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Ranking All Of Director Werner Herzog’s Movies

Werner Herzog Filmography Ranking Movies

“What are Werner Herzog’s Best Movies?” We looked at all of Herzog’s directed filmography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the movies directed by Werner Herzog and looked at his Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato User, Metacritic, Metacritic User, IMDB, and Letterboxd scores, ranking them against one another to see which movies came out on top. The movies are ranked in our list below based on which movies have the highest overall score between all 6 review sites in comparison with all of the other movies by the same director. The process is all very scientific with no flaws at all.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page. We will update the article if/when a new movie by Werner Herzog is released. Although it probably won’t be immediate so the scores on each site have time to settle and aren’t overly influenced by the early, usually much more opinionated, users.

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The Top Film’s Of Werner Herzog



60 ) Giovanna d’Arco

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 46
  • IMDB User Review Score: 57
  • Letterboxd User Score: 57

Director Werner Herzog, one of the most highly acclaimed German film makers, joins forces with the great Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly to effect a masterful rendition of this rarely-performed opera involving spectacular scenes of alternating light and dark, pageantry and intimacy. Staged and recorded at Teatro Comunale di Bologna in Bologna, Italy.

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59 ) Salt and Fire

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 28
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 45
  • IMDB User Review Score: 60
  • Letterboxd User Score: 56

A scientist blames the head of a large company for an ecological disaster in South America. But when a volcano begins to show signs of erupting, they must unite to avoid a disaster.

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58 ) Queen of the Desert

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 29
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 42
  • IMDB User Review Score: 59
  • Letterboxd User Score: 55

A chronicle of Gertrude Bell’s life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

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57 ) Huie’s Sermon

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 46
  • IMDB User Review Score: 52
  • Letterboxd User Score: 54

Reverend Huie Rogers is a preacher at the Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Brooklyn. He is the topic of this short film, during which launches into an epic call-and-response denunciation of human hubris, greed, corruption and failure. The use of lengthy shots present it less like a sermon and more a performance, and induce an almost trance-like state.

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56 ) Ode to the Dawn of Man

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 46
  • IMDB User Review Score: 48
  • Letterboxd User Score: 57

In Cave of Forgotten Dreams, celebrated German film director Werner Herzog gained exclusive access to film the 32,000 year old Chauvet caves, which contain the earliest known pictorial creations of humankind. In this follow-up film, Ode to the Dawn of Man, Herzog shows us an insight into the construction of the film’s score with footage and interviews with composer Ernst Reijseger and pianist Harmen Fraanje. Ode to the Dawn of Man draws us into the creation of the truly epic music used in Herzog’s awe-inspiring documentary and the magic created by all those involved including the musicians, composer and Herzog himself. –iTunes

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55 ) Precautions Against Fanatics

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 39
  • IMDB User Review Score: 58
  • Letterboxd User Score: 52

The film features several horse trainers and other track workers talking about their roles at the track, always eventually interrupted by an older man who claims to be the true authority, and demands that they be thrown out. One recurring young man, the first to appear, claims that he protects the horses from enthusiastic racing fans. He does not appear to be employed by the track, but seems to provide his services voluntarily. His protection from “fanatics” gives the film its title. The film is shot in a documentary style, but the sheer implausibility of the dialogue leaves the exact nature of the film ambiguous.

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54 ) 2000 Years Of Christianity: God And The Burdened

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 46
  • IMDB User Review Score: 45
  • Letterboxd User Score: 57

Episode 9 of the series “2000 Years Of Christianity”. Director Werner Herzog explores Christianity in the New World including an overview of the Spanish conquest of Mexico and modern day religious rituals in Antigua. Two versions exist of this film, the one called “Christ and Demons in New Spain” features Herzog’s voice over.

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52 ) Last Words

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 46
  • IMDB User Review Score: 52
  • Letterboxd User Score: 48

Early short by Werner Herzog shot while being on location in Greece shooting “Lebenszeichen”.

