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The Best German Movies of 2019  

Jason Bancroft
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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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The Goldfish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
The Goldfish Tom Schilling, Jesse Haase

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

2
Systemsprenger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
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.

3
Blame Game is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
Blame Game Alireza Bayram, Stephan Buschmann

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

4
The Golden Glove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
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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The Ground Beneath My Feet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
Valerie Pachner, Pia Hierzegger, Mavie Hörbiger

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

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Manou the Swift is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
Manou the Swift Kate Winslet, Willem Dafoe

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

7
Kidnapping Stella is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
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.

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The Collini Case is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
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.

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Sweethearts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
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. 

10
I Was At Home, But is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
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.

11
Brecht is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
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.

12
Rocca Changes the World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
Rocca Changes the World Luna Maxeiner, Luise Richter

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

13
Golden Twenties is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
Golden Twenties Henriette Confurius, Inga Busch, Max Krause

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

14
All My Loving is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
All My Loving Lars Eidinger, Hans Low

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

15
Berlin Bouncer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
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.

16
Rate Your Date is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
Rate Your Date Marc Benjamin, Edin Hasanovic

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

17
Roads is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
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.

18
The Operative is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
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.

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A Regular Woman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
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 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best German Movies of 2019
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.