Daniel Brühl is a talented German-Spanish actor known for his captivating performances in a variety of film genres. He has established himself as a versatile actor who can effectively portray both sympathetic and villainous characters.

Best Daniel Brühl Movies

With his natural charisma and exceptional acting skills, Brühl has become one of the most sought-after actors in the industry. In this article, we will explore some of the best Daniel Brühl movies that showcase his exceptional talent and versatility.

1. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 war film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film is set in Nazi-occupied France during World War II and follows a group of Jewish American soldiers, known as “The Basterds,” who are on a mission to kill as many Nazis as possible.

The film features an ensemble cast including Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Fassbender, and Diane Kruger.

The plot of the film is divided into several chapters, each featuring different characters and storylines that eventually converge.

One of the main storylines follows Shosanna Dreyfus (played by Mélanie Laurent), a young Jewish woman who witnesses the execution of her family by SS Colonel Hans Landa (played by Christoph Waltz).

Years later, she owns a cinema in Paris and plans to use it to exact revenge on the Nazis.

Another storyline follows the Basterds, led by Lt. Aldo Raine (played by Brad Pitt), as they carry out their mission to kill as many Nazis as possible.

They eventually team up with British Lieutenant Archie Hicox (played by Michael Fassbender) to carry out a plan to assassinate several high-ranking Nazi officials at a film premiere in Paris, which includes the attendance of the German leadership, including Hitler himself.

The film received critical acclaim and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning Best Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz. It was praised for its performances, direction, writing, and cinematography.

Inglourious Basterds
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bo Svenson, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth (Actors)
  • Quentin Tarantino (Director) - Quentin Tarantino (Writer) - Quentin Tarantino (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

2. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America. The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, and Anthony Mackie.

The plot of the film revolves around the Avengers, a team of superheroes who have been operating under the guidance of the United Nations.

After a mission goes awry and causes collateral damage, the United Nations introduces the Sokovia Accords, which require the Avengers to operate under government oversight.

   

The Avengers are split into two factions: one led by Captain America (Chris Evans), who believes that the team should remain independent and not be controlled by the government.

The other led by Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), who believes that the team needs to be held accountable for their actions.

As the two factions face off against each other, they are also forced to confront a new villain, Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl), who seeks to manipulate the Avengers and destroy the team from within.

Captain America: Civil War was praised for its action sequences, performances, and exploration of complex themes, such as the role of government oversight and the consequences of superhero actions.

The film was a commercial success, grossing over $1.1 billion worldwide, and is considered one of the best films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Captain America: Civil War [Blu-ray] [2016]
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  • English, Danish, Finnish, German, Norwegian (Subtitles)

3. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 spy thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, a former CIA assassin who is suffering from amnesia and trying to uncover his true identity.

The film is the third installment in the Bourne film series, following The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy.

The plot of the film follows Bourne as he continues his search for information about his past, while also evading CIA agents who are attempting to kill him.

Along the way, he teams up with Nicky Parsons (played by Julia Stiles), a former CIA operative who provides him with valuable information.

As Bourne pieces together his past, he discovers a secret CIA program called “Blackbriar” that is responsible for training and controlling assassins.

Bourne becomes a threat to the program, and the CIA sends a team of agents, including Noah Vosen (played by David Strathairn) and Pamela Landy (played by Joan Allen), to capture or kill him.

The film is known for its fast-paced action sequences, gritty realism, and intense performances. It was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $440 million worldwide and winning three Academy Awards, including Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.

   

The Bourne Ultimatum is often cited as one of the best action films of all time, and its influence can be seen in subsequent spy and action movies.

The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Matt Damon, Edgar Ramirez, Joan Allen (Actors)
  • Paul Greengrass (Director) - Ehren Kruger (Writer) - Don Murphy (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

4. Rush (I) (2013)

Rush is a 2013 biographical sports film directed by Ron Howard and stars Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda. The film is based on the true story of the intense rivalry between Formula One drivers Hunt and Lauda during the 1976 racing season.

The film depicts the contrasting personalities of the two drivers: Hunt is a charismatic playboy who relies on his natural talent, while Lauda is a disciplined and methodical driver who is more focused on the technical aspects of racing.

As they compete for the championship, they push themselves to the limits, risking their lives in pursuit of victory.

