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Famous Film Directors from Germany

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List of famous film directors from Germany, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Germany has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best German directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Germany and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best German directors?" and "Which directors are from Germany?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Germany in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented German directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
  • BirthplaceMunich, Germany


    Films Directed4 Days in May, Love in Thoughts, England!

    Achim von Borries is a film and television director and a screenwriter....  more
  • Ades Zabel

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany


    Films DirectedMutti: The Movie, Fucking Different!

    Ades Zabel is an actor, film director and screenwriter....  more
  • BirthplacePittsfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America,Germany

    Films DirectedCement

    Adrian Pasdar (born April 30, 1965) is an American actor and voice artist. He is known for playing Jim Profit on the TV series Profit, for his roles in Near Dark, Carlito's Way, Mysterious Ways and...  more

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  • Adnan G. Köse is a screenwriter, film director, and actor....
  • BirthplaceHochsauerlandkreis, Arnsberg, Eurasia, Hallenberg, North Rhine-Westphalia


    Films DirectedThe Microchip Killer, Die Abfahrer, Jede Menge Kohle, North Curve, Super

    Adolf Winkelmann is a German film director, film producer and screenwriter. He is also a professor of film design in the department of design at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts....  more
  • Aleksandra Khokhlova

    Dec. at 88 (1897-1985)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    NationalityRussia, Germany

    Films DirectedWe from the Urals

    Aleksandra Khokhlova is an actress and film director....  more
  • Alex Mann is a German bobsledder who has competed since 2007. He won two medals at the 2008 FIBT World Championships in Altenberg, Germany with a gold in the mixed team event and a bronze in the...  more
  • BirthplaceEurasia, Berlin, Germany


    Films DirectedForgotten

    Alex Schmidt is a film director, film producer and screenwriter....
  • BirthplaceEurasia, Bavaria, Munich, Upper Bavaria, Germany


    Films DirectedI've Never Been Happier

    Alexander Adolph is a Screenwriter....
  • BirthplaceEurasia, Berlin, Germany


    Films DirectedOne Minute Puberty, Mannimann

    Alexander Gellner is a film director and film producer....
  • BirthplaceBerlin, Germany


    Films DirectedSorted, The Flirting Club

    Alexander Jovy (born 27 January 1971) is a film director.He was born in Berlin, but his family soon went to live in Switzerland. Later, he went to England to study Law at the University of...  more
  • BirthplaceSaxony-Anhalt, Eurasia, Halberstadt, Germany


    Films DirectedImages of the World and the Inscription of War, Germany in Autumn, The Power of Emotion, In Danger and Dire Distress the Middle of the Road Leads to Death, Strongman Ferdinand

    Alexander Kluge (born 14 February 1932) is a German author, philosopher, academic and film director....  more
  • Alexander von Eschwege

    Dec. at 52 (1948-2000)

    BirthplaceEschwege, Germany


    Films DirectedThe Candidate

    Alexander von Eschwege was an actor, screenwriter, film and television director....  more
  • Alfred Abel

    Dec. at 58 (1879-1937)

    BirthplaceLeipzig, Germany


    Alfred Peter Abel (12 March 1879 – 12 December 1937) was a German film actor, director, and producer. He appeared in more than 140 silent and sound films between 1913 and 1938. His best-known...  more
  • Alfred Ehrhardt

    Dec. at 83 (1901-1984)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Triptis, Thuringia, Germany


    Films DirectedSpiel der Spiralen, Schicksal und Vermächtnis, Portugal - unbekanntes Land am Meer, Ernst Barlach - Teil I

    Alfred Ehrhardt was a film director, film producer, cinematographer, screenwriter, photographer and painter....
  • Alfred Schirokauer

    Dec. at 74 (1880-1954)

    BirthplaceBrandenburg, Eurasia, Cottbus, Germany


    Films DirectedDer Himmel auf Erden

    Alfred Schirokauer was a screenwriter....
  • Alfred Vohrer

    Dec. at 72 (1914-1986)

    BirthplaceStuttgart, Germany


    Films DirectedOnly the Wind Knows the Answer, Waiting Room to the Beyond, The Inn on the River, Among Vultures, Gott schützt die Liebenden

    Alfred Vohrer (29 December 1914 – 3 February 1986) was a German film director and actor. He directed 48 films between 1958 and 1984. His 1969 film Seven Days Grace was entered into the 6th Moscow...  more
  • Alfred Weidenmann

    Dec. at 82 (1918-2000)

    BirthplaceStuttgart, Germany


    Films DirectedShots in Threequarter Time, Condemned to Sin, As Long as the Heart Still Beats, Buddenbrooks - 1. Teil, Weg in die Freiheit

    Alfred Weidenmann (10 May 1916 – 9 June 2000) was a German film director and screenwriter. He directed 36 films between 1942 and 1984....  more
  • Alfred Zeisler

    Dec. at 93 (1892-1985)

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Films DirectedAlimony, Crime Over London, Parole, Inc., The Shot in the Talker Studio

    Alfred Zeisler (September 26, 1892 – March 1, 1985) was an American-born German film producer, director, actor and screenwriter. He produced 29 films between 1927 and 1936. He also directed 16 films...  more
  • Alfredo B. Crevenna

    Dec. at 82 (1914-1996)

    BirthplaceHesse, Eurasia, Germany, Frankfurt

    NationalityMexico, Germany

    Films DirectedPuerto Maldito, El Garañón, La mujer sin lagrimas, Muchachas de Uniforme, Comezon a la Mexicana

    Alfredo B. Crevenna (22 April 1914 – 30 August 1996) was a Mexican film director and screenwriter. He directed 151 films between 1945 and 1995....  more
  • For general secretary of the Irish Council of Imams, see Ali Selim (Ireland)Ali Selim is an Arab-American advertising and independent film director. Over the past fifteen years he has directed over...  more
  • BirthplaceRatingen, Germany


    Films DirectedRodicas

    Alice Gruia is a film director, film producer and screenwriter....  more
  • Anthony Mann

    Dec. at 61 (1906-1967)

    BirthplaceUSA, California, San Diego

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Films DirectedMoonlight in Havana, Men in War, The Bamboo Blonde, Winchester '73, Thunder Bay

    Anthony Mann (June 30, 1906 – April 29, 1967) was an American actor and film director, best remembered for his work in the film noir and Westerns genres. As a director, he often collaborated with the...  more
  • BirthplaceEurasia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Kandel, Germany


    Films DirectedDo Fish Do It?

    Almut Getto is a film director....
  • BirthplaceMunich, Germany


    Films DirectedAchternbusch

    Andi Niessner is a film director....