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The Best Werner Herzog Movies

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List of the best Werner Herzog movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Werner Herzog's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Werner Herzog movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Werner Herzog docs will be at the top of the list. Werner Herzog has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Werner Herzog movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most interesting Werner Herzog films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Werner Herzog documentaries isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Werner Herzog performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Herzog's films range from Lessons of Darkness to Julien Donkey-Boy.

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    Encounters at the End of the World is a 2007 American documentary film by Werner Herzog. The film studies people and places in Antarctica. It was released in North America on June 11, 2008, and distributed by THINKFilm....  more
    • Actors: Werner Herzog
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Werner Herzog
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    Burden of Dreams is a feature-length documentary and making-of directed by Les Blank, shot during and about the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's 1982 film Fitzcarraldo, filmed in the jungles of South America. Throughout production, Blank and his small crew were exhausted and exasperated, Blank specifically feeling “unconnected to the people around me”. Keeping up with the antics of Herzog and Klaus Kinski likewise proved difficult for the reserved, introverted Blank. By the last week of production, he was so burnt out that he feared coming out of production “like some Viet Nam veterans, horribly calloused,” writing in his journal a simple and blatant “I’m tired of it all and I couldn’t...  more
    • Actors: Mick Jagger, Claudia Cardinale, Werner Herzog, Jason Robards Jr., Klaus Kinski
    • Released: 1982
    • Directed by: Les Blank
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    My Best Fiend is a 1999 German documentary film written and directed by Werner Herzog, about his tumultuous yet productive relationship with German actor Klaus Kinski. It was released on DVD in 2000 by Anchor Bay....  more
    • Actors: Mick Jagger, Jason Robards Jr., Klaus Kinski
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Werner Herzog
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    Signs of Life is a 1968 feature film written, directed, and produced by Werner Herzog. It was his first feature film, and his first major commercial and critical success. The story is roughly based on the short story Der Tolle Invalide auf dem Fort Ratonneau, written by Achim von Arnim....  more
    • Actors: Werner Herzog, Henry van Lyck, Wolfgang Reichmann, Wolfgang Stumpf, Peter Brogle
    • Released: 1968
    • Directed by: Werner Herzog
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