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Contemporary German films: Dozens of German films -- including Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated movies -- dating from the 70s to the 21st century, from Fassbinder and Herzog to Fatin Akin and Tom Tykwer. See Index for alphabetical listing or browse pages chronologically from the latest, most current film releases back to 1970: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
New releases: The latest German-language films newly or soon available on DVD or VHS. More...
East German films: A steadily growing collection of available films made in former East Germany. More...
German film classics & collections: From Caligari to Hitler, German silent film classics and the earliest German "talkies" from such directors as Fritz Lang and F.W. Murnau as well as the Nazi-era propaganda films of Leni Riefenstahl. Browse page 1 | 2
German directors & actors: Films and info on German and German-born directors such as Roland Emmerich, Wolfgang Petersen, & Wim Wenders, and actors and actresses of German-speaking origin such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Marlene Dietrich & Franka Potente. More ...
Documentaries: German documentary films on historical, biographical, and geographical topics. More ...
German movie soundtracks: Soundtrack CDs with audio clips from several German films such as The Edukators, Run Lola Run, Das Boot, more ...


German, Austrian, and Swiss-German contributions to the film industry are unknown to many people. For instance, did you know that ...
• MGM, Universal Studios, and Twentieth-Century Fox were founded by German-speaking immigrants?
• prior to World War II, German movie studios provided Hollywood with its strongest competitors?
• directors Wolfgang Petersen and Roland Emmerich got their start making films in Germany?
• German-language films have won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film three times?
• a German composer wrote the music for The Lion King?
The international movie industry would not be the same today without the influence of the great German directors F.W. Murnau, Fritz Lang, Wim Wenders and Rainer Wernder Fassbinder, and Austrian directors Billy Wilder and Otto Preminger. At the same time, German-speaking actors, directors, and composers continue to influence the films we see -- the most obvious being perhaps the Austrian-born actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger. Franke Potente and Diane Kruger are some more recent up-and-coming film stars from Germany.

Of course, German cinema has a rich and interesting history apart from its connection with Hollywood. The German film industry continues to put out a variety of films worth seeing. If you're trying to learn German, German language films are a great way to expose yourself to some native speaker language and practice your listening skills.


German films are listed alphabetically by title. The links will take you to information & movie reviews with info on buying German language movies on DVD & VHS. Bookmark us and come back to check out new releases as they become available!

ENGLISH TITLES (alphabetical)
Advertising Rules (2001) New!
Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972)
Aimee & Jaguar (1999)
Ali - Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
Anatomy (2000)
Animal Love (1995)
The Architects (1990) GDR
Bandits (1997)
Berlin - Symphony of a Great City (1927)
Beyond Silence (1996) Oscar-nominated
Big Girls Don't Cry (2002) New!
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)
The Blue Angel (1930)
Das Boot (1981)
Downfall: Hitler and the Last Days ... (2004) Oscar-nominated
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Coming Out (1989) GDR
The Edukators (2003)
Effi Briest (1974)
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
Enlightenment Guaranteed (2000)
Eolomea (1972) GDR
The Experiment (2001)
Europa Europa (1990)
The Farewell (2000) New!
Faust (1926)
Fear of Fear (1975) New!
Fox and His Friends (1975)
Good-bye Lenin! (2003)
Gun-Shy (2003) New!
The Harmonists (1997) New!
Head On (2004)
Heart of Glass (1976)
Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (1984)
Heimat 2: A Chronicle of a Generation (1992) New!
Jacob the Liar (1975) GDR Oscar-nominated
In a Year With 13 Moons (1978) New!
In the Dust of Stars (1976) GDR
In July (2000)
The Legend of Paul und Paula (1973) GDR
The Legend of Rita (2000)
The Lives of Others (2006) Oscar-nominated
The Lost Honor of Katherina Blum (1979)
Love in Thoughts (2004) New!
M (1931)
Die Marquise von O. (1976)
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
Maybe ... Maybe not (1994)
Men (1985)
Mephisto (1981)
Metropolis (1927)
The Miracle of Bern (2003)
Mostly Martha (2001)
Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven (1975) New!
The Murderers Are Among Us (1936)
The Nasty Girl (1990) Oscar-nominated
Nosferatu (1922)
Nowhere in Africa (2001) Oscar winner
Pandora's Box (1929)
The Princess and the Warrior (2002)
The Promise (1995)
Rosa Luxemburg (1986)
Run Lola Run (1998)
Schultze Gets the Blues (2003)
Silent Star (1960) GDR
Sophie Scholl: The Last Days (2005) New!
Spies (1929) New!
The Stationmaster's Wife (1977) New!
Sun Seekers (1972) GDR
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
The Tin Drum (1979) Oscar winner
Triumph of the Will (1934)
The Tunnel (2003) New!
What To Do In Case of Fire (2001)
Wings of Desire (1987)
Winter Sleepers (1997)
Woman in the Moon (1929) New!
The Women of Rosenstrasse (2003)

