With Deutsche Film (DEFA) (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Germany Year Zero (1948)

Not Rated | 78 min | Drama, War

7.9
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A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post-WWII Berlin.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Edmund Moeschke, Ernst Pittschau, Ingetraud Hinze, Franz-Otto Krüger

Votes: 11,742

2. 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: 8,922

3. The Singing Ringing Tree (1957)

74 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.0
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A brave prince wants to win the heart of a stubborn princess by finding the singing, ringing tree for her.

Director: Francesco Stefani | Stars: Christel Bodenstein, Charles Hans Vogt, Eckart Dux, Richard Krüger

Votes: 799

4. The Break (1989)

111 min | Comedy, Crime

6.5
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Massive robbery from the safe of German railways set in 1946

Director: Frank Beyer | Stars: Götz George, Rolf Hoppe, Otto Sander, Ulrike Krumbiegel

Votes: 70

5. Shchit i mech (1968)

191 min | Adventure, Drama, War

7.8
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Alexander Belov (Lyubshin) is a Russian spy in the Nazi Germany, working under cover name as Johann Weiss. His perfect German and cool demeanor allows him to make a career in the SS ... See full summary »

Stars: Stanislav Lyubshin, Alla Demidova, Valentina Titova, Oleg Yankovskiy

Votes: 577

6. The Crucible (1957)

145 min | Drama, History

7.1
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Salem 1692. The young Abigail, seduced and abandoned by John Proctor, accuses John's wife of being a witch in revenge. It will be the beginning of a series of witchcraft trials and a dark moment in American history.

Director: Raymond Rouleau | Stars: Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Jean Debucourt, Alfred Adam

Votes: 642

7. Murderers Among Us (1946)

85 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.4
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After returning from a concentration camp, Susanne finds an ex-soldier living in her apartment. Together the two try to move past their experiences during WWII.

Director: Wolfgang Staudte | Stars: Hildegard Knef, Elly Burgmer, Erna Sellmer, Hilde Adolphi

Votes: 2,254

8. Coming Out (I) (1989)

Unrated | 113 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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A young teacher in East Berlin struggles with accepting his homosexuality.

Director: Heiner Carow | Stars: Matthias Freihof, Dagmar Manzel, Dirk Kummer, Michael Gwisdek

Votes: 1,616

9. Bürgschaft für ein Jahr (1981)

93 min | Drama

6.6
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Nina Kern is a divorced woman in her late twenties who will soon be fully deprived of her custody rights for her three children, who already reside in a home for the displaced, due to many ... See full summary »

Director: Herrmann Zschoche | Stars: Katrin Saß, Cornelia Förder, Enrico Robert, Michaela Hotz

Votes: 53

10. Stalingrad (1990)

196 min | Drama, War

7.0
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The WWII pivotal battle of Stalingrad is shown through the eyes of the soldiers and officers on both sides of the war.

Director: Yuriy Ozerov | Stars: Powers Boothe, Liubomiras Laucevicius, Sergey Nikonenko, Fernando Allende

Votes: 429

11. Gritta of the Rats' Castle (1985)

79 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.4
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The tale of young Gritta who lives with her father, an unsuccessful inventor. When her new stepmother tries to put her away in a convent she discovers some dark secrets there.

Director: Jürgen Brauer | Stars: Nadja Klier, Hermann Beyer, Suher Saleh, Fred Delmare

Votes: 140

12. Liberation (1971)

125 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.8
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This five part WW2 epic drama gives a dramatized detailed account of the five major eastern front Soviet campaigns against Nazi Germany.

