Best West Germany Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best West Germany Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: realistic, talky, harsh, atmospheric, thought provoking and bleak. Plot: suprisingly clever, runaway, loneliness, culture clash, storytelling, dialogue, catastrophe, melancholy, mentor and society. Genre: Drama, Comedy and Romance. Country: West Germany, USA and UK.
Best West Germany Movies
Best West Germany Movies
TOP Movies: The Boat (1981), The NeverEnding Story (1984), Being There (1979), Bagdad Cafe (1987), The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979), Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974), Christiane F. (1981), The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974), Down by Law (1986), Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Stroszek (1977), Veronika Voss (1982), Wings of Desire (1987), Fanny and Alexander (1982), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Lola (1981), Alice in the Cities (1974), Hair (1979), Kings of the Road (1976), Woyzeck (1979).

List of Best Movies

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, world war two, navy, war, battles, ocean or sea, german, ocean, military, third reich, mission ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1942, year 1941
Place: atlantic ocean, germany, mediterranean sea
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The NeverEnding Story (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: West Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: While hiding from bullies in his school's attic, a young boy discovers the extraordinary land of Fantasia, through a magical book called The Neverending Story. The book tells the tale of Atreyu, a young warrior who, with the help of a luck ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, light, touching, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, dragon, adventure, mythology, good versus evil, magic, reading, evil force, escapades, gnome, imagination, danger ...
Time: 80s
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Being There (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television.
Style: witty, thought provoking, semi serious, realistic, political ...
Plot: comedy of errors, politics, president, white house, innocence, secret service, lawyer, businessman, fish out of water, satire, mistaken identity, stupidity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa
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Bagdad Cafe (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A surreal comedy depicting a diverse cast of characters and the changes they undergo as the German tourist Jasmin interacts with each of them at a remote truck stop in the middle of the Mojave desert.
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: desert, motel, friendship, starting over, fish out of water, tourist, social relations, wilderness, female protagonist, character study, transformation, life philosophy ...
Time: 80s
Place: utah, nevada, germany, california, las vegas
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The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Near the end of World War II, Maria marries Hermann, who is immediately sent off to battle. When the war concludes, Maria believes that Hermann is dead. She starts working at an Allied bar, where she meets American soldier Bill. They start a ...
Style: emotional, psychological, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, marriage, world war two, love triangle, post war, lovers reunited, romance, rise to the top, couples, love and romance, danger, battle of the sexes ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 50s, post world war two ...
Place: germany, europe, west germany, berlin germany, canada
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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: West Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Emmi Kurowski, a cleaning lady, is lonely in her old age. Her husband died years ago, and her grown children offer little companionship. One night she goes to a bar frequented by Arab immigrants and strikes up a friendship with middle-aged mechanic ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, stylized, emotional ...
Plot: racism, immigrants, foreigner, misfit, romance, human nature, alienation, nudity (full frontal - brief), older woman younger man relationship, german, mother son relationship, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: germany, morocco, munich germany, europe, west germany ...
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Christiane F. (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-storey apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by the ...
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, downfall, life is a bitch, drug abuse, drug addiction, friendship, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, drug dealing, destructive relationship, youth ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: berlin germany, europe, west germany, west berlin west germany, poland ...
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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 126 min.
Story: An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.
Style: surreal, cult film, epic, stylized, humorous ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: legends and myths, moon, horse, siege, backstage, european, baron, balloon, storytelling, adventure, steampunk, monster ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: austria, constantinople, egypt, europe, ottoman empire ...
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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, society, confined, feral man ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s, 1820s
Place: germany, europe, bavaria, berlin germany
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Down by Law (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A disc jockey, a pimp and an Italian tourist escape from jail in New Orleans.
Style: atmospheric, humorous, sincere, meditative, harsh ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, escape, pimp, fight, friendship, partners, crimes, on the road, prison life, unlikely criminals, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
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Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie, his pal Eddie, and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous ...
Style: road movie, bleak, thought provoking, offbeat, realistic ...
