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Original Title: 'M'

Directed by: Fritz Lang

With: Peter Lorre

Plot: When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.



Note: It is the ultimate psychopath movie. The last 80 years(!), they have tried to improve it but they never beat the formula developped in this feature. There is no chases, no shooting, no explosions. Just a frightening and fascinating psychological study of a sick mind.

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Original Title: 'Das Boot'

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

With: Jürgen Prochnow

Plot: The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.

Note: After the ultimate psychopath movie, the ulimate U-boat flick! It has been imitated numerous times but this feature remains the reference in its genre and it will remain so a for a long time.

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People who added this item 1604 Average listal rating (994 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.2
Original Title: 'Der Untergang'

Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel

With: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara

Plot: Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

Note: I believe it is the last great war movie. It is that good. A fascinating story, a very good directing and, of course, an impressive perfomance by Bruno Ganz. An great achievement and a must see.


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Original Title: 'Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens'

Directed by: F.W. Murnau

With: Max Schreck

Plot: Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. Silent classic based on the story "Dracula."

Note: After the ultimate psychopath movie, the ultimate U-boat movie, the ultimate vampire movie! I wonder how many so called horror fans have watched it. It has been made 90 years(!) ago, it is still an amazing feature and all the vampires made after that became its legacy.

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Original Title: 'Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes'

Directed by: Werner Herzog

With: Klaus Kinski

Plot: In in 16th century, the ruthless and insane Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Note: Probably the most famous movie directed by Werner Herzog. He seems to have an interesting theory that to make a movie about an insane man, you have to become literally insane and Klaus Kinski shared his point of view. It is a rather debatable theory but you can't argue that the results are rather amazing.

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Original Title: 'Gegen die Wand'

Directed by: Fatih Akin

Plot: A 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life. He has become an alcoholic drug addict and at the start of the movie wants to end it all. Sibel a 20-something female from Hamburg wishes to please her Turkish parents yet yearns for freedom. She too attempts suicide and she first approaches Cahit there at the Hospital. Sibel asks Cahit to marry her, as she believes this to be the way out of her parent's house.

Note: I wasn't sure if I should add this flick on this list because it is also a Turkish production but I think it fits eventually since it is about immigrants or children of immigrants living in Germany. Anyway, the story is spellbinding and the directing and acting are just awesome. A deserved winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival.

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Original Title: 'Metropolis'

Directed by: Fritz Lang

Plot: In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Note: I finally saw it again and it was definitely worth a it. It is quite extraordinary how insane and visionary this movie is! It is definitely the first Science-Fiction masterpiece and 80 years later, it's still hold up pretty good. It is a great classic and a must-see for any movie lover.

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Original Title: 'Toni Erdmann'

Directed by: Maren Ade

Plot: A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.

Note: First of all, even though I did laugh a few times, it was definitely not a comedy but it was neither really a drama. Eventually, it was something really different and quite spellbinding to behold. Another thing I loved about this movie is that it didn’t provide some supposedly profound life lessons which was just so refreshing. Indeed, even if Winfried was obviously trying to get closer to his daughter, his method was actually rather toxic and you might wonder if what he did actually change anything after all. And, yet, I was still admiring this man who was at least trying to do something, even if it was something seriously weird. Eventually, Winfried probably did his best to raise his daughter, he managed to give her a high education resulting in a successful career and, yet, they have become seriously estranged in this process and it was so recognizable and rather heartbreaking.

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Original Title: 'Das Experiment'

Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel

With: Moritz Bleibtreu

Plot: A makeshift prison is set up in a research lab, complete with cells, bars and surveillance cameras. For two weeks 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards. The 'prisoners' are locked up and have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the 'guards' are told simply to retain order without using physical violence. Everybody is free to quit at any time, thereby forfeiting payment.

Note: During the whole thing, I was rather flabbergasted by what WAS going on but I couldn't help wondering if it wouldn't happen the same way in real life (apparently, it did since it is based on an actual experiment). I wasn't completely convinced at first but it was eventually really engrossing and it will remain in my thoughts for a few more days, that's for sure.

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Original Title: 'Victoria'

Directed by: Sebastian Schipper

Plot: A young Spanish woman who has recently moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.

