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: weird, realistic, stylized, harsh, talky and visually appealing. Plot: runaway, storytelling, dialogue, suprisingly clever, mentor, catastrophe, culture clash, loneliness, nudity (full frontal - brief) and death. Genre: Drama, Comedy and Romance. Country: West Germany, USA and UK.
Best West Germany Movies
Best West Germany Movies
TOP Movies: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Being There (1979), Star 80 (1983), The NeverEnding Story (1984), Fedora (1978), Down by Law (1986), Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Paris, Texas (1984), Hair (1979), Bagdad Cafe (1987), Cross of Iron (1977), The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979), Never Say Never Again (1983), Christiane F. (1981), Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974), Autumn Sonata (1978), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974), The Name of the Rose (1986).

List of Best Movies

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 'Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime ...
Style: surreal, sexy, neo noir, feel good, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, teens, date night ...
Plot: private detective, rabbit, disney, falsely accused, femme fatale, sexy woman, cartoon rabbit, investigation, frame up, parallel world, false accusation, murder ...
Time: 1940s, year 1947, 80s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: los angeles, usa, california, america
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Being There (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: 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: thought provoking, political, witty, philosophical, surreal ...
Plot: politics, comedy of errors, satire, lawyer, impotence, president, gardener, innocence, secret service, terminal illness, television, eviction ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., north carolina, usa
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Star 80 (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Paul Snider is a narcissistic, small time hustler who fancies himself a ladies man. His life changes when he meets Dorothy Stratten working behind the counter of a Dairy Queen.
Style: disturbing, stylized, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: playboy, murder, obsession, crimes of passion, jealous husband, fame, rise and fall, movie business, nudity (full frontal - brief), couple relations, female nudity, nude model ...
Time: 80s, 70s, year 1978
Place: california, vancouver, los angeles
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The NeverEnding Story (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: West Germany, USA
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, surreal, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick, teens
Plot: adventure, dragon, imaginary kingdom, good versus evil, magic, mythology, child protagonist, imagination, fantasy world, oracle, heroic mission, giant ...
Time: 80s, year 1984
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Fedora (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: An ambitious Hollywood hustler becomes involved with a reclusive female star whom he tries to lure out of retirement.
Style: twists and turns, tense, cynical, serious, realistic ...
Plot: mother daughter estrangement, filmmaking, hollywood, gay slur, mother daughter conflict, actor, girl, lifestyle, aging, love and romance, dishonesty, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, paris france
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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, fairy tale, dark, epic, humorous ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: surrealism, legends and myths, steampunk, moon, dragon, siege, satire, adventure, trippy, female nudity, death, sword and sorcery ...
Time: 18th century
Place: europe, ancient greece, constantinople, vienna, istanbul turkey ...
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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, road movie, meditative, harsh ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, friendship, swamp, pimp, fight, crimes, escape, gangsters, character study, crime gone awry, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, 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, art house, thought provoking, bleak, melancholic ...
Plot: immigrants, road trip, culture clash, friendship, self discovery, partners, coming of age, immigration, loneliness, snow, small town, unlikely friendships ...
Time: year 1984, 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, new jersey, tokyo, new york, hungary ...
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Paris, Texas (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, France, UK
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: road movie, surreal, touching, emotional, philosophical ...
Plot: desert, father son relationship, on the road, amnesia, road trip, redemption, parenthood, drifter, relationships, reconciliation, family reunited, estrangement ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, 20th century
Place: texas, los angeles, mojave desert, paris france, austin texas ...
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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: thought provoking, stylized, harsh, enigmatic, colourful ...
Plot: hippie, vietnam war, counterculture, anti war, music, rock and roll, female nudity, commune, drugs, male nudity, dancing, lsd ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: oklahoma, new york, manchester, nevada, manhattan new york city ...
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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, meditative, emotional, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: desert, motel, friendship, character study, transformation, german, life philosophy, starting over, wilderness, gas station, tourist, social relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: utah, germany, las vegas, california, nevada
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Cross of Iron (1977)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 119 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: brutal, tense, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, soldier, war, eastern front, nazi, homosexual, wehrmacht, anti war, survival, tank, russian, german ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia, germany, siberia, france, berlin germany ...
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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, thought provoking, touching, serious ...
Plot: world war two, infidelity, marriage, wartime life, love triangle, romance, rise to the top, couples, lovers reunited, german woman, battle of the sexes, love and romance ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1943, 50s ...
Place: germany, berlin germany, canada, europe, west germany
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Never Say Never Again (1983)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: James Bond returns as the secret agent 007 one more time to battle the evil organization SPECTRE. Bond must defeat Largo, who has stolen two atomic warheads for nuclear blackmail. But Bond has an ally in Largo's girlfriend, the willowy Domino, ...
Style: sexy, exciting, slasher, saga, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: james bond, espionage, spy, terrorism, adventure, car chase, submarine, island, video game, motorcycle, betrayal, assassin ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: bahamas, french riviera, europe, france, england ...
