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List of Fritz Lang Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Metropolis (1927)
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2
Metropolis
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2

The futuristic Metropolis city is sharply divided into two classes: the workers operating underground machines, and the upper-class living above in utopia. Freder, son of city’s mastermind Johhan Fredersen, is shocked to discover the plight of workers. After meeting Maria, activist of the workers, he decides to work with her to help the exploited. But his authoritative father plots a devious scheme. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Drama
Star Cast:
Theodor Loos, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Alfred Abel, Fritz Rasp, Gustav Fröhlich
2. M (1931)
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3
M
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3

In the streets of Berlin, a murderer is on the prowl, killing innocent children. As the children keep vanishing, the city police become especially vigilant and their regular raids make it hard for the underworld to operate. In desperation, the crime lords meet together to decide that they will undertake a parallel search for the murderer. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Peter Lorre, Theodor Loos, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke
3. The Big Heat (1953)
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3
The Big Heat
21
3

When incorruptible detective Sgt. Dave Bannion starts investigating the suspicious death of a fellow officer, he receives threatening calls and is pulled off the case. When his car is blown killing his wife, Bannion stands against influential mob-bosses who wield power over the town. Helped by Debby, the spurned mistress of the gangster, Bannion battles corruption, powerful adversaries, and violence, to bring the mob to justice. 

As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Glenn Ford, Lee Marvin, Carolyn Jones, Alexander Scourby, Gloria Grahame
4. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)
14
2
Die Nibelungen: Siegfried
14
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
Theodor Loos, Margarete Schön, Gertrud Arnold, Hanna Ralph, Paul Richter
5. The Woman in the Window (1944)
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2
The Woman in the Window
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2

The Woman in the Window is a crime thriller mystery drama film which tells the story of a middle aged professor who finds himself attracted towards a young woman, and they soon enter a relationship. However, he soon finds himself in a nightmarish world, far beyond his expectations.

As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Film-Noir, Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Star Cast:
Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Edmund Breon, Raymond Massey, Dan Duryea
6. Fury (1936)
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2
Fury
16
2

Don "Wardaddy" Collier embarks on a mission with his crew of five members. The mission is sure to put many lives in danger. As they begin, they realize that the odds are against them, but they still decide to go on with the task of attacking the Nazi army.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Walter Brennan, Spencer Tracy, Sylvia Sidney, Bruce Cabot, Edward Ellis
7. Scarlet Street (1945)
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Scarlet Street
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2

Scarlett Street is a thriller drama film which tells the story of a woman who befriends a man going through a mid-life crisis. Thinking that the man is very wealthy, her fiancé persuades her to swindle him out of the fortune.  

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Thriller, Film-Noir, Drama
Star Cast:
Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Margaret Lindsay, Dan Duryea, Rosalind Ivan
8. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
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2
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
14
2

When a series of crimes start to terrorize the city, the police suspect that Dr Mabuse is involved, who had gone insane ten years earlier. However, they are  shocked to know that he is still captive in the asylum.  

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Crime
Star Cast:
Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gustav Diessl, Rudolf Schündler, Oskar Höcker, Theo Lingen
9. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (1924)
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2
Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge
13
2
As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Theodor Loos, Margarete Schön, Gertrud Arnold, Hans Carl Mueller, Erwin Biswanger
10. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)
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Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler
13
3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Star Cast:
Bernhard Goetzke, Gertrude Welcker, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Alfred Abel, Aud Egede-Nissen
11. The Last Will of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
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2
The Last Will of Dr. Mabuse
11
2

The Last Will of Dr Mabuse is a German crime thriller film which tells the story of Dr Mabuse, who is writing his crime plans in an insane asylum, and the attempts of Inspector Lohmann to stop him. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang, René Sti
Genres:
Crime, Mystery, Horror, Thriller
Star Cast:
Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Thomy Bourdelle, Karl Meixner, Jim Gérald, Monique Rolland
12. Le mépris (1963)
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2
Le mépris
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2

Screenwriter Paul Javal is hired by producer Jeremy Prokosch to make a more commercially viable script. When Javal allows Prokosch to drive Javal’s pretty wife, Camille, in his two-seater while he comes in late, Camille believes that he is using her to please the producer and get a better deal. Though he tries to convince her otherwise, the marriage continues to disintegrate.

As:
Cast
Role:
Fritz Lang
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Brigitte Bardot, Jean-Luc Godard, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli, Giorgia Moll
13. Destiny (1921)
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3
Destiny
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3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Thriller, Fantasy, Drama
Star Cast:
Bernhard Goetzke, Hans Sternberg, Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Karl Rückert
14. Spies (1928)
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2
Spies
11
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Romance, Thriller
Star Cast:
Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Louis Ralph, Gerda Maurus, Lien Deyers, Craighall Sherry
15. Hangmen Also Die! (1943)
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2
Hangmen Also Die!
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2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Film-Noir, War, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Walter Brennan, Anna Lee, Gene Lockhart, Brian Donlevy, Dennis O'Keefe
16. You Only Live Once (1937)
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You Only Live Once
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2

Joan Graham is working as a secretary to a public defender, but she soon falls in love with Eddie, a criminal. She feels that Eddie is actually a good man deep down, who is just going through bad times. She pulls some strings and gets him released,  but it soon seems that Eddie is unable to change his true nature.