Note: It turned out to be one of the most fascinating thrillers I have seen lately and I'm glad I didn't know anything about this movie before watching it as it made the whole thing even more spellbinding to behold. To be honest, I feel slightly guilty that it didn't notice that it was done in one single continuous shot lasting no less than 134 minutes. I did feel that they were using some long takes but I didn't notice that there was not cut at all but it was so well done, you just get lost in this fascinating tale. It did create some immediate urgency and it made the performances even more impressive in retrospect.

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Original Title: 'Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo'

Directed by: Uli Edel

Plot: This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-storey apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by the 'Sound', a new disco with most modern equipment. Although she's legally too young, she asks a friend to take her. There she meets Detlef, who's in a clique where everybody's on drugs. Step by step she gets drawn deeper into the scene.

Note: It is the most hardcore movie concerning drugs I ever seen (even worse than Requiem for a dream). There is absolutely no joy, no happiness whatsoever, just total despair. Actually, it should be compulsory viewing for any teenagers.

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Original Title: 'Das Leben der Anderen'

Directed by: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Plot: In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

Note: It is one of those cases that you hear so many good things about a movie, you get such high expectations that it becomes impossible for the concerned picture to meet those expectations. The story is very interesting and it is very well done but the main issue for me was that I didn't care much about any characters, neither the secret police agent or the intellectual couple. Don't misunderstand me, it is still a very good picture and it is definitely worth a look though.

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Original Title: 'Die Blechtrommel'

Directed by: Volker Schlöndorff

Plot: Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II. So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his family and neighborhood, which stand for all passive people in Nazi Germany at that time.

Note: I think it is a rather forgotten movie but it's quite a shame because it is a deep and thoughtfull picture. Definitely worth a look.

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Original Title: 'Good Bye Lenin!'

Directed by: Wolfgang Becker

Plot: In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.

Note: The only comic picture on this list. Even though it was not as good as I thought it would be, I still enjoyed it and I thought it was pretty good. The clash between the Eastern and Western world is very well set and this movie allows you to think about it but also to laugh about it. So, it is a deep but also funny movie.

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Original Title: 'Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage'

Directed by: Marc Rothemund

Plot: A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose.

Note: Honestly, before watching this movie, I wasn't aware of this page of history so just only for this, it was really interesting to watch this movie. For once, a WWII feature were Germans were not only nazis but also heroic role models. Quite refreshing.

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Original Title: 'Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht'

Directed by: Werner Herzog

With: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz

Plot: Jonathan and Lucy live in Wismar and the Count wants a house there. Varna is a port on the Black Sea, close to Dracula's castle.

Note: Of course, it is not as groundbreaking as the first one but it is still a damned amazing remake. I thought that Klaus Kinski was amazing as usual. The mood and directing are just great.


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Original Title: 'Lola rennt'

Directed by: Tom Tykwer

With: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu

Plot: A young woman in Germany has twenty minutes to find and bring 100,000 Deutschmarks to her boyfriend before he robs a supermarket.

Note: It is definitely a cool movie but is it as great as many viewers think (check the IMDB rating)? I don't think so... But I think Tom Tykwer is a great director and it is thanks to this movie that I discovered him. And even though it is not a masterpiece, it is still a very entertaining and enjoyable piece.

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Original Title: 'Der Himmel über Berlin'

Directed by: Wim Wenders

With: Bruno Ganz, Peter Falk

Plot: An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

Note: Even though I liked it, I can't say that it was really a masterpiece. But even though I didn't think it was a masterpiece, I still could see that it is a true work of Art. I guess it is like going to a museum and you stare at a painting and you know it is Art and your respect it but it just doesn't appeal to you. I had the same experience with this movie. Maybe I should give it another try. Definitely worth a look though.

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Original Title: 'Der Baader Meinhof Komplex'

Directed by: Uli Edel

With: Moritz Bleibtreu, Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz

Plot: A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s.

Note: I'm always interested in politics, especially left-wing so this flick was a must see for me. First of all, I thought the story was just fascinating. In spite of its flaws, it is still an interesting and valuable historical movie.

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Original Title: 'Angst essen Seele auf'

Directed by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Plot: Emmi, a woman truly in the second half of life, falls in love with Ali, a Berber guest worker more than ten years younger. When they both decide to marry, everybody seems to be against them. When the folks calm down a bit, Emmi and Ali get deeply unsure about their relationship.

Note: Unfortunately, I haven't seen many movies directed by Fassbinder so I cannot really judge his work. This flick is the one which made the best impression on me. The directing and acting are very sober and realistic and it makes the whole thing rather fascinating to watch.

