Berlin Films, Berlin Movies, Berlin Documentaries

On this page you’ll find a selection of ‘Berlin Films‘, ‘Berlin Movies‘ and ‘Berlin Documentaries‘ – meaning films, movies and documentaries, that are in one way or the other related to Berlin. Either the movies are set in Berlin, are about Berlin or somehow deal with the story and history of the City of Berlin and/or Germany.

Some of the films listed below are specifically dealing with the Berlin Wall and could probably be called ‘Berlin Wall Movies‘ – others are ‘just’ showing everyday life stories in either East- or West- or Post-Wall Berlin. And then again there are quite a few movies that are set in Nazi-Era Berlin.

The list is currently ordered chronologically. Please feel free to leave a comment if you think there’s something missing. Of course you may also leave a comment if think there’s nothing missing. Cheers!

Unorthodox (miniseries)

2020, 19-year-old Jewish woman Esty, living unhappily in an arranged marriage among an ultra-Orthodox community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, runs away to Berlin, where her estranged mother lives…

Berlin Bouncer

2019, documentary about three Berlin bouncers: Frank Künster, Smiley Baldwin and Sven Marquardt

Berlin Syndrome

2017, a thriller from Australian director Cate Shortland: an Australian backpacker becomes the house guest and eventual prisoner of her German fling

Alone in Berlin

2016 – …, war drama film directed by Vincent Pérez, based on the 1947 novel ‘Every Man Dies Alone’ by Hans Fallada

Berlin Station

2016 – …, U.S.American spy drama television series.

Berlin Way of Love Documentary

Berlin Way of Love

2016, a documentary about Life and Love in Berlin – thirteen personal love stories by Berlin Lovers – for Berlin Lovers
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Homeland Season 5 set in Berlin

Homeland Season 5

2015, The fifth season of Homeland is set in Berlin: Carrie, no longer working for the CIA, is trying to live a ‘normal’ life in Berlin. However – also in Germany’s capital she can not escape the shadows of her past and soon she’s back in business…

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Film Bridge of Spies, Tom Hanks

Bridge of Spies

2015, historical drama-thriller, set in cold war times Berlin / Germany. The movie is directed by Steven Spielberg, screenplay written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, featurung Tom Hanks as russian KGB spy James B. Donovan

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Victoria Berlin Thriller


2015, thriller, shot in a single 140-minute take
The movie Victoria is about a bank robbery, shot in a single 140 minute take on location in Berlin. The story begins in the middle of a party night and ends when the sun rises above the roof tops of Berlin.

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B-Movie West-Berlin Lust-Sound 1979-1989


Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989.
I’m still not sure how much of “B-Movie” is actually documentary and how much is fiction. The film consists of a lot of ‘original material’ mostly shot in West-Berlin of the eighties by Mark Reeder himself. Some footage however was added to make the movie a story. I’m not sure if somebody who did not experience West-Berlin in the eighties can fully ‘understand’ what is shown – but it is anyways a document of the West-Berlin music and art scene at that time.

Book, 224 pages – Details at

Citizenfour: an Edward Snowden Documentary


2014, documentary film about Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal, directed by Laura Poitras.

The documentary is not directly set in Berlin. However to me Citizenfour is closely connected to Berlin.

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Worldwide Berlin Documentary

Worldwide Berlin

A documentary about other cities called Berlin
There are over 100 cities and towns worldwide that are named Berlin. The documentary Worldwide Berlin visits and portraits a few of them. The ‘online edition’ consists of a vast collection of different clips from the Berlins around the world.

24h Berlin doku dvd

24h Berlin

24 hour Documentary about life in Berlin

Details / DVD / stream at [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.0 Import – Germany ]

A Coffee In Berlin ("Oh Boy")

A Coffee In Berlin (“Oh Boy”)

[2012] A night to remember – or rather to forget? Law schoon drop-out Niko Fischer (Tom Schilling) is roaming across Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg, Mitte, not knowing what to do this night – or even with his life. The movie tells the story of an almost 30 year old boy in search for a job, a meaning in life, or maybe just a cup of coffee.