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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, bleak, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: addiction, drug addiction, heroin, downfall, drug abuse, friendship, drug addict, life is a bitch, teenage life, youth, drug overdose, teenage prostitution ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: west berlin west germany, berlin germany, poland, europe, west germany ...
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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, realistic, serious, anthology ...
Plot: family relations, wife abuse, abusive father, wedding, abusive husband, singer, world war two, society, life is a bitch, religions or cults, family problems, hypocrisy ...
Time: 1940s, 50s
Place: liverpool, england, europe
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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: art house, atmospheric, stylized, emotional, serious ...
Plot: racism, older woman younger man relationship, loneliness, foreigner, female nudity, culture clash, romance, immigrants, working class, misfit, friendship, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: germany, morocco, west germany, munich germany, europe ...
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Autumn Sonata (1978)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: West Germany, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After a seven-year absence, Charlotte Andergast travels to Sweden to reunite with her daughter Eva. The pair have a troubled relationship: Charlotte sacrificed the responsibilities of motherhood for a career as a classical pianist. Over an emotional ...
Style: reflective, emotional, art house, sexy, touching ...
Plot: marriage, autumn, dysfunctional family, mother daughter relationship, pianist, mother daughter estrangement, child neglect, reconciliation, family relations, existentialism, mother daughter reunion, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, eastern europe
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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: This remake of the 1946 movie of the same name accounts an affair between a seedy drifter and a seductive wife of a roadside cafe owner. This begins a chain of events that culminates in murder. Based on a novel by James M. Cain.
Style: neo noir, sexy, erotic, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: adultery, betrayal, crimes, romance, infidelity, sex, obsession, murder, femme fatale, love affair, sexual content, female orgasm ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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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, harsh, talky, melancholic ...
Plot: german, tragedy, crime gone awry, mentor, human nature, youth, misfit, dungeon, education, existentialism, art, isolation ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s, 1830s
Place: germany, europe, bavaria, berlin germany
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The Name of the Rose (1986)
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, Italy, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: 14th-century Franciscan monk William of Baskerville and his young novice arrive at a conference to find that several monks have been murdered under mysterious circumstances. To solve the crimes, William must rise up against the Church's ...
Style: intellectual, psychological, gloomy, suspenseful, clever ...
Plot: investigation, monastery, clergy, medieval, monk, uncover truth, riddles and clues, murder, abbey, inquisition, god or devil, crimes ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: europe, south of france, france, italy
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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, road movie, sexy, cerebral, thought provoking ...
Plot: surrealism, immigrants, german, on the road, pimp, bittersweet, american dream, self discovery, culture clash, art, simple man, chicken ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: wisconsin, canada, berlin germany, germany, usa ...
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The Beastmaster (1982)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Dar, is the son of a king, who is hunted by a priest after his birth and grows up in another family. When he becomes a grown man his new father is murdered by savages and he discovers that he has the ability to communicate with the animals, which ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, stylized, suspenseful, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sword and sorcery, murder, sword fight, magic, beast, good versus evil, adventure, vengeance, animal human communication, sword, battles, village ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: new jersey
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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: sexy, art house, gloomy, stylized, ironic ...
Plot: drug addiction, existentialism, german, addiction, reporter, apocalypse, dreams, death, greed, childhood, crime gone awry, culture clash ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 80s, 1920s, 70s
Place: germany, berlin germany, munich 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: philosophical, disturbing, art house, thought provoking, surreal ...
Plot: christmas, brother sister relationship, abusive stepfather, ghost, childhood, emotional abuse, child abuse, grief, bishop, domestic violence, coming of age, children ...
Time: turn of the century, victorian era, 20th century, 90s, 1910s
Place: sweden, tokyo, eastern europe, scandinavia
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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, cerebral, surreal, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: angel, immortality, love, afterlife, mortality, dream, philosophy, german, library, visceral, world war two, humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, west 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, art house, surreal, sexy, psychological ...
Plot: airport, stranger, single mother, journalist, on the road, little girl, road trip, child abandonment, travel, swimming, strong female character, children ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: germany, amsterdam, west germany, tokyo, japan ...
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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: art house, tense, stylized, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: prostitution, brothel, small town, nymph, seductive, culture clash, marriage, memory, character study, relationships, obsession, wartime ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 50s, 20th century
Place: germany, berlin germany, bavaria, europe, west germany
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Cruising (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A serial killer brutally slays and dismembers several gay men in New York's S/M and leather districts. The young police officer Steve Burns is sent undercover onto the streets as decoy for the murderer. Working almost completely isolated from ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, sexy, psychological, intense ...
Plot: serial killer, gay, police investigation, murder, crimes, undercover cop, lgbt, sex, gays and lesbians, brutality, violence, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: new york, san francisco, usa
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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: art house, sexy, sexual, feminist film, erotic ...
Plot: lgbt, lesbian, lesbian relationship, lesbian love, lesbian interest, s&m, all female cast, gays and lesbians, lgbtq, fashion designer, secretary, love triangle ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: west germany, germany, australia, zurich switzerland, sydney australia ...
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