Greatest German Movies

The Top Ten Greatest German Movies


Incredible Sci-Fi for that time - MatrixGuy

The Lives of Others
Das Boot

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


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

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

Der Schuh des Manitu
The White Ribbon

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

Run Lola Run

Run Lola Run is ninth?!?! Gute in himmel! - PositronWildhawk

The Contenders

Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Otto Der Film

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

Christiane F.
TRaumschiff Surprise
Nosferatu the Vampyre
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Triumph of the Will
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Good Bye, Lenin!
The Blue Angel
Die Welle
Ein Tick Anders
Sein Letztes Rennen
Zuckerbaby (Sugarbaby)

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


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

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.


'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.


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!

Goodnight Mommy
Die S√ľnderin
Es Geschah Am Hellichten Tag
Die Wilden Kerle 2
Die Wilden Kerle
The Adventures of Prince Achmed
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Amundsen Der Pinguin
CRO: Don't Believe the Hype
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