Life in the DDR - the Eastern German Democratic Republic

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1. Shores of Hope (2012)

116 min | Drama, History

The dream of two young men to become sailors collides with the harsh realities of life in East Germany.

Director: Toke Constantin Hebbeln | Stars: Alexander Fehling, August Diehl, Ronald Zehrfeld, Thao Vu

Votes: 467

2. Bornholmer Straße (2014 TV Movie)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

A comic look at the fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989, told from the point of view of the German border guards at the checkpoint where it all started.

Director: Christian Schwochow | Stars: Charly Hübner, Milan Peschel, Ulrich Matthes, Rainer Bock

Votes: 615

3. Night Crossing (1982)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, History

True tale about two men planing to escape from communist East Germany in a hot air balloon, but only if they can take their families with them.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: John Hurt, Jane Alexander, Doug McKeon, Keith McKeon

Votes: 1,154 | Gross: $8.00M

4. Spy Game (2001)

R | 126 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

63 Metascore

Retiring CIA agent Nathan Muir recalls his training of Tom Bishop while working against agency politics to free him from his Chinese captors.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Catherine McCormack, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 138,066 | Gross: $0.03M

5. Torn Curtain (1966)

PG | 128 min | Thriller

55 Metascore

An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin before planning an escape back to the West.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova, Hansjörg Felmy

Votes: 22,849

6. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.

Director: Wolfgang Becker | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, Florian Lukas

Votes: 131,354 | Gross: $4.06M

7. Ostzone (2016)

67 min | Horror, Thriller

3 young people buy a haunted house in eastern Germany. Suddenly one after another get killed and they try to find out about the mystery behind the ghost doing it's dreadful state of affairs.

Director: René Rausch | Stars: Simson Bubbel, Valerie Cuenod, Sofia Exss, Chris Friedling

Votes: 41

8. NVA (2005)

98 min | Comedy

The story of young recruits doing their compulsory military service in the East German army 'NVA' prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Director: Leander Haußmann | Stars: Kim Frank, Oliver Bröcker, Detlev Buck, Jasmin Schwiers

Votes: 1,484

9. An die Grenze (2007 TV Movie)

Drama, Romance

1974. The world is divided into two rigid power blocs. A highly guarded and deadly armed border cuts across Germany. ALEXANDER KAROW, 19, son of a chemistry professor, chooses to serve in ... See full summary »

Director: Urs Egger | Stars: Jacob Matschenz, Bernadette Heerwagen, Max Riemelt, Florian Panzner

Votes: 239

10. Honigfrauen (2017– )

260 min | Drama

Honigfrauen is a three-part German TV movie from the year 2017.

Stars: Cornelia Gröschel, Sonja Gerhardt, Anja Kling, Götz Schubert

Votes: 215

11. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

89 Metascore

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 332,826 | Gross: $11.29M

12. Der Stich des Skorpion (2004 TV Movie)

90 min | Biography, Thriller

Based on a true story, Stephan Wagner's thriller focuses on a man and his fight against the East German secret service. After an escape attempt, Wolfgang Stein is sentenced to ten years in ... See full summary »

Director: Stephan Wagner | Stars: Jörg Schüttauf, Martina Gedeck, Matthias Brandt, Kathrin Kühnel

Votes: 191

13. The Tunnel (2001)

150 min | Drama, History, Thriller

72 Metascore

During the Cold War, Germany was divided into two states - East and West. This epic story tells about their dramatic connections.

Director: Roland Suso Richter | Stars: Heino Ferch, Nicolette Krebitz, Sebastian Koch, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 5,828 | Gross: $0.01M

14. Weissensee (2010– )

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama

The lives of two families in East Berlin between 1980 and 1990 as the era of communist DDR slowly comes to an end.

