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Top 10 awesome movies like Angels & Demons that you will enjoy watching

You just finished watching Angels & Demons and you can't get over how good this movie was. Now you want to watch more of such masterpieces. We have curated a list of similar movies which are created by the likes of Ron Howard, Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor . Here goes the list -

  1. The Da Vinci Code
  2. The Good German
  3. The Number 23
  4. Presumed Innocent
  5. Conspiracy Theory
  6. Red Sparrow
  7. The Ninth Gate
  8. Perfect Stranger
  9. Atomic Blonde
  10. Super 8
  1. The Da Vinci Code

    The Da Vinci Code

    A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.

    This movie, created by Ron Howard, Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, scores on IMDb.

    Genres - Thriller | Mystery

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  2. The Good German

    The Good German

    While in post-war Berlin to cover the Potsdam Conference, an American military journalist is drawn into a murder investigation which involves his former mistress and his driver.

    This movie, created by Steven Soderbergh, George Clooney and Cate Blanchett, scores on IMDb.

    Genres - Thriller | Mystery | Drama

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  3. The Number 23

    The Number 23

    Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise.

    This movie, created by Joel Schumacher, Jim Carrey and Virginia Madsen, scores on IMDb.

    Genres - Thriller | Mystery

    You can watch this on Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, Fandangonow, Youtube, Redbox and Directv.

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  4. Presumed Innocent

    Presumed Innocent

    As a lawyer investigates the murder of a colleague, he finds himself more connected to the crime than anyone else.

    This movie, created by Alan J. Pakula, Harrison Ford and Brian Dennehy, scores on IMDb.

    Genres - Thriller | Mystery

    You can watch this on Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, Fandangonow, Youtube, Directv and Apple Itunes.

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  5. Conspiracy Theory

    Conspiracy Theory

    A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.

    This movie, created by Richard Donner, Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts, scores on IMDb.

    Genres - Thriller | Action | Mystery

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  6. Red Sparrow

    Red Sparrow

    Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School,' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.

    This movie, created by Francis Lawrence, Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton, scores on IMDb.

    Genres - Thriller | Mystery | Drama

    You can watch this on Directv and Fubotv.

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  7. The Ninth Gate

    The Ninth Gate

    A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.

    This movie, created by Roman Polanski, Johnny Depp and Frank Langella, scores on IMDb.

    Genres - Thriller | Mystery

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  8. Perfect Stranger

    Perfect Stranger

    A journalist goes undercover to ferret out businessman Harrison Hill as her childhood friend's killer. Posing as one of his temps, she enters into a game of online cat-and-mouse.

    This movie, created by James Foley, Halle Berry and Bruce Willis, scores on IMDb.

    Genres - Thriller | Crime | Mystery

    You can watch this on Directv, Hoopla and Fubotv.

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  9. Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde

    An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

    This movie, created by David Leitch, Charlize Theron and James McAvoy, scores on IMDb.

    Genres - Thriller | Action | Mystery

    You can watch this on Directv.

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  10. Super 8

    Super 8

    During the summer of , a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.

    This movie, created by J.J. Abrams, Joel Courtney and Jessica Tuck, scores on IMDb.

    Genres - Thriller | Sci-Fi | Mystery

    You can watch this on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Directv and Fubotv.

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best TV dramas of all time

The term “prestige television” is flung around a lot these days. Since the advent of the term sometime during the s, arguably with the coming of shows in the late s and early s like “The West Wing” and “The Sopranos” and lingering on into the present, the phrase is often used to describe any “good drama show,” but can be applied to other high-quality genre shows as well, such as the comedy series “Veep.” Still, serious, dramatic shows like “The New Pope,” “Mad Men,” and “Six Feet Under” tend to be those that are more quickly afforded the designation of being “prestige,” and with so many options on a plethora of channels and streaming services, it can feel overwhelming to figure out where to start.

But there have been numerous Golden Ages of Television like this one since as early as the s, and audiences are simply experiencing yet another variation of one of those periods. Thus, how many truly “prestige” designated shows can there be spanning years and even decades? Well, as it turns out, quite a few, and it would take multiple lifetimes to sift through them all and watch them in their entireties. But when it feels like channels and streaming services seem to be uploading drama shows at a rate that's impossible to keep up with, narrowing down only past and present choices is not only a difficult task but a relieving one for those looking for some streamlined options.

Stacker compiled IMDb data to determine the best drama series of all time as of May 26, To be considered, the series had to be listed as “drama” in IMDb's database and have over 10, IMDb user votes. Only TV series in English or with an English dub were considered. Miniseries and limited series were considered, but documentary series were not. Series are ranked by user rating, and ties were broken by votes. Counting down from , here are the best TV dramas of all time.

