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: realistic, interesting, suspense, intense, complex and captivating. Plot: storytelling, mentor, dialogue, destiny, friendship, violence, runaway, murder, flashback and death. Genre: Drama, Romance and Comedy. Country: Germany, USA and UK.
Best German Movies
Best German Movies
TOP Movies: Inglourious Basterds (2009), Gran Torino (2008), Isi & Ossi (2020), Fight Club (1999), Nomadland (2020), The Hangover (2009), The Reader (2008), The Pianist (2002), Tangled (2010), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), The Physician (2013), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), Love, Rosie (2014), Spy (2015), Amelie (2001), The Aviator (2004), The Usual Suspects (1995), Star Trek (2009), Traffic (2000), Unfaithful (2002).

List of Best Movies

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: atmospheric, tense, suspense, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dark humor, vengeance, war, nazism, working undercover, nazi, world war two, self sacrifice, soldier, fascist, sadism, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: paris france, france, europe, germany
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 761K
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, suspenseful, touching ...
Plot: gang, veteran, friendship, interracial relations, gunfight, elderly, rape, immigrants, neighbor, prejudice, pride and honor, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 8K
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: light, sweet, feel good, funny, humorous ...
Plot: male female relationship, relationships, boxer, promise, boxing, romance, love, friendship, male female friendship, billionaire, rivalry, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Is relevant ?
 8.8
 2.0M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
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: twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, mind bending, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nihilism, split personality, self destructing, fighting the system, insomnia, social decay, life philosophy, dark humor, losing-it hero, paranoia, against the rules, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: delaware, usa
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 7.3
 150K
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, sincere, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Plot: nomad, motor home, homelessness, traveler, unemployment, van, female protagonist, crocodile, travel, loneliness, loss of job, on the road ...
Time: year 2011
Place: nevada, arizona
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 766K
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: humorous, funny, not serious, buddy comedy, absurd ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: party, comedy of errors, friends, buddies, nothing goes right, hung over, bachelor party, weirdo, friendship between men, escapades, memory loss, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, september 11 2001
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles, north america, california
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 241K
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: melancholic, bleak, psychological, sexy, emotional ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, age difference, older woman younger man sex, first love, sexuality, older woman teenage boy sex, sex with a minor, sexual relations, female prisoner, unlikely couple, sex scene, court ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 70s ...
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, west germany, israel ...
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 804K
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: bleak, suspense, emotional, heartbreaking, harsh ...
Plot: survival, holocaust, world war two, pianist, nazi, against humanity, genocide, nazi occupation, jewish, ghetto, anti semitism, starvation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1944, year 1939 ...
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland, central europe
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 7.7
 440K
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, captivating, touching, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: princess, disney, romance, unlikely couple, family, follow your dream, adventure, horse, imaginary kingdom, disney princess, love and romance, fall in love ...
Time: 17th century
Place: germany
Is relevant ?
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: stylized, witty, atmospheric, melancholic, surreal ...
Plot: hotel, escapades, existentialism, inheritance, adventure, painting, cons and scams, disorder, servant, friendship, greed, murder ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 60s, year 1985, year 1932 ...
Place: eastern europe, europe, alps, hungary, central europe
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 39K
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: captivating, breathtaking, serious, realistic, scenic ...
Plot: follow your dream, apprentice, medicine, ambition, surgery, doctors and patients, orphan, society, adventure, medieval, culture clash, medical school ...
Time: middle ages, 11th century, 18th century
Place: persia, england, iran, london, middle east ...
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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: exciting, biting, psychotronic, colourful, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: game, jungle, adventurer, teenage boy, video game, team, mission, zoologist, teleportation, fright, quest, curse ...
Time: year 2016, 90s, 2010s, year 1996
Place: new hampshire
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 137K
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, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, date night, teens
Plot: best friends in love, love and romance, youth, male female friendship, love affair, true love, love story, couple relations, friends in love, friends, teen romance, best friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, england, usa, boston, canada
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 242K
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: humorous, funny, parody, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: female spy, female agent, secret agents, female assassin, cia agent, espionage, cia, undercover, spy, arms dealer, fat woman, disguise ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, rome italy, paris france, europe, bulgaria ...
Is relevant ?
 8.3
 743K
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: touching, stylized, feel good, inspirational, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, existentialism, fall in love, looking for love, life philosophy, surrealism, optimism, social relations, love, lifestyle change, weirdo, daydreamer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1974, 20th century, 90s ...
Place: paris france, france, europe, montmartre paris, quebec
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 355K
The Aviator (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 170 min.
Story: A biopic depicting the life of filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe ...
Style: captivating, realistic, stylized, serious, epic ...
Plot: success, pilot, businessman, aviator, mental illness, millionaire, aviation, test pilot, rise and fall, billionaire, corruption, nervous breakdown ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: los angeles, new york, usa, houston texas, manhattan new york city ...
