Want to know the five best German movies of 2008? You’ve come to the right place. The Germans are cinema pioneers, providing major contributions to the film industry. These five movies are either award winners or award-nominated films, including candidates for the Lola Award (Germany's Academy Award). Here are the very best German movies of 2008.

  1. “The Baader Meinhof Complex.” Known as “Der Baader Meinhof Komplex” in German, “The Baader Meinhof Complex” is a 2008 crime-action film. It recounts the activities of the Red Army Faction, a German terrorist group involved in a number of crimes in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The film stars Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, and Johanna Wokalek.

  2. “Chiko.” “Chiko” is a 2008 German crime drama. Denis Moschitto, Moritz Bleibtreu, and Volkan Ozcan star in this dark movie about friends in a youth gang in Hamburg. Their friendship and loyalty is severely stretched and tested by deception.

  3. “Cloud Nine.” “Wolke Neun” is the original title for the German romantic drama, “Cloud Nine.” The movie focuses on a middle-aged woman who enters into a love affair after thirty years of marriage. A winner of numerous film awards, this 2008 German movie stars Ursula Werner, Horst Rehberg, and Horst Westphal.

  4. “Jerichow.” “Jerichow” is another award-winning German drama from 2008. The movie centers on a dishonorably discharged Afghanistan veteran returning to his home village. When a local businessman hires him, he enters a love triangle with the boss’s young wife.

  5. “A Year Ago In Winter.” “Im Winter ein Jahr” is the original title for the German drama, “A Year Ago In Winter.” The story focuses on a famous artist commissioned to paint a young dancer’s portrait. In order to truly capture her likeness, he must uncover her secrets. Karoline Herfurth stars in this German award-winner from 2008.