West Germany (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.4
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46 Metascore

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney

Votes: 144,661 | Gross: $20.16M

2. The Boat (1981)

R | 149 min | Drama, War

8.4
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86 Metascore

A German U-boat stalks the frigid waters of the North Atlantic as its young crew experience the sheer terror and claustrophobic world of a submariner in World War II.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 250,314 | Gross: $11.49M

3. The Name of the Rose (1986)

R | 130 min | Drama, History, Mystery

7.7
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54 Metascore

An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Helmut Qualtinger, Elya Baskin

Votes: 108,903 | Gross: $7.15M

4. Paris, Texas (1984)

R | 145 min | Drama

8.1
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80 Metascore

Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Sam Berry

Votes: 106,065 | Gross: $2.18M

5. Hair (1979)

PG | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.5
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68 Metascore

Claude Bukowski leaves the family ranch in Oklahoma for New York where he is rapidly embraced into the hippie group of youngsters led by Berger, yet he's already been drafted. He soon falls in love with Sheila Franklin, a rich girl but still a rebel inside.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo, Annie Golden

Votes: 37,890 | Gross: $15.28M

6. Cruising (1980)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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43 Metascore

A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox

Votes: 23,845 | Gross: $19.80M

7. Wings of Desire (1987)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

8.0
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79 Metascore

An angel tires of his purely ethereal life of merely overseeing the human activity of Berlin's residents, and longs for the tangible joys of physical existence when he falls in love with a mortal.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois

Votes: 71,234 | Gross: $3.33M

8. Nekromantik (1988)

Not Rated | 71 min | Horror

4.9
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A street sweeper who cleans up after grisly accidents brings home a full corpse for him and his wife to enjoy sexually, but is dismayed to see that his wife prefers the corpse over him.

Director: Jörg Buttgereit | Stars: Bernd Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice Manowski, Harald Lundt, Collosseo

Votes: 9,605

9. Tatort (1970– )

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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This anthology series follows the work of police officers in Germany.

Stars: Klaus J. Behrendt, Miroslav Nemec, Udo Wachtveitl, Dietmar Bär

Votes: 3,338

10. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Horror

7.4
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79 Metascore

Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor

Votes: 36,332

11. Christiane F. (1981)

R | 138 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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A teen girl in 1970s Berlin becomes addicted to heroin. Everything in her life slowly begins to distort and disappear as she befriends a small crew of junkies and falls in love with a drug-abusing male prostitute.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Natja Brunckhorst, Eberhard Auriga, Peggy Bussieck, Lothar Chamski

Votes: 25,593

12. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.6
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61 Metascore

The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos, Michael Lerner

Votes: 23,967 | Gross: $12.38M

13. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.8
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In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Del Negro

Votes: 57,376

14. Das Boot (1985)

TV-MA | 293 min | Drama, War

8.9
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A World War II German U-Boat crew have a terrifying patrol mission in the early days of the war.

Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 30,190

15. Fitzcarraldo (1982)

PG | 158 min | Adventure, Drama

8.0
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The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, José Lewgoy, Miguel Ángel Fuentes

Votes: 35,208

16. Maladolescenza (1977)

TV-MA | 94 min | Drama, Romance

5.6
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A teen boy grows from playing and fighting with his German-shepherd dog to playing kid--then adult--games with two equally young girls in a dream-like forest which eventually turns eerie and somber.

Director: Pier Giuseppe Murgia | Stars: Martin Loeb, Lara Wendel, Eva Ionesco

Votes: 2,121

17. The Tin Drum (1979)

R | 142 min | Drama, War

7.5
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63 Metascore

In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Katharina Thalbach

Votes: 24,382

18. Vampyros Lesbos (1971)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Horror

5.3
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An erotic horror tale about a vixen vampiress seducing and killing women to appease her insatiable thirst for female blood.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Soledad Miranda, Dennis Price, Paul Muller, Ewa Strömberg

Votes: 4,717

19. Moon 44 (1990)

R | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.0
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39 Metascore

An unconventional corporate agent is given the task of shaping a group of violent criminals and technical wizards into a helicopter defense force assigned to protect a mining station on a remote moon.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Michael Paré, Lisa Eichhorn, Dean Devlin, Brian Thompson

Votes: 5,315

20. Autumn Sonata (1978)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Music

8.1
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A devoted wife is visited by her mother, a successful concert pianist who had little time for her when she was young.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman, Halvar Björk

Votes: 34,450

21. The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967)

M | 84 min | Horror, Mystery

5.9
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A Count executed for murdering twelve virgins in a bid for immortality returns to life, seeking revenge on the daughter of his intended thirteenth victim and the son of his prosecutor.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Lex Barker, Karin Dor, Christopher Lee, Carl Lange

