Love Above All: Top 20 German Melodramas

In this selection, we once again turn our attention to films made in Germany. In a country that gave the world cool cars, scientific inventions and juicy Bavarian sausages, they know how to shoot not only military dramas and tragicomedies. Few people know what heartfelt films about love are produced by local directors. The best German melodramas, which have a special sincere intonation, can touch your soul and evoke genuine emotions.

I’m Made for You (2021)

The novelty of German cinema introduces the viewer to Alma, a scientist who, in order to finance her research, agrees to take part in testing a robot with a human appearance. The woman’s task is to communicate with the android Tom, ideally suited to her character thanks to the artificial intelligence algorithm tuned for her . But what if not everyone likes ideal partners? Can Alma like the robot and pass the humanity test?

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

Original title:
Ich bin dein Mensch

Actors:
Maren Eggert, Dan Stevens, Sandra Hüller …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Heaven Can Wait (2020)

A modern German film about love is worth watching for fans of life-affirming youth melodramas about teenagers. 16-year-old Steffi learns that she has an incurable form of cancer . She decides not to waste precious moments and enjoy the rest of her time. The girl leaves the hospital and goes on an unforgettable journey in the company of an unexpected companion.

Original title:
Gott, du kannst ein Arsch sein

Actors:
Signe Irslinger, Max Hubacher, Til Schweiger…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Easy and Ossie (2020)

Easy is a representative of the golden youth, the daughter of a millionaire, who even received a certificate thanks to her parents’ connections. Ossie – dreams of becoming a boxer , but his mother is bogged down in debt, and it seems impossible to get out of this hole. These two guys from different worlds meet at a diner one day and realize that they can support each other. After all, it would seem that Izi’s happy life is also not a joy for her. Her parents want to send her to business school, and she would like to study to be a chef . But now she has a plan that is ready to help implement a new acquaintance.

Original title:
Isi & Ossi

Actors:
Lisa Vicari, Dennis Moen, Darcy Rose Burns…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.4


Love Between the Lines (2019)

Leo is abandoned by his beloved, and he is trying to win her back – he writes an email and waits for a response. But the answer never comes. Instead, a message falls into the mail from another girl – married Amy, who mistakenly sent an angry complaint to his address. So begins the virtual communication of two strangers. The popular feature film made in Germany has become a worthy adaptation of the novel about love by writer Daniel Glassauer, which consists entirely of Internet correspondence.

Original title:
Gut gegen Nordwind

Actors:
Nora Tschirner, Alexander Fehling, Ulrich Thomsen …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


So close to the horizon (2019)

School years are behind us, and now Jessica is moving on to a new stage in her life. One day she meets Danny – a self-confident athlete a little older than her, working as a model . It is not so easy for a girl in love to open up to a guy, and Danny’s past hides secrets that can hurt not only mentally. The heroes of German melodrama will have to confront the stereotypes of society and overcome their own fears in order to keep their love to the end.

Original title:
Dem Horizont so nah

Actors:
Luna Wedler, Yannick Schumann, Louise Befort…

Country:
Germany, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Romance “303” (2018)

The plot of a German film about love, touching to tears, follows two young people traveling through the beautiful places of Europe. Student Julia set off on a journey to meet her lover. Jan is driven by the idea of ​​finding a father in Spain whom he has never seen. Becoming random fellow travelers, the guys get to know each other and spend time having an interesting conversation, open up to each other and gradually fall in love.

Original title:
303

Actors:
Mala Emde, Anton Spieker, Arndt-Schwering Sonrey …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


SMS for you (2016)

After the death of her beloved, Clara leaves Berlin, where everything reminds her of the loss of a loved one. Two years later, the heroine of the film is not yet ready for a new relationship and continues to live in memories. A friend advises the girl to write a message to the number of the deceased boyfriend to say goodbye and get rid of depression. Journalist Mark, who bought a new issue and received these messages, is completely fascinated by their text and decides to find a stranger.

