Movies and TV shows set in german democratic republic

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in german democratic republic ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, humorous, suspenseful, harsh and melancholic films and TV shows about / with friendship, berlin wall, politics, female nudity, father son relationship, state affairs, german reunification, communism, cold war and drinking plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in Germany, East Germany, USA and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as german democratic republic: Friendship! (2010), Never Mind the Wall (2001), Berlin Is in Germany (2001), NVA (2005), Sun Alley (1999), The Red Cockatoo (2006), The Lives of Others (2006), Heroes Like Us (1999), Good Bye Lenin! (2003), Balloon (2018).

List of movies set in german democratic republic

 6.5
 5K
Friendship! (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young man from East Germany travels to San Francisco to search for his father, who fled 12 years ago. Together with his best friend, he starts the journey from New York with no money and the only word they ever learned in english-lessons: ...
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious
Plot: friendship, best friends, culture clash, fish out of water, on the road, obsessive quest, disorder, friends, social relations, road trip, friendship between men, best friend ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: german democratic republic, usa
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Never Mind the Wall (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Germany 1982: The country is divided into two parts. Nele, coming from West-Germany, travels to East-Germany where she meets Captain, singer of a band. They fall in love with each other, but the regime "takes care" of their relationship, ...
Plot: berlin wall, teenage crush, punk, punk music, strong female character, sex, female nudity, strong female lead
Place: german democratic republic, berlin germany
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Berlin Is in Germany (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When Martin, a former GDR citizen, is released from jail, he lately becomes confronted with the consequences of the German re-unification.
Style: serious, emotional, humorous, realistic, touching
Plot: taxi driver, fish out of water, social differences, society, estrangement, stripper, friendship, berlin wall, parent child relationship, unsociability, jealousy, prisoner ...
Time: 21st century, 90s
Place: europe, germany, german democratic republic, berlin germany
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 5.7
 1K
NVA (2005)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story of young recruits doing their compulsory military service in the East German army 'NVA' prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: military base, soldier, army, buddies, daydreamer, basic training, boot camp, military life, rebelliousness, military, hapless soldier, working the system ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: german democratic republic, europe, germany, east germany, gdr
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 6.8
 6K
Sun Alley (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of kids grow up on the short, wrong (east) side of the Sonnenallee in Berlin, right next to one of the few border crossings between East and West reserved for German citizens. The antics of these kids, their families, of the "West ...
Style: talky, clever, humorous, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: youth, friendship, teenage life, politics, love and romance, state affairs, coming of age, society, innocence lost, social differences, friends, rock ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: german democratic republic, germany, europe, berlin germany, east berlin ...
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The Red Cockatoo (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A coming-of-age story set in Germany in the 1960s. Siggi becomes involved in a love triangle when he falls for Luise, but the tightening political climate forces him to make a fateful decision.
Style: realistic, sentimental, emotional, serious
Audience: date night
Plot: nightclub, coming of age, rebellion, youth, infidelity, love triangle, state affairs, fall in love, romance, couple relations, love and romance, against the rules ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: german democratic republic, germany, europe
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The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 137 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: tense, bleak, sincere, compassionate, sexual ...
Plot: surveillance, communism, cold war, blackmail, interrogation, secret agents, politics, german, espionage, iron curtain, actress, moral dilemma ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1984, 1990s
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, europe, soviet union ...
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 5.9
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Heroes Like Us (1999)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young man from an early age falls in love with a girl whose family is not in good standing with the ruling Communist party. His father however is a member of the "Stasi", the secret state police. The father not only hinders his ...
Plot: love of one's life, berlin wall, coming of age, masturbation, secret police, love interest, german reunification, mother son relationship
Place: german democratic republic, east berlin, gdr, east germany
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 7.7
 128K
Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 121 min.
Story: An affectionate and refreshing East/West-Germany comedy about a boy who’s mother was in a coma while the Berlin wall fell and when she wakes up he must try to keep her from learning what happen (since she was an avid communist supporter) to avoid ...
Style: sentimental, clever, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: coma, idealism, german, communism, politics, confession, deception, doctor, russian, arrest, taxi driver, berlin wall ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1990, 1990s
Place: germany, german democratic republic, europe, east germany, east berlin ...
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 7.8
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Balloon (2018)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany
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: based on true events
Plot: berlin wall, german history, border patrol, escape plan, physicist, teenage girl, interrogation, teenage boy, hotel room, electrician, secret plan, first kiss ...