Stars: Florian Lukas, Uwe Kockisch, Jörg Hartmann, Ruth Reinecke

Votes: 1,264

15. Mord in Eberswalde (2013 TV Movie)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Heinz Gödicke (Ronals Zehrfeld) is the chief commissioner of the People's Police in the small town of Eberswalde in Brandenburg. Gödicke is called when two bestial murdered children are ... See full summary »

Director: Stephan Wagner | Stars: Ronald Zehrfeld, Ulrike C. Tscharre, Florian Panzner, Godehard Giese

Votes: 165

16. Sun Alley (1999)

101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A group of kids grow up on the short, wrong (east) side of the Sonnenallee in Berlin, right next to one of the few border crossings between East and West reserved for German citizens. The ... See full summary »

Director: Leander Haußmann | Stars: Alexander Scheer, Alexander Beyer, Robert Stadlober, Teresa Weißbach

Votes: 5,937

17. The Man on the Wall (1982)

105 min | Drama

An East German man finds a way to cross the border between East and West Berlin. But when he succeeds in bringing his wife out as well, things are not quite as expected.

Director: Reinhard Hauff | Stars: Marius Müller-Westernhagen, Julie Carmen, Towje Kleiner, Patricia von Miseroni

Votes: 60

18. Beyond the Wall (2009 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

During the Cold War, Ulrich and Heike Molitor's attempt to escape from the GDR with their children hidden in the car ends in a prison conviction and both kids going to adoption unless they ... See full summary »

Director: Friedemann Fromm | Stars: Henriette Confurius, Katja Flint, Edgar Selge, Ulrike Krumbiegel

Votes: 129

19. Heroes Like Us (1999)

93 min | Comedy

Heroes Like Us presents as heroes ordinary teenagers and young East German adults, who in Thomas Brussig's (the novel and screenplay author) story, caused the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Our ... See full summary »

Director: Sebastian Peterson | Stars: Daniel Borgwardt, Xenia Snagowski, Adrian Heidenreich, Luca Lenz

Votes: 305

20. Die Frau vom Checkpoint Charlie (2007 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama

Based on a true story, Miguel Alexandre's two-part drama focuses on a East German woman and the fight for her children. Spring 1982: Sara Bender, living with her daughters Silvia and Sabine... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Alexandre | Stars: Veronica Ferres, Peter Kremer, Filip Peeters, Maria Ehrich

Votes: 262

21. The Red Cockatoo (2006)

128 min | Comedy, Drama, History

A coming-of-age story set in Germany in the 1960s. Siggi becomes involved in a love triangle when he falls for Luise, but the tightening political climate forces him to make a fateful decision.

Director: Dominik Graf | Stars: Max Riemelt, Jessica Schwarz, Ronald Zehrfeld, Ingeborg Westphal

Votes: 785

23. Barbara (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital.

Director: Christian Petzold | Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke

Votes: 11,682

24. Berlin Is in Germany (2001)

99 min | Drama

When Martin, a former GDR citizen, is released from jail, he lately becomes confronted with the consequences of the German re-unification.

Director: Hannes Stöhr | Stars: Jörg Schüttauf, Julia Jäger, Robin Becker, Robert Lohr

Votes: 1,066

25. The Legend of Rita (2000)

103 min | Drama, Romance

Rita Vogt is a radical West German terrorist who abandons the revolution and settles in East Germany with a new identity provided by the East German secret service. She lives in constant ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Bibiana Beglau, Richard Kropf, Martin Wuttke, Nadja Uhl

Votes: 2,029 | Gross: $0.67M

26. West (2013)

R | 102 min | Drama

65 Metascore

She Can See Her Future, But Can't Escape Her Past.

Director: Christian Schwochow | Stars: Jördis Triebel, Tristan Göbel, Jacky Ido, Anna Antonowicz

Votes: 855

27. Superstau (1991)

80 min | Comedy

Every year a lot of German people prepare to spent their holidays in the sunny south. And all of them have to use the same motor ways. And every year all comes to an end in a big jam.

Director: Manfred Stelzer | Stars: Ottfried Fischer, Ralf Richter, Monika Baumgartner, Hildegard Kuhlenberg

Votes: 831 | Gross: $0.26M

28. The Depraved (2011)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

When a group of urban explorers venture beneath Berlin, their guide hurts himself and the group must struggle to escape the subterranean maze beneath the city.

Director: Andy Fetscher | Stars: Nathalie Kelley, Nick Eversman, Klaus Stiglmeier, Max Riemelt

Votes: 2,606

30. Never Mind the Wall (2001)

94 min | Drama, Romance

Germany 1982: The country is divided into two parts. Nele, coming from West-Germany, travels to East-Germany where she meets Captain, singer of a band. They fall in love with each other, ... See full summary »

Director: Connie Walter | Stars: Anna Bertheau, Antonio Wannek, Tim Sander, Carmen Simone Birk

Votes: 424

31. Crazy Race 2 - Warum die Mauer wirklich fiel (2004 TV Movie)

93 min | Comedy, Action

Crazy Race 2 - Why the wall really fell.

Director: Christoph Schrewe | Stars: Dirk Bach, Katy Karrenbauer, Wolke Hegenbarth, Manuel Witting

Votes: 283

32. Fugitives (2011– )

180 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

East-Germany, 1984: Frank Korbach is looking forward to attending drama school, while his rebellious best friend Thomas is refusing to do military service. Together with the adventurous but... See full summary »

Stars: Frederick Lau, Paraschiva Dragus, Livia Greif, Gabi Herz

Votes: 83

33. The Tower (2012 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama

67 Metascore

A look at Communist East Germany in its final decade. The story unfolds in 1982, when the cracks in the repressive police state's facade are beginning to surface. Despite the restrictions, ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Schwochow | Stars: Hans-Uwe Bauer, Klaus Bieligk, Martin Bruchmann, David Bunners

Votes: 495

35. Streng geheim (1963)

103 min | Thriller

The "Concordia" trading company in Würzburg is a secret headquarters of the MID, a secret service agency of the US Army. For years, espionage, sabotage, and diversion operations originated ... See full summary »

Director: János Veiczi | Stars: Helmut Schreiber, Peter Marx, Norbert Flohr, Marion van de Kamp

Votes: 56

37. The Miracle of Berlin (2008 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, War

A TV movie that follows an East Berlin family torn by political strife and the fast-changing events that led to the fall of Berlin Wall in 1989.

Director: Roland Suso Richter | Stars: Kostja Ullmann, Karoline Herfurth, Veronica Ferres, Heino Ferch

Votes: 452

38. The Final Days (2008 TV Movie)

186 min | Drama

The Berlin wall separated families and friends for 28 years. Some accepted it, and some worked hard to make it fall.

Director: Thomas Berger | Stars: Anja Kling, Madeleine Lierck, Matthias Koeberlin, Lino Sliskovic

Votes: 214

39. Jedes Jahr im Juni (2013 TV Movie)

88 min | Romance

Each year in June, Bavarian housewife Elke Richter visits family in Halle, in the GDR. There she meets family friend Gregor Pohl, a married carpenter, and they begin having an affair. After... See full summary »

Director: Marcus O. Rosenmüller | Stars: Katharina Wackernagel, Peter Schneider, Katharina Spiering, Matthias Walter

Votes: 66

41. The Same Sky (2017– )

120 min | Drama, Thriller

Lars is a "Romeo agent" from East Germany in the 1970s. His task is to go West, first to seduce and then to spy on Western women who worked in government or defense institutions.

Stars: Tom Schilling, Sofia Helin, Friederike Becht, Ben Becker

Votes: 1,773

42. Two Lives (2012)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

As the Berlin Wall crumbles, Katrine, the daughter of a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier, finds her idyllic life disrupted as she refuses to testify a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of her fellow "war children."

Directors: Georg Maas, Judith Kaufmann | Stars: Juliane Köhler, Liv Ullmann, Sven Nordin, Ken Duken

Votes: 2,788 | Gross: $0.00M

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