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Best new German Movies (2016) - 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 TV staff selects the top best German movies of 2016 in cinema or our out on DVD or Netfix. Are Christian Petzold, Oliver Hirschbiegel & Dietrich Brüggemann Germany's biggest directors?

German movies in 2016
Popular actors: Laia Costa, Frederick Lau & Franz Rogowski
Trending movies: Victoria, Ein Atem & Elser

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Upcoming new German movies

Best upcoming German movies with release dates.

    Toni Erdmann • by Maren Ade

    No trailer released yet

    Maren Ade, who directed the underrated Alle Anderen (2009) will be back in 2015 with her next film, which seems to be a big budget project with a large international cast. Reportedly, the film is about a father trying to connect with his adult son. This ain’t much to grasp on, but given Ade’s shown potential in her previous efforts, we’re very much looking forward to this.

    Release Date: N/A< // Country: Austria Germany Romania
    Starring: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller & Lucy Russell
    Previous releases by director: Everyone Else, Tabu & The Forest for the Trees
    Associated with: drama •
    On IMDb

    Der Wind der Ferne • by Thomas Goersch

    No trailer released yet
    Release Date: 2016 // Country: Germany
    Starring: Thomas Goersch, Najely Chumana & Pia Elisabeth Weber
    Associated with: drama •
    On IMDb


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Top new German movies out now in 2016

Recent German movies with reviews, trailers, similar movies & release dates.

    Victoria (09-10-2015)

    The Vore Review: 90%
    Length: 138 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : riveting • spectacular •
    Country: Germany •
    Victoria - a movie released on 09-10-2015 starring Laia Costa, Frederick Lau & Franz Rogowski . It is directed by Sebastian Schipper, who also directed Mitte Ende August & Ein Freund von mir . Movie fans who enjoyed Lola Rennt & Birdman should surely watch Victoria- Victoria deals with themes like city, realism, and incorporates crime, drama, thriller, and more elements.

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    Phoenix (24-07-2015)

    The Vore Review: 75%
    Length: 98 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : historical • mysterious •
    Country: Germany • Poland •
    Phoenix - a movie released on 24-07-2015 starring Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld & Nina Kunzendorf. It is directed by Christian Petzold, who also directed Barbara, Yella & The State I Am In. Movie fans who enjoyed Im Labyrinth des Schweigens & Lore should surely watch Phoenix- Phoenix deals with themes like memories, second world war, and incorporates drama, and more elements.

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    Ein Atem (28-01-2016)

    The Vore Review: 67%
    Length: 110 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : dramatic • heartfelt •
    Country: Germany •
    Ein Atem - a movie released on 28-01-2016 starring Jördis Triebel, Chara Mata Giannatou & Benjamin Sadler . It is directed by Christian Zübert, who also directed Tour De Force, Three Quarter Mom & Lammbock. Movie fans who enjoyed Hin und weg & Dreiviertelmond should surely watch Ein Atem - Ein Atem deals with themes like babies, parenting, and incorporates drama, and more elements.

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    Elser (09-04-2015)

    The Vore Review: 77%
    Length: 114 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : historical • intriguing •
    Country: Germany •
    Elser - a movie released on 09-04-2015 starring Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler & Burghart Klaußner . It is directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, who also directed Downfall, Five Minutes of Heaven & The Invasion . Movie fans who enjoyed Er ist Weider Da & Ein ganz gewöhnlicher Jude should surely watch Elser- Elser deals with themes like conspiracy, rebellion, and incorporates biographical, drama, historical, and more elements.

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Best German movies on Netflix or DVD in 2016

Best German movies out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

    Kreuzweg (10-07-2015)

    The Vore Review: 82%
    Length: 110 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : extraordinary • first-class •
    Country: France • Germany •
    Kreuzweg - a movie released on 10-07-2015 starring Lucie Aron, Anna Brüggemann & Michael Kamp. It is directed by Dietrich Brüggemann, who also directed Heil, Run If You Can & Move. Kreuzweg deals with themes like growing up, religion, and incorporates drama, and more elements.

    Trailer of Kreuzweg on Youtube.

    Our thoughts:
    '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.

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    The Strange Little Cat (01-05-2013)

    The Vore Review: 80%
    Length: 72 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : life-like • little •
    Country: Germany •
    The Strange Little Cat - a movie released on 01-05-2013 starring Leon Alan Beiersdorf, Matthias Dittmer & Lea Draeger. It is directed by Ramon Zürcher, who also directed Passanten. The Strange Little Cat deals with themes like animals, families, and incorporates comedy, drama, family, and more elements.

    Trailer of The Strange Little Cat on Youtube.

    Our thoughts:
    '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.

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    Die Andere Heimat: Chronik einer Sehnsucht (11-09-2015)

    The Vore Review: 85%
    Length: 231 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : authentic • great •
    Country: France • Germany •
    Die Andere Heimat: Chronik einer Sehnsucht - a movie released on 11-09-2015 starring Jan Dieter Schneider, Antonia Bill & Maximilian Scheidt . It is directed by Edgar Reitz, who also directed Germany in Autumn, In Danger and Dire Distress the Middle of the Road Leads to Death & Die Reise nach Wien. Die Andere Heimat: Chronik einer Sehnsucht deals with themes like ambitions, village, and incorporates drama, historical, and more elements.

    Trailer of Die Andere Heimat: Chronik einer Sehnsucht on Youtube.

    Our thoughts:
    '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.



    Feuchtgebiete (18-01-2014)

    The Vore Review: 75%
    Length: 109 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : based on a novel • controversial •
    Country: Germany •
    Feuchtgebiete - a movie released on 18-01-2014 starring Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski & Marlen Kruse. It is directed by David Wnendt, who also directed Combat Girls, Look Who's Back & Kleine Lichter. Feuchtgebiete deals with themes like growing up, love, sex, and incorporates comedy, drama, and more elements.

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    Oh Boy (13-06-2014)

    The Vore Review: 81%
    Length: 86 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : funny • noteworthy •
    Country: Germany •
    Oh Boy - a movie released on 13-06-2014 starring Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler & Justus von Dohnányi. It is directed by Jan Ole Gerster, who also directed Germany 09: 13 Short Films About the State of the Nation, Der Schmerz geht, der Film bleibt & Good Bye Lenin!. Oh Boy deals with themes like city, jobs, and incorporates drama, and more elements.

    Trailer of Oh Boy on Youtube.

    Our thoughts:
    '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.

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    Zwei Leben (05-06-2013)

    The Vore Review: 72%
    Length: 97 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : historical • intriguing •
    Country: Germany • Norway •
    Zwei Leben - a movie released on 05-06-2013 starring Juliane Köhler, Liv Ullmann & Sven Nordin. It is directed by Georg Maas & Judith Kaufmann, who also directed 4 Minutes, When We Leave & If Not Us, Who?. Zwei Leben deals with themes like conspiracy, second world war, and incorporates drama, thriller, and more elements.

    Trailer of Zwei Leben on Youtube.

    Our thoughts:
    '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.

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    Lore (05-10-2012)

    The Vore Review: 83%
    Length: 109 // On IMDb:
    Keywords : heart-wrenching • unique •
    Country: Australia • Germany • United Kingdom •
    Lore - a movie released on 05-10-2012 starring Saskia Rosendahl, Kai-Peter Malina & Nele Trebs. It is directed by Cate Shortland, who also directed Joy, Flower Girl & Somersault. Lore deals with themes like growing up, second world war, and incorporates drama, romance, thriller, and more elements.

    Trailer of Lore on Youtube.

    Our thoughts:
    '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.

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