West Germany (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.4
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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: 135,819 | Gross: $20.16M

2. Wings of Desire (1987)

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

8.0
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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: 66,996 | Gross: $3.33M

3. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.3
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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: 237,925 | Gross: $11.49M

4. Paris, Texas (1984)

R | 145 min | Drama

8.1
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78 Metascore

Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Sam Berry

Votes: 96,907 | Gross: $2.18M

5. The Name of the Rose (1986)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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54 Metascore

An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Helmut Qualtinger, Elya Baskin

Votes: 104,368 | Gross: $7.15M

6. Hair (1979)

PG | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.6
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68 Metascore

Claude Bukowski leaves the family ranch in Oklahoma for New York where he is rapidly embraced into the hippie group of youngsters led by Berger, yet he's already been drafted. He soon falls in love with Sheila Franklin, a rich girl but still a rebel inside.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo, Annie Golden

Votes: 36,049 | Gross: $15.28M

7. Captain Sindbad (1963)

Passed | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Family

5.5
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The peaceful kingdom of Baristan has an evil ruler named El-Carim. He plans to capture his rival, Sindbad, who will soon return from sea in order to marry Princess Jana. The Princess ... See full summary »

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Guy Williams, Heidi Brühl, Pedro Armendáriz, Abraham Sofaer

Votes: 934 | Gross: $5.45M

8. Cruising (1980)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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43 Metascore

A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox

Votes: 21,624 | Gross: $19.80M

9. Being There (1979)

PG | 130 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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83 Metascore

A simpleminded, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden

Votes: 68,993 | Gross: $30.18M

10. Tatort (1970– )

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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A German language television series that has been running continuously since 1970, which makes it the longest-running German TV drama. Every episode features different detectives of a different city trying to solve a murder case.

Stars: Klaus J. Behrendt, Miroslav Nemec, Udo Wachtveitl, Dietmar Bär

Votes: 2,794

11. Nekromantik (1987)

Not Rated | 71 min | Horror

5.0
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A street sweeper who cleans up after grisly accidents brings home a full corpse for him and his wife to enjoy sexually, but is dismayed to see that his wife prefers the corpse over him.

Director: Jörg Buttgereit | Stars: Bernd Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice Manowski, Harald Lundt, Collosseo

Votes: 8,801

12. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Horror

7.5
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79 Metascore

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: 33,804

13. Visions of Eight (1973)

G | 110 min | Documentary, Sport

6.4
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Eight film artists from different countries are given carte blanche to make a collection of short documentaries on the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics, offering unexpected, original and often humorous perspectives.

Directors: Milos Forman, Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch, Yuriy Ozerov, Arthur Penn, Michael Pfleghar, John Schlesinger, Mai Zetterling | Stars: Vasiliy Alekseev, Nikolay Avilov, Valery Borzov, Avery Brundage

Votes: 479 | Gross: $0.28M

14. 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: 32,852

15. Autumn Sonata (1978)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Music

8.2
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A married daughter who longs for her mother's love is visited by the latter, a successful concert pianist.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman, Halvar Björk

Votes: 29,935

16. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.6
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61 Metascore

The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos, Michael Lerner

Votes: 22,316 | Gross: $12.38M

17. Das Boot (1985–1987)

TV-MA | 293 min | Drama, Thriller, War

8.8
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A World War II German U-Boat crew have a terrifying patrol mission in the early days of the war.

Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 27,495

18. The Tin Drum (1979)

R | 142 min | Drama, War

7.5
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63 Metascore

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: 22,981

19. Christiane F. (1981)

R | 138 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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A teen girl in 1970's Berlin becomes addicted to heroin. Everything in her life slowly begins to distort and disappear as she befriends a small crew of junkies and falls in love with a drug-abusing male prostitute.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Natja Brunckhorst, Eberhard Auriga, Peggy Bussieck, Lothar Chamski

Votes: 23,234

20. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.9
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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: 54,111

21. 14 and Under (1973)

X | 87 min | Comedy

5.2
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A series of "sex reports" intended to address the issue of pedophilia in the early 1970s.

Director: Ernst Hofbauer | Stars: Harald Baerow, Hans Billian, Ulrike Butz, Elke Deuringer

Votes: 304

22. Lesbian Vampires (1971)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Horror

5.4
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An erotic horror tale about a vixen vampiress seducing and killing women to appease her insatiable thirst for female blood.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Soledad Miranda, Dennis Price, Paul Muller, Ewa Strömberg

Votes: 4,408

23. The American Friend (1977)

Not Rated | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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79 Metascore

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: 14,937

24. Eugenie (1970)

X | 87 min | Drama, Horror

5.4
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An innocent girl goes to spend the weekend on an island with a woman and her brother, but soon she finds herself entangled in a web of dream-like sexual experiments.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Maria Rohm, Marie Liljedahl, Jack Taylor, Christopher Lee

Votes: 1,533 | Gross: $0.08M

25. Bagdad Cafe (1987)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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71 Metascore

A lonely German woman ends up in the most desolate motel on Earth and decides to make it brighter.

Director: Percy Adlon | Stars: Marianne Sägebrecht, CCH Pounder, Jack Palance, Christine Kaufmann

Votes: 12,975 | Gross: $3.59M

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

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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A successful fashion designer abandons a sado-masochistic relationship with her female assistant in favor of a love affair with a beautiful young woman.

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

Votes: 8,985

27. Alice in the Cities (1974)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

8.0
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78 Metascore

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: 10,748

28. Freedom to Love (1969)

90 min | Documentary

5.6
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Documentary, dramatized at times, on human sexual behaviour. Daring for its time for its approach to some of the most delicate aspects of this taboo subject.