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Original Title: 'Der Krieger und die Kaiserin'

Directed by: Tom Tykwer

With: Franka Potente

Plot: Young nurse Sissi lives a secluded life, seemingly entirely devoted to her patients at Birkenhof asylum. Her first encounter with ex-soldier and drifter Bodo has a lasting impact. He causes an accident that results in her lying under a truck, unable to breathe. While he provides life-saving first aid, mesmerized Sissi begins to wonder whether he may be the man of her dreams. But when she tracks him down weeks later her affection is rejected, as Bodo is stuck somewhere between a traumatic past and a criminal future.

Note: This is the second movie directed by Tom Tykwer starring Franka Potente. It is not as flashy as 'Lola rennt' and I think it wasn't really successful but it doesn't matter. It is a rather deep picture and I may have not understood all the symbolism but it remains a very well done movie and quite a mesmerizing story.

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Original Title: 'Auf der anderen Seite'

Directed by: Fatih Akin

Plot: A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father's former girlfriend.

Note: Another movie which deals with immigrants or children of immigrants living in Germany. I was expecting a lot from this flick since it was directed by the guy who did 'Gegen die wand' but unfortunately, it was not that good. It was still a good movie though with some very good directing and some amazing actors. Definitely worth a look.

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Original Title: 'Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari.'

Directed by: Robert Wiene

Plot: Dr. Caligari's somnambulist, Cesare, and his deadly predictions.

Note: It is probably one of the oldest movies I have ever seen. Expect for comedies I get quite restless with mute movies so I can't say I was blown away by this one. Still, it is one of the most famous movies coming from the German expressionism and it also a precursor for all the horror movies that came afterwards. So, it remains a rather impressive work.

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German movies are not my speciality but still, I wanted to create a list about the subject.

I will add more movies in the future.

If you want to check another country, please check this list :
- My favourite movies from all over the world -

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Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Jun 22 17:25
I've seen the first 5 & Run, Lola, Run & Wings Of Desire!

Have you seen Nightwatch?
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Jun 23 7:03
I know 2 Nightwatch:

- Nightwatch (1994). It is a Norwegian movie but I haven't seen it but I have seen the remake.

- Night watch (2004). It is a Russian movie but I haven't seen it either.

But what has Nightwatch to do with German movies ?!?
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Jun 23 7:38
Yea, it's Russian... I know, i know!

But nevertheless, great selections... German films are the best, don't you think?

I think of German films far more superior than American films even though i've seen more of the latter!
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Jun 23 8:07
I don't know if German movies are the best but some of them are definitely very good.
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Jun 23 8:26
Oooh, nice list. :D

Have you seen The Wave? It would be another great German movie. :)
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Jun 23 8:39
@Lislchen, I have never heard of "The Wave" but it sure looks interesting.
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Jun 23 13:38
Johan, you must have seen The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari right?
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Jun 23 13:44
The Experiment and The Wave!
And Wings of Desire is A MASTERPIECE!
With an awful remake!
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Jun 23 13:45
@Hacksaw Hamza, as a matter of fact, I have seen 'The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari'. It was pretty good maybe I'll add it later on.
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Jun 23 13:50
@propelas, 'The Experminent' has been on my 'to-watch' list for a while but I didn't have the chance to watch it yet. I just heard about 'The Wave' today and I will definitely watch when I have a chance. I would like to watch 'The wings of desire' again since even though I liked it the first time, I wasn't blown away. Honestly, the remake didn't bother me. Nothing great but nothing very awful either.
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Jun 23 13:55
You should watch The Wave.Amazing perfomance from an amazing actor.Jürgen Vogel!The only good thing of the remake was Iris the song.Wings of desire is a poem about life and death,about love.
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Jun 23 14:02
@propelas, indeed, "The Wings of desire" is a real work of Art but the remake is just a Hollywood romantic commercial production.
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Jun 23 14:03
I agree with you!A Hollywood romantic commercial production!
Nothing nothing nothing.
Posted: 6 years, 11 months ago at Jul 31 11:04
Great! some of these have been on my to-watch list for so long though :/
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jan 29 1:44
Er, Cabinet of Dr. Caligari directed by Fatih Akin?

It's by Robert Wiene!
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Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jan 29 9:12
@Happy Vader, thanks for the heads-up!
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