The film explores the personal lives of the drivers, including their romantic relationships and the impact that their intense rivalry has on their families and friends. It also depicts the dangerous nature of Formula One racing and the importance of safety measures in the sport.

Rush received critical acclaim for its direction, performances, and thrilling racing sequences. It was praised for its accurate depiction of the era and the sport, as well as its exploration of the complex relationship between the two drivers.

Despite its critical success, the film was a box office disappointment, grossing only $98 million worldwide against a budget of $38 million.

Rush
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde (Actors)
  • Ron Howard (Director) - Peter Morgan (Writer) - Andrew Eaton (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

   

5. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a 2021 American television miniseries created by Malcolm Spellman for the streaming service Disney+.

The series is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/The Falcon and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier.

The series takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, in which Steve Rogers/Captain America passes on his shield to Sam Wilson.

The story follows Sam and Bucky as they team up to fight a new terrorist group known as the Flag Smashers, who seek to unite the world by eliminating national borders.

As Sam and Bucky work together to stop the Flag Smashers, they also confront their own personal struggles and come to terms with their identities as heroes.

The series also introduces new characters, such as John Walker (played by Wyatt Russell), who takes on the mantle of Captain America, and Sharon Carter (played by Emily VanCamp), a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who has become a fugitive.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier explores themes of legacy, race, and the responsibility of being a hero. It received positive reviews for its action sequences, performances, and exploration of these complex themes.

The series was a commercial success for Disney+, and a second season has been confirmed to be in development.

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  • Landy, Derek (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 01/26/2021 (Publication Date) - Marvel Universe (Publisher)

6. All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)

All Quiet on the Western Front (German: Im Westen nichts Neues, lit. ’In the West nothing new’) is a 2022 German epic anti-war film based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque. It is the third film adaptation of the book, after the 1930 and 1979 versions.

Directed by Edward Berger, it stars Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, Daniel Brühl, Sebastian Hülk, Aaron Hilmer, Edin Hasanovic, and Devid Striesow.

Set during World War I, it follows the life of an idealistic young German soldier named Paul Bäumer. After enlisting in the German Army with his friends, Bäumer finds himself exposed to the realities of war, shattering his early hopes of becoming a hero as he does his best to survive.

The film adds a parallel storyline not found in the book, which follows the armistice negotiations to end the war.

All Quiet on the Western Front premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2022, and was released to streaming on Netflix on October 28.

The film received positive reviews from critics, with praise directed towards its tone and faithfulness to the source material’s anti-war message.It received a leading 14 nominations at the 76th British Academy

Film Awards (winning seven, including Best Film) and nine at the 95th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won four: Best International Feature, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design.

The four wins tied All Quiet on the Western Front with Fanny and Alexander (1982), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), and Parasite (2019) as the most-awarded foreign language film in the Oscars’ history.It was nominated in twelve categories for the 2023 German Film Awards.

All Quiet On The Western Front
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Richard Thomas, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence (Actors)
  • Delbert Mann (Director) - Paul Monash (Writer) - Ron Carr (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

7. The King’s Man (2021)

The King’s Man is a 2021 action comedy film directed by Matthew Vaughn and is a prequel to the Kingsman film series. The film stars Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Gemma Arterton, and Rhys Ifans.

The plot of the film follows a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds as they gather to plot a war that will wipe out millions.

One man, Conrad (played by Ralph Fiennes), and his protégé, Harris Dickinson’s character, must race against time to stop them and save the world.

The film explores the origins of the Kingsman organization, a group of elite British intelligence agents who use gentlemanly manners and high-tech gadgets to stop global threats.

The story takes place during World War I, with the Kingsman organization being founded to prevent such conflicts from ever happening again.

The King’s Man received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for its action sequences, humor, and performances, but criticism for its pacing and lack of depth.

The film was a moderate box office success, grossing over $155 million worldwide against a budget of $100 million. A sequel, titled The King’s Man 2, is currently in development.

The King's Man
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans (Actors)
  • Matthew Vaughn (Director) - Matthew Vaughn (Writer) - Adam Bohling (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

8. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

Good Bye Lenin! is a 2003 German tragicomedy film directed by Wolfgang Becker.