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Boxhagener Platz


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Inglourious Bastards Tarantino

Inglourious Bastards

2009, German-American war-thriller film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino about a team of Jewish-American soldiers in Nazi-occupied France

starring Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth and many more

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Berlin Film The Lives of Others - Das Leben der Anderen

The Lives of Others (“Das Leben der Anderen”)

2006, The film The Lives of Others is the feature film debut of German filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck about surveillance in East Germany. Set in East Berlin, the film shows a deep insight into how residents of East Germany were monitored by agents of the East German secret police Stasi. Starring Ulrich Mühe as Stasi Captain Gerd Wiesler, Ulrich Tukur as his superior Anton Grubitz, Sebastian Koch as the playwright Georg Dreyman, and Martina Gedeck as his lover Christa-Maria Sieland.

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 Berlin film The Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne Supremacy

[2004] Many scenes of the second film about secret agent / former CIA assassin Jason Bourne are set in Berlin.

Directed by Paul Greengrass, starring Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Karl Urban, Gabriel Mann and Joan Allen

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DVD / stream Berlin Downfall Der Untergang

Downfall (“Der Untergang”)

[2004] The film Downfall, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, tells the story of the last days of Adoff Hitler (played by Bruno Ganz) and the End of the Nazi Regime when first Germany and then Berlin was conquered by allied forces in 1945.

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The Edukators Berlin Film Daniel Bruehl DVD

The Edukators
Die Fetten Jahre Sind Vorbei (“The Golden Years Are Over”)

2004, directed by Hans Weingartner, starring Daniel Brühl, Stipe Erceg and Julia Jentsch as three young, anti-capitalist Berlin activists.

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DVD / stream: Good bye Lenin - Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye Lenin

[2003] In 1989 the German Democratic Republic collapses, the Berlin Wall falls. The movie Goodbye Lenin tells the story of East-Berlin family Kerner (Daniel Brühl, Katrin Sass, Maria Simon) and how the family deals with the changes that come upon them. [Original Version, English subtitles]

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Summer in Berlin DVD Cover

Summer in Berlin (“Sommer vorm Balkon”)


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Sun Alley Sonnenallee Berlin

Sun Alley (“Sonnenallee”)

The movie is about the everyday life of two youngsters living close to the Berlin Wall in Sonnenallee, East-Berlin, shortly before the Berlin Wall came down. They live their lives in the shadow of the Berlin Wall – until one day everything changes.
1999, German film title: “Sonnenallee”

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Run Lola Run Berlin Movie

Run Lola Run

1998, German film title: “Lola rennt”

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Berlin Films from before the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Berlin Musical Film Linie 1

Linie 1

1988, directed by Reinhard Hauff

Film version of the Legendary musical Linie 1. A Girl arrives in Berlin and tries to make her way to Kreuzberg, to meet a boy she is in love with. On her Kreuzberg taking the U-Bahn Linie 1 she meets all kinds of Berlin creatures.

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Wings of Desire Berlin Movie

Wings of Desire (“Himmel über Berlin”)

1987, by Wim Wenders
original German film title: “Himmel über Berlin”

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Octopussy James Bond Berlin Film DVD

Octopussy (James Bond 007)

1983, directed by John Glen, starring Roger Moore as James Bond MI6 agent 007, Maud Adams as Octopussy, Louis Jourdan as Kamal Khan, Kristina Wayborn as Magda and many more

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Christiane F. – We Children from Bahnhof Zoo - 1980ies Berlin Movies

Christiane F. – We Children from Bahnhof Zoo

1981, directed by Ulrich Edel
original german film title: “Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo”at Christiane F. (“A True Story”)

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Possession Berlin 1981 Horror Drama Film DVD


French-German horror drama 1981, directed by Andrzej Żuławski, starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill, set mostly in Berlin-Kreuzberg

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Just a Gigolo David Bowie Berlin Movies

