List of German films of 1945–59

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This is a list of the most notable films produced in Cinema of Germany between 1945 and 1959.

For an alphabetical list of articles on West German films see Category:West German films.

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
1946
Murderers Among Us Wolfgang Staudte Wilhelm Borchert, Hildegard Knef Drama
1947
And the Heavens Above Us Josef von Báky Hans Albers, Lotte Koch Drama
Between Yesterday and Tomorrow Harald Braun Winnie Markus, Hildegard Knef, Sybille Schmitz, Willy Birgel, Viktor de Kowa Drama
In Those Days Helmut Käutner Winnie Markus, Carl Raddatz, Erwin Geschonneck Drama
1948
Anni Max Neufeld Elfie Mayerhofer, Siegfried Breuer Romance Co-production with Austria
The Berliner Robert A. Stemmle Gert Fröbe Comedy Gert Fröbe as Otto Normalverbraucher
Film Without a Title Rudolf Jugert Hans Söhnker, Hildegard Knef, Willy Fritsch Comedy
Morituri Eugen York Lotte Koch, Winnie Markus War drama Debut of Klaus Kinski
1949
Encounter with Werther Karl Heinz Stroux Horst Caspar, Heidemarie Hatheyer, Paul Klinger Drama
Hello, Fraulein! Rudolf Jugert Peter van Eyck, Hans Söhnker, Margot Hielscher Musical
The Last Illusion Josef von Báky Fritz Kortner Drama
Love '47 Wolfgang Liebeneiner Hilde Krahl, Karl John, Grethe Weiser, Erich Ponto Drama
Nachtwache (de) Harald Braun Luise Ullrich, Hans Nielsen, René Deltgen, Dieter Borsche Drama
Tromba Helmut Weiss René Deltgen, Angelika Hauff, Gustav Knuth, Grethe Weiser Crime
Trouble Backstairs Erich Kobler Paul Dahlke, Fita Benkhoff Comedy

1950s[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
1950
Absender unbekannt Ákos Ráthonyi Cornell Borchers, Henny Porten, Bruni Löbel (de) Comedy
The Black Forest Girl Hans Deppe Sonja Ziemann, Rudolf Prack, Paul Hörbiger Musical comedy
A Day Will Come Rudolf Jugert Dieter Borsche, Maria Schell, Lil Dagover, Gustav Knuth Drama
Gabriela Géza von Cziffra Zarah Leander, Carl Raddatz Drama/Musical
King for One Night Paul May Anton Walbrook, Willy Fritsch Comedy
Die Sünderin Willi Forst Hildegard Knef, Gustav Fröhlich Drama
Tobias Knopp – Abenteuer eines Junggesellen Gerhard Fieber (de),
Wolfgang Liebeneiner
Animated
Two Times Lotte Josef von Báky Antje Weisgerber, Peter Mosbacher, Isa Günther (de), Jutta Günther (de) Comedy
The White Hell of Pitz Palu Rolf Hansen Hans Albers, Liselotte Pulver Mountain film
1951
Bluebeard Christian-Jaque Hans Albers, Fritz Kortner, Cécile Aubry Comedy Co-production with France and Switzerland
Dr. Holl Rolf Hansen Maria Schell, Dieter Borsche, Heidemarie Hatheyer Drama Entered into the 1st Berlin International Film Festival
Fanfaren der Liebe (de) Kurt Hoffmann Dieter Borsche, Georg Thomalla Comedy
Eine Frau mit Herz Rudolf Jugert Olga Tschechowa, Rudolf Prack, Gustav Knuth Comedy
The Heath Is Green Hans Deppe Sonja Ziemann, Rudolf Prack Romance
A Heidelberg Romance Paul Verhoeven Liselotte Pulver, O.W. Fischer Romance
The House in Montevideo Curt Goetz, Valérie von Martens Curt Goetz, Valérie von Martens Comedy
The Lost One Peter Lorre Peter Lorre Drama
Sensation in San Remo Georg Jacoby Marika Rökk, Peter Pasetti, Ewald Balser Musical