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# Ozark (–present)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

After botching a money-laundering scheme, patriarch Marty Byrde relocates his family from Chicago to the Ozarks in order to set up an even bigger scheme to pay off his debt owed to a Mexican drug lord. But this debt keeps his and his family's fate ever uncertain. A tense, family-oriented thriller, with 14 Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations for leading man Jason Bateman, the show was described by IndieWire's Ben Travers as having “pins-and-needles tension” and “shocking payoffs.”

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# Entourage (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

This series follows an aspiring actor named Vincent Chase, as he and his childhood friends move from New York to LA to fulfill their dreams of being Hollywood stars. The show is loosely based on executive producer Mark Wahlberg's experiences as a young, hopeful actor, and is known for its revolving lineup of celebrity guest stars.

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# Person of Interest (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

A mysterious tech billionaire teams up with a presumed-dead, former CIA agent named John Reese in order to use the billionaire's crime-predicting computer program known as “The Machine” to stop deadly crimes before they happen. This partnership starts off with Reese alone, but he eventually joins forces with other team members. Dealing with themes of artificial intelligence and privacy, Ed Zitron, writing for Deadspin, described the show as “a joyful, five-season-long celebration of reliable, unpatronizing exposition, full of emotional performances that don't feel unrealistic.”

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# Fringe (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

Exploring unexplainable occurrences and otherworldly phenomena, often involving a parallel universe, this science fiction series from J.J. Abrams follows the fictional Fringe Division of the FBI. Though low ratings and a Friday night slot ended the show after five seasons, that didn't stop it from developing a cult following. Brad Gullickson, for Film School Rejects, wrote that “it may never have received as much adoration as J.J. Abrams' other produced sci-fi twister series, but in hindsight, Fringe provides a satisfyingly far-out, thrilling, technological horror show.”

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# Supernatural (–)

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# Homicide: Life on the Street (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 11,

This police procedural series follows a fictional homicide unit of the Baltimore Police Department, solving brutal murders led by an ensemble of detectives. Much of the show was based on the book “Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets” by David Simon, and the series was also considered to be the launchpad for actor Andre Braugher.

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British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

# House of Cards ()

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 13,

This British miniseries, which served as the basis for the popular Netflix show, follows the amoral Francis Urquhart, the Conservative Party's Chief Whip in the United Kingdom, as he pursues a series of manipulative schemes to accumulate power and become his party's leader. Lead actor Ian Richardson won a BAFTA for Best Actor, and screenwriter Andrew Davies won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries.

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

# Please Like Me (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 13,

This Australian comedy-drama series revolves around a twenty-something named Josh who attempts to navigate life through a series of big personal discoveries and changes as he works toward the future. The show tackles difficult issues like coming out and mental illness. Steph Harmon, writing for The Guardian, described the show as having “superb performances and fearless storytelling.”

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Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions

# Alfred Hitchcock Presents (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 14,

This classic American anthology series was created by horror maestro Alfred Hitchcock and featured a standalone episode every week in the vein of a drama, thriller, or mystery, but always full of suspense and terror. The show's title sequence has become particularly iconic, with Hitchcock himself introducing every episode by fitting into a line drawing a caricature of himself on screen, before saying “Good evening” set to Charles Gounod's “Funeral March of a Marionette.”

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# Horace and Pete ()

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 14,

Starring Louis C.K. and Steve Buscemi, this web series follows two brothers running a bar in Brooklyn and the people and patrons who frequent it. Dealing with topics like family dynamics, mental illness, and abuse, the show was entirely financed by C.K. and distributed on his own website, with the first episode dropping without any press or warning.

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# Feud: Bette and Joan ()

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 15,

Ryan Murphy's drama series centers on the infamous, real-life feud between actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during the filming of 's “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” as the actresses—in their autumn years then—dealt with ageism and sexism. The series received acclaim, particularly for Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange's performances as Davis and Crawford, respectively.

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Anne of Green Gables Productions

# Anne of Green Gables ()

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 18,

Based on the classic novel of the same name, the two-part Canadian miniseries follows the titular Anne, headstrong and sensitive and desperate to be loved. She's an orphan adopted accidentally by a family who was expecting to receive a boy to help work on their farm. The series swept the Canadian Gemini Awards in , taking home

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# Jesus of Nazareth ()

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 19,

The life, death, and resurrection story of Jesus Christ is chronicled in this British-Italian miniseries starring Robert Powell as Jesus Christ and including an ensemble cast of famous British and American actors, including Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, Christopher Plummer, and Laurence Olivier. The show received pushback after initially not including Jesus's resurrection, which was later added.

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# John Adams ()

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 26,

Starring Paul Giamatti as the second president of the United States, the seven-part miniseries depicts most of Adams' political life, from the Boston Massacre through his time as a European ambassador, and his role as a Founding Father of the United States. The show took home a whopping 13 Emmy awards, four Golden Globes, and has been described a “masterpiece” by critic Barry Garron.

