Best new German Movies (2017) - Top Netflix & Cinema

From German Expressionism in the 1920’s to New German Cinema in the 1970’s and to great modern filmmakers like Tom Tykwer and Fatih Akin: Germany has an overwhelming amount of great films movies to offer. We picked our recent favorites.
The Vore's Film staff selects the top best German movies of 2017 in cinema or on DVD or Netfix. Are Christian Petzold, Oliver Hirschbiegel & Dietrich Brüggemann Germany's biggest directors?

German movies2017
Popular actorsLaia Costa, Frederick Lau & Franz Rogowski
Trending moviesToni Erdmann, Ein Atem & Elser

2017 anticipated releases to watch

    Der Junge Karl Marx (Thursday March 2, 2017)

    Der Junge Karl Marx film poster Director
    Raoul Peck
    August Diehl
    Stefan Konarske
    Vicky Krieps

    A biographical film about the friendship between young Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, the 'founders' of what came to be known as communism. 'Der Junge Karl Marx' is a well-crafted, yet somewhat predictable period drama about the formative years of two of Europe's most influential thinkers. ... Read more


    Axolotl Overkill (Thursday June 29, 2017)

    Axolotl Overkill film poster Director
    Helene Hegemann
    Jasna Fritzi Bauer
    Arly Jover
    Laura Tonke

    A gripping coming of age film about Mifti, a sixteen year old girl from Berlin struggling with the death of her mother. When she falls for a older woman who happens to be a white-collar criminal, her life is completely turned upside down. ... Read more


Best German movies on Netflix or DVD in 2017

2010's best rated German movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. Toni Erdmann (14-07-2016, 162 minutes)
  2. After the modest success of her low key relationship drama 'Alle Anderen', German director Maren Ade returns with one of the most unusual (and brilliant) films we've seen in the last couple of years. Mixing bizarre comedy with gripping drama, 'Toni Erdmann' tells the story of a rebellious old hippie trying to reconnect with his ambitious daughter. As he unexpectedly shows up during a business trip of hers, a very weird series of events is set into motion.
    StarringPeter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller & Lucy Russell
    DirectorMaren Ade (Alle Anderen)
    Themescareer, parenting, rebellion, women, comedy, drama,
    Keywordsbrilliant, entertaining, hilarious, unpredictable,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  3. 24 Wochen (22-09-2016, 103 minutes)
  4. A powerful and unsentimental German drama about a young, happy couple expecting a child. After a few months of pregnancy, the soon-to-be parents discover that their child will be severely disabled, both mentally and psychically. They are now faced with a horrible dilemma.
    StarringJulia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel & Johanna Gastdorf
    DirectorAnne Zohra Berrached (Zwei Mütter )
    Similar movies4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
    Themesbabies, families, parenting, drama, melodrama,
    Keywordsheartbreaking, tragic,
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  5. Kreuzweg (10-07-2015, 110 minutes)
  6. Stations of the Cross tells the story of the radically devote Catholic fourteen year old girl Maria who wants to become a saint. Through fourteen separate chapters (parallel to the fourteen stations Jesus had to pass on his way to Golgotha),we’re witnessing her journey. In line with the austerity of the plot ( in so far there is one), director Brüggeman shot the entire film with a stationary camera. This doesn’t make Stations of the Cross an easy watch per se, but it encourages the audience to contemplate on the film’s thought evoking theme.
    StarringLucie Aron, Anna Brüggemann & Michael Kamp
    DirectorDietrich Brüggemann (Heil, Run If You Can & Move)
    Themesgrowing up, religion, drama,
    CountryFrance Germany
    Keywordsextraordinary, first-class,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. The Strange Little Cat (01-05-2013, 72 minutes)
  8. The Strange Little Cat is what you call a slow burner. It screened at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2013, but it wasn’t until a couple of months ago before the blogosphere started to pick it up. In this remarkable little gem in the veins of Jacques Tati’s observational humorist films, we follow a middle class German family from dusk till dawn. Nothing much happens and the camera barely leaves the apartment but first time director Zürcher succeeds in showing the mundane in such a way that it becomes absurd.
    Starring Leon Alan Beiersdorf, Matthias Dittmer & Lea Draeger
    DirectorRamon Zürcher (Passanten)
    Themesanimals, families, comedy, drama, family,
    Keywordslife-like, little,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  9. Die Andere Heimat: Chronik einer Sehnsucht (11-09-2015, 231 minutes)
  10. A prequel to Reitz’ much acclaimed and utterly ambitious Heimat trilogy, which covers the lives of a few generations of the Simon family, while showing Germany’s tumultuous modern history along their paths. Chronik einer Sehnsucht takes place in 1842, at a time when a lot of Germans from the rural parts of the country emigrated and tried their luck in the America’s. The film’s main protagonist, Jakob Simon, dreams of leaving too. A beautiful and deeply melancholy film about having dreams and not being able to make those come true as people are often too deeply rooted in what they call their heimat. The film takes its time (nearly four hours) and often challenges the viewer, as it is not without flaws, but is extremely rewarding in the end. A stunning and highly authentic look into the lives of nineteenth-century common German villagers.
    StarringJan Dieter Schneider, Antonia Bill & Maximilian Scheidt
    DirectorEdgar Reitz (Germany in Autumn, In Danger and Dire Distress the Middle of the Road Leads to Death & Die Reise nach Wien)
    Themesambitions, village, drama, historical,
    CountryFrance Germany
    Keywordsauthentic, great,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  11. Feuchtgebiete (18-01-2014, 109 minutes)
    StarringCarla Juri, Christoph Letkowski & Marlen Kruse
    DirectorDavid Wnendt (Combat Girls, Look Who's Back & Kleine Lichter)
    Themesgrowing up, love, sex, comedy, drama,
    Keywordsbased on a novel, controversial,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  13. Oh Boy (13-06-2014, 86 minutes)
  14. Jan Ole Gerster’s debut feature film won about every award there is to win in Germany last year. Whether it received a little bit too much praise or not is debatable, but yet it’s hard to deny that Oh Boy is refreshing debut. In my local cinema it was released in the same week as Noah Baumbach’s excellent Frances Ha. And indeed these two films would make a nice double bill. Both films, shot in black and white and clearly paying homage to Woody Allen’s Manhattan, deal with restless, self-centered twentysomethings who seem to drown in modern day’s first world problems.
    StarringTom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler & Justus von Dohnányi
    DirectorJan Ole Gerster (Germany 09: 13 Short Films About the State of the Nation, Der Schmerz geht, der Film bleibt & Good Bye Lenin!)
    Themescity, jobs, drama,
    Keywordsfunny, noteworthy,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  15. Zwei Leben (05-06-2013, 97 minutes)
  16. Katrine, in her fifties and happily married, lives in Norway after she managed to escape the GDR’s iron grip in the late sixties. When the Berlin Wall falls in ’89 however, information about her past is about to be released and it becomes clear some things are not quite what they seem. Films like these can be pretty hard to judge on its actual cinematic qualities, since the actual historical happenings are so interesting the film will grasp you attention anyway. Let’s put it this way: the choice to select this film as the German entry for the Best Foreign Film at the Oscars last February was a pretty safe one.
    StarringJuliane Köhler, Liv Ullmann & Sven Nordin
    DirectorGeorg Maas & Judith Kaufmann (4 Minutes, When We Leave & If Not Us, Who?)
    Themesconspiracy, second world war, drama, thriller,
    CountryGermany Norway
    Keywordshistorical, intriguing,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  17. Lore (05-10-2012, 109 minutes)
  18. You don’t see that many World War two films from a German’s point of few, which makes this German youth film all the more interesting. The story takes off when the war is over. Lore, fourteen year old, is the daughter of an established Nazi officer who sees herself and her infant siblings forced to flee as her parents become outlaws all of a sudden. As she travels the country by foot, she finds out what exactly was going on the last five years, which makes her question her firm beliefs in the Nazi ideology. An honest and nuanced film with some stunning photography as well.
    StarringSaskia Rosendahl, Kai-Peter Malina & Nele Trebs
    DirectorCate Shortland (Joy, Flower Girl & Somersault)
    Themesgrowing up, second world war, drama, romance, thriller,
    CountryAustralia Germany United Kingdom
    Keywordsheart-wrenching, unique,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

