What are the best German movies of the 21st cnetury? This list is an overview of some 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. So what is the best German movie from 2000 and beyond? Which German movies from the 21st century are a must-see? Which movies have defined German cinema?
German auteurs like Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck have made great films such as The Lives of Others and Never Look Away. Sebastian Schipper came onto the scene with Victoria. Christian Petzold has been making splashes with Phoenix and Undine. But what is the best German film?
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Directed by: Florian Henckel von DonnersmarckDirector 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.
Directed by: Caroline LinkNirgendwo 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.
Directed by: Fatih AkınA widely praised film by Turkish-German director Fatih Akin. The complex and interwoven story of Auf der anderen Seite is set in Germany and Turkey and depicts various people with different cultural and social backgrounds whose paths meet in the course of life-changing events.
Directed by: Florian Henckel von DonnersmarckNever Look Away is a 2018 German drama film directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, inspired by the life of Gerhard Richter. In post-war East Germany, an art student (Tom Schilling) falls in... more
Directed by: Michael Haneke
Directed by: Chris KrausA piano teacher gives lessons in a women's prison, where she meets the talented but overly aggressive girl Jenny. Step by step, Vier Minuten reveals the wounded souls of the two protagonists.
Directed by: Sönke WortmannThe Miracle of Bern is a 2003 film by Sönke Wortmann, which tells the story of a German family and the unexpected West German miracle victory in the 1954 World Cup Final in Bern, Switzerland. The... more
Directed by: Robert SchwentkeThe Captain (aka Der Hauptmann) is a 2017 German historical drama film directed by Robert Schwentke. In the last moments of World War II, a young German soldier fighting for survival finds a Nazi... more
Directed by: Christian PetzoldPhoenix is a 2014 German drama film directed by Christian Petzold, loosely adapted from the 1961 novel Le Retour des Cendres by French author Hubert Monteilhet, A disfigured concentration-camp... more
Directed by: Sebastian SchipperVictoria is a 2015 German crime thriller film directed by Sebastian Schipper. It follows Victoria (Laia Costa), a Spanish woman who meets four men in Germany and gets embroiled in their shady... more
Directed by: Wolfgang BeckerGood Bye, Lenin was the most succesful film of 2003 in Germany. A heartwarming tragicomedy about a boy who, in the year 1990, tries to set up the GDR again for his mother, who just awoke from a coma and needs to avoid any excitement. Problem is, the world around her has changed completely in just a few months.
Directed by: Paul ScheuringAn exciting thriller inspired by the events of the Stanford prison experiment, Das Experiment was more appreciated by audiences than by the critics. The film was remade in 2010 in the US, starring Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker.
Directed by: Uli EdelAnother take on German history, Der Baader Meinhof Komplex depicts the early years of the West German militant group "Rote Armee Fraktion" (Red Army Faction, or RAF). The film by director Uli Edel and producer Bernd Eichinger is like a Who's-Who showcase of German actors. Der Baader Meinhof Komplex was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film for the 81st. Academy Awards.
Directed by: Christian PetzoldBarbara is a 2012 German drama film directed by Christian Petzold. The film competed at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012, where Petzold won the Silver Bear for Best... more
Directed by: Jan-Ole GersterA Coffee in Berlin, also titled Oh Boy, is a 2012 German tragicomedy film directed by Jan-Ole Gerster. A fateful day pushes an aimless college dropout (Tom Schilling) to stop wasting his time and... more
Directed by: Stefan RuzowitzkyThis co-production of Austria and Germany won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Films (Austria). Based on true events, Die Fälscher centers on the Jewish counterfeiter Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch, who with other prisoners is forced to help the N***s on a secret operation in the concentration camp Sachsenhausen. Their plan was to destabilize British economy by flooding it with forged bank notes.
Directed by: Hans-Christian SchmidRequiem is a 2006 German drama film directed by Hans-Christian Schmid. It stars Sandra Hüller as a woman with epilepsy, Michaela Klingler, believed by members of her church and herself to be... more
Directed by: Reto CaffiOn the Line is a 2007 short, drama film written by Reto Caffi and Philippe Zweifel, directed by Reto Caffi....
Directed by: Romuald KarmakarDie Nacht singt ihre Lieder is a 2004 drama film directed by Romuald Karmakar....
Directed by: Maria SpethIn den Tag hinein is a film directed by Maria Speth released on November 15, 2001....
Directed by: Maren AdeThe Forest for the Trees is a 2003 drama film directed by Maren Ade.... more
Directed by: Baran Odar"A bicycle found in a wheat field. A missing teenager. Is history repeating itself? 23 years ago, a young girl named Pia was raped and murdered at this exact spot. Has the same happened again to... more
Directed by: Matthias GlasnerThe Free Will is a 2006 German drama film directed by Matthias Glasner. It premiered in competition at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2006 and was awarded two prizes: Jürgen... more
Directed by: Valeska GrisebachLonging is a 2006 romantic drama film written and directed by Valeska Grisebach.... more
Directed by: Maren Ade"One of the most accomplished unraveling-couple films of recent years, writer-director Maren Ade’s second feature brilliantly captures the growing disconnect between mismatched young lovers Chris... more