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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: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405094/ One of the best movies I've seen!

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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.


Thanks! Will check it out.


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


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


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).


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


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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urQYFFMIVJs&list=PL6AB67B348FBE5C2C


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


Every week there is a new episode of Tatort available on www.daserste.de 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.


Here are 12,254 movies sorted by IMDB ranking: http://www.imdb.com/language/de


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 :)


No problem. Thanks!


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


-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


german.about.com has compiled some lists for learners of German: http://german.about.com/library/blfilm_index1.htm http://german.about.com/library/weekly/aa011126b.htm


"Das Leben der Anderen," super awesome movie. I enjoyed it. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405094/


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).


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


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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxumSBpS4yc (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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H1gQ2hp5hE (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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BvP86DHTbclist=PLB6754A69697857C7 (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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOnZOO3pVw4

Now for those (girls) being into real cheasiness, Sissi starring Romy Schneider as young empress of Austria. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPp6ZK7trg8 (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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGt3cgWpi8c (trailer)



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


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


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


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


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.




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)


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.


Das Boot

Kebab Connection


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



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

"Die Fälscher" (The Counterfeiters) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0813547/
"Das Boot" - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082096/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
"Lola rennt" (Run Lola Run) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0130827/?ref_=sr_1
"Der Krieger und die Kaiserin" (The Princess and the Warrior) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203632/

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


"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 :)


Some of my favourites:

(There's some violence in the trailers)

Benny's Video (Bennys Video) Trailer: http://youtu.be/62w0j7-d4ms

Funny Games Trailer: http://youtu.be/tkbG1uSH0to

The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) Trailer: http://youtu.be/_x-dJaSS3Og

Stalingrad Trailer: http://youtu.be/QHoaYW3xeRo


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


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


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.


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


You might want to open a separate thread.


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


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


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

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