20 best German comedies of recent years

Every film buff knows that comedy films from different countries are not alike. You can’t confuse American humor with English, and French with Italian. And the best German comedies have their own style and a galaxy of talented performers recognizable all over the world. The gloomy German genius also likes to joke, and how funny it turns out, decide for yourself by watching the films from our selection.

Watch out Kangaroo! (2020)

This new movie is an adaptation of the bestseller “The Kangaroo Chronicle” by German musician Mark Uwe Kling, which was a huge success in Germany. The main character is an unemployed Berlin artist. When a talking kangaroo, identifying himself as a communist, knocks on his door, Mark has no idea that his fate will change dramatically. An incredibly chatty creature unceremoniously takes up residence in his house, turning the musician’s life upside down and turning it into an endless adventure .

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Die Känguru-Chroniken

Actors:
Dmitry Shaad, Rosalia Thomas, Adnan Maral …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Nightlife (2020)

The hero of the new German comedy is the bartender Milo, and the whole life of this Berlin guy is one big party . But in the soul of a young man lives the need to settle down, which he realizes when he meets the girl of his dreams. Sunny is about to move to America because of her career, and Milo is looking for ways to stop her. Meanwhile, Renzo, Milo’s best friend, gets into trouble with the mob , and the bartender needs to figure out how to bail out Milo without losing Sunny in the process.

Original title:
Nightlife

Actors:
Elias MBarek, Julian Looman, Frederic Lau…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Magic Mirror, or Double Trouble (2019)

The heroes of the family comedy film Frido and Emil are normal boys who want to go for walks and hooligans, and not study and tidy up the room. When the guys find a device at the fair that revives their exact copies, capable of the most boring things, the joy of the heroes knows no bounds. However, over time, the twins begin to live their own lives, dictating their own rules. Now Frido and Emil want to get rid of them, which turns out to be very difficult.

Original title:
Unheimlich perfekte Freunde

Actors:
Louis Worbach, Jona Genslen, Margarita Broich …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
6+


Restricted robbery (2019)

Another film made in Germany with popular German actor Tom Schilling is an indie comedy with philosophical overtones. Careerist Oliver literally lives for work. One day, rushing to a business meeting, he gets into an accident, and all his many plans fly into the trash. The hero is confined to a wheelchair. Upon learning that the tax office is checking bank vaults for black cash, the businessman goes to Switzerland to pick up a large amount from the cell and take the money across the border. And in order not to arouse suspicion, he takes new friends on the road – the blind Magda, the autistic Reinmann and Michi, Franci with Down syndrome and the nurse Laura.

Original title:
Die Goldfische

Actors:
Tom Schilling, Klaas Heifer-Umlauf, Lisa Bitter …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
18+


100 things and nothing more (2018)

The list of the best comedies continues with a new German film about two childhood friends and business partners. Tony and Paul made a splash among investors by creating a voice assistant that encourages its owner to make optional purchases. But the heroes themselves, on a dare, are taken to prove that they do not depend on things, and can live without them for a hundred days. Gadgets and even the guys’ clothes are locked in the warehouse. You can only get one item per day. Is this possible for a modern person and who will win this crazy competition?

Original title:
100 Dinge

Actors:
Florian David Fitz, Matthias Schweighöfer, Miriam Stein …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits :
18+


No matter what (2017)

Based on a true story, a German comedy film that tells the amazing story of a resilient young man. By the senior classes, Salia Kahawate almost lost his sight, but did not even think about abandoning his ambitious plans. Developing memory and hearing, he graduated well from school and was determined to build a career in the hotel business. Having removed the mention of illness from his resume, the guy gets an internship at the five-star hotel of his dreams, where he constantly gets into trouble because he does not see well.

Original title:
Mein Blind Date mit dem Leben

Actors:
Kostya Ullman, Jacob Machenz, Anna Maria Mue…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Four Against the Bank (2016)

Crime comedy starring Til Schweiger about four robbers. Three strangers invested money in the same bank. Former boxer Chris, advertising agent Max and ex-star Peter hoped to increase their savings. However, as a result of financial fraud carried out by the management of the institution, the guys lost everything. The deceived depositors tried to vent their wrath on the bank clerk, but he proved that he could be useful in robbing the ill-fated bank, which the four of them had already thought out.