Votes: 2,070

22. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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73 Metascore

A successful fashion designer abandons a sado-masochistic relationship with her female assistant in favor of a love affair with a beautiful young woman.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Katrin Schaake, Eva Mattes

Votes: 9,868

23. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)

R | 120 min | Drama

7.7
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Maria marries Hermann Braun in the last days of World War II, only for him to go missing in the war. Alone, Maria puts to use her beauty and ambition in order to find prosperity during Germany's "economic miracle" of the 1950s.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Löwitsch, Ivan Desny, Gisela Uhlen

Votes: 13,830

24. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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A lonely widow meets a much younger Arab worker in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love, to their own surprise and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann

Votes: 21,626

25. Eugenie (1970)

X | 87 min | Drama, Horror

5.3
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An innocent girl goes to spend the weekend on an island with a woman and her brother, but soon she finds herself entangled in a web of dream-like sexual experiments.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Maria Rohm, Marie Liljedahl, Jack Taylor, Christopher Lee

Votes: 1,666 | Gross: $0.08M

26. Querelle (1982)

R | 108 min | Drama

6.6
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A handsome sailor is drawn into a vortex of sibling rivalry, murder, and explosive sexuality.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brad Davis, Franco Nero, Jeanne Moreau, Laurent Malet

Votes: 6,708

27. Mark of the Devil (1970)

R | 90 min | Drama, History, Horror

6.1
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In 1700s Austria, a witch-hunter's apprentice has doubts about the righteousness of witch-hunting when he witnesses the brutality, the injustice, the falsehood, the torture and the arbitrary killing that go with the job.

Directors: Michael Armstrong, Adrian Hoven | Stars: Herbert Lom, Udo Kier, Olivera Katarina, Reggie Nalder

Votes: 3,351

28. 14 and Under (1973)

X | 87 min | Comedy

4.9
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A series of "sex reports" intended to address the issue of pedophilia in the early 1970s.

Director: Ernst Hofbauer | Stars: Lis Kertelge, Melitta Tegeler, Harald Baerow, Hans Billian

Votes: 380

29. The American Friend (1977)

Not Rated | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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79 Metascore

Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, Gérard Blain

Votes: 16,548

30. Derrick (1974–1998)

60 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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Detective Chief Inspector Stephan Derrick and his loyal assistant, Inspector Harry Klein, solve murder cases in Munich and surrounding areas.

Stars: Horst Tappert, Fritz Wepper, Willy Schäfer, Holger Petzold

Votes: 1,656

31. Bagdad Cafe (1987)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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71 Metascore

A lonely German woman ends up in the most desolate motel on Earth and decides to make it brighter.

Director: Percy Adlon | Stars: Marianne Sägebrecht, CCH Pounder, Jack Palance, Christine Kaufmann

Votes: 14,020 | Gross: $3.59M

32. Marquis de Sade's Justine (1969)

R | 90 min | Drama

5.1
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Penniless and separated from her sister, a beautiful, chaste orphan must endure an endless parade of villains, perverts and degenerates who covet her virtue and life.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Romina Power, Maria Rohm, Rosemary Dexter

Votes: 1,816

33. Cobra Verde (1987)

Not Rated | 111 min | Adventure, Drama

6.9
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55 Metascore

During the 1800s, paroled Brazilian bandit Cobra Verde is sent to West Africa with a few troops to man an old Portuguese fort and to convince the local African ruler to resume the slave trade with Brazil.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, King Ampaw, José Lewgoy, Salvatore Basile

Votes: 7,898

34. Bloodline (1979)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

4.6
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When her father is murdered, a pharmaceutical heiress becomes the next target of an unknown killer amid the international jet set.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, James Mason, Claudia Mori

Votes: 1,772

35. Lola (1981)

R | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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A seductive cabaret singer-prostitute pits a corrupt building contractor against the new straight-arrow building commissioner, launching an outrageous plan to elevate herself in a world where everything-and everyone-is for sale.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mario Adorf, Matthias Fuchs

Votes: 6,169

36. The Indian Tomb (1959)

102 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.6
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A German architect runs away with the maharajah of Eschnapur's fiancee but is caught and thrown in the dungeon, while his relatives arrive from Europe looking for him and the maharajah's brother is scheming to usurp the throne.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Debra Paget, Paul Hubschmid, Walther Reyer, Claus Holm

Votes: 2,581

37. Alice in the Cities (1974)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

7.9
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78 Metascore

A German journalist is saddled with a nine-year-old girl after encountering her mother at a New York airport.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Yella Rottländer, Rüdiger Vogler, Lisa Kreuzer, Edda Köchl

Votes: 11,876

38. The Bridge (1959)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, War

8.0
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In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers.