Die tödlichen Träume Paul Martin Will Quadflieg, Cornell Borchers, Rudolf Forster Drama
1952
All Clues Lead to Berlin František Čáp Gordon Howard, Irina Garden (de), Kurt Meisel, Hans Nielsen, Barbara Rütting Thriller
Alraune Arthur Maria Rabenalt Hildegard Knef, Erich von Stroheim, Karlheinz Böhm Drama
Cuba Cabana Fritz Peter Buch Zarah Leander, O. W. Fischer, Paul Hartmann Drama/Musical
Fight of the Tertia Erik Ode Brigitte Rau, Wolfgang Jansen Family
I Lost My Heart in Heidelberg Ernst Neubach Adrian Hoven, Paul Hörbiger, Eva Probst Musical
Klettermaxe (de) Kurt Hoffmann Liselotte Pulver, Albert Lieven, Arnim Dahl Action/Crime comedy
The Land of Smiles Hans Deppe, Erik Ode Mártha Eggerth, Jan Kiepura Musical
The Merry Vineyard Erich Engel Gustav Knuth, Camilla Spira, Eva-Ingeborg Scholz Comedy
Nights on the Road Rudolf Jugert Hans Albers, Hildegard Knef, Lucie Mannheim, Marius Goring Drama
No Greater Love Harald Braun Hilde Krahl, Dieter Borsche, Werner Hinz, Mathias Wieman Drama
The Thief of Bagdad Karel Lamač Sonja Ziemann, Rudolf Prack, Theo Lingen, Paul Kemp Comedy
Toxi Robert A. Stemmle Paul Bildt, Johanna Hofer, Elfi Fiegert (de) Drama
Unter den tausend Laternen Erich Engel Michel Auclair Drama West German-French co-production.
Entered into the 1952 Cannes Film Festival
Until We Meet Again Gustav Ucicky Maria Schell, O.W. Fischer, Karl Ludwig Diehl Drama
The White Horse Inn Willi Forst Johanna Matz, Johannes Heesters Musical
1953
Alles für Papa Karl Hartl Johanna Matz, Curd Jürgens Comedy
As Long as You're Near Me Harald Braun Maria Schell, O. W. Fischer, Hardy Krüger Drama Entered into the 1954 Cannes Film Festival
Captain Bay-Bay Helmut Käutner Hans Albers, Lotte Koch Musical/Comedy
Dreaming Lips Josef von Báky Maria Schell, O.W. Fischer Drama
A Heart Plays False Rudolf Jugert O. W. Fischer, Ruth Leuwerik Drama
His Royal Highness Harald Braun Dieter Borsche, Ruth Leuwerik
Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach Otto Preminger Hardy Krüger, Johannes Heesters, Johanna Matz Comedy American production
Mailman Mueller John Reinhardt Heinz Rühmann Comedy
No Way Back (de) Victor Vicas Ivan Desny Drama
Straßenserenade Werner Jacobs Vico Torriani Musical/Comedy
1954
08/15 Paul May Joachim Fuchsberger, Hans Christian Blech Military Drama Released as trilogy in 1954/1955
Canaris Alfred Weidenmann O.E. Hasse, Martin Held, Adrian Hoven, Barbara Rütting Spy drama
Captain Wronski Ulrich Erfurth (de) Willy Birgel Spy drama
Conchita and the Engineer Franz Eichhorn,
Hans Hinrich
Paul Hartmann, Vanja Orico (pt), Siegfried Schürenberg Adventure West German-Brazilian co-production
The Confession of Ina Kahr G. W. Pabst Curd Jürgens, Elisabeth Müller, Albert Lieven Drama
Fear Roberto Rossellini Ingrid Bergman, Mathias Wieman Drama Italian-West German co-production
Feuerwerk Kurt Hoffmann Lilli Palmer, Romy Schneider, Claus Biederstaedt, Karl Schönböck, Werner Hinz Musical comedy
Die goldene Pest John Brahm Ivan Desny, Karlheinz Böhm Drama
It Was Always So Nice With You Hans Wolff Heinz Drache, Georg Thomalla, Zarah Leander, Willi Forst Musical comedy
Meines Vaters Pferde (de) Gerhard Lamprecht Curd Jürgens, Eva Bartok, Martin Benrath, Reinhold Schünzel Drama
