Ok, Dee is gonna kill me but wtf? My top 10 of Dutch movies gave me the idea to go for a top 10 of German movies as well. Granted, apart from me and Dee I think few people watch German movies. I might be wrong, though. And if you don’t watch German movies you can always give one or more of them a chance. The Germans definitely have some movie gems.
10. Agent Ranjid rettet die Welt (2012)
This movie is fucking hilarious. This movie takes the piss out of the Dutch and the best thing about it is that Rutger Hauer plays a Dutch bad guy in the movie. And it seems that he had a lot of fun making that movie. The movie is kind of a James Bond spoof, just don’t expect a James Bond budget.
9. Der Baader Meinhoff Complex (2008)
Ever heard of the Rote Armee Fraktion (Red Army Faction)? They were quite notorious in the 60s and 70s. Normally I don’t like movies about politics very much, because I find politics a waste of time. This movie, however, piqued my curiosity. It is a portrayal of what the Rote Armee Fraktion did in the 60s and 70s and what made them notorious terrorists or freedom fighters. Opinions on them differ when you ask people. Some people think they are terrorists, others think they are freedom fighters. Whatever they might be, this is a gripping movie.
8. Christiane F (1981)
I am not an expert on drugs, but from what I have read from people is that this movie is the most authentic movie on drug addiction. One thing I do remember is that I saw this as a teen and it was fucking depressing. One can’t fathom such a miserable existence, let alone that you continue your life like that. The way I see it is that when a movie plays with your feelings at least it’s not an empty movie.
7. Yasemin (1988)
This is a very serious movie. It is about the relationship between a Turkish woman and a German guy. It is a clash between the Turkish culture and the German culture. Stories like those I always find always interesting, especially when they are portrayed correctly. That doesn’t always happen in movies, but in this one it does. Every culture has its quirks and some cultures are just not compatible at all. The differences between them are always interesting to me.
6. Das Wunder Von Bern (2003)
I used to love football a lot. These days I hate most of it. Whiny, annoying, wussy players, that earn more money in one year than I will earn in a lifetime, while having soccer skills that are below average. How all the great legendary players of the past must feel now when they see how chumps are raking in the cash, while they couldn’t even carry their jockstraps. Das Wunder Von Bern is a football movie. It is set in 1954 in which the Hungarian national football team was on top of the world. They reached the finals of the 1954 world cup and their opponents would be Germany. Nobody gave the Germans any chance, but somehow they did it. They beat the legendary Hungarian team and became legends of their own. This is one of the most beautiful stories in football and what makes football great.
5. Didi Der Doppelgänger (1984)
Dieter Hallevorden is probably one of the best comedy actors in German. Right now I can hardly think of any other. Every Dieter Hallevorden movie is entertaining. The same can’t be said about an Adam Sandler or a Sasha Baron Cohen movie. I grew up with Dieter Hallevorden movies. To me he is the German version of Louis de Funes, although not as hyper.
4. Voll Normaaal (1994)
Tom Gerhardt was a very annoying motherfucker when he appeared in the German version of WCW Nitro. I just couldn’t stand the guy. I thought he had no business being in that program. Then I bought a DVD player in Germany because there was no way in hell I was spending that money in Holland that made DVD players way more expensive than in Germany. Guess what they gave me as a free DVD.? Not one to see a gifted horse in the mouth I decided to watch this movie, even if the main character was that annoying Tom Gerhardt. Needless to say this movie had the Freddie Got Fingered effect on me. This was a very funny and entertaining movie and after it I loathed Tom Gerhardt less. Not that he would give a fuck.
3. Theo Gegen Den Rest Der Welt (1980)
This is the first road movie I ever saw and at that time I didn’t know it would become a genre I would enjoy so much. The way I see it this is one of the best German movies ever. Quite frankly it is what I associate with German movies. Haven’t seen the movie in a while.
2. Wo Ist Fred (2006)
This is one of the best comedies I have seen in a long time. It is politically incorrect and I shouldn’t have been laughing that much in the movie but I had to. Til Schweiger is a pretty cool guy in my opinion (and yes, Driven was awesome!!!), but the show is totally stolen by Christoph Maria Herbst, aka as Stromberg who was in the German superior version of The Office.
1. Who Am I? Kein System Ist Sicher (2014)
This movie came out of nowhere. I stumbled onto it and it was about hackers, so I thought I would give it a shot. Often hacker movies are pretty unrealistic. Hacking is not typing a few lines and you enter a computer. The story is about a group of hackers trying to get in the good graces of the god of hackers called MRX. After doing various hacks, MRX still shits on them. They don’t appreciate that MRX is dissing them and then decide to hack the German secret service to prove a point. Will they get in the good graces of MRX? Only one way to find out. What I really found awesome in this movie is how the meeting between the hackers in cyberspace has been portrayed. Quite original and cool looking. And the story keeps you invested the whole time. I just hope that they don’t remake this movie.