The 100 Most Significant German Films

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In the year of cinematography’s centennial anniversary 1995, the Deutscher Kinematheksverbund conducted a survey in search of the 100 German films that were considered the most important. In the first poll 324 film historians, film journalists, film makers and movie owners decided about places 1 to 75, a second poll with 228 votes determinded the places 76 to 100.

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  1. 1 +55

    M

    1931, in 34 top lists Check
  2. 2 +19

    Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

    1920 — a.k.a. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in 26 top lists Check
  3. 3 +13

    Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt

    1927 — a.k.a. Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, in 11 top lists Check
  4. 4 +60

    Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

    1922 — a.k.a. Nosferatu, in 26 top lists Check
  5. 5 +65

    Menschen am Sonntag

    1930 — a.k.a. People on Sunday, in 10 top lists Check
  6. 6 +56

    Die Mörder sind unter uns

    1946 — a.k.a. Murderers Among Us, in 4 top lists Check
  7. 7 +11

    Der blaue Engel

    1930 — a.k.a. The Blue Angel, in 16 top lists Check
  8. 8 new

    Metropolis

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
  9. 9 +69

    Die freudlose Gasse

    1925 — a.k.a. The Joyless Street, in 8 top lists Check
  10. 10 +38

    Der Untertan

    1951 — a.k.a. Man of Straw, in 3 top lists Check
  11. 11 +74

    Kuhle Wampe oder: Wem gehört die Welt?

    1932, in 3 top lists Check
  12. 12 +68

    Der Student von Prag

    1913 — a.k.a. The Student of Prague, in 4 top lists Check
  13. 13 +7

    Die Brücke

    1959 — a.k.a. The Bridge, in 5 top lists Check
  14. 14 +89

    Abschied von gestern - (Anita G.)

    1966 — a.k.a. Yesterday Girl, in 4 top lists Check
  15. 15 +46

    Mutter Krausens Fahrt ins Glück

    1929 — a.k.a. Mother Krause's Journey to Happiness, in 3 top lists Check
  16. 16 +23

    Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam

    1920 — a.k.a. The Golem, in 7 top lists Check
  17. 17 +13

    Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler

    1922 — a.k.a. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler, in 12 top lists Check
  18. 18 +69

    Unter den Brücken

    1946 — a.k.a. Under the Bridges, in 3 top lists Check
  19. 19 +31

    Der letzte Mann

    1924 — a.k.a. The Last Laugh, in 16 top lists Check
  20. 20 new

    Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache

    1924 — a.k.a. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge, in 11 top lists Check
  21. 21 new

    Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

    1924 — a.k.a. Siegfried's Death, in 11 top lists Check
  22. 22 +4

    Der müde Tod

    1921 — a.k.a. Destiny, in 6 top lists Check
  23. 23 +29

    Liebelei

    1933 — a.k.a. Flirtation, in 5 top lists Check
  24. 24 -

    Wintergartenprogramm

    1895, in 1 top list Check
  25. 25 +62

    Spur der Steine

    1966 — a.k.a. The Trace of Stones, in 1 top list Check
  26. 26 +28

    Lola Montès

    1955 — a.k.a. The Fall of Lola Montes, in 12 top lists Check
  27. 27 +7

    Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage

    1926 — a.k.a. Faust, in 15 top lists Check
  28. 28 +14

    Heimat - Eine deutsche Chronik

    1984 — a.k.a. Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany, in 9 top lists Check
  29. 29 +7

    Deutschland im Herbst

    1978 — a.k.a. Germany in Autumn, in 2 top lists Check
  30. 30 -16

    Berlin-Alexanderplatz - Die Geschichte Franz...

    1931, in 1 top list Check
  31. 31 +39

    Madame DuBarry

    1919 — a.k.a. Passion, in 5 top lists Check
  32. 32 +28

    Die Ehe der Maria Braun

    1979 — a.k.a. The Marriage of Maria Braun, in 11 top lists Check
  33. 33 -27

    Münchhausen

    1943 — a.k.a. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, in 1 top list Check
  34. 34 +35

    Die Büchse der Pandora

    1929 — a.k.a. Pandora's Box, in 16 top lists Check
  35. 35 +50

    Die Blechtrommel

    1979 — a.k.a. The Tin Drum, in 14 top lists Check
  36. 36 +46

    Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse

    1933 — a.k.a. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, in 10 top lists Check
  37. 37 new

    Triumph des Willens

    1935 — a.k.a. Triumph of the Will, in 16 top lists Check
  38. 38 +9

    Im Lauf der Zeit

    1976 — a.k.a. Kings of the Road, in 7 top lists Check
  39. 39 +66

    Der junge Törless

    1966 — a.k.a. Young Torless, in 2 top lists Check
  40. 40 +10

    Katzelmacher

    1969, in 4 top lists Check
  41. 41 -

    Große Freiheit Nr. 7

    1944 — a.k.a. Port of Freedom, in 3 top lists Check
  42. 42 +33

    Rotation

    1949, in 2 top lists Check
  43. 43 -32

    Wir Wunderkinder

    1958 — a.k.a. Aren't We Wonderful?, in 1 top list Check
  44. 44 +48

    Das Wachsfigurenkabinett

    1924 — a.k.a. Waxworks, in 4 top lists Check
  45. 45 -6

    Mädchen in Uniform

    1931 — a.k.a. Maedchen in Uniform, in 3 top lists Check
  46. 46 +44

    Varieté

    1925 — a.k.a. Variety, in 6 top lists Check
  47. 47 +27

    Rosen für den Staatsanwalt

    1959 — a.k.a. Roses for the Prosecutor, in 1 top list Check
  48. 48 -39

    Alice in den Städten

    1974 — a.k.a. Alice in the Cities, in 7 top lists Check
  49. 49 -5

    Die Halbstarken

    1956 — a.k.a. Teenage Wolfpack, in 1 top list Check
  50. 50 +5

    Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum

    1975 — a.k.a. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, in 2 top lists Check
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