Original title:
SMS für Dich

Actors:
Carolina Herfurt, Friedrich Mücke, Nora Tschirner …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.6


Phoenix (2014)

An interesting German film tells about love crippled by war. Nelly managed to survive in the concentration camp , but her face is severely disfigured. The woman undergoes treatment, rehabilitation and agrees to plastic surgery to hide the injuries. Thoughts about her husband haunt the heroine, although Johannes is guilty of her arrest, she is desperately looking for him in the ruins of Berlin. When he finds his beloved, he does not recognize the new Nelly, but, noticing some resemblance to his, as he believes, deceased wife, he offers a deal – to pretend to be his wife in order to receive the inheritance of her family.

Original title:
Phoenix

Actors:
Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf …

Country:
Germany, Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Breakfast Fans Don’t Stay (2010)

The youth film will tell the story of a rising star, the lead singer of a German musical group , and a young student who falls in love with a guy, unaware of his popularity. According to the contract, Kritz cannot start a relationship, because this will immediately reduce the interest of the fans in the idol. In addition, the persecution of a guy by fans can interfere with the couple’s nascent feelings. Will Leela and Kritz’ love stand the test of fame? You will find out the answer to this question by watching this light comedy melodrama.

Original title:
Groupies bleiben nicht zum Frühstück

Actors:
Anna Fischer, Kostya Ullman, Inka Friedrich …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Goethe! (2010)

The next movie in the list of the best melodramas in Germany will take the viewer to 1772. The still unknown Johann Wolfgang von Goethe dreams of becoming a poet, but studies at the Faculty of Law at the behest of his father. After failing his exams, his father sends a young man to a provincial town to work in a courthouse. Soon Goethe not only wins the recognition of his boss, but also falls in love. However, an affair with the freedom-loving Lotta can be considered forbidden , because the girl’s father has already promised her as a wife to another.

original name :
Goethe!

Actors:
Alexander Feling, Miriam Stein, Moritz Bleibtreu …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Seducer (dilogue, 2010 and 2012)

An unexpected discovery awaits the hero of the German melodrama – the writer Henry. On the threshold of a bachelor’s apartment, he sees an eight-year-old girl. It turns out that this is his own daughter, who needs to be temporarily looked after at the request of her mother who left. But the tests do not come one by one – soon he will have to write the script of the film together with his former lover. And then the couple would start all over again, but how to explain the appearance of a child in your life, if this is evidence of a long-standing betrayal ?

Original title:
Kokowääh

Actors:
Til Schweiger, Emma Schweiger, Jasmine Herat …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Handsome (dilogue, 2007 and 2009)

Journalist Ludo can always please the newspaper with a fresh sensation, but the man gets them in very dubious ways. Because of one such antics, he receives a prison term , however, he can avoid imprisonment by agreeing to an occupational therapy course. So Ludo ends up in kindergarten. Although the brutal seducer knows how to handle women, he does not know how to contact children at all. And in addition to all the problems, he learns that his old acquaintance works in the group, who is very offended by him.

Original title:
Keinohrhasen

Actors:
Til Schweiger, Nora Tschirner, Matthias Schweighofer …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Barefoot on the pavement (2005)

One of the best and most touching German melodramas is the story of an unusual love between a mentally ill girl and a man completely unadapted to social life. Once again, knocking the thresholds of the employment center, Nick gets a job as a janitor in a mental hospital . As usual, having messed up, he flies out of there on the very first shift, but before that he manages to literally pull one of the patients out of the loop. The next day, the same patient appears on the threshold of his house. She does not wear shoes, is afraid of being touched, and is sure that Nick is now her boyfriend.

Original title:
Barfuss

Actors:
Til Schweiger, Johanna Wokalek, Nadia Tiller …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


White Masai (2005)

German biopic based on the bestselling novel by Corinna Hofmann. On the last day of her vacation in Africa , a young girl from Switzerland decides to give up her old life and relationships in order to stay in this hot land. The reason for this decision is a sudden passion for the Maasai warrior Lemalian. A stately dark-skinned man in a traditional outfit won the heart of a tourist with his very appearance. An aristocratic Swiss woman and an aborigine with special views and strange traditions – can they be happy together?

