German history movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant german history movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, disturbing, bleak and rough films and TV shows about / with german history, world war two, society, husband wife relationship, war, father son relationship, life is a bitch, family relations, nazi and nazi germany plots mostly in Drama, History and War genres shot in Germany, West Germany, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as german history: Hotel Adlon (2013), 13 Minutes (2015), A Life for Football (2014), Operation Valkyrie (2004), Barbarians (2020), Balloon (2018), Fatal News (2015), The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), The Painted Bird (2019), Hitler: A Film from Germany (1977).

List of german history movies

Hotel Adlon (2013)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 270 min.
TV show
Story: A three-part German mini-series about the luxury hotel in Berlin.
Style: family saga, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense
Plot: hotel, world war one, world war two, german history, hotel owner, luxury hotel, youth, german, family problems, family relations, family drama, family business ...
Time: 50s, 1920s, 1910s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: berlin germany
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13 Minutes (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The breath-taking story of a man who nearly would have changed the world. 1939, when Hitler tricked millions of people at the height of his power, one said a radical No: Georg Elser, disparaged as an assassin, is one of the greatest resistance ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: nazi germany, hitler, assassination attempt, state affairs, resistance fighter, national socialism, treason, prisoner, confession, plan gone wrong, nazi, german history ...
Time: pre world war two, 1930s, year 1939, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: germany, europe, munich germany, switzerland, berlin germany
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A Life for Football (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: Germany
Story: The story of former Bayern Munich president Kurt Landauer, a Bavarian jew ousted by the National Socialists and brought to the concentration camp of Dachau, where he survived to come back and start to rebuild his old club after World War II.
Style: suspense, psychological, tense, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: soccer, football player, racial slur, friendship, sports history, football team, archive footage, marriage proposal, german history, loss of family, little boy, soccer match ...
Time: post world war two, year 1943, year 1947, year 1932
Place: germany, bavaria, munich germany
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Operation Valkyrie (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Austria, Italy
Duration: 131 min.
Story: In 1944, a group of high command officers plot an attempt against Hitler, and one of the leaders of the conspiracy, Stauffenberg (Sebastian Koch), goes to a meeting with the Fuhrer in charge of exploding the place. However, Hitler survives and the ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: hitler, conspiracy, assassination attempt, world war two, national socialism, wartime life, military, leadership, rebellion, rebelliousness, against humanity, danger ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
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Barbarians (2020)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 280 min.
TV show
Story: Three people's fates are interwoven in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 A.D., during which Germanic warriors halt the spread of the Roman Empire.
Style: heroic, realistic, breathtaking, epic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, mythology, legends and myths, tribe, barbarian, battles, legendary, myth, german history, invasion, viking, war ...
Time: middle ages, 1st century
Place: scandinavia
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Balloon (2018)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany, France, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Two families attempt a daredevil plan to escape DDR with a homemade hot air balloon, but it crashes just before the border. The Stasi finds traces of this attempt to escape and immediately starts investigations, while the two families are forced to ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, tense, suspense, based on true events
Plot: balloon, escape plan, border patrol, stasi, berlin wall, manhunt, secret plan, husband wife relationship, interrogation, couples, danger, german history ...
Time: year 1979, 20th century, 70s, year 1989
Place: east germany, german democratic republic, east berlin east germany, germany, berlin germany ...
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Fatal News (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 177 min.
Story: The Barschel case is one of the most important political scandals in recent German history. Not least because it has remained unsolved. Countless speculations and conspiracy theories have grown up to the present day to the dramatic death of the ...
Style: feel good, twists and turns, psychological, disturbing, suspense
Plot: mysterious death, german politics, investigative journalism, conspiracy, crooked politician, marital problem, politician, politics, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, corrupt politician, private investigator, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s, year 1987
Place: west germany, berlin germany, geneva switzerland, hamburg germany, zurich switzerland ...
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The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany, France, Czech Republic
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Der Baader Meinhof Komplex depicts the political turmoil in the period from 1967 to the bloody "Deutschen Herbst" in 1977. The movie approaches the events based on Stefan Aust's standard work on Die Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF). The ...
Style: intellectual, disturbing, rough, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: terrorism, revolution, politics, robbery, anti war, political unrest, trial, judge, police brutality, journalist, court, german ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1976, year 1972 ...
Place: germany, europe, west berlin west germany, berlin germany, mexico city ...
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The Painted Bird (2019)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine
Duration: 169 min.
Story: A young Jewish boy in Poland seeks refuge in the forest during World War II where he encounters many different characters.
Style: psychological, captivating, disturbing, exciting, suspense ...