Just a Gigolo (“Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo”)

1978, directed by David Hemmings, starring David Bowie, Sydne Rome, Kim Novak, Maria Schell, Curd Jürgens, Marlene Dietrich

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Berlin Alexanderplatz Fassbinder DVD Collection

Berlin Alexanderplatz (The Criterion Collection)

1980, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s controversial, fifteen-hour-plus Berlin Alexanderplatz, based on Alfred Döblin’s modernist novel

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East Berlin Film The Legend of Paul and Paula

The Legend of Paul and Paula

German: Die Legende von Paul und Paula
1973, DEFA
Due to the political undertone, the movie was almost not released. East German leader Erich Honecker however personally decided to allow it to be shown. Today it is considered one of the most popular films produced in East Germany.
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Cabaret Liza Minnelli Berlin Movie


1972, directed by Bob Fosse, starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey
The movie Cabaret plays in Berlin 1931, shortly before the Nazis take over…
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Die endlose Nacht (The Endless Night)

1963, Will Tremper
On a foggy night a group of travelers gets stuck at Airport Tempelhof.

Berlin Cold War: One Two Three by Billy Wilder

One, Two, Three

1961, The movie One, Two, Three, directed and produced by by Billy Wilder, is primarily set in West–Berlin during the Cold War era. The Berlin Wall is not built yet, but Germany and Berlin are already separated. Hilariously funny film about communism, capitalism, cold war and spiels in 1961 Berlin

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Somewhere in Berlin - Irgendwo in Berlin (1946)

Somewhere in Berlin (Irgendwo in Berlin)

Berlin 1946, DEFA
group of children is playing in the ruins of Berlin. One day the father of one of the kids comes home…

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Berlin Movies from before 1945

Berlin Movies 1930 The Blue Angel Marlene Dietrich

The Blue Angel (Kino Restored Edition, English subtitled)

1930, directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich and Kurt Gerron

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Berlin Film: People on Sunday - screenplay:Billy Wilder

People on Sunday (German: Menschen am Sonntag)

1930, faturing Annie Schreyer as Annie, directed by Curt and Robert Siodmak, screenplay by Billy Wilder

People on Sunday is a 1930 German silent drama film. The film is mostly set in Berlin and tells the story of young model Annie who would rather stay at home than go to the lake with her friends. A sunday in Berlin.

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The Complete Metropolis DVD

Metropolis (The Complete Metropolis)

1927, Fritz Lang
As far as I know Metropolis is considered the first ‘real’ science fiction film in movie history.

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Berlin symphony of a great city Movie

Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis

1927, silent film, semi-documentary style
also referred to “Berlin symphony of a great city”
orginal German film title: “Berlin – Die Sinfonie der Großstadt”)

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Menschen untereinander - Unter der Laterne - Berlin Movies

Menschen untereinander

1926, Berlin-Drama by Gerhard Lamprecht

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to be added:

“Race” (2016)
Meier Müller Schmidt” (2016) (
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” (2015)
“Deutschland 83” (TV series, 2015)
“Jack” (2014)
Das Adlon. Eine Familiensaga” (2013)
Unknown” 2011
Cycling the Frame” (Berlin, 2009, 60 Min.)
Valkyrie” (2008)
The Baader Meinhof Complex” (2008)
Around the World in 80 Days” (2004)
The Invisible Frame (1988, 25 Min.)
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold” (1965)
We Cellar Children” (originally “Wir Kellerkinder”) is a 1960
Der zerrissene Vorhang

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Know of any other Berlin Films, Movies, Documentaries? Please feel free to leave a comment if you think there’s something missing. Of course you may also leave a comment if think there’s nothing missing. Thank you!

1 thought on “Berlin Films, Berlin Movies, Berlin Documentaries

  1. Craig.

    Great list but you need to add Billy Wilder’s “A Foreign Affair” from 1948 starring Jean Arthur, Marlene Dietrich and John Lund set in post war Berlin (with location shots of the devastated city, the rest shot on studio sets).

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