German Crime Films

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German Crime Films

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1. Victoria (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A young Spanish woman who has recently moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.

Director: Sebastian Schipper | Stars: Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit

Votes: 54,303

2. The Golden Glove (2019)

Not Rated | 115 min | Crime, Drama, History

38 Metascore

A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Jonas Dassler, Margarete Tiesel, Katja Studt, Adam Bousdoukos

Votes: 11,400

3. Aus dem Nichts (2016)

Drama

"From Nothing" - Can non-energy be generated from empty space-off? In the 1920s, Carl Schappeller claims to be able to develop a mechanism -a machine-by means of which a hitherto unexplored... See full summary »

Director: Angela Summereder | Stars: Gottfried Breitfuss, Tim Breyvogel, Sabina Holzer, Annette Holzmann

Votes: 275

4. Run Lola Run (1998)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri

Votes: 189,844 | Gross: $7.27M

5. The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

R | 150 min | Action, Biography, Crime

76 Metascore

A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz

Votes: 36,435 | Gross: $0.48M

6. The Silence (2010)

Not Rated | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.

Director: Baran bo Odar | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Claudia Michelsen, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Katrin Saß

Votes: 6,725 | Gross: $0.10M

7. Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Crime, Comedy

Two terminally ill patients escape from a hospital, steal a car and rush towards the sea.

Director: Thomas Jahn | Stars: Til Schweiger, Jan Josef Liefers, Thierry van Werveke, Moritz Bleibtreu

Votes: 28,149 | Gross: $0.00M

8. The Counterfeiters (2007)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, History

78 Metascore

The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII.

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky | Stars: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach

Votes: 43,685 | Gross: $5.48M

9. Vier gegen die Bank (2016)

96 min | Comedy, Crime

Four men, betrayed by the bank, unite to take revenge.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Til Schweiger, Matthias Schweighöfer, Jan Josef Liefers, Michael Herbig

Votes: 2,797

10. Snowflake (2017)

121 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Hunting down the murderer of their families in an anarchic Berlin of the near future, the outlaws Tan and Javid find themselves trapped in the wicked fairytale of a mysterious screenplay ... See full summary »

Directors: Adolfo J. Kolmerer, William James | Stars: Reza Brojerdi, Erkan Acar, Alexander Wolf, Loretta Stern

Votes: 1,142

11. Godless Youth (2017)

114 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

German students compete to enter one of the country's elite schools.

Director: Alain Gsponer | Stars: Jannis Niewöhner, Fahri Yardim, Emilia Schüle, Alicia von Rittberg

Votes: 1,393

12. Antibodies (2005)

Not Rated | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

57 Metascore

Wanted for a long time, serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police raid. Small town cop Michael Martens travels to the big city to interrogate him and finds out more than he is looking for.

Director: Christian Alvart | Stars: Norman Reedus, Christian von Aster, André Hennicke, Waltraud Witte

Votes: 7,875

13. Daniel the Wizard (2004)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

Evil assassins want to kill Daniel Kublbock, the third runner up for the German Idols.

Director: Ulli Lommel | Stars: Daniel Küblböck, Ulli Lommel, Rudolf Waldemar Brem, Katja Rupé

Votes: 13,882

14. Cut Off (2018)

132 min | Action, Crime, Horror

Thriller set in the world of Forensic Pathology. Coroner Paul Herzfeld finds a capsule in the head of a heavily mutilated corpse, containing a phone number and single word: the name of his daughter.

Director: Christian Alvart | Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Lars Eidinger, Fahri Yardim

Votes: 5,712

16. We Are Young. We Are Strong. (2014)

123 min | Crime, Drama, History

On 24th August 1992 in the eastern German city of Rostock a rampaging mob, to the applause and cheering of more than 3,000 bystanders, besieged and set fire to a residential building ... See full summary »

Director: Burhan Qurbani | Stars: Jonas Nay, Trang Le Hong, Devid Striesow, Joel Basman

Votes: 2,042

17. Asphaltgorillas (2018)

103 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A gangster in Berlin tries to change his fate.

Director: Detlev Buck | Stars: Samuel Schneider, Ella Rumpf, Jannis Niewöhner, Kida Khodr Ramadan

Votes: 558

18. Sweethearts (2019)

107 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

Forced together by fate and an ill-executed diamond robbery, professional criminal Mel and her easily-panicked hostage Franny are in a race against time. Soon pursued by a relentless ... See full summary »

Director: Karoline Herfurth | Stars: Karoline Herfurth, Hannah Herzsprung, Anneke Kim Sarnau, Frederick Lau

Votes: 709

19. Sasha (2010)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Sasha is a piano prodigy under pressure to gain admittance to a prestigious music school. What is really stressing Sasha is his emerging sexuality, plus his piano tutor is moving away, because Sasha is in love with him, and no one knows.