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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: neo noir, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, confusing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, crimes, heist, interrogation, manipulation, mysterious character, dishonesty, theft, criminal, mystery, criminal heroes, organized crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, year 1981
Place: manhattan new york city, los angeles, turkey, new york, hungary
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 598K
Star Trek (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, a Vulcan, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, stylized, suspenseful, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: spacecraft, space travel, space wars, space and aliens, heroic mission, space opera, adventure, teamwork, teleportation, star trek, time paradox, heroes ...
Time: future, 24th century, 23rd century
Place: san francisco, iowa
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 7.6
 205K
Traffic (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 147 min.
Story: An exploration of the United States of America's war on drugs from multiple perspectives. For the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the war becomes personal when he discovers his well-educated daughter is abusing cocaine ...
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, thought provoking, clever ...
Plot: drug lord, war on drugs, drug dealer, drug abuse, addiction, drug cartel, organized crime, drug dealing, drug addiction, marijuana, drug traffic, fighting crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: mexico, ohio, washington d.c., latin america, usa ...
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 88K
Unfaithful (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Connie is a wife and mother whose 11-year marriage to Edward has lost its sexual spark. When Connie literally runs into handsome book collector Paul, he sweeps her into an all-consuming affair. But Edward soon becomes suspicious and decides to ...
Style: sexy, sexual, suspenseful, erotic, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, adultery, husband wife relationship, older woman younger man relationship, cheating wife, dangerous attraction, hot and sexy, sexual obsession, extramarital affair, cuckold, crimes of passion, fatal attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, turkey, grand central station manhattan new york city
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 247K
Walk the Line (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
Style: sentimental, touching, captivating, emotional, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: country music, musician's life, music, marriage, rock and roll, accident, musician, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, divorce, loss of sibling ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 70s, 80s, 20th century ...
Place: memphis, usa, germany, tennessee, arkansas ...
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Ignoring threats to his life, Harry returns to Hogwarts to investigate – aided by Ron and Hermione – a mysterious series of attacks.
Style: dark fantasy, exciting, stylized, twists and turns, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: witch, magic, magical, wizards and magicians, wizards, chosen one, harry potter, boarding school life, fantasy world, supernatural ability, creature, magic wand ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, year 1992, year 1993
Place: england, europe, london
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The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Young Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan decides it's time for an adventure after he finishes his formal education, so he decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of President Obote. General Idi Amin comes to power and ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, brutal, factual ...
Plot: dictatorship, genocide, dictator, doctor, against humanity, atrocity, politics, corruption, blacks and whites, head of state, attempted murder, assistant ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: uganda, africa, scotland
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 468K
Rush (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A biographical drama centered on the rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One motor-racing season.
Style: inspirational, realistic, exciting, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car race, racecar driver, rise to the top, automobile racing, race car, fame, race, world champion, success, rivalry, motor sport, human spirit ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1976, year 1975 ...
Place: europe, ibiza, mount fuji, japan, france ...
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The French Dispatch (2021)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The staff of a European publication decides to publish a memorial edition highlighting the three best stories from the last decade: an artist sentenced to life imprisonment, student riots, and a kidnapping resolved by a chef.
Style: touching, sentimental, light, realistic, anthology
Plot: journalist, painter, art collector, artist, poisoning, lecture, riot, father son relationship, chef, obituary, magazine, prostitute ...
Time: post world war two, 70s, year 1975
Place: france, kansas
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 352K
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: New York detective Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of mysterious deaths in which the victims are found beheaded. But the locals believe the culprit to be none other than the ghost of the legendary Headless Horseman.
Style: gothic, dark, dark fantasy, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: ghost, supernatural, witch, investigation, mystery, curses spells and rituals, magical, murder, legends and myths, small town, uncover truth, mysterious character ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1790s, georgian era
Place: new york state, new york
Is relevant ?
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: suspense, exciting, captivating, sincere
Plot: painter, nazism, love, art gallery, father daughter relationship, ss, painting, manipulation, mental illness, ex nazi, childhood memory, pregnant woman ...
Time: year 1937, year 1966, year 1956, year 1948, year 1951 ...
Place: germany, berlin germany, west berlin west germany, east germany, german democratic republic ...
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 433K
Crash (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
Style: touching, disturbing, sincere, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: racism, police corruption, interracial relations, prejudice, parents and children, social differences, suffering, chase, vandalism, loss of son, family relations, social problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, santa monica california, puerto rico ...
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 279K
8 Mile (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, inspirational, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: hip hop, success, follow your dream, underdog, music, rap, urban ghetto life, street gang, human spirit, hip hop culture, family relations, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 416K
King Kong (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, New Zealand, Germany
Duration: 187 min.
Story: In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with the leading lady.
Style: sentimental, exciting, scenic, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: family outing, date night, boys' night, teens
Plot: monster, jungle, giant animal, beast, human animal relationship, expedition, adventure, dangerous animal, dinosaur, gorilla, rescue, escape ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1933
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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