As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Crime, Film-Noir, Drama
Star Cast:
Henry Fonda, Sylvia Sidney, Barton MacLane, William Gargan, Jean Dixon
17. Woman in the Moon (1929)
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2
Woman in the Moon
12
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Star Cast:
Gustav von Wangenheim, Willy Fritsch, Gerda Maurus, Klaus Pohl, Gustl Gstettenbaur
18. Man Hunt (1941)
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2
Man Hunt
11
2
As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
War, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
John Carradine, Walter Pidgeon, Joan Bennett, George Sanders, Roddy McDowall
19. Clash by Night (1952)
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2
Clash by Night
10
2
As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Barbara Stanwyck, Marilyn Monroe, J. Carrol Naish, Robert Ryan, Paul Douglas
20. Human Desire (1954)
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2
Human Desire
11
2
As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Broderick Crawford, Glenn Ford, Edgar Buchanan, Gloria Grahame, Kathleen Case
21. House by the River (1950)
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2
House by the River
10
2
As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Jane Wyatt, Carl Switzer, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Louis Hayward, Lee Bowman, Ann Shoemaker
22. Ministry of Fear (1944)
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3
Ministry of Fear
11
3
As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Film-Noir, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Ray Milland, Carl Esmond, Marjorie Reynolds, Hillary Brooke, Percy Waram
23. You and Me (1938)
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2
You and Me
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2

A departmental store-owner employs ex-convicts to give them a second chance. One ex-con, Joe Dennis, falls for co-worker Helen Roberts, but is unaware of her past. They get married which is against Helen’s parole terms, so she keeps it secret. When Joe discovers her past, he furiously joins criminals to rob the store. Helen must stop him from reverting to old ways. 

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Film-Noir, Romance, Crime
Star Cast:
Roscoe Karns, Sylvia Sidney, George Raft, Barton MacLane, Robert Cummings
24. The Blue Gardenia (1953)
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3
The Blue Gardenia
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3
As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Raymond Burr, Anne Baxter, George Reeves, Ann Sothern, Jeff Donnell
25. The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)
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2
The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse
10
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Peter van Eyck, Dawn Addams, Wolfgang Preiss, Gert Fröbe, Werner Peters
27. Liliom (1934)
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2
Liliom
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2

Liliom, a carousel barker, is in love with a chambermaid, Julie; but both are fired by the jealous carousel owner. When Julie is pregnant, Liliom tries to get money by helping in a robbery, which fails and he loses his life. Instead of admitting him in the heaven, after purgatory, he is sent back to do one good deed to make amends.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Drama, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Charles Boyer, Antonin Artaud, Madeleine Ozeray, Robert Arnoux, Roland Toutain
28. El vampiro negro (1953)
10
2
El vampiro negro
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Román Viñoly Barreto
Genres:
Drama, Horror, Mystery
Star Cast:
Olga Zubarry, Nathán Pinzón, Roberto Escalada, Nelly Panizza, Ángel Laborde
29. While the City Sleeps (1956)
11
2
While the City Sleeps
11
2
As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
John Drew Barrymore, Vincent Price, Thomas Mitchell, George Sanders, Dana Andrews
30. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
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2
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
11
2
As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Dana Andrews, Arthur Franz, Philip Bourneuf
32. Mysteries of India, Part II: Above All Law (1921)
10
2
Mysteries of India, Part II: Above All Law
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Joe May
Genres:
Adventure, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Erna Morena, Mia May, Bernhard Goetzke, Conrad Veidt, Olaf Fønss
33. M (1951)
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2
M
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Joseph Losey
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Raymond Burr, Howard Da Silva, Steve Brodie, Luther Adler, David Wayne
34. Moontide (1942)
10
3
Moontide
10
3
As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang, Archie Mayo
Genres:
Film-Noir, Thriller, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Claude Rains, Ida Lupino, Thomas Mitchell, Jerome Cowan, Jean Gabin
35. Mysteries of India, Part I: Truth (1921)
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2
Mysteries of India, Part I: Truth
9
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Joe May
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Erna Morena, Mia May, Bernhard Goetzke, Conrad Veidt, Olaf Fønss
36. Journey to the Lost City (1960)
9
2
Journey to the Lost City
9
2

