Finding German Films

The dream: When we started German Thursdays I was seriously hoping to have the option of changing the language settings on my (brother’s) Netflix account to German and then watch all available streaming seasons of How I Met Your Mother.  Sadly this is was not an option, but good in that we’ve really been checking out popular German films that I might have looked past.

German Film Lists


Okay this is how to change the language setting in Netflix.

If you haven’t checked them out, check out German films currently streaming:
Browse < Foreign < Sub-genre – German Movies

Searching Foreign Films at your Library
We’re very fortunate to have access to two university libraries with extensive foreign film collections.  While I would prefer to go browse the self and look at the movie covers when trying to select a foreign film, that’s not always an option. Usually I am searching the catalog for a specific title I was recommended elsewhere, however here are some tips for “browsing” via a library catalog.

Subject Searching: Without being too library technical; essentially searching a library catalog by Subject Heading is to use predetermined language “Library of Congress Subject Headings” which are assigned to books and contained within the item record housed within your library’s catalog system. It’s super specific and some of the subject headings make sense while others don’t, or there’s no way you would randomly come up with a particular word.  My favorite example is the subject heading “cookery”  for cookbooks.

For these to work you may need to go to the advanced search settings, however Subject is usually a selection option after Keyword and Title.  Using a drop down menu next to the search box select “Subject Heading” or “Subject”, enter any of the following phrases and click search.  Note: This probably won’t give you a comprehensive list of all German language films at your library, but you should yield several results. Another tip to finding other subject headings is to check out the full or detailed item record.

  • German language films
  • German language Films for English speakers.
  • Motion pictures, German.
  • Foreign films–Germany.
  • Foreign television programs — Germany.

Another way to search is to search within the advanced searched settings using the follow parameters:Capture

  • keyword: video*
  • language: German (or whatever language you prefer)
  • format: DVD or Video (this will be a drop down selection, use whatever given term best fits your needs)

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