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!
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…
2019, documentary about three Berlin bouncers: Frank Künster, Smiley Baldwin and Sven Marquardt
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
2016 – …, U.S.American spy drama television series.
Berlin Way of Love
2016, a documentary about Life and Love in Berlin – thirteen personal love stories by Berlin Lovers – for Berlin Lovers
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
2015, thriller, shot in a single 140-minute take
Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989.
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.
A documentary about other cities called Berlin
24 hour Documentary about life in Berlin
 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
 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.
2004, directed by Hans Weingartner, starring Daniel Brühl, Stipe Erceg and Julia Jentsch as three young, anti-capitalist Berlin activists.
1998, German film title: “Lola rennt”
Berlin Films from before the Fall of the Berlin Wall
1987, by Wim Wenders
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
1981, directed by Ulrich Edel
French-German horror drama 1981, directed by Andrzej Żuławski, starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill, set mostly in Berlin-Kreuzberg
1978, directed by David Hemmings, starring David Bowie, Sydne Rome, Kim Novak, Maria Schell, Curd Jürgens, Marlene Dietrich
1980, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s controversial, fifteen-hour-plus Berlin Alexanderplatz, based on Alfred Döblin’s modernist novel
German: Die Legende von Paul und Paula
1972, directed by Bob Fosse, starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey
Die endlose Nacht (The Endless Night)
1963, Will Tremper
Berlin 1946, DEFA
Berlin Movies from before 1945
1930, directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich and Kurt Gerron
1927, Fritz Lang
1927, silent film, semi-documentary style
1926, Berlin-Drama by Gerhard Lamprecht
to be added:
“Meier Müller Schmidt” (2016) (https://www.facebook.com/meiermuellerschmidt/)
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” (2015)
“Deutschland 83” (TV series, 2015)
“Das Adlon. Eine Familiensaga” (2013)
“Cycling the Frame” (Berlin, 2009, 60 Min.)
“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”
- List of films set in Berlin at wikipedia.org
- interactive images of Berlin film sets vs. real world location
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!