Top German Movies


The Top German Movies List is calculated by overall movie ratings and members' "Top German List". Lists are calculated daily.

1. M

Year of Release: 1933
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: German
Genre: Crime/Thriller
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Fritz Lang
Actors: Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke, Theodor Loos, Gustaf Gründgens
Plot: When the police can't solve a mystery, others are brought in to join the search.

2. Lives of Others, The ( Leben der Anderen, Das )

Year of Release: 2006
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: German
Genre: Thriller/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Actors: Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Martina Gedeck
Plot: Focuses on the spying aspect of the former East Germany

3. Metropolis

Year of Release: 1927
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: German
Genre: Sci-Fi/Drama
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Fritz Lang
Actors: Alfred Abel, Gustav Froehlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp
Plot: In the future, where the society is divided into thinkers and workers, one man appears to be more than just a thinker and more than a worker.

4. Downfall ( Untergang, Der )

Year of Release: 2005
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: German
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Actors: Bruno Ganz, Thomas Kretschmann, Alexandra Maria Lara, Juliane Köhler
Plot: The final days of Adolf Hitler are told by his secretary...

5. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Year of Release: 1927
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: German
Genre: Drama/Crime
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: F.W. Murnau
Actors: Janet Gaynor, George O'Brien, J. Farrell McDonald, Margaret Livingston
Plot: A farmer falls in love with a city girl who tries to convince him to murder his wife and make it look like a suicide.

6. Phoenix

Year of Release: 2015
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars
Language: German
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Christian Petzold
Actors: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, Michael Maertens

7. Aguirre, Wrath of God ( Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes )

Year of Release: 1972
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: German
Genre: Adventure/Drama
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Werner Herzog
Actors: Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Cecilia Rivera, Ruy Guerra
Plot: An adventure set in the 1500's, Spanish soldiers begin to loose touch with themselves as greed takes over their search for riches.

8. Das Boot

Year of Release: 1982
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: German
Genre: Thriller/War
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Actors: Jürgen Prochnow, Bernd Tauber, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann
Plot: A crew in a U-Boat during World War II suffers a meltdown.

9. Wings of Desire ( Himmel über Berlin, Der )

Year of Release: 1988
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: German
Genre: Fantasy/Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Wim Wenders
Actors: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois
Plot: A discontented angel wanders around Berlin, listening to people's thoughts, until he falls in love with a circus acrobat and decides to become human so he can be with her. Based on poems by Rainer Maria Rilke.

10. Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The ( Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, Das )

Year of Release: 1920
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: German
Genre: Drama/Horror
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Robert Wiene
Actors: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
Plot: Dr. Caligari and his somnambulist predict deadly things.

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