Plot: immigrants, culture clash, fish out of water, on the road, gambling, partners, friendship, drifter, disorder, bohemian life, profanity, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: florida, new york, ohio, usa, hungary ...
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Stroszek (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Bruno Stroszek is released from prison and warned to stop drinking. He has few skills and fewer expectations: with a glockenspiel and an accordion, he ekes out a living as a street musician. He befriends Eva, a prostitute down on her luck and they ...
Style: surreal, thought provoking, semi serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: american dream, german, immigrants, on the road, pimp, bittersweet, culture clash, human nature, alcohol abuse, fish out of water, cult, self discovery ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: wisconsin, germany, usa, europe, west berlin west germany ...
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Veronika Voss (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In Munich 1955, German film star Veronika Voss becomes a drug addict at the mercy of corrupt Dr. Marianne Katz, who keeps her supplied with morphine. After meeting sports writer Robert Krohn, Veronika begins to dream of a return to stardom. As the ...
Style: stylized, gloomy, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: morphine, movie star, addiction, post war, battles, hopes, soldier, life is a bitch, love and romance, actor's life, journalism, haunted by the past ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 80s, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: munich germany, germany, 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, cerebral ...
Audience: date night
Plot: immortality, angel, mortality, diary, desire, dream, impossible love, german, fall in love, supernatural, romance, supernatural romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, west germany
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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: West Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer -- arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. She mistreats Marlene (her secretary, maid, and co-designer). Enter Karin, a 23-year-old beauty who wants to be a model. Petra falls in love with Karin and ...
Style: sincere, clever, sexual, sexy, realistic ...
Plot: lesbian interest, lesbian love, lesbian relationship, fashion, gays and lesbians, lgbt, rejection, manipulation, love triangle, obsession, success, fashion designer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, zurich switzerland, west germany, frankfurt germany, germany ...
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Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, West Germany
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden.
Style: thought provoking, intellectual, sincere, disturbing, philosophical ...
Plot: christmas, bishop, ghost, childhood, child abuse, abusive stepfather, brother sister relationship, emotional abuse, marriage as hell, family relations, beating, death of father ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s, 90s, turn of the century
Place: sweden, eastern europe, tokyo
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy, Spain, West Germany, USA
Duration: 161 min.
Story: While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men – a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit – comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.
Style: epic, exciting, tense, suspense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, anti hero, treasure hunt, gunfight, greed, gold, good versus evil, heroes, cowboy, cons and scams, lone wolves, army ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: texas, new mexico, usa, arizona, santa fe new mexico ...
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Lola (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: West Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Germany in the autumn of 1957: Lola, a seductive cabaret singer-prostitute exults in her power as a temptress of men, but she wants out—she wants money, property, and love. Pitting a corrupt building contractor against the new straight-arrow ...
Style: stylized, gloomy, realistic, sexy, tense ...
Plot: femme fatale, corruption, brothel, prostitution, satire, showbiz, couple relations, cabaret, couples, post war, bribery, righting the wronged ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, bavaria, west germany, berlin germany
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Alice in the Cities (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: German journalist Philip Winter has a case of writer’s block when trying to write an article about the United States. He decides to return to Germany, and while trying to book a flight, encounters a German woman and her nine year old daughter ...
Style: road movie, psychological, touching, feel good, realistic ...
Plot: on the road, airport, friendship, polaroid, culture clash, social misfits, partners, adventure, escapades, society, disorder, friends ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: germany, amsterdam, europe, new york, west germany ...
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Hair (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, War
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: "Hair" is a 1979 musical war comedy-drama film adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical "Hair: An American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" about a Vietnam War draftee, Claude, who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on ...
Style: stylized, thought provoking, contemplative, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: hippie, vietnam war, counterculture, nudity (full frontal - brief), friendship, anti war, fall in love, commune, army, skinny dipping, wartime life, social differences ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, oklahoma, manhattan new york city, nevada, manchester ...
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Kings of the Road (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Itinerant projection-equipment repairman Bruno Winter (Rüdiger Vogler) and depressed hitchhiker Robert Lander (Hanns Zischler)--a doctor who has just been through a break-up with his wife and a half-hearted suicide attempt--travel along the Western ...
