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List of famous film directors from Germany, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Germany has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best German directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Germany and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best German directors?" and "Which directors are from Germany?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Germany in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented German directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.

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Achim von Borries is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 50 Achim von Borries is a film and television director and a screenwriter.

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Ades Zabel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 55 Ades Zabel is an actor, film director and screenwriter.

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Adrian Pasdar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 53 Adrian Pasdar is an American actor, voice artist, and film director. He is known for playing Jim Profit on the TV series Profit, for his roles in Near Dark, Carlito's Way, Mysterious Ways and as ...more

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Adnan G. Köse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Adnan G. Köse Adnan G. Köse is a screenwriter, film director, and actor.

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Adolf Winkelmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 72 Adolf Winkelmann is a German film director, film producer and screenwriter. He is also a professor of film design in the department of design at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and

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Aleksandra Khokhlova is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Died at 88 (1897-1985) Aleksandra Khokhlova is an actress and film director.

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Alexander Mann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Alexander Mann Alex Mann is a German bobsledder who has competed since 2007. He won two medals at the 2008 FIBT World Championships in Altenberg, Germany with a gold in the mixed team event and a bronze in the ...more

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Alex Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Alex Schmidt age 40 Alex Schmidt is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.

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Alexander Adolph is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Alexander Adolph age 53 Alexander Adolph is a Screenwriter.

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Alexander Gellner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Alexander Gellner age 36 Alexander Gellner is a film director and film producer.

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Alexander Jovy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 47 Alexander Jovy is a film director. He was born in Germany, however his family soon went to live in Switzerland. Later, he went to England to study Law in the The College of Law. He quit his job ...more

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Alexander Kluge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 86 Alexander Kluge is a German author and film director.

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Alexander von Eschwege is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Died at 52 (1948-2000) Alexander von Eschwege was an actor, screenwriter, film and television director.

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Alfred Abel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Died at 58 (1879-1937) Alfred Peter Abel was a German film actor, director, and producer. He appeared in more than 140 silent and sound films between 1913 and 1938. His best-known performance was as Joh Fredersen in ...more

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Alfred Ehrhardt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Alfred Ehrhardt Died at 83 (1901-1984) Alfred Ehrhardt was a film director, film producer, cinematographer, screenwriter, photographer and painter.

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Alfred Schirokauer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Alfred Schirokauer Died at 74 (1880-1954) Alfred Schirokauer was a screenwriter.

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Alfred Vohrer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Died at 72 (1914-1986) Alfred Vohrer was a German film director and actor. He directed 48 films between 1958 and 1984. His 1969 film Seven Days Grace was entered into the 6th Moscow International Film Festival. His ...more

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Alfred Weidenmann is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Died at 82 (1918-2000) Alfred Weidenmann was a German film director and screenwriter. He directed 36 films between 1942 and 1984.

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Alfred Zeisler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Died at 93 (1892-1985) Alfred Zeisler was an American-born German film producer, director, actor and screenwriter. He produced 29 films between 1927 and 1936. He also directed 16 films between 1924 and 1949. He was ...more

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Alfredo B. Crevenna is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Died at 82 (1914-1996) Alfredo B. Crevenna was a Mexican film director and screenwriter. He directed 151 films between 1945 and 1995.

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Ali Selim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Ali Selim is an Arab-American advertising and independent film director. Over the past fifteen years he has directed over 850 television commercials, five half-hour documentaries and several ...more

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Alice Gruia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 35 Alice Gruia is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.

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Anthony Mann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Died at 61 (1906-1967) Anthony Mann was an American actor and film director, most notably of films noir and Westerns. As a director, he often collaborated with the cinematographer John Alton and with actor James ...more

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Almut Getto is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Almut Getto age 54 Almut Getto is a film director.

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Andi Niessner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Andi Niessner age 51 Andi Niessner is a film director.

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André Erkau is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
André Erkau age 50 André Erkau is a German film director and screenplay writer.

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André F. Nebe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
André F. Nebe age 45 André F. Nebe is a film director.

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Andre Hormann is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Andre Hormann age 43 André Hörmann is a film director and screenwriter

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André Nier is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
André Nier age 41 André Nier is a film producer, cinematographer, film editor and film director.

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Artur Brauner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 100 Artur "Atze" Brauner is a German film producer and entrepreneur of Polish origin. He was born to a Jewish family in Łódź, Poland. With his parents and four siblings, he fled to ...more

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Andreas Arnstedt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Andreas Arnstedt age 49

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Andreas Dresen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 55 Andreas Dresen is a German film director. His directing credits include Cloud 9, Summer in Berlin, Grill Point and Night Shapes. His film Stopped on Track premiered at the Un Certain Regard ...more

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Andreas Hykade is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 50 Andreas Hykade is an animation director from Germany. Before studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart from 1988 to 1990, he attended König-Karlmann-Gymnasium Altötting. He ...more

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Andreas Samland is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Andreas Samland age 44 Andreas Samland is a German film maker.

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Andreas Schnaas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 50 Andreas Schnaas is a German director and actor, working exclusively in the horror genre. Since he first appeared on the film scene in 1989, Schnaas has become a leader in Germany's ultra-violent ...more

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Andreas Thiel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Died at 49 (1957-2006) Andreas Thiel was a film director, film producer, actor and screenwriter.

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Andres Veiel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 59 Andres Veiel is a German film and theater director and author.

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Andrew Thorndike is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Andrew Thorndike Died at 70 (1909-1979) Andrew Thorndike was a German documentary film director. He directed 16 films between 1949 and 1977. His 1950 documentary, Der Weg nach oben, won the Best Documentary Film at the Karlovy Vary ...more

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Andrzej Seweryn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 72 Andrzej Seweryn is a Polish actor and director. One of the most successful Polish theatre actors, he starred in over 50 films, mostly in Poland, France and Germany. He is also one of only three ...more

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Andy Fetscher is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 38 Andy Fetscher is a German-Romanian film director, cinematographer and screenwriter.

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Angela Christlieb is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 53 Angela Christlieb is a film editor, director, screenwriter, and cinematographer.

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Angela Schanelec is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 56 Angela Schanelec is a German actress, film director and screenwriter. Her film Places in Cities was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

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Angela Steffen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Angela Steffen age 39 Angela Steffen is a film director and writer.

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Angelina Maccarone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 53 Angelina Maccarone is a German film director and writer.

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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Died at 33 (1940-1973) Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese ...more

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Ann-Kristin Reyels is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 42 Ann-Kristin Reyels is a Film Director and a Screenwriter.

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Carl Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Died at 64 (1872-1936) Carl Wilhelm was a prolific German film director, film producer and screenwriter of the silent film era, at the end of which his career apparently entirely faded away and he vanished into

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Anna Bergmann is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Anna Bergmann Anna Bergmann is a film director, writer and editor.

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Anna Frances Ewert is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
Anna Frances Ewert age 32 Anna Frances Ewert is a film producer, film director, and film editor.

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Anne Wiazemsky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from Germany
age 71 Anne Wiazemsky is a French actress and novelist of the Russian Rurikid family of Princes Vyazemsky-Counts Levashov. Through her mother, she is the granddaughter of François Mauriac. She ...more