GERMAN TITLES (alphabetical)
Abschied, Brechts letzter Sommer (2000) New!
Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (1972)
Aimée & Jaguar (1999)
Anatomie (2000)
Angst essen Seele auf (1974)
Angst vor der Angst (1975) New!
Bandits (1997)
Bella Martha (2001)
Berlin - Sinfonie der Großstadt (1927)
Bolwieser (1977) New!
Der blaue Engel (1930)
Comedian Harmonists (1997) New!
Coming Out (1989) GDR
Das Boot (1981)
Das Experiment (2001)
Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari (1920)
Das Leben der Anderen (2006) Oscar-nominated
Das schreckliche Mädchen (1990) Oscar-nominated
Das Testament der Dr. Mabuse (1933)
Das Versprechen (1995)
Das Wunder von Bern (2003)
Der bewegte Mann (1994)
Der Himmel über Berlin (1987)
Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (2002)
Der schweigende Stern (1960) GDR
Der Tunnel (2003) New!
Der Untergang (2004) Oscar-nominated
Die Architekten (1990) GDR
Die bittren Tränen der Petra von Kant (1972)
Die Blechtrommel (1979) Oscar winner
Die Büchse der Pandora (1929)
Die Ehe der Maria Braun (1979)
Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei (2003)
Die Marquise von O. (1976)
Die Stille nach dem Schuß (2000)
Die verlorene Ehre der Katherina Blum (1979)
Effi Briest (1974)
Eolomea (1972) GDR
Erleuchtung garantiert (2000)
Europa Europa (1990)
Faust (1926)
Faustrecht der Freiheit (1975)
Frau im Mond (1929) New!
Gegen die Wand (2004)
Good-bye Lenin! (2003)
Große Mädchen weinen nicht (2002) New!
Heimat: Eine deutsche Chronik (1984)
Heimat 2: Chronik einer Jugend (1992) New!
Herz aus Glas (1975)
Im Juli (2000)
Im Staub der Sterne (1976) GDR
In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden (1978) New!
Jakob der Lügner (1975) GDR Oscar-nominated
Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle (1974)
Jenseits der Stille (1996) Oscar-nominated
The Legend of Paul und Paula (1973) GDR
Lola rennt (1998)
M (1931)
Männer (1985)
Mephisto (1981)
Metropolis (1927)
Mörder unter uns (1936)
Mutter Küsters Fahrt zum Himmel (1975) New!
Nirgendwo in Afrika (2001) Oscar winner
Nosferatu (1922)
Rosa Luxemburg (1986)
Rosenstraße (2003)
Schultze Gets the Blues (2003)
Schussangst (2003) New!
Sonnensucher (1972) GDR
Sophie Scholl: Die letzten Tage (2005) New!
Spione (1929) New!
Tierische Liebe (1995)
Triumph des Willen (1934)
Viktor Vogel - Commercial Man (2001) New!
Was nützt die Liebe in Gedanken (2004) New!
Was tun, wenn's brennt? (2001)
Winterschläfer (1997)

