German movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant german movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic, suspenseful, tense and harsh films and TV shows about / with german, world war two, culture clash, runaway, storytelling, war, betrayal, mentor, wartime and military plots mostly in Drama, War and History genres shot in Germany, USA, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as german: War Horse (2011), Generation War (2013), Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005), The Exception (2016), The Boat (1981), The Lives of Others (2006), In Darkness (2011), Inglourious Basterds (2009), Free Fall (2013), The Counterfeiters (2007).

List of german movies

 7.2
 144K
War Horse (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, India
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Follows a young man named Albert and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend.
Style: emotional, touching, epic, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: horse, world war one, war, battles, friendship, german, human spirit, animal training, danger, hopes, french, trapped ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1918
Place: england, europe, france
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 8.5
 25K
Generation War (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Berlin, 1941. Five friends eager to become heroes in an adventure that will change the face of Europe - and that will forever change them as well.
Style: captivating, tense, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Plot: nazism, nazi germany, world war two, holocaust, against humanity, german, military, atrocity, friendship, danger, guilt, resistance ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: germany, berlin germany, soviet union
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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: True story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to thrilling, dramatic life. Sophie Scholl stars Julia Jentsch in a luminous performance as the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. Armed ...
Style: touching, tense, disturbing, uplifting, emotional ...
Plot: resistance, nazism, german, politics, historical character, fighting the system, rebellion, human spirit, tragic hero, against the rules, gestapo, trial ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: munich germany, germany, europe, east germany, poland ...
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 6.8
 10K
The Exception (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.
Style: captivating, suspense, exciting, tense, suspenseful
Plot: german soldier, nazi occupation, jewish, german, love, military, spy, bodyguard, investigation, conspiracy, gestapo, threat ...
Time: year 1940, 1940s, 1920s, year 1934
Place: germany, holland, netherlands, berlin germany, poland
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 8.3
 227K
The Boat (1981)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: West Germany
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War, but it soon becomes the hunted. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat and themselves to their limits.
Style: epic, tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: submarine, naval battle, navy, world war two, war, ocean or sea, german, battles, nazi officer, military, mission, third reich ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1941, year 1942
Place: atlantic ocean, germany, mediterranean sea
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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, 1990s, year 1984
Place: germany, east germany, berlin germany, german democratic republic, europe ...
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 7.3
 10K
In Darkness (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland, Germany, Canada
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the Nazi-occupied Polish city of Lvov. In Darkness tells the true story of Leopold Soha who risks his own life to save a dozen people from certain death. Initially only interested in his ...
Style: disturbing, uplifting, sincere, harsh, suspenseful ...
Plot: jewish, holocaust, thief, atrocity, german, survival, tunnel, underground, refugee, unwanted pregnancy, mistrust, sewer ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 2008, year 1945
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel
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Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: 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. ...
Style: dark humor, atmospheric, tense, suspense, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, vengeance, working undercover, fascist, nazism, sadism, self sacrifice, jewish, world war two, hitler, german, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: paris france, france, europe, germany
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 7.6
 18K
Free Fall (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A promising career with the police, a baby on the way... Marc's life seems to be right on track. Then he meets fellow policeman Kay and during their regular jogs Marc experiences a never-before-felt sense of ease and effortlessness -- and what ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, disturbing, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: gay, gay love, gay relationship, gays and lesbians, coming out, homosexuality, gay slur, forbidden love, lgbt, love affair, fall in love, strong sexual content ...
Place: germany
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The Counterfeiters (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, War
Country: Austria, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story Jewish counterfeiter, Salomon Sorowitsch, coerced into assisting the Nazi operation of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp during World War II.
Style: tense, serious, disturbing, suspenseful, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, forgery, nazi, world war two, counterfeit money, survival, anti semitism, jewish, german, war crime, nazi germany ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: europe, germany, berlin germany, austria, zurich switzerland ...
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The Sinking of the Laconia (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, Germany
Story: Two-part drama based on the true story of the Allied ship Laconia, sunk in WWII by a German U-Boat, which then surfaced against orders to rescue the civilian crew
Style: realistic, touching, serious, suspenseful
Plot: submarine, rescue, german, military, danger, pow, ocean or sea, ship, world war two, survivor, sinking ship, passenger ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
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 7.5
 30K
Stalingrad (1993)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: "Stalingrad" follows the progress of a German Platoon through the brutal fighting of the Battle of Stalingrad. After having half their number wiped out and after being placed under the command of a sadistic Captain, the Lieutenant of the ...
Style: epic, rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: world war two, war, holocaust, nazism, german, military, starvation, soldier, politics, survival, russian, genocide ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1942, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, italy, germany, poland ...
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Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 179 min.
Story: In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning and his ...
Style: emotional, suspenseful, disturbing, sincere, talky ...
Plot: courtroom drama, judge, war crime, jews, world war two, holocaust, jewish, redemption, german, cold war, legal, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 20th century, 40s, 1960s ...
Place: germany, europe, poland, berlin germany
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 6.6
 76K
U-571 (2000)
Genre: Action, War
Country: France, USA, Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the midst of World War II, the battle under the sea rages and the Nazis have the upper hand as the Allies are unable to crack their war codes. However, after a wrecked U-boat sends out an SOS signal, the Allies realise this is their chance to ...