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52 ) The Wild Blue Yonder

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 46
  • IMDB User Review Score: 52
  • Letterboxd User Score: 48

An alien narrates the story of his dying planet, his and his people’s visitations to Earth and Earth’s self-made demise, while human astronauts in space are attempting to find an alternate planet for surviving humans to live on.

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51 ) Pilgrimage

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 46
  • IMDB User Review Score: 50
  • Letterboxd User Score: 48

Accompanied only by music the film alternates between shots of pilgrims near the tomb of Saint Sergei in Sergiyev Posad, Russia and pilgrims at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico.

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50 ) How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 40
  • IMDB User Review Score: 50
  • Letterboxd User Score: 48

A documentary short examining the language and performance of auctioneering, filmed at the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship in Pennsylvania.

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49 ) Scream of Stone

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 33
  • IMDB User Review Score: 52
  • Letterboxd User Score: 52

A meeting of two world famous climbers, one an experienced mountaineer the other a sport climber, and a journalist (Ivan) results in a bet on which of the two is the best climber. Roger (the mountaineering expert) states that Martin (the sport climber) wouldn’t survive a day on a ‘real’ climbing expedition, although he is considered to be the world’s best sport climber (having just won an indoor ‘world championship,’ an event depicted in the opening scene). They plan to climb ‘Cerro Torre,’ in the Patagonia region of South America, near the Argentinian/Chilean border, one of the world’s most difficult mountains, especially considering the extreme weather conditions common to the area.

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48 ) The Transformation of the World Into Music

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 46
  • IMDB User Review Score: 32
  • Letterboxd User Score: 57

This film was prepared as a introduction to a series of opera broadcasts on German television. It depicts the behind-the-scenes manoeuvrings in preparation for the annual opera festival in Bayreuth.

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47 ) My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 27
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 41
  • IMDB User Review Score: 52
  • Letterboxd User Score: 44

Brad (Michael Shannon) has committed murder and barricaded himself inside his house. With the help of his friends and neighbours, the cops piece together the strange tale of how this nice young man arrived at such a dark place; Based on a true story, this gripping and unnerving blend of deadpan comedy, melodrama and raw tragedy is fleshed out by an expert cast, including Willem Dafoe and Chloe Sevigny

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46 ) The Flying Doctors of East Africa

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 43
  • IMDB User Review Score: 45
  • Letterboxd User Score: 44

The Flying Doctors of East Africa (German: Die Fliegenden Ärzte von Ostafrika) is a 1969 documentary film by Werner Herzog about the “flying doctors” service of the African Medical and Research Foundation in Tanzania, Kenya, and Nairobi.

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44 ) No One Will Play with Me

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 44
  • IMDB User Review Score: 42
  • Letterboxd User Score: 44

A darkly humorous short documentary about a preschool-age boy ostracised from interactions with his classmates until a girl who has become interested in his pet crow provides the link to social acceptance.

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44 ) Portrait Werner Herzog

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 46
  • IMDB User Review Score: 43
  • Letterboxd User Score: 41

is an autobiographical short film by Werner Herzog made in 1986. Herzog tells stories about his life and career. The film contains excerpts and commentary on several Herzog films, including Signs of Life, Heart of Glass, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner, Fitzcarraldo, and the Les Blank documentary Burden of Dreams. Notable is footage of a conversation between Herzog and his mentor Lotte Eisner, a photographer. In another section, he talks with mountaineer Reinhold Messner, in which they discuss a potential film project in the Himalayas to star Klaus Kinski.

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43 ) Invincible

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 26
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 48
  • Letterboxd User Score: 44

A Jewish strongman performs in Berlin as the blond Aryan hero Siegfried.

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42 ) Jag Mandir

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 34
  • IMDB User Review Score: 43
  • Letterboxd User Score: 41

Jag Mandir is a quiet and often overlooked film in the vast oeuvre of Werner Herzog. Apparently, 20 hours of footage was shot that covered the whole fest and the film hardly presents us a twentieth of that. A native walking into the film in between may well fail to immediately realize that it is his country that is being shown and these are figures from the mythology of various sections of his nation.