Die Mücke Walter Reisch Hilde Krahl, Margot Hielscher, Gustav Knuth, Bernhard Wicki Spy drama Entered into the 1955 Cannes Film Festival
On the Reeperbahn at Half Past Midnight Wolfgang Liebeneiner Hans Albers, Heinz Rühmann Comedy/Drama
Rose-Girl Resli Harald Reinl Christine Kaufmann
Sauerbruch – Das war mein Leben Rolf Hansen Ewald Balser Biographical film
They Were So Young Kurt Neumann Johanna Matz, Scott Brady, Raymond Burr Crime drama American-West German co-production
1955
André and Ursula Werner Jacobs Ivan Desny, Elisabeth Müller Drama
Banditen der Autobahn Géza von Cziffra Hans Christian Blech, Charles Régnier Crime thriller
The Barrings Rolf Thiele Dieter Borsche, Nadja Tiller Drama
The Captain and His Hero Max Nosseck Ernst Schröder, Jo Herbst War
Children, Mother, and the General László Benedek Hilde Krahl, Therese Giehse, Ewald Balser, Bernhard Wicki, Klaus Kinski, Maximilian Schell War drama
The Cornet Walter Reisch Götz von Langheim (de), Anita Björk, Wolfgang Preiss, Peter van Eyck, Claus Clausen, Fritz Rasp Drama
Hello, My Name is Cox Georg Jacoby Johannes Heesters Crime comedy
Himmel ohne Sterne (de) Helmut Käutner Erik Schumann, Eva Kotthaus, Horst Buchholz, Georg Thomalla, Gustav Knuth Drama
I Often Think of Piroschka Kurt Hoffmann Liselotte Pulver Romantic comedy
The Last Ten Days G.W. Pabst Albin Skoda (de), Oskar Werner War drama West German-Austrian co-production
Lola Montès Max Ophüls Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, Anton Walbrook, Oskar Werner Drama French-West German co-production
Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs Helmut Käutner O. W. Fischer, Ruth Leuwerik, Marianne Koch, Klaus Kinski Biographical film
Die Mädels vom Immenhof (de) Wolfgang Schleif Heidi Brühl, Margarete Haagen, Paul Henckels, Paul Klinger, Josef Sieber, Matthias Fuchs (de), Angelika Meissner (de) Family
Nicht mehr fliehen Herbert Vesely Short
Oasis Yves Allégret Michèle Morgan, Cornell Borchers, Carl Raddatz Adventure drama French-West German co-production
The Plot to Assassinate Hitler Falk Harnack Wolfgang Preiss, Fritz Tillmann, Werner Hinz, Maximilian Schell War drama
Die Ratten Robert Siodmak Maria Schell, Curd Jürgens Drama Won the Golden Bear at Berlin
Rosen im Herbst (de) Rudolf Jugert Ruth Leuwerik, Bernhard Wicki, Carl Raddatz Drama
Sergeant Borck Gerhard Lamprecht Gerhard Riedmann Crime/Mystery
Der Struwwelpeter Fritz Genschow Fredy Kaindl, Traude Höhnisch, Eric Canso Family Based on Struwwelpeter
San Salvatore Werner Jacobs Dieter Borsche, Antje Weisgerber, Will Quadflieg Drama
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Erich Kobler Elke Arendt (de), Addi Adametz (de) Family
Des Teufels General Helmut Käutner Curd Jürgens, Marianne Koch Drama
The Three from the Filling Station Hans Wolff Adrian Hoven, Walter Giller, Walter Müller Musical
Three Men in the Snow Kurt Hoffmann Paul Dahlke, Günther Lüders, Claus Biederstaedt Comedy
Wenn der Vater mit dem Sohne Hans Quest Heinz Rühmann Comedy / Drama
1956
Before Sundown Gottfried Reinhardt Hans Albers, Martin Held Drama Entered into the 6th Berlin International Film Festival and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Bonjour Kathrin Karl Anton Caterina Valente, Peter Alexander Musical
