.

Director: Václav Vorlícek | Stars: Libuse Safránková, Pavel Trávnícek, Carola Braunbock, Rolf Hoppe

Votes: 7,425

7. A Dandy in Aspic (1968)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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During the Cold War, the British and Soviet Intelligence services attempt to out-fox one another using the homesick double-Agent Krasnevin a.k.a. Alexander Eberlin (Laurence Harvey) as a pawn in the complex spy-game.

Directors: Anthony Mann, Laurence Harvey | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Tom Courtenay, Mia Farrow, Harry Andrews

Votes: 665

8. Two Lives (2012)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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62 Metascore

As the Berlin Wall crumbles, Katrine, the daughter of a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier, finds her idyllic life disrupted as she refuses to testify a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of her fellow "war children."

Directors: Georg Maas, Judith Kaufmann | Stars: Juliane Köhler, Liv Ullmann, Sven Nordin, Ken Duken

Votes: 2,754 | Gross: $0.00M

9. Sun Alley (1999)

101 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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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: 5,804

10. Jacob the Liar (1974)

100 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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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: 1,091

11. Tunnel 28 (1962)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.6
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In 1962, a group of East Berliners escapes to West Berlin through a tunnel dug from the basement of a house located near the Berlin Wall.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Don Murray, Christine Kaufmann, Werner Klemperer, Ingrid van Bergen

Votes: 371

12. The Legend of Paul and Paula (1973)

105 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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Paul and Paula have had bad experiences with love: Paul is financially well off but has lost all affection for his wife, and Paula leads a troublesome life raising two children on her own. ... See full summary »

Director: Heiner Carow | Stars: Angelica Domröse, Winfried Glatzeder, Heidemarie Wenzel, Fred Delmare

Votes: 937

13. The Defector (1966)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

5.8
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An American scientist is sent by the CIA to East Germany to retrieve a secret microfilm from a Soviet scientist interested in defecting to the West but the Stasi secret police's surveillance complicates matters.

Director: Raoul Lévy | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Hardy Krüger, Macha Méril, David Opatoshu

Votes: 607

14. West (2013)

R | 102 min | Drama

6.5
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65 Metascore

She Can See Her Future, But Can't Escape Her Past.

Director: Christian Schwochow | Stars: Jördis Triebel, Tristan Göbel, Jacky Ido, Anna Antonowicz

Votes: 831

15. Friendship! (2010)

110 min | Adventure, Comedy

6.5
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A young man from East Germany travels to San Francisco to search for his father, who fled 12 years ago.

Director: Markus Goller | Stars: Matthias Schweighöfer, Friedrich Mücke, Alicja Bachleda, Todd Stashwick

Votes: 5,102

16. I Was Nineteen (1968)

115 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.5
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April 1945: Gregor Hecker, 19 years of age, reaches the outskirts of Berlin as part of the Red Army's scouting team. Having fled Germany with his family when he was eight, he is confronted ... See full summary »

Director: Konrad Wolf | Stars: Jaecki Schwarz, Vasiliy Livanov, Aleksey Eybozhenko, Dieter Mann

Votes: 765

17. Naked Among Wolves (1963)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, War

7.1
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As rumors reach them that the Allied armies are advancing on their concentration camp at Buchenwald, Polish prisoners renew their feeble hope for survival and freedom. When a group of ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Beyer | Stars: Erwin Geschonneck, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Krystyn Wójcik, Fred Delmare

Votes: 652

18. Singing the Blues in Red (1986)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

6.3
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A singer swaps the political intimidation of working in East Germany for the equally controlling capitalist music industry in the West.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Gerulf Pannach, Fabienne Babe, Sigfrit Steiner, Cristine Rose

Votes: 390

19. Solo Sunny (1980)

100 min | Drama, Music

7.0
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Sunny is the singer of band trying to establish itself in the music-scene of East-Berlin. They play regular gigs in small towns, but Sunny feels out of touch with the audience and her life ... See full summary »

Directors: Konrad Wolf, Wolfgang Kohlhaase | Stars: Renate Krößner, Alexander Lang, Dieter Montag, Heide Kipp

Votes: 469

20. Kruso (2018 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

5.8
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The young student Ed (Jonathan Berlin) wants to get out, leave everything behind. He finds refuge on the Baltic Island of Hiddensee, at a time when the GDR is in its last legs. Many have ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Stuber | Stars: Albrecht Schuch, Jonathan Berlin, Andreas Leupold, Peter Schneider

Votes: 74

21. Sugar Sand (2017 TV Movie)

89 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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End of the 1970s in East Germany: Fred and Jonas are close friends. The 10-year-olds live near at the German-German frontier. After the mother from Jonas has made an exit application, the ... See full summary »

