The Leading German Ladies!

by dziwnytenswiat | created - 10 Nov 2012 | updated - 15 Oct 2017 | Public

Top 25 from all films I've seen. Rules for the Ranking: my personal rating + the imdb rating x votes. Only German Speakers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

1. Diane Kruger

Actress | Inglourious Basterds

Diane Kruger was born Diane Heidkrüger in Algermissen, near Hildesheim, Germany, to Maria-Theresa, a bank employee, and Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger, a computer specialist. She studied ballet with the Royal Ballet in London before an injury ended her career. She returned to Germany and became a top ...

9486 points

2. Franka Potente

Actress | Lola rennt

Franka Potente was born on 22 July 1974 in the German city of Münster, to Hildegard, a medical assistant, and Dieter Potente, a teacher, and raised in the nearby town of Dülmen. After her graduation in 1994, she went to the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule, a drama school in Munich, but soon broke off to ...

6058 points

3. Martina Gedeck

Actress | Das Leben der Anderen

Martina Gedeck was born in Munich. After spending a year in the US, she studied drama at the Berlin University of the Arts. Martina's film career began while she was still at drama school. Her filmography covers practically all genres of film.

Gedeck has won a total of 23 major cinema and TV awards....

2707 points

4. Alexandra Maria Lara

Actress | Der Untergang

Born on 12 November 1978 in Bucharest, Romania, Alexandra Maria Lara fled to Germany with her parents when she was four and half years old. After graduating at the French High School, she studied acting at the Theaterwerkstatt Charlottenburg from 1997 and 2000, but had already played leading ...

1857 points

5. Brigitte Helm

Actress | Metropolis

After her role in Metropolis (1927) she made a string of movies in which she almost always had the starring role, easily making the transition to sound films. Her last film was An Ideal Spouse (1935) (An Ideal Spouse) in 1935.

1086 points

6. Marlene Dietrich

Soundtrack | Witness for the Prosecution

Her father was a police lieutenant and imbued in her a military attitude to life. Marlene was known in school for her "bedroom eyes" and her first affairs were at this stage in her life - a professor at the school was terminated. She entered the cabaret scene in 1920s Germany, first as a spectator ...

1060 points

7. Katrin Saß

Actress | Good Bye Lenin!

Katrin Saß was born on October 23, 1956 in Schwerin, German Democratic Republic. She is an actress, known for Good Bye Lenin! (2003), Weissensee (2010) and Heidi M. (2001). She was previously married to Siegfried Kühn.

1053 points

8. Andrea Sawatzki

Actress | Tatort

Andrea Sawatzki was born on February 23, 1963 in Kochel am See, Bavaria, Germany. She is an actress and writer, known for Tatort (1970), Bella Vita (2010) and The Experiment (2001).

610 points

9. Julia Jentsch

Actress | Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage

Julia Jentsch was born on February 20, 1978 in Berlin, Germany. She is an actress, known for Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005), The Edukators (2004) and 24 Weeks (2016). She has been married to Christian Hablützel since 2012. They have one child.

497 points

10. Johanna Wokalek

Actress | Der Baader Meinhof Komplex

Johanna Wokalek was born on March 3, 1975 in Freiburg, Germany. She is an actress, known for The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), Pope Joan (2009) and Barefoot (2005). She is married to Thomas Hengelbrock. They have one child.

484 points

11. Nastassja Kinski

Actress | Tess

Nastassja Kinski was born Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski on January 24, 1961 in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of German actor Klaus Kinski. In 1976, she met director Roman Polanski, who urged her to study method acting with Lee Strasberg in the United States. Kinski starred in the Italian romantic ...

465 points

12. Romy Schneider

Actress | L'important c'est d'aimer

Romy Schneider was born on 23 September 1938 in Vienna, Austria into a family of actors. Making her film debut at the age of 15, her breakthrough came two years later in the very popular trilogy Sissi (1955). Her mother, supervising her daughter's career, immediately approved Romy's participation ...

