List of German films of the 1980s

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This is a list of the most notable films produced in Cinema of Germany in the 1980s.

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


Title Director Cast Genre Notes
1980
Berlin Alexanderplatz Rainer Werner Fassbinder Günter Lamprecht, Barbara Sukowa, Gottfried John, Hanna Schygulla, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Ivan Desny Drama TV series
Berlin Chamissoplatz (de) Rudolf Thome Hanns Zischler, Sabine Bach (de)
The Candidate Volker Schlöndorff, Alexander Kluge, Stefan Aust, Alexander von Eschwege (de) Documentary film Entered into the 1980 Cannes Film Festival
Exit Sunset Boulevard Bastian Clevé Elke Sommer, Rüdiger Kuhlbrodt, Azizi Johari Drama
Fabian Wolf Gremm Hans Peter Hallwachs, Ivan Desny, Hermann Lause, Brigitte Mira Drama
From the Life of the Marionettes Ingmar Bergman Robert Atzorn, Christine Buchegger, Martin Benrath, Heinz Bennent Drama Swedish-West German co-production
Germany, Pale Mother Helma Sanders-Brahms Eva Mattes, Ernst Jacobi Drama Entered into the 30th Berlin International Film Festival
Girls Just Jaeckin Anne Parillaud, Zoé Chauveau (fr), Charlotte Walior (fr) French-West German-Canadian co-production[1][2]
God's Angry Man Werner Herzog Documentary film
Huie's Sermon Werner Herzog Documentary film
Hungerjahre (de) Jutta Brückner Drama
Palermo or Wolfsburg Werner Schroeter Nicola Zarbo, Otto Sander, Ida Di Benedetto Drama West German-Swiss co-production.
Won the Golden Bear at Berlin
Der Preis fürs Überleben Hans Noever Michel Piccoli Political thriller film Entered into the 30th Berlin International Film Festival
Put on Ice Bernhard Sinkel Helmut Griem, Martin Benrath, Ángela Molina Political thriller film Entered into the 1980 Cannes Film Festival
Theo gegen den Rest der Welt (de) Peter F. Bringmann (de) Marius Müller-Westernhagen Road movie / Action comedy
The Willi Busch Report Niklaus Schilling Tilo Prückner Entered into the 1980 Cannes Film Festival
Title Director Cast Genre Notes
1981
Angels of Iron Thomas Brasch Hilmar Thate, Katharina Thalbach Entered into the 1981 Cannes Film Festival
Das Boot Wolfgang Petersen Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer War Based on a novel by Lothar-Günther Buchheim, Columbia Pictures
Christiane F. – We Children from Bahnhof Zoo Uli Edel Natja Brunckhorst
Day of the Idiots Werner Schroeter Carole Bouquet, Ingrid Caven, Christine Kaufmann Psycho-fantasy drama Entered into the 1982 Cannes Film Festival
Desperado City Vadim Glowna Siemen Rühaak (de), Beate Finckh, Vera Tschechowa, Karin Baal Drama
Egon Schiele – Exzess und Bestrafung Herbert Vesely Mathieu Carrière, Jane Birkin, Christine Kaufmann Biographical film Austrian-French-West German co-production
Die Fälschung Volker Schlöndorff Bruno Ganz, Hanna Schygulla, Jerzy Skolimowski, Gila von Weitershausen Drama West German-French co-production
Freak Orlando Ulrike Ottinger Delphine Seyrig, Magdalena Montezuma (de), Eddie Constantine
The Inventor Kurt Gloor Bruno Ganz, Walo Lüönd Comedy Swiss-West German co-production
Lili Marleen Rainer Werner Fassbinder Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer Drama
Lola Rainer Werner Fassbinder Barbara Sukowa, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mario Adorf 3rd part of BRD Trilogy
Looping Walter Bockmayer, Rolf Bührmann Shelley Winters, Hans Christian Blech, Sydne Rome
Marianne and Juliane Margarethe von Trotta Jutta Lampe, Barbara Sukowa Drama The German Sisters
Mephisto István Szabó Klaus Maria Brandauer, Rolf Hoppe, Krystyna Janda, Karin Boyd Hungarian-West German-East German-Austrian co-production.