Director: Bernhard Wicki | Stars: Folker Bohnet, Fritz Wepper, Michael Hinz, Frank Glaubrecht

Votes: 7,873

39. Just a Gigolo (1978)

R | 147 min | Drama

5.4
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After World War I, a war hero returns to Berlin to find that there's no place for him--he has no skills other than what he learned in the army, and can only find menial, low-paying jobs. He decides to become a gigolo to lonely rich women.

Director: David Hemmings | Stars: David Bowie, Sydne Rome, Kim Novak, David Hemmings

Votes: 1,003

40. Schoolgirl Report Part 3: What Parents Find Unthinkable (1972)

X | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

4.6
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After the first part of the legendary report dealing with the sexual behavior of underage schoolgirls, and the second part dealing with the psychological background, the third part is devoted to striking individual cases.

Directors: Walter Boos, Ernst Hofbauer | Stars: Friedrich von Thun, Werner Abrolat, Gerd Arnau, Johannes Buzalski

Votes: 439

41. Freedom to Love (1969)

90 min | Documentary

5.3
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Documentary, dramatized at times, on human sexual behaviour. Daring for its time for its approach to some of the most delicate aspects of this taboo subject.

Directors: Eberhard Kronhausen, Phyllis Kronhausen | Stars: Marie Antoinette, Daniel D. Halleck, Monique Kraamwinkel, Sacha Kraamwinkel

Votes: 232 | Gross: $0.03M

42. The Apple (1980)

PG | 90 min | Music, Musical, Sci-Fi

4.3
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39 Metascore

In 1994, a young couple enters the world of the music industry, and subsequently the world of drugs.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, George Gilmour, Grace Kennedy, Allan Love

Votes: 2,340

43. The School Girls (1970)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

4.7
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Mockumentary about German schoolgirls openly talking about their scandalous sexual experiences. Some of these are illustrated through inserted vignettes. Also, a street reporter asks actual common folk about their views on sex.

Director: Ernst Hofbauer | Stars: Günther Kieslich, Wolf Harnisch, Helga Kruck, Friedrich von Thun

Votes: 692 | Gross: $0.06M

44. In a Year with 13 Moons (1978)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama

7.4
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A transgender woman tries to salvage something from the wreckage love has made of her life by confronting her anguished past, hoping to find ultimate acceptance among former acquaintances and herself.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Volker Spengler, Ingrid Caven, Gottfried John, Elisabeth Trissenaar

Votes: 4,229

45. The Fan (1982)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Music

6.6
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The hero-worship that Simone has for a pop singer is built to a crescendo until she passes out when she finally sees him up-close in a crowd of fans. She is later shocked when he lets her know that he does not love her.

Director: Eckhart Schmidt | Stars: Désirée Nosbusch, Bodo Staiger, Simone Brahmann, Jonas Vischer

Votes: 1,650

46. Veronika Voss (1982)

R | 104 min | Drama

7.7
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Partially based on the life of Sybille Schmitz, who found fame under the Nazi regime, but whose career was destroyed afterward. Veronika Voss is a once prominent UFA actress, kept by her doctor, who raises suspicion in a sports journalist.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Rosel Zech, Hilmar Thate, Cornelia Froboess, Annemarie Düringer

Votes: 7,046

47. Fox and His Friends (1975)

Not Rated | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.6
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A suggestible working-class innocent wins the lottery but lets himself be taken advantage of by his bourgeois new boyfriend and his circle of materialistic friends.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Peter Chatel, Karlheinz Böhm, Adrian Hoven

Votes: 6,140

48. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)

Not Rated | 931 min | Crime, Drama

8.4
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In late-1920s Berlin, Franz Biberkopf is released from prison and vows to go straight. However, he soon finds himself embroiled in the city's criminal underworld.

Stars: Günter Lamprecht, Claus Holm, Hanna Schygulla, Franz Buchrieser

Votes: 4,561

49. Bloody Moon (1981)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.2
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Girls are killed at a language-school in Spain.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Olivia Pascal, Christoph Moosbrugger, Nadja Gerganoff, Jasmin Losensky

Votes: 2,418

50. Winnetou (1963)

91 min | Western, Adventure

6.8
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When violent conflict breaks out between greedy railroaders and a tribe of Mescalero Apaches, only two men, destined to be blood brothers, can prevent all-out war: chief's son Winnetou and German engineer Old Shatterhand.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Lex Barker, Pierre Brice, Marie Versini, Mario Adorf

Votes: 4,185


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