The film is set in East Berlin in 1989 and follows the story of a young man named Alex (played by Daniel Brühl) and his efforts to protect his fragile mother (played by Katrin Saß) from the shock of learning that the Berlin Wall has fallen and the East German state no longer exists.

Alex’s mother had a heart attack and fell into a coma in October 1989, before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Eight months later, she wakes up, and Alex realizes that any shock could cause her to have another heart attack.

To prevent this, he decides to create an illusion that nothing has changed and that the Berlin Wall is still standing. He and his friends go to great lengths to recreate the East German state in his mother’s apartment, including re-creating old East German TV news broadcasts and fake food labels.

The film explores themes of identity, memory, and the challenges of transition in the aftermath of major historical events.

It was a critical and commercial success, winning numerous awards, including the European Film Award for Best Film and the German Film Award for Best Feature Film.

Good Bye Lenin! is considered a modern classic of German cinema and is known for its humor, warmth, and emotional depth. The film has been praised for its portrayal of life in East Germany and its examination of the complexities of reunification.

Good Bye, Lenin!
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Andreas Thieck, Kathrin Sass, Daniel Bruhl (Actors)
  • Wolfgang Becker (Director) - Bernd Lichtenberg (Writer) - Stefan Arndt (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

9. Burnt (I) (2015)

Burnt is a 2015 American drama film directed by John Wells and stars Bradley Cooper as Adam Jones, a talented chef who returns to London after a self-imposed exile. The film also features Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Daniel Brühl, and Emma Thompson in supporting roles.

The plot of the film revolves around Jones as he attempts to redeem himself by opening a new restaurant and earning a third Michelin star.

Along the way, he must confront his personal demons, including drug addiction and anger management issues, and rebuild relationships with those he has wronged in the past.

Burnt received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for Cooper’s performance and the film’s depiction of the high-pressure world of fine dining, but criticism for its predictable plot and lack of depth.

The film was a box office disappointment, grossing only $36 million worldwide against a budget of $20 million.

Despite its commercial failure, Burnt has gained a small following among food enthusiasts and fans of Bradley Cooper. The film’s depiction of the culinary world and its emphasis on the importance of teamwork in a kitchen has been praised by some in the restaurant industry.

Burnt
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy (Actors)
  • John Wells (Director) - Steven Knight (Writer) - Stacey Sher (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

10. The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

The Cloverfield Paradox is a 2018 science fiction horror film directed by Julius Onah and produced by J.J. Abrams. The film is the third installment in the Cloverfield film series and stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, and Daniel Brühl.

The plot of the film follows a group of astronauts aboard a space station who are attempting to solve Earth’s energy crisis by testing a particle accelerator.

When the experiment goes wrong, the crew finds themselves stranded in an alternate dimension and must fight for their survival as they try to find a way back home.

The Cloverfield Paradox was released on Netflix after the 2018 Super Bowl, surprising fans who had not previously known about the film.

The film received mixed reviews from critics, with criticism for its convoluted plot and lack of clear connection to the previous Cloverfield films, but some praise for its visual effects and suspenseful sequences.

The release strategy of The Cloverfield Paradox, which included a surprise announcement and immediate release on a streaming platform, was seen as innovative and groundbreaking for the film industry.

However, the film’s mixed reception and lack of box office success led to speculation about the future of the Cloverfield franchise.

11. A Most Wanted Man (2014)

A Most Wanted Man is a 2014 espionage thriller film directed by Anton Corbijn and based on the novel of the same name by John le Carré. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Robin Wright.

The plot of the film revolves around a Chechen-Russian immigrant named Issa Karpov (played by Grigoriy Dobrygin) who arrives in Hamburg, Germany, seeking asylum and claiming to have inherited a large sum of money from his father.

Karpov’s arrival attracts the attention of various intelligence agencies, including the German spy agency and the American CIA, who are all interested in using Karpov as a source of information on terrorism.

The film follows the efforts of a German spy named Günther Bachmann (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) to use Karpov to trap a prominent Muslim philanthropist who Bachmann believes is funding Islamic extremist groups.

However, Bachmann’s plans are complicated by the interference of other intelligence agencies and the unpredictable nature of Karpov himself.