Plot: holocaust, man boy relationship, sexual abuse, child protagonist, world war two, terrorism, humiliation, older man younger woman relationship, domestic violence, husband wife relationship, employer employee relationship, rape ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s
Place: poland, eastern europe, europe
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Hitler: A Film from Germany (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: West Germany, France, UK
Duration: 442 min.
Story: Documentary film that examines the rise and fall of the Third Reich, incorporating puppetry, rear-screen projection, and a Wagnerian score into a singular epic vision. The director, who grew up under Nazi tyranny, ruminates on good and evil and the ...
Style: experimental, contemplative, suspense, thought provoking, biting ...
Plot: megalomaniac, anti semitism, dehumanization, world war two, society, ambition, unfulfillment, against humanity, life is a bitch, rise and fall, downfall, social decay ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, prussia, east germany, bavaria
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Germany Pale Mother (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: West Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Germany 1939. Hans and Lene marry the day before the war breaks out, and Hans is sent to the Eastern front. During a bombing raid their daughter Anna is born. The house is destroyed and Lene and Anna moves in with relatives in Berlin. Hans survives ...
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: world war two, couple relations, family in crisis, parents and children, family life, wartime life, life turned upside down, family relations, couples, soldier, life is a bitch, war ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 30s, 1930s, year 1939 ...
Place: germany, europe, west germany, berlin germany
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Manure and Gillyflowers (1978)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: West Germany
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: A story about the life of Maximiliane Irene von Quindt based on a classic novel by Christine Bruckner .
Style: family saga
Plot: world war two, nobility, grandfather granddaughter relationship, strong female character, german history, strong female lead, world war one, fictional biography
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Devil's Mistress (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A film about the black-and-white era actress Lída Baarová and her doomed love affair.
Style: captivating, suspense, touching, disturbing, based on true events
Plot: nazism, love triangle, ambition, selfishness, mistress, intrigue, actress, husband wife relationship, filmmaking, journalist, elevator, on the run ...
Time: year 2000, year 1938, year 1946, year 1937, year 1945 ...
Place: prague czechoslovakia, prague, prague czech republic, central europe, switzerland ...
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Speer und er (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 270 min.
TV show
Story: A reassessment of the role Albert Speer played in the Third Reich. Speer, who was ultimately convicted at the Nuremburg trials and served a 20-year prison sentence, was known for designing many of the Third Reich's buildings and for being ...
Style: sincere, contemplative, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, post war, war crime, delusion, anti semitism, hitler, war criminal, archive footage, holocaust, legal, against humanity, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 30s
Place: germany, berlin germany
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Spring of Life (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The film, 'The Spring Of Life', brings to light a little-known operation of the Nazi SS, started just before the outbreak of World War II. Through the careful selection and re-education of young women, it was the Nazi's mad dream to ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, bleak, rough
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, world war two, against humanity, society, life is a bitch, wartime life, genocide, breeding, war, forbidden love, ss ...
Time: 1940s
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Play It Loud! (2003)
Genre: Music, Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: lifestyle, music band, musician's life, artists and showbiz, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, financial problem, unfaithful boyfriend, friends, music, cocaine, pet shop, obscene finger gesture ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: munich germany, germany, hamburg germany
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Germany in Autumn (1978)
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Germany in Autumn does not have a plot per se; it mixes documentary footage, along with standard movie scenes, to give the audience the mood of Germany during the late 1970s. The movie covers the two month time period during 1977 when a businessman ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, bleak, rough ...
Plot: society, terrorism, funeral, kidnapping, political unrest, gays and lesbians, state affairs, confined, deadly, leadership, politics, danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: germany, west germany
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March of millions (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 180 min.
Story: In 1944 many Germans in Eastern Prussia believed like Lena von Mahlenberg, daughter of a local aristocrat, that Hitler would surrender and spare them from being invaded by the vengeful Russian Red Army. He didn't and they had to flee.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: family relations, wartime life, life is a bitch, danger, parents and children, survival, war, nobility, aristocracy, fight, world war two, escape ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: germany
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Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (1984)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: West Germany
Duration: 924 min.
TV show
Story: This epic tale of a family and their rural life in a small German village is told against the changing backdrop of a country's turbulent history from 1919 to 1982. From the aftermath of the First World War, economic hardship, the rise and fall ...
Style: epic, sentimental, sincere, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: family relations, world war one, village, world war two, generation gap, german, hypocrisy, fascism, living with parents, social relations, coming of age, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 1930s, 1920s, 1960s ...
Place: germany, europe
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1864 (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History, War
Country: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany
Duration: 460 min.
