The Best German Movies on Amazon Prime
Now that we’ve got options like Amazon Prime Video, you can watch whatever you want, whenever you want.
And German videos are no exception.
If you’re looking for fun new ways to boost your language skills, you can start tonight by streaming German movies.
We’ll show you four flicks from a variety of genres, which will all supercharge your listening comprehension and vocabulary skills in different ways.
So put down that remote and get streaming!
- 1. “Edelweisspiraten” (“Edelweiss Pirates”)
- 2. “Bis Gleich” (“Till Then”)
- 3. “Der Architekt” (“The Architect”)
- 4. “Heidi”
- What Makes Amazon Prime a Good Source for German Movies?
1. “Edelweisspiraten” (“Edelweiss Pirates”)
You might have already heard about the Edelweisspiraten if you’ve spent some time studying German history. They were a group of young Germans who helped with the Nazi resistance during World War II. The movie tells their story and shows how they took on the Hitler Youth and Gestapo.
During the movie, the group of young friends befriends an escaped convict who helps them sabotage the German war effort further.
You might recognize the convict if you’re an avid fan of German music, as he’s played by Bela B, the drummer from the pop-punk band Die Ärzte.
2. “Bis Gleich” (“Till Then”)
No time to sit down and watch a feature-length movie? No problem. I’ve got just the movie for you! “Bis Gleich” is a short film that clocks in at only 20 minutes.
This sweet film tells the tale of an elderly couple who live across the road from each other. Though they share a daily routine, they’ve never met face-to-face, until a twist of fate brings them together in an unexpected way.
This charming film isn’t too heavy on dialogue, so it’s perfect for beginner learners to follow without having to worry about losing track of what’s going on.
As it’s slow-paced, it’s a great film for any learner to pop on when they don’t really feel like studying. You can simply sit back and let the sweet story wash over you!
In fact, this movie is so simple to understand, you could even watch it with some of your friends or family who aren’t learning German. The plot is super easy to pick up and the sparse dialogue is really there to add richness to the characters and their situation.
3. “Der Architekt” (“The Architect”)
“Der Architekt” is the story of Georg Winter, an award-winning architect who’s called back to his home village to attend his mother’s funeral. His wife and two adult children travel with him to the snowy village up in the mountains to see where he grew up.
However, during their time there, the arrival of the mysterious Hannah and her son, Alex, brings up some hard truths from Georg’s past.
The family is then stuck together with the architect and his secrets when an avalanche cuts off the village from the outside world for a few days. The movie was directed by Ina Weisse, a famous actress in Germany known for her roles in TV shows like “Tatort” (“Crime Scene”).
As you might already know, European cinema is generally a lot more laid-back when it comes to portraying nudity and, as you can see from the trailer, there’s some full-frontal nudity in this movie. It covers quite a few adult topics, which are only suitable for an older audience.
These types of topics are often quite difficult to understand in a foreign language, so this film is most suitable for advanced learners.
Written in 1881 by the Swiss author Johanna Spyri, “Heidi” is one of the most famous works of literature to come out of Switzerland. This popular Swiss tale is about the eponymous character, who’s raised in the Alps by her grandfather. However, Heidi is then sent to live with an upper-class family in Frankfurt.
The story then shows how she struggles in her new home and eventually starts to adjust to her new surroundings.
This is a classic children’s story that has enchanted kids for well over a century. It’s a straightforward tale, and one that’s extremely easy to follow. As it’s a kids’ movie, you can expect that the language is simple enough for German learners of all levels.
If you ever get confused by the plot, you can always switch on the subtitles for a bit. It’s also a nice idea to read the book (in German, of course!) before you watch the movie so that there’s no chance of you missing anything in the story!
What Makes Amazon Prime a Good Source for German Movies?
Movies are a great tool when it comes to learning a language, and you will find plenty of German options to choose from on Amazon Prime.
Amazon frequently updates its Prime Video selection, so there’s a good chance that there’ll always be something new to watch whenever you log in.
You’ll also see that there are a few recent releases on Amazon Prime—you won’t have to wait around for months for a movie to come out like you’d have to on the mainstream TV channels.
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Now all that’s left to do is binge your way through this list!
And if you run out of options on Amazon Prime, check out the best German movies on Netflix!
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