West Germany (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.4
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46 Metascore

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney

Votes: 118,996 | Gross: $20.16M

2. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.4
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86 Metascore

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 211,036 | Gross: $11.49M

3. Paris, Texas (1984)

R | 145 min | Drama

8.1
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78 Metascore

Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clément

Votes: 75,038 | Gross: $2.18M

4. Nekromantik (1987)

Not Rated | 71 min | Horror

5.1
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A street sweeper who cleans up after grisly accidents brings home a full corpse for him and his wife to enjoy sexually, but is dismayed to see that his wife prefers the corpse over him.

Director: Jörg Buttgereit | Stars: Bernd Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice Manowski, Harald Lundt, Collosseo

Votes: 7,581

5. The Name of the Rose (1986)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Helmut Qualtinger, Elya Baskin

Votes: 94,503 | Gross: $7.15M

6. Wings of Desire (1987)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

8.1
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79 Metascore

An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois

Votes: 58,036 | Gross: $3.21M

7. Hair (1979)

PG | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.6
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68 Metascore

Claude Bukowski leaves the family ranch in Oklahoma for New York where he is rapidly embraced into the hippie group of youngsters led by Berger, yet he's already been drafted. He soon falls in love with Sheila Franklin, a rich girl but still a rebel inside.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo, Annie Golden

Votes: 32,272 | Gross: $15.28M

8. Das Boot (1985–1987)

TV-MA | 293 min | Drama, Thriller, War

8.9
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A World War II German U-Boat crew have a terrifying patrol mission in the early days of the war.

Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 22,077

9. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

PG | 107 min | Horror

7.6
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Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor

Votes: 28,899

10. Fitzcarraldo (1982)

PG | 158 min | Adventure, Drama

8.1
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The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, José Lewgoy, Miguel Ángel Fuentes

Votes: 27,614

11. Tatort (1970– )

90 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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A long running German cop show, where detectives work to solve a crime.

Stars: Klaus J. Behrendt, Miroslav Nemec, Udo Wachtveitl, Dietmar Bär

Votes: 2,109

12. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.6
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61 Metascore

The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos, Michael Lerner

Votes: 19,911 | Gross: $12.38M

13. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.0
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In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Del Negro

Votes: 46,720

14. The Tin Drum (1979)

R | 142 min | Drama, War

7.6
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63 Metascore

In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Katharina Thalbach

Votes: 20,510

15. Christiane F. (1981)

R | 138 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14-year-old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-story... See full summary »

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Natja Brunckhorst, Eberhard Auriga, Peggy Bussieck, Lothar Chamski

Votes: 19,574

16. Querelle (1982)

R | 108 min | Drama

6.8
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The French naval ship, Le Vengeur, based out of Marseille, has just docked in Brest for an extended stay. The ship's captain, Lieutenant Seblon, can see the passion in his men, which can as... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brad Davis, Franco Nero, Jeanne Moreau, Laurent Malet

Votes: 5,237

17. Moon 44 (1990)

R | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.0
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39 Metascore

An unconventional corporate agent is given the task of shaping a group of violent criminals and technical wizards into a helicopter defense force assigned to protect a mining station on a remote moon.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Michael Paré, Lisa Eichhorn, Dean Devlin, Brian Thompson

Votes: 4,234

18. Vampyros Lesbos (1971)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Horror

5.5
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An erotic horror tale about a vixen vampiress seducing and killing women to appease her insatiable thirst for female blood.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Soledad Miranda, Dennis Price, Paul Muller, Ewa Strömberg

Votes: 3,927

19. The American Friend (1977)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, Gérard Blain

Votes: 11,950

20. Bagdad Cafe (1987)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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71 Metascore

A lonely German woman ends up in the most desolate motel on Earth and decides to make it brighter.

Director: Percy Adlon | Stars: Marianne Sägebrecht, CCH Pounder, Jack Palance, Christine Kaufmann

Votes: 11,301 | Gross: $3.59M

21. Alice in the Cities (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

8.0
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A German journalist is saddled with a nine-year-old girl after encountering her mother at a New York airport.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Yella Rottländer, Rüdiger Vogler, Lisa Kreuzer, Edda Köchl

Votes: 8,665

22. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980– )

Not Rated | 931 min | Crime, Drama

8.7
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In late-1920s Berlin, Franz Biberkopf is released from prison and vows to go straight; however he soon finds himself embroiled in the city's criminal underworld.