Original title:
Die Weisse Massai

Actors:
Nina Hoss, Jackie Ido, Katya Flint…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.5


Why thoughts of love? (2004)

This German melodrama is a movie based on real events , known as the Steglitz School Tragedy. Outside in 1927. Romantic young men Paul and Günther decide to found a suicide club and vow to take their own lives as soon as they stop feeling love, and also to take away the one who will contribute to this. The film tells about a few summer days spent by friends in the company of girls, when idealistic dreams collide with the desires of young flesh, and the guys have to rethink the promise they made to each other.

Original title:
Was nützt die Liebe in Gedanken

Actors:
Daniel Brühl, August Diehl, Anna Maria Mühe…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Head against the wall (2003)

In a good way, a crazy film about love, emancipation and the search for identity by immigrants from the popular German director Fatih Akin. Middle-aged Turk Cahit falls to the very bottom after the death of his wife. Now his family is alcohol and drugs . A young Turkish woman, Sibel, yearns for freedom but fears the judgment of her traditional parents. To get rid of the guardianship of her relatives, she needs to conclude a marriage, and she offers Kahit a deal.

Original title:
Gegen die Wand

Actors:
Birol Yunel, Guven Kirac, Tzara McKenzie …

Country:
Germany, Turkey

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Irresistible Martha (2001)

The list of the best melodramas from Germany will continue with a leisurely story about the life of a chef. In the kitchen of the restaurant, Marta is a virtuoso of her craft – a general in command of an army of cooks. And at home, she is just a lonely woman who has no one to cook her delights for. However, the appearance in her life of her niece Lina, who lost her mother, and a new cheerful colleague Mario will make the heroine of the film turn off the knurled track and plunge into a life where there is someone to take care of.

Original title:
Bella Martha

Actors:
Martina Gedek, Maxim Foerste, Sergio Castellitto …

Country:
Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Moonlight Tariff (2001)

The heroine of the lyrical melodrama, Cora Hubsch, lives in a world of conventions, where you can’t call first or somehow show that you are interested in a man. So this time, after meeting the charming doctor Daniel Hoffman, she is tormented while waiting for a call from the guy she liked so much. What if he doesn’t call? After all, both the girlfriend and the statistics unanimously say – you didn’t call for the first 72 hours, forget it! Unable to stand it, Cora decides to act on her own, spitting on the rules.

Original title:
Mondscheintarif

Actors:
Grushenka Stevens, Tim Bergmann, Yasmine Tabatabai…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Princess and Warrior (2000)

The case brings together two lonely souls – the heroes of this unusual romantic film in the genre of melodrama. Nurse Sissi, who works in a psychiatric hospital, gets hit by a car. The former military Bodo, who is running away from the servants of the law, instantly assesses the situation and saves the girl by performing resuscitation right on the spot. Then the guy disappears, leaving behind only a button. Sissy decides to find a savior, because such a meeting cannot be accidental.

Original title:
Der Krieger und die Kaiserin

Actors:
Franka Potente, Benno Furman, Joachim Krul …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Aztec Sun (2000)

Passing by a flea market, young teacher Daniel accidentally buys an amulet ring. According to legend, the little thing brings the owner happiness in love. And the legend does not deceive – the hero of the comedy melodrama literally immediately falls in love with the Turkish Malek. Upon learning that the girl is going to return to her homeland in Istanbul, the guy goes after her. A lot of adventures and meetings await the modest Daniel on his way – an unexpected fellow traveler who sold him a ring, the loss of money, things, documents, and even a prison. But the Aztec Sun is with him, and he believes in luck.

Original title:
Im Juli

Actors:
Moritz Bleibtreu, Christiane Paul, Mehmet Kurtulush …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.7

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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