Best German Movies of the last decades

The best German movies of all time top 10 list is based on our own views and on the IMDB Rating.

Best German movies top 10

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1. Das Leben der Anderen – The life of Others (2006)

  • Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
  • Cast: Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch and Martina Gedeck
  • IMDb Rating: 8.6.
  • Drama / Thriller.

The Lives of Others - Best German Movies top 10

This great German movie takes us back to East-Germany at the time of communism. An agent of the secret police has to observe a German writer.

2. Der Untergang (2004)

  • Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel
  • Cast: Bruno Ganz, Ulrich Matthes and Alexandra Maria Lara
  • IMDb Rating: 8.4
  • Drama / War.

Downfall - a great German movie about the fall of Hitler

The sercetary of Adolf Hitler describes the last days of the German army command in a bunker in Berlin. The downfall of the meant to be thousand year reich.

3. Das Boot (1981)

  • Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
  • Cast: Jürgen Prochnow, Klaus Wennemann and Herbert Grönemeyer
  • IMDb Rating 8.5.
  • War.

War film from the 1980's. Absolute classic

One of the older movies on our best German movies list. It tells about the story of the crew on a German Submarine in 1942 when the germans were fighting the English navy on the water.

4. Fitzcarraldo (1982)

  • Director: Werner Herzog
  • Cast: Klaus Kinski, José Lewgoy and Claudia Cardinale,
  • IMDb Rating: 8.0
  • Comedy / Drama / Fantasy

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The stubborn German man, Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, who wanted  to start an opera house in the jungle.

5. Der Himmel über Berlin (1987)

  • Directed by Wim Wenders
  • Cast: Bruno Ganz, Otto Sander, Solveig Dommartin,
  • IMDb rating: 8.0
  • Drama / Comedy / Romance.

Wings of Desire

When an angel falls in love with a woman he wants to become a mortal as well. An excellent German classic.


6. Das weiße Band – The White Ribbon (2009)

  • Directed by Michael Haneke
  • Cast: Christian Friedel, Leonie Benesch and Ernst Jacobi
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8.
  • Genre: Drama / Mystery

White Ribbon - a great german movie from even before the first world war

Some time before the First World War there are some strange and awful incidents occurring in a little village in Germany. It was nominated for an Oscar, and is considered to be one of the best German movies of the last few years.

7. Lola rennt – Run Lola Run (1998)

  • Directed by Tom Tykwer
  • Cast: Franka Potente, Herbert Knaup and Moritz Bleibtreu,
  • IMDb Rating: 7.9
  • Thriller / Crime.

Lola Rennt

Lola has twenty minutes to gather money her boyfriend owes a dangerous man, and give it to him behore he robs a bank.

8. Auf der anderen Seite – The Edge of Heaven (2007)

  • Directed by Fatih Akin
  • Cast: Nurgül Yesilçay, Tuncel Kurtiz and Baki Davrak,
  • IMDb Rating: 7.9
  • Drama.

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A Turkish man goes to Istanbul where he hopes to find former girlfriend of his father. A great film by the German-Turkish director.

 9. Das Experiment (2001)

  • Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel.
  • Cast: Moritz Bleibtreu, Oliver Stokowski and Christian Berkel.
  • IMDb Rating: 7.9
  • Thriller / Drama

The Experiment

This great German movie by Oliver Hirschbiegel is based on the Stanford Prison Experiment in 1974.

10. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Movie (1997)

  • Directed by Thomas Jahn.
  • Cast: Til Schweiger, Thierry van Werveke and Jan Josef Liefers,
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8
  • Comedy / Crime / Drama.

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This German movie is about two terminally ill men who meet eachother in the hospital. They decide to go on a wild adventure and see the sea one more time.

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