Director: Yuriy Ozerov | Stars: Mikhail Nozhkin, Nikolay Olyalin, Mikhail Ulyanov, Larisa Golubkina

Votes: 586

13. Blue Bird (1979)

96 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

6.2
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In the middle of the 18th Century, the Ruster family immigrates to the United States. The father, a former farm laborer, leads a hard life as a settler along with his family. One day the ... See full summary »

Director: Ulrich Weiß | Stars: Robin Jaeger, Gabriel Marian Oseciuc, Jutta Hoffmann, Kurt Böwe

Votes: 118

14. 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: 390

15. Naked Among Wolves (1963)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, War

7.2
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In the last weeks of World War II, inmates of Buchenwald concentration camp hide a Polish child from the SS guards, hoping that the advance of the American forces will set them free.

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

Votes: 781

16. Der Direktor (1980 TV Movie)

113 min | Comedy

5.9
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Director: Helmut Krätzig | Stars: Ulrich Thein, Janina Hartwig, Barbara Dittus, Horst Drinda

Votes: 17

17. Biologie (1990)

91 min | Drama, Family, Romance

6.2
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Director: Jörg Foth | Stars: Stefanie Stappenbeck, Cornelius Schulz, Carl Heinz Choynski, Katrin Klein

Votes: 21

18. Sieben Sommersprossen (1978)

79 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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Teens in a holiday-camp. First love, first sex, first self-made theatre performance of "Romeo and Julliet" - quite interesting to have a look at the east-German youth in the seventies.

Director: Herrmann Zschoche | Stars: Kareen Schröter, Harald Rathmann, Christa Löser, Evelyn Opoczynski

Votes: 420

19. Trace of Stones (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: 885

20. Bitva za Moskvu (1985)

358 min | Drama, History, War

7.3
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The battle of Moscow was the first major defeat of German Wehrmacht in the Second World War. The film is dedicated to some fighting events that took place in the USSR after Hitler's conquest of western Europe.

Stars: Helmut Hellstorff, Artyom Karapetyan, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Yakov Tripolsky

Votes: 375

21. The Divided Heaven (1964)

116 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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After a breakdown, Rita returns to her childhood village. It is 1961. As she recovers, she remembers the past two years: her love for the chemist Manfred, ten years her senior; his ... See full summary »

Director: Konrad Wolf | Stars: Renate Blume, Eberhard Esche, Hans Hardt-Hardtloff, Hilmar Thate

Votes: 349

22. Les Misérables (1958)

210 min | Drama

7.5
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Jean Valjean, convicted of a minor crime, spends the rest of his life being pursued by a cruel and unrelenting policeman, Javert.

Director: Jean-Paul Le Chanois | Stars: Jean Gabin, Bernard Blier, René Fleur, Julienne Paroli

Votes: 1,497

23. Jak se budí princezny (1978)

83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.1
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The king Dalimil and the queen Eliska waited to see a longed-for offspring - a daughter Ruzenka. But Eliska's envious and bad sister Melánie curses her. When Ruzenka becomes 17 years old ... See full summary »

Director: Václav Vorlícek | Stars: Jirí Sovák, Vladimír Mensík, Milena Dvorská, Frantisek Filipovský

Votes: 546

24. Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck (1953)

100 min | Family, Fantasy

6.8
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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: 636

25. The Bicycle (1982)

88 min | Drama

6.6
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Susanne is a young single mother who lives a somewhat "carefree" lifestyle. After quitting her job, she finds herself in trouble financially and attempts a minor insurance fraud to make ... See full summary »

Director: Evelyn Schmidt | Stars: Rita Adolph, Heidrun Bartholomäus, Hilmar Baumann, Gisela Bestehorn

Votes: 43

26. Man of Straw (1951)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Diederich Heßling is scared of everything and everyone. But as he grows up, he comes to realize that he has to offer his services to the powers-that-be if he wants to wield power himself. ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Staudte | Stars: Werner Peters, Paul Esser, Renate Fischer, Ernst Legal

Votes: 859

27. I Was Nineteen (1968)

115 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.5
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Gregor Hecker who fled Germany with his parents, returns to Germany as a lieutenant in Red Army.