Based on a story by Klaus Mann
Der Neger Erwin Herbert Achternbusch Herbert Achternbusch Entered into the 31st Berlin International Film Festival
No Mercy, No Future Helma Sanders-Brahms Elisabeth Stepanek (de) Drama
Possession Andrzej Żuławski Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Heinz Bennent, Margit Carstensen Horror
Die Reise nach Lyon Claudia von Alemann Rebecca Pauly (de)
Der subjektive Faktor Helke Sander Angelika Rommel Drama
Taxi zum Klo Frank Ripploh Frank Ripploh, Bernd Broaderup Drama
Trokadero Klaus Emmerich Ludwig Hirsch, Franz Xaver Kroetz Comedy Entered into the 12th Moscow International Film Festival
1982
The Beastmaster Don Coscarelli Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, Rip Torn American production with West German money
Comeback Christel Buschmann (de) Eric Burdon, Julie Carmen Drama
Dear Mr. Wonderful Peter Lilienthal Joe Pesci
Doctor Faustus Franz Seitz Jon Finch, André Heller, Hanns Zischler Entered into the 13th Moscow International Film Festival
Eine deutsche Revolution Helmut Herbst Entered into the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival
Fitzcarraldo Werner Herzog Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale
The Ghost Herbert Achternbusch Herbert Achternbusch Entered into the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival
Kraftprobe Heidi Genée Hannelore Hoger, Kirstin Genée Entered into the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival
The Magic Mountain Hans W. Geißendörfer Christoph Eichhorn, Rod Steiger, Charles Aznavour, Marie-France Pisier, Hans Christian Blech West German-French-Italian co-production
Parsifal Hans-Jürgen Syberberg Edith Clever Musical Screened at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival
The Passerby Jacques Rouffio Romy Schneider, Michel Piccoli, Helmut Griem, Mathieu Carrière, Maria Schell French-West German co-production[3][4]
Querelle Rainer Werner Fassbinder Brad Davis, Franco Nero, Jeanne Moreau Drama
Rendezvous in Paris Gabi Kubach (de) Claude Jade, Harald Kuhlmann (de), Barry Stokes Thriller French-West German co-production
The State of Things Wim Wenders Patrick Bauchau, Allen Garfield, Rebecca Pauly (de) Drama West German-American-Portuguese co-production
Veronika Voss Rainer Werner Fassbinder Rosel Zech, Hilmar Thate, Cornelia Froboess Drama Second in the BRD Trilogy
Die Weiße Rose Michael Verhoeven Lena Stolze, Wulf Kessler (de), Werner Stocker, Ulrich Tukur, Martin Benrath
1983
Bella Donna Peter Keglevic Erland Josephson, Krystyna Janda Screened at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival
Dies rigorose Leben Vadim Glowna Ángela Molina, Jerzy Radziwiłowicz, Viveca Lindfors, Vera Tschechowa Drama Entered into the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival
Frühlingssinfonie (de) Peter Schamoni Nastassja Kinski, Herbert Grönemeyer, Rolf Hoppe, Bernhard Wicki, André Heller Biographical film
Gib Gas – Ich will Spass Wolfgang Büld (de) Nena, Markus, Karl Dall Musical comedy
Glut Thomas Koerfer (de) Armin Mueller-Stahl, Katharina Thalbach, Krystyna Janda, Matthias Habich Drama Swiss-West German co-production
Kehraus Hanns Christian Müller (de) Gerhard Polt Comedy
Peppermint Frieden Marianne Rosenbaum (de) Peter Fonda, Cleo Kretschmer (de)
Schwarzfahrer Manfred Stelzer Rolf Zacher, Iris Berben Comedy
Sheer Madness Margarethe von Trotta Hanna Schygulla, Angela Winkler Drama West German-French co-production.
Entered into the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival
Die Supernasen Dieter Pröttel (de) Thomas Gottschalk, Mike Krüger Comedy
System ohne Schatten (de) Rudolf Thome Bruno Ganz, Hanns Zischler, Dominique Laffin Crime drama
Utopia Sohrab Shahid-Saless Drama Entered into the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival
White Star Roland Klick (de) Dennis Hopper Drama
A Woman in Flames Robert van Ackeren Gudrun Landgrebe, Mathieu Carrière, Hanns Zischler
1984
1000 Augen Hans-Christoph Blumenberg (de) Barbara Rudnik, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Gudrun Landgrebe, Karin Baal, Peter Kraus, Vera Tschechowa, Hannelore Hoger
Abwärts Carl Schenkel Götz George, Renée Soutendijk, Wolfgang Kieling, Hannes Jaenicke Thriller
Das Autogramm Peter Lilienthal Juan José Mosalini Drama Entered into the 34th Berlin International Film Festival
Ballad of the Little Soldier Werner Herzog Documentary film
Code Name: Wild Geese Antonio Margheriti Lewis Collins, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Klaus Kinski, Mimsy Farmer Action Italian-West German co-production
The Dark Glow of the Mountains Werner Herzog Documentary film
Didi – Der Doppelgänger (de) Reinhard Schwabenitzky (de) Dieter Hallervorden Comedy
Erst die Arbeit und dann! (de) Detlev Buck Detlev Buck Comedy
Forbidden Anthony Page Jacqueline Bisset, Jürgen Prochnow West German-British co-production
The Future of Emily Helma Sanders-Brahms Brigitte Fossey, Hildegard Knef Drama West German-French co-production
Heimat Edgar Reitz Marita Breuer TV series
Klassenverhältnisse Straub-Huillet Christian Heinisch, Mario Adorf, Laura Betti Drama West German-French co-production
A Love in Germany Andrzej Wajda Hanna Schygulla, Piotr Łysak (pl), Armin Mueller-Stahl, Daniel Olbrychski, Bernhard Wicki Drama West German-French co-production
Man Under Suspicion Norbert Kückelmann Maximilian Schell, Lena Stolze, Wolfgang Kieling Won the Silver Bear at Berlin
The NeverEnding Story Wolfgang Petersen Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach Fantasy West German-American co-production
The Noah's Ark Principle Roland Emmerich Richy Müller Science fiction Entered into the 34th Berlin International Film Festival
Paris, Texas Wim Wenders Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski Drama West German-French co-production.
