Best new German Movies in 2021 & 2020 (Netflix, Prime, Hulu & Cinema List)


List of the latest German movies in 2021 and the best German movies of 2020 & the 2010's. Top German movies to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+ & other Streaming services, out on DVD/Blu-ray or in cinema's right now.

New German movies in 2021 in Cinema & on VOD

Top movies up for release in 2021 in cinema and on VOD
  • I’m Your Man

    DIRECTOR: Maria Schrader
    CAST: Maren Eggert, Dan Stevens & Sandra Hüller
    A Berlin scientist seeks funds for his projects and finds the only way to attain such funds is through a three-week study. The experiment he participates in requires her to live with a humanoid robot for three robots. The robot has been designed to make her happy by providing for her the perfect life. Or is there more to this study than she first thought? Directed and co-written by Maria Schrader (Unorthodox), this Academy Award nominated sci-fi romance stars Maren Eggert, Dan Stevens, Sandra Hüller, Hans Löw, Wolfgang Hübsch, Annika Meier, Falilou Seck, Jürgen Tarrach, Henriette Richter-Röhl, and Monika Oschek. Read more

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  • Human Factors

    DIRECTOR: Ronny Trocker
    CAST: Sabine Timoteo, Mark Waschke & Julie Hermann
    Written and directed by Ronny Trocker (The Eremites), this intriguing drama takes aim at the nature of class divide. The inciting incident involves a home invasion of a cosmopolitan middle-class family. This event triggers a slew of heated conversations and hidden secrets as the family soon realizes they’re more fragile than they thought when it comes to understanding the world around them. This drama loaded with societal commentary stars the likes of Mark Waschke, Hassan Akkouch, and Spencer Bogaert. Read more

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  • Undine

    DIRECTOR: Christian Petzold
    CAST: Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski & Jacob Matschenz
    Undine Wibeau (Paula Beer) is a historian who finds herself lecturing on the urban development in Berlin. But her life is turned upside down when she discovers that the man she has always loved will be leaving her forever. This troubling development finds a myth of her past coming to life as she is now caught up in a deadly situation. She is then presented with a grim reality of choice: either kill the man she loved or return to the sea from where she once came. Read more

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Best German movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ or DVD in 2021

2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and the 2010's best rated German movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ & More).
  • System Crasher

    DIRECTOR: Nora Fingscheidt
    CAST: Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch & Gabriela Maria Schmeide
    The nine-year-old girl Benni (Helena Zengel) who is exceptionally wild and violent. A mere touch of her face will send her into a frenzy as a result of a childhood trauma. Because of her outbursts, she is thought of to be a system crasher, someone who is destined to fall through the cracks of a society that will fail them. But she may just find a means of coping with the help of the unlikely friendship in the trainer Michael Heller (Albrecht Schuch). This bittersweet and sincere German drama comes from writer/director Nora Fingscheidt. Read more

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  • The Most Beautiful Couple

    DIRECTOR: Sven Taddicken
    CAST: Maximilian Brückner, Luise Heyer & Florian Bartholomäi
    Liv and Malte are a German couple spending their holidays in Spain. One night, Liv gets assaulted. Afterwards, the couple seem to deal with the trauma surprisingly well, but this changes when Malte runs into one of the perpetrators again. A dark, psychological drama that will stay with you for a couple of days after watching it. – Read more

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  • Lara

    DIRECTOR: Jan-Ole Gerster
    CAST: Corinna Harfouch, Tom Schilling & Volkmar Kleinert
    On the day of Lara's sixtieth birthday, her son will be playing his debut piano concert. Lara has always supported her son's musical career, but somehow, she doesn't seem to be welcome at the event. Maybe she has pushed her son a little to hard over the years? Read more

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  • Never Look Away

    DIRECTOR: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
    CAST: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl
    Eight years after the disappointing 'The Tourist', German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ('The Lives of Others') returns with another historical German epic. 'Never Look Away' tells the tale of a talented yet traumatised painter from the DDR and his tyrannical father-in-law with a dubious Nazi past. 'Never Look Away' is three-hour movie, spanning over 30 years. Despite its melodramatic tendencies, it sure makes for some great old-fashioned cinema kicks. Read more