The Captain from Köpenick Helmut Käutner Heinz Rühmann Comedy drama
Charley's Aunt Hans Quest Heinz Rühmann, Claus Biederstaedt, Walter Giller Comedy
Devil in Silk Rolf Hansen Lilli Palmer, Curd Jürgens Drama
Die Geierwally (de) František Čáp Barbara Rütting, Carl Möhner Drama
Ich suche Dich O. W. Fischer O. W. Fischer, Anouk Aimée Drama
Liane, Jungle Goddess Eduard von Borsody Marion Michael, Hardy Krüger, Reggie Nalder Adventure
Ein Mädchen aus Flandern (de) Helmut Käutner Maximilian Schell, Nicole Berger War drama
Max und Moritz (de) Norbert Schultze Harry Wüstenhagen Family
The Model Husband Erik Ode Harald Juhnke, Inge Egger, Theo Lingen Comedy
Santa Lucia Werner Jacobs Vico Torriani, Eva Kerbler, Karin Dor Musical/Comedy
Spy for Germany Werner Klingler Martin Held, Nadja Tiller Thriller
Teenage Wolfpack Georg Tressler Horst Buchholz, Karin Baal Teenage Crime Thriller
The Trapp Family Wolfgang Liebeneiner Ruth Leuwerik, Hans Holt, Josef Meinrad
Viele kamen vorbei Peter Pewas (de) Christian Doermer, Harald Maresch (de), Frances Martin Thriller
1957
Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull (de) Kurt Hoffmann Horst Buchholz Comedy drama
The Count of Luxemburg Werner Jacobs Gerhard Riedmann, Renate Holm (de) Musical/Comedy
The Devil Strikes at Night Robert Siodmak Mario Adorf, Hannes Messemer, Claus Holm Thriller
The Girl and the Legend Josef von Báky Romy Schneider, Horst Buchholz, Gert Fröbe Drama
The Glass Tower Harald Braun Lilli Palmer, O. E. Hasse, Peter van Eyck Drama
Haie und kleine Fische (de) Frank Wisbar Hansjörg Felmy, Horst Frank, Wolfgang Preiss, Heinz Engelmann, Siegfried Lowitz War drama
Jonas (de) Ottomar Domnick (de) Robert Graf, Dieter Eppler Drama
Just Once a Great Lady Erik Ode Gudula Blau (de), Grethe Weiser, Dietmar Schönherr Comedy
Kindermädchen für Papa gesucht Hans Quest Claus Biederstaedt, Susanne Cramer, Gunther Philipp Comedy
The Last Ones Shall Be First Rolf Hansen O. E. Hasse, Maximilian Schell, Ulla Jacobsson Drama Entered into the 7th Berlin International Film Festival
Love from Paris Helmut Käutner Romy Schneider, Horst Buchholz
Madeleine und der Legionär (de) Wolfgang Staudte Hildegard Knef, Bernhard Wicki, Hannes Messemer, Joachim Hansen Drama
Mit Eva fing die Sünde an Fritz Umgelter Willy Fritsch, Karin Dor Comedy American re-edited version The Bellboy and the Playgirls (1962)
Queen Louise Wolfgang Liebeneiner Ruth Leuwerik, Dieter Borsche, Bernhard Wicki, René Deltgen Historical
Rose Bernd Wolfgang Staudte Maria Schell, Raf Vallone Drama Entered into the 1957 Cannes Film Festival
Der Stern von Afrika Alfred Weidenmann Joachim Hansen, Marianne Koch, Hansjörg Felmy, Horst Frank War drama
The Zurich Engagement Helmut Käutner Liselotte Pulver, Paul Hubschmid, Bernhard Wicki Comedy
1958
Arms and the Man Franz Peter Wirth O. W. Fischer, Liselotte Pulver Comedy Entered into the 1959 Cannes Film Festival
Confess, Doctor Corda Josef von Báky Hardy Krüger, Elisabeth Müller, Hans Nielsen, Siegfried Lowitz Crime
It Happened in Broad Daylight Ladislao Vajda Heinz Rühmann, Gert Fröbe, Michel Simon, Siegfried Lowitz Thriller Swiss-West German-Spanish co-production.
