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: 8,722

2. The Innocent (1993)

R | 119 min | Drama

5.7
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A young engineer is sent to post World War II Berlin to help the Americans, in spying on the Russians. In a time and place where discretion is still a man's best friend, he falls in love ... See full summary »

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Anthony Hopkins, Campbell Scott, Ronald Nitschke

Votes: 1,393 | Gross: $0.55M

3. Murderers Among Us (1946)

85 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.5
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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: 1,761

4. Les misérables (1958)

210 min | Drama

7.6
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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: 1,192

5. Mesmer (1994)

Not Rated | 107 min | Biography, Drama

6.2
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A biography of the eighteenth century Viennese physician, Franz Anton Mesmer, who used unorthodox healing practices based on his theory of "animal magnetism."

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Donal Donnelly, David Burke, Peter Dvorsky, Alan Rickman

Votes: 888

6. Trotz alledem! (1972)

125 min | Drama, War

7.4
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Biographical war drama about the life of German socialist Karl Liebknecht.

Director: Günter Reisch | Stars: Horst Schulze, Lyudmila Kasyanova, Ute Illmann, Lutz Fremde

Votes: 29

7. The Crucible (1957)

145 min | Drama, History

7.2
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Salem, 1692. Industrious farmer, John Proctor, has twice made love to 17-year-old Abigail, a youth he and his wife have taken in. (His wife Elisabeth has rebuffed him for seven months; she ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 384

8. Das singende, klingende Bäumchen (1957)

74 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.1
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A brave prince wants to win the heart of a stubborn princess by finding the singing, ringing tree for her. He finally locates it in the magical realm of an evil dwarf who offers him a deal:... See full summary »

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

Votes: 641

9. Die Tigerin (1992)

R | 83 min | Crime, Drama

5.0
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It's the roaring twenties in Berlin. The Tigress, a gorgeous, wild, and very independent street walker, falls for a handsome grifter. When one of her lovers gets jealous, she betrays him ... See full summary »

Director: Karin Howard | Stars: Valentina Vargas, James Remar, George Peppard, Ferdy Mayne

Votes: 75

10. Gritta von Rattenzuhausbeiuns (1985)

83 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.7
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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: 103

11. 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: 1,377

12. Three Wishes for Cinderella (1973)

75 min | Drama, Fantasy, Family

7.9
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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: 7,355

13. Osvobozhdenie: Napravlenie glavnogo udara (1971)

125 min | Drama, Romance, War

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: 385

14. Stalingrad (1990)

196 min | Drama, War

7.1
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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: 347

15. Sieben Sommersprossen (1978)

79 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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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: 321

16. Stein (1991)

108 min | Drama

6.8
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Actor Ernst Stein, having abdicated from the stage in 1968 in protest of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, has long since retreated from the world around him. In a remote house ... See full summary »

Director: Egon Günther | Stars: Rolf Ludwig, Franziska Herold, Evelin Dahm, Johanna Möhring

Votes: 20

17. Nackt unter Wölfen (1963)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, War

7.3
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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: 637

18. Apachen (1973)

94 min | Western

5.9
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Directed by Gottfried Kolditz, this action-packed Eurowestern is based loosely on the legend of heroic Apache warrior Ulzana.

Director: Gottfried Kolditz | Stars: Gojko Mitic, Milan Beli, Colea Rautu, Leon Niemczyk

Votes: 296

19. Vernehmung der Zeugen (1987)

73 min | Drama

5.8
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A teenager is found murdered, and the examining doctor recognizes her son's knife. The film works its way back to reveal how this situation came about; a rare treatment of the taboo subject of youth criminality in Socialist society.

Director: Gunther Scholz | Stars: René Steinke, Christine Schorn, Franz Viehmann, Mario Gericke

Votes: 12

20. Snow White (1961)

63 min | Family, Fantasy, Romance

6.3
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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: 162

21. Das kalte Herz (1950)

106 min | Family, Fantasy, Romance

7.5
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Peter Munk, a poor charcoal burner, lives with his mother in The Black Forest. Poverty prevents him from marrying Lisbeth, the girl he loves. When he comes across the Little Glass Man, the ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Lutz Moik, Hanna Rucker, Paul Bildt, Paul Esser

Votes: 455

22. Chingachgook, die grosse Schlange (1967)

92 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.2
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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: 285

23. Irgendwo in Berlin (1946)

77 min | Drama

6.7
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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: 102

24. If All the Guys in the World... (1956)

95 min | Adventure, Drama

6.9
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While fishing in the North Sea, eleven out of the twelve men of the Lutèce, a fishing-boat from Concarneau, get intoxicated after having eaten rotten ham. The only one unscathed is Mohammed... See full summary »

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

Votes: 129

25. Insel der Schwäne (1983)

85 min

7.3
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Fourteen-year-old Stefan Kolbe, along with his mother and sister, moves from an idyllic small town to the developing area of Berlin-Marzahn, where his father works as a construction worker.... See full summary »

Director: Herrmann Zschoche | Stars: Axel Bunke, Mathias Müller, Sven Martinek, Britt Baumann

Votes: 57

26. Ich war neunzehn (1968)

115 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.7
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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: 755

27. 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.

