German Films: Early classics

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RELATED LISTS German Films after 1945 UFA Pictures (1933-1945) 15 movies of Karl Valentin

La Découpé Epoque Earlier European sounding movies-including Austrian

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1. Victor and Victoria (1933)

84 min | Comedy, Musical

Aspiring singer Susanne takes over for ham actor Viktor at a small cabaret in Berlin where he works a woman impersonator and per chance she's discovered by an agent, who thinks that she ... See full summary »

Director: Reinhold Schünzel | Stars: Renate Müller, Hermann Thimig, Hilde Hildebrand, Friedel Pisetta

Votes: 348

2. Anna and Elizabeth (1933)

74 min | Drama

Anna a young girl is thought of having the ability to heal people mysteriously. Elisabeth a middle aged aristocratic woman, is disabled and puts all her hopes in meeting Anna and having her disability heal by her.

Director: Frank Wisbar | Stars: Dorothea Wieck, Hertha Thiele, Mathias Wieman, Maria Wanck

Votes: 60

3. Was Frauen träumen (1933)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

A pretty young singer is addicted to the thrill of stealing...until she finds the thrill of love.

Director: Géza von Bolváry | Stars: Nora Gregor, Gustav Fröhlich, Otto Wallburg, Peter Lorre

Votes: 62

4. Liebelei (1933)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Romance

Vienna in the beginning of the twentieth century. Cavalry Lieutenant Fritz Lobheimer is about to end his affair with Baroness Eggerdorff when he meets the young Christine, the daughter of ... See full summary »

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Paul Hörbiger, Magda Schneider, Luise Ullrich, Gustaf Gründgens

Votes: 1,242

5. Tugboat M 17 (1933)

78 min | Drama

Heinrich George plays Henner who lives with his wife and child on a tugboat, going on the river to Berlin. There he meets the attractive Gescha (Betty Amann), and a story of love, betrayal and sadness ensues.

Directors: Heinrich George, Werner Hochbaum | Stars: Heinrich George, Berta Drews, Joachim Streubel, Betty Amann

Votes: 31

Austrian movie

6. Baby (1932)

82 min | Comedy, Musical

Baby, a count's daughter, longs for a stage career, while her best friend, a chorus girl, longs for an education. When Baby's parents find out she has cheated them, they decide to send her ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Lamac | Stars: Anny Ondra, Anton Walbrook, Albert Paulig, Lotte Spira

Votes: 17

8. Rasputin, Demon with Women (1932)

82 min | Drama

The demonic Rasputin is poisoned but survives to continue seducing in evil ways, in this historical thriller.

Director: Adolf Trotz | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Paul Otto, Hermine Sterler, Kenneth Rive

Votes: 22

9. The Prince from Arcadien (1932)

89 min | Drama

Both the King and his son have been deposed by popular demand. The now Prinz of Arkadia certainly enjoys his new role, which without much changing his lifestyle leaves him free to ... See full summary »

Director: Karl Hartl | Stars: Willi Forst, Liane Haid, Hedwig Bleibtreu, Ingeborg Grahn

Votes: 21

10. Razzia in St. Pauli (1932)

74 min | Crime, Drama

Illustrates both the powerlessness of the ordinary worker as well as an intimate portrait of the joys and sorrows of a small group of people in the harbor section of Hamburg.

Director: Werner Hochbaum | Stars: Gina Falckenberg, Friedrich Gnaß, Wolfgang Zilzer, Charly Wittong

Votes: 61

12. The Blue Light (1932)

85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

When the moon is full, young men die attempting to reach the mysterious blue light in the mountains.

Directors: Leni Riefenstahl, Béla Balázs | Stars: Leni Riefenstahl, Mathias Wieman, Beni Führer, Max Holzboer

Votes: 1,070

13. Durchlaucht amüsiert sich (1932)

75 min

Princess Melanie wants to examine her future husband and pretends to be his maid. His Highness plays the secretary. While a goofy servant mimics the baron, he himself takes time to flirt with the alleged maid.

Director: Conrad Wiene | Stars: Georg Alexander, Lien Deyers, Trude Berliner, Tibor Halmay

Votes: 12

16. Kreuzer Emden (1932)

85 min | Drama, War

Story of the Kreuzer (cruiser) Emden and his men during WWI, garnished with a love Story, rivalry and heroism.

Director: Louis Ralph | Stars: Louis Ralph, Renée Stobrawa, Hans Schlenck, Toni Forster-Larrinaga

Votes: 19

18. Die verkaufte Braut (1932)

77 min | Comedy, Music

Bohemia in the 19th century, stage-coach driver Hans, loves the mayor's daughter Marie, but she is promised Wenzel, the son of another wealthy farmer. Marie refuses to marry Wenzel because ... See full summary »

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Max Nadler, Jarmila Novotna, Otto Wernicke, Hermann Kner

Votes: 146

20. The Blue from the Sky (1932)

77 min | Musical, Romance

Anni happily starts working as underground ticket seller. A passenger in a rush leaves owing part of the ticket. He happens to be a night pilot for the postal service. He pays his debt and ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Janson | Stars: Mártha Eggerth, Hermann Thimig, Fritz Kampers, Margarete Schlegel