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

Votes: 920

28. Pavlova: A Woman for All Time (1983– )

155 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.0
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The film is based on the biography of the legendary Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. She became an internationally regarded ballerina after her performances in 1909 with the Dyaghilev's ... See full summary »

Stars: Galina Belyaeva, Lina Buldakova, Sergey Shakurov, Vsevolod Larionov

Votes: 226

29. And Next Year at Lake Balaton (1980)

85 min | Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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Director: Herrmann Zschoche | Stars: Gudrun Ritter, Peter Bause, Fred Delmare, Günter Schubert

Votes: 81

30. Stars (1959)

91 min | War, Drama

7.5
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The tragic love of the Jewish girl and the Nazi officer is presented as a symbol of human purity defeated by fascism and racial prejudice.

Director: Konrad Wolf | Stars: Sasha Krusharska, Jürgen Frohriep, Erik S. Klein, Stefan Pejchev

Votes: 406

31. Snow White (1961)

63 min | Family, Fantasy, Romance

6.4
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Hated by her jealous and bloodthirsty stepmother, Snow White flees a murder attempt and seeks shelter in the woods with seven kindly dwarfs. Feeling she is safe from harm, Snow White ... See full summary »

Director: Gottfried Kolditz | Stars: Doris Weikow, Marianne Christina Schilling, Wolf-Dieter Panse, Harry Hindemith

Votes: 222

32. flüstern & SCHREIEN (1989)

100 min | Documentary, Music

7.7
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Documents important parts of the East German rock music scene of the late 1980s, from well-established bands like Silly, to underground rock bands like Feeling B. This road movie features ... See full summary »

Director: Dieter Schumann

Votes: 53

33. Osvobozhdenie: Ognennaya duga (1970)

93 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.5
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The "Fiery Arc" tells of a grandiose battle on the Kursk Bulge in the summer of 1943. Here was the largest tank battle in the history of World War II. Along with the personal fate of the ... See full summary »

Director: Yuriy Ozerov | Stars: Nikolay Olyalin, Larisa Golubkina, Boris Seidenberg, Sergey Nikonenko

Votes: 327

34. Das Traumschiff (1956)

85 min | Family

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Director: Herbert Ballmann | Stars: Günther Simon, Gisela Uhlen, Charlotte Küter, Erich Franz

35. The Heathens of Kummerow (1967)

94 min | Comedy, Family

6.9
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Children reviving an old heathen ritual by standing in the frigid waters of the Baltic Sea; the one standing in the longest shall be referred to as the king of Kummerow.

Director: Werner Jacobs | Stars: Paul Dahlke, Ralf Wolter, Fritz Tillmann, Rainer Penkert

Votes: 175

36. Nachhilfe für Vati (1984 TV Movie)

85 min | Family

7.3
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Siblings Sebastian and Bettina come to their father, who is separated from the family, during the holidays. While he struggles with the unfamiliar role of a father, the children try all sorts of tricks to bring the parents back together.

Director: Karola Hattop | Stars: Sebastian Paasch, Jana Zoller, Falk Rockstroh, Katrin Saß

Votes: 23

37. Ursula (1978 TV Movie)

110 min | Drama, Romance, War

5.9
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Switzerland 1523. The mercenary Hansli Gyr returns with his soldiers from Italy to his home in the Oberland. They have fought for the Pope and now find a religious upheaval in Switzerland.

Director: Egon Günther | Stars: Suzanne Stoll, Jörg Reichlin, Matthias Habich, Jutta Hoffmann

Votes: 41

38. The Rabbit Is Me (1965)

110 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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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: 359

39. Stielke, Heinz, Fifteen (1987)

95 min | War

6.6
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Follows the 15-year-old, Heinz Stilke, a member of the Hitler Youth. Heinz is proud of his father, who died bravely for his fatherland, but suddenly learns that he himself is half Jewish. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kann | Stars: Marc Lubosch, Jens Müller, Gert Gütschow, Berthold Schulze

Votes: 29

40. If All the Guys in the World... (1955)

95 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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Joint actions of rescuers from different countries.