Entered into the 8th Berlin International Film Festival
Lilli – ein Mädchen aus der Großstadt (de) Hermann Leitner Ann Smyrner, Adrian Hoven Crime comedy
Mädchen in Uniform Géza von Radványi Romy Schneider, Lilli Palmer Drama Entered into the 8th Berlin International Film Festival
Münchhausen in Afrika Werner Jacobs Peter Alexander, Gunther Philipp Comedy
The Muzzle Wolfgang Staudte O. E. Hasse, Hansjörg Felmy Comedy
Nasser Asphalt Frank Wisbar Horst Buchholz, Martin Held, Gert Fröbe, Maria Perschy Drama
Der Pauker Axel von Ambesser Heinz Rühmann, Gert Fröbe, Peter Kraus, Klaus Löwitsch
Peter Voss, Thief of Millions Wolfgang Becker O.W. Fischer, Ingrid Andree, Walter Giller Adventure / Comedy
Rosemary Rolf Thiele Nadja Tiller, Peter van Eyck, Carl Raddatz, Gert Fröbe
Der Schinderhannes Helmut Käutner Curd Jürgens, Maria Schell Adventure
A Song Goes Round the World Géza von Bolváry Hans Reiser, Sabine Sesselmann Musical
The Spessart Inn Kurt Hoffmann Liselotte Pulver, Carlos Thompson Comedy Entered into the 1958 Cannes Film Festival
Thirteen Old Donkeys Hans Deppe Hans Albers, Marianne Hoppe, Karin Dor Comedy
U 47 – Kapitänleutnant Prien Harald Reinl Dieter Eppler, Joachim Fuchsberger, Dieter Borsche War drama
Wir Wunderkinder Kurt Hoffmann Hansjörg Felmy, Robert Graf, Johanna von Koczian Comedy
1959
Abschied von den Wolken Gottfried Reinhardt O. W. Fischer, Peter van Eyck, Sonja Ziemann, Horst Frank, Linda Christian Drama / Adventure
Alle lieben Peter (de) Wolfgang Becker Peter Kraus Comedy
Alle Tage ist kein Sonntag (de) Helmut Weiss Paul Hubschmid, Elisabeth Müller Comedy
Am Tag, als der Regen kam (de) Gerd Oswald Mario Adorf, Gert Fröbe, Elke Sommer, Christian Wolff Crime drama
And That on Monday Morning Luigi Comencini O. W. Fischer, Ulla Jacobsson Comedy Entered into the 9th Berlin International Film Festival
As the Sea Rages (de) Horst Hächler Maria Schell, Cliff Robertson, Cameron Mitchell Drama West German-American-Yugoslav co-production
Bei der blonden Kathrein (de) Hans Quest Marianne Hold, Gerhard Riedmann Comedy
Besuch aus heiterem Himmel (de) Ferdinand Dörfler Johannes Heesters Comedy
The Black Chapel Ralph Habib Peter van Eyck, Dawn Addams, Gino Cervi, Werner Peters War drama French-West German-Italian co-production
Die Brücke Bernhard Wicki Fritz Wepper, Michael Hinz, Volker Lechtenbrink Anti-war film
Buddenbrooks (de) Alfred Weidenmann Hansjörg Felmy, Liselotte Pulver, Nadja Tiller, Hanns Lothar, Lil Dagover, Werner Hinz Drama
Court Martial Kurt Meisel Karlheinz Böhm, Hans Nielsen War drama Entered into the 1959 Cannes Film Festival
Cry Double Cross (de) Alfred Weidenmann Hardy Krüger, Mario Adorf, Horst Frank, Martin Held Crime
The Death Ship Georg Tressler Horst Buchholz, Elke Sommer, Mario Adorf Drama / Adventure
Der Frosch mit der Maske Harald Reinl Joachim Fuchsberger, Siegfried Lowitz, Eddi Arent Mystery thriller Based on Edgar Wallace
The Ideal Woman Josef von Báky Ruth Leuwerik, Martin Benrath Comedy
The Indian Tomb Fritz Lang Debra Paget, Paul Hubschmid Adventure West German-French-Italian co-production
Jons und Erdme Victor Vicas Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Carl Raddatz, Karin Baal, Gert Fröbe Drama West German-Italian co-production
Magnificent Sinner Robert Siodmak Curd Jürgens, Romy Schneider Romance French-West German co-production
The Man Who Walked Through the Wall Ladislao Vajda Heinz Rühmann Fantasy / Comedy
Menschen im Hotel Gottfried Reinhardt Michèle Morgan, O.W. Fischer, Heinz Rühmann, Gert Fröbe, Sonja Ziemann Drama West German-French co-production
Die Nackte und der Satan (de) Victor Trivas Horst Frank, Michel Simon Horror
Nick Knattertons Abenteuer (de) Hans Quest Karl Lieffen, Gert Fröbe, Günter Pfitzmann Comedy
Old Heidelberg Ernst Marischka Christian Wolff, Gert Fröbe, Sabine Sinjen Romance
Peter Voss, Hero of the Day Georg Marischka O.W. Fischer, Linda Christian, Walter Giller Adventure / Comedy
The Rest Is Silence Helmut Käutner Hardy Krüger, Peter van Eyck Drama Entered into the 9th Berlin International Film Festival
Rosen für den Staatsanwalt (de) Wolfgang Staudte Martin Held, Walter Giller Comedy
Serengeti Shall Not Die Bernhard Grzimek Documentary
Stalingrad: Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever? Frank Wisbar Joachim Hansen, Wilhelm Borchert, Wolfgang Preiss, Günter Pfitzmann, Sonja Ziemann War drama
The Tiger of Eschnapur Fritz Lang Debra Paget, Paul Hubschmid Adventure West German-French-Italian co-production