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, intense, twists and turns, stylized and visually appealing. Plot: storytelling, mentor, destiny, dialogue, gun, death, runaway, catastrophe, flashback and violence. Genre: Drama, Thriller and Comedy. Country: Germany, USA and UK.
Best German Movies
Best German Movies
TOP Movies: Inglourious Basterds (2009), Fight Club (1999), The Hangover (2009), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Star Trek (2009), Gran Torino (2008), Constantine (2005), Nomadland (2020), Who Am I (2014), The Usual Suspects (1995), Love, Rosie (2014), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), Isi & Ossi (2020), Victoria (2015), Fracture (2007), Polar (2019), Charlie's Angels (2019), The Reader (2008), I, Robot (2004), Run Lola Run (1998).

List of Best Movies

Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
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, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, war, working undercover, nazism, fascist, soldier, sadism, nazi, danger, world war two, self sacrifice, military ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: paris france, france, europe, germany
Is relevant ?
 8.8
 1.9M
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: twists and turns, surprise ending, thought provoking, mind bending, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, social decay, losing-it hero, nihilism, fighting the system, insomnia, self destructing, life philosophy, loneliness, fist fighting, insanity, against the rules ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 719K
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, absurd, not serious, buddy comedy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: party, comedy of errors, friends, buddies, nothing goes right, hung over, bachelor party, disorder, weirdo, escapades, memory loss, friendship between men ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, september 11 2001
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles, california
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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: exciting, stylized, twists and turns, fairy tale, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: witch, magic, wizards and magicians, magical, wizards, chosen one, boarding school life, supernatural ability, magic wand, curses spells and rituals, giant, school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1992, 90s, 1990s ...
Place: england, europe, london
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: Germany, USA
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: offbeat, stylized, witty, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: existentialism, twists & turns, escapades, hotel, inheritance, greed, adventure, painting, mentor protege relationship, disorder, cons and scams, servant ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s, 30s ...
Place: eastern europe, europe, hungary, alps, central europe
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 578K
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, humorous, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: spacecraft, space travel, space wars, space and aliens, adventure, space opera, teleportation, teamwork, heroic mission, heroes, imaginary, alternate reality ...
Time: future, 24th century, 23rd century
Place: san francisco, iowa
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 723K
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, contemplative ...
Plot: gang, veteran, gunfight, friendship, interracial relations, elderly, pride and honor, immigrants, neighbor, visceral, prejudice, rape ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 308K
Constantine (2005)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 121 min.
Story: John Constantine has literally been to Hell and back. When he teams up with a policewoman to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists beneath the landscape of ...
Style: mind bending, stylized, gothic, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, good versus evil, angel, demon, supernatural ability, devil, demons, lucifer, hell, god or devil, psychic, exorcism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
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 7.6
 19K
Nomadland (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
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
Plot: nomad, van, snow, recession, unemployment, death of husband, homelessness, factory worker, homeless, sandwich, feminism, snake ...
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 49K
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: suspenseful, exciting, semi serious, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: hacker, computers and web, computer cracker, computer, crime, hacking, mind game, gang, crimes, deception, misfit, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, berlin germany
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The Usual Suspects (1995)
Genre: Crime, 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: twists and turns, surprise ending, suspenseful, tense, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, neo noir, plot twist, crimes, heist, interrogation, manipulations, manipulation, mysterious character, dishonesty, criminal, theft ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s, year 1981
Place: hungary, turkey, manhattan new york city, los angeles, new york
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 123K
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: love and romance, best friends in love, youth, male female friendship, love story, love affair, true love, couple relations, best friends, teen romance, teenage pregnancy, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, england, usa, boston, canada
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The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When a CIA operation to purchase classified Russian documents is blown by a rival agent, who then shows up in the sleepy seaside village where Bourne and Marie have been living. The pair run for their lives and Bourne, who promised retaliation ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, secret agents, on the run, spy, fighting the system, tough heroes, uncover truth, agent as target, manhunt, one against many, chases and races, dark past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: russia, europe, berlin germany, germany, italy ...
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 6K
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, feel good, funny, humorous
Plot: billionaire, love, promise, romance, friendship, relationships, boxing, male female relationship, rivalry, male female friendship, cookery, intrigue ...
Time: contemporary
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 53K
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, realistic, sentimental, serious, tense ...
Plot: crimes, running from police, bank robbery, crime gone awry, dangerous attraction, disorder, gangsters, theft, young lovers, fall in love, heist gone wrong, robbery gone awry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: germany, berlin germany, spain
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 188K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A husband is on trial for the attempted murder of his wife, in what is seemingly an open/shut case for the ambitious district attorney trying to put him away. However, there are surprises for both around every corner, and, as a suspenseful game of ...