Stars: Günter Lamprecht, Claus Holm, Hanna Schygulla, Franz Buchrieser

Votes: 3,592

23. Mark of the Devil (1970)

R | 90 min | Drama, History, Horror

6.2
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In 1700s Austria, a witch-hunter's apprentice has doubts about the righteousness of witch-hunting when he witnesses the brutality, the injustice, the falsehood, the torture and the arbitrary killing that go with the job.

Directors: Michael Armstrong, Adrian Hoven | Stars: Herbert Lom, Udo Kier, Olivera Katarina, Reggie Nalder

Votes: 2,653

24. Schoolgirl Report Part 2: What Keeps Parents Awake at Night (1971)

91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

4.3
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10 vignettes about scandalous behavior of horny German schoolgirls. First, a strict, conservative teacher is lured by three of his beautiful, nubile young female students into a compromising situation with tragic results.

Director: Ernst Hofbauer | Stars: Friedrich von Thun, Rena Bergen, Kurt Bülau, Rolf Castell

Votes: 338

25. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann

Votes: 16,542

26. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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An arrogant fashion designer falls in love with an icy beauty who wants to be a model.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Katrin Schaake, Eva Mattes

Votes: 7,417

27. Making Contact (1985)

PG | 98 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

4.8
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Believing to be able to communicate with his deceased father, a young boy develops physchic powers where he uses them to try to stop supernatural forces threatening his family and friends, especially a possessed ventriloquist dummy.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Joshua Morrell, Eva Kryll, Tammy Shields, Jan Zierold

Votes: 1,191

28. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978)

R | 120 min | Drama

7.9
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A World War II widow seeks to adjust to life in postwar Germany.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Löwitsch, Ivan Desny, Gisela Uhlen

Votes: 10,926

29. Derrick (1974–1998)

60 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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Detective Chief Inspector Stephan Derrick and his loyal assistant Inspector Harry Klein solve murder cases in Munich and surroundings.

Stars: Horst Tappert, Fritz Wepper, Willy Schäfer, Holger Petzold

Votes: 1,276

30. Mephisto (1981)

Unrated | 144 min | Drama

7.8
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A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. As his associates and ... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági, Rolf Hoppe

Votes: 8,584

31. World on a Wire (1973– )

Not Rated | 212 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.9
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76 Metascore

Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His ... See full summary »

Stars: Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben, Karl Heinz Vosgerau

Votes: 4,670

32. The Fan (1982)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Music

6.6
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The hero-worship that Simone has for a pop singer is built to a crescendo until she passes out when she finally sees him up-close in a crowd of fans pushing him for autographs. She is later... See full summary »

Director: Eckhart Schmidt | Stars: Désirée Nosbusch, Bodo Steiger, Simone Brahmann, Jonas Vischer

Votes: 959

33. Stroszek (1977)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Clemens Scheitz, Wilhelm von Homburg

Votes: 11,712

34. She Killed in Ecstasy (1971)

Unrated | 73 min | Horror

5.9
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After a doctor commits suicide when his research into human embryos is terminated, his wife seduces and then executes revenge upon those she holds responsible.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Soledad Miranda, Fred Williams, Paul Muller, Howard Vernon

Votes: 1,357

35. Der Todesking: The Death King (1990)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Horror

6.6
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Seven episodes, each taking place on a different day of the week, on the theme of suicide and violent death.

Director: Jörg Buttgereit | Stars: Hermann Kopp, Heinrich Ebber, Michael Krause, Eva-Maria Kurz

Votes: 1,937

36. Bloodline (1979)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

4.8
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When her father is murdered, a pharmaceutical heiress becomes the next target of an unknown killer amid the international jet set.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, James Mason, Claudia Mori

Votes: 1,301

37. The Old Fox (1977– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

6.3
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A police department, lead by an older, experienced detective solve crimes together.