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German Film Weblinks

German Cinema: An overview from Facts about Germany from the German government. [English or German]
German Cinema: Lots of info about contemporary German film in an international context. [English]
German Film: Introduction and current news and events from the Goethe Institut. [English or German]
 German Films: An archive containing information on scores of German films, their directors, prizes they have won, and more. [English]
German Film: A Brief History: A short overview of periods from the beginnings to New German Cinema. Nice resource if you can stand the pop up ads. [English]
Austrian film: A brief history of Austrian cinema [English]
German-Hollywood Connection: German connections to the American film industry. [English]

Recent German film releases

The Lives of Others / Das Leben der Anderen
Drama (2006)
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Starring: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch
REVIEW: Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this is a first-rate thriller that, like Bertolucci's The Conformist and Coppola's The Conversation, opts for character development over car chases. The place is East Berlin, the year is 1984, and it all begins with a simple surveillance assignment: Capt. Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe in a restrained, yet deeply felt performance), a Stasi officer and a specialist in this kind of thing, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch, Black Book), a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck, Mostly Martha). Though Dreyman is known to associate with the occasional dissident, like blacklisted director Albert Jerska (Volkmar Kleinert), his record is spotless. Everything changes when Wiesler discovers that Minister Hempf (Thomas Thieme) has an ulterior motive in spying on this seemingly upright citizen. In other words, it's personal, and Wiesler's sympathies shift from the government to its people--or at least to this one particular person. That would be risky enough, but then Wiesler uses his privileged position to affect a change in Dreyman's life. The God-like move he makes may be minor and untraceable, but it will have major consequences for all concerned, including Wiesler himself. Writer/director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck starts with a simple premise that becomes more complicated and emotionally involving as his assured debut unfolds. Though three epilogues is, arguably, two too many, The Lives of Others is always elegant, never confusing. It's class with feeling.
Review by Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Sophie Scholl: The Last Days / Sophie Scholl: Die letzten Tage
Drama / War (2005)
Director: Marc Rothemund
Starring: Julia Jentsch, Gerald Alexander Held, Fabian Hinrichs
REVIEW: Through its simplicity and scrupulous attention to historical detail, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days proves to be both thrillingly suspenseful and emotionally devastating. During the peak of the Third Reich, Sophie Scholl (Julia Jentsch, The Edukators), along with her brother Hans and other students in Munich, formed a resistance group called the White Rose and distributed anti-Nazi leaflets. Sophie Scholl begins on a crisp winter day, with Sophie and Hans distributing leaflets around the empty halls of a university before class is let out. The tension only increases as they are arrested, interrogated, and swiftly convicted in a brutal show trial. The heart of the film are the scenes between Sophie and her interrogator, Robert Mohr (Gerald Alexander Held), a loyal Nazi who nonetheless respected and perhaps even admired Sophie. Their arguments, distilled down from hours of historical record, crackle with emotion and resonate throughout history, from Communist totalitarianism to the Bush administration condemning critics of the Iraq war as traitors. Jentsch's restrained performance only grows more and more moving over the movie's course. A deeply engaging and powerful movie.

Review by Bret Fetzer

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Head On / Gegen die Wand

Drama / Romance (2004)
Director: Fatih Akin
Starring: Cahit Tomruk, Sibel Güner

REVIEW: German-born Turkish filmmaker Fatih Akin writes and directs the drama Gegen die Wand (Head-On). Set in a working-class Hamburg neighborhood, the story follows two Turkish immigrants who get together in a marriage of convenience. Cahit Tomruk (Birol Unel) is a heavy drinker and a fighter who crashes his car into a wall. While visiting his psychiatrist, Dr. Schiller (Hermann Lause), he meets fellow patient Sibel Guner (Sibel Kekilli). She's desperate to get away from her restrictive family, so she asks Cahit to marry her. Wanting to change his life anyway, Cahit agrees to the arrangement. After their wedding, Sibel celebrates her freedom by drinking, dancing, and having one-night stands. Meanwhile, Cahit carries on an intimate relationship with hair stylist Maren (Catrin Striebeck). Eventually, Cahit and Sibel learn to care for one another after a climactic trip to Istanbul. Head-On won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004.
Review by Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

