Germanic Movies and TV Shows

by ScarletSpider87 | created - 05 Dec 2012 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

Movies and TV shows that have Germanic main themes, and/or deal with famous Germanic persons, and/or take place in a significantly Germanic setting.

This list is informational and I do not personally endorse all these films.

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1. The Student of Prague (1913)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Balduin, a student of Prague, leaves his roystering companions in the beer garden, when he finds he has reached the end of his resources. He is scarcely seated in a quiet corner when a ... See full summary »

Directors: Paul Wegener, Stellan Rye | Stars: Paul Wegener, Grete Berger, Lyda Salmonova, John Gottowt

Votes: 1,707

2. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Not Rated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover

Votes: 53,679

3. Nosferatu (1922)

Not Rated | 94 min | Fantasy, Horror

Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder

Votes: 84,641

4. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms, he kills a dragon and finds a treasure, the Hort. He helps Gunther to... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Paul Richter, Margarete Schön, Theodor Loos, Gertrud Arnold

Votes: 4,926

5. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (1924)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

After Siegfried's dead, Kriemhild marries Etzel, the King of the Huns. She gives birth to a child, and invites her brothers for a party. She tries to persuade Etzel and the other Huns, that... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Margarete Schön, Gertrud Arnold, Theodor Loos, Hans Carl Mueller

Votes: 3,738

6. The Last Laugh (1924)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

An aging doorman, after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbours and society.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller, Emilie Kurz

Votes: 11,670 | Gross: $0.09M

7. Faust (1926)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard

Votes: 13,250

8. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 151,957 | Gross: $1.24M

9. The Viking (1928)

Passed | 90 min | Action, Adventure, History

Vikings compete for power and the love of a woman.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Donald Crisp, Pauline Starke, LeRoy Mason, Anders Randolf

Votes: 342

10. Frankenstein (1931)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

Votes: 61,756

11. Emil and the Detectives (1931)

75 min | Adventure, Family, Drama

Emil goes to Berlin to see his grandmother with a large amount of money and is offered sweets by a strange man that make him sleep. He wakes up at his stop with no money. It is up to him and a group of children to save the day.

Director: Gerhard Lamprecht | Stars: Rolf Wenkhaus, Käthe Haack, Fritz Rasp, Rudolf Biebrach

Votes: 535

12. Triumph of the Will (1935)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, War

The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl | Stars: Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Max Amann, Martin Bormann

Votes: 14,330

13. Heidi (1937)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Family, Musical

A plucky little orphan girl gets dumped abruptly into her gruff, hermit grandfather's care, then later gets retaken and delivered as a companion for an injured girl.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt, Arthur Treacher, Helen Westley

Votes: 3,951

14. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

95 Metascore

Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household.

Directors: William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne, Roy Atwell

Votes: 173,064 | Gross: $184.93M

15. Fridericus (1937)

97 min | Drama

In 18th century Europe, King Friedrich II of Prussia leads his army through the seven-years-war with neighboring states, and after numerous near defeats, eventually brings a victorious army back to Berlin.

Director: Johannes Meyer | Stars: Otto Gebühr, Hilde Körber, Lil Dagover, Agnes Straub

Votes: 46

16. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

97 Metascore

When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains

Votes: 45,370 | Gross: $3.98M

17. Bismarck (1940)

118 min | Biography, Drama

A biographical film of Otto von Bismarck, the Prime Minister of Prussia, and how he and his policies - including aggressive war - helped to unite Germany.

Director: Wolfgang Liebeneiner | Stars: Paul Hartmann, Friedrich Kayßler, Lil Dagover, Käthe Haack

Votes: 154

18. Bismarck's Dismissal (1942)

110 min | Drama, History

A sequel to 1940's "Bismarck", Bismarck is dismissed by an under-pressure Wilhelm II. Then the treaty with Russia is in peril as the leader is left with the dilemma of who could complete Bismarck's work.

Director: Wolfgang Liebeneiner | Stars: Emil Jannings, Margarete Schön, Christian Kayßler, Theodor Loos

Votes: 54

19. Der große König (1942)

118 min | Drama, History, War

King Frederick II (aka "Frederick the Great") of Prussia is engaged in a major battle against the Austrian army at Kunersdorf, and things aren't going well. The Austrians are inflicting ... See full summary »

Director: Veit Harlan | Stars: Otto Gebühr, Kristina Söderbaum, Gustav Fröhlich, Hans Nielsen

Votes: 239

20. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1943)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy

This lavish, impudent, adult fairy tale takes the viewer from 18th-century Braunschweig to St. Petersburg, Constantinople, Venice, and then to the moon using ingenious special effects, stunning location shooting.

Director: Josef von Báky | Stars: Hans Albers, Wilhelm Bendow, Michael Bohnen, Hans Brausewetter

Votes: 1,755

21. The Punch Bowl (1944)

97 min | Comedy

A successful writer, home-schooled in his youth, masquerades as a student at a secondary school to experience all the fun and pranks he missed out on.

Director: Helmut Weiss | Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Karin Himboldt, Hilde Sessak, Erich Ponto

Votes: 5,574

22. Kolberg (1945)

111 min | Drama, History, Romance

During Napoleon's victorious campaign in Germany, the city of Kolberg gets isolated from the retreating Prussian forces. The population of Kolberg refuses to capitulate and organizes the ... See full summary »

Directors: Veit Harlan, Wolfgang Liebeneiner | Stars: Heinrich George, Kristina Söderbaum, Horst Caspar, Gustav Diessl

Votes: 555

23. Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

Approved | 112 min | Biography, Family, Musical

The opening scene of the movie describes it best: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales."

