Movies and TV shows set in east germany

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in east germany ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful, talky, complex and suspense films and TV shows about / with cold war, communism, german, politics, berlin wall, female nudity, dancing, espionage, father son relationship and betrayal plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Comedy genres shot in Germany, East Germany, USA and other countries.
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east germany movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as east germany: Balloon (2018), Top Secret! (1984), The Silent Revolution (2018), The Lives of Others (2006), Torn Curtain (1966), Barbara (2012), Night Crossing (1982), Singing the Blues in Red (1986), Funeral in Berlin (1966), Deutschland 83 (2015).

List of movies set in east germany

 7.5
 8K
Balloon (2018)
Genre: Drama, Family, 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: suspenseful, captivating, suspense, tense, based on true events
Plot: border patrol, balloon, escape plan, german history, berlin wall, husband wife relationship, secret plan, manhunt, interrogation, stasi, danger, couples ...
Time: year 1979, 20th century, 70s, year 1989
Place: east germany, german democratic republic, east berlin east germany, west germany, berlin germany ...
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 7.2
 59K
Top Secret! (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Popular and dashing American singer Nick Rivers travels to East Germany to perform in a music festival. When he loses his heart to the gorgeous Hillary Flammond, he finds himself caught up in an underground resistance movement. Rivers joins forces ...
Style: not serious, humorous, funny, absurd, light ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: parody, espionage, prisoner, goofy hero, heroic mission, daring rescue, selflessness, double agent, musical tour, occupation, disorder, undercover ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: east germany, germany
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The Silent Revolution (2018)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: It's 1956. During a visit to a cinema in West Berlin, East German high school pupils Theo and Kurt see disturbing newsreel footage of the uprising in Budapest. Back in Stalinstadt, one of the GDR’s flagship workers’ settlements, they have ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, thought provoking, twists and turns, captivating
Plot: classroom, high school, solidarity, friendship, learning the truth, cold war, father son relationship, border crossing, cold war era, betrayal, teenager, friendship between boys ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, year 1956
Place: east germany, west berlin west germany
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The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
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, sincere, gloomy, bleak, compassionate ...
Plot: surveillance, cold war, interrogation, voyeurism, espionage, blackmail, german, communism, spy, iron curtain, politics, actress ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1984, 1990s
Place: germany, east germany, berlin germany, german democratic republic, europe ...
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 6.7
 24K
Torn Curtain (1966)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: During the Cold War, an American scientist appears to defect to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the formula for a resin solution, but the plan goes awry when his fiancee, unaware of his motivation, follows him across the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, iron curtain, politics, political intrigue, working undercover, state affairs, dishonesty, secret agents, double agent, couple relations, museum ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: east germany, europe, berlin germany, copenhagen denmark, norway ...
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 7.1
 12K
Barbara (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: It is the summer of 1980 in East Germany and, alone, Barbara is confined to living and working as a doctor in a small provincial town - her punishment for attempting to emigrate to the West. She has only one focus; to escape and for this, she has to ...
Style: psychological, tense, sincere, melancholic, compassionate ...
Plot: german, doctor, introspection, confined, power relations, lovers apart, who to trust, secret service, society, life is a bitch, fascism, doctors and patients ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1980, frogman
Place: east germany, germany, gdr, northern germany, europe ...
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Night Crossing (1982)
Genre: Drama, Family, History, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, West Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two men want to escape from East Germany (under Communist rule) but they will only go if they can take their families with them. Based on a true story.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: politics, ambition, hopes, heroes, escapades, daring rescue, danger, fugitives, adventure, chases and races, espionage, political unrest ...
Time: 70s
Place: east germany, europe, germany, west germany, german democratic republic
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Singing the Blues in Red (1986)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, West Germany, France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Persona Non Grata in his homeland, protest singer Klaus Drittemann must leave East Berlin, his wife and child and emigrate to West Berlin, where the representatives of an American record company are eagerly waiting for him. They plan to exploit his ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: berlin wall, politics, singer, journalist, terminal illness, working class, culture clash, idealism, urban ghetto life, introspection, innocence lost, captivity ...