448 points

13. Hanna Schygulla

Actress | Die Ehe der Maria Braun

Lead icon of the influential New German Cinema of the 70's & 80's, Schygulla's natural blonde beauty and amazing versatility keep her among the world's top actresses. She won best actress at Cannes in 1983 for The Story of Piera (1983) (aka "The Story of Piera"), an Italian/German co-production. The...

427 points

14. Marthe Keller

Actress | Marathon Man

Marthe Keller was born on January 28, 1945 in Basel, Switzerland. She studied ballet as a child but stopped after a skiing accident at age 16. She changed to acting, and worked in Berlin at the Schiller Theatre and the Berliner Ensemble.

Keller's earliest film appearances were in Funeral in Berlin (...

394 points

15. Sibel Kekilli

Actress | Gegen die Wand

Sibel Kekilli is a German actress of Turkish origin. With her debut in Fatih Akin's movie "Head On" she gained major public attention. The film won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival 2004 and her acting performance received several national and international prizes, among them the highly ...

377 points

16. Julia Dietze

Actress | Iron Sky

Julia Dietze was born on January 9, 1981 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France as Julia Anna Dietze. She is an actress, known for Iron Sky (2012), Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2019) and 1½ Knights - In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde (2008).

362 points

17. Susanne Lothar

Actress | Funny Games

Susanne Lothar was born on November 15, 1960 in Hamburg, Germany. She was an actress, known for Funny Games (1997), The White Ribbon (2009) and Anna Karenina (2012). She was married to Ulrich Mühe. She died on July 21, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

355 points

18. Elke Sommer

Actress | A Shot in the Dark

This gorgeous Teutonic temptress was one of Hollywood's most captivating imports of the 1960s. Blonde and beautiful, Berlin-born Elke Sommer, with her trademark pouty lips, high cheekbones and sky-high bouffant hairdos, proved irresistible to American audiences, whether adorned in lace or leather, ...

340 points

19. Angela Winkler

Actress | Suspiria

Angela Winkler was born on January 22, 1944 in Templin, Brandenburg, Germany. She is known for her work on Suspiria (2018), The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975) and Clouds of Sils Maria (2014).

270 points

20. Nina Hoss

Actress | Phoenix

Nina Hoss was born on July 7, 1975 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. She is an actress, known for Phoenix (2014), A Most Wanted Man (2014) and Barbara (2012). She has been married to Alex Silva since 2015.

247 points

21. Barbara Sukowa

Actress | Hannah Arendt

A strikingly beautiful German lead actress, Barbara Sukowa broke into TV and films as the protégée of famed director Rainer Werner Fassbinder with his masterpiece mini-series Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) and the moody film drama Lola (1981) in the title role. In the latter, Barbara won critical ...

238 points

22. Patrycia Ziolkowska

Actress | Auf der anderen Seite

Patrycia Ziolkowska was born on April 19, 1979 in Sokolów Podlaski, Mazowieckie, Poland as Patrycja Ziólkowska. She is an actress, known for The Edge of Heaven (2007), Tatort (1970) and Welcome to the Club (2014).

227 points

23. Sandra Hüller

Actress | Toni Erdmann

Sandra Hüller was born in Suhl. She studied acting at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. For her performance of Anneliese Michel in Hans-Christian Schmid's drama Requiem she won The Silver Bear for Best Actress. She is internationally known for her starring role in Maren Ade's Toni...

198 points

24. Juliane Köhler

Actress | Der Untergang

Juliane Köhler was born on August 6, 1965 in Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany. She is known for her work on Downfall (2004), Aimee & Jaguar (1999) and Nowhere in Africa (2001).

195 points

25. Karoline Herfurth

Actress | Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Karoline Herfurth was born on May 22, 1984 in Berlin, Germany. She is an actress and director, known for Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), SMS für Dich (2016) and The Reader (2008).

169 points



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