Best German Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best German Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: interesting, realistic, sincere, intense, complex and clever. Plot: storytelling, death, dialogue, mentor, love, blood, runaway, gun, destiny and suspense. Genre: Drama, Comedy and Thriller. Country: Germany, USA and UK.
Best German Movies
Best German Movies
TOP Movies: Isi & Ossi (2020), Inglourious Basterds (2009), The Physician (2013), Who Am I (2014), The Experiment (2001), Gran Torino (2008), Good Bye Lenin! (2003), Run Lola Run (1998), Victoria (2015), Manifesto (2015), Fight Club (1999), Nomadland (2020), The Hangover (2009), The Reader (2008), The Pianist (2002), Tangled (2010), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), All Quiet on the Western Front (2022), Spy (2015).

List of Best Movies

Isi & Ossi (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Isi and Ossi couldn't be any more different: She's a billionaire's daughter from Heidelberg, he's a struggling boxer from the nearby town of Mannheim. But when Isi meets Ossi, the two quickly realize that they can take advantage ...
Style: sweet, light, entertaining, captivating, dramatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: male female relationship, relationships, promise, friendship, male female friendship, boxing, love, rivalry, boxer, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, aspiration, ambitious woman ...
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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: tense, absurd, atmospheric, captivating, witty ...
Audience: boys' night, manly, chick flick
Plot: world war two, vengeance, war, revenge, nazi, nazism, dark humor, brutality, violence, violent, working undercover, suspense ...
Time: post world war two, 1940s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, germany, europe
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The Physician (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 155 min.
Story: The story of Rob Cole, a boy who is left a penniless orphan in an 11th-century English mining town when his mother dies of a mysterious illness. Vowing to become a physician and vanquish Death itself, he travels to Isfahan in Persia to study ...
Style: breathtaking, captivating, epic, sexy, serious ...
Plot: medicine, follow your dream, apprentice, surgery, ambition, medieval, doctors and patients, culture clash, orphan, mentor, medical school, christian ...
Time: middle ages, 11th century, 18th century
Place: persia, iran, germany, london, middle east ...
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Who Am I (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Benjamin, a young German computer whiz, is invited to join a subversive hacker group that wants to be noticed on the world's stage.
Style: surprise ending, suspenseful, twist ending, stylized, clever ...
Plot: hacker, computer, hacking, computer hacker, computers and web, computer cracker, split personality, cybercrime, suspense, mind game, twists and turns, deception ...
Time: 21st century
Place: germany, berlin germany
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The Experiment (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Das Experiment is a shocking psycho thriller about the potential for brutality that humans hide. Even more shocking is the fact that it’s based on an actual occurrence—a 1971 psychological experiment at Stanford University that was aborted ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, rough, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, experiment, torture, suspense, aggression, human experiment, psychology, disorder, prison escape, isolation, degradation, abuse ...
Time: 70s, 21st century
Place: germany, canada
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Gran Torino (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. ...
Style: serious, emotional, thought provoking, touching, intense ...
Audience: manly, chick flick
Plot: gang, friendship, racism, veteran, rape, prejudice, teenager, elderly, gunfight, widower, interracial relations, revenge ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa, italy, michigan
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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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Run Lola Run (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manni. He lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy. She has 20 minutes to raise this amount and meet Manni. Otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different ...
Style: surreal, exciting, clever, stylized, cerebral ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: destiny, race against time, time loop, time, alternate reality, time travel, repeated event, self sacrifice, suspense, running, multiple perspectives, parallel universe ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe
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Victoria (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.
Style: suspenseful, intense, harsh, tense, realistic ...
Plot: heist, bank robbery, running from police, gangsters, drug use, male nudity, crime gone awry, bullet wound, death of friend, theft, heist gone wrong, stolen money ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: germany, berlin germany, spain
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Manifesto (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An outstanding tribute to various (art) manifestos of the nineteenth and twentieth century, ranging from Communism to Dogme, in connection with thirteen different characters, including a homeless man, a factory worker and a corporate CEO, who are ...
Style: art house, psychological, social, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: art, women, housewife, social problems, society, social issues, german, lifestyle, multiple storylines, modern art, cinema, existentialism ...