Place: east germany, europe, england, germany, berlin germany ...
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Funeral in Berlin (1966)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Colonel Stok, a Soviet intelligence officer responsible for security at the Berlin Wall, appears to want to defect but the evidence is contradictory. Stok wants the British to handle his defection and asks for one of their agents, Harry Palmer, to ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, psychotronic, complex ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, berlin wall, chase, betrayal, special agents, manhunt, danger, secret agents, crimes, government agency ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: berlin germany, east germany, germany, europe, england ...
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 8.1
 11K
Deutschland 83 (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
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: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, working undercover, political intrigue, state affairs, undercover, rivalry, military, double agent, political unrest, border guard, archive footage ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: germany, german democratic republic, west germany, east germany, west berlin west germany ...
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 7.0
 539
Der Turm (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Adapted from an award-winning best-selling book by Uwe Tellkamp, 'The Tower' depicts a higher class family’s struggles during crumbling communist rule in 1980’s East Germany. It illustrates the weaknesses and pending downfall of the ...
Plot: communism, family, attempted rape, female nudity, countryside
Place: east germany, german democratic republic, gdr
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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: politics, justice, banned, male female relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief), waitress, injustice, propaganda, brother sister relationship, judge, teenage girl, controversy ...
Place: east germany, gdr, german democratic republic
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Das Wunder von Berlin (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: East Germany, 1988: working as a state security service agent, Jürgen Kaiser is loyal to the party line, but worried about his son Marco, a punk. As he is arrested after a concert, Marco is forced to join the army, where he surprisingly identifies ...
Plot: border, male nudity, separation, propaganda, taking off pants, nude swimming, politics, skinny dipping, political party, german reunification, strip search, parody ...
Time: 80s
Place: west berlin west germany, east germany, east berlin, gdr, german democratic republic ...
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 6.8
 157
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, border crossing, immigration, emigration, german, friendship, boy, little boy, immigrants, baltic sea, emigrant, single mother ...
Time: 70s
Place: east germany, west germany, german democratic republic, germany, gdr
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 7.3
 85
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, berlin wall, female nudity, wallpaper, satire, bathtub, stasi
Place: berlin germany, east germany, german democratic republic, gdr, east berlin ...
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Naked Among Wolves (1963)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: East Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: No overview found.
Plot: war criminal, gas chamber, nazism, prisoner, holocaust, jewish, baby, alarm clock, war crime, overheard conversation, forgery, scavenger ...
Time: quarry
Place: east germany, bavaria, warsaw poland, german democratic republic, poland ...
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 6.3
 347
Sushi in Suhl (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: One evening in the mid-sixties, Rolf Anschütz, a chef who runs a small restaurant in a town called Suhl in the middle of the East German province of Thuringen offers his guests a unique and exotic meal - Japanese Sukiyaki. It was intent to be a ...
Plot: sushi, food, japanese restaurant, pubic hair, male nudity, improv, japanese food, foreigner in japan, restaurant, narrow mindedness, wife leaves husband, swimming pool ...
Place: east germany
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Trace of Stones (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: East Germany
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A film about living and working conditons in the GDR of the 60's Includes a little lovestory of course.
Style: banned film
Plot: flashback, unwanted pregnancy, dancing, communism, gender roles, criticism, complaint, alcohol abuse, construction site, construction, pregnancy, socialism ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: east germany, gdr, german democratic republic
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The Legend of Paul and Paula (1973)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: East Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Paul and Paula have had bad experiences with love: Paul is financially well off but has lost all affection for his wife, and Paula leads a troublesome life raising two children on her own. They meet and discover a strong passion for each other. Life ...
Style: gloomy, emotional, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Plot: family relations, self fulfillment, marriage, death, moral dilemma, couple relations, relationship vs career, infidelity, love triangle, looking for love, couples, dull life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, east germany, europe, germany, german democratic republic ...
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 7.0
 550
Solo Sunny (1980)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: East Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Sunny is the singer of band trying to establish itself in the music-scene of East-Berlin. They play regular gigs in small towns, but Sunny feels out of touch with the audience and her life as a whole. She begins a relationship with the amateur ...