Votes: 28

21. Queen of Atlantis (1932)

87 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Two French Foreign Legionnaires are lost amid the shifting sands of the Sahara Desert when they stumble across the entrance to an underground world. Searching this new found subterranean ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Heinz Klingenberg, Tela Tchaï, Gustav Diessl

Votes: 494

22. Sehnsucht 202 (1932)

79 min | Comedy, Musical

A musical comedy set in Vienna. The title refers to the name of a perfume. Two young women reply to newspaper advertisements but their replies are confused. The two young directors of the ... See full summary »

Director: Max Neufeld | Stars: Magda Schneider, Fritz Schulz, Luise Rainer, Rolf von Goth

Votes: 16

24. Der Rebell (1932)

65 min | Drama

A young medical student returns to his Tyrolean home to find out that Napoleon's troops have taken over the area and that his mother and sister have been murdered.

Directors: Curtis Bernhardt, Edwin H. Knopf, Luis Trenker | Stars: Luis Trenker, Luise Ullrich, Victor Varconi, Ludwig Stössel

Votes: 51

25. The Living Dead (1932)

89 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror

A crazed scientist murders his wife, walls her up, then flees. A reporter sets out to track him down.

Director: Richard Oswald | Stars: Paul Wegener, Maria Koppenhöfer, Blandine Ebinger, Eugen Klöpfer

Votes: 81

26. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

Votes: 134,036 | Gross: $0.03M

27. Yorck (1931)

102 min | Biography, Drama, War

The story of General Yorck von Wartenburg, a commander in the army of Prussian King Wilhelm, who defied the king's orders for the Prussian army to join Napoleon in his invason of Russia.

Director: Gustav Ucicky | Stars: Werner Krauss, Grete Mosheim, Rudolf Forster, Gustaf Gründgens

Votes: 10

28. Mädchen in Uniform (1931)

Passed | 87 min | Drama, Romance

At an all-girls boarding school, Manuela falls in love with a teacher, to terrific consequences.

Directors: Leontine Sagan, Carl Froelich | Stars: Dorothea Wieck, Hertha Thiele, Emilia Unda, Hedy Krilla

Votes: 2,222

29. Congress Dances (1931)

85 min | Comedy, History, Musical

Vienna glove-sales-lady Christl falls in love to Czar Alexander. Metternich tries to use this to keep him out of the conferences of the Vienna Congress from 1815.

Director: Erik Charell | Stars: Lilian Harvey, Willy Fritsch, Otto Wallburg, Conrad Veidt

Votes: 441

31. Nie wieder Liebe! (1931)

88 min | Comedy, Musical

An American millionaire, who had always bad luck with women, bets that he can live without them for five years. But after four and a half years travling around on his yacht, he rescues a ... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Lilian Harvey, Harry Liedtke, Felix Bressart, Margo Lion

Votes: 22

32. Comradeship (1931)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

Plea against war and for friendship between peoples, through the story of French miners rescued by German colleagues after a firedamp explosion.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Alexander Granach, Fritz Kampers, Ernst Busch, Elisabeth Wendt

Votes: 1,158

33. Der Mörder Dimitri Karamasoff (1931)

93 min | Drama

Suspicion surrounds a lieutenant for killing his father.

Directors: Erich Engel, Fyodor Otsep | Stars: Fritz Kortner, Anna Sten, Fritz Rasp, Bernhard Minetti

Votes: 150

34. The 3 Penny Opera (1931)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

In London at the turn of the century, the bandit Mack the Knife marries Polly without the knowledge of her father, Peachum, the 'king of the beggars'.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Rudolf Forster, Lotte Lenya, Carola Neher, Reinhold Schünzel

Votes: 1,877

35. Emil and the Detectives (1931)

75 min | Adventure, Family, Drama

Emil goes to Berlin to see his grandmother with a large amount of money and is offered sweets by a strange man that make him sleep. He wakes up at his stop with no money. It is up to him and a group of children to save the day.

Director: Gerhard Lamprecht | Stars: Rolf Wenkhaus, Käthe Haack, Fritz Rasp, Rudolf Biebrach

Votes: 532

40. The Theft of the Mona Lisa (1931)

89 min | Drama

A painter working at the Louvre is struck by the Mona Lisa. When he meets a girl who he thinks resembles the painting and she wants him to become famous he has the idea of robbing the painting. Based on the 1911 real robbery.

Director: Géza von Bolváry | Stars: Trude von Molo, Willi Forst, Gustaf Gründgens, Fritz Odemar

Votes: 34

41. The Captain from Köpenick (1931)

107 min | Comedy

A poor cobbler named Wilhelm Voigt purchased the second-hand uniform of a Prussian infantry captain. Wearing this, he traveled to the borough of Köpenick and ordered a troop of guardsmen to... See full summary »

Director: Richard Oswald | Stars: Max Adalbert, Ernst Dernburg, Willi Schur, Paul Wagner

Votes: 56

43. Das Lied vom Leben (1931)

Unrated | 54 min | Drama

How can we lead more authentic lives? This daring surrealist sound film centers on a young woman who rejects marriage to a wealthy baron.

Director: Alexis Granowsky | Stars: Aribert Mog, Margot Ferra, Elsa Wagner, Ernst Busch

Votes: 21

45. Berlin-Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf (1931)

90 min | Crime, Drama