Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog

Highest Rated: 100% Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2020)

Lowest Rated: 18% Queen of the Desert (2017)

Birthday: Sep 5, 1942

Birthplace: Munich, Germany

One of the most influential filmmakers in New German Cinema and one of the most extreme personalities in film per se, larger-than-life Werner Herzog quickly gained recognition not only for creating some of the most fantastic narratives in film, but for pushing himself and his crew to unprecedented lengths, again and again, in order to achieve the effects he demanded. Born Werner Stipetic in Munich on September 5, 1942, Herzog tremendous intelligence from an early age, and recognized his future vocation in his early teens, when he began submitting scripts to German film producers.Herzog began producing short films in college, and shot his premier feature, Lebenszeichen in 1968. The director followed it with a 1970 documentary about the disabled, Behinderte Zukunft (Handicapped Future). His second feature film, the 1970 Even Dwarfs Started Small, depicts the daily activities of a bunch of dwarfs and midgets in a German penal community, who descend into an anarchic state. He continued to shoot arthouse features throughout the '70s in his native Germany like Fata Morgana, Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit, Aguirre the Wrath of God, The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser , Heart of Glass, Die grosse Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner, Stroszek, Nosferatu ,Woyzeck, andGod's Angry Man.Between 1980 and 1982, Herzog managed to top the insanity of that film shoot with Fitzcarraldo, the story of a nineteenth century opera lover, determined to bring the music of Enrico Caruso to the Peruvian Indians. The production proved to be difficult. During shooting, a plane crashed and killed several locals, lead Jason Robards acquired amoebic dysentery and had to be replaced with Kinski, second-billed Mick Jagger abandoned the production, steamer ships used for the set became mired in the mud and could not be moved until rainy season, and tribal war nearly erupted nearby.Herzog soon found himself more interested in hardcore documentary work, and began focusing on non-fiction, with Lessons of Darkness (1992), Bells from the Deep: Faith and Superstition in Russia (1993), The Transformation of the World into Music (1994), Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997), Wings of Hope (2000), Wheel of Time (2003) and Incident at Loch Ness (2004). Grizzly Man (2004) - comprised of footage shot by ill-fated "Grizzly Bear expert" Timothy Treadwell just before his death in a bear attack - elicited particularly strong acclaim, while 2010's Cave of Forgotten Dreams captured the 30,000 year old cave art in the Chauvet Cave using 3D cameras.Herzog's focus on documentaries didn't keep him from working on narrative films as a whole. 2001's Invincible dramatized the story of a Jewish man who rose to power with the Nazis, only to renounce his party affiliations and swear allegiance to his people, and the director's 2006 Rescue Dawn starred Christian Bale as real life pilot Dieter Dengler, who was shot down over Vietnam, and held in a Vietnamese prison camp, only to lead a successful escape with his inmates. Changing gears dramatically, 2010's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans starred Nicholas Cage as an insane cop.In addition to his directing and screenwriting work, Herzog has acted in a number of films, perhaps most memorably in Les Blank's 1980 documentary Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe. The film was the result of a bet Herzog once had with an American film student: Herzog told the student -- who was always talking about making a film but never actually doing it -- that if he actually completed the film, Herzog would eat his own shoe. The student was Errol Morris, who later became known for his documentaries Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line, and Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, and he did indeed make his film. Having lost the bet, Herzog made good on his promise, and the result was one of the stranger moments in documentary history. In Paul Cox's 1983 picture Man of Flowers, Herzog plays the central character's stern, disciplinarian father during a wordless flashback.