Original title:
Vier gegen die Bank

Actors:
Til Schweiger, Mattias Schweighofer, Michael Herbig …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Coolest Day (2016)

Starting with the legendary film Knocking on Heaven’s Door, the best comedies filmed in Germany often cause laughter through tears. Benno and Andi met not in a club or at a party, but in the gloomy walls of the hospice, where they had to spend the rest of their lives, because both were diagnosed with a fatal diagnosis. Completely different in character and habits, the guys are unanimous in their desire to have time to live their coolest day, for which they fraudulently receive money in the bank and rush to sunny Africa.

Original title:
Der geilste Tag

Actors:
Florian David Fitz, Matthias Schweighofer, Alexandra Maria Lara…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


He’s Here Again (2015)

A fantastically satirical story of the sudden resurrection on the outskirts of modern Berlin of Adolf Hitler himself. Others take him for a parodist actor, and Fabian Zawatsky, director of carbon monoxide commercials for the Internet, realizes that he can get rich on the image of a dictator of the 20th century. In turn, the founder of Nazism is still not averse to seizing world domination. Pursuing personal goals, an unusual couple embarks on a journey through 21st century Germany.

Original title:
Er ist wieder da

Actors:
Oliver Mazucci, Thomas M. Köppl, Marc-Marvin Israel…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Fakap, or It doesn’t get worse (2014)

A favorite technique of high-rated German comedies, used in this film, is to spin a funny plot at the expense of an extreme situation. Till Reiner, an employee of the credit department of a bank in a provincial town, has long been swallowed up by routine. Neither family nor work pleases him as before, and he seemed to freeze in anticipation of some kind of shock. Who would have thought that this event would be a raid on the bank of a criminal named Nappo, who was denied a loan for a car. Nappo takes Till hostage , and both begin a new life.

Original title:
Nicht mein Tag

Actors:
Moritz Bleibtreu, Axel Stein, Jasmine Herat, Anna Maria Mue …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Credit teacher (trilogy, 2013, 2015, 2017)

Rogue Zeki Muller robbed a bank, but got caught and went to jail . Once released, he is looking for a way to collect his share of the loot, hidden at the construction site, where the school gym is now erected. Zeki comes to the school to get a job as a watchman, but the headmistress hires him as a replacement teacher in the most problematic class due to a misunderstanding. The false teacher surprisingly quickly finds a common language with the most inveterate students, because he is on the same wavelength with them!

Original title:
Fack ju Göhte

Actors:
Elias EmBarek, Carolina Herfurth, Katya Riemann …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Frau Ella (2013)

30-year-old taxi driver Sasha, the hero of a romantic German comedy film, is shocked by the news of the pregnancy of his friend Lina. The guy is used to being responsible only for himself and having fun with his friend Klaus, so thoughts about the upcoming fatherhood drive him into depression. Immersed in unhappy thoughts, Sasha gets into an accident and then to the hospital. His roommate turns out to be an elderly and overly talkative Frau Ella, preventing him from concentrating on his problems. But the same wise woman eventually helps Sasha solve them.

Original title:
Frau Ella

Actors:
Matthias Schweighöfer, Ruth-Maria Kubitschek, August Diehl …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Turkish for Beginners (2012)

Comedy film with the characters of the popular youth series of the 2000s. An extravagant mother- psychotherapist believes that her daughter Lena needs a change of scenery and buys two trips to Thailand. But the plane crashes and the ladies don’t make it to their destination. Lena finds herself on an island with the ardent Turk Chem, his devout sister Yagmur, and the Greek Kosta. Her mother, meanwhile, meets the father of Chem and Yagmur. What will these spontaneous Turkish lessons lead to?

