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 Film staff selects the top best German movies of 2016 in cinema or on DVD or Netfix. Are Christian Petzold, Oliver Hirschbiegel & Dietrich Brüggemann Germany's biggest directors?

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  1. Kreuzweg (10-07-2015)
  2. What we wrote:
    '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.

    Kreuzweg - a movie 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.

    Release date 10-07-2015
    Rating 82%
    Country France • Germany •
    Keywords extraordinary • first-class •
    Length 110 minutes
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  3. The Strange Little Cat (01-05-2013)
  4. What we wrote:
    '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.

    The Strange Little Cat - a movie 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.

    Release date 01-05-2013
    Rating 80%
    Country Germany •
    Keywords life-like • little •
    Length 72 minutes
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  5. Die Andere Heimat: Chronik einer Sehnsucht (11-09-2015)
  6. What we wrote:
    '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.

    Die Andere Heimat: Chronik einer Sehnsucht - a movie 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.

    Release date 11-09-2015
    Rating 85%
    Country France • Germany •
    Keywords authentic • great •
    Length 231 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. Feuchtgebiete (18-01-2014)
  8. Feuchtgebiete - a movie 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.

    Trailer of Feuchtgebiete on Youtube.

    Release date 18-01-2014
    Rating 75%
    Country Germany •
    Keywords based on a novel • controversial •
    Length 109 minutes
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  9. Oh Boy (13-06-2014)
  10. What we wrote:
    '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.

    Oh Boy - a movie 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.

    Release date 13-06-2014
    Rating 81%
    Country Germany •
    Keywords funny • noteworthy •
    Length 86 minutes
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  11. Zwei Leben (05-06-2013)
  12. What we wrote:
    '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.

    Zwei Leben - a movie 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.

    Release date 05-06-2013
    Rating 72%
    Country Germany • Norway •
    Keywords historical • intriguing •
    Length 97 minutes
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  13. Lore (05-10-2012)
  14. What we wrote:
    '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.

    Lore - a movie 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.

    Release date 05-10-2012
    Rating 83%
    Country Australia • Germany • United Kingdom •
    Keywords heart-wrenching • unique •
    Length 109 minutes
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix


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