TV show
Story: When Austria and Prussia declare war on Denmark, two brothers are called to serve in the bloodiest battle in Denmark's history.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, stylized, epic
Plot: love triangle, soldier, battles, war, danger, military, military life, political unrest, life is a bitch, brother brother relationship, army, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
Place: denmark, austria, prussia, europe
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The Miracle of Bern (2003)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The movie deals with the championship-winning German soccer team of 1954. Its story is linked with two others: The family of a young boy is split due to the events in World War II, and the father returns from Russia after eleven years. The second ...
Style: serious, realistic, feel good, sentimental, exciting
Plot: soccer, human spirit, against the odds, follow your dream, athlete's life, contests and competitions, pow, society, ambition, rivalry, hopes, working class ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, post world war two
Place: germany, switzerland, hungary, europe, budapest ...
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Love in Thoughts (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A posthumous look at the last days of Guenther's life as he, his best friend, and his sister let loose on a four-day binge of alcohol, drugs, and sex.
Style: serious, disturbing, stylized, rough, sexual ...
Plot: love triangle, friendship, gays and lesbians, poet, youth, betrayal, lifestyle, romance, bohemian life, weekend, celebration, friendship between men ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, post world war one, pre world war two
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
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The Red Baron (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Richthofen goes off to war like thousands of other men. As fighter pilots, they become cult heroes for the soldiers on the battlefields. Marked by sportsmanlike conduct, technical exactitude and knightly propriety, they have their own code of ...
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, serious, exciting ...
Audience: date night
Plot: world war one, airplane, soldier, military, romance, rise to the top, fall in love, military life, tragic love, love affair, unfulfillment, heroes ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1900s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, france
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Before the Fall (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport, Thriller, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) – high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich enrolls. During his year in seventh ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: nazi germany, nazi, friendship, anti semitism, pow, boarding school, against humanity, youth, military school, boarding school life, family relations, boxing ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1942
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, cape town south africa, washington d.c. ...
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Berlin Blues (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In October 1989, the part of the West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg called SO 36, had been largely shut off by the Wall from the rest of the city for 28 years. A lethargic sub-culture of students, artists, bohemians and barflys had flourished among ...
Style: cynical, semi serious, melancholic, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: lifestyle, unfulfilled love, couples, misfit, unfulfillment, buddies, love and romance, social misfits, bar, depression, best friend, imagination ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: germany, europe, east germany, berlin germany, west berlin west germany
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Baader (2002)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Andreas Baader starts out as a small-time criminal. In Berlin, he is recruited by a revolutionary cell. They plan to overthrow the state.
Style: realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, social decay, gang, rebellion, danger, working class, deadly, fighting the system, crimes, state affairs, confined, chaos ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: germany, west germany
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Rose (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This harrowing tale of survival centers on Rose, a Masurian woman, whose German soldier husband was killed in the war, leaving her alone on their farm. A single woman had no defense against Russian soldiers who raped as a form of revenge, nor ...
Style: realistic, rough, tense, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: soldier, countryside, sexual abuse, wartime life, life is a bitch, danger, military, ex military, farm, occupation, survival, rapist ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, post world war two, year 1945
Place: poland
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Beloved Berlin Wall (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Berlin, 1989. Sascha is a young East German border guard and Franzi is a lively young West German woman who's just moved into a flat next to Sascha's watchtower at the Berlin Wall. It takes only a slight mishap and a selfless act of ...
Style: touching, humorous, sentimental, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: love affair, fall in love, romance, love and romance, father son relationship, international relations, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, grandmother grandson relationship, society, waving goodbye, threatened with a gun, paper airplane ...
Time: 80s
Place: germany, europe, east berlin, east berlin east germany, berlin germany ...
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Rommel (2012)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, France, Austria
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A new film about Erwin Rommel has been shown on German television, depicting the general as a weak man undone by his links to Adolf Hitler.
Style: suspenseful, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: assassination attempt, d day, military, state affairs, dishonesty, rivalry, political unrest, political conspiracy, war, court, trial, assassination plot ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: europe, france, normandy, berlin germany, paris france
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If Not Us, Who? (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In the early 60s, Bernward Vesper and fellow university student Gudrun Ensslin begin a passionate love in the stifling atmosphere of provincial West Germany. Dedicated to the power of the written word, Bernward and Gudrun found a publishing house ...
Style: captivating, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: open relationship, terrorism, sexuality, activism, fighting the system, love affair, rebellion, politics, unlikely couple, danger, society, rebelliousness ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 70s
Place: west berlin west germany, germany, europe, west germany
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