Director: Dirk Kummer | Stars: Tilman Döbler, Valentin Wessely, Katharina M. Schubert, Christian Friedel

Votes: 128

22. Never Mind the Wall (2001)

94 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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Germany 1982: The country is divided into two parts. Nele, coming from West-Germany, travels to East-Germany where she meets Captain, singer of a band. They fall in love with each other, ... See full summary »

Director: Connie Walter | Stars: Anna Bertheau, Antonio Wannek, Tim Sander, Carmen Simone Birk

Votes: 414

23. Chingachgook, die grosse Schlange (1967)

92 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.1
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It is 1740 and the English and French colonial forces are waging war against each other in their struggle to take control of North America. Both powers take advantage of existing tribal ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Groschopp | Stars: Gojko Mitic, Rolf Römer, Helmut Schreiber, Jürgen Frohriep

Votes: 292

24. NVA (2005)

98 min | Comedy

5.7
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The story of young recruits doing their compulsory military service in the East German army 'NVA' prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Director: Leander Haußmann | Stars: Kim Frank, Oliver Bröcker, Detlev Buck, Jasmin Schwiers

Votes: 1,472

25. Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck (1953)

100 min | Family, Fantasy

6.9
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An old man living in an oriental city tells the story of his life to a group of kids: He too was once a young boy by the name of Little Muck - much like them, but with better manners and a ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Staudte | Stars: Thomas Schmidt, Johannes Maus, Friedrich Richter, Trude Hesterberg

Votes: 500

26. Das Versprechen (1994)

R | 115 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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East-Berlin, 1961, shortly after the erection of the Wall. Konrad, Sophie and three of their friends plan a daring escape to Western Germany. The attempt is successful, except for Konrad, ... See full summary »

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Corinna Harfouch, Meret Becker, August Zirner, Anian Zollner

Votes: 546 | Gross: $0.09M

27. Shores of Hope (2012)

116 min | Drama, History

6.6
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The dream of two young men to become sailors collides with the harsh realities of life in East Germany.

Director: Toke Constantin Hebbeln | Stars: Alexander Fehling, August Diehl, Ronald Zehrfeld, Thao Vu

Votes: 459

28. The Red Cockatoo (2006)

128 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.8
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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.

Director: Dominik Graf | Stars: Max Riemelt, Jessica Schwarz, Ronald Zehrfeld, Ingeborg Westphal

Votes: 780

29. This Ain't California (2012)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History, Sport

7.4
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76 Metascore

This Ain't California is a celebration of the lust for life, a contemporary documentary trip into the world of roller boarding in the German Democratic Republic. A coming-of-age tale of ... See full summary »

Director: Marten Persiel | Stars: David Nathan, Anneke Schwabe, Bill Clinton, Zaneta Fuchsová

Votes: 895

30. Blackest Heart (1990)

Not Rated | 63 min | Comedy, Horror

5.2
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In "German Chainsaw Massacre" people meet up with a household of butchers. They detect low cost meat in the East Germans moving over the old boundary into the West and start turning them ... See full summary »

Director: Christoph Schlingensief | Stars: Karina Fallenstein, Susanne Bredehöft, Artur Albrecht, Volker Spengler

Votes: 636

31. Spur der Steine (1966)

139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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A film about living and working conditions in the GDR of the 60's. Includes a little love story of course.

Director: Frank Beyer | Stars: Manfred Krug, Krystyna Stypulkowska, Jutta Hoffmann, Eberhard Esche

Votes: 753

32. Honor Bound (1988)

98 min | Thriller

6.6
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U.S. Army Sergeant Max Young is sent to East Berlin as a new addition to the Military Liaison Mission, MLM for short. Their job is to oversee the Soviet Unions dismantling of nuclear ... See full summary »

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Eric Douglas, Edward Meeks, Hana Baczynska, Relja Basic

Votes: 76

33. Berlin Is in Germany (2001)

99 min | Drama

7.0
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When Martin, a former GDR citizen, is released from jail, he lately becomes confronted with the consequences of the German re-unification.

Director: Hannes Stöhr | Stars: Jörg Schüttauf, Julia Jäger, Robin Becker, Robert Lohr

Votes: 1,047

34. The Miracle of Berlin (2008 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, War

6.7
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A TV movie that follows an East Berlin family torn by political strife and the fast-changing events that led to the fall of Berlin Wall in 1989.

Director: Roland Suso Richter | Stars: Kostja Ullmann, Karoline Herfurth, Veronica Ferres, Heino Ferch

Votes: 442

35. Kleinruppin forever (2004)

103 min | Comedy, Romance

6.2
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Director: Carsten Fiebeler | Stars: Tobias Schenke, Anna Brüggemann, Michael Gwisdek, Uwe Kockisch

Votes: 521

36. The Architects (1990)

95 min | Drama

7.0
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The architect Daniel Brenner is in his late thirties when he receives his first challenging and lucrative commission: to design a cultural center for a satellite town in East-Berlin. He ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Kahane | Stars: Kurt Naumann, Rita Feldmeier, Judith Richter, Jürgen Watzke

Votes: 235

37. The Rabbit Is Me (1965)

110 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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The Rabbit Is Me was made in 1965 to encourage discussion of the democratization of East German society. In it, a young student has an affair with a judge who once sentenced her brother for... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Maetzig | Stars: Angelika Waller, Alfred Müller, Ilse Voigt, Wolfgang Winkler

Votes: 303

38. Fünf Patronenhülsen (1960)

87 min | War

6.7
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The Spanish Civil War in the year 1936. Five brigadiers are singled out to stay behind in the Spanish Sierras and fend off the fascist enemy while the rest of the troops recede. They are ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Beyer | Stars: Ernst Busch, Erwin Geschonneck, Manfred Krug, Edwin Marian

Votes: 142

39. Das war der wilde Osten (1992)

100 min | Comedy

4.6
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The Struutz family return from holidays after the fall of the Berlin Wall to find their home being bulldozed to make way for a golf course. It gets worse when Udo inherits a nearly-bankrupt... See full summary »

Directors: Wolfgang Büld, Reinhard Klooss | Stars: Wolfgang Stumph, Marie Gruber, Claudia Schmutzler, Rolf Zacher

Votes: 314

40. Heroes Like Us (1999)

93 min | Comedy

6.2
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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

41. Die Mauer (1991)

99 min | Documentary

6.9
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A documentary about the deconstruction of the Berlin Wall which makes no use of vocal commentary but instead focuses on visual elements. From the Potsdamer Platz to the Brandenburg Gate, ... See full summary »

Director: Jürgen Böttcher

Votes: 44

42. Berlin - Ecke Schönhauser (1957)

81 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.6
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The story of a group of rebellious teens in East Berlin.

Director: Gerhard Klein | Stars: Harry Engel, Siegfried Weiß, Ingeborg Beeske, Ekkehard Schall

Votes: 293

43. Vaterlandsverräter (2011)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.2
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Once with the Stasi, always with the Stasi? Once you were in the agent controller's grasp you could never escape - that's what they say, anyway. Writer Paul Gratzik was an unofficial ... See full summary »

Director: Annekatrin Hendel | Stars: Paul Gratzik, Sascha Anderson, Renate Biskup, Gabriele Dietze

Votes: 29

44. Boxhagener Platz (2010)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.5
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Feature adaptation of Torsten Schulz's novel set in East Berlin in 1968.

Director: Matti Geschonneck | Stars: Gudrun Ritter, Michael Gwisdek, Samuel Schneider, Meret Becker

Votes: 419

45. Meier (1986)

99 min | Comedy

7.3
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Satirical comedy about an East German citizen who manages to acquire a West Germany passport and go to live in the West, only to find that not all is gold that glitters.

Director: Peter Timm | Stars: Rainer Grenkowitz, Nadja Engelbrecht, Thomas Bestvater, Alexander Hauff

Votes: 82

46. Face the Wall (2009 Video)

84 min | Documentary

7.7
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Five stories of the dream of freedom and the soul-crushing methods of the Stasi detention. The five protagonists represent a group of around 72,000 ex-convicts, imprisoned in the GDR for attempting to flee the Republic.

Director: Stefan Weinert

Votes: 7

47. Hälfte des Lebens (1985)

98 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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Ten decisive years (1796 - 1806) in the life of the great German poet Friedrich Hölderlin. In order to earn money as a tutor "Hölder" moves in with the Gontards, a banker's family in ... See full summary »

Director: Herrmann Zschoche | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Jenny Gröllmann, Swetlana Schönfeld, Michael Gwisdek

Votes: 42

48. Die Familie (2013)

91 min | Documentary, History

6.5
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Families of people murdered along the border of East and West Berlin tell their stories.

Director: Stefan Weinert

Votes: 10

49. The Fall (VII)

Drama, History | Announced

Inspired by historic events. East Berlin, 1989: A single mother is coerced into espionage when her son is framed for murder. After a deadly betrayal, she turns double-agent to exact her ... See full summary »

50. Die vergessene Armee (2017)

89 min | Documentary

7.5
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"The Forgotten Army" tells the story of former GDR elite soldiers, who after the Berlin Wall fell, haven't come to terms with their past. Divided between radicals and legalists they are ... See full summary »

Director: Signe Astrup

Votes: 8



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