Style: touching, offbeat, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), hopes, solitude, self fulfillment, introspection, adolescence vs adulthood, nightlife, human nature, desire for fame, unfulfillment, music band, strong female presence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, east germany, east berlin, germany, europe ...
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As We Were Dreaming (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Andreas Dresen's adaptation of Clemens Meyer's novel about a group of East German friends right after the fall of the Wall.
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: friends, drugs/alcohol, unfulfillment, teenage boy, nightlife, lifestyle, freedom, dull life, buddies, cause and meaning, pole dance, pole dancing ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: germany, east germany
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 4.3
 2K
Pentathlon (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When East German Eric Brogar (Dolph Lundgren) wins a gold medal in the pentathlon, he escapes to freedom in the west with the help of a beautiful American athlete. But his demanding coach, Heinrich Mueller (David Soul) vows revenge and Eric's ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: olympics, vengeance, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, contests and competitions, rivalry, betrayal, crimes, power relations, human spirit, racism, hostage ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: europe, east germany, los angeles, usa, germany
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The Looking Glass War (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: From the John le Carre novel about a British spy who sends a Polish defector to East Germany to verify missile sites.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, clever, contemplative, talky ...
Plot: espionage, secret agents, spy, cons and scams, working undercover, political conspiracy, iron curtain, weapon system, government agency, heroes, undercover, on the run ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: east germany, germany, england, london, german democratic republic ...
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 7.5
 841
I Was Nineteen (1968)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: East Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: April 1945: Gregor Hecker, 19 years of age, reaches the outskirts of Berlin as part of the Red Army's scouting team. Having fled Germany with his family when he was eight, he is confronted with the dilemma of having to fight men from the very ...
Plot: soviet, murder, young man, communism, tank, deserter, youth, army, patriotism, invasion, rape, battle ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: east germany, gdr, german democratic republic, berlin germany
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 6.9
 432
Westwind (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Hungary
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Set in the Summer of 1988 and based on real events, the film tells the story of East-German twins Isabel and Doreen, two aspiring oarswomen, whose lives are changed dramatically during a training camp at Lake Balaton in Hungary. There, the girls ...
Plot: twin sister, fraternal twins, volkswagen, stowaway, twin sisters, twins, female athlete, sister sister relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, walkman, rowing, group of friends ...
Time: 80s
Place: east germany
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 7.7
 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: suspenseful, tense, captivating, suspense, compassionate ...
Plot: tunnel, politics, betrayal, political unrest, heroes, danger, daring rescue, freedom, wartime, family relations, cold war, escape ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: germany, berlin germany, west berlin west germany, east berlin, east germany ...
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 7.7
 136K
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, humorous, witty, emotional, intense ...
Plot: coma, idealism, politics, deception, socialism, culture clash, communism, protecting from truth, parents and children, social differences, lifestyle change, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1990 ...
Place: germany, german democratic republic, east germany, europe, berlin germany ...
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 7.2
 7K
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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 6.2
 266
Brecht (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, Austria, Czech Republic
Duration: 187 min.
Story: Bertolt Brecht, a theatre revolutionary, poet of the state, outsider, looks back on his life in 1956, the year of his death, in East Berlin: adolescent provocations in Augsburg during the First World War, early poetic and amorous flights of fancy in ...
Style: humorous
Plot: nazism, playwright, portrait of an artist, world war one, nazi, german, nazis, female nudity, life, literature, poem, poet ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 1950s, 1940s, 1910s ...
Place: berlin germany, germany, east germany
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 6.5
 355
Westler (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Felix from West-Berlin falls in love with Thomas in East-Berlin. At first they keep their relationship going by regular visits from Felix, but the curfew forces him to return every evening. When the East-German authorities become suspicious, Thomas ...
Plot: berlin wall, cold war, lgbt, curfew, love, escape, gay interest, homosexual, communism, gay bar
Place: east germany, west germany, east berlin, east berlin east germany, berlin germany ...
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