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# Succession (–present)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 28,

The omnipotent Roy family's hold on international media begins to slip as patriarch Logan Roy struggles to hide his declining physical and mental health—and match the constant manipulations of his power-hungry brood of entitled offspring. Starring an ensemble cast including Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, Jeremy Strong, and Matthew Macfadyen, the series has received acclaim, numerous awards, and was designated a “must-watch” by critic Emily VanDerWerff.

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# The Knick (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 41,

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Clive Owen stars as a cocaine-addled doctor at a fictionalized version of New York City's Knickerbocker Hospital in the early s, a time before antibiotics and with high mortality rates. The show deals with themes of corruption and racism. Though canceled after only two seasons, it was described by The Guardian's Andrew Collins as “intoxicatingly addictive.”

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# Neon Genesis Evangelion (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 45,

This Japanese anime series takes place in a dystopian version of Tokyo after a worldwide cataclysm caused by otherworldly beings called Angels. The story follows a teenage boy who becomes a pilot of a giant machine called an Evangelion sent to keep the Angels from creating more chaos. The series revived the anime industry in Japan, and its appearance on Netflix marked the first time it could be widely and legally accessible to audiences in 20 years.

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Blown Deadline Productions

# Generation Kill ()

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 45,

Based on the book of the same name by Evan Wright, the story centers on Wright's testimonies during the Iraq invasion as an embedded reporter for the Marine Corps 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. The miniseries starred Alexander Skarsgård and James Ransone and was nominated for 11 Emmys, winning three. Writing for Variety, Brian Lowry described the show as “a raw, gritty, so-real-you'll-forget-it's-drama miniseries.”

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# Twin Peaks: The Return ()

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 51,

Over two decades after Laura Palmer told Special Agent Dale Cooper she'd see him again, her promise came true. A standalone sequel to David Lynch's iconic series about the murder of a high school homecoming queen, “Twin Peaks: The Return,” picks up 25 years after the cliffhanger ending of the original run, and takes the story down a much darker and more twisted path. The first two episodes garnered a prolonged standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, and its appearance on multiple Best Films of the Decade lists sparked debate over what constitutes a TV show or a film.

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# After Life (–present)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 70,

Following the death of his wife, a widower played by comedian Ricky Gervais decides to take revenge on the world that cosmically turned on him by saying and doing whatever he wants, forgoing the consequences. However, his friends and family are determined to save him. Writing for Forbes, Gene Del Vecchio described the show as “painfully good.”

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# Louie (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 72,

Comedian Louis C.K.'s dark comedy series follows a fictionalized version of himself, as he navigates being a single father and stand-up comedian in New York City. The show has been nominated for several Emmys and has taken home Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series more than once.

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# The Expanse (–present)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 91,

This science fiction series is set hundreds of years into the future, where humans have colonized the solar system and a war brews between Earth and Mars. Meanwhile, a detective's search for a missing woman poses to uncover a great conspiracy. Though it received acclaim and numerous awards, the show was canceled by Syfy in , eventually finding new life and future seasons on Amazon Prime.

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# The Night Of ()

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

An eight-part crime drama, this miniseries is based on the first season of a British show called “Criminal Justice” and concerns a college student who becomes embroiled in a grisly murder case. Starring John Turturro and Riz Ahmed, the series was hailed by The Guardian's Filipa Jodelka as “masterful” and “inviting.”

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British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

# Luther (–present)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

Starring Idris Elba as the eponymous self-destructive detective, this series follows unorthodox Luther as he hunts down brutal criminals while constantly at war with himself. The show has received positive reviews, with particular praise going to Elba, who has gone on to receive a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Critics' Choice Television Award for his performance.

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# Spartacus: Gods of the Arena ()

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

A prequel to the series “Spartacus,” this miniseries depicts the House of Batiatus' original champion, Gannicus, during his reign in a more ruthless period prior to Spartacus's coming. It features many of the original show's cast members. R.L. Shaffer, writing for IGN, called the series “the perfect blend of uber-exploitation cinema and gritty, stylized action and drama.”

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# Big Little Lies (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

In a serene, upper-class California beach town, inhabited by successful families and their beautiful children, social circles become unsettled, and secrets threaten to be revealed when a new face rolls into town. Featuring an all-star cast including Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Reese Witherspoon, the HBO miniseries was based on the sole novel of the same name, but its success bought it a second season.

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# The Handmaid&#;s Tale (–present)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

Based on the novel by prolific author Margaret Atwood, this dystopian Hulu series is set in the United States post-terrorist attack by a religious extremist group, which has overthrown the government and created a backward world where women are subjugated by men and severely limited in their reproductive rights. Exploring themes of gender, sexuality, and power, the show's first season garnered eight Primetime Emmy Awards.

