What are some great German movies?

I am looking for some movies in the German language that i can use to improve my skills. Any suggestions?

March 21, 2013


Das Leben der Anderen, you can read about it here: One of the best movies I've seen!

March 21, 2013
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Das Boot is one of the best war movies ever made, in my opinion. You should look that one up if you haven't seen it.

March 21, 2013

Thanks! Will check it out.

March 21, 2013

I've not seen many German films, but I enjoyed Lola Rennt (Run, Lola, Run).

March 21, 2013

Yes, nice movie. But not so much German in it (It's 'Lola rennt', not 'Lola spricht') ;-)

March 22, 2013

Having some of the dialogue repeated though helps a learner like myself actually "hear" the words the second or third time around after only really reading the subtitles the first time (if you know what I mean...don't want to spoil it for anyone).

March 22, 2013

Check out "soulkitchen" with Moritz Bleibtreu. Some call him the Brad Pitt of German TV.

March 22, 2013

The series Extr@ auf Deutsch is quite good for beginners - just search for Extr@ auf Deutsch on youtube. It is in German and also has German subtitles. It's a light hearted comedy about housemates and it gives a recap at the end of each episode in case you misunderstood anything:

April 1, 2013

I like this question! Check out "Sonnenallee". Great insight into east Berlin in the 70's :)

March 22, 2013

Every week there is a new episode of Tatort available on You can also find lots of other great videos on this website. It's also worthwhile to check out the websites of other German TV stations.

March 23, 2013

Here are 12,254 movies sorted by IMDB ranking:

April 30, 2013

Going to move this to the German discussion, where I think it'll be more appreciated. Love this thread and want to make sure the right people add to it :)

March 21, 2013

No problem. Thanks!

March 22, 2013

"The life of the others". Won Oscar for best foreign movie in 2006. Great movie.

March 22, 2013
  • Der Baader Meinhof Komplex

  • Am Ende kommen Touristen (And Along Come Tourists)

  • Solino

March 22, 2013

-Der Schuh des Manitu - comedy film with sarcastic German stereotypes of the Wild West -A more serious film is Bella Martha, this was later redone in English as Mostly Martha

April 8, 2013 has compiled some lists for learners of German:

March 22, 2013
March 22, 2013

"Das Leben der Anderen," super awesome movie. I enjoyed it.

March 23, 2013

Wow, some of these films are quite heavy stuff. If you would rather like some love films, check out "what a man" with Matthias Schweighöfer or something with Til Schweiger (for example Kokowääh).

March 24, 2013

Are there some lighter films? Most listed are about war or crime; I'd like to watch some comedies

March 25, 2013

All of these are light entertainment as well:
Barfuss (Barefoot) is a (more or less romantic) comedy that I like a lot. You may or may not like Til Schweiger, but Johanna Wokalek is adorable and so is the movie: (trailer)

A kind of classic comedy from the early 90s: Pappa ante portas starring Evelyn Hamann and Loriot. May not meet everyone's kind of humor, but will be such a good laugh if it does. You may also want to look for Loriot's sketches, he was a wonderful comedian. (trailer)

If you are into oldies, you may enjoy films with Heinz Rühmann or films with Heinz Erhardt, for example this comedy in black and white: Drillinge an Bord (full movie sequences)

The next one is a children's movie but enjoyable for adults as well, I'd say (besides, I really like the actor Jürgen Vogel): Emil und die Detektive

Now for those (girls) being into real cheasiness, Sissi starring Romy Schneider as young empress of Austria. (trailer)

And for those who are into dance movies: A German TV series from the late 80s called Anna with Silvia Seidel and Pattrick Bach. (trailer)


March 31, 2013

The movies I listed under "crazy stuff" are all comedies.

