Set in 1984, Gerd Wiesler is commanded to spy on a writer named Georg Dreyman. Wiesler bugs the writer's apartment. He soon gets more involved than necessary in Dreyman and his girlfriends lives. After he learns the true reason he was told to spy on him, it makes him question where his loyalty truly lies?
During the Battle of the Atlantic in WWII, the story follows the crew of U-96, a German U-boat sent out to seek and destroy allied convoys transporting supplies from America to Britain. The crew, apart from its captain, chief engineer and a few others are all eager young men who havent experienced real combat yet and accompanying them is a war correspondent documenting his time out at sea. During their time on board; the crew has to face boredom, poor living conditions and constantly living in the tension of stalking a convoy and then the sheer terror of being the hunted.
In the dystopian future, the city of Metropolis is run by industrialists and wealthy businessmen who reside in the high-rise towers. The power to run the city is derived by exploiting the weaker and poor sections of the society by making them work in the heart machine. Jon Fredersen is the citys master. His son, Freder, one day, was fascinated by a poor worker Maria when she brought some poor kids to the top so they can see their rich brothers live. With this fascination, Freder descends to the lower levels to see the cruelty and injustice done to poor. He now decides to end it all.
Set in the 1930s, M is a classic German thriller. Hans Beckert is a serial killer, a psychopath preying on children, abducting them and then mercilessly murdering them. As a result of such heinous crimes, Beckert becomes the prime target of a vast Berlin police hunt. The entire town is on the edge of its toes as no one has any clue of this psychopath and what his next move will be. His crimes are so dark that even the underworld and mafia members are targeting Beckert. With both sides of the law at his tail, Beckert tries to escape justice.
In April 1945, in the final days of the Second World War, Downfall captures the final few days of Adolf Hitler in his Berlin bunker where he decides to hide. Traudl Junge, his last private secretary, tells the story of his captivity along with the events that unfolded during this period. Filmed almost entirely in the Fuhrerbunker (Hitlers last hideout), Downfall encapsulates the descent of the Soviet army upon the Nazi dictator and his comrades as they face the several obstacles unleashed on them.
While talking to an older man, Francis tells him the story of his life recalling that in the small town of Holstenwall, he and his friend Alan went to the town carnival. They come across a display called The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari where a man named Dr. Caligari opens up a coffin to reveal a somnambulist named Cesare half-asleep and half-awake. Cesare takes questions from the audience. Alan asks him about his future and much to his despair, Cesare answers saying, The time is short. You die at dawn! and to everyones horror Alan sure is found dead in the morning. Francis tries to investigate his murder with the police who suspicious of Cesare to be the murderer. Francis goes to spy on Dr. Caligari and sees Cesare sleeping in his coffin. But the real Cesare goes to Franciss fiancée Janes house to murder her but instead abducts her. Francis is sure Dr. Caligari is the real culprit, controlling Cesare to do these acts of murder. He chases Dr. Caligari to a mental asylum which is the site for solving all the mysteries surrounding the murders.
Emmi Kurowski, a cleaning lady, is lonely in her old age. Her husband died years ago, and her grown children offer little companionship. One night she goes to a bar frequented by Arab immigrants and strikes up a friendship with middle-aged mechanic Ali. Their relationship soon develops into something more, and Emmi's family and neighbors criticize their spontaneous marriage. Soon Emmi and Ali are forced to confront their own insecurities about their future.
God and Satan war over earth; to settle things, they wager on the soul of Faust, a learned and prayerful alchemist.
An aging doorman, after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbours and society.
Damien and Cassiel watch over the city of Berlin and observe the day-to-day life in the city. They are angles and have been around before there was Berlin and even before there were any humans. Since they are pure observers, no one can see both of them except for children whose innocence makes the angles visible to them. Day and night, the two angles keep an eye on Berlin and its people. They help people in intangible ways and avoid any sort of interaction with the human form. Once Damien notices a circus trapeze artist named Marion. Marion is very lonely in this huge city and slowly Damien develops feelings for her. Marion doesnt have many friends and spends most of her time in her small apartment, practicing her performance. When she hears the news that her circus may be moving to some other city, she roams around the city aimlessly. When actor Peter Falk arrives in the city to make a film, he interacts with Damien. Peter used to be an angel who took human form because he was tired of his life. He persuades Damien to do the same and expresses his feelings for Marion.
After a detective is assaulted by thugs and placed in an asylum run by Professor Baum, he observes the professor's preoccupation with another patient, the criminal genius Dr. Mabuse the hypnotist. When Mabuse's notes are found to be connected with a rash of recent crimes, Commissioner Lohmann must determine how Mabuse is communicating with the criminals, despite conflicting reports on the doctor's whereabouts, and capture him for good.
