The best movies directed by Werner Herzog

List of the 10 best movies directed by Werner Herzog, order based on the average from the IMDB, TMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Role in movie: Himself
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erner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting.

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The Dark Glow of the Mountain (Gasherbrum - Der leuchtende Berg)
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The Dark Glow of the Mountain (Gasherbrum - Der leuchtende Berg)

Role in movie: himself
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erner Herzog follows mountaineers Hans Kammerlander and Reinhold Messner during their expedition into climbing the Gasherbrum mountains, which has some of the most difficult peaks to be conquered, and they'll do it without the use of oxygen tanks. Herzog also takes some time to hear about their past experiences with other mountains, their personal tragedies and the reasons why they are so involved with such activity.

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Stroszek
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Stroszek

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runo Stroszek is released from prison and warned to stop drinking. He has few skills and fewer expectations: with a glockenspiel and an accordion, he ekes out a living as a street musician. He befriends Eva, a prostitute down on her luck and they join his neighbor, Scheitz, an elderly eccentric, when he leaves Germany to live in Wisconsin.

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Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life (Into the Abyss)
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Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life (Into the Abyss)

Role in movie: Himself
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egendary filmmaker Werner Herzog returns with INTO THE ABYSS: A TALE OF DEATH, A TALE OF LIFE, a riveting examination of a horrible crime which probes the human psyche to explore why people kill--and why the state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (who was scheduled to die eight days after his interview with Herzog), the filmmaker achieves what he describes as "a gaze into the abyss of the human soul." As he's so often done before, Herzog's investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.

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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder fur sich und Gott gegen alle)
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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder fur sich und Gott gegen alle)

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he film follows Kaspar Hauser (Bruno S.), who lived the first seventeen years of his life chained in a tiny cellar with only a toy horse to occupy his time, devoid of all human contact except for a man who wears a black overcoat and top hat who feeds him.

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Grizzly Man
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Grizzly Man

Role in movie: Himself
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erner Herzog’s documentary film about the “Grizzly Man” Timothy Treadwell and what the thirteen summers in a National Park in Alaska were like in one man’s attempt to protect the grizzly bears. The film is full of unique images and a look into the spirit of a man who sacrificed himself for nature.

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Nosferatu the Vampyre (Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht)
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Nosferatu the Vampyre (Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht)

Role in movie: Totengräber
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onathan Harker is sent away to Count Dracula's castle to sell him a house in Virna, where he lives. But Count Dracula is a vampire, an undead ghoul living of men's blood. Inspired by a photograph of Lucy Harker, Dracula moves to Virna, bringing with him death and plague. An unusually contemplative version of Dracula, in which the vampire bears the cross of not being able to get old and die.

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Lessons of Darkness (Lektionen in Finsternis)
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Lessons of Darkness (Lektionen in Finsternis)

Role in movie: Narrator (voice)
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his film shows the disaster of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames. In contrast to the common documentary film there are no comments and few interviews. What must have been the hell itself is presented to the viewer in such beautiful sights and beautiful music that one has to be fascinated by it.

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Fitzcarraldo
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Fitzcarraldo

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he story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle.

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Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes)
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Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes)

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few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and Don Aguirres, a ruthless man who cares only about riches, becomes their leader. But will his quest lead them to "the golden city", or to certain destruction

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Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog Stipetić ( born 5 September 1942), known as Werner Herzog, is a German film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and opera director. He is often considered as one of the greatest figures of the New German Cinema, along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schlöndorff, Werner Schröter, and Wim Wenders. His films often feature heroes with impossible dreams, people with unique talents in obscure fields, or individuals who find themselves in conflict with nature. French filmmaker François Truffaut once called Herzog "the most important film director alive." Description above from the Wikipedia article Werner Herzog, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
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