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Famous Movies From German Democratic Republic

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List of popular movies from German Democratic Republic, listed by popularity with movie trailers when available. All prominent movies shot in German Democratic Republic are included. This list of famous films made in German Democratic Republic includes additional information about the movies, such as who directed them and what genre they are. Any top rated movies made in German Democratic Republic should appear on this list, with the most well-known ones at the top. The most popular cinema of German Democratic Republic is included below, so if you see a movie that's missing then it probably isn't very well-known.

The Orphanage and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory are only the beginning of the movies on this list. This list answers the questions What movies were shot in German Democratic Republic?"
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  • 1

    The Orphanage

    Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda

    Released2007

    Directed byJuan Antonio Bayona

    The Orphanage is a 2007 Spanish horror film and the debut feature of Spanish filmmaker J. A. Bayona. The film stars Belén Rueda as Laura, Fernando Cayo as her husband, Carlos, and Roger Príncep as...  more
  • 2

    The Crucible

    Simone Signoret, Mylène Demongeot

    Released1957

    Directed byRaymond Rouleau

    The Crucible is a 1957 joint Franco-East German film production directed by Raymond Rouleau with a screenplay adapted by Jean-Paul Sartre from the 1953 play The Crucible, by Arthur Miller. The film...  more
  • 3

    Laila Majnu

    nm2147526, Aruna Irani

    Released1979

    Directed byHarnam Singh Rawail

    Laila Majnu is a 1976 Hindi movie based on the legendary story of Layla and Majnun. This film version is directed by Harnam Singh Rawail and stars Rishi Kapoor, Ranjeeta, Danny Denzongpa, Aruna...  more
  • 4

    Stalingrad

    Powers Boothe, Fernando Allende

    Released1990

    Directed byYuri Ozerov

    Stalingrad is a 1989 two-part Soviet-East German-Czechoslovak-American co-production directed by Yuri Ozerov, who also wrote the script. The film revolves around the Battle of Stalingrad....  more
  • 5

    Stars

    Yury Yakovlev, Itzhak Fintzi

    Released1959

    Directed byKonrad Wolf

    Stars is a 1959 film directed by Konrad Wolf. It tells the story of a Nazi officer who falls in love with a Greek Jewish girl while escorting Jewish prisoners through Bulgaria to a concentration...  more
  • 6

    Five Days, Five Nights

    Vsevolod Sanayev, Vsevolod Safonov

    Released1961

    Directed byLev Arnshtam, Anatolij Golowanow, Heinz Thiel

    Five Days, Five Nights is a 1961 joint Soviet–East German film, directed by Lev Arnshtam and Heinz Thiel....  more
  • 7

    The Sons of Great Bear

    Gojko Mitić, Hans Hardt-Hardtloff

    Released1966

    Directed byJosef Mach

    The Sons of Great Bear is a 1966 East German Western film, directed by the Czechoslovak filmmaker Josef Mach and starring the Yugoslav actor Gojko Mitić in the leading role of Tokei-ihto. The script...  more
  • 8

    Trace of Stones

    Manfred Krug, Eberhard Esche

    Released1966

    Directed byFrank Beyer

    Trace of Stones is a 1966 East German film by Frank Beyer. It was based on the eponymous novel by Erik Neutsch and starred Manfred Krug in the main role. After its release, the film was shown only...  more
  • 9

    The Woman and the Stranger

    Peter Zimmermann, Joachim Lätsch

    Released1984

    Directed byRainer Simon

    The Woman and the Stranger is a 1985 East German film directed by Rainer Simon. It is based on Leonhard Frank's novella "Karl und Anna" and tells the story of two friends in a POW camp during World...  more
  • 10

    Released1953

    Directed byWolfgang Staudte

    Die Geschichte vom Kleinen Muck is a 1953 feature film directed by Wolfgang Staudte, adapted from the 19th century fairy tale written by Wilhelm Hauff....  more
  • 11

    Jacob the Liar

    Vlastimil Brodský, Henry Hübchen

    Released1975

    Directed byFrank Beyer

    Jacob the Liar is a 1975 East German-Czechoslovakian Holocaust film directed by Frank Beyer and based on the novel of the same name by Jurek Becker. It starred Vlastimil Brodský in the title...  more
  • 12

