Greatest German Movies

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The Top Ten

1 Nosferatu
2 The Lives of Others
3 Das Boot

One of the greatest German movie ever. No doubt about it. - LordofL

4 M

Simply outstanding in catching the paranoia in the late 1920s and early 1930s in Germany. And great camera, great acting!

5 The White Ribbon

It's not my favourite either, but I'm surprised it's not in the Top 3.

6 Fitzcarraldo
7 Metropolis

Incredible Sci-Fi for that time - MatrixGuy

It's a epic sci-fi movie with dystopian setting. Sci-fi movie released in 1927! In 1927, no I ain't kidding. - LordofL

8 Der Schuh des Manitu
9 Run Lola Run
10 Aguirre, the Wrath of God

The Contenders

11 Otto Der Film

God, this movie is sooo funny, creative and brilliant. I love it!

12 Christiane F.
13 TRaumschiff Surprise
14 Nosferatu the Vampyre
15 The Baader Meinhof Complex
16 Triumph of the Will
17 Downfall

This movie is by far THE most influential German movie. It's also more historically accurate for the most part.

One of the most influential German movie along with Das Boot. Must watch for Germans at least. - LordofL

Why is this number 11!? It's one of ze best historical drama film of all time! This film has the best Hitler. - TheRegular1227

18 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
19 The Blue Angel
20 Die Welle

Decent movie. Worth watching. - LordofL

21 Good Bye, Lenin!
22 Ein Tick Anders
23 Sein Letztes Rennen
24 Zuckerbaby (Sugarbaby)

Tragic-comic low-budget film with excellent German actress Marianne Saegebrecht.

25 Woyzeck

Werner Herzog - Movie with arguably Klaus Kinski's best performance of his life.

26 Bagdad Cafe

Strangely forgotten gem from 1988. Although, it was a minor success at the US-box office and won several awards, it is rarely shown or mentioned these days. A large Bavarian woman (Marianne Saegebrecht) arrives at a road cafe in the middle of a desert in the States and turns slowly everybody's lives around. Hilarious off-beat comedy that also features Jack Palance. A great soundtrack includes 'Calling you' by Jevetta Steele which was even nominated for an Oscar for best music and best original song. A must-see movie for comedy-fans.

27 Felidae

'Felidae' is an animated horror-thriller for adults directed by Michael Schaak from '94, based on the same-titled novel by Akif Pirincci from '89. It's about domestic cat Francis who trying to find out what's (or who) behind some grizzly feline murders ("sex-crimes") in the new neighborhood. The voices in English feature John Hurt, David Jason, Michael Madsen, Burt Reynolds, Malcolm McDowell, Steve Buscemi and others, while the original included Mario Adorf, Klaus Maria Brandauer and Uwe Ochsenknecht, amongst others. With 10 Million Marks, it is the most expensive animated production in Germany.

28 Momo

While Michael Ende's other book, 'The Neverending Story' achieved mega-fame (as Book and movie), 'Momo' (book from '73, movie from '86) never got the acknowledgement and appreciation it deserved. It has a far better story (in my opinion), an excellent, international cast (from Germany Mario Adorf and Armin Mueller-Stahl, from Italy Leopoldo trieste and Bruno Stori and from the USA, no other than John Huston in his penultimate acting part before his death the following year) and director Johannes Schaaf (known for 'Tattoo' and 'Trotta'). It's a shame, it is so overlooked. A little forgotten gem!

29 Goodnight Mommy
30 Die S√ľnderin
31 Es Geschah Am Hellichten Tag
32 Die Wilden Kerle 2
33 Die Wilden Kerle
34 The Adventures of Prince Achmed
35 Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
36 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
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