German journalist Philip Winter has a case of writer’s block when trying to write an article about the United States. He decides to return to Germany, and while trying to book a flight, encounters a German woman and her nine year old daughter Alice doing the same. The three become friends (almost out of necessity) and while the mother asks Winter to mind Alice temporarily, it quickly becomes apparent that Alice will be his responsibility for longer than he expected. After returning to Europe, the innocent friendship between Winter and Alice grows as they travel together through various European cities on a quest for Alice’s grandmother.
A group of German boys are ordered to protect a small bridge in their home village during the waning months of the second world war. Truckloads of defeated, cynical Wehrmacht soldiers flee the approaching American troops, but the boys, full of enthusiasm for the "blood and honor" Nazi ideology, stay to defend the useless bridge.
Thomas Hutter, a real estate agent, goes to Transylvania when his boss Mr. Knock finds an eager buyer in Count Orlok. Hutter has to convince the Count to buy a house next to his own. At Count Orloks castle, Hutter senses something unusual, as if evil is lurking around him. Count Orlok who sees Hutters wife Ellen in a photograph becomes all too impatient to buy the house. Eventually, Hutter realizes that the Count is not entirely human, but based on a book he knows about, he is actually the Vampire of Nosferatu. Nosferatu traps Hutter in the castle and meanwhile, he flees to Wisbourg, Hutters town, on a ship whilst hiding in a coffin and later killing people onboard. Nosferatu brings darkness with himself and people die wherever he goes. He is intent on meeting Ellen and his arrival is mistaken for a plague when people start dying. Ellen knows that a vampire can die from exposure to sunlight and she will try to finish Nosferatu once and for all or die trying.
Head On is German director Fatih Akin’s story of the alcoholic Cahit and Turkish Sibel. Akin tells the story of a love that can never be between two people who are too alike to not be together.
A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and Don Aguirre, a ruthless man who cares only about riches, becomes their leader. But will his quest lead them to "the golden city", or to certain destruction?
The final film in Rossellini's war film trilogy (the first two being Rome, Open City and Paisà). Germany Year Zero takes place in post-war Germany, unlike the others, which take place in German-occupied Rome and post-war Italy, respectively. The story follows a twelve-year-old boy, Edmund Kohler, who is mainly left to his own devices in order to survive and to help his family do the same.
Dr. Mabuse and his organization of criminals are in the process of completing their latest scheme, a theft of information that will allow Mabuse to make huge profits on the stock exchange. Afterwards, Mabuse disguises himself and attends the Folies Bergères show, where Cara Carozza, the main attraction of the show, passes him information on Mabuse's next intended victim, the young millionaire Edgar Hull. Mabuse then uses psychic manipulation to lure Hull into a card game where he loses heavily. When Police Commissioner von Wenk begins an investigation of this mysterious crime spree, he has little to go on, and he needs to find someone who can help him.
Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.
Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's sudden death distances father and son. Nejat travels to Istanbul to search for Yeter's daughter Ayten. Political activist Ayten has fled the Turkish police and is already in Germany. She is befriended by a young woman, Lotte, who invites rebellious Ayten to stay in her home, a gesture not particularly pleasing to her conservative mother Susanne. When Ayten is arrested and her asylum plea is denied, she is deported and imprisoned in Turkey. Lotte travels to Turkey,where she gets caught up in the seemingly hopeless situation of freeing Ayten.
Maria marries a young soldier in the last days of World War II, only for him to go missing in the war. She must rely on her beauty and ambition to navigate the difficult post-war years alone.
In Munich 1955, German film star Veronika Voss becomes a drug addict at the mercy of corrupt Dr. Marianne Katz, who keeps her supplied with morphine. After meeting sports writer Robert Krohn, Veronika begins to dream of a return to stardom. As the couple's relationship escalates in intensity, Veronika begins seriously planning her return to the screen -- only to realize how debilitated she has become through her drug habit.
Based on stories from "The Arabian Nights." A wicked sorcerer tricks Prince Achmed into riding a magical flying horse. The heroic prince is able to subdue the magical horse, which he uses to fly off to many adventures. While travelling, he falls in love with the beautiful Princess Peri Banu, and must defeat an army of demons to win her heart. The film is animated using the silhouette technique.
Itinerant projection-equipment repairman Bruno Winter and depressed hitchhiker Robert Lander--a doctor who has just been through a break-up with his wife and a half-hearted suicide attempt--travel along the Western side of the East-German border in a repair truck, visiting worn-out movie theaters, learning to communicate across their differences.
An affectionate and refreshing East/West-Germany comedy about a boy whose mother was in a coma while the Berlin wall fell and when she wakes up he must try to keep her from learning what happened (as she was an avid communist supporter) to avoid shocking her which could lead to another heart attack.