Director: Yuriy Ozerov | Stars: Yakov Tripolsky, Mikhail Ulyanov, Aleksandr Goloborodko, Bruno Frejndlikh

Votes: 277

28. Spur der Steine (1966)

139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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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: 728

29. Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt (1965)

164 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.4
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Two 17-year-olds, Werner Holt and Gilbert Wolzow, are pulled out of school and into Hitler's army. Gilbert becomes a fanatical soldier, but at the front Werner begins to understand the ... See full summary »

Director: Joachim Kunert | Stars: Klaus-Peter Thiele, Manfred Karge, Arno Wyzniewski, Günter Junghans

Votes: 287

30. A Tale of Five Women (1951)

86 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

5.5
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An Englishman has been working in the US so long he now speaks with an American accent. He is drafted into the British Army during WWII but is injured and loses his memory. Because he talks... See full summary »

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: 52

31. Blue Bird (1979)

96 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

6.5
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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: 86

32. 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: 201

33. Anna Pavlova (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: 189

34. Shchit i mech (1968– )

344 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: Viktor Zadubrovsky, Stanislav Lyubshin, Alla Demidova, Helga Göring

Votes: 456

35. Der geteilte Himmel (1964)

116 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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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: 262

36. Fünf Patronenhülsen (1960)

87 min | War

6.9
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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: 138

37. Sleeping Beauty (1971)

71 min | Family, Fantasy

6.0
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The King and Queen plan an opulent feast to celebrate the birth of their long-awaited child, Dornröschen. They invite not only the members of the court, but also the fairies, so that they ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Beck | Stars: Juliane Korén, Vera Oelschlegel, Helmut Schreiber, Burkhard Mann

Votes: 93

38. Jak se budí princezny (1978)

83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.2
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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: 424

39. Archiv des Todes (1980– )

742 min | Drama, War, Action

7.7
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Deutsche partizan serie, Georg und freunden

Stars: Jürgen Zartmann, Gojko Mitic, Leon Niemczyk, Krzysztof Stroinski

Votes: 124

40. Wer reißt denn gleich vorm Teufel aus (1977)

92 min | Family, Fantasy

6.7
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Adaptation of Grimm's fairy tale "Der Teufel mit den drei goldenen Haaren"

Director: Egon Schlegel | Stars: Hans-Joachim Frank, Dieter Franke, Rolf Ludwig, Katrin Martin

Votes: 65

41. Die goldene Gans (1964)

67 min | Family, Fantasy

6.6
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Klaus lives with his two brothers Kunz and Franz in a little village. Together, they ply their trade as cobblers in a small workshop. But the workload rests mainly on the shoulders of ... See full summary »

Director: Siegfried Hartmann | Stars: Kaspar Eichel, Uwe-Detlev Jessen, Peter Dommisch, Gerd E. Schäfer

Votes: 184

42. Marriage in the Shadows (1947)

105 min | Drama

7.0
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Set during the rise of the Nazi regime, Marriage in the Shadows is modeled after the tragic true story of Meta and Joachim Gottschalk. In the film, Elisabeth Maurer and Hans Wieland enjoy ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Maetzig | Stars: Paul Klinger, Ilse Steppat, Alfred Balthoff, Claus Holm

Votes: 126

43. 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: 220

44. Der Untertan (1951)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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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: 707

45. Osvobozhdenie: Ognennaya duga (1970)

85 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.2
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Director: Yuriy Ozerov | Stars: Bukhuti Zakariadze, Vasiliy Shukshin, Nikolay Rybnikov, Vladislav Strzhelchik

Votes: 150

46. König Drosselbart (1965)

74 min | Fantasy

6.7
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Director: Walter Beck | Stars: Karin Ugowski, Manfred Krug, Martin Flörchinger, Evamaria Heyse

Votes: 168

47. Frau Holle (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: 158

48. Rotkäppchen (1962)

72 min | Family, Fantasy

5.9
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Once upon a time there was a little girl named Rotkaeppchen. She lived with her father and mother at the edge of a village, and often visited her grandmother on the other side of the woods.... See full summary »

Director: Götz Friedrich | Stars: Jochen Bley, Werner Dissel, Harald Engelmann, Blanche Kommerell

Votes: 94

49. Tam, na nevedomykh dorozhkakh... (1983)

69 min | Family, Fantasy

7.0
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The story of fairy tale characters creating drama around nothing to the music "turu tutu tu turu tu turu tutu".

Director: Mikhail Yuzovsky | Stars: Roman Monastyrsky, Tatyana Pelttser, Leonid Kharitonov, Tatyana Aksyuta

Votes: 138

50. Till Eulenspiegel (1975)

100 min | Comedy

7.0
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In medieval Germany, poor and witty Till Eulenspiegel fools and cheats citizens, churchmen, and landlords. Although in most cases he uses his wit for personal well-being, he often helps the... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Simon | Stars: Winfried Glatzeder, Cox Habbema, Franciszek Pieczka, Eberhard Esche

Votes: 45


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