A Most Wanted Man received critical acclaim for its performances, direction, and complex storytelling. The film was praised for its realistic depiction of the intelligence world and its exploration of themes such as terrorism, immigration, and the morality of intelligence gathering.

The film was also notable for being one of the final performances of Philip Seymour Hoffman before his untimely death in February 2014.

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12. Woman in Gold (2015)

Woman in Gold is a 2015 drama film directed by Simon Curtis and stars Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, and Daniel Brühl.

The film is based on the true story of Maria Altmann (played by Helen Mirren), an elderly Jewish refugee who seeks to reclaim a painting that was stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II.

The painting in question is Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” also known as the “Woman in Gold.” The painting, which is considered a masterpiece of Austrian art, was confiscated by the Nazis and eventually ended up in the possession of the Austrian government.

With the help of a young lawyer named Randy Schoenberg (played by Ryan Reynolds), Altmann files a lawsuit against the Austrian government in an attempt to reclaim the painting.

The case becomes a high-profile legal battle that pits Altmann and Schoenberg against the Austrian government and the art establishment.

The film explores themes of identity, memory, and justice, and has been praised for its performances, direction, and emotional depth.

The film was a box office success, grossing over $61 million worldwide against a budget of $11 million, and was praised for shedding light on a lesser-known aspect of the Holocaust and the issue of art restitution.

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13. The Alienist (2018–2020)

The Alienist is a television series that premiered in 2018 and aired until 2020. It is based on the novel of the same name by Caleb Carr and stars Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, and Dakota Fanning.

The series is set in late 19th century New York City and follows a team of professionals, including a psychiatrist (played by Daniel Brühl).

A newspaper illustrator (played by Luke Evans), and a police secretary (played by Dakota Fanning), as they investigate a serial killer who is targeting young male prostitutes.

The team’s investigation takes them through the seedy underbelly of New York City, as they try to unravel the killer’s motives and identity. Along the way, they confront corruption, social inequality, and the limitations of science and medicine in the era.

The Alienist received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its atmospheric setting, complex characters, and attention to historical detail.

The series was also praised for its exploration of themes such as trauma, mental illness, and social justice. Despite its critical success, the series was canceled after two seasons due to declining viewership.

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The Alienist
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Caleb Carr (Author) - George Guidall (Narrator)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 11/06/2012 (Publication Date) - Simon & Schuster Audio (Publisher)

14. Colonia (2015)

Colonia is a 2015 historical drama thriller film directed by Florian Gallenberger and stars Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, and Michael Nyqvist.

The film is based on the true story of Colonia Dignidad, a religious cult in Chile that was used as a detention and torture center by the Pinochet regime during the 1970s.

The plot of the film follows a young couple, Lena (played by Emma Watson) and Daniel (played by Daniel Brühl), who become involved in the political turmoil of Chile during the 1973 coup.

When Daniel is arrested and taken to Colonia Dignidad, Lena infiltrates the cult to rescue him.

The film explores themes of love, sacrifice, and the power of authoritarian regimes. It was praised for its strong performances, including Emma Watson’s portrayal of Lena, and its depiction of the brutal and oppressive conditions at Colonia Dignidad.

Colonia received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its direction and performances, while others criticized its formulaic plot and heavy-handed political messaging.

Despite its mixed reception, the film was notable for shedding light on a little-known aspect of Chilean history and the human rights abuses that occurred under the Pinochet regime.

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15. The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

The Zookeeper’s Wife is a 2017 war drama film directed by Niki Caro and based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Diane Ackerman. The film stars Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, and Daniel Brühl.

The plot of the film is set in Warsaw, Poland during World War II and follows the story of Antonina Żabińska (played by Jessica Chastain) and her husband Jan (played by Johan Heldenbergh), who own and operate the Warsaw Zoo.

When the German army invades Poland and begins rounding up Jews, the couple decides to use their zoo as a hiding place for Jews escaping the Warsaw Ghetto.

The film explores themes of courage, compassion, and the power of resistance in the face of evil. It was praised for its strong performances, particularly Jessica Chastain’s portrayal of Antonina, and its emotional depth.

The Zookeeper’s Wife received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its direction and performances, while others criticized its melodramatic tone and lack of historical accuracy.

Despite its mixed reception, the film was notable for shedding light on the little-known story of Antonina Żabińska and the Żabiński family’s heroic efforts to save Jewish lives during the Holocaust.