Stars: Michael Ande, Markus Böttcher, Ulf Söhmisch, Rolf Schimpf

Votes: 526

38. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira, Willy Semmelrogge

Votes: 15,014

39. Winnetou: The Red Gentleman (1964)

94 min | Western, Adventure

6.6
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Forester, a ruthless oil baron, wants to create a war between the native American tribes and the white men. Old Shatterhand, Winnetou and their sidekick Castlepool try to prevent this.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Lex Barker, Pierre Brice, Anthony Steel, Karin Dor

Votes: 2,593

40. Laser Mission (1989)

R | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

3.5
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Mercenary Gold is sent from the CIA to seize the laser expert Braun in Cuba, before the KGB catches him. A recently stolen giant diamond could be used together with Braun's knowledge to ... See full summary »

Director: BJ Davis | Stars: Brandon Lee, Debi A. Monahan, Ernest Borgnine, Richard Cox

Votes: 1,861

41. Sadist Erotica (1969)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

5.4
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"Red Lips" are two female detectives trying to find missing models and dancers. A pop artist called Klaus Thriller and his werewolf-like assistant, Morpho, are the main suspects for the ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Janine Reynaud, Rosanna Yanni, Chris Howland, Alexander Engel

Votes: 362

42. Just a Gigolo (1978)

R | 147 min | Drama

5.7
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After World War I, a war hero returns to Berlin to find that there's no place for him--he has no skills other than what he learned in the army, and can only find menial, low-paying jobs. He decides to become a gigolo to lonely rich women.

Director: David Hemmings | Stars: David Bowie, Sydne Rome, Kim Novak, David Hemmings

Votes: 698

43. The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967)

M | 80 min | Horror, Mystery

6.0
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In the Olden Tymes, Count Regula is drawn and quartered for killing twelve virgins in his dungeon torture chamber. Thirty-five years later, he comes back to seek revenge on the daughter of ... See full summary »

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Lex Barker, Karin Dor, Christopher Lee, Carl Lange

Votes: 1,160

44. Fox and His Friends (1975)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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A young West German working-class man wins the lottery and initiates a relationship with a man above his social standing.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Peter Chatel, Karlheinz Böhm, Adrian Hoven

Votes: 4,451

45. Murder on the Bridge (1975)

PG | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Crime

6.1
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When a Swiss cop is murdered, a veteran homicide inspector and a rookie are assigned to solve the case but they are obstructed by interfering Swiss politicians.

Director: Maximilian Schell | Stars: Jon Voight, Jacqueline Bisset, Martin Ritt, Robert Shaw

Votes: 797

46. Freedom to Love (1969)

90 min | Documentary

5.8
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Documentation, drama and interviews about sex education. Touches on issues of homosexuality and first sexual experiences of children.

Directors: Eberhard Kronhausen, Phyllis Kronhausen | Stars: Marie Antoinette, John Bowen, Richard Bright, Hans Henrik Brydensholt

Votes: 150

47. The Serpent's Egg (1977)

R | 119 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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Following the suicide of his beloved brother and deaths of even the most distant acquaintances, Abel Rosenberg attempts to discover the truth while facing depression, alcoholism, and anti-semitism.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Liv Ullmann, David Carradine, Gert Fröbe, Heinz Bennent

Votes: 4,668

48. Winnetou (1963)

91 min | Western, Adventure

6.9
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When violent conflict breaks out between greedy railroaders and a tribe of Mescalero Apaches, only two men, destined to be blood brothers, can prevent all-out war: chief's son Winnetou and German engineer Old Shatterhand.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Lex Barker, Pierre Brice, Marie Versini, Mario Adorf

Votes: 3,293

49. Chinese Roulette (1976)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Thriller

7.5
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Both the parents of a young teen who walks with crutches, goes on each their secret meeting with lovers, both surprising each other at the family's county home. The daughter arrives and initiates a guessing game of "Chinese roulette".

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Anna Karina, Margit Carstensen, Brigitte Mira, Ulli Lommel

Votes: 3,144

50. Woyzeck (1979)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

7.2
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Franz Woyzeck is a hapless, hopeless soldier, alone and powerless in society, assaulted from all sides by forces he can not control.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Eva Mattes, Wolfgang Reichmann, Willy Semmelrogge

Votes: 8,090


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