Style: twists and turns, suspense, intellectual, enigmatic, serious ...
Plot: murder mystery, mind game, investigation, courtroom drama, manipulation, lawyer, legal investigation, obsession, adultery, perfect crime, guilt, cheating ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.3
 76K
Polar (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: When a retiring assassin realizes that he is the target of a hit, he winds up back in the game going head to head with a gang of younger, ruthless killers.
Style: tense, suspenseful, captivating, exciting, surprise ending ...
Plot: neo noir, one against many, one eyed man, vengeance, hitman, rivalry, penetration, survival, crimes, murder, one man army, assassin ...
Time: 2010s
Place: chile, russia, washington d.c., seattle, miami ...
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Charlie's Angels (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Reboot of the 1970s TV series / early 2000s film franchise.
Style: funny, light, exciting, humorous, entertaining ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, boys' night
Plot: female protagonist, female assassin, chase, spy, danger, female agent, female friendship, martial arts, undercover agent, female spy, adventure, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s, quarry
Place: usa, berlin germany, europe, london, los angeles ...
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 7.6
 231K
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, emotional, compassionate ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, age difference, older woman younger man sex, sexuality, first love, sexual relations, unlikely couple, trial, guilt, female prisoner, secret, war crime ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, israel, west berlin west germany ...
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 500K
I, Robot (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 2035, where robots are common-place and abide by the three laws of robotics, a techno-phobic cop investigates an apparent suicide. Suspecting that a robot may be responsible for the death, his investigation leads him to believe that humanity may ...
Style: futuristic, serious, exciting, twists and turns, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: robot, future dystopia, androids and robots, artificial intelligence, cyborgs, technology gone awry, a.i., hi-tech, man versus machine, cyberpunk, androids, danger ...
Time: future, 2030s, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 189K
Run Lola Run (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 81 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: exciting, suspenseful, surreal, mind bending, non-linear ...
Plot: destiny, running, alternate reality, self sacrifice, race against time, desperation, choice, redhead, red hair, heroine, hopes, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: berlin germany, germany, europe
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 336K
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: businessman, pilot, mental illness, aviation, millionaire, success, aviator, rise and fall, corruption, obsession, weirdo, fame ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 30s ...
Place: los angeles, new york, usa, connecticut, peru ...
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 251K
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, follow your dream, underdog, music, street gang, urban ghetto life, success, musician's life, rap, hip hop culture, factory worker, white rapper ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, 1990s, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
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Look Who's Back (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Adolf Hitler wakes up in a vacant lot in Berlin, with no knowledge of anything that happened after 1945. Homeless and destitute. Although everyone recognizes him, nobody believes that he is Hitler; instead, they think he is either a comedian, or a ...
Style: satirical, twist ending, realistic, absurd, twists and turns ...
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Time: 2010s, 1930s
Place: germany, berlin germany, poland
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 235K
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: musician's life, country music, music, marriage, accident, musician, rock and roll, profanity, rising to stardom, rise and fall, addiction, divorce ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1960s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: memphis, usa, germany, tennessee, arkansas ...
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 37K
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, realistic, serious, scenic ...
Plot: follow your dream, ambition, medicine, apprentice, society, doctors and patients, orphan, culture clash, medieval, surgery, mentor, adventure ...
Time: middle ages, 11th century, 18th century
Place: persia, iran, england, london, middle east ...
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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, violence, head of state, attempted murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: uganda, africa, scotland
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 5.7
 4K
Rising High (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Charting the rise and fall of three corrupt real estate agents who accumulate absurd wealth in no time but fall into a vortex of fraud, greed and drugs.
Style: suspenseful, captivating, humorous, serious
Plot: adultery, unfaithful wife, cheating wife, cheating, rise and fall, false identity, lifestyle change, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, swindle, criminal, dysfunctional family, friendship between men ...
Place: berlin germany, central europe
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 128K
The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, serious, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: holocaust, jewish, world war two, childhood, human spirit, nazi germany, nazi, war, adoption, against humanity, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 40s, 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: germany, europe
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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel and Gretel have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell-bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches... their ...
Style: exciting, fairy tale, suspenseful, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: supernatural, witch, good versus evil, bounty hunter, adventure, black magic, witch hunt, curses spells and rituals, wizards and magicians, siblings relations, dark fantasy, steampunk ...
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