The Zookeeper's Wife
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton (Actors)
  • Niki Caro (Director) - Angela Workman (Writer) - Jeff Abberley (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

16. The Fifth Estate (2013)

The Fifth Estate is a 2013 biographical thriller film directed by Bill Condon and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. The film also features Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, and David Thewlis in supporting roles.

The film tells the story of Assange and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (played by Daniel Brühl) as they create and build WikiLeaks into a global platform for leaking classified information from governments and corporations.

The film also explores the controversy surrounding WikiLeaks and its impact on global politics and journalism.

The Fifth Estate received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as Julian Assange and the film’s exploration of the ethics and consequences of whistleblowing, but criticism for its simplified portrayal of complex events and characters.

The film was also controversial among those portrayed in the film, with Assange himself denouncing it as a “massive propaganda attack” against WikiLeaks.

Despite its mixed reception and controversy, The Fifth Estate was notable for its attempt to examine the complex and controversial topic of whistleblowing and its impact on society.

The Fifth Estate
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Laura Linney (Actors)
  • Bill Condon (Director)
  • French, Spanish, English (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

17. The Edukators (2004)

The Edukators is a 2004 German-Austrian drama film directed by Hans Weingartner and starring Daniel Brühl, Julia Jentsch, and Stipe Erceg.

The film follows a group of idealistic young activists who break into wealthy people’s homes, rearrange their furniture, and leave notes that read “Your days of plenty are numbered.”

The activists, Jan (played by Daniel Brühl), Peter (played by Stipe Erceg), and Jule (played by Julia Jentsch), are trying to raise awareness about social and economic inequality and to challenge the complacency of the upper classes.

However, their actions have unintended consequences when they inadvertently kidnap a wealthy businessman (played by Burghart Klaußner) who confronts them about their beliefs.

The film explores themes of idealism, activism, and the challenges of effecting social change. It was praised for its strong performances, particularly by Daniel Brühl and Julia Jentsch, and its exploration of complex political issues.

The Edukators received positive reviews from critics, who praised its direction, writing, and performances. The film was also notable for its depiction of contemporary German youth culture and its commentary on the impact of globalization on the younger generation.

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The Edukators
  • Daniel Brhl, Julia Jentsch, Stipe Erceg (Actors)
  • Hans Weingartner (Director) - Hans Weingartner (Writer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

18. Two Days in Paris (2007)

Two Days in Paris is a 2007 romantic comedy-drama film directed by and starring Julie Delpy. The film also features Adam Goldberg in a leading role.

The plot of the film follows Marion (played by Julie Delpy), a French photographer, and her American boyfriend Jack (played by Adam Goldberg) as they spend two days in Paris.

During their trip, they encounter Marion’s ex-boyfriends, her eccentric family, and various cultural differences between their respective countries.

The film explores themes of love, identity, and cultural clashes. It was praised for its sharp humor, witty dialogue, and strong performances, particularly by Julie Delpy.

Two Days in Paris received positive reviews from critics, who praised its depiction of the complexities of relationships and its exploration of the cultural differences between France and the United States.

The film was also notable for its realistic portrayal of Paris as a vibrant and diverse city, rather than a clichéd romantic backdrop. The success of Two Days in Paris led to a sequel, Two Days in New York, which was released in 2012.

Two Days in Paris
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Albert Delpy, Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg (Actors)
  • Julie Delpy (Director)
  • English, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

19. Joyeux Noel (2005)

Joyeux Noel is a 2005 war drama film directed by Christian Carion and stars Diane Kruger, Guillaume Canet, and Daniel Brühl.

The film tells the story of the Christmas truce of 1914, when soldiers from opposing sides in World War I laid down their weapons and celebrated the holiday together in no man’s land.

The film follows the experiences of French, German, and Scottish soldiers who participate in the truce and develop a sense of camaraderie and humanity in the midst of a brutal and dehumanizing war. The film explores themes of peace, brotherhood, and the futility of war.

Joyeux Noel received positive reviews from critics, who praised its powerful storytelling, strong performances, and emotional impact. The film was also notable for its historical accuracy and its depiction of the war as experienced by ordinary soldiers, rather than political leaders or generals.