Based on the novel titled Das indische Grabmal by Thea Von Harbou, Journey to the Lost City is an adventure film which tells the story of an exotic dancing girl of India, who ignites the passions of a traveling worker.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Adventure
Star Cast:
Paul Hubschmid, Debra Paget, Luciana Paluzzi, Walther Reyer, Claus Holm
37. Secret Beyond the Door... (1947)
10
2
Secret Beyond the Door...
10
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Mystery, Film-Noir, Drama, Thriller, Romance
Star Cast:
Joan Bennett, Barbara O'Neil, Michael Redgrave, Anne Revere, Natalie Schafer
38. Moonfleet (1955)
9
2
Moonfleet
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
Stewart Granger, George Sanders, Joan Greenwood, Viveca Lindfors, Jon Whiteley
39. Tiger of Bengal (1959)
9
2
Tiger of Bengal
9
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Adventure, Thriller, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Paul Hubschmid, Debra Paget, Luciana Paluzzi, Walther Reyer, Claus Holm
40. Western Union (1941)
9
2
Western Union
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
History, Western
Star Cast:
John Carradine, Randolph Scott, Robert Young, Dean Jagger, Virginia Gilmore
41. The Indian Tomb (1959)
9
2
The Indian Tomb
9
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Adventure, Romance
Star Cast:
Paul Hubschmid, Debra Paget, Walther Reyer, Claus Holm, Sabine Bethmann
42. Cloak and Dagger (1946)
11
2
Cloak and Dagger
11
2
As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Film-Noir, Thriller, War, Adventure, Romance
Star Cast:
Gary Cooper, Robert Alda, J. Edward Bromberg, Lilli Palmer, Vladimir Sokoloff
44. Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See (1919)
9
2
Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See
9
2

After receiving a bottled message, with a map of lost Incan civilization, from missing Harvard professor, sportsman Kay Hoog starts an expedition in quest of Incas’ gold. Criminal syndicate, ‘The Spiders’ and their chief, Lio Sha, are also after the treasure. After saving Inca priestess, Naela, at Golden Lake, love-struck Kay brings her home, but when Lio Sha kills her, Kay pledges revenge. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Adventure, Western
Star Cast:
Georg John, Lil Dagover, Carl de Vogt, Ressel Orla, Paul Biensfeldt
45. Die Spinnen, 2. Teil - Das Brillantenschiff (1920)
9
2
Die Spinnen, 2. Teil - Das Brillantenschiff
9
2

This film revolves around an organization named ‘Die Spinnen’, who is trying to obtain a certain diamond that can give its owner rule over the entire Asian continent. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Adventure
Star Cast:
Georg John, Carl de Vogt, Ressel Orla, Rudolf Lettinger, Thea Zander
46. Vier um die Frau (1921)
10
2
Vier um die Frau
10
2

This German silent film features the successful broker Harry Yquem who buys diamonds from a dubious fence using counterfeit currency. He spots a man whom he identifies as wife Florence’s lover from earlier time. Suspicious of Florence’s fidelity, Harry concocts a plan to catch the two lovers, but with more characters converging on concurrently, he gets caught in complications of his own creation.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Hermann Böttcher, Carola Toelle, Lilli Lohrer, Ludwig Hartau, Anton Edthofer
47. Confirm or Deny (1941)
9
2
Confirm or Deny
9
2

‘Mitch’ Mitchell, American war-correspondent in London, needs to send an important news regarding expected Nazi invasion of England. With press offices and teletype machines destroyed in an air-raid, he takes the help of teletype-operator Jennifer to send his scoop, but realizing it is uncensored, she tries to stop him. Devastated by the death of his informer, Mitch stops transmitting news, earning Jennifer’s affection.  

As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang, Archie Mayo
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Don Ameche, Joan Bennett, John Loder, Raymond Walburn, Roddy McDowall
48. Die Pest in Florenz (1919)
10
2
Die Pest in Florenz
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Otto Rippert
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Theodor Becker, Karl Bernhard, Julietta Brandt, Erner Huebsch, Franz Knaak
49. The Wandering Image (1920)
9
2
The Wandering Image
9
2

The Wandering Image is a silent drama film which tells the story of a young woman Mia May, who surrenders herself to a disciple of free love. After giving birth to a child, she marries the twin brother and lookalike of her lover.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Romance
Star Cast:
Mia May, Hans Marr, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Loni Nest, Harry Frank
50. American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950)
9
2
American Guerrilla in the Philippines
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Tyrone Power, Micheline Presle, Tom Ewell, Robert Patten, Tommy Cook
51. Hilde Warren und der Tod (1917)
8
2
Hilde Warren und der Tod
8
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Joe May
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Mia May, Bruno Kastner, Georg John, Hans Mierendorff, Ernst Matray
52. Harakiri (1919)
8
2
Harakiri
8
2
As:
Director
Director:
Fritz Lang
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Georg John, Lil Dagover, Paul Biensfeldt, Meinhart Maur, Rudolf Lettinger
53. Der Totentanz (1919)
10
2
Der Totentanz
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Otto Rippert
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Fred Goebel, Karl Bernhard, Arnold Czempin, Sascha Gura, Richard Kirsch

Animation(s)

Metropolis (2001)
Metropolis
TV-14
Plot:

This animated science fiction adventure thriller film takes us to a futuristic city named Metropolis, where humans and robots coexist. The film revolves around a private investigator named Shunsaku, who along with his nephew, discover a sinister plan that threatens entire humanity.  

As:
Writer
Director:
Rintaro
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Animation
Star Cast:
Kôsei Tomita, Scott Weinger, Steve Blum, Yuka Imoto, Kei Kobayashi