Place: germany, berlin germany
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Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: surprise ending, psychological, thought provoking, twist ending, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, manly, girls' night
Plot: twists and turns, psychology, plot twist, fight, self destructing, insanity, fighting the system, split personality, schizophrenia, losing-it hero, against the rules, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: delaware, los angeles, usa
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Nomadland (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A woman in her sixties embarks on a journey through the American West after losing everything in the Great Recession, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.
Style: road movie, serious, sad, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: van, homeless, loneliness, traveler, motor home, nomad, loss of job, journey, homelessness, road trip, female protagonist, on the road ...
Time: year 2011
Place: nevada, arizona
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The Hangover (2009)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When three friends finally come to after a raucous night of bachelor-party revelry, they find a baby in the closet and a tiger in the bathroom. But they can't seem to locate their best friend, Doug – who's supposed to be tying the knot. ...
Style: funny, humorous, entertaining, absurd, buddy comedy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: buddies, party, bachelor party, comedy of errors, friendship between men, memory loss, weirdo, nothing goes right, hung over, friends, wedding, drunkenness ...
Time: 2000s, september 11 2001, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa, north america, los angeles, california
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The Reader (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who, as a teenager in the late 1950s, had an affair with an older woman, Hanna, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as ...
Style: sexy, melancholic, touching, emotional, sexual ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, older woman younger man relationship, age difference, forbidden love, court, first love, nazi, holocaust, older woman younger man sex, secret, world war two, sex ...
Time: year 1958, year 1988, year 1966, post world war two, year 1980 ...
Place: germany, israel, west berlin west germany, hamburg germany, europe ...
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The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: emotional, harsh, bleak, heartbreaking, touching ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, survival, nazi, genocide, jewish, war, anti semitism, nazism, classical music, suspense, pianist ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, 20th century, 1930s, year 1944 ...
Place: poland, germany, europe, eastern europe, central europe ...
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Tangled (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When the kingdom's most wanted-and most charming-bandit Flynn Rider hides out in a mysterious tower, he's taken hostage by Rapunzel, a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn's curious captor, ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, romantic, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens, teens ...
Plot: princess, disney, fall in love, disney princess, couples, love and romance, horse, female protagonist, unlikely couple, young woman, power of love, hopes ...
Time: 17th century
Place: germany, fictional island
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, witty, dramatic, breathtaking ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hotel, prison escape, art theft, mentor protege relationship, luxury hotel, murder, prison, painting, escapades, gunfight, fictional country, mentor ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 60s, 80s, year 1985 ...
Place: eastern europe, alps, europe, hungary, central europe
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji's world - pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they'll play as characters from the game.
Style: ridiculous, breathtaking, biting, exciting, funny ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick, teens
Plot: jungle, mission, team, zoologist, adventurer, game, magic, friendship, video game, high school, archaeologist, time travel ...
Time: jurassic, year 1996, year 2016, 90s, 2010s
Place: new hampshire, hawaii
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All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Germany, USA, UK
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Paul Baumer and his friends Albert and Muller, egged on by romantic dreams of heroism, voluntarily enlist in the German army. Full of excitement and patriotic fervour, the boys enthusiastically march into a war they believe in. But once on the ...
Style: epic, tragic
Plot: world war one, battles, war, couples, intrigue, death, world war two, dream, mission, tank, transformation, airplane ...
Time: 1910s, year 1918, year 1917, 20th century, year 1914
Place: germany, france
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Spy (2015)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.
Style: funny, humorous, parody, ridiculous, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: spy, cia, espionage, female spy, cia agent, secret agents, undercover, female agent, female assassin, female protagonist, betrayal, assassin ...
Time: 21st century
Place: paris france, rome italy, italy, usa, budapest ...
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Love, Rosie (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Since the moment they met at age 5, Rosie and Alex have been best friends, facing the highs and lows of growing up side by side. A fleeting shared moment, one missed opportunity, and the decisions that follow send their lives in completely different ...
Style: touching, sweet, sentimental, emotional, light ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, date night, teens
Plot: love story, love, best friends in love, couples, friends in love, best friend, love affair, love and romance, youth, teenage pregnancy, true love, single mother ...