Director: Dennis Todorovic | Stars: Sasa Kekez, Predrag Bjelac, Ljubisa Gruicic, Zeljka Preksavec

Votes: 1,373

20. Bang Boom Bang - Ein todsicheres Ding (1999)

110 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A violent chain of events ensues as a jailed criminal arranges to buy a car from a shady car dealer, unaware that his partner in freedom has squandered most of the money from their last bank robbery on horse race betting.

Director: Peter Thorwarth | Stars: Oliver Korittke, Markus Knüfken, Ralf Richter, Diether Krebs

Votes: 9,753

21. Stereo (I) (2014)

98 min | Crime, Thriller

The appearance of a mysterious, hooded man evokes Erik's sinister past.

Director: Maximilian Erlenwein | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Moritz Bleibtreu, Petra Schmidt-Schaller, Georg Friedrich

Votes: 4,628

22. The Child I Never Was (2002)

86 min | Crime, Drama

59 Metascore

The true-life story of 19-year-old Jürgen Bartsch, a German pedophile serial killer who murdered four boys, based on his correspondence, over the course of eight years, with German American author Paul Moor.

Director: Kai S. Pieck | Stars: Tobias Schenke, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Ulrike Bliefert, Walter Gontermann

Votes: 562

23. Nothing Bad Can Happen (2013)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

51 Metascore

Inspired by horrifying true events, Nothing Bad Can Happen follows Tore, a young lost soul involved with an underground Christian punk movement who falls in with a dysfunctional family who test his seemingly unwavering faith.

Director: Katrin Gebbe | Stars: Julius Feldmeier, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Annika Kuhl, Gro Swantje Kohlhof

Votes: 1,455 | Gross: $0.00M

24. Gun-shy (2003)

Unrated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Dito Tsintsadze's drama focuses on a loner whose life changes dramatically, when he gets to know a beautiful, but strange girl. Lukas, a young man doing "meals on wheels" instead of ... See full summary »

Director: Dito Tsintsadze | Stars: Fabian Hinrichs, Lavinia Wilson, Johan Leysen, Ingeborg Westphal

Votes: 533

25. Wild Mouse (2017)

103 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When Georg loses his job, he conceals the fact from his younger wife Johanna, who wants a child with him. Instead, he embarks upon a campaign of revenge against his former boss and begins to renovate a roller-coaster with an old school friend.

Director: Josef Hader | Stars: Josef Hader, Pia Hierzegger, Georg Friedrich, Jörg Hartmann

Votes: 2,333

26. Only God Can Judge Me (2017)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After a botched robbery attempt five years ago, Ricky went to jail for his brother Rafael and his buddy Latif. Now that he is back out of jail, Latif wants to show his gratitude: he says he... See full summary »

Director: Özgür Yildirim | Stars: Neil Malik Abdullah, Kai Ivo Baulitz, Moritz Bleibtreu, Zejhun Demirov

Votes: 1,811

27. Tatort (1970– )
Episode: Tschiller: Off Duty (2018)

140 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

German police officer tries to save his daughter from an influence of a vicious crime organization.

Director: Christian Alvart | Stars: Til Schweiger, Fahri Yardim, Luna Schweiger, Özgür Emre Yildirim

Votes: 1,628

28. Little Miss Dolittle (2018)

96 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

An eleven year old girl can talk to animals. When a thief causes trouble in the local zoo, she comes to the rescue.

Director: Joachim Masannek | Stars: Peri Baumeister, Aylin Tezel, Meret Becker, Christoph Maria Herbst

Votes: 434

29. Schutzengel (2012)

130 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A troubled veteran from the war in Afghanistan works to protect an orphaned teenager who witnessed a murder from the killer's henchmen.

Director: Til Schweiger | Stars: Numan Acar, Volker Albers, Loyd Bateman, Gode Benedix

Votes: 4,030

30. Not My Day (2014)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Bank teller Till Reiners' life is torn out of a rut by a series of offbeat coincidences, which ultimately lead him to find himself and realize: His life isn't so bad after all...

Director: Peter Thorwarth | Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Axel Stein, Jasmin Gerat, Anna Maria Mühe

Votes: 4,512

31. Jargo (2004)

90 min | Crime, Drama

Cris Ridenour, constantly disobeying the petty demands of the petulant elite. After meeting a group of German delinquents, portrays cultural assimilation as necessary to human survival yet also the link to ones gravest loss.

