This is the list of Top Ten German Comedy Movies. This list is based on ratings and votes on IMDB and many forum and blog answers.
Suck Me Shakespeare is the first film in six years in German cinemas to have more than five million admissions. This is a comedy that follows an ex-con who lands a position at a school that sits over the spot where money from one of his earlier robberies was stashed. This movie is everything Bad Teacher could have been and more. Hilarious and fast paced.
Adolf Hitler wakes up in the 21st century. He quickly gains media attention, but while Germany finds him hilarious and charming, Hitler makes some serious observations about society. “Look Who’s Back” is brilliant satire, biting social commentary, and entertaining. It’s well worth a view as long as you don’t mind a psychopath telling you what’s wrong with society.
Manitou’s Shoe is a wonderful comedy about Abahachi and Ranger who upon escaping from the hostile tribe embark on a quest to find buried treasure of the Apache people. It has everything a comedy needs; a funny plot, hilarious characters, and a whole lot of jokes. This movie embodies everything a spoof should be, with love affairs, gay Indians, misunderstandings, random happenings, and, of course, a truly spectacular cast!
The Captain from Köpenick. This true historic story tells a lot of the Kaiser’s era as imperator of Germany up to 1918. A middle-aged shoemaker who has been in prison is in a catch-22 situation – he wants to leave to get work in Hungary, but can’t get a passport. He can’t get work because he doesn’t have papers and can’t get papers because he doesn’t have work. Very funny, smart, beautifully realized, colorful comedy drama with great cast overshadowed by Rühmann’s one-of-a-kind turn.
Schtonk is based on the true story of an art forger, a journalist desperate for a big story, and the biggest press scandal in German history: the Hitler Diaries. If it weren’t for this being an actual event in German history, the ludicrous story would seem just too stupid to be funny. The idiocy of the characters actions is of course embellished, which is why the movie is so good.
Ödipussi was the first movie that was released in both East and West Germany at the same day, that is, 10 March 1988. A beer commercial in the States once said “German’s don’t do comedy, they do beer”. Well, Loriot proves to be the exception. There is a reason why he has been considered one of Germany’s most creative entertainers for many decades now. This movie is about a man, who despite his progressed age, still lives with his mother. Complications ensue when he meets a woman and falls in love.
Grave Decisions received the Bavarian Film Award as best picture of 2006. Sebastian learns from his elder brother that their mother died when Sebastian was born. Afraid of having to end up in purgatory for his sin, Sebastian is looking for ways to make himself immortal. What follows is a wild goose chase for salvation, leaving the spectator marveling at Sebastian’s ingenuity and laughing about the misinterpretations that may occur when parents and teachers try to understand their children.
Goodbye, Lenin, is 2003 movie by Wolfgang Becker. The premise of the film centers on the frail mother, who falls into a coma mere weeks before the fall of the Berlin wall. Eight months later, she regains consciousness, and her children are told not to excite her, lest she have another episode. Most of the comedy is lost on those unaware of the political climate in the region. However, there are clear universal issues to be considered; idealism, hope and family. Funny, sad and Intelligent.
The Punch Bowl was released in 1944. A successful writer, home-schooled in his youth, masquerades as a student at a secondary school to experience all the fun and pranks he missed out on. There’s no real message except that ‘schooldays are the best days of your lives’, and perhaps that’s the secret of its success – for it remains among the most popular of all film comedies in Germany and is cult viewing around Christmas time.
Pappa ante Portas with 4 thousand votes and a rating of 8 is at number one. After ordering enough typewriting paper for 40 years, just to get discount, Heinrich Lohse is forced to retire. The best thing is,that the situations are very near to the real life and totally weird at the same time. True self-irony and reflective humor can only spring from knowing one’s own faults. Formidable! Watch it.