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  • The Golden Glove

    DIRECTOR: Fatih Akin
    CAST: Marc Hosemann, Jonas Dassler, Adam Bousdoukos, Margarete Tiesel
    Based on a true story, 'The Golden Glove' evolves around Fritz Honka, a notorious German serial killer from Hamburg. Read more

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  • Western

    DIRECTOR: Valeska Grisebach
    CAST: Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov, Veneta Fragnova
    A tense German Drama set in Europe's neighboring countries, mainly in Bulgaria, about a construction site where to communities come to stand at odds with one another. Read more

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  • Caravan

    DIRECTOR: Sebastian Schipper
    CAST: Fionn Whitehead Moritz Bleibtreu Claudia Trujillo
    After the absolute stunner 'Victoria' (2015), German director Sebastian Schipper is back in 2018 with 'Caravan'. The movie deals with the contemporary European immigrant crisis in a playful way. The story evolves around a British lad who, after being bored for a long time, flees his parents Moroccan resorts and teams up with a Congolese refugee who's looking for a better life in Europe. Together they travel the continent. Read more

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    RATING: 90/100

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  • Aus dem Nichts

    DIRECTOR: Fatih Akin
    CAST: Diane Kruger Denis Moschitto Numan Acar
    Turkish-German director Fatih Akin ('Auf der Anderen Seite', 'Gegen die Wand') returns with a heartbreaking film about a young German mother who loses both her (Muslim) husband and son after a terrorist attack. When it seems like the terrorists are getting away with it, she decides to take matters in her own hands. Read more

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    RATING: 79/100

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  • Toni Erdmann

    DIRECTOR: Maren Ade
    CAST: Sandra Hüller Peter Simonischek Michael Wittenborn
    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. Read more

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    RATING: 77/100

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  • 24 Wochen

    DIRECTOR: Anne Zohra Berrached
    CAST: Julia Jentsch Bjarne Mädel Johanna Gastdorf
    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. Read more

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    RATING: 75/100

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  • Kreuzweg

    DIRECTOR: Dietrich Brüggemann
    CAST: Lea van Acken Franziska Weisz Florian Stetter
    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. Read more

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    RATING: 75/100

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  • Feuchtgebiete

    DIRECTOR: David Wnendt
    CAST: Carla Juri Christoph Letkowski Marlen Kruse
    The story highlights the adventures of a young daughter of a divorced couple, who has a very eccentric view of sexuality and an unusual attitude towards hygiene. Read more

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    RATING: 58/100

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  • Oh Boy

    DIRECTOR: Jan Ole Gerster
    CAST: Tom Schilling Katharina Schüttler Justus von Dohnányi
    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. Read more

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    RATING: 74/100

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  • Zwei Leben

    DIRECTOR: Georg Maas, Judith Kaufmann
    CAST: Juliane Köhler Liv Ullmann Sven Nordin
    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. Read more

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    RATING: 71/100

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  • Lore

    DIRECTOR: Cate Shortland
    CAST: Saskia Rosendahl Kai-Peter Malina Nele Trebs
    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. Read more

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    RATING: 71/100

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  • Die Andere Heimat: Chronik einer Sehnsucht

    DIRECTOR: Edgar Reitz
    CAST: Jan Dieter Schneider Antonia Bill Maximilian Scheidt
    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. Read more

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    RATING: 80/100

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  • The Strange Little Cat

    DIRECTOR: Ramon Zürcher
    CAST: Leon Alan Beiersdorf Matthias Dittmer Lea Draeger
    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. Read more

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    RATING: 67/100

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  • Der Junge Karl Marx

    DIRECTOR: Raoul Peck
    CAST: 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

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    RATING: 74/100

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  • Axolotl Overkill

    DIRECTOR: Helene Hegemann
    CAST: 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

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    RATING: 85/100

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  • Transit

    DIRECTOR: Christian Petzold
    CAST: Franz Rogowski Paula Beer Godehard Giese
    In 1942, a German flees to France, assuming the identity of a dead author. Read more

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    RATING: 86/100

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