Director: Maria Solrun | Stars: Constantin von Jascheroff, Oktay Özdemir, Nora von Waldstätten, Udo Kier

Votes: 211

32. A Regular Woman (2019)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

53 Metascore

Aynur, a German woman of Turkish descent, struggles for a free, self-determined life in the face of her family's opposition. Her brothers insult and threaten her, until she finally reports her oldest brother to the police.

Director: Sherry Hormann | Stars: Almila Bagriacik, Merve Aksoy, Aram Arami, Mehmet Atesci

Votes: 1,207

33. Punk Berlin 1982 (2015)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

1980: 19 year old Robert, fed up with Hippy phoniness and bourgeoise narrow mindedness alike, flees the German provinces for West Berlin. A tour de force through the glorious dirt of West Berlin ensues. Full of sex, drugs, love and PUNK.

Director: Oskar Roehler | Stars: Tom Schilling, Wilson Gonzalez, Emilia Schüle, Frederick Lau

Votes: 627

34. Sauerkrautkoma (2018)

96 min | Comedy, Crime

Franz Eberhofer feels comfortable as a cop in the small Bavarian village of Niederkaltenkirchen. His transfer to Munich is inconvenient for him. But soon a murder case brings him back to his tiny village.

Director: Ed Herzog | Stars: Sebastian Bezzel, Simon Schwarz, Lisa Maria Potthoff, Enzi Fuchs

Votes: 1,197

35. The Robber (2010)

Not Rated | 101 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

A story based on Johann Rettenberger, an Austrian marathon runner and a bank robber.

Director: Benjamin Heisenberg | Stars: Andreas Lust, Markus Schleinzer, Roman Kettner, Hannelore Klauber-Laursen

Votes: 4,285 | Gross: $0.08M

36. Goldene Zeiten (2006)

134 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Ingo organizes a charity event for the local golf club. Special guest will be the Hollywood star Douglas Burnett. But who remembers what the aging star looks like today?

Director: Peter Thorwarth | Stars: Wotan Wilke Möhring, Dirk Benedict, Wolf Roth, Gennadi Vengerov

Votes: 1,065

37. The Free Will (2006)

Unrated | 163 min | Crime, Drama

A man is released from a mental institution after serving 9 years for multiple rape.

Director: Matthias Glasner | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Sabine Timoteo, André Hennicke, Manfred Zapatka

Votes: 3,084

38. Tattoo (I) (2002)

108 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

66 Metascore

Two police detectives, a grizzled veteran and one fresh-faced rookie, hunt a ritualistic serial killer murdering people with tattoos and skinning them.

Director: Robert Schwentke | Stars: August Diehl, Christian Redl, Nadeshda Brennicke, Johan Leysen

Votes: 2,914

39. The Tigress (1992)

R | 83 min | Crime, Drama

It's the roaring twenties in Berlin. The Tigress, a gorgeous, wild, and very independent street walker, falls for a handsome grifter. When one of her lovers gets jealous, she betrays him ... See full summary »

Director: Karin Howard | Stars: Valentina Vargas, James Remar, George Peppard, Ferdy Mayne

Votes: 82

40. Short Sharp Shock (1998)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Three friends get caught in a life of major crime.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Mehmet Kurtulus, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Adam Bousdoukos, Regula Grauwiller

Votes: 4,243

41. Regular Guys (1996)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

Christoph, cop and self-confident macho, has trouble with his fiance. After a long night he wakes up in the arms of Edgar, a good-looking, gay auto-mechanic. His live gets more and more ... See full summary »

Director: Rolf Silber | Stars: Christoph M. Ohrt, Carin C. Tietze, Tim Bergmann, Oliver Stokowski

Votes: 1,402

42. Famous Five (2012)

89 min | Adventure, Crime, Family

The Famous Five Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy (the dog) spend their vacation together, while George's dad (Professor Quentin ) is staying on a nearby island where he works on a ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Marzuk | Stars: Valeria Eisenbart, Quirin Oettl, Justus Schlingensiepen, Neele-Marie Nickel

Votes: 510

43. The Murder Farm (2009)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

On a remote farm an entire family is murdered.

Director: Bettina Oberli | Stars: Julia Jentsch, Monica Bleibtreu, Volker Bruch, Filip Peeters

Votes: 973

44. Spielmacher (2018)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

Just released from prison, ex-Footballer Ivo gets tangled up in making his way in the world of rigged sports betting and finding love with the mother of his protege player.

Director: Timon Modersohn | Stars: Natalia Avelon, Blerim Destani, Paul Faßnacht, Michael Hansmann

Votes: 633

45. Der Wixxer (2004)

85 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery