It’s that time of the year again when we dust off our guilt and talk about putting Christ back into Christmas. We all know the celebration has its roots in paganism, as does the Christmas tree, wreath and holly to mention a few. Santa Claus is a different story. Our modern Santa’s origin comes from a Greek saint born 280 years after Christ.
The roots of our Christmas traditions mean little against the backdrop of twinkling lights of a Christmas tree; a glass of eggnog and good company on Christmas Eve, or a Christmas dinner with the same menu since you were a child. Don’t forget to put the angel on the top of the tree.
What about angels? Angels are in the Old Testament of the Bible where they are clearly designated “messengers of God” and appear in Judaism, Islam, Christian, Mormon, and a few other religions. There is some conflict about where, precisely, angels dwell, the most popular belief being Heaven. I am going to show you evidence to the contrary.
The following movies are those I have personally watched. There are more movies where angels play roles, but I think these are the best.
Death takes a Holiday (1934)
1934 American romantic drama in which Death takes off 3 days to be on earth in human form to find out why people fear him, starring Frederick March, Guy Standing and Evelyn Venable.
Here comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
1941 American Romantic comedy film, about a boxer who is mistakenly taken to Heaven before his time, is given a second chance back on earth. Starring Robert Montgomery and Evelyn Keyes
1942 American movie based on the 1938 musical comedy by the same name, starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.
1946 Christmas classic movie, comedy-drama, about a man George Bailey whose guardian angel shows him the impact on his family and community if he had never been born, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.
1946 British film, romantic fantasy set in England during WWII, starring David Niven and Kim Hunter.
1947 American film, romantic comedy about an angel who helps a bishop with his problems, starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven.
1951 American comedy film about a reporter who blames the Pittsburgh Pirates’ losing streak on the abusive manager, starring Paul Douglas and Janet Leigh.
!955 Christmas comedy film about three convicts who escape prison on Devil’s Island and end up helping a colonial family at Christmas time, starring Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, and Aldo Ray.
1996 American comedy film about Archangel Michael who is sent to earth to do various tasks, starring John Travolta, Andie MacDowell and William Hurt.
1997 British Black comedy starring Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz. Two angels are tasked with ensuring mortals on earth fall and stay in love.
1998 American romantic fantasy drama about an angel who, along with many other angels, watches over humans, starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan.
1998 American neo-noir supernatural crime-thriller film about a Philadelphia police detective, and a serial killer who is possessed by a demon, starring
1998 American romantic fantasy film,in which a media mogul acts as a guide to Death in the form of a young man, starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Claire Forlani.
1999 comedy film about two fallen angels who find a loophole to get back into Heaven, starring Ben Affleck and
Matt Damon along with an ensemble cast.
2005 American supernatural action-thriller film which tells the story about supernatural detective John Constantine who has been to hell and back, starring Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz.
2007 Australian action-horror film about Archangel Gabriel’s struggle to rid Purgatory of the evil fallen angels, starring Andy Whitfield and Dwaine Stevenson.
2010 American apocalyptic action-thriller film about Archangel Michael who falls to earth, cuts off his wings, steals a police car and heads for the Mojave Desert, starring Paul Bettany and Lucas Black.
It is not known precisely where angels dwell, whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God’s pleasure that we should be informed of their abode. – Voltaire