The film was a box office success and received numerous awards and nominations, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Joyeux Noel is considered a modern classic of war cinema and is often screened during the holiday season as a reminder of the human cost of war and the possibility of peace.

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Joyeux Noel (Widescreen)
  • Diane Kruger, Benno Furmann, Guillaume Canet (Actors)
  • Christian Carion (Director) - Christophe Rossignon (Producer)
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

20. Intruders (I) (2011)

Intruders is a 2011 horror film directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and stars Clive Owen, Carice van Houten, and Daniel Brühl.

The film tells the story of two children living in different countries who are both visited by a mysterious figure known as “Hollow Face,” who attempts to steal their faces.

The film follows the efforts of John Farrow (played by Clive Owen) and his daughter Mia (played by Ella Purnell) to unravel the mystery of Hollow Face and protect their family from his supernatural attacks.

Meanwhile, in Spain, a young boy named Juan (played by Izán Corchero) is also visited by Hollow Face and must confront his own fears and nightmares.

Intruders explores themes of fear, trauma, and the power of imagination. It was praised for its atmospheric direction, strong performances, and its ability to create tension and suspense without relying on gore or jump scares.

However, the film received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its originality and ambition, while others criticized its confusing plot and uneven pacing.

Despite its mixed reception, Intruders remains a unique and compelling addition to the horror genre, with its use of psychological horror and surreal imagery.

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21. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) Episode: The Whole World Is Watching (2021)

“The Whole World Is Watching” is the fourth episode of the 2021 television series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The episode was directed by Kari Skogland and written by Derek Kolstad.

The episode picks up after the events of the previous episode, with John Walker (played by Wyatt Russell) struggling with the aftermath of killing a foreign national in public as the new Captain America.

Sam Wilson (played by Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (played by Sebastian Stan) continue their investigation into the Flag Smashers, a group of superpowered terrorists who are trying to create a global refugee crisis.

The episode also features the return of Helmut Zemo (played by Daniel Brühl), a former villain who helps Sam and Bucky track down the source of the Flag Smashers’ powers.

However, tensions rise when John Walker and his partner Lemar Hoskins (played by Clé Bennett) join the mission and a violent confrontation breaks out.

The episode explores themes of power, responsibility, and the consequences of violence. It was praised for its intense action sequences, strong performances, and its exploration of complex moral issues.

“The Whole World Is Watching” is widely considered to be one of the standout episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, with its dramatic twists and turns setting the stage for the series’ explosive finale.

22. 7 Days in Entebbe (2018)

7 Days in Entebbe is a 2018 thriller film directed by José Padilha and stars Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, and Eddie Marsan.

The film is based on the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight by Palestinian and German terrorists and the subsequent rescue mission by Israeli special forces.

The film follows the events leading up to the hijacking, as well as the negotiations between the terrorists and the Israeli government.

It also depicts the tensions within the Israeli cabinet over how to handle the crisis and the daring rescue mission known as Operation Thunderbolt, which was carried out by Israeli commandos at Entebbe Airport in Uganda.

7 Days in Entebbe explores themes of terrorism, political negotiation, and the morality of military intervention. It was praised for its strong performances, particularly by Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl, as well as its realistic depiction of the events.

However, the film received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its direction and performances, while others criticized its uneven pacing and lack of depth.

Despite its mixed reception, 7 Days in Entebbe remains a compelling dramatization of a real-life event that continues to resonate in contemporary politics and international relations.

7 Days in Entebbe [DVD]
  • Daniel Bruhl, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan (Actors)
  • Jose Padilha (Director) - Gregory Burke (Writer) - Tim Bevan (Producer)
  • Spanish, French (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

23. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) Episode: The Star-Spangled Man (2021)

“The Star-Spangled Man” is the first episode of the 2021 television series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The episode was directed by Kari Skogland and written by Malcolm Spellman.

The episode follows Sam Wilson (played by Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (played by Sebastian Stan) as they adjust to life in the aftermath of the Avengers’ defeat of Thanos.

Sam returns to his hometown of Louisiana to help his sister with their family business, while Bucky struggles to come to terms with his traumatic past as the brainwashed assassin known as the Winter Soldier.

However, their lives are disrupted when a new Captain America (played by Wyatt Russell) is introduced by the government.