Time: 21st century
Place: ireland, england, boston, canada, los angeles ...
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Alpha Dog (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Johnny Truelove likes to see himself as tough. He's the son of an underworld figure and a drug dealer. Johnny also likes to get tough when things don't go his way. When Jake Mazursky fails to pay up for Johnny, things get worse for the ...
Style: disturbing, harsh, serious, rough, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: kidnapping, gang, sex scene, gangsters, drug dealer, true crime, youth, nude, society, male nudity, crime gone awry, culture clash ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1999, year 2005, year 2003
Place: los angeles, usa, california, palm springs california, albuquerque new mexico
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The Ghost Writer (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A writer stumbles upon a long-hidden secret when he agrees to help former British Prime Minister Adam Lang complete his memoirs on a remote island after the politician's assistant drowns in a mysterious accident. In director Roman ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, captivating, political, tricky ...
Plot: writers, twists and turns, politics, political conspiracy, investigation, suspense, writer's life, betrayal, secrets, spy, conspiracy, suspicion ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new england, london, new york, massachusetts, england ...
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The Punisher (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: When undercover FBI agent Frank Castle's wife and son are slaughtered, he becomes 'the Punisher' -- a ruthless vigilante willing to go to any length to avenge his family.
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, stylized, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, vengeance, vigilante, vigilantism, lone hero, violence, one man army, superhero, tough guy, lone wolves, mafia, tough heroes ...
Time: year 2003
Place: florida, puerto rico, miami, virginia
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The Jacket (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A military veteran goes on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death and is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves.
Style: psychological, surreal, enigmatic, mind bending, tricky ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: time travel, psychology, time loop, supernatural, mental institution, murder, memory loss, parallel universe, hallucination, supernatural ability, suspense, butterfly effect ...
Time: future, 90s, 2000s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: vermont
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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An advice columnist, Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson), tries pushing the boundaries of what she can write about in her new piece about how to get a man to leave you in 10 days. Her editor, Lana (Bebe Neuwirth), loves it, and Andie goes off to find a man ...
Style: romantic, light, feel good, humorous, entertaining ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, date night, teens, teen drama
Plot: love, love story, fall in love, love and romance, bet, unlikely couple, couples, couple relations, battle of the sexes, relationships, dating, wooing ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: new york, hawaii, san francisco, usa, manhattan new york city ...
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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, sincere, suspenseful, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: politics, nazism, world war two, resistance, death sentence, nazi germany, gestapo, historical character, nazi, lawyer, rebellion, fighting the system ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, year 1943, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, berlin germany, east germany, munich germany ...
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The Usual Suspects (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Held in an L.A. interrogation room, Verbal Kint attempts to convince the feds that a mythic crime lord, Keyser Soze, not only exists, but was also responsible for drawing him and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an ...
Style: surprise ending, neo noir, twist ending, mind bending, confusing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: twists and turns, plot twist, heist, master criminal, criminal, manipulation, organized crime, gangsters, suspense, interrogation, investigation, deception ...
Time: 20th century, year 1981, 80s, 90s
Place: new york, los angeles, hungary, turkey, manhattan new york city
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Amelie (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: At a tiny Parisian café, the adorable yet painfully shy Amélie (Audrey Tautou) accidentally discovers a gift for helping others. Soon Amelie is spending her days as a matchmaker, guardian angel, and all-around do-gooder. But when she bumps into a ...
Style: feel good, touching, inspirational, sweet, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: loneliness, love, fall in love, life, social relations, female protagonist, love and romance, optimism, existentialism, lifestyle change, destiny, surrealism ...
Time: year 1997, 70s, 90s, year 1974, 20th century ...
Place: paris france, france, europe, montmartre paris, quebec
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K-PAX (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Prot is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away Planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.
Style: psychological, touching, sentimental, surprise ending, futuristic ...
Plot: alien, patient, extraterrestrial, planet, mysterious character, psychiatrist, mental institution, hypnosis, mental illness, science, investigation, space ...
Time: future, 90s, 80s, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, grand central station manhattan new york city, albuquerque new mexico, greenland ...
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