Das Experiment is a shocking psycho thriller about the potential for brutality that humans hide. Even more shocking is the fact that it’s based on an actual occurrence — a 1971 psychological experiment at Stanford University that was aborted prematurely when the experimenters lost control.
Pina is a feature-length dance film in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer, who died in the summer of 2009.
A school teacher discusses types of government with his class. His students find it too boring to repeatedly go over national socialism and believe that dictatorship cannot be established in modern Germany. He starts an experiment to show how easily the masses can become manipulated.
A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.
True story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to thrilling, dramatic life. Sophie Scholl stars Julia Jentsch in a luminous performance as the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. Armed with long-buried historical records of her incarceration, director Marc Rothemund expertly re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life.
This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-storey apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by the 'Sound', a new disco with most modern equipment. Although she's legally too young, she asks a friend to take her. There she meets Detlef, who's in a clique where everybody's on drugs. Step by step she gets drawn deeper into the scene.
A Jewish boy separated from his family in the early days of WWII poses as a German orphan and is taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually becomes a Hitler Youth. Although improbabilities and happenstance are cornerstones of the film, it is based upon a true story.
Frank and Simone have fulfilled a dream and live with their two children in a row house in the suburbs. They are a happy couple, until the day Frank is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The family is suddenly confronted with death.
Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.
Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday.
Allan Gray is a traveler who is obsessed with supernatural stories. He passes by a village called Courtempierre where he stops at an inn to get some sleep. Late at night, an old man comes into Grays room and leaves a packet that says, To be opened upon my death. It suddenly awakens Gray. Unable to fall asleep again, Gray leaves his room with the packet and follows the shadows to an old castle. He meets an old man and woman along the way. When Gary reaches the Manor, he sees the lord of the Manor, who is the same man who came into his room with the packet. The man dies after someone unknown shoots him several times. The servants rush to help the old man but it is too late. One of them notices Gray and asks him to stay the night at the Manor. Suddenly things take a weird turn when someone finds the daughter of the old man unconscious with bite marks on her neck.
A Jewish woman named Jettel Redlich flees Nazi Germany with her daughter Regina, to join her husband, Walter, on a farm in Kenya. At first, Jettel refuses to adjust to her new circumstances, bringing with her a set of china dishes and an evening gown. While Regina adapts readily to this new world, forming a strong bond with her father's cook, an African named Owuor.
Der Baader Meinhof Komplex depicts the political turmoil in the period from 1967 to the bloody "Deutschen Herbst" in 1977. The movie approaches the events based on Stefan Aust's standard work on Die Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF). The story centers on the leadership of the self named anti-fascist resistance to state violence: Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin.
A fateful day pushes an aimless college dropout (Tom Schilling) to stop wasting his time and finally engage with life.
Germany, 1945. Soldier Willi Herold, a deserter of the German army, stumbles into a uniform of Nazi captain abandoned during the last and desperate weeks of the Third Reich. Newly emboldened by the allure of a suit that he has stolen only to stay warm, Willi discovers that many Germans will follow the leader, whoever he is.
A disfigured concentration-camp survivor, unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband who might have betrayed her to the Nazis.
A young prosecutor in postwar West Germany investigates a massive conspiracy to cover up the Nazi pasts of prominent public figures.
A young lawyer stumbles upon a vast conspiracy while investigating a brutal murder case.
A couple grapples with the difficult, lingering trauma of a sexual assault and must work out how to live with that crime, themselves, and each other.
Katja's life collapses after a senseless act impacts her. After a time of mourning and injustice, she seeks revenge.
It is the summer of 1980 in East Germany and, alone, Barbara is confined to living and working as a doctor in a small provincial town - her punishment for attempting to emigrate to the West. She has only one focus; to escape and for this, she has to wait patiently. Until Andre, her supervisor in the hospital, takes her off course. Are his motives of love or duty to the authorities? The day-to-day pretense, and content supervision slowly take their toll as the tension builds.
Six days in the life of Wilhelm: a detached man without qualities. He wants to write, so his mother gives him a ticket to Bonn, telling him to live. On the train he meets an older man, an athlete in the 1936 Olympics, and his mute teen companion, Mignon. She's an acrobat in market squares for spare change.
A reporter is murdered while driving to his job. The Police are contacted by a clairvoyant who saw the death in a vision, but some dark force is preventing him from seeing the man behind the crime...
Michaela, an epileptic, enrolls in college to study education. She goes off her medication and soon begins hearing voices and seeing apparitions that tell her to avoid religious objects, although she is devoutly Roman Catholic. One priest scoffs at the idea that Michaela could be possessed by demons, but a younger pastor arranges an exorcism for the young woman.
The man who broke the jug, the judge, is trying a case who determine who broke the jug. Long before the evidence becomes conclusive against the suspects, it becomes apparent that the blustering and bullying - and naive - village judge is the guilty one.