Berlin wall movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant berlin wall movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful, talky, tense and political films and TV shows about / with berlin wall, cold war, spy, friendship, communism, betrayal, runaway, murder, male nudity and german plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres shot in Germany, USA, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as berlin wall: The Tunnel (2001), The Lives of Others (2006), Balloon (2018), Bridge of Spies (2015), Good Bye Lenin! (2003), The Same Sky (2017), Open the Wall (2014), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), The Weissensee Saga (2010), Fuehrer Ex (2002).

List of berlin wall movies

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, compassionate, captivating, political ...
Plot: tunnel, berlin wall, politics, suspense, betrayal, communism, escape, political unrest, wartime, freedom, breast feeding, brutality ...
Time: 60s
Place: east germany, germany, berlin germany, west berlin west germany, german democratic republic ...
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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: gloomy, tense, reflective, atmospheric, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: cold war, surveillance, spy, communism, berlin wall, stasi, iron curtain, espionage, voyeurism, loneliness, interrogation, politics ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, 20th century, 90s
Place: east germany, germany, berlin germany, europe, central europe ...
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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
Audience: date night
Plot: berlin wall, stasi, balloon, border patrol, escape plan, husband wife relationship, manhunt, interrogation, couples, german history, suspense, communism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1989, year 1979
Place: east germany, german democratic republic, berlin germany, east berlin, west germany ...
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Bridge of Spies (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Germany, India, USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan, recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate ...
Style: political, realistic, dramatic, tricky, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: lawyer, cold war, espionage, spy, suspense, cia, court, berlin wall, negotiation, politics, justice, mission ...
Time: 50s, 60s, year 1960, year 1957, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, east germany, west germany, new york, ussr ...
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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: humorous, political, sentimental, witty, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: coma, berlin wall, politics, idealism, society, culture clash, communism, childhood, capitalism, deception, german reunification, cold war ...
Time: 90s, year 1990, 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: east germany, germany, german democratic republic, berlin germany, east berlin ...
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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the cold war during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.
Style: political, realistic, talky, clever, bleak ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, double agent, berlin wall, british intelligence, iron curtain, suspense, politics, secret agents, loner, betrayal ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, east germany, london, england, europe ...
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The Same Sky (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: Lars is a "Romeo agent" from East Germany in the 1970s. His task is to go West, first to seduce and then to spy on Western women who worked in government or defense institutions.
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense, political
Plot: spy, berlin wall, stasi, espionage, seduction, sister sister relationship, surveillance, cold war, male nudity, teacher, iron curtain, homosexual ...
Time: year 1974
Place: east germany, germany, berlin germany, west germany, west berlin west germany ...
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Open the Wall (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A lighthearted look at the opening of the border crossing of Bornholmer Straße in Berlin from the point of view of the confused border guards.
Style: tense, captivating, humorous, light
Plot: berlin wall, propaganda, border crossing, society, rivalry, friendship, working class, german history, german humor, iron curtain, falling, uniform ...
Time: year 1989
Place: germany, german democratic republic, east germany
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Hansel Schmidt, is a young East German boy, born and raised during the Cold War in communist East Berlin. In his 20s, he meets Luther Robinson, an older American soldier, who falls in love with Hansel and the two decide to marry, which will allow ...
Style: emotional, enigmatic, melancholic, lyrical, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: transsexual, gay, transvestism, gender, betrayal, self discovery, singer, berlin wall, musician, musician's life, teenage boy, music ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, berlin germany, east germany, kansas, usa ...
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The Weissensee Saga (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Weissensee is a German television series. The series is set in East Berlin in 1980 and 1987 and follows two families.
Style: realistic, compassionate, poignant, serious, touching ...
Plot: stasi, communism, berlin wall, spy, adolescence, prejudice, social differences, parents and children, star crossed lovers, first love, dysfunctional family, family feud ...
Time: 80s
Place: east germany, berlin germany, east berlin, german democratic republic, germany
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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, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Plot: prison, racism, fascism, berlin wall, friendship, teenage boy, jail, politics, moral dilemma, escape, prison life, obsession ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, german democratic republic, europe, east germany
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The Promise (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, France, Switzerland
Duration: 115 min.
Story: East-Berlin, 1961, shortly after the erection of the Wall. Konrad, Sophie and three of their friends plan a daring escape to Western Germany. The attempt is successful, except for Konrad, who remains behind. From then on, and for the next 28 years, ...
Style: realistic, sexy, talky, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: politics, spy, berlin wall, catastrophe, ethnic conflict, depression, destiny, radio, wartime, propaganda, betrayal, runaway ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 1920s
Place: germany, berlin germany, japan, prague, europe ...
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The Legend of Rita (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, 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: melancholic, captivating, tense, suspenseful, sexy ...
Plot: lesbian, politics, terrorism, berlin wall, runaway, loneliness, existentialism, starting over, state affairs, lesbian sex, activist, spy ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: germany, east germany, berlin germany, latin america, new jersey ...
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Escape from East Berlin (1962)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Director Robert Siodmak's 1962 film, inspired by true events, is about an East Berlin resident who attempts to escape to West Berlin with his family and girlfriend through a secret underground tunnel.
Style: political
Plot: berlin wall, cold war, family relations, communism, tunnel, cold war era, secret message, family reunited, secret meeting, auto repair, musician, neighbor ...
Time: 60s
Place: berlin germany, east berlin, west berlin west germany, west germany, german democratic republic ...
