German movies

List of the best German movies selected by visitors to our site: Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Inglourious Basterds, 100 Things, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Persian Lessons, K-PAX, Bicentennial Man, The Lives of Others, Never Look Away, Narcissus and Goldmund.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genrecomedy, drama, crime
CountryGermany
Duration01:27

Two young men, Martin and Rudi, both suffering from terminal cancer, get to know each other in a hospital room. They drown their desperation in tequila and decide to take one last trip to the sea. Drunk and still in pajamas they steal the first fancy car they find, a 60's Mercedes convertible. The car happens to belong to a bunch of gangsters, which immediately start to chase it, since it contains more than the pistol Martin finds in the glove box.

Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genreaction, comedy, drama, military
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:33

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.

100 Things (2018)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryGermany
Duration01:46

Best friends Toni and Paul decide to relinquish all of their belongings for 100 days, whereby they receive one of their items back on each day. During this challenge the two realize, that the only thing they cannot be without is their friendship. A story about contemporary materialism and the quest for the truely important things in life.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrefantasy, drama, crime
CountryGermany, France, Spain, USA
Duration02:27

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in the stench of 18th century Paris, develops a superior olfactory sense, which he uses to create the world's finest perfumes. However, his work takes a dark turn as he tries to preserve scents in the search for the ultimate perfume.

Persian Lessons (2020)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military
CountryRussia, Germany, Belarus

1942, occupied Europe. Gilles Cremieux, a Belgian of Jewish origin, once in a concentration camp, pretends to be a Persian - for him this is the only opportunity to stay alive. This lie, indeed, saves him from being shot, but Gilles does not yet know what price he will have to pay for this salvation. German soldiers bring Gilles to Klaus Koch, a cook in a concentration camp who wants to leave for Iran and open a restaurant there as soon as the war ends. Koch is looking for a real Persian who will teach him how to speak Farsi. Thus begins the story of Gilles Cremier and Klaus Koch - a Jew and a German, a prisoner and a jailer, student and teacher.

K-PAX (2001)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantastic, drama, detective
CountryGermany, USA
Duration02:00

Prot is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away Planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.

Bicentennial Man (1999)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrefantastic, comedy, drama
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:06

Richard Martin buys a gift, a new NDR-114 robot. The product is named Andrew by the youngest of the family's children. "Bicentennial Man" follows the life and times of Andrew, a robot purchased as a household appliance programmed to perform menial tasks. As Andrew begins to experience emotions and creative thought, the Martin family soon discovers they don't have an ordinary robot.

The Lives of Others (2006)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryGermany, France
Duration02:17

A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the system.

Never Look Away (2018)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genremelodrama, drama, military, biography
CountryGermany, Italy
Duration02:16

Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, film tells the story of Kurt, a young art student who falls in love with fellow student, Ellie. Ellie’s father, Professor Seeband, a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter’s choice of boyfriend, and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago.

Narcissus and Goldmund (2020)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama
CountryGermany

In the dark middle ages young unruly Goldmund is sent to a monastery by his father to atone for the sins of his mother, who abandoned them. It is there that he meets Narcissus, a brilliant, scholarly novice, who is introverted and aloof. A unique and deep life-long friendship is born. Narcissus chooses to remain detached from the world in prayer and meditation. Goldmund, who is passionate, sensual and impulsive, runs away from the monastery to live a picaresque wanderer’s life, his amorous and artistic adventures leading him to discover the extremes of both ecstasy and pain. Several thrilling years pass, until one day these friends cross paths again...

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The Physician (2013)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, adventure, history
CountryGermany
Duration02:30

The story of Rob Cole, a boy who is left a penniless orphan in an 11th-century English mining town when his mother dies of a mysterious illness. Vowing to become a physician and vanquish Death itself, he travels to Isfahan in Persia to study medicine under the great Ibn Sina. Through countless ordeals and challenges, and making many sacrifices along the way, he struggles on unwaveringly. His unflagging quest for knowledge leads to the blossoming of friendship and true love.

Barefoot (2005)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryGermany
Duration01:50

A hedonistic bachelor, falls for an escaped mental patient. Til Schweiger comes up with a slickly-made off-the-wall romantic comedy drama "Barfuss" (Barefoot), his first solo directing effort in nearly a decade. Punchy, anti-establishment tone, with Schweiger playing a hedonistic bachelor - he is his rich family's black sheep - who falls for a suicidal mental patient (Johanna Wokalek). An offbeat, strangely tender love story develops as Nick struggles with responsibility for the first time in his life.

A Chef in Love (1996)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryFrance, Georgia, Ukraine, Belgium, Russia, Germany

The story of Pascal Ichak, a larger-than-life French traveller, bon vivant, and chef, who falls in love with Georgia and a Georgian princess in the early 1920s. All is well until the arrival of the Red Army of the Caucasus, as the Soviet revolution that has swept Russian comes to Georgia. Told as a flashback from the present, as a French-Georgian man whose mother was Pascal's lover translates his memoirs for Pascal's niece.