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# Boardwalk Empire (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

It's Prohibition-era in Atlantic City, and town treasurer Enoch “Nucky” Thompson oversees all things legal or otherwise, running the city as both a politician and a gangster rubbing elbows with other crime kingpins like Al Capone and Lucky Luciano. Featuring an ensemble cast led by Steve Buscemi, the series was executive-produced by Martin Scorsese and, in its five-season run, garnered a whopping 57 total Emmy nominations, winning

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# The Punisher (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

A spinoff of the Marvel Netflix series “Daredevil,” “The Punisher” follows the titular anti-hero, otherwise known as Frank Castle, who fights crime as a ruthless vigilante in New York City. Though canceled after only two seasons, the show was described by Cinema Blend's Nick Venable as “Marvel's best TV show yet.”

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Dino De Laurentiis Company

# Hannibal (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

Based on the characters from Thomas Harris' novels “Red Dragon,” “Hannibal,” and “Hannibal Rising,” this psychological horror-thriller hybrid centers on FBI investigator Will Graham and his relationship with forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The partnership between the two is perfect for catching dangerous criminals, but Lecter harbors his own deadly inclinations. Though canceled after three seasons due to low ratings, it is considered one of the greatest horror shows of all time.

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# Spartacus (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

Centering on the legendary historical figure Spartacus, the New Zealand-produced American series follows the Thracian gladiator as he leads an uprising of slaves against the oppressive Roman Republic. The show spurred a series of novels, a board game, and a four-part prequel comic.

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# Mr. Robot (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

A computer programmer named Elliot battling anxiety and depression moonlights as a hacker in his downtime and is recruited by a mysterious, underground hacking group to take down corporations—including the company that Elliot works for. The show has received critical acclaim and has been noted on numerous top 10 lists. In his review of the series finale, writer Alan Sepinwall called it “groundbreaking.”

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Universal Cable Productions

# Suits (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

A successful corporate lawyer in Manhattan loses an integral part of his team as a new partner joins his firm in an unorthodox way. Thus begins a battle for power among the associates as the new blood maintains an explosive secret. The success of the series gave way to a spinoff show “Pearson,” revolving around partner Jessica Pearson, who leaves for Chicago.

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# Vikings (–present)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

This historical drama series chronicles the exploits of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, a legendary Norseman whose true-to-life saga is a murky blend of fact and fiction. The series starts off with a focus on Ragnar himself, eventually shifting to his sons in later seasons. “Vikings” spawned a comic book series and a planned sequel show set to be released on Netflix.

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# From the Earth to the Moon ()

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 10,

Co-produced by Ron Howard and Tom Hanks, the show is a dramatized account of the real-life Apollo 11 space mission and based heavily on the book “A Man on the Moon” by Andrew Chaikin. The miniseries features a large cast depicting all 12 missions of the Apollo program, including Ted Levine, Bryan Cranston, Steve Zahn, and Mark Harmon, among many others. The show was nominated for 17 Emmy Awards, taking home three.

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# Pose (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 15,

Man of many hats Ryan Murphy brings this exploration of the Black and Latino LGBTQ+ ballroom culture scene in s and s-era New York City to the small screen. The series boasts an ensemble cast including Evan Peters, Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek, and Billy Porter and features a number of trans and gender-nonconforming actors, such as Indya Moore, MJ Rodriguez, and Dominique Jackson. By winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Porter became the first openly gay Black man to win an Emmy in this category.

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# Wentworth (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 15,

This Australian drama follows the inmates at an all-female prison, specifically the character of Bea Smith, who is sentenced to Wentworth prison for the attempted murder of her husband. The series is a reimagining of an Australian soap opera called “Prisoner,” which ran from until

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# Endeavour (–present)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 16,

A prequel to the classic British detective series, “Endeavour” follows the eponymous detective Endeavor Morse as a young man, starting off his career in the Oxford police force as a detective constable. Rebecca Rideal, writing for New Statesman, praised the show as superior to its predecessor, noting its “high production values, intelligent scripts, wonderful acting, and a bittersweet emotional punch.”

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# Monster (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 18,

This Japanese animated series centers on a young but brilliant neurosurgeon working in Germany, whose life suddenly endures major upheaval when he becomes involved with a former patient who is a psychopathic serial killer. The show is based on the critically acclaimed manga series of the same name.

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British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

# North & South ()

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 28,

This miniseries adaptation of “North and South,” a Victorian novel by author Elizabeth Gaskell, tells the story of a young woman from Southern England who moves to a Northern industrial town and struggles to fit in with a lower social class—before falling in love with a local mill-owner. Sarah Seltzer for Flavorwire hailed the show as “the greatest period-drama miniseries of all time.”

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# Atlanta (–present)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 46,

A struggling, unemployed college dropout and father attempts to take charge of his cousin's rap career in the Atlanta music scene in the acclaimed comedy-drama series starring Donald Glover, Lakeith Stanfield, Brian Tyree Henry, and Zazie Beetz. Winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Glover became the first Black director to ever win that category.

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# Friday Night Lights (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 53,

A rural town in Texas prizes winning the state high school football championship above almost everything else. The beloved coach of the Dillon Panthers attempts to guide his team to victory while dealing with his personal life. The interactions between the citizens of the town, team members, school faculty, and others paint a portrait of middle America, exploring issues such as racism, abortion, and social and economic class. It is based on the nonfiction book “Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream” by H.G. Bissinger.

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# Battlestar Galactica ()

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 66,

A three-hour miniseries preceding the revival of the classic  science fiction program, the story follows a fugitive fleet of survivors from the attack of the Twelve Colonies (populated by humans) searching for planet Earth while hunting down those who destroyed their home. The miniseries successfully kick-started the eventual revival in and garnered particular praise for its editing and visual effects.

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# Naruto: Shippûden (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 73,

Set two-and-a-half years after part one of the “Naruto” chronicles, part two of the anime series continues the story of teenage ninja Naruto Uzumaki, who has trained extensively and is ready to prove himself as a serious fighter. The series was adapted from part two of the successful manga series.

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# Justified (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 82,

Starring Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins, this Western crime drama follows Olyphant as Raylan Givens, a deputy U.S. marshal who is transferred to his hometown of Harlan, Kentucky, after an incident prompts his reassignment. His tough, old-fashioned style of crime-fighting puts him at odds with the people he works for. The series was widely acclaimed and nominated for eight Emmy Awards, winning two.

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CBS Paramount Network Television

# Deadwood (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: 90,

Set in a real-life post-Civil War mining town in the United States, the series centers on the titular Deadwood, not a part of any state or territory and thus literally a lawless town. It follows the people who come and go looking to get rich and looking to take advantage of the lawlessness. The show features depictions of real historical figures and some true plotlines and is widely regarded as one of the best shows of all time.

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# The Newsroom (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

Difficult-to-work-with Will McAvoy heads the fictional “News Night” team as lead anchor and managing editor, wrangling his newsroom of seasoned veterans and young neophytes as his ex-girlfriend rolls into town with a plan to join his broadcast. The series was created and mostly written by acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and featured an ensemble cast including Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Dev Patel, David Harbour, Jane Fonda, and Olivia Munn.

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Denver and Delilah Productions

# Mindhunter (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

Set in the late s and s and based on the true-crime book “Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit” by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, this crime thriller Netflix series follows FBI agents Bill Tench and Holden Ford as they try to understand the serial killers they're hunting. The show takes place at the dawn of criminal psychology before the term “serial killer” even existed. Its first season was ranked on numerous Best Shows of lists.

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# Shameless (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

The Gallagher family is headed by patriarch and debilitating alcoholic Frank and includes his six children, all various misfits and delinquents. They all get into a plethora of tight spots and shenanigans as they survive under one small roof on the South Side of Chicago. At a whopping 10 seasons, the series is Showtime's longest-running in history.

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20th Century Fox Television

# The X-Files (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

“Mulder, it's me.” This classic science fiction crime-drama series follows FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigating the cases of “The X-Files,” unsolved cases involving potentially paranormal or otherwise unexplained phenomena. A pop culture touchstone that begat a revival in , the show has spurred a comic series and a spinoff show, and has inspired countless shows since.

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British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

# Doctor Who (–present)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

A continuation of the classic sci-fi program beginning in , the revival starred Christopher Eccleston as the eponymous Doctor, an extraterrestrial being known as a Time Lord who explores the universe in a ship known as the TARDIS, which can travel through time. The show is one of the longest-running science fiction shows in television history.

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# Mad Men (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

At the Sterling Cooper ad agency in s New York City, womanizer Don Draper reigns supreme, as the show focuses on both his and his numerous coworkers' inner lives and relationships with one another as the agency evolves throughout the years. The series received critical acclaim and won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series every year for the first four seasons.

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# Sons of Anarchy (–)

- IMDb user rating:
- Votes: ,

Following a motorcycle outlaw club in a fictional town in California, this series focuses on single father Jax Teller, whose kinship and devotion to the close-knit club is tested more and more by the club's penchant for lawlessness. Exploring issues such as racism, government corruption, and vigilantism, the show's success led to a spinoff series.

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# Daredevil (–)

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# Normal People ()

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The hit Hulu series based on Sally Rooney's popular novel of the same name follows two young adults in Ireland navigating adulthood, from secondary school into their undergraduate stint at Trinity College. Particular praise has been given to the show's stars, Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones. In his review for Rolling Stone, Alan Sepinwall wrote that “of the show's two young stars, much is asked, and even more is given. They are spectacular—apart, but especially together—at conveying the vulnerability and longing essential to making a love story like this work.”

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Angels & Demons (film)

American thriller directed by Ron Howard

Angels & Demons is a American mysterythriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by Akiva Goldsman and David Koepp, based on Dan Brown's novel of the same title. It is the sequel to the film The Da Vinci Code, also directed by Howard, and the second installment in the Robert Langdon film series. However, the novel version was published first and acts as a prequel to The Da Vinci Code novel. Filming took place in Rome, Italy, and the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. Tom Hanks reprises his role as Professor Robert Langdon, while Ayelet Zurer stars as Dr. Vittoria Vetra, a CERN scientist joining Langdon in the quest to recover a missing vial of antimatter from a mysterious Illuminati terrorist. Producer Brian Grazer, composer Hans Zimmer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman also return, with David Koepp coming on board to help the latter.

The film, even though an adaptation from the book Angels & Demons by Dan Brown, was different from the book in some scenes. The film grossed $&#;million worldwide and received mixed reviews from critics, who considered it an improvement over its predecessor. A sequel, titled Inferno, was released on October 28,


The Catholic Church mourns the sudden death of Pope Pius XVI, and prepares for the papal conclave to elect his successor in Vatican City. Father Patrick McKenna (Ewan McGregor), the camerlengo, takes temporary control of the Vatican during the sede vacante period.

Meanwhile, at CERN, scientists Father Silvano Bentivoglio and Dr. Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer) create three canisters of antimatter. As Vetra goes to evaluate the experiment, she discovers that Silvano has been murdered, and one of the canisters was stolen. Shortly thereafter, four of the preferiti, the favored candidates to be elected pope, are kidnapped by a man claiming to represent the Illuminati. He sends the Vatican a warning, claiming he will murder each of the cardinals from 8&#;p.m. to midnight, when the stolen antimatter will explode and destroy the city, hidden somewhere within.

Having attracted the Church’s attention after searching for the Priory of Sionin Paris and London, American symbologist Professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is brought to the Vatican to help. After listening to the assassin's threat, he deduces that the four cardinals will be murdered on the four altars of the "Path of Illumination", in locations relevant to the classical elements. McKenna gives Langdon access to the Vatican Secret Archives to research the altars, against the wishes of Commander Richter (Stellan Skarsgård), head of the Swiss Guard. He and Dr. Vetra examine Galileo Galilei's banned book, finding clues to the first altar. Initially believing it to be at the Pantheon, they eventually discover it to be the Chigi Chapel. Though they rush to the chapel, accompanied by Ernesto Olivetti (Pierfrancesco Favino) and Claudio Vincenzi (David Pasquesi) of the Corps of Gendarmerie of Vatican City, they are too late to save Cardinal Ebner, who is found dead, having suffocated on a mouthful of dirt and branded with the ambigrammatic word "Earth".

Following the clue left by a Bernini statue at the Chigi Chapel, Langdon discovers the second altar to be a Bernini-created sculpture in St. Peter's Square. Upon reaching it, they find Cardinal Lamassé mortally wounded, his lungs punctured and his chest branded with the ambigram "Air". After reading a threatening note left on Lamassé's body, Vetra comes to suspect that Pius XVI did not die of a stroke as believed, but was actually murdered with an overdose of tinzaparin, which he had been secretly taking for his thrombophlebitis. This is confirmed when McKenna and Vetra secretly inspect the body in the Vatican necropolis. After returning to the Archives for further research, Langdon, Olivetti, and Vincenzi eventually identify the Santa Maria della Vittoria as the altar of fire, where they find Cardinal Guidera burning to death, branded with "Fire". The assassin appears, killing everyone except Langdon, before escaping.

After consulting a map of Rome, Langdon identifies the final altar as Piazza Navona's Four Rivers sculpture. Escorted by two Vatican police officers, they find the assassin attempting to drown Cardinal Baggia (Marc Fiorini) in the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. The officers are killed by the assassin, but Langdon manages to rescue Baggia with the help of bystanders. Baggia tells Langdon he was held with the preferiti in Castel Sant'Angelo.

Richter confiscates Dr. Silvano's journals, thus convincing Vetra that he is a conspirator. Langdon, Vetra, and the police storm Castel Sant'Angelo. Langdon and Vetra find the assassin's lair, discovering the four brands used on the cardinals, and deduce that the missing fifth is meant for McKenna. Before escaping, the assassin (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) claims he was hired by "men of God". Guided to a car by his unseen contractor, the assassin is killed when the vehicle is destroyed by a car bomb. Langdon and Vetra find a secret passageway leading to the Vatican, warning the Swiss Guard of McKenna's fate. They find Richter hovering over a branded McKenna. Richter and Archbishop Simeon, an alleged conspirator, are killed. Langdon retrieves a key from the dying Richter's hand.

The antimatter container is found in Saint Peter's tomb, due to detonate in five minutes, the cold temperature preventing its battery from being changed in time (according to Vetra, the device would not have enough residual charge to keep the antimatter in suspension). McKenna, a former helicopter pilot, seizes the canister and pilots a helicopter into the sky, parachuting out seconds before the antimatter detonates. The explosion causes damage and injuries throughout Vatican City, but no lives are lost and the Church is saved. McKenna is hailed as a hero, with calls for him to be elected pope by acclamation.

Langdon and Vetra retrieve Silvano's journals from Richter's office, finding he kept tabs on the Pope with hidden security cameras for medical reasons. Using the key Langdon retrieved from Richter, they discover that McKenna was the true mastermind behind the attacks. The Pope had invited Silvano to publicly present the antimatter as proof of a divine power, bridging the gap between religion and science and potentially ending the conflict between them. Considering such a claim blasphemy, McKenna orchestrated Pius XVI's death and hired the assassin, plotting to have himself elected as pope while making the Illuminati the scapegoat. The footage is shown to the papal conclave. McKenna, realizing he has been exposed, commits suicide via self-immolation, refusing to be taken alive.

The following morning, Cardinal Baggia is elected as the new pope. He chooses to take the name Pope Luke, an allusion to the biblical Luke being both a doctor and an apostle—symbolically bridging the gap between science and religion. The Vatican also announces McKenna has died from injuries from his parachute landing, which leads to calls for sainthood (since the people are not aware that he was the mastermind). Cardinal Strauss, the Pope's new camerlengo, gives Galileo's book to Langdon as thanks for his help, asking that he ensure it returns to the Vatican in his last will and testament. Pope Luke gives Langdon and Vetra a thankful nod, before stepping out on the balcony to greet the crowd below and give the traditional first Urbi et Orbi as pope.


See also: List of Angels & Demons characters

  • Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, a Harvard University professor of symbology.
  • Ewan McGregor as Father Patrick McKenna, the camerlengo.
  • Ayelet Zurer as Dr. Vittoria Vetra, a CERN scientist whose antimatter experiment has allegedly been stolen by the Illuminati.
  • Stellan Skarsgård as Commander Maximilian Richter, head of the Swiss Guard.
  • Pierfrancesco Favino as Inspector General Ernesto Olivetti of the Gendarme Corps of Vatican City State.
  • Nikolaj Lie Kaas as the assassin
  • Armin Mueller-Stahl as Cardinal Strauss, Dean of the College of Cardinals and the papal conclave.
  • Thure Lindhardt as Lieutenant Chartrand, officer of the Swiss Guard.
  • David Pasquesi as Claudio Vincenzi, a Vatican police officer sent to summon Langdon.
  • Cosimo Fusco as Archbishop Simeon, prefect of the papal household.
  • Victor Alfieri as Lieutenant Valenti, a Carabinieri officer who takes Langdon to the Fountain of the Four Rivers.
  • Carmen Argenziano as Father Silvano Bentivoglio, a Catholic priest and a CERN scientist who performed the antimatter experiment along with Dr. Vetra.
  • Marc Fiorini as Cardinal Baggia/Pope Luke I, one of the four preferiti and a cardinal from Milan, Italy and the favorite to succeed as the new pope.
  • Bob Yerkes as Cardinal Guidera, one of the four preferiti and a cardinal from Barcelona, Spain.
  • Franklin Amobi as Cardinal Lamassé, one of the four preferiti and a cardinal from Paris, France.
  • Curt Lowens as Cardinal Ebner, one of the four preferiti and a cardinal from Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Todd Schneider as a Carabiniere, Lieutenant Valenti's partner who along with him takes Langdon to the Fountain of the Four Rivers.
  • Anna Katarina as a docent, the Pantheon tour guide who tells Langdon the name of the first church.
  • Howard Mungo as Cardinal Yoruba
  • Rance Howard as Cardinal Beck
  • Steve Franken as Cardinal Colbert
  • Gino Conforti as Cardinal Pugini
  • Elya Baskin as Cardinal Petrov
  • August Wittgenstein as a Swiss Guard



In , Sony Pictures acquired the film rights to Angels & Demons along with The Da Vinci Code in a deal with author Dan Brown. In May , following the release of the film adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, Sony Pictures hired screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who wrote the film adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, to adapt Angels & Demons.[4] Filming was originally to begin in February and was originally going to be released on December 19, ,[5] but because of the – Writers Guild of America strike, the film was pushed back for May 15, [6]David Koepp rewrote the script before shooting began.[7]

