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1. Murderers Among Us (1946)

85 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

After returning from a concentration camp, Susanne finds an ex-soldier living in her apartment. Together the two try to move past their experiences during WWII.

Director: Wolfgang Staudte | Stars: Hildegard Knef, Elly Burgmer, Erna Sellmer, Hilde Adolphi

Votes: 1,824

2. Freies Land (1946)

77 min | Drama

After the war, infinite numbers of refugees leave in search of a new home. They now stand in the hall of a large mansion, waiting to receive their deeds of ownership for sections of land ... See full summary »

Director: Milo Harbich | Stars: Ursula Voß, Fritz Wagner, Herbert Wilk, Hans Sternberg

Votes: 7

3. Somewhere in Berlin (1946)

77 min | Drama

After WWII, Berlin lies in ruins. For Gustav, Willi and their friends the rubble provides an adventurous, dangerous playground. Especially for Gustav, it helps pass the time, as he longs ... See full summary »

Director: Gerhard Lamprecht | Stars: Charles Brauer, Harry Hindemith, Hedda Sarnow, Fritz Rasp

Votes: 109

6. Marriage in the Shadows (1947)

105 min | Drama

Set during the rise of the Nazi regime, Marriage in the Shadows is modeled after the tragic true story of Meta and Joachim Gottschalk. In the film, Elisabeth Maurer and Hans Wieland enjoy ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Maetzig | Stars: Paul Klinger, Ilse Steppat, Alfred Balthoff, Claus Holm

Votes: 132

7. Wozzeck (1947)

98 min | Drama

The body of Franz Wozzeck lies on a table in an anatomy lecture of a small German university. Whereas the doctor in charge of dissecting the cadaver can only see the murdered corpse lying ... See full summary »

Director: Georg C. Klaren | Stars: Max Eckard, Kurt Meisel, Helga Zülch, Paul Henckels

Votes: 25

10. Chemie und Liebe (1948)

98 min | Comedy

A chemist and his assistant make a groundbreaking discovery. They manage to make butter directly from pasture grass without having to deal with either the cow or the use of dairy products. An industrialist attempts to seize the invention.

Director: Arthur Maria Rabenalt | Stars: Hans Nielsen, Tilly Lauenstein, Ralph Lothar, Ann Höling

Votes: 6

11. Grube Morgenrot (1948)

88 min

During the global economic crisis, the pit "Morgenrot" is due to be closed due to unprofitable results. With the use of a machine forbidden for security reasons, the mates try to work more effectively and thus save their jobs.

Directors: Erich Freund, Wolfgang Schleif | Stars: Claus Holm, Maria Rouvel, Hans Klering, Gisela Trowe

14. The Affair Blum (1948)

109 min | Drama, Crime

This early postwar suspense story, based on a well-known 1926 murder trial with Dreyfus-loke overtones also represents an East German reflection on Nazism. Dr. Blum, a Jewish manufacturer ... See full summary »

Director: Erich Engel | Stars: Hans Christian Blech, Ernst Waldow, Paul Bildt, Karin Evans

Votes: 36

17. The Bridge (1949)

85 min | Drama

After the end of WWII, a group resettlers reaches a small village in central Germany, which has been spared from destruction. The new arrivals, who live in a resettlement camp separated by ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Pohl | Stars: Karl Hellmer, Fritz Wagner, Arno Paulsen, Steffie Spira

Votes: 125

21. Die Buntkarierten (1949)

100 min | Drama

Family drama spanning three generations and almost 70 years of German history, from the Wilhelmine period through the end of WWII.

Director: Kurt Maetzig | Stars: Camilla Spira, Werner Hinz, Liselotte Lieck, Friedrich Gnaß

Votes: 44

22. Rotation (1949)

80 min | Drama, History

The mechanic Behnke wants to join the Nazi party to secure a good living. However, after his Jewish neighbors have been taken away, he changes his views. Trying to remain "a non-political ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Staudte | Stars: Paul Esser, Irene Korb, Karl Heinz Deickert, Reinhold Bernt

Votes: 283

24. Our Daily Bread (1949)

99 min | Drama

A story about a family after the Second World War. The petty bourgeois cashier Karl Weber of Berlin observes from a distance how his son Ernst participates in the building of a new ... See full summary »

Director: Slatan Dudow | Stars: Viktoria von Ballasko, Paul Bildt, Harry Hindemith, Paul Edwin Roth

Votes: 34

25. The Marriage of Figaro (1949)

95 min | Musical, Romance

Shortly after WWII, the DEFA Studios produced a series of operas and operettas which belonged to the classical German musical heritage. This enchanting film, the very first opera production... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wildhagen | Stars: Angelika Hauff, Willy Domgraf-Fassbaender, Sabine Peters, Mathieu Ahlersmeyer

Votes: 11

26. The Blue Swords (1949)

99 min | Drama

A biography of Johann Friedrich Böttger, who in 1709 invented the first white porcelain in Europe. The apprentice apothecary and assistant to a "gold producer" fled from the Prussian King -... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Schleif | Stars: Hans Quest, Ilse Steppat, Alexander Engel, Herbert Hübner

Votes: 5

29. Bürgermeister Anna (1950)

88 min | Comedy

A novelty in German post-war history: a young woman (Eva Rimski) becomes mayor in a village. She is efficient and enjoys respect, but soon enough two villagers disagree with her work. In ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Müller | Stars: Eva Rimski, Reinhard Kolldehoff, Catja Görna, Klaus Becker

Votes: 13

30. Der Rat der Götter (1950)

105 min | History

Based on the 1947 book I.G. Farben, by American author Richard Sasuly, and records from the Nuremberg Trial of the chemical giant I.G. Farben, Council of the Gods is a story about the ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Maetzig | Stars: Paul Bildt, Fritz Tillmann, Willy A. Kleinau, Hans-Georg Rudolph

Votes: 99

35. Heart of Stone (1950)

106 min | Family, Fantasy, Romance

Peter Munk, a poor charcoal burner, lives with his mother in The Black Forest. Poverty prevents him from marrying Lisbeth, the girl he loves. When he comes across the Little Glass Man, the ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Lutz Moik, Hanna Rucker, Paul Bildt, Paul Esser

Votes: 466

36. The Merry Wives of Windsor (1950)

92 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

For the corpulent nobleman, Sir John Falstaff, the inn in the small English town of Windsor is the best of all places. Here he can indulge in excessive dining and intemperate drinking, as ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wildhagen | Stars: Sonja Ziemann, Rita Streich, Camilla Spira, Martha Mödl

Votes: 13

39. The Axe of Wandsbek (1951)

110 min | Drama

After a crime is committed during the Nazi era in the Reeperbahn area of Hamburg,the aspiring local leader,a ship owner,needs to find an executioner to kill the perpetrators(the crime is ... See full summary »

Director: Falk Harnack | Stars: Erwin Geschonneck, Käthe Braun, Gefion Helmke, Willy A. Kleinau

Votes: 137

42. Man of Straw (1951)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

Diederich Heßling is scared of everything and everyone. But as he grows up, he comes to realize that he has to offer his services to the powers-that-be if he wants to wield power himself. ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Staudte | Stars: Werner Peters, Paul Esser, Renate Fischer, Ernst Legal

Votes: 716

43. Corinna Schmidt (1951)

97 min | Drama

Late 19th Century Berlin. The stately house of the commerce councillor Jenny Treibel has done something to Corinna, a destitute professor's daughter. Therefore, she conveniently falls into ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Pohl | Stars: Trude Hesterberg, Willy Kleinoschegg, Ingrid Rentsch, Joseph Noerden

45. Story of a Young Couple (1952)

102 min | Drama

A young married couple-both actors-work in Cold War Berlin before the Wall is built. Agnes is on location in East Berlin, and Jochen, her husband, works at the Westend Theater in West ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Maetzig | Stars: Yvonne Merin, Hans-Peter Thielen, Willy A. Kleinau, Hilde Sessak

Votes: 14