The Collini Case (2019)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryGermany
Duration01:30

A young lawyer stumbles upon a vast conspiracy while investigating a brutal murder case.

4 Days in May (2011)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, military
CountryGermany, Russia, Ukraine
Duration01:33

Germany, Baltic Sea coast, May 1945, a few days before the end of World War II. A small Soviet patrol arrives at an isolated house where an elderly baroness gives shelter to a group of orphan girls and a boy who is determined to continue the fight.

12 Paces without a Head (2009)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure, biography, history
CountryGermany

The era of the feared sea pirates Klaus Störtebeker and Gödeke Michels is coming to an end. After a long period with no booty at last a bulging ship appears on the horizon. However, Störtebeker is badly wounded in the attempted capture and the pirates suffer ignominious defeat. Not only their ship is down the drain - Störtebeker himself is suddenly plagued by anxiety and doubt about his very existence as a pirate. He is drawn to the beautiful country girl Bille, while Michels gets rebuffed by the friesian princess Okka. In the very moment that the crew have mutinied and co-captain Michels is literally at the end of his tether, they discover on board their ramshackle old tub a most unique wonder weapon. Glory days are quickly revived - until the mighty Hanse consolidate their power and weaponry and go to war against the pirates. Störtebeker and Michels are forced to decide: To live as a farmer or to die as a pirate.

The Space Between The Lines (2019)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryGermany

Emmi would like to cancel her subscription to "Like" magazine via e-mail. But due to a typo, her messages land in Leo Leike’s inbox. When Emmi repeatedly sends mails to the wrong address, Leo decides to inform her of her mistake. This marks the beginning of an extraordinary e-mail exchange, which can only be held between two strangers. Treading the fine line between complete strangeness and noncommittal intimacy, the two are soon sharing their innermost secrets and longings – until they need to face the unavoidable question: Will their feelings, sent and received virtually, survive the test of a real-life encounter? And what will happen if they do?

My Blind Date with Life (2017)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryGermany
Duration02:28

An ambitious young man struggles to achieve his dream of becoming an employee in a Munich luxury hotel despite being strongly visually impaired.

A Hidden Life (2019)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Germany

The story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. Based on real events.

Who Am I (2014)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryGermany
Duration01:42

Benjamin, a young German computer whiz, is invited to join a subversive hacker group that wants to be noticed on the world's stage.

Cut Off (2018)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountryGermany
Duration02:06

Thriller set in the world of Forensic Pathology. Coroner Paul Herzfeld finds a capsule in the head of a heavily mutilated corpse, containing a phone number and single word: the name of his daughter.

Hell (2011)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller
CountryGermany, Luxembourg
Duration01:29

In 2016 the sun has turned the entire world into a scorched and barren wasteland. The humans who have survived are either resourceful or violent, and sometimes both. Marie, her little sister Leonie, and best friend Phillip, are in a car headed to the mountains - rumor has it there is water there. Along the way they meet Tom, a first-rate mechanic. But can they trust him? Fraught with deep distrust, the group is lured into an ambush where their real battle for survival begins.

The Guardians (2012)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, drama
CountryGermany
Duration02:13

15-year-old Nina witnesses a terrible crime that puts her life in danger. Being an orphan, she has nobody she can trust. When corrupt businessman Thomas Backer sends five killers after Nina, witness protection officer, Max, a former special-forces soldier, is responsible for her safety. They soon overcome their initial distance to find common ground. While on the run from the ruthless Backer, Rudi, one of Max’s former comrades, comes to their rescue – and continues to help the two out of some precarious situations. Even Max’s ex-girlfriend Sara is not just there to help him as a federal prosecutor. Nevertheless, Nina and Max face ever-increasing danger, and soon the teenager is not the only one in need of a guardian angel – Max could use one too.

3096 Days (2013)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryGermany
Duration01:51

A young Austrian girl is kidnapped and held in captivity for eight years. Based on the real-life case of Natascha Kampusch.

Victoria (2015)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryGermany
Duration02:10

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

This Crazy Heart (2017)
Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryGermany
Duration02:12

When 30-ish rich kid Lenny has to take care of 15-year-old David, who’s suffering from heart disease, it’s the beginning of a wild adventure. Lenny fearlessly breaks all the rules to fulfill his young friend’s every wish.

Toni Erdmann (2016)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryGermany, Austria
Duration02:15

Without warning a father comes to visit his daughter abroad. He believes that she lost her humor and therefore surprises her with a rampage of jokes.

Single By Contract (2010)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryGermany
Duration01:43

A love connection clicks for Lila when she moves back to Berlin and meets Christopher -- never realizing that she's fallen for a rock star who's signed a contract to remain single for life.

A Most Wanted Man (2014)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Germany
Duration02:02

A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg and becomes a person of interest for a covert government team which tracks the movements of potential terrorists.

The Girl with Nine Wigs (2013)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, drama, biography
CountryGermany, Belgium

The true story of a young woman whose lust for life means she is determined to be so very much more than just another cancer patient.




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