Here are the best new German movies to come out of 2019. Some of the most exciting and interesting films around are German movies. An entire generation of directors has emerged in the country, and they are changing the face of cinema in Germany. Best of all, they work in a wide variety of genres. Some of the best German movies this year have been comedies, crime dramas, thrillers, documentaries, and comedies. There are serious, heavy films, but also light escapist fare.
Interestingly, a couple of the year's most notable German releases feature actors well-known in North America. Diane Kruger and Martin Freeman star in The Operative, which is a German-French co-production. Kate Winslet and Willem Dafoe, meanwhile, provide voices for the animated feature Manou the Swift. Other films present some of Germany's most popular and acclaimed actors. For example, Tom Schilling appears in several of them. There are additional established stars, plus some promising up and comers. You can also catch some of these German movies on Netflix in selected regions.
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SystemsprengerHelena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch
Systemsprenger is a 2019 German drama directed by Nora Fingscheidt. On her wild quest for love, 9-year-old Benni's untamed energy drives everyone around her to despair.
Blame GameAlireza Bayram, Stephan Buschmann
Blame Game is a 2019 German thriller directed by Philipp Leinemann.
The GoldfishTom Schilling, Jesse Haase
The Goldfish is a 2019 German comedy directed by Alireza Golafshan.
The Collini CaseFranco Nero, Alexandra Maria Lara
The Collini Case is a 2019 German crime drama thriller directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner. A young lawyer stumbles upon a vast conspiracy while investigating a brutal murder case.
The Golden GloveJonas Dassler, Margarete Tiesel
The Golden Glove is a 2019 German crime drama directed by Faith Akin. A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s.
BrechtBerghart Klaubner, Tom Schilling
Brecht is a 2019 German historical biography directed by Heinrich Breloer. Starting from the year 1956, Brecht's year of death, the film looks back on the time of the First World War and the life Bertolt Brecht in a mixture of fiction and documentary.
SweetheartsKaroline Herfurth, Hannah Herzsprung
Sweethearts is a 2019 German comedy romance directed by Karoline Herfurth. Forced together by fate and an ill-executed diamond robbery, professional criminal Mel and nerdy, easily-panicked hostage Franny are in a race against time.
Directed by: Marie Kreutzer
The Ground Beneath My Feet is a 2019 German drama directed by Marie Kreutzer.
The OperativeDiane Kruger, Martin Freeman
The Operative is a 2019 German-French thriller directed by Yuval Adler. A woman is recruited by the Mossad to work undercover in Tehran.
Manou the SwiftKate Winslet, Willem Dafoe
Directed by: Christian Haas
Manou the Swift is a 2019 German animated adventure comedy directed by Christian Haas and Andrea Block.
Kidnapping StellaJella Haase, Max von der Groeben
Kidnapping Stella is a 2019 German thriller directed by Thomas Sieben. Snatched off the street and held for ransom, a bound and gagged woman uses her limited powers to derail her two masked abductors' carefully laid plans.
Berlin BouncerSven Marquadt, Smiley Baldwin
Berlin Bouncer is a 2019 German documentary directed by David Dietl. An exciting piece of Berlin's cultural history from the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall to the vibrant present.
I Was At Home, ButThorbjorn Bjornsson, Esther Buss
I Was at Home, But is a 2019 German drama directed by Angela Schanelec. After a 13-year-old student disappears without a trace for a week and suddenly reappears, his mother and teachers are confronted with existential questions that change their whole view of life.
Rocca Changes the WorldLuna Maxeiner, Luise Richter
Rocca Changes the World is a 2019 German comedy adventure directed by Katja Benrath.
Rate Your DateMarc Benjamin, Edin Hasanovic
Rate Your Date is a 2019 German comedy directed by David Dietl.
RoadsFionn Whitehead, Ben Chaplin
Roads is a 2019 German comedy directed by Sebastian Schipper. Two lost teenage boys, from Congo and Britain, meet in Morocco and take a road trip in a stolen RV to France, encountering poverty and refugees on the way.
Golden TwentiesHenriette Confurius, Inga Busch
Golden Twenties is a 2019 German drama directed by Sophie Kluge.
All My LovingLars Eidinger, Hans Low
All My Loving is a 2019 German drama directed by Edward Berger. A film about three siblings.
A Regular WomanAlmila Bagriacik, Merve Askoy
A Regular Woman is a 2019 German crime drama directed by Sherry Hormann.
I Was, I Am, I Will BeAnne Ratte-Polle, Godehard Giese
I Was, I Am, I Will Be is a 2019 German romantic drama directed by Ilker Catak.