Highest Rated Movies



100% Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin Director Screenwriter 2020
No Score Yet Tattoo Uprising Actor 2019
88% Meeting Gorbachev Actor Director Screenwriter 2019
80% Family Romance, LLC Director Screenwriter 2019
100% A Gray State Executive Producer 2017
32% Salt and Fire Screenwriter Actor Producer Director 2017
18% Queen of the Desert Screenwriter 2017
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World Producer Director Screenwriter Actor $0.6M 2016
92% Into the Inferno Director Screenwriter Actor 2016
No Score Yet Freaks Of Nature Voice of the Perfect Being 2015
85% Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision (Die Andere Heimat) Alexander von Humboldt 2015
96% The Look of Silence Executive Producer $48.6K 2015
92% Red Army Executive Producer Producer $0.7M 2015
73% Penguins Of Madagascar Documentary Filmmaker $70.8M 2014
97% Life Itself Actor $0.9M 2014
88% The Wind Rises Castorp 2014
No Score Yet Die Verwandlung der Welt in Musik: Bayreuth vor der Premiere (The Transformation of the World Into Music) Screenwriter Director 2014
No Score Yet La Soufrière - Warten auf eine unausweichliche Katastrophe Actor Director 2014
44% The Unbelievers Actor 2013
95% The Act Of Killing Executive Producer $0.3M 2013
88% Happy People: A Year in the Taiga Director Narrator Himself - Narrator Screenwriter Executive Producer $0.3M 2013
No Score Yet From One Second To The Next Director 2013
63% Jack Reacher The Zec $80.1M 2012
25% Dinotasia Narrator 2012
No Score Yet Death Row Director 2012
No Score Yet Der Boxprinz (The Boxing Prince) Actor 2012
92% Into The Abyss Screenwriter Director $0.3M 2011
96% Cave of Forgotten Dreams Director Narrator Screenwriter $5.3M 2011
No Score Yet Ode to the Dawn of Man Director 2011
No Score Yet Bierbichler Actor 2011
49% My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Producer Director Screenwriter 2010
No Score Yet Jag Mandir Director 2009
85% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Director $1.7M 2009
No Score Yet Futurestates Actor 2009
No Score Yet Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient Actor 2008
40% The Grand The German 2008
No Score Yet Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary Actor 2008
No Score Yet 40 X 15 Actor 2008
94% Encounters at the End of the World Director Narrator Screenwriter $0.8M 2007
90% Rescue Dawn Screenwriter Director Producer $5.4M 2007
47% Mister Lonely Father Umbrillo 2007
69% The Wild Blue Yonder Director 2005
92% Grizzly Man er selbst Narrator Director Screenwriter $2.9M 2005
94% The White Diamond (Diamante Blanco) Actor Director Producer 2004
63% Incident at Loch Ness Screenwriter Producer Himself 2004
No Score Yet Dribble Actor 2004
94% Wheel of Time Director Screenwriter 2003
60% Tokyo-Ga Actor 2003
No Score Yet Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe Screenwriter Actor 2003
54% Invincible Screenwriter Producer Director 2002
86% Ten Minutes Older Narrator Director 2002
No Score Yet Pilgrimage Director 2001
No Score Yet Julianes Sturz in den Dschungel (Wings of Hope) Actor Director 2000
No Score Yet A Brief History of Errol Morris Actor 2000
28% Julien Donkey-Boy Julien's Father 1999
80% My Best Fiend (Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski) Narrator Director 1999
54% What Dreams May Come Face 1998
93% Little Dieter Needs to Fly: Escape from Laos Director Screenwriter Actor 1998
100% Lessons of Darkness Screenwriter 1995
No Score Yet Gesualdo - Death for Five Voices Director Screenwriter 1995
No Score Yet Glocken aus der Tiefe - Glaube und Aberglaube in Rußland (Bells from the Deep) Director 1995
No Score Yet The Transformation Of The World Into Music Director 1994
No Score Yet Scream of Stone Director 1991
No Score Yet Echos aus einem düsteren Reich (Echoes from a Somber Empire) Director 1990
No Score Yet Giovanna D'Arco: Teatro Comunale Di Bologna Director 1990
No Score Yet Wodaabe - Die Hirten der Sonne. Nomaden am Südrand der Sahara (Herdsmen of the Sun) Director Actor Screenwriter 1989
No Score Yet Bis ans Ende... und dann noch weiter. Die ekstatische Welt des Filmemachers Werner Herzog Actor 1988
88% Cobra Verde Screenwriter Director 1987
No Score Yet God's Angry Man (glaube Und Wahrung - Dr. Gene Scott, Fernsehprediger) Director 1986
80% Where the Green Ants Dream (Wo die Grünen Ameisen Träumen) Screenwriter Director 1985
No Score Yet Room 666 (Chambre 666) Actor 1985
No Score Yet Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten (Ballad of the Little Soldier) Screenwriter Actor Director 1984
No Score Yet The Dark Glow of the Mountains Actor Director Screenwriter 1984
100% Man of Flowers Father 1983
78% Fitzcarraldo Director Screenwriter Producer 1982
94% Burden of Dreams Actor 1982
No Score Yet Huie's Sermon Director 1980
83% Woyzeck Producer Screenwriter Director 1979
95% Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre) Producer Screenwriter Director 1979
94% Stroszek Screenwriter Producer Director 1977
92% Heart of Glass (Herz aus Glas) Screenwriter Director Producer 1976
No Score Yet Letzte Worte Director 1976
No Score Yet How much Wood would a Woodchuck chuck... - Beobachtungen zu einer neuen Sprache Actor Director 1976
No Score Yet No One Will Play with Me (Mit Mir Will Keiner Spielen) Director 1976
95% The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All) Producer Director Screenwriter 1974
No Score Yet Die große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner (The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner) Director Producer Screenwriter 1974
83% Land of Silence and Darkness (Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit) Director Producer 1973
98% Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes) Producer Screenwriter Director 1972
No Score Yet Fata Morgana Screenwriter Director 1971
No Score Yet Behinderte Zukunft? (Handicapped Future) Director 1971
100% Even Dwarfs Started Small (Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen) Director Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet Die Fliegenden Ärzte von Ostafrika (The Flying Doctors of East Africa) Director 1969
No Score Yet Massnahmen gegen Fanatiker (Measures Against Fanatics)(Precautions Against Fanatics) Director 1969
91% Signs of Life Director Actor Producer Screenwriter 1968
No Score Yet The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz (Die Beispiellose Verteidigung der Festung Deutschkreuz) Director 1967
No Score Yet Herakles Director Screenwriter 1962


85% The Simpsons
Voice 2020
95% The Mandalorian
The Client 2019
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
Panelist 2017
No Score Yet Conan
Guest 2016
No Score Yet POV
Producer Executive Producer 2016
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
Voice 2013
No Score Yet Colbert Report
Guest 2011
54% The Boondocks
Narrator 2010
No Score Yet The Henry Rollins Show
Guest 2006


Narrator says: This colossal land mass is one and a half times the size of the United States.

Werner Herzog says: Wow. I never realized the extent of capital punishment till I saw this. Who won in this? It seems to me, there was no win. Just a lot of losses. The state of Texas is no different from taking a life than Micheal Perry. Again...........Wow.

Werner Herzog says: Wow. I never realized the extent of capital punishment till I saw this. Who won in this? It seems to me, there was no win. Just a lot of losses. The state of Texas is no different from taking a life than Micheal Perry. Again... Wow.