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1. Wings of Desire (1987)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

8.1
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79 Metascore

An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois

Votes: 54,216 | Gross: $3.21M

2. Fitzcarraldo (1982)

PG | 158 min | Adventure, Drama

8.1
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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: 25,952

3. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.0
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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: 44,118

4. The American Friend (1977)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, Gérard Blain

Votes: 10,740

5. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

PG | 107 min | Horror

7.6
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Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor

Votes: 27,075

6. The Tin Drum (1979)

R | 142 min | Drama, War

7.6
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In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Katharina Thalbach

Votes: 19,667

7. Alice in the Cities (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

8.0
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A German journalist is saddled with a nine-year-old girl after encountering her mother at a New York airport.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Yella Rottländer, Rüdiger Vogler, Lisa Kreuzer, Edda Köchl

Votes: 7,746

8. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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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: 15,240

9. Kings of the Road (1976)

Not Rated | 175 min | Drama

8.0
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A traveling projection-equipment mechanic works in Western Germany along the East-German border, visiting worn-out theatres. He meets with a depressed young man whose marriage has just broken up, and the two decide to travel together.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Rüdiger Vogler, Hanns Zischler, Lisa Kreuzer, Rudolf Schündler

Votes: 3,961

10. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980– )

Not Rated | 931 min | Crime, Drama

8.8
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In late-1920s Berlin, Franz Biberkopf is released from prison and vows to go straight; however he soon finds himself embroiled in the city's criminal underworld.

Stars: Günter Lamprecht, Claus Holm, Hanna Schygulla, Franz Buchrieser

Votes: 3,401

11. Lola (1981)

R | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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In post-war West Germany, the charming Von Bohm is appointed a city's new Building Commissioner. His morality is tested when he unknowingly falls in love with a brothel worker, Lola, the paid mistress of a corrupt property developer.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mario Adorf, Matthias Fuchs

Votes: 4,292

12. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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An arrogant fashion designer falls in love with an icy beauty who wants to be a model.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Katrin Schaake, Eva Mattes

Votes: 6,825

13. Wrong Move (1975)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

7.1
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A writer goes on a road trip across West Germany with a group of eclectic people he meets along the way.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Rüdiger Vogler, Hanna Schygulla, Hans Christian Blech, Nastassja Kinski

Votes: 2,101

14. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978)

R | 120 min | Drama

7.9
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A World War II widow seeks to adjust to life in postwar Germany.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Löwitsch, Ivan Desny, Gisela Uhlen

Votes: 10,326

15. Stroszek (1977)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Clemens Scheitz, Wilhelm von Homburg

Votes: 11,056

16. Fox and His Friends (1975)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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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: 4,081

17. Welt am Draht (1973– )

Not Rated | 212 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.9
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76 Metascore

Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His ... See full summary »

Stars: Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben, Karl Heinz Vosgerau

Votes: 4,307

18. The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1972)

101 min | Drama, Sport

6.7
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A goalkeeper Josef Bloch is ejected during a game for foul play. He leaves the field and goes to spend the night with a cinema cashier.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Arthur Brauss, Kai Fischer, Erika Pluhar, Libgart Schwarz

Votes: 1,061

19. Woyzeck (1979)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

7.2
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Franz Woyzeck is a hapless, hopeless soldier, alone and powerless in society, assaulted from all sides by forces he can not control.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Eva Mattes, Wolfgang Reichmann, Willy Semmelrogge

Votes: 7,720

20. Jonathan (1970)

110 min | Horror, Drama

6.2
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In a apocalyptic 19th century landscape where wealthy vampires have taken over the world, a group of humans prepare an uprising, and select an adventurous young man to track down the leader of the undead and destroy him.

Director: Hans W. Geissendörfer | Stars: Jürgen Jung, Hans-Dieter Jendreyko, Paul Albert Krumm, Hertha von Walther

Votes: 166

21. Heart of Glass (1976)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

7.1
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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: 4,604

22. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira, Willy Semmelrogge

Votes: 14,293

23. The State of Things (1982)

121 min | Drama

7.1
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On location in Portugal, a film crew runs out of film while making their own version of Roger Corman's Day the World Ended (1955). The producer is nowhere to be found and director Friedrich... See full summary »

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Allen Garfield, Samuel Fuller, Isabelle Weingarten, Rebecca Pauly

