Angels, and especially demons, have a unique place in modern, popular mythology and culture. As such, they are used extensively as plot devices or as characters in books, art, TV series and of course films.
Below are three categories of movies: the first is mostly about angels, the second mostly about demons while the third section covers angels and demons doing battle against each other, or even amongst themselves.
The selected movies are reasonably new (meaning not older than 1995 unless they are really good), and generally have a decent score on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.
Some are more historically and culturally accurate than others, but unfortunately, Hollywood and the movie industry in general isn’t that big on historical accuracy and takes plenty of artistic liberties.
Movies with or about Angels
1. Wings of Desire (1987)
An angel tires of his purely ethereal life of merely overseeing the human activity of Berlin’s residents, and longs for the tangible joys of physical existence when he falls in love with a mortal.
2. City of Angels (1998)
An angel on Earth, a doctor unable to believe, a patient with a secret, a love story made in Heaven.
3. What Dreams May Come (1998)
Chris Nielsen dies in an accident, and enters Heaven. But when he discovers that his beloved wife Annie has killed herself out of grief over the loss, he embarks on an afterlife adventure to reunite with her.
4. Michael (1996)
Two tabloid reporters checking out a report of the Archangel Michael living with an old woman find that it’s true. But that’s not the only surprise.
5. Faraway, So Close! (1993)
A group of angels in the German capital look longingly upon the life of humans.
6. A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
Upon being fired, a desperate guy kidnaps a daughter of his former boss. Two angels are sent to Earth to check if love is possible in this case.
7. Dogma (1999)
An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven.
8. The Discovery of Heaven (2001)
God is disappointed with the human race and wants His stone tablets back. An angel is given the assignment and, with Gabriëls help, tries to manipulate several humans on earth to get his job done. But humans have a will of their own.
9. No News from God (2001)
Two angels, one from the heaven and one from the hell, come to earth to save the soul of a boxer.
Movies with or about demons
- Movies with or about demons
- 1. The Exorcist (1973)
- 2. It Follows (2014)
- 3. Meet Joe Black (1998)
- 4. The Devil’s Advocate (1998)
- 5. Devil (2010)
- 6. A Dark Song (2016)
- 7. Demonic (2015)
- 8. Deathgasm (2015)
- 9. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
- 10. The House of the Devil (2009)
- 11. The Conjuring (2021)
- 12. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
- 13. Jennifer’s Body (2009)
- 14. Smile (2022)
- 15. Hellraiser (2022)
- 16. Paranormal Activity (2007)
- 17. End of Days (1998)
- 18. Mirrors (2008)
- 19. The Ninth Gate (1999)
- 20. Belzebuth (2017)
- 21. Frailty (2001)
- 22. The Witch (2015)
- 23. Suspiria (2018)
- 24. Insidious (2010)
- 25. Fallen (1998)
- 26. Angel Heart (1987)
- 27. The Empty Man (2020)
- 28. Idle Hands (1999)
- 29. The Visitation (2006)
- 30. Anything for Jackson (2020)
- 31. The Frighteners (1996)
- 32. The Dark and the Wicked (2020)
1. The Exorcist (1973)
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
2. It Follows (2014)
A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.
3. Meet Joe Black (1998)
Death, who takes the form of a young man killed in an accident, asks a media mogul to act as his guide to teach him about life on Earth and, in the process, he falls in love with the mogul’s daughter.
4. The Devil’s Advocate (1998)
An exceptionally-adept Florida lawyer is offered a job at a high-end New York City law firm with a high-end boss–the biggest opportunity of his career to date.
5. Devil (2010)
A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them.
6. A Dark Song (2016)
A determined young woman and a damaged occultist risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that will grant them what they want.
7. Demonic (2015)
A police officer and a psychologist investigate the deaths of five people who were killed while trying to summon ghosts.
8. Deathgasm (2015)
Two teenage boys unwittingly summon an ancient evil entity known as The Blind One by delving into black magic while trying to escape their mundane lives.
9. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.
10. The House of the Devil (2009)
In 1983, financially struggling college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret, putting her life in mortal danger.
11. The Conjuring (2021)
The Warrens investigate a murder that may be linked to a demonic possession.
12. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.
13. Jennifer’s Body (2009)
A newly-possessed high-school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?
14. Smile (2022)
After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain. Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.
15. Hellraiser (2022)
A young woman struggling with addiction comes into possession of an ancient puzzle box, unaware that its purpose is to summon the Cenobites, a group of sadistic supernatural beings from another dimension.
16. Paranormal Activity (2007)
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.
17. End of Days (1998)
At the end of the century, Satan visits New York in search of a bride. It’s up to an ex-cop who now runs an elite security outfit to stop him.
18. Mirrors (2008)
An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home.
19. The Ninth Gate (1999)
A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.
20. Belzebuth (2017)
After a personal tragedy, a police detective investigates a school massacre committed by a student – and another massacre. Are the 3 tragedies linked to demon possession?
21. Frailty (2001)
A mysterious man arrives at the offices of an FBI agent and recounts his childhood: how his religious fanatic father received visions telling him to destroy people who were in fact “demons.”
22. The Witch (2015)
A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.
23. Suspiria (2018)
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
24. Insidious (2010)
A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.
25. Fallen (1998)
Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution, the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese’s style.
26. Angel Heart (1987)
A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.
27. The Empty Man (2020)
On the trail of a missing girl, an ex-cop comes across a secretive group attempting to summon a terrifying supernatural entity.
28. Idle Hands (1999)
A teenage slacker’s right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent.
29. The Visitation (2006)
The Visitation reveals a small town torn apart by supernatural events involving a mysterious stranger and his unsolved past.
30. Anything for Jackson (2020)
A bereaved Satanist couple kidnap a pregnant woman so they can use an ancient spellbook to put their dead grandson’s spirit into her unborn child but end up summoning more than they bargained for.
31. The Frighteners (1996)
After a tragic car accident that kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead, and he uses that gift to con people. However, when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.
32. The Dark and the Wicked (2020)
On a secluded farm in a nondescript rural town, a man is slowly dying. His family gathers to mourn, and soon a darkness grows, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that something evil is taking over the family.
Movies where Angels and Demons fight each other
1. Constantine (2005)
Supernatural exorcist and demonologist John Constantine helps a policewoman prove her sister’s death was not a suicide, but something more.
2. Legion (2010)
When a group of strangers at a dusty roadside diner come under attack by demonic forces, their only chance for survival lies with an archangel named Michael, who informs a pregnant waitress that her unborn child is humanity’s last hope.
3. The Prophecy (1995)
At the scene of a bizarre murder, L.A. homicide detective Thomas Dagget discovers a lethal heavenly prophecy now being fulfilled on earth. In his fight to stop the forces of evil, he finds an unlikely ally in an elementary school teacher.
4. The Prophecy II (1998)
When the powers of good and evil again descend to Earth in a battle over mankind, the only hope for survival is the unborn child of an innocent woman. With the help of a mysterious stranger, she races to protect her child and save mankind.
5. The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000)
As the war between Heaven and Earth rages on, the half-human, half-angel Danyael is mankind’s only hope against a diabolical angel that wants to destroy them all.
6. Gabriel (2007)
Gabriel the archangel fights to bring light back to purgatory – a place where darkness rules – and save the souls of the city’s inhabitants.
7. Hellboy (2004)
A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness.