Heimatfilm Recommendations

Swiss ROCKSTAR Magazine asked us to put together a list of our Top 5 Swiss "Heimatfilm" movies for their August 2019 issue. Heimatfilme (German for "homeland films") were films of a genre popular in Switzerland, Austria, and Germany from the late 1940s to the early 1970s.

Heimatfilme were usually shot in the alps, and always involved outdoors. Their characteristics were their rural settings, sentimental tone and simplistic morality, and they centered on family, love, friendship, and non-urban life. They also involved the difference between old and young, tradition and progress, and rural and urban life.

In our list for ROCKSTAR Magazine, we have also included more recent films that deal with subjects like home, or with Swiss culture in general.


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Heidi (1952)


HD Soldat Läppli (1958)


Die Schweizermacher / The Swissmakers (1978)


Das Boot ist voll / The Boat is Full (1981)


Beresina oder die letzten Tage der Schweiz / Beresina or the Last Days of Switzerland (1999)



More Swiss Heimatfilm


Ueli der Knecht / Uli the Farmhand (1952)


Ueli der Pächter / Uli the Tenant (1955)


Die sechs Kummerbuben (1968)


Die Erschiessung des Landesverräters Ernst S. / The Execution of the Traitor Ernst S. (Doc. 1976)


 Reise der Hoffnung / Journey of Hope (1990) 


Sennentuntschi / Curse of the Alps (2010)


Der Verdingbub / The Foster Boy (2012)


Die göttliche Ordnung / The Divine Order (2017)