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 ...
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 ...
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....
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
Actress | Tatort
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 (...
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 ...
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).
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.
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, ...
19. Angela Winkler
Actress | Suspiria
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.
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 ...
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).
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...
24. Juliane Köhler
Actress | Der Untergang