Sam and Bucky are skeptical of the new Captain America’s abilities and motives, and their concerns are validated when a violent confrontation with a group of terrorists known as the Flag Smashers reveals that the new Captain America may not be as heroic as he seems.

The episode explores themes of legacy, identity, and the responsibilities of power. It was praised for its strong performances, particularly by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, and its exploration of complex political issues.

“The Star-Spangled Man” sets the stage for the series’ exploration of the legacy of Captain America and the challenges of taking up his mantle in a changing world.

24. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) Episode: Power Broker (2021)

“Power Broker” is the third episode of the 2021 television series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The episode was directed by Kari Skogland and written by Derek Kolstad.

The episode follows Sam Wilson (played by Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (played by Sebastian Stan) as they travel to the fictional city of Madripoor in search of information about the Flag Smashers.

There, they encounter Sharon Carter (played by Emily VanCamp), a former ally who has become a wealthy and powerful figure in the criminal underworld.

The episode also features the return of Baron Zemo (played by Daniel Brühl), a former villain who helps Sam and Bucky track down the source of the Flag Smashers’ powers.

However, tensions rise when their investigation leads them to a dangerous confrontation with the mysterious Power Broker.

The episode explores themes of corruption, power, and the blurred lines between heroism and villainy. It was praised for its exciting action sequences, strong performances, and its deepening of the series’ exploration of complex political issues.

“Power Broker” sets the stage for the series’ explosive final episodes, with its revelations and twists raising the stakes for Sam and Bucky’s mission to stop the Flag Smashers and the new Captain America’s controversial actions.

25. Two Days in New York (2012)

Two Days in New York is a 2012 romantic comedy-drama film directed by and starring Julie Delpy. The film is a sequel to the 2007 film Two Days in Paris and also features Chris Rock in a leading role.

The plot of the film follows Marion (played by Julie Delpy), a French artist living in New York with her boyfriend Mingus (played by Chris Rock), a radio host.

Marion’s eccentric family, including her father (played by Albert Delpy, Julie’s real-life father), sister (played by Alexia Landeau), and sister’s boyfriend (played by Alexandre Nahon), visit from France and cause chaos and cultural clashes in Mingus and Marion’s home.

The film explores themes of family, culture, and the challenges of maintaining a relationship. It was praised for its sharp humor, witty dialogue, and strong performances, particularly by Julie Delpy and Chris Rock.

Two Days in New York received positive reviews from critics, who praised its depiction of cultural differences and the complexities of relationships.

The film was also notable for its exploration of contemporary art and its commentary on the challenges faced by artists and creatives in modern society.

3 Reasons To Watch Daniel Brühl Movies

Versatility and Range: Daniel Brühl is a highly versatile actor who has played a wide range of roles throughout his career.

He is equally comfortable in dramatic, comedic, and action-oriented roles, and has been praised for his ability to bring depth and nuance to every character he portrays.

Strong Performances: Brühl is known for his strong and nuanced performances, with critics often highlighting his ability to convey complex emotions and thoughts through subtle gestures and expressions.

His performances are often understated and deeply affecting, drawing viewers into the emotional core of his characters.

 International Appeal: Brühl is a highly respected actor in both Hollywood and European cinema, having appeared in films and television series from a range of countries and cultures.

This makes him an ideal actor for those who enjoy international cinema and are looking for new and diverse viewing experiences.

Best Daniel Brühl Movies – Wrap Up

Daniel Brühl is a highly talented actor known for his versatile performances and range. Here are some of his best movies:

Good Bye Lenin! (2003) – a German tragicomedy film in which Brühl plays a young man who tries to shield his mother from the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Rush (2013) – a sports biographical film in which Brühl plays Niki Lauda, a Formula One driver who experiences a near-fatal crash.

Inglourious Basterds (2009) – a Quentin Tarantino film in which Brühl plays a suave and dangerous Nazi officer.

The Alienist (2018-2020) – a TV series in which Brühl plays a criminal psychologist in 19th century New York.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) – a TV series in which Brühl plays Baron Zemo, a former villain who becomes a reluctant ally to the titular characters.

These movies and TV shows showcase Brühl’s range and versatility as an actor, and are well worth watching for fans of his work or those looking for quality cinema and TV.