Film 20 German Must-See Movies of the 21st Century

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This list is an overview of the best German movies of the 21st century. Many of these movies, some of which can be found on Netflix or Amazon Prime, have helped carve the identity of German cinema since the turn of the century. 

Which German movies from the 21st century are a must-see? Which movies have defined German cinema? You'll have to read through to find out. 

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Head-On is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20 German Must-See Movies of the 21st Century
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Gegen die Wand , the fourth film by acclaimed Turkish-German director Fatih Akin, is a vibrating masterpiece about the complicated love affair and search for identity of two people who are stuck between two cultures.

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#254 on The Best Hipster Movies

#429 on The Best Movies of the '00s

#50 on The Best Movies About Unrequited Love

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The Lives of Others is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 German Must-See Movies of the 21st Century
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Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's insightful drama about the system of observation in the former Eastern Germany. Das Leben der Anderen is a powerful portrait of an opressive society as well as a moving character study.

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#585 on The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

#484 on The Best Movies of All Time

#12 on The Best R-Rated Political Thriller Movies

#88 on The Best R-Rated World Cinema Movies

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The White Ribbon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 German Must-See Movies of the 21st Century
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Michael Haneke's Oscar nominated film Das Weisse Band is a powerful tale about authority, guilt and violence. Shot in spellbinding Black & White, Das Weisse Band depicts family life and society just before the beginning of World War I and serves as a striking analysis of the origins of terrorism.

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#1080 on The Best Movies of All Time

#16 on The Best Movies of 2009

#159 on The Best R-Rated World Cinema Movies

#35 on The Best Drama Movies of 2009

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Nowhere in Africa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 German Must-See Movies of the 21st Century
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Nirgendwo in Afrika , Caroline Link's Oscar-winning film, is the story of a Jewish family that emigrates to Kenya during World War II to escape the N***s. Filmed on location in Africa, Nirgendwo in Afrika was well received by critics and received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2003.

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#733 on The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

#70 on The Best R-Rated Biographical Movies

#5179 on The Best Movies of All Time

#143 on The Best R-Rated World Cinema Movies

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Yella is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 20 German Must-See Movies of the 21st Century
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#2 on The Best Nina Hoss Movies

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Though Der Schuh des Manitu may not be a revelation of excellent filmmaking, this parody of old Westerns is one of the most successful German movies in recent history, starring some of Germany's most famous comedians. see more on Der Schuh des Manitu
Downfall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 20 German Must-See Movies of the 21st Century
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One can certainly disagree with Oliver Hirschbiegel's and Bernd Eichinger's approach to German history, and therefore Der Untergang remains a film worth watching.

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#81 on The Best War Movies Ever

#355 on The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

#91 on The Best Movies Based on True Stories

#969 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Grill Point is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 20 German Must-See Movies of the 21st Century
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A touching film, heavily influenced by the Dogme 95 movement, Andreas Dresen's. Halbe Treppe was shot almost entirely on location in the German city Frankfurt (Oder), using handheld digital video. The performances are improvised, following only a rough idea of where the scenes should lead. see more on Grill Point