Votes: 2,385 | Gross: $6.00M

24. Baal (1970 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

6.6
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Baal explores the cult of the genius, an anti-heroic figure who chooses to be a social outcast and live on the fringe of bourgeois morality.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Sigi Graue, Margarethe von Trotta, Günther Neutze

Votes: 338

25. The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

7.6
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Hans Epp is a self-destructive man who lives a dissatisfied life. He tries to find meaning as a fruit vendor, but a heart attack impedes his ability to work, which turns his dissatisfaction into despair.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hans Hirschmüller, Irm Hermann, Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Löwitsch

Votes: 3,635

26. Beware of a Holy Whore (1971)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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On a film set there are two things missing, the film material and the director. So the actors and actresses as well as the crew try to make the best out of the situation. When the director ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Lou Castel, Eddie Constantine, Marquard Bohm, Hanna Schygulla

Votes: 1,696

27. Heimat - Eine deutsche Chronik (1984– )

90 min | Drama, History, War

8.8
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The village of Schabbach experiences the shifting fortunes of Germany from 1919 to 1982.

Stars: Marita Breuer, Kurt Wagner, Rüdiger Weigang, Eva Maria Schneider

Votes: 2,747

28. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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A young woman's life is scrutinized by police and tabloid press after she spends the night with a suspected terrorist.

Directors: Volker Schlöndorff, Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Angela Winkler, Mario Adorf, Dieter Laser, Jürgen Prochnow

Votes: 3,343

29. Liebe ist kälter als der Tod (1969)

88 min | Comedy, Crime

6.7
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Unusual gangster story, in which a small-time pimp Franz, who is torn between his mistress and Bruno the gangster sent after him by the syndicate that he has refused to join. Things are ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Ulli Lommel, Hanna Schygulla, Katrin Schaake, Liz Söllner

Votes: 2,318

30. Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen (1970)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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The inhabitants of an institution in a remote country rebel against their keepers. Their acts of rebellion are by turns humorous, boring and alarming. An allegory on the problematic nature ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Helmut Döring, Paul Glauer, Gisela Hertwig, Hertel Minkner

Votes: 4,738

31. Katzelmacher (1969)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

7.2
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Jorgos, a migrant worker from Greece, joins a group of young people in Munich usually hanging around. This foreigner incites hostility and jealousy among them, and he is insulted as a "... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Lilith Ungerer, Rudolf Waldemar Brem, Elga Sorbas

Votes: 2,129

32. The Scarlet Letter (1973)

90 min | Drama, History

6.0
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In 17th-century Salem, Hester Prynne must wear a scarlet A because she is an adulteress, with a child out of wedlock. For seven years, she has refused to name the father. A vigorous older ... See full summary »

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Senta Berger, Lou Castel, Yelena Samarina, Hans Christian Blech

Votes: 601

33. Despair (1978)

119 min | Drama

7.4
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Germany in the early 1930s. Against the backdrop of the Nazis' rise, Hermann Hermann, a Russian émigré and chocolate magnate, goes slowly mad. It begins with his seating himself in a chair ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Andréa Ferréol, Klaus Löwitsch, Volker Spengler

Votes: 1,716

34. Negresco - Eine tödliche Affäre (1968)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

5.6
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The wife of a international spy arrives in Berlin for a holiday. While her husband is away, she falls in love with a British photographer.

Director: Klaus Lemke | Stars: Ira von Fürstenberg, Gérard Blain, Serge Marquand, Christa Linder

Votes: 47

35. Taxi zum Klo (1980)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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Frank Ripploh is a bit of a rascal: he's a bearded and shaggy-haired teacher, and he's gay with a very active sex life and an interest in making films. He keeps his personal life and ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Ripploh | Stars: Frank Ripploh, Bernd Broaderup, Orpha Termin, Peter Fahrni

Votes: 1,281

36. Chinese Roulette (1976)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Thriller

7.5
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Both the parents of a young teen who walks with crutches, goes on each their secret meeting with lovers, both surprising each other at the family's county home. The daughter arrives and initiates a guessing game of "Chinese roulette".

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Anna Karina, Margit Carstensen, Brigitte Mira, Ulli Lommel

Votes: 2,906

37. In a Year with 13 Moons (1978)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama

7.7
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This drama follows the last few days in the life of Elvira (formerly Erwin) Weisshaupt. Years before, Erwin told a co-worker, Anton, that he loved him. "Too bad, you aren't a woman," he ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Volker Spengler, Ingrid Caven, Gottfried John, Elisabeth Trissenaar

Votes: 2,957

38. Lili Marleen (1981)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.2
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In Switzerland German singer 'Willie' falls in love with Jewish composer 'Robert' who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks that 'Willie' is also a Nazi ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer, Karl-Heinz von Hassel

Votes: 3,161

39. Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)

R | 100 min | Drama

7.1
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A geologist employed by an Australian mining company finds himself disputing the rights of some aborigines who believe their land to be sacred.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Bruce Spence, Wandjuk Marika, Roy Marika, Ray Barrett

Votes: 1,744

40. Eight Hours Don't Make a Day (1972– )

Unrated | 472 min | Drama

8.4
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The young toolmaker Jochen fights with his colleagues to a performance bonus. He gets to know the girl Marion. For both, it is love at first sight.

Stars: Gottfried John, Hanna Schygulla, Luise Ullrich, Werner Finck

Votes: 134 | Gross: $0.02M

41. Fata Morgana (1971)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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Footage shot in and around the Sahara Desert, accompanied only by a spoken creation myth and the songs of Leonard Cohen.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Lotte Eisner, Eugen Des Montagnes, James William Gledhill, Wolfgang von Ungern-Sternberg

Votes: 2,900

42. Kamikaze 89 (1982)

Not Rated | 106 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.8
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In a totalitarian society of the future, in which the government controls all facets of the media, a homicide detective investigates a string of bombings, and finds out more than he bargained for.

Director: Wolf Gremm | Stars: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Günther Kaufmann, Boy Gobert, Arnold Marquis

Votes: 465 | Gross: $0.02M

43. Satan's Brew (1976)

112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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Walter, a German anarchist poet, is short of money after his publisher refuses to give him an advance. He tries various ways of raising money, including shooting one of his mistresses and ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Kurt Raab, Margit Carstensen, Helen Vita, Volker Spengler

Votes: 1,452

44. The Third Generation (1979)

111 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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A mogul merrily funds terrorists to boost his computer sales, by panicking West German government and industry c. 1980, as the third generation of Western European left-wing activists forms... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Eddie Constantine, Hanna Schygulla, Volker Spengler, Margit Carstensen

Votes: 1,605

45. Circle of Deceit (1981)

R | 108 min | Drama, War

7.2
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Laschen, a German journalist, travels to the city of Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians to produce an essay about the situation. Together with his photographer, he... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Hanna Schygulla, Jean Carmet, Jerzy Skolimowski

Votes: 642

46. Tenderness of the Wolves (1973)

Not Rated | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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Story of a gay serial killer who murders young boys so he can serve them as dinner to his circle of fellow cannibals.

Director: Ulli Lommel | Stars: Kurt Raab, Jeff Roden, Margit Carstensen, Ingrid Caven

Votes: 1,010

47. Young Törless (1966)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

7.3
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At a boarding school in the pre-war Austro-Hungarian Empire, a pair of students torture one of their fellow classmates, Basini, who has been caught stealing money from one of the two. The ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Mathieu Carrière, Marian Seidowsky, Bernd Tischer, Fred Dietz

Votes: 1,845

48. Lebenszeichen (1968)

91 min | Drama

7.3
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A wounded German paratrooper named Stroszek is sent to the quiet island of Kos with his wife Nora, a Greek nurse, and two other soldiers recovering from minor wounds. Billeted in a decaying... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Peter Brogle, Wolfgang Reichmann, Athina Zacharopoulou, Wolfgang von Ungern-Sternberg

Votes: 1,668

49. Fontane Effi Briest (1974)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama, History

7.0
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In the nineteenth century, seventeen year old Effi Briest is married to the older Baron von Instetten and moves into a house, that she believes has a ghost, in a small isolated Baltic town.... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Wolfgang Schenck, Ulli Lommel, Karlheinz Böhm

Votes: 1,918

50. Lightning Over Water (1980)

91 min | Documentary

6.7
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Director Nicholas Ray is eager to complete a final film before his imminent death from cancer. Wim Wenders is working on his own film Hammett (1982) in Hollywood, but flies to New York to ... See full summary »

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Wim Wenders | Stars: Gerry Bamman, Ronee Blakley, Pierre Cottrell, Stefan Czapsky

Votes: 1,064