Directors: Eberhard Kronhausen, Phyllis Kronhausen | Stars: Marie Antoinette, Daniel D. Halleck, Monique Kraamwinkel, Sacha Kraamwinkel

Votes: 200 | Gross: $0.03M

29. Querelle (1982)

R | 108 min | Drama

6.7
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A handsome sailor is drawn into a vortex of sibling rivalry, murder, and explosive sexuality.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brad Davis, Franco Nero, Jeanne Moreau, Laurent Malet

Votes: 6,128

30. Mark of the Devil (1970)

R | 90 min | Drama, History, Horror

6.2
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In 1700s Austria, a witch-hunter's apprentice has doubts about the righteousness of witch-hunting when he witnesses the brutality, the injustice, the falsehood, the torture and the arbitrary killing that go with the job.

Directors: Michael Armstrong, Adrian Hoven | Stars: Herbert Lom, Udo Kier, Olivera Katarina, Reggie Nalder

Votes: 3,119

31. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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A lonely widow meets a much younger Arab worker in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love, to their own surprise and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann

Votes: 19,878

32. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)

R | 120 min | Drama

7.8
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Maria marries Hermann Braun in the last days of World War II, only for him to go missing in the war. Alone, Maria puts to use her beauty and ambition in order to find prosperity during Germany's "economic miracle" of the 1950s.

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

Votes: 12,888

33. The Apple (1980)

PG | 90 min | Music, Musical, Sci-Fi

4.3
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39 Metascore

In 1994, a young couple enters the world of the music industry, and subsequently the world of drugs.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, George Gilmour, Grace Kennedy, Allan Love

Votes: 2,137

34. She Killed in Ecstasy (1971)

Unrated | 80 min | Horror

5.8
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After a doctor commits suicide when his research into human embryos is terminated, his wife seduces and then executes revenge upon those she holds responsible.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Soledad Miranda, Fred Williams, Paul Muller, Howard Vernon

Votes: 1,660

35. Lola (1981)

R | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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A seductive cabaret singer-prostitute pits a corrupt building contractor against the new straight-arrow building commissioner, launching an outrageous plan to elevate herself in a world where everything-and everyone-is for sale.

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

Votes: 5,520

36. Moon 44 (1990)

R | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.1
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39 Metascore

An unconventional corporate agent is given the task of shaping a group of violent criminals and technical wizards into a helicopter defense force assigned to protect a mining station on a remote moon.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Michael Paré, Lisa Eichhorn, Dean Devlin, Brian Thompson

Votes: 4,927

37. The Fan (1982)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Music

6.7
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The hero-worship that Simone has for a pop singer is built to a crescendo until she passes out when she finally sees him up-close in a crowd of fans. She is later shocked when he lets her know that he does not love her.

Director: Eckhart Schmidt | Stars: Désirée Nosbusch, Bodo Staiger, Simone Brahmann, Jonas Vischer

Votes: 1,381

38. The Bridge (1959)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, War

8.0
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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: 7,403

39. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)

Not Rated | 931 min | Crime, Drama

8.5
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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: 4,229

40. The Vampire Happening (1971)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Horror

4.7
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An American actress inherits a castle in Transylvania. What she doesn't know is that her ancestor, the Baroness Catali, was in actuality a vampire countess, and emerges from her tomb to ravage the nearby village and Catholic seminary.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Pia Degermark, Thomas Hunter, Yvor Murillo, Ingrid van Bergen

Votes: 447

41. The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967)

M | 84 min | Horror, Mystery

5.9
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In the Olden Tymes, Count Regula is drawn and quartered for killing twelve virgins in his dungeon torture chamber. Thirty-five years later, he comes back to seek revenge on the daughter of ... See full summary »

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Lex Barker, Karin Dor, Christopher Lee, Carl Lange

Votes: 1,442

42. Winnetou (1963)

91 min | Western, Adventure

6.9
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When violent conflict breaks out between greedy railroaders and a tribe of Mescalero Apaches, only two men, destined to be blood brothers, can prevent all-out war: chief's son Winnetou and German engineer Old Shatterhand.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Lex Barker, Pierre Brice, Marie Versini, Mario Adorf

Votes: 3,832

43. More (1969)

112 min | Drama, Romance, Crime

6.5
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Stefan, a recent college graduate, hitchhikes from Germany to Paris where he meets American expatriate, Estelle. They chase the sun to Ibiza. An idyllic island life degenerates when she introduces him to heroin and they get addicted.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Mimsy Farmer, Klaus Grünberg, Heinz Engelmann, Michel Chanderli

Votes: 2,757 | Gross: $0.30M

44. Stroszek (1977)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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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: 13,591

45. Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun (1977)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Adventure, Horror

5.5
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16-year-old Maria is forced into Serra D'Aires convent, secretly run by Satanists. Her confessor is in collusion with the Mother Superior. Maria is tortured, forced into sex with men, women... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Susan Hemingway, William Berger, Herbert Fux, Ana Zanatti

Votes: 1,045

46. Mephisto (1981)

Unrated | 144 min | Drama

7.8
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In early-1930s Germany, a passionate stage actor finds himself before a dilemma: renounce his apolitical stance and comply with the Reich's doctrine, or face oblivion. But, Faustian bargains never end well. What is the price of success?

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági, Rolf Hoppe

Votes: 9,928

47. Wrong Move (1975)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

7.0
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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: 3,094

48. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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A young man named Kaspar Hauser suddenly appears 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: 16,980

49. World on a Wire (1973)

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

7.8
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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: 5,720

50. Making Contact (I) (1985)

PG | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

4.8
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Believing to be able to communicate with his deceased father, a young boy develops psychic powers where he uses them to try to stop supernatural forces threatening his family and friends, especially a possessed ventriloquist dummy.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Joshua Morrell, Eva Kryll, Tammy Shields, Jan Zierold

Votes: 1,381


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