Style: road movie, realistic, serious, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: on the road, unfulfillment, friendship, dull life, friends, mechanic, hitchhiker, odd couple, partners, buddies, friendship between men, suicide ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, german democratic republic, west germany
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Woyzeck (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Having fathered an illegitimate child with his lover, Marie, feckless soldier Franz Woyzeck takes odd jobs around his small town to provide some extra money for them. One of them is volunteering for experiments conducted by a local doctor, who puts ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, atmospheric, psychological, tense ...
Plot: murder, military, soldier, obsession, deadly, society, unlikely criminals, love affair, military life, infidelity, fighting the system, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: germany
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Fox and His Friends (1975)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: West Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Fox, a former circus performer, wins the lottery of DM 500,000 and can now have the life and things that he has always wanted. While he wants to climb up the social ladder, it isn't without turmoil, and being torn between his old working class ...
Style: serious, realistic, melancholic, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: lottery, friends, betrayal, friendship, infidelity, promiscuity, gays and lesbians, class conflict, gay, working class, rise to the top, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: morocco, munich germany, africa, germany, tokyo ...
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The Nasty Girl (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, War
Country: West Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When a young woman investigates her town's Nazi past, the community turns against her.
Style: realistic, witty, biting, captivating, serious ...
Plot: haunted by the past, archive, holocaust, nudity (full frontal - brief), graphic violence, war crime, hopes, life is a bitch, society, investigation, against humanity, contests and competitions ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, post world war two, 80s
Place: germany, bavaria, europe, paris france, southern germany ...
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Cross of Iron (1977)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 132 min.
Story: It is 1943, and the German army, ravaged and demoralised, are hastily retreating from the Russian front. In the midst of all this madness, conflict brews between the aristocratic yet ultimately pusillanimous Captain Stransky and the courageous ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, soldier, german, anti war, wehrmacht, chaos, battles, military hospital, hate, military, sergeant, lieutenant ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1943
Place: russia, france, siberia, germany, crimea ...
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Marianne & Juliane (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Germany, 1968: The priest's daughters Marianna and Juliane both fight for changes in society, like making abortion legal. However their means are totally different: while Juliane's committed as a reporter, her sister joins a terroristic ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, disturbing, controversial ...
Plot: politics, family relations, terrorism, feminism, years of lead, strip search, radical, atrocity, siblings relations, rebelliousness, chaos and mayhem, rebellion ...
Time: 70s
Place: germany, europe, west germany
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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After a chance encounter with a wanted man, a woman is harassed by the police and press until she takes violent action.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: strip search, journalism, investigation, media, freedom of the press, carnival, terrorist, society, life is a bitch, politics, crimes, legal ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, west germany, israel
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Paris, Texas (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, France, UK, USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A man wanders out of the desert not knowing who he is. His brother finds him, and helps to pull his memory back of the life he led before he walked out on his family and disappeared four years earlier.
Style: touching, surreal, serious, psychological, road movie ...
Plot: on the road, redemption, drifter, desert, reunion, reconciliation, family reunited, parents and children, estrangement, family relations, presumed dead, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, los angeles, usa, california, united states ...
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Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The second film in Terence Davies's autobiographical series (along with "Trilogy" and "The Long Day Closes") is an impressionistic view of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, based on Davies's own ...
Style: gloomy, bleak, serious, realistic, anthology ...
Plot: family relations, life is a bitch, society, hypocrisy, religions or cults, family problems, family life, dysfunctional family, parents and children, working class, world war two, singer ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 1950s, 40s
Place: england, liverpool, europe
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The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Hans is a street fruit peddler and born-loser. His choice of career upsets his bourgeois family, causing him to turn to drinking and violence. After recovering from a debilitating heart attack, his business finally begins to take off. However the ...
Style: psychological, gloomy, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, couples, family relations, obsession, embezzlement, unfulfillment, dishonesty, life is a bitch, couple relations, destructive relationship, forbidden love, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 50s, 1950s
Place: germany, morocco, bavaria, munich germany, paris france
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