Metropolis (1927) Fritz Lang

Metropolis poster

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s creator falls in love with a working-class prophet who fights against the class differences.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) Robert Wiene

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari poster

At a carnival in Germany, Francis and his friend Alan encounter the crazed Dr. Caligari. The men see Caligari showing off his somnambulist, Cesare a hypnotized man who the doctor claims can see into the future. Cesare sees the future. What will happen in the future is death.

Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924) Fritz Lang

Die Nibelungen Siegfried poster

Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, Kriemhild. On his way to reach Kriemhild, Siegfried hunts a dragon, finds an invisibility mask and he discovers hidden treasure. Siegfried has everything to get Kriemhild. Except for Gunter’s friendship.

M (1931) Fritz Lang

M poster

The German police force can not solve child murders that take place one after the other. The underground world comes into play when the people are now desperate in the face of the ongoing murders. The whole city (police, public, underworld) goes after the killer.

Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922) Fritz Lang

Dr. Mabuse the Gambler poster

Dr. Mabuse is a mind-controlled psychoanalyst. He uses this ability in illegitimate ways such as removing wealth in casinos and speculating on the stock market. But not everything goes smoothly. Dr. Mabuse’s rapid rise sparks the suspicion of Attorney General Von Wenk.

The Man Who Laughs (1928) Paul Leni

The Man Who Laughs poster

Lord Clancharlie was sentenced to death after refusing to kiss King James II’s hand. A permanent smile is left on Lord Clancharlie’s son’s face with surgery to embarrass his father. The boy named Gwynplaine attends carnivals and becomes famous as The Smiling Man.

Faust (1926) F.W. Murnau

Faust poster

Mephisto bets God on Earth. The winner of the bet will be determined by whether Faust, who has devoted himself to wisdom, will surrender his soul to Mephisto. Mephisto descends to reach his goal.

The Hands of Orlac (1924) Robert Wiene

The Hands of Orlac poster

World-famous pianist Paul Orlac loses his hands after a tragic accident. To play the piano again, Orlac needs someone else’s hands. These new hands will cause Orlac to fight himself.

Nosferatu (1922) F.W. Murnau

Nosferatu poster

Wisbourg based estate agent Knock commissions his associate, Hutter, to Count Orlok’s castle in Transylvania. Count Orlok wants to purchase an isolated house across the way from Hutter’s own home in Wisbourg Germany.