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Downfall: Hitler and the Last Days of the Third Reich / Der Untergang

Drama / War (2004)
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring: Bruno Ganz, Alexander Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch
REVIEW: The riveting subject of Downfall is nothing less than the disintegration of Adolph Hitler in mind, body, and soul. A 2005 Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film, this German historical drama stars Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire) as Hitler, whose psychic meltdown is depicted in sobering detail, suggesting a fallen, pathetic dictator on the verge on insanity, resorting to suicide (along with Eva Braun and Joseph and Magda Goebbels) as his Nazi empire burns amidst chaos in mid-1945. While staging most of the film in the claustrophobic bunker where Hitler spent his final days, director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Das Experiment) dares to show the gentler human side of der Fuehrer, as opposed to the pure embodiment of evil so familiar from many other Nazi-era dramas. This balanced portrayal does not inspire sympathy, however: We simply see the complexity of Hitler's character in the greater context of his inevitable downfall, and a more realistic (and therefore more horrifying) biographical portrait of madness on both epic and intimate scales. By ending with a chilling clip from the 2002 documentary Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary, this unforgettable film gains another dimension of sobering authenticity.
Review by Jeff Shannon 

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The Edukators / Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei
Comedy / Crime (2004)
Director: Hans Weingartner
Starring: Daniel Brühl, Julia Jentsch

New US Release
November 2005
SYNOPSIS: Berlin student Jule is hoplessly indebted due to an accident she caused, uninsuredly hitting a rich businessman's limousine. Evicted from her flat she moves in with her boyfrend Peter and soon learns that Peter and his flatmate, Jan, are breaking into luxurious mansions at night. Instead of stealing or vandalizing, though, they carefully and ornately rearrange furniture and valulables and leave obscure messages. Jule convinces Jan, who has a crush on her, to pay a visit to the villa of her creditor.

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Love in Thoughts / Was nützt die Liebe in Gedanken (2004)
Drama / Romance (2004)
Director: Achim von Borries
Starring: Daniel Brühl, August Diehl
SYNOPSIS: Is that really it, the highest point in the life? Günther (August Diehl) and Paul (Daniel Bruehl) are convinced of it: They want to live, in full courses and without compromises - and they require same of the love. They are both a kind of school boys and best friends in 1927 Weimar Germany. Together with Günther's sister Hilde (Anna Maria Muehe) they spend the weekend in a summer house on the country, outside Berlin. Paul is fascinated by the girl and falls in love with her. And first it looks in such a way, that Pauls feelings are finally answered. But Hilde loves another one. Secretly she meets with a young good-looking boy named Hans (Thure Lindhardt) - Günther's former lover. Hans is a boy from a much lower class who works in the kitchen of a restaurant/dance club. In the garden of the house they celebrate a rushing celebration. When Hans pushes surprisingly to them, it sets a roller coaster travel of the feelings into course, which gets very soon out of control.

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Schultze Gets the Blues
Comedy / Drama (2003)
Director: Michael Schorr
Starring: Horst Krause, Harald Warmbrunn
SYNOPSIS: When Schultze and two colleagues are sent into early retirement, schnaps, chess, and fishing can amuse them only for so long. Ready for an adventure, Schultze gets sent by his folk music club to their sister city in Texas to play his accordion at a sausage festival. The unusual journey takes him to the swamps of Louisana. Michael Schorr mixes reality and fiction in this unconventional film about a man who goes away to find himself.

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The Miracle of Bern / Das Wunder von Bern
Comedy / Drama (2003)
Director: Sönke Wortmann
Starring: Matthias Lubanski, Richard Lubanski
SYNOPSIS: It is 1954. After 10 years as a Soviet prisoner of war, Richard Lubanski returns as a broken man to his home in Essen. He discovers that his son Matthias has found a surrogate father in the soccer player Helmut Rahn, for whom the 11-year-old works as a water boy. Rahn calls the boy his good luck charm. When the German team makes it into the finale, Matthias naturally wants to accompany the team to Bern. Lubanski, however, has no sympathy for his son's dreams.

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