    Lotte in Weimar

    Lilli Palmer, Christa Lehmann

    Released1975

    Directed byEgon Günther

    Lotte in Weimar is a 1975 East German drama film directed by Egon Günther and produced by DEFA. It was entered into the 1975 Cannes Film Festival. It is based on the 1939 novel, Lotte in Weimar: The...  more
  • 13

    Council of the Gods

    Paul Bildt, Inge Keller

    Released1950

    Directed byKurt Maetzig

    Der Rat der Götter is an East German black-and-white film, directed by Kurt Maetzig. It was released in 1950....  more
  • 14

    The Rabbit Is Me

    Peter Borgelt, Willi Narloch

    Released1965

    Directed byKurt Maetzig

    The Rabbit Is Me is an East German dramatic film directed by Kurt Maetzig. It was filmed in 1965, and based on the novel by Manfred Bieler....  more
  • 15

    The Singing Ringing Tree

    Eckart Dux, Maria Besendahl

    Released1957

    Directed byFrancesco Stefani

    The Singing Ringing Tree was a children's film made by East German studio DEFA in 1957 and shown in the form of a television series by the BBC. It was a story in the style of the Brothers Grimm,...  more
  • 16

    Ernst Thälmann - Son of his Class

    Michel Piccoli, Werner Peters

    Directed byKurt Maetzig

    Ernst Thälmann is an East German film in two parts about the life of the German Communist leader Ernst Thälmann, directed by Kurt Maetzig and starring Günther Simon in the title role. The first...  more
  • 17

    Berlin, Schoenhauser Corner

    Ekkehard Schall, Ilse Pagé

    Released1957

    Directed byGerhard Klein

    "The third film made by the Kohlhaase/Klein ‘collective’ is a DEFA classic. Inspired by Italian Neorealism and filmed on original locations in Prenzlauer Berg, the film portrays a group of youths...  more
  • 18

    The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement

    The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement is a 2010 short documentary film directed by Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday....  more
  • 19

    Anton the Magician

    Ulrich Thein

    Released1978

    Directed byGünter Reisch

    Anton the Magician is a 1978 East German drama film directed by Günter Reisch. It was entered into the 11th Moscow International Film Festival where Ulrich Thein won the award for Best Actor....  more
  • 20

    Coming Out

    Michael Gwisdek, Dagmar Manzel

    Released1989

    Directed byHeiner Carow

    Coming Out is a 1989 East German romantic drama film directed by Heiner Carow and written by Wolfram Witt. Starring Matthias Freihof, Dagmar Manzel, and Dirk Kummer, the film deals with the process...  more
  • 21

    Les Misérables

    Jean Gabin, Bernard Blier

    Released1958

    Directed byJean-Paul Le Chanois

    Les Misérables is a 1958 French-East German-Italian film adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel released in France on 12 March 1958. Written by Michel Audiard and René Barjavel, the film was directed by...  more
  • 22

    Goya

    Donatas Banionis, Mikhail Kozakov

    Released1971

    Directed byKonrad Wolf

    Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment is a 1971 East German drama film directed by Konrad Wolf. It was entered into the 7th Moscow International Film Festival where it won a Special Prize....  more
  • 23

    The Architects

    Hans-Joachim Hegewald, Werner Dissel

    Released1990

    Directed byPeter Kahane

    The Architects is a 1990 drama film written by Peter Kahane and Thomas Knauf and directed by Peter Kahane....  more
  • 24

    Solo Sunny

    Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Renate Krößner

    Released1980

    Directed byKonrad Wolf, Wolfgang Kohlhaase

    Solo Sunny is a 1978 drama film directed by Konrad Wolf and Wolfgang Kohlhaase....  more
  • 25

    Vergesst mir meine Traudel nicht

    Eva-Maria Hagen, Sabine Thalbach

    Released1957

    Directed byKurt Maetzig

    Don't Forget My Little Traudel is an East German comedy film, directed by Kurt Maetzig. It was released in 1957....  more