Defa Original Movies

Here we collected the best movies from DEFA in order of popularity
Secret Archives on Elbe

Secret Archives on Elbe

1963
The World War II. 1944. Nazis staged a cache which stores archival documents of its agents, rescued from the east during the retreat, near a small German town Ostburga.
Germany Year Zero

Germany Year Zero

2.67
1948
Rome, Open City and Pais were the first two films in Rossellini's war film trilogy. Germany Year Zero takes place in post-war Germany, unlike the others, which take place in German-occupied Rome and I...
Island of Swans

Island of Swans

1983
A fourteen-year-old boy and his family move from an idyllic small town to the developing area of Berlin-Marzahn, where his father works as a construction worker. In a completely new environment, he mu...
Treffpunkt Aimée

Treffpunkt Aimée

1956
DEFA crime film about the smuggling of PVC across the (still open) border from East to West Berlin.
Der Übergang

Der Übergang

1978
Shortly after Chile's 1973 military coup, three men are fleeing across the Andes to Argentina. They witness the murder of a farmer by Chilean police and end up at the home of the farmer's heavily preg...
Berlin Around the Corner

Berlin Around the Corner

1966
Berlin in the 1960s. Olaf and Horst are two young metalworkers, who provoke their older colleagues with critiques of the antiquated equipment and lack of materials... not to mention their love of leat...
Seine Hoheit – Genosse Prinz

Seine Hoheit – Genosse Prinz

1969
Kasper Mai, an export merchant and comrade with a “clean” record, discovers he is the prince of Hohenlohe-Liebenstein. His royal grandmother designates him as the heir to her estate. A private trip to...
In einem Atem

In einem Atem

1988
The 24-year-old Andreas works as a mechanic at a tunnel building site in the Bulgarian Rhodopes. One day, he gets the startling news that his girlfriend Sabine, who is supposedly waiting for him in th...
Der Doppelgänger

Der Doppelgänger

1985
Romantic comedy about a series of mix-ups. Brigitte Kaufmann wants to divorce her husband Jörg who is an engineer and chief executive of an electronics company – and a hopeless pedant. Benno, a former...
First Spaceship on Venus

First Spaceship on Venus

6
1960
A magnetic spool that was found during a construction project originated from Venus. The race that created the spool is the subject of a rocket expedition to Venus.
Tinko

Tinko

1957
After land reform forced him to become an agricultural worker, Old Kraske refused to join any collective farming activities. Tinko is the grandson of Kimpel. When Kraske's son returns from a POW camp ...
An Unusual Day

An Unusual Day

1959
Film by Bärbl Bergmann.
The Innocent

The Innocent

1993
A young engineer is sent to Berlin to help the Americans spy on the Russians. In a time and place where discretion is still a man's best friend, he falls in love with a mysterious woman who will take ...
The Hedgehog Friendship

The Hedgehog Friendship

1962
A funny story about a friendship between the children of East Germany and Czechoslovakia.
They Called Him Amigo

They Called Him Amigo

1959
Some boys in Berlin discovered a refugee from a Nazi concentration camp. They help him to continue his flight by giving him food. The son of a communist was sent to a concentration camp after being ch...
The Witches of Salem

The Witches of Salem

1957
Salem, 1694 A number of young people have been taken in by John and his wife. He was rejected by his wife and she sent the lass away. A person vows revenge. She will have a chance when she accuses her...
Coming Out

Coming Out

1989
Philipp, a closeted teacher, is dating a female colleague. He fell in love with a man at a gay bar one night. He is no longer afraid to face up to who he is because of this love.
The Tears of the Sea

The Tears of the Sea

2014
The survivor escaped uninjured in a serious car accident. He has lost his memory. She should spend time with her family. Marie lived with a family for two years.
My Zero Hour

My Zero Hour

1970
Germany in 1943. Klaus Hartung was deployed to the Eastern front during World War II. He was captured by a Russian patrol during a tour. While in captivity, Hartung came to the conclusion that he had ...
Two Mothers

Two Mothers

1957
The story of two women, one French and the other German, who fight for a child who has been mistakenly taken by the Germans after a bomb raid.
Time in the Jungle

Time in the Jungle

1988
Defectors from Hitler's army join the French Foreign Legion and end up in Vietnam in the late '40s.
Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts

Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts

1973
The film is based on a famous novel. A man plays the violin and sings to women. Two of his female admirers hired him as a gardener. After a while, he moves on to his next job as a customs officer. He ...
Banale Tage

Banale Tage

1992
In East Berlin in the late 70s, two boys meet one evening in a disco: Thomas, who is from a working class family and is doing an apprenticeship, and Michael, a 16-year-old school pupil from an educate...
The Keys

The Keys

1974
During their holiday in Kraków, a young worker and a student are asked if their love, despite different views on life, will endure.
The Goose-Girl at the Fountain

The Goose-Girl at the Fountain

1979
A young blacksmith, searching for happiness in a series of dreams, realized that he must find a rejected princess and hold her hand. The Brothers Grimm inspired a fairytale.
Dornröschen

Dornröschen

1971
On the occasion of their daughter's birth, the king and queen give a lavish feast. Among the guests are twelve fairies who endow the infant in the cradle with all good qualities. As the king loathes d...
Ernst Thälmann - Führer seiner Klasse

Ernst Thälmann - Führer seiner Klasse

1955
Thlmann's second film covers the period from 1930 to 1944.
School Ghost

School Ghost

1987
Carola is a mischievous girl who doesn't care much for school- except for sports and recess, of course. Without her good friend Willi to keep her on the straight and narrow, she would really be in tro...
Don't Forget My Little Traudel

Don't Forget My Little Traudel

1957
In order to get to Berlin, 17-year-old Traudel flees the orphanage she has to live in.
Marriage in the Shadows

Marriage in the Shadows

1947
The rise of the Nazi regime was the setting for the successful careers of two actors. Confident in her career, Elisabeth ignores the advice of a colleague to leave Germany in the face of increasing an...
Schwarzer Samt

Schwarzer Samt

1964
Alexander Berg is a Stasi agent.
Red Ties

Red Ties

1978
A group of children are trying to organize a pioneers detachment.
Auf dem Sprung

Auf dem Sprung

1984
Film by Evelyn Schmidt.
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