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The Best German Movies of 2019

Updated August 19, 2019 224 votes 102 voters 5.6k views20 items

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.

Vote up the best German films of 2019 from the list below, regardless of which genre they fall into. If you don't see your favorite here, please add it to the list. Don't forget to check back later on to see how other users rank your picks. 

 

 

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  • 1
    Systemsprenger
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    Systemsprenger

    Helena 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.

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    Blame Game
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    Blame Game

    Alireza Bayram, Stephan Buschmann

    Blame Game is a 2019 German thriller directed by Philipp Leinemann. 

  • 3
    The Goldfish
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    8

    The Goldfish

    Tom Schilling, Jesse Haase

    The Goldfish is a 2019 German comedy directed by Alireza Golafshan. 

  • 4
    The Collini Case
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    2

    The Collini Case

    Franco 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.

  • 5
    The Golden Glove
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    2

    The Golden Glove

    Jonas 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.

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    Brecht
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    5

    Brecht

    Berghart 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.

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    Sweethearts
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    2

    Sweethearts

    Karoline 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. 

  • 8
    The Ground Beneath My Feet
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    2

    The Ground Beneath My Feet

    Valerie Pachner, Pia Hierzegger

    Released2019

    Directed byMarie Kreutzer

    The Ground Beneath My Feet is a 2019 German drama directed by Marie Kreutzer. 

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    The Operative
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    7

    The Operative

    Diane 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.

  • 10
    Manou the Swift
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    1

    Manou the Swift

    Kate Winslet, Willem Dafoe

    Directed byChristian Haas

    Manou the Swift is a 2019 German animated adventure comedy directed by Christian Haas and Andrea Block. 

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    Kidnapping Stella
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    4

    Kidnapping Stella

    Jella 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.

  • 12
    Berlin Bouncer
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    Berlin Bouncer

    Sven 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.

  • 13
    I Was At Home, But
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    2

    I Was At Home, But

    Thorbjorn 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.

  • 14
    Rocca Changes the World
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    1

    Rocca Changes the World

    Luna Maxeiner, Luise Richter

    Rocca Changes the World is a 2019 German comedy adventure directed by Katja Benrath. 

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    Rate Your Date
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    1

    Rate Your Date

    Marc Benjamin, Edin Hasanovic

    Rate Your Date is a 2019 German comedy directed by David Dietl. 

  • 16
    Roads
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    Roads

    Fionn 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.

  • 17
    Golden Twenties
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    2

    Golden Twenties

    Henriette Confurius, Inga Busch

    Golden Twenties is a 2019 German drama directed by Sophie Kluge. 

  • 18
    All My Loving
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    2

    All My Loving

    Lars Eidinger, Hans Low

    All My Loving is a 2019 German drama directed by Edward Berger. A film about three siblings.

  • 19
    A Regular Woman
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    A Regular Woman

    Almila Bagriacik, Merve Askoy

    A Regular Woman is a 2019 German crime drama directed by Sherry Hormann. 

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    I Was, I Am, I Will Be
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    I Was, I Am, I Will Be

    Anne Ratte-Polle, Godehard Giese

    I Was, I Am, I Will Be is a 2019 German romantic drama directed by Ilker Catak.