10 Best Movies About Berlin That You Should Watching Update 05/2024

Movies About Berlin

1. People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag), Curt and Robert Siodmak, 1930

People on Sunday (1930)

German impressionism flourished during the Weimar period, and two of the most notable tributes to the city of Berlin are Walter Ruttmann’s Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, and People on Sunday’s attempt to depict the lives of Berliners. In addition to its stellar writing and directing credits, this film’s cast of non-professional performers and hidden camera makes it a standout. Following the Nazi era, virtually everyone, including Billy Wilder, Fred Zinnemann and Robert Siodmak, went on to become famous in Hollywood. Ludwigsburg Zoo and the Nikolassee

2. The Bourne Supremacy, Paul Greengrass, 2004

Paul Greengrass, the director of the sequel to The Bourne Identity, paid tribute to Berlin’s Cold War legacy by bringing Hollywood to Berlin. Convoluted plot sees a modern Berlin background for the high-octane hijinks of Bourne (Matt Damon) as he tries to connect the dots of his history. In addition, Berlin serves as a stop on Bourne’s globetrotting itinerary, most notably as a customs office in Naples. Exposition Grounds, Messedamm; Alexanderplatz; the Friedrichstrasse bridge; Ostbahnhof

3. Germany Year Zero, Roberto Rossellini, 1948

Germany Year Zero (1948)

As a depiction of the city’s devastation following World War II, Roberto Rossellini’s film is a stand-out. Filming in Rome while the Germans were being evacuated, Rossellini built his name as a neo-realist; soon after, he turned his focus to Germany itself. Germany A 13-year-old boy’s struggle to survive in a post-World War II Germany is the main focus of Year Zero, but the city itself, with its damaged buildings and doubtful inhabitants, is the real focus. Reich Chancellery and Hitler’s bunker, Vossstrasse; the Neptune fountain, Alexanderplatz (now demolished)

4. Christiane F – We Children From Bahnhof Zoo (Christiane F – Wir Kinder From Bahnhof Zoo), Uli Edel, 1981

Films such as this one about a drug-addicted prostitute made West Berlin a popular destination for young people in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but there was a darker side to the city’s reputation for radicalism and experimentation. With a soundtrack by David Bowie, Uli Edel’s film, based on her biography We Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo, is the last word in Berlin sadness. Filming took place primarily in Bahnhof Zoo, West Berlin’s busiest train station, as well as Christiane Gropiusstadt, a southern suburb built by the Bauhaus founder. Railway Station Zoo in Gropiusstadt

5. Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin), Wim Wenders, 1987

Wings of Desire (1987)

One of the best films depicting Berlin’s divided city was made by Wim Wenders in 1987 — an angelic fantasy about angels flying over a traumatized city and listening to its people’s thoughts. Wenders used the city’s monuments extensively, including a tour of the Hans Scharoun-designed modernist Berlin State Library, which he used to recreate the Wall. Three locations: Potsdamer Strasse 2, the Friedrich Strasse, and the Gedächtniskirche on the Kurfürstendamm

6. The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen), Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006

“The Stasi” is perhaps the most eye-opening movie to emerge from German cinema’s current obsession in reliving the 1980s Stasi-ridden reality. East Germany exploited the Soviet-era portion of the city that was still mostly unreconstructed. Stasi archives (now a museum) and the Volksbühne theater were granted permission for filming by director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Stasi Zentrale, Ruschestrasse; Volksbühne, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

7. Run Lola Run, Tom Tykwer, 1998

Run Lola Run (1998)

In the late 1990s, Franka Potente’s Lola quickly became an international icon of Germany’s new dynamism as she sped around the reunited city. This movie, directed by Tom Tykwer, takes place in Berlin, with three different endings. Perhaps the film’s happy ending is a metaphor for how we wish to feel about the city of Berlin. Deutsche Oper U-Bahn; Taurogenerstrasse

8. Goodbye, Lenin! Wolfgang Becker, 2003

One of the best movies ever made about the difficulties of German unification by disregarding them. In order to spare his mother any further shock after the Wende (reunification), an East German socialist’s son goes to great measures to perpetuate the myth that East Germany is still extant. Karl-Marx-Allee was used for nearly all filming; scenes of star Daniel Brühl driving through a crowd of cheering football supporters were shot there as well. A street named in honor of Karl Marx, or Alexanderplatz

9. Aeon Flux, Karyn Kusama, 2005

Aeon Flux ( 2005)

Critics and moviegoers didn’t like this sci-fi thriller, but its use of Berlin’s modernist structures to depict the world of the 25th century was excellent. One architectural wonder after another was drafted into service by the military. For political meetings, the Krematorium Baumschulenweg’s Hall of Condolence was transformed into a hall of condolence, while the Tierheim animal sanctuary served as the government’s headquarters. In addition to the Bauhaus Archive and the Krematorium Baumschulenweg, the Tierheim Berlin is located at Hausvaterweg.

10. One, Two, Three, Billy Wilder, 1961

Billy Wilder’s scurrilous political satire, which was shot before the Berlin Wall was erected but released after, jumped into the conflict of ideologies that the city represented. People on Sunday was his first feature film credit after he fled Germany following the Nazi takeover in 1934. (see above). Jimmy Cagney was cast as a Coca-Cola executive caring after his boss’s young daughter when Wilder returned to Hollywood as a successful film director. As Wilder had hoped, the film struck a chord with viewers. Brandenburg Gate; Gedächtniskirche, Kurfürstendamm; Tempelhof airport