Won the Palme d'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival
Der Schlaf der Vernunft Ula Stöckl (de) Ida Di Benedetto Drama
Treffer (de) Dominik Graf Dietmar Bär, Barbara Rudnik, Beate Finckh, Tayfun Bademsoy, Maximilian Wigger (de)
Where the Green Ants Dream Werner Herzog Bruce Spence West German-Australian co-production.
Entered into the 1984 Cannes Film Festival
1985
Angry Harvest Agnieszka Holland Armin Mueller-Stahl, Elisabeth Trissenaar Drama
The Berlin Affair Liliana Cavani Gudrun Landgrebe, Kevin McNally, Mio Takaki West German-Italian co-production
Colonel Redl István Szabó Klaus Maria Brandauer, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Gudrun Landgrebe, Hans Christian Blech
The Death of the White Stallion Christian Ziewer (de) Thomas Anzenhofer (de), Dietmar Schönherr Entered into the 35th Berlin International Film Festival
Didi und die Rache der Enterbten (de) Dieter Hallervorden,
Christian Rateuke
Dieter Hallervorden Comedy
Einmal Ku’damm und zurück (de) Herbert Ballmann (de) Ursela Monn, Christian Kohlund Comedy
Men... Doris Dörrie Heiner Lauterbach, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Ulrike Kriener (de) Comedy
Morenga Egon Günther Jacques Breuer, Ken Gampu Entered into the 35th Berlin International Film Festival
Otto – Der Film Xaver Schwarzenberger Otto Waalkes Comedy
Red Heat Robert Collector Linda Blair, Sylvia Kristel, Elisabeth Volkmann West German-American co-production
Tagediebe Marcel Gisler
Wodzek Oliver Herbrich Drama Entered into the 14th Moscow International Film Festival
1986
40 Quadratmeter Deutschland Tevfik Başer Özay Fecht, Yaman Okay, Demir Gökgöl Drama
Fatherland Ken Loach Gerulf Pannach (de), Fabienne Babe (fr), Cristine Rose British-West German-French co-production
Fire and Ice Willy Bogner Suzy Chaffee Sport / Romantic comedy
Flight North Ingemo Engström (de) Katharina Thalbach, Jukka-Pekka Palo (fi), Lena Olin Entered into the 36th Berlin International Film Festival
The Journey Markus Imhoof Markus Boysen, Corinna Kirchhoff (de), Will Quadflieg, Claude-Oliver Rudolph (de) Drama West German-Swiss co-production
Laputa Helma Sanders-Brahms Sami Frey, Krystyna Janda Screened at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival
Meier Peter Timm (de) Rainer Grenkowitz (de), Nadja Engelbrecht (de) Comedy
Momo Johannes Schaaf John Huston, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mario Adorf, Radost Bokel Fantasy film West German-Italian co-production
The Name of the Rose Annaud, Jean-JacquesJean-Jacques Annaud Sean Connery, Christian Slater, F. Murray Abraham, Ron Perlman, Helmut Qualtinger, Michael Lonsdale Mystery West German-Italian-French co-production[5][6][7]
Rosa Luxemburg Margarethe von Trotta Barbara Sukowa, Daniel Olbrychski, Otto Sander Biographical film Sukowa won Best Actress at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival
Stammheim Reinhard Hauff Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Pleitgen (de) Won the Golden Bear at the 36th Berlin International Film Festival
Tarot Rudolf Thome Hanns Zischler, Rüdiger Vogler, Katharina Böhm, Vera Tschechowa Entered into the 15th Moscow International Film Festival
Wahnfried Peter Patzak Otto Sander, Christoph Waltz Biographical film Screened at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival
1987
Bagdad Cafe Percy Adlon Marianne Sägebrecht, CCH Pounder, Jack Palance Comedy
Cobra Verde Werner Herzog Klaus Kinski
Days to Remember Jeanine Meerapfel Barbara Sukowa, Horst-Günter Marx (de) Entered into the 37th Berlin International Film Festival
The Distant Land Luc Bondy Michel Piccoli, Bulle Ogier