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41 ) Handicapped Future

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 46
  • IMDB User Review Score: 32
  • Letterboxd User Score: 33

A documentary by Werner Herzog exploring the different treatment accorded to the disabled in Germany and the USA.

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40 ) Fata Morgana

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 25
  • IMDB User Review Score: 41
  • Letterboxd User Score: 41

Footage shot in and around the Sahara Desert, accompanied only by a spoken creation myth and the songs of Leonard Cohen.

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38 ) Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 46
  • IMDB User Review Score: 25
  • Letterboxd User Score: 33

Ten Minutes Older is a 2002 film project consisting of two compilation feature films entitled The Trumpet and The Cello. The project was conceived by the producer Nicolas McClintock as a reflection on the theme of time at the turn of the Millennium. Fifteen celebrated film-makers were invited to create their own vision of what time means in ten minutes of film.

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38 ) God’s Angry Man

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 34
  • IMDB User Review Score: 37
  • Letterboxd User Score: 33

This documentary focuses on the unusual life and ministry of Dr. Gene Scott.

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37 ) The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 21
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 37
  • IMDB User Review Score: 45
  • Letterboxd User Score: 25

Terrence McDonagh, a New Orleans Police sergeant, who starts out as a good cop, receiving a medal and a promotion to lieutenant for heroism during Hurricane Katrina. During his heroic act, McDonagh injures his back and later becomes addicted to prescription pain medication. McDonagh finds himself involved with a drug dealer who is suspected of murdering a family of African immigrants.

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36 ) Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 32
  • IMDB User Review Score: 37
  • Letterboxd User Score: 25

Works, legend and murders of Carlo Gesualdo, a notorious Italian composer and murderer from 16th century.

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35 ) Where the Green Ants Dream

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 23
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 34
  • IMDB User Review Score: 32
  • Letterboxd User Score: 33

Extraordinary images from Werner Herzog. Shot in the Australian Outback the Aborigines (in this film anyway) believe that this is the place where the green ants go to dream, and that if their dreams are disturbed, it will bring down disaster on us all. The Aborigines’ belief is not shared by a giant mining company, which wants to tear open the soil and search for uranium.

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34 ) Ballad of the Little Soldier

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 46
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 25

Ballad of the Little Soldier is a 1984 documentary film about children soldiers in Nicaragua.

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33 ) Echoes From a Sombre Empire

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 46
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

Documentary examining Bokassa’s rule in the Central African Republic using the testimony of witnesses and visits to key sites.

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32 ) Wings of Hope

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 46
  • IMDB User Review Score: 15
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

Werner Herzog returns to the South American jungle with Juliane Koepcke, the German woman who was the sole survivor of a plane crash there in 1971. They find the remains of the plane and recreate her journey out of the jungle.

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30 ) Woyzeck

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 22
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 19
  • IMDB User Review Score: 29
  • Letterboxd User Score: 33

Franz Woyzeck (Kinski) is a hapless, hopeless soldier, alone and powerless in society, assaulted from all sides by forces he cannot control.

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30 ) Cobra Verde

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 18
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 23
  • IMDB User Review Score: 37
  • Letterboxd User Score: 25

“Cobra Verde” (Green Snake) is a villainous bandit who is hated and feared in his homeland, Brazil. Alienated, discontent, and with little to lose, he accepts an extremely dangerous mission to reopen a slave trade with the Kingdom of Dahomey in West Africa. T

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29 ) Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 31
  • IMDB User Review Score: 32
  • Letterboxd User Score: 33

Werner Herzog’s exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

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28 ) Heart of Glass

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 17
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 27
  • IMDB User Review Score: 32
  • Letterboxd User Score: 25

A small Bavarian village is renowned for its “Ruby Glass” glass blowing works. When the foreman of the works dies suddenly without revealing the secret of the Ruby Glass, the town slides into a deep depression, and the owner of the glassworks becomes obssessed with the lost secret.

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27 ) Signs of Life

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 18
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 27
  • IMDB User Review Score: 25
  • Letterboxd User Score: 25

During World War II, three German soldiers are withdrawn from combat when one of them, Stroszek, is wounded. They are assigned to a small coastal community on the Greek island of Kos while Stroszek recuperates. The men become increasingly stir crazy in their uneventful new assignment. Stroszek eventually goes mad.