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Berlin Is in Germany (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 99 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: realistic, emotional, touching, humorous, serious
Plot: fish out of water, prisoner, friendship, society, social differences, estrangement, unsociability, berlin wall, jail, taxi driver, german reunification, desperation ...
Time: 90s, 21st century
Place: berlin germany, german democratic republic, europe, germany, east germany
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Never Look Away (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 189 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: exciting, captivating, sincere, art house, intellectual ...
Audience: date night
Plot: painter, art gallery, nazism, artist, father daughter relationship, world war two, forced abortion, pregnancy, sex scene, nazi, romantic relationship, struggling artist ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1937, 60s ...
Place: east germany, germany, berlin germany, west berlin west germany, west germany ...
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Two Lives (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, Norway
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Europe 1990, the Berlin wall has just crumbled: Katrine, raised in East Germany, but now living in Norway for the last 20 years, is a “war child”; the result of a love relationship between a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier during ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: berlin wall, court, haunted by the past, undercover, family life, hidden truth, dishonesty, testimony, lawyer, female protagonist, new life, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1969, year 1990
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, norway
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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, sexy, brutal, harsh, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, spy, espionage, berlin wall, funeral, secret agents, chase, betrayal, hotel, murder, german, surveillance ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, germany, east germany, russia, west berlin west germany ...
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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: serious, realistic
Plot: berlin wall, cold war, journalist, singer, politics, urban ghetto, rock, political intrigue, captivity, working class, political unrest, culture clash ...
Place: east germany, germany, europe, england, east berlin ...
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Atomic Blonde (2017)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Sweden, Hungary
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.
Style: surprise ending, exciting, sexy, harsh, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: spy, cold war, lgbt, female assassin, female killer, woman fights a man, lesbian, female spy, female agent, rogue agent, femme fatale, female warrior ...
Time: year 1987, 20th century, year 1989, 80s
Place: berlin germany, east berlin, germany, eastern europe, europe ...
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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: serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional
Audience: teens, date night, pre-teens
Plot: fall in love, stasi, love triangle, rebellion, youth, infidelity, against the rules, berlin wall, couples, self discovery, couple relations, lifestyle ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: german democratic republic, germany, europe, east germany
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A Dandy in Aspic (1968)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Double-agent Alexander Eberlin is assigned by the British to hunt out a Russian spy, known to them as Krasnevin. Only Eberlin knows that Krasnevin is none other than himself! Accompanying him on his mission is a ruthless partner, who gradually ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, neo noir ...
Plot: spy, berlin wall, espionage, undercover, cold war, secret agents, secret mission, double agent, photographer, homesickness, british intelligence, graphic violence ...
Time: future, 20th century, 60s
Place: west berlin west germany, berlin germany, east berlin, england, europe ...
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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: punk rock, subculture, berlin wall, communism, coming of age, teenage crush, stasi, strong female character, female nudity, sex, strong female lead, punk music ...
Time: 80s
Place: berlin germany, german democratic republic, west berlin west germany
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Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Set just before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Sgt. Ray Elwood is an American soldier stationed at a German army camp. A soldier because a judge gave him a choice between the army and jail, Ray spends much of his free time cooking cocaine for ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, stylized, clever ...
Plot: corruption, military, heroin, drug dealing, dark humor, soldier, military life, arms dealing, greed, unlikely criminals, black market, rebelliousness ...
Time: year 1989, 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: west germany, berlin germany, germany, iraq, europe ...
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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, bleak, melancholic, atmospheric, semi serious ...
Plot: depression, lone hero, imagination, irreverent, existentialism, life philosophy, culture clash, adaptation, lifestyle, unfulfilled love, couples, buddies ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: germany, europe, east germany, berlin germany, west berlin west germany
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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: At the height of the Cold War, a mysterious criminal organization plans to use nuclear weapons and technology to upset the fragile balance of power between the United States and Soviet Union. CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin are ...
Style: stylized, witty, humorous, light, exciting ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: spy, cold war, reluctant partners, secret service, culture clash, cia, secret agents, chase, espionage, cia agent, race against time, undercover ...
Time: 60s, year 1963, 20th century, post world war two
Place: italy, germany, rome italy, usa, london ...
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Die Klasse - Berlin '61 (2015)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Secondary school students from East Berlin are taking final exam in West Berlin (being politically rejected in GDR) as the Berlin wall is built. The dramatization is combined with interviews of the actual people 50 years later.
Plot: berlin wall, friendship, repression, escape attempt, arrest, river crossing, reenactment, classroom
Time: 50s, 60s
Place: east berlin, berlin germany, west germany, east germany
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The Architects (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: East Germany
Duration: 102 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: communism, socialism, berlin wall, divorce, social problems, self fulfillment, secret police, gender roles, career, architect, partnership, architecture ...
Place: german democratic republic, east germany
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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: lgbt, gay, cold war, gay interest, lgbtq, berlin wall, curfew, man in underwear, gay crush, gay sex, slaughterhouse, police chase ...
Place: west berlin west germany, west germany, east germany, berlin germany, east berlin
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Possession (1981)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A young woman left her family for an unspecified reason. The husband determines to find out the truth and starts following his wife. At first, he suspects that a man is involved. But gradually, he finds out more and more strange behaviors and ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, psychological, disturbing, controversial ...
Audience: adult
Plot: surrealism, monster, obsession, insanity, macabre, occult, hysteria, demon, supernatural, serial killer, existentialism, infidelity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, germany, west berlin west germany, poland, east germany ...
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