New German movies out now

Best recent & upcoming German movies with release dates.

Wild by Nicolette Krebitz

Release date14-04-2016
StarringLilith Stangenberg, Georg Friedrich & Silke Bodenbender
Previous releasesDas Herz ist ein dunkler Wald
Associated with drama,

Der Wind der Ferne by Thomas Goersch

Release date2016
StarringThomas Goersch, Najely Chumana & Pia Elisabeth Weber
Associated with drama,

Victoria (09-10-2015, 138 minutes))
DirectorSebastian Schipper (Mitte Ende August & Ein Freund von mir )
Starring Laia Costa, Frederick Lau & Franz Rogowski
Similar moviesLola Rennt & Birdman
Themescity, realism, crime, drama, thriller,
Keywordsriveting, spectacular,
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Phoenix (24-07-2015, 98 minutes))
DirectorChristian Petzold (Barbara, Yella & The State I Am In)
StarringNina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld & Nina Kunzendorf
Similar moviesIm Labyrinth des Schweigens & Lore
Themesmemories, second world war, drama,
CountryGermany Poland
Keywordshistorical, mysterious,
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Ein Atem (28-01-2016, 110 minutes))

DirectorChristian Zübert (Tour De Force, Three Quarter Mom & Lammbock)
Starring Jördis Triebel, Chara Mata Giannatou & Benjamin Sadler
Similar moviesHin und weg & Dreiviertelmond
Themesbabies, parenting, drama,
Keywordsdramatic, heartfelt,
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Elser (09-04-2015, 114 minutes))
DirectorOliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, Five Minutes of Heaven & The Invasion )
StarringChristian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler & Burghart Klaußner
Similar moviesEr ist Weider Da & Ein ganz gewöhnlicher Jude
Themesconspiracy, rebellion, biographical, drama, historical,
Keywordshistorical, intriguing,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix
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