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: submarine, navy, war, world war two, nazism, german, military, mission, battles, survival, top secret, patriotism ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany
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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, life is a bitch, lovers apart, who to trust, secret service, society, fascism, doctors and patients ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1980, frogman
Place: east germany, germany, europe, gdr, northern germany ...
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The Guns of Navarone (1961)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: A team of allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers.
Style: exciting, serious, suspense, tense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, adventure, island, german, behind enemy lines, battles, military, resistance, allies, war, against the odds, save the day ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: germany, greece
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Before the Fall (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport, Thriller, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 117 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: serious, suspenseful, sincere, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: nazi germany, nazi, friendship, anti semitism, pow, boarding school, boarding school life, against humanity, family relations, boxing, german, society ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1942
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, moscow russia, ukraine ...
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Happy Christmas (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, Music, Romance, War
Country: France, Germany, UK, Belgium, Romania, Norway, Japan, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the ...
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: christmas, idealism, world war one, friendship, human spirit, german, battles, soldier, truce, war, hopes, french ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1914
Place: europe, berlin germany, holland, brussels belgium, glasgow scotland ...
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Fortress of War (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Belarus, Russia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A war drama set during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, in which Russian troops held on to a border stronghold for nine days. The film shows the heroic defense of Brest Fortress, which has taken upon the first stroke of German ...
Style: serious, tense, captivating, exciting, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, world war two, battles, soldier, heroes, invasion, german, heroic mission, resistance, honor, infantrymen, survival ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1941
Place: russia, europe
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 8.3
 54K
Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On ...
Style: bleak, rough, thought provoking, serious, surreal ...
Plot: against humanity, atrocity, genocide, world war two, war crime, holocaust, occupation, surrealism, military, anti war, survival, war ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, soviet union, germany, poland
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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, suspenseful, disturbing, rough, bleak ...
Plot: terrorism, revolution, politics, robbery, anti war, political unrest, judge, trial, police brutality, journalist, german, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1977 ...
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, rome italy, sicily ...
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 7.9
 255K
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: New Zealand, Czech Republic, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must ...
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing, dark humor
Plot: nazi, nazi germany, nazism, boy, hitler, world war two, german, satire, adolf hitler, compassion, rabbit, jewish girl ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945, year 1944
Place: germany
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The Longest Day (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: The retelling of June 6, 1944, from the perspectives of the Germans, US, British, Canadians, and the Free French. Marshall Erwin Rommel, touring the defenses being established as part of the Reich's Atlantic Wall, notes to his officers that ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, touching, epic ...
Plot: world war two, soldier, resistance, war, allies, invasion, german, military, navy, military life, battle zone, officers and cadets ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1944
Place: normandy, france, europe, england, paris france ...
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 7.6
 44K
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A misfit group of World War II American soldiers goes AWOL to rob a bank behind German lines.
Style: semi serious, cynical, suspense, entertaining, light ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, world war two, gold, behind enemy lines, military, war, german, escapades, soldier, cons and scams, danger, bank ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 70s
Place: france, europe, germany
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 6.5
 41K
Flyboys (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.
Style: exciting, realistic, suspenseful, harsh, factual ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: war, aerial combat, airplane, world war one, military, adventure, german, heroes, danger, french, vengeance, heroic mission ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: europe, france, germany
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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: West Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film follows Kaspar Hauser (Bruno S.), who lived the first seventeen years of his life chained in a tiny cellar with only a toy horse to occupy his time, devoid of all human contact except for a man who wears a black overcoat and top hat who ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: german, human nature, youth, misfit, exploitation, tragedy, crime gone awry, mentor, dungeon, confined, society, contact ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s, 1830s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
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Wings of Desire (1987)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Wings of Desire is Wim Wender’s artistically beautiful film about the lonely and immortal life of angels during a post-war Berlin. It’s a poetic journey from the perspective of the angels of which one falls in love with a living woman and wants ...
Style: meditative, atmospheric, surreal, touching, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: angel, immortality, mortality, desire, diary, dream, impossible love, german, fall in love, romance, supernatural, supernatural romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, west germany
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 7.4
 801
The Last Cop (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Der letzte Bulle is a German television series that was first aired in 2010. The series is about a cop from the 1980s put into a modern police department in Essen.
Style: suspenseful, humorous, semi serious, sentimental, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: workplace situations, police investigation, life turned upside down, machismo, law enforcement, traditional versus modern, society, workplace, crimes, psychologist, german, track down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe
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 6.8
 506
Dreileben (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: This Trilogy saga or Mini-Series made for TV, tells three different points of view about a little neighborhood in which a prisoner who went to visit his dying mother at a hospital, escapes and must hide in the forest while a huge police man-hunt for ...
Style: captivating, touching, serious, experimental, sincere
Plot: unfulfilled love, german, manhunt, investigation, crimes, young lovers, track down, hospital, couples, hunt down, fall in love, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, europe
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When We Leave (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Umay is a young woman of Turkish descent, fighting for an independent and self-determined life in Germany against the resistance of her family. Her struggle initiates a dynamic, which results in a life-threatening situation.
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, atmospheric, realistic
Plot: abusive father, self discovery, family problems, family tradition, society, against the rules, life is a bitch, conservative, german, family relations, immigrants, marital rape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany, turkey, berlin germany, istanbul turkey
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