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire, Joseph Walsh

Votes: 3,254

24. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

Approved | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life, but it behaves not as he intended.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Hazel Court, Robert Urquhart, Christopher Lee

Votes: 8,804 | Gross: $17.44M

25. The Seventh Seal (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy

A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe

Votes: 153,102

26. The Vikings (1958)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Adventure, History

A slave and a Viking prince fight for the love of a captive princess.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Janet Leigh

Votes: 12,176 | Gross: $7.00M

27. The Virgin Spring (1960)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

An innocent yet pampered young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitta Pettersson

Votes: 25,033 | Gross: $1.53M

28. Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

G | 126 min | Adventure, Family

61 Metascore

A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro

Votes: 13,250 | Gross: $40.36M

29. Erik the Conqueror (1961)

Not Rated | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Two estranged brothers confront each other as rivals when war breaks out between Britain and the Vikings for control of England.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Alice Kessler, Ellen Kessler, George Ardisson

Votes: 653

30. The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)

G | 135 min | Animation, Adventure, Biography

The story of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, and three of their stories...

Directors: Henry Levin, George Pal | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, Karlheinz Böhm, Walter Slezak

Votes: 1,407 | Gross: $14.17M

31. The Magical World of Disney (1954–1991)
Episode: Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates: Part 1 (1962)

Unrated | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Set in 1860s Holland along the famed Zeider Zee-young Hans Brinker finds himself responsible for supporting his family after his father becomes injured in an accident. He and his sister ... See full synopsis »

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Rony Zeander, Carin Rossby, Gunilla Jelf, Erik Strandmark

Votes: 87

32. Dinner for One (1963 TV Short)

Not Rated | 18 min | Short, Comedy

At Miss Sophie's 90th birthday dinner, her butler James must fill in for her four departed friends - and that includes lots of drinks before every course!.

Directors: Heinz Dunkhase, Franco Marazzi | Stars: Freddie Frinton, May Warden, Heinz Piper

Votes: 6,288

33. Emil and the Detectives (1964)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Family, Drama

Emil goes to Berlin to see his grandmother with a large amount of money and is offered sweets by a strange man that make him sleep. He wakes up at his stop with no money. It is up to him and a group of children to save the day.

Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Walter Slezak, Bryan Russell, Roger Mobley, Heinz Schubert

Votes: 433

34. The Long Ships (1964)

Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A vagabond Viking adventurer and a Moor both compete to find "The Mother of All Voices", a legendary golden bell near the Pillars of Hercules.

Director: Jack Cardiff | Stars: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, Russ Tamblyn, Rosanna Schiaffino

Votes: 2,325

35. The War Lord (1965)

Approved | 123 min | Drama, History

In 11th century Normandy, a Norman duke sends one of his knights to build a defensive fortress in order to guard the borders against Frisian raiders.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Charlton Heston, Richard Boone, Rosemary Forsyth, Maurice Evans

Votes: 2,815

36. Die Nibelungen, Teil 1 - Siegfried (1966)

91 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Volker von Alzey, the royal bard of the Burgunds (far greater then modern Burgundy), ruled by the Christian, papist king Gunther, who has two brave, loyal brothers and a sister Kriemhild, ... See full summary »

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Uwe Beyer, Rolf Henniger, Siegfried Wischnewski, Maria Marlow

Votes: 405

37. Die Nibelungen, Teil 2 - Kriemhilds Rache (1967)

110 min | Adventure

Now Brunhild knows by which treason she was won for king Gunther of Burgund by Siegfried of Xanthen, and has been revenged by his foul murder by Hagen, more bloody revenge is inevitable. ... See full summary »

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Rolf Henniger, Siegfried Wischnewski, Maria Marlow, Christian Rode

Votes: 361

38. Massacre in the Black Forest (1967)

82 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the first half of the first century A.D., the Teutonic tribes, led by Arminius The Terrible, rebel against the cruel and conquering Roman Empire. In raging torments and blood curdling ... See full summary »

Directors: Ferdinando Baldi, Rudolf Nussgruber | Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Antonella Lualdi, Hans von Borsody, Beba Loncar

Votes: 87

40. Alfred the Great (I) (1969)

M/PG | 122 min | Drama, History, War

While Old England is being ransacked by roving Danes in the ninth century, Alfred is planning to join the priesthood. But observing the rape of his land, he puts away his religious vows, to... See full summary »

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: David Hemmings, Michael York, Prunella Ransome, Colin Blakely

Votes: 908

41. Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The story of Manfred von Richthofen, the German air ace during World War I and his struggle with the enemy aces and some jealous German officers.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: John Phillip Law, Don Stroud, Barry Primus, Corin Redgrave

Votes: 1,003 | Gross: $0.17M

42. The Last Valley (1971)

PG | 128 min | Adventure, Drama, War

During the Thirty Years' War of 1600s, a band of Protestant mercenaries peacefully coexist with German Catholic villagers in a hidden idyllic mountain valley untouched by war.

Director: James Clavell | Stars: Michael Caine, Omar Sharif, Florinda Bolkan, Nigel Davenport

Votes: 2,689 | Gross: $0.25M

43. The Pied Piper (1972)

G | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

In 1349, while the Black Plague threatens Germany, the town of Hamelin hires a wandering pied piper (Donovan) to lure rats away with his magic pipe, but then refuses to pay for his services, causing him to lure the town's children away.

Director: Jacques Demy | Stars: Keith Buckley, Patsy Puttnam, Arthur Hewlett, Paul Hennen

Votes: 537

44. Young Frankenstein (1974)

PG | 106 min | Comedy

80 Metascore

An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle

Votes: 137,811 | Gross: $86.30M

45. The Island at the Top of the World (1974)

G | 93 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

In 1907, four explorers discover a lost colony of Vikings in the Arctic.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: David Hartman, Donald Sinden, Jacques Marin, Mako

Votes: 2,266

46. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History