Original title:
Türkisch für Anfänger

Actors:
Josefina Preuss, Elias EmBarek, Anna Stieblich…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


I’m ok super hood (2012)

A comedy based on real events described by Vladimir Kaminer in his autobiography Russian Disco. Three friends emigrate from Russia to Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall. One of them plans to go into business, the second – to become a famous musician, and the third has not decided on his life goals, but is in love with the beauty Olga. This jeopardizes male friendships, and the guy will have to choose between a girl and friends, which makes life difficult for expat buddies.

Original title:
Russendisko

Actors:
Matthias Schweighöfer, Friedrich Mücke, Christian Friedel …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Woman in Love (2011)

German variation of the famous comedy “Tootsie” about an actor-loser, tired of waiting for star roles and ventured to come to screen tests under the guise of a woman. The not-so-successful actor Alex, unexpectedly even for himself, gets the main female role in a Hollywood film filmed in Berlin. For the sake of art, the guy was ready for a lot, but he could not even imagine such an interest in himself from men – partners on the set. Yes, and falling in love with a shooting partner, the beautiful Sarah, also does not make the situation easier.

Original title:
Rubbeldiekatz

Actors:
Matthias Schweighöfer, Alexandra Maria Lara, Detlev Buk …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Seducer (dilogue, 2010 and 2012)

The most popular actor of German cinema, Til Schweiger, acted in this comedy film as a director, producer and played a major role. Screenwriter Henry has not been getting along either in his personal or creative life lately. The chance to adapt the novel of the writer Katarina, with whom he has long been in love, was a gift of fate. But this was not the only surprise – an eight-year-old girl came to Henry, declaring that she was his daughter and would live with her dad for now. The hero will have to become a real diplomat, maneuvering between his beloved women.

Original title:
Kokowääh

Actors:
Til Schweiger, Emma Schweiger, Jasmine Herat …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Breakfast Fans Don’t Stay (2010)

For a whole year, Lila studied on an exchange in the USA and missed the ascent to the musical Olympus of the group with the soloist handsome Kritz. Having accidentally met a youth idol, the girl did not faint, as any German girl would have done. With this, she so intrigued the idol of girlish hearts that he fell in love with her and achieved reciprocity. But according to the contract, the star singer must be single and free to be adored by fans, so Kritz’s manager does everything to separate the lovers. What will Kritz choose – career or love?

Original title:
Groupies bleiben nicht zum Frühstück

Cast:
Anna Fischer, Kostya Ullman, Inka Friedrich

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Soul Kitchen (2009)

One of the best rated German comedies from director Fatih Akin about a restaurant in Hamburg. The institution does not shine with exquisite cuisine and interior, but it has its own atmosphere and regular customers. The owner of Zinos is in trouble – his girlfriend flies to China, his brother who has served time is asking for a job, the chef scares away the regulars with tricky dishes, and a certain businessman wants to close the restaurant and take over the land. Will Zinos keep his peace of mind and Soul Kitchen?

Original title:
Soul Kitchen

Actors:
Adam Bousdux, Moritz Bleibtreu, Felina Roggan …

Country:
Germany, France, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Men in the big city (dilogue, 2009 and 2011)

A hilarious comedy with the best German actors in a light form will tell about serious things. Six men in their prime meet regularly at the gym and share their challenges. Gunther will never find a girlfriend for himself, and Jerome does not know the end of them, Niklas is on the verge of a wedding , Roland has been abandoned by his wife, and Philip will soon become a dad. Guys want to appear cool, but in reality they are desperately afraid of the future and responsibility, which leads to a lot of funny and embarrassing situations.

Original title:
Männerherzen

Actors:
Christian Ulmen, Nadia Uhl, Til Schweiger …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Handsome (dilogue, 2007 and 2009)

Journalist Ludo Dekker, played by Til Schweiger, is a lover of fried facts and beautiful girls. But one day it turns out to be sideways to him. Having pretty much spoiled the wedding of a celebrity, the hero receives a suspended sentence with the obligation to work for several months in kindergarten. The heartthrob expects to cope with underage wards with the help of Anna’s teacher. But she turns out to be the only girl who is not subject to the spell of Ludo, as she knows him too well, because they once went to school together.

Original title:
Keinohrhasen

Actors:
Til Schweiger, Nora Tschirner, Matthias Schweighofer …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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