Director: Christian-Jaque | Stars: André Valmy, Jean Gaven, Marc Cassot, Georges Poujouly

Votes: 180

41. Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (1976)

105 min | Drama, Romance

4.8
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The young and rebellious Werther is passionately, but hopelessly, in love with Lotte. Although he knows that she is married to somebody who can offer her a secure future, Werther tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Egon Günther | Stars: Hans-Jürgen Wolf, Katharina Thalbach, Hilmar Baumann, Heinz-Dieter Knaup

Votes: 68

42. Die gestohlene Schlacht (1972)

96 min | Comedy, History

6.2
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Director: Erwin Stranka | Stars: Manfred Krug, Herwart Grosse, Marie Málková, Jaroslav Satoranský

Votes: 21

43. Somewhere in Berlin (1946)

77 min | Drama

6.6
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After WWII, Berlin lies in ruins. For Gustav, Willi and their friends the rubble provides an adventurous, dangerous playground. Especially for Gustav, it helps pass the time, as he longs ... See full summary »

Director: Gerhard Lamprecht | Stars: Charles Brauer, Harry Hindemith, Hedda Sarnow, Fritz Rasp

Votes: 136

44. Taubenjule (1983)

68 min | Family

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Director: Hans Kratzert | Stars: Jördis Hollnagel, Ruth Reinecke, Eckhard Becker, Mario Krüger

45. Ulzana (1974)

91 min | Adventure, Western

5.7
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After the events of Apachen (1973), Native American warrior chief Ulzana has found a place for his Apache tribe in Arizona. The local merchants hire Burton, a corrupt army officer lusting after Ulazana's Mexican wife, to kick them out.

Director: Gottfried Kolditz | Stars: Gojko Mitic, Renate Blume, Rolf Hoppe, Colea Rautu

Votes: 256

46. Mother Holly (1963)

59 min | Family, Fantasy

6.4
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The widow has an ugly and lazy daughter, Pechmarie, and a beautiful and hard-working step-daughter, Goldmarie. Because Pechmarie is her real daughter, the widow clearly favors her and makes... See full summary »

Director: Gottfried Kolditz | Stars: Mathilde Danegger, Karin Ugowski, Katharina Lind, Elfriede Florin

Votes: 218

47. One, Two, Three: Corona (1948)

86 min | Crime, Drama

6.2
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Post-war Germany 1945: Two rival gangs of uprooted boys fight each other in the ruins of Berlin, whose business is the black market out of necessity in order to survive. Their respective ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Müller | Stars: Eva Ingeborg Scholz, Lutz Moik, Piet Clausen, Ralph Siewert

Votes: 24

48. Blokada: Luzhskiy rubezh, Pulkovskiy meredian (1974)

185 min | Action, Drama, History

6.8
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In June 1941, the Emergency Headquarters of the Defense of Leningrad, under the leadership of Zhdanov and Voroshilov, decided to build the Luga defensive line. Heavy fighting west of Pskov ... See full summary »

Director: Mikhail Yershov | Stars: Yuriy Solomin, Evgeniy Lebedev, Irina Akulova, Lev Zolotukhin

Votes: 125

49. Euch werd ich's zeigen (1972)

88 min | Family

6.2
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Young Bernd is having great difficulty in adjusting to his family's move to a distant city.

Director: Rolf Losansky | Stars: Friedhelm Barck, Helga Labudda, Carmen Pioch, Manfred Karge

Votes: 18

50. A Tale of Five Women (1951)

86 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

5.6
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1951. Drama. Stars, Bonar Colleano, Barbara Kelly, Eva Bartok & Gina Lollobrigida. When an Englishman leaves America to enlist in the RAF, his gruelling combat experiences result in a loss of memory.

Directors: Montgomery Tully, Romolo Marcellini, Emil E. Reinert, Wolfgang Staudte, Irma von Cube, Géza von Cziffra | Stars: Bonar Colleano, Barbara Kelly, Anne Vernon, Karin Himboldt

Votes: 113


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