Greatest German Movies


The Top Ten

1 Nosferatu
2 The Lives of Others
3 M

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

4 Das Boot
5 Fitzcarraldo
6 The White Ribbon

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

7 Metropolis

Incredible Sci-Fi for that time - MatrixGuy

8 Der Schuh des Manitu
9 Run Lola Run

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

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 Downfall

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

14 TRaumschiff Surprise
15 Nosferatu the Vampyre
16 The Baader Meinhof Complex
17 Triumph of the Will
18 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
19 Good Bye, Lenin!
20 The Blue Angel
21 Die Welle
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
37 Amundsen Der Pinguin
38 CRO: Don't Believe the Hype
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