March 25, 2013


March 25, 2013

Lola Rennt

April 4, 2013

If you are a girl and into comedy/romance I recommend Til Schweiger movies :)

April 4, 2013

umm, Fassbinder.... To name a few: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Angst essen Seele auf Effi Briest The Marriage of Maria Braun Die Ehe der Maria Braun Berlin Alexanderplatz

oh, and Eric Rohmer's adaptaion of Die Marquise von O

April 6, 2013

If you're into Fassbinder, there's also "Welt am Draht" - a nice precursor to the Matrix movies ;-)

April 6, 2013

If you're into Fassbinder, you might also like Werner Herzog. Both his movies and documentaries are worth seeing.

Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle (The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser)


Encounters at the End of the World

It probably makes more sense to watch his latest documentaries in English, but it might be interesting to hear him narrate in German.

April 6, 2013

Yes I second Werner Herzog. His documentary 'Rad der Zeit' on Tibetan Buddhism is also worth seeing. Also his movies together with Klaus Kinski. (It certainly was not very much fun shooting them, however. Kinski was crazy)

April 6, 2013

Der Untergang is a good one, it's set in Hitler's bunker, you've probably seen clips of it from parodies on YouTube.

Der Letzte Zug is pretty depressing, it's about Jews being transported to Auschwitz, via train, and their horrible conditions.

Sophie Scholl, is a biography sort of thing about the life and death of Sophie Scholl, a girl who tries to oppose the Nazis.

March 21, 2013

Das Boot

Kebab Connection

March 22, 2013

You ought to be able to browse through German channel websites and see some of the episodes (series and the like)

I find that foreign, especially English movies, dubbed are just too difficult. The great thing is that the language is neutral and actually very good, but the speed they have to talk to catch up with English... boy, that's quick!.

Subtitles in German have the problem of being... well, long. So many times they are a skeleton and they fly through the screen. I am watching "murder, she wrote" (Mord ist ihr Hobby) daily because it's somewhat simple and they have German subtitles for it.

I have looked for some bad series (I like series because of the consistency of the language and the slower plot), like Berlin, Berlin. There are tons of realities which I will not comment nor recommend, but sure they fit under "bad".

I quite like "mord mit Aussicht" and I've been looking for "komissar rex" too, although this is Austrian German, but won't hurt.

If you like science you may well have a look to Quarks & Co. I really like it.

Another recent "classic" is Goodbye Lenin

you may have a look here too

March 22, 2013

The four German movies I have seen, in order of preference:

"Die Fälscher" (The Counterfeiters) -
"Das Boot" -
"Lola rennt" (Run Lola Run) -
"Der Krieger und die Kaiserin" (The Princess and the Warrior) -

I recommend Die Fälscher regardless of whether you like German movies or not. It is in my top ten list.

March 22, 2013

"Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo / We children from bahnhof zoo" is about life of drug addicts in Berlin in 80´s, I liked it much

"Die Welle" is about social experiment on german high school which does not end well

hope I helped you :)

March 22, 2013

Some of my favourites:

(There's some violence in the trailers)

Benny's Video (Bennys Video) Trailer:

Funny Games Trailer:

The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) Trailer:

Stalingrad Trailer:

March 25, 2013

I just saw Benny´s Video, and it is awesome, I recommend to everyone.

March 25, 2013

I like "Krabat" if you want something a little less serious.

March 30, 2013

One of my favourites is "Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei" or "The Edukators" in English. Recently I have enjoyed "Wer wenn nicht wir" (If not us, who?) and "Barbara". Then there are the Wim Wenders and Rainer Werner Fassbinder back catalogues to explore. "Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari" is probably not what you are looking for but a great film.

April 9, 2013

This is a great thread, but I wonder, could you also recommend some great German Rock bands? Preferably ones that are on Spotify?

April 10, 2013

You might want to open a separate thread.

April 10, 2013

Rammstein (supposedly "industrial metal") and Wizo (punk). And of course the great Austrian - Falco. ;)

April 10, 2013

2 Klassiker aus dem vorigen Jahrhundert:
"Die Feuerzangenbowle" "Der Hauptmann von Köpenick"

April 29, 2013

amm german. he is can create a movie wait. german not won a oscar or yes ?

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