Helsinki Napoli All Night Long Mika Kaurismäki Kari Väänänen, Roberta Manfredi, Eddie Constantine, Samuel Fuller Comedy thriller Finnish-West German-Swiss co-production
Nekromantik Jörg Buttgereit Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice Manowski (de) Horror
Otto – Der neue Film (de) Xaver Schwarzenberger,
Otto Waalkes
Otto Waalkes Comedy
Der Stein des Todes Franz Josef Gottlieb Heather Thomas, Elke Sommer Action
Wings of Desire Wim Wenders Bruno Ganz, Otto Sander, Peter Falk Won the Best Director Award at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival
1988
Brennende Betten (de) Pia Frankenberg (de) Ian Dury, Pia Frankenberg (de) Comedy
The Cat Dominik Graf Götz George, Gudrun Landgrebe, Heinz Hoenig, Ralf Richter Crime thriller
Felix Margarethe von Trotta, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Helke Sander, Christel Buschmann (de) Ulrich Tukur Comedy
The French as seen by... Werner Herzog
Herbstmilch Joseph Vilsmaier Dana Vávrová, Werner Stocker
Im Jahr der Schildkröte Ute Wieland (de) Heinz Bennent, Karina Fallenstein (de) Drama
Der Kuss des Tigers Petra Haffter (de) Beate Jensen (de), Stéphane Ferrara Thriller West German-French co-production
Love and Fear Margarethe von Trotta Fanny Ardant, Greta Scacchi, Valeria Golino Entered into the 1988 Cannes Film Festival
Man spricht deutsh (de) Hanns Christian Müller (de) Gerhard Polt Comedy
Ödipussi Loriot Loriot, Evelyn Hamann Comedy
The Passenger – Welcome to Germany Thomas Brasch Tony Curtis, Katharina Thalbach, Matthias Habich Entered into the 1988 Cannes Film Festival
Die Venusfalle (de) Robert van Ackeren Sonja Kirchberger, Hanns Zischler, Myriem Roussel, Horst-Günter Marx (de) Comedy
Yasemin Hark Bohm Ayse Romey, Uwe Bohm
1989
Beim nächsten Mann wird alles anders Xaver Schwarzenberger Antje Schmidt, Dominic Raacke, Volkert Kraeft Comedy
Black Sin Straub-Huillet Short Screened at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival
Burning Secret Andrew Birkin Klaus Maria Brandauer, Faye Dunaway Drama West German-British co-production
Follow Me Maria Knilli (de) Pavel Landovský, Marina Vlady, Katharina Thalbach Drama Entered into the 16th Moscow International Film Festival
Fool's Mate Mathieu Carrière Michael Marwitz (de), Victoria Tennant Drama Screened at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival
Georg Elser – Einer aus Deutschland (de) Klaus Maria Brandauer Klaus Maria Brandauer, Brian Dennehy Drama
Hard Days, Hard Nights Horst Königstein (de) Wigald Boning, Rita Tushingham, Al Corley Comedy
Himmelsheim Manfred Stelzer Elke Sommer, Sigi Zimmerschied (de), Hanns Zischler Comedy
Joan of Arc of Mongolia Ulrike Ottinger Delphine Seyrig, Gillian Scalici (de), Irm Hermann, Peter Kern Drama Entered into the 39th Berlin International Film Festival
Last Exit to Brooklyn Uli Edel Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stephen Lang, Burt Young Drama West German-British co-production
Rosalie Goes Shopping Percy Adlon Marianne Sägebrecht, Brad Davis, Judge Reinhold Comedy Entered into the 1989 Cannes Film Festival
The Rose Garden Fons Rademakers Liv Ullmann, Maximilian Schell, Peter Fonda Drama American-West German-Austrian co-production
Silence Like Glass Carl Schenkel Jami Gertz, Martha Plimpton, George Peppard Drama
Spider's Web Bernhard Wicki Ulrich Mühe, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Armin Mueller-Stahl Drama Entered into the 1989 Cannes Film Festival
Waller's Last Trip Christian Wagner Herbert Knaup Drama
Wodaabe - Herdsmen of the Sun Werner Herzog Documentary

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