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26 ) From One Second to the Next

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 27
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

Stories of serious traffic accidents caused by texting and driving are told by the perpetrators and surviving victims.

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25 ) Into the Inferno

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 30
  • IMDB User Review Score: 29
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

Werner Herzog and volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer embark upon a global journey exploring some of the world’s most mythical volcanoes in Indonesia, Ethiopia, Iceland and North Korea. Speaking with scientists and indigenous peoples alike, they seek to understand the complex and deeply rooted relationship between mankind and one of nature’s greatest wonders.

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24 ) Even Dwarfs Started Small

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 19
  • IMDB User Review Score: 37
  • Letterboxd User Score: 33

The inhabitants of an institution in a remote country rebel against their keepers. Their acts of rebellion are by turns humorous, boring and alarming. An allegory on the problematic nature of fully liberating the human spirit, as both commendable and disturbing elements of our nature come forward. The film shows how justifiable revolt may be empowering, but may also turn to chaos and depravity. The allegory is developed in part by the fact that the film is cast entirely with dwarfs

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23 ) Rescue Dawn

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 24
  • IMDB User Review Score: 25
  • Letterboxd User Score: 25

A US Fighter pilot’s epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.

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22 ) Wodaabe: Herdsmen of the Sun

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 13
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 25

Herzog’s documentary of the Wodaabe people of the Sahara/Sahel region. Particular attention is given to the tribe’s spectacular courtship rituals and ‘beauty pageants’, where eligible young men strive to outshine each other and attract mates by means of lavish makeup, posturing and facial movements.

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20 ) Wheel of Time

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 29
  • Letterboxd User Score: 33

Wheel of Time is Werner Herzog’s photographed look at the largest Buddhist ritual in Bodh Gaya, India.

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20 ) Land of Silence and Darkness

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 46
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

Through examining Fini Straubinger, an old woman who has been deaf and blind since her teens, and her work on behalf of other deaf-blind people, this film shows how the deaf-blind struggle to understand and accept a world from which they are almost wholly isolated.

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19 ) The Dark Glow of the Mountain

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 15
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

Werner 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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18 ) Bells from the Deep

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

A group of pilgrims lie down on the thin ice of the lake Svetloyar and begin to look for the city of Kitesh. According to the legend, God saved the city from the Mongolian prince Batyi’s soldiers by letting it sink to the bottom of the lake. If you listen carefully you can hear the bells of the Kitesh cathedral toll deep down.

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17 ) Into the Abyss

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 22
  • IMDB User Review Score: 25
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

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), legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog 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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15 ) Cave of Forgotten Dreams

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 25
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

Werner 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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15 ) La Soufrière

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 13
  • IMDB User Review Score: 14
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Werner Herzog takes a film crew to the island of Guadeloupe when he hears that the volcano on the island is going to erupt. Everyone has left, except for one old man who refuses to leave.

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14 ) Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 20
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 19
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

In the center of the story is the life of the indigenous people of the village Bakhtia at the river Yenisei in the Siberian Taiga. The camera follows the protagonists in the village over a period of a year. The natives, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, keep living their lives according to their own cultural traditions.

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12 ) On Death Row

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

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12 ) The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 30
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

A study of the psychology of a champion ski-jumper, whose full-time occupation is carpentry.

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11 ) The White Diamond

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 18
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

This 2004 documentary by Werner Herzog diaries the struggle of a passionate English inventor to design and test a unique airship during its maiden flight above the jungle canopy.

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10 ) Nosferatu the Vampyre

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 15
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Jonathan 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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9 ) My Best Fiend

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 23
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

A look at the tumultuous yet productive relationship between German director Werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski.

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8 ) Encounters at the End of the World

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Herzog and cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger go to Antarctica to meet people who live and work there, and to capture footage of the continent’s unique locations. Herzog’s voiceover narration explains that his film will not be a typical Antarctica film about “fluffy penguins”, but will explore the dreams of the people and the landscape.