Time: year 1979, year 1989
Place: east germany, german democratic republic, west germany, east berlin east germany, kindergarten
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 8.1
 10K
Deutschland 83 (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 42 min.
Story: A gripping coming-of-age story set against the real culture wars and political events of Germany in the 1980s. The drama follows Martin Rauch as the 24 year-old East Germany native is pulled from the world as he knows it and sent to the West as an ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense
Plot: espionage, cold war, state affairs, working undercover, secret agents, undercover, political intrigue, dishonesty, rivalry, military, political unrest, border guard ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: germany, german democratic republic, east germany, west germany, gdr
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The Legend of Rita (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Rita Vogt is a radical West German terrorist who abandons the revolution and settles in East Germany with a new identity provided by the East German secret service. She lives in constant fear of having her cover blown, which unavoidably happens ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating ...
Plot: politics, bribery, espionage, secret identity, terrorism, undercover, danger, hopes, state affairs, starting over, resistance, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: germany, vietnam, europe, france, asia ...
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 7.8
 49K
Night on Earth (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, UK, Germany, USA, Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.
Style: intellectual, talky, humorous, touching, witty ...
Plot: taxi, taxi driver, passenger, culture clash, priest, confession, heart attack, night, friendship, social misfits, agent, city life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: finland, new york, los angeles, europe, helsinki finland ...
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Die Nachrichten (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Still missing
Plot: suicide, bureaucracy, career, german reunification, media, journalist, politics, reminiscence, secret police, tv, boss, television
Time: 1990s
Place: german democratic republic, east germany
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Kings of the Road (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Itinerant projection-equipment repairman Bruno Winter (Rüdiger Vogler) and depressed hitchhiker Robert Lander (Hanns Zischler)--a doctor who has just been through a break-up with his wife and a half-hearted suicide attempt--travel along the Western ...
Style: road movie, psychological, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: on the road, buddies, partners, mechanic, odd couple, hitchhiker, friendship, friends, dull life, unfulfillment, male friendship, suicide ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, german democratic republic, west germany
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 6.7
 1K
Fuehrer Ex (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ingo Hasselbach, whose parents were Communist Party members in East Germany during his childhood, has lived at both ends of the political seesaw. The question of how people reach a change of heart is a profound one; Hasselbach describes the external ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, bleak, realistic, tense ...
Plot: prison, friendship, violence, fascism, obsession, politics, escape attempt, life is a bitch, confined, survival, youth, buddies ...
Time: 80s
Place: germany, europe, german democratic republic, east germany
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 5.3
 39K
Balls of Fury (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Randy Daytona was a child ping pong prodigy who lost his chance at Olympic gold when his father is murdered by the mysterious Feng over a gambling debt. 15yrs later he's down on his luck and scraping a living doing seedy back room shows in ...
Style: humorous, exciting, realistic, not serious, absurd ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: rivalry, sport, vengeance, ping pong, child prodigy, redemption, prodigy, undercover, ambition, anti heroes, contests and competitions, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 21st century, 20th century
Place: german democratic republic, seoul, central america, latin america
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 5.7
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Dessau Dancers (2014)
Genre: Comedy, History, Music
Country: Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The unbelievable story of Breakdance in East Germany
Plot: breakdance, dance, undressing, female nudity, hip hop, tv show, sex scene, television, dancing
Place: german democratic republic
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No More Mr. Nice Guy (1993)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Die Brüder Kipp (Joachim Król) und Most (Horst Krause) machen sich auf den Weg, um das Gut ihrer Oma zu erben. Auf diesem Weg begegnen sie Viktor (Konstantin Kotljarov), einem desertierten russischen Soldaten, der die beiden kidnappt und Nadine ...
Style: not serious, humorous, realistic, road movie
Plot: on the run, family relations, misfit, communication problem, nothing goes right, siblings relations, goofy hero, uneducated, disorder, farce, on the road, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, germany, german democratic republic
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 7.8
 6K
The Tunnel (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, Olympic swimmer Harry Melchior defects from East Germany in the 1960s and hatches a daring plot to help his sister and others flee East Berlin through a 145-yard underground tunnel.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, serious ...
Plot: tunnel, betrayal, politics, cold war, berlin wall, escape, political unrest, communism, state affairs, escapades, confined, daring rescue ...