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7 ) Grizzly Man

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

Werner 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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6 ) Fitzcarraldo

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 25
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

The 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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5 ) The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

The 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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4 ) Little Dieter Needs to Fly

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

In 1966, Dieter Dengler was shot down over Laos, captured, and, down to 85 pounds, escaped. Barefoot, surviving monsoons, leeches, and machete-wielding villagers, he was rescued. Now, near 60, living on Mt. Tamalpais, Dengler tells his story: a German lad surviving Allied bombings in World War II, postwar poverty, apprenticed to a smith, beaten regularly. At 18, he emigrates and peels potatoes in the U.S. Air Force. He leaves for California and college, then enlistment in the Navy to learn to fly. A quiet man of sorrows tells his story: war, capture, harrowing conditions, escape, and miraculous rescue. Where did he find the strength; how does he now live with his memories?

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2 ) Stroszek

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

Bruno 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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2 ) Aguirre: The Wrath of God

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

A 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 Aguirre, 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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1 ) Lessons of Darkness

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  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

This 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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Werner Herzog’s Best Movies



Werner Herzog Review Website Filmography Rankings

Film RT Critic RT User IMDB Letterboxd Overal Rank
Lessons of Darkness 1 3 1 4 1
Stroszek 6 3 4 1 2
Aguirre: The Wrath of God 3 6 4 1 2
Little Dieter Needs to Fly 12 1 1 6 4
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser 5 7 8 6 5
Fitzcarraldo 25 2 1 1 6
Grizzly Man 13 10 10 4 7
Encounters at the End of the World 6 15 10 9 8
My Best Fiend 23 3 8 9 9
Nosferatu the Vampyre 6 15 15 9 10
The White Diamond 6 10 18 14 11
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner 30 8 10 9 12
On Death Row 30 9 4 14 12
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga 20 19 10 14 14
La Soufrière 30 13 14 9 15
Cave of Forgotten Dreams 4 25 19 18 15
Into the Abyss 13 22 25 14 17
Bells from the Deep 30 10 19 18 18
The Dark Glow of the Mountain 30 15 15 18 19
Land of Silence and Darkness 30 46 4 6 20
Wheel of Time 6 18 29 33 20
Wodaabe: Herdsmen of the Sun 30 13 19 25 22
Rescue Dawn 15 24 25 25 23
Even Dwarfs Started Small 1 19 37 33 24
Into the Inferno 15 30 29 18 25
From One Second to the Next 30 27 19 18 26
Signs of Life 18 27 25 25 27
Heart of Glass 17 27 32 25 28
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World 6 31 32 33 29
Cobra Verde 18 23 37 25 30
Woyzeck 22 19 29 33 30
Wings of Hope 30 46 15 18 32
Echoes From a Sombre Empire 30 46 19 18 33
Ballad of the Little Soldier 30 46 19 25 34
Where the Green Ants Dream 23 34 32 33 35
Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices 30 32 37 25 36
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans 21 37 45 25 37
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet 30 46 25 33 38
God’s Angry Man 30 34 37 33 38
Fata Morgana 30 25 41 41 40
Handicapped Future 30 46 32 33 41
Jag Mandir 30 34 43 41 42
Invincible 26 38 48 44 43
Portrait Werner Herzog 30 46 43 41 44
No One Will Play with Me 30 44 42 44 44
The Flying Doctors of East Africa 30 43 45 44 46
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 27 41 52 44 47
The Transformation of the World Into Music 30 46 32 57 48
Scream of Stone 30 33 52 52 49
How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck 30 40 50 48 50
Pilgrimage 30 46 50 48 51
Last Words 30 46 52 48 52
The Wild Blue Yonder 30 46 52 48 52
2000 Years Of Christianity: God And The Burdened 30 46 45 57 54
Precautions Against Fanatics 30 39 58 52 55
Ode to the Dawn of Man 30 46 48 57 56
Huie’s Sermon 30 46 52 54 57
Queen of the Desert 29 42 59 55 58
Salt and Fire 28 45 60 56 59
Giovanna d’Arco 30 46 57 57 60

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