Time: 1960s
Place: germany, europe, german democratic republic, east berlin, east germany ...
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 7.3
 6K
23 (1998)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The movie's plot is based on the true story of a group of young computer hackers from Hannover, Germany. In the late 1980s the orphaned Karl Koch invests his heritage in a flat and a home computer. At first he dials up to bulletin boards to ...
Style: mind bending, disturbing, offbeat, psychological, twists and turns ...
Plot: hacker, cold war, kgb, espionage, hospital, computer, spy, cocaine, computers and web, religions or cults, friendship, political conspiracy ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, germany, german democratic republic, east germany, berlin germany ...
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 6.0
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Hot Summer (1968)
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Country: East Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The 1968 East German film Heißer Sommer brought six million East Germans into the theaters and today is regarded as one of the greatest DEFA films. Actors Frank Schobel and Chris Doerk were made famous from the film.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: youth, holiday, baltic sea, disorder, teenage life, couples, lifestyle, love and romance, romance, friends, teenage love, beach ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, german democratic republic
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 6.7
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Sugar Sand (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: End of the 1970s in East Germany: Fred and Jonas are close friends. The 10-year-olds live near at the German-German frontier. After the mother from Jonas has made an exit application, the boys have to recognize that they are soon separated from each ...
Plot: border, immigration, border crossing, german, emigrant, emigration, friendship, boy, single mother, little boy, baltic sea, mother son relationship
Place: east germany, german democratic republic, west germany, gdr, germany
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A Half of Life (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: East Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: This tragic love story relates ten decisive years in the life of the great Romantic poet Friedrich Hölderlin, played by a young Ulrich Mühe.
Plot: infidelity, poetry, desperation, loneliness, thirty something, disease, cruelty, extramarital affair, poem, wealth, adultery, love ...
Place: german democratic republic, east germany, switzerland, germany, gdr ...
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 7.3
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Meier (1986)
Genre: Comedy
Country: West Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Meier, a paperhanger in East Berlin, inherits from his father in West Berlin. With this money he wants to fulfil himself the dream of his life: a journey around the world. He buys a forged West German passport and pretends to go on a trip to ...
Plot: political satire, female nudity, wallpaper, berlin wall
Place: east germany, gdr, east berlin, germany, east berlin east germany ...
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The Rabbit Is Me (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: East Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The Rabbit Is Me was made in 1965 to encourage discussion of the democratization of East German society. In it, a young student has an affair with a judge who once sentenced her brother for political reasons; she eventually confronts him with his ...
Plot: banned, justice, politics, propaganda, judge, older man younger woman relationship, brother sister relationship, teenage girl, controversy, waitress, injustice, male female relationship
Place: east germany, german democratic republic, gdr
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Naked Among Wolves (1963)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: East Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: No overview found.
Plot: jewish, gas chamber, holocaust, prisoner, war criminal, nazism, hiding place, gun, criminal, singing, death, politics ...
Place: east germany, german democratic republic, spain, gdr, frankfurt germany ...
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Toto and Peppino Divided in Berlin (1962)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Antonio, seguendo le indicazioni della "Smorfia", dategli in sogno da una zia monaca "attraversa l'Alto Adige" e arriva a Berlino Ovest per incontrare il magliaro Giuseppe e fare fortuna. Ma Antonio e somigliantissimo ...
Plot: italian abroad, russian, ghost, secret service, fake identity, dream
Place: berlin germany, gdr, west germany, east germany, german democratic republic
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 7.0
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The Architects (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: East Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The architect Daniel Brenner is in his late thirties when he receives his first challenging and lucrative commission: to design a cultural center for a satellite town in East-Berlin. He accepts the offer under the condition that he gets to choose ...
Plot: socialism, divorce, berlin wall, career, communism, partnership, german reunification, architecture, architect, friendship, gender roles, self fulfillment ...
Place: east germany, german democratic republic
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Bankett für Achilles (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: East Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: For thirty years, Karl Achilles has been working at the chemical collective in Bitterfeld. But now his last day as a master at the plant has come. He is about to retire; even if Karl, who finds ending his working life difficult, wanted to stay on, ...
Plot: retirement, one day, farewell, working conditions, alcohol, drinking, rivalry, father son relationship, marriage, death, ambition, factory ...
Place: gdr, east germany, german democratic republic
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