Director Ron Howard chose to treat Angels & Demons as a sequel to the previous film, rather than a prequel, since many had read the novel after The Da Vinci Code. He liked the idea that Langdon had been through one adventure and become a more confident character.[8] Howard was also more comfortable taking liberties in adapting the story because this novel was less popular than The Da Vinci Code.[9] Producer Brian Grazer said they were too "reverential" when adapting The Da Vinci Code, which resulted in it being "a little long and stagey". This time, "Langdon doesn't stop and give a speech. When he speaks, he's in motion."[10] Howard concurred "it's very much about modernity clashing with antiquity and technology vs. faith, so these themes, these ideas are much more active whereas the other one lived so much in the past. The tones are just innately so different between the two stories."[9]

Differences between novel and film[edit]

  • In the novel, the papal conclave attracts relatively little public attention. In the wake of the huge international interest in the election of Pope Benedict XVI, this was judged to be out of date.[11]
  • The character of CERN Director Maximillian Kohler does not appear in the film.
  • The Italian Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca is changed to the Irish Patrick McKenna, portrayed by Ewan McGregor.
  • The Boeing X that takes Langdon from the United States to Geneva and then to Rome is absent in the film.
  • In the novel, Commander Olivetti is the commander of Swiss Guard, and his second in command is Captain Richter, whereas in the film, Richter is the head of the Swiss Guard.
  • In the novel, the assassin contacts members of the BBC in order to influence how they present the story of his activities, but this does not happen in the film.
  • The character Leonardo Vetra is named Silvano Bentivoglio in the film, is not related to Vittoria and his death scene is changed.
  • Vittoria is a love interest for Langdon in the novel while there is no attraction present in the film.
  • In the novel Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca is revealed to be the late pope's biological son, while in the film he is his adoptive son.[12]
  • In the film, the Camerlengo briefly acknowledges Langdon's involvement in some events of the previous film when in the book it does not, as the events in The Da Vinci Code are yet to take place. This is due to the fact the first novel in the film series was adapted to film after the second book rather than in the order of first-to-last.
  • In the book, the assassin has Middle Eastern looks, whereas in the film he is portrayed by a Danish actor. In the film, he is killed by a car bomb, whereas in the book he falls from a balcony at the top of the Castel Sant Angelo. He consequently breaks his back on a pile of marble cannonballs, an injury which eventually kills him.
  • In the novel, Vittoria is kidnapped, whereas, in the film, she accompanies Langdon almost everywhere.
  • In the book, all four preferiti are killed by the assassin and eventually the high elector, Cardinal Saverio Mortati, is elected as the new pope, whereas in the film, the fourth preferito, Cardinal Baggia, is saved by Langdon and is elected the new pope. The high elector, renamed Cardinal Strauss, becomes the camerlengo to the new pope.
  • In the book, the fifth brand is one that incorporates all four words from the previous four, whereas in the film, the fifth brand is the crossed keys, symbolic of the papacy.
  • The means by which the heroes discover the location of the bomb is significantly different. In the book, the Camerlengo feigns a religious vision from God, telling him where to find the bomb. In the film, he feeds Langdon a clue to the bomb's location by branding himself with an upside-down version of the papal keys, which Langdon successfully deduces is a metaphor for Saint Peter, the first pope, who was crucified upside-down.
  • In the book, Langdon stows away on the Camerlengo's helicopter, and just before the antimatter explosion, jumps out using a makeshift parachute, and lands on Isola Tiberina, whose mythical healing powers heal the injuries he incurs from the fall. In the film, Langdon does not get on the helicopter.
  • In the book's closing scenes, a Swiss Guard hands Langdon the fifth brand, the Illuminati diamond, as a gift. In the film, the new Camerlengo hands over Galileo's book to Langdon.


Shooting began on June 4, , in Rome under the fake working titleObelisk.[13] The filmmakers scheduled three weeks of exterior location filming because of a predicted Screen Actors Guild strike on June The rest of the film would be shot at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California, to allow for this halt.[14] Roman Catholic Church officials found The Da Vinci Code offensive and forbade filming in their churches, so these scenes were shot at Sony.[13] The Caserta Palace doubled for the inside of the Vatican,[13] and the Biblioteca Angelica was used for the Vatican Library.[15] Filming took place at the University of California, Los Angeles in July.[16] Sony and Imagine Entertainment organized an eco-friendly shoot, selecting when to shoot locations based on how much time and fuel it would save, using cargo containers to support set walls or greenscreens, as well as storing props for future productions or donating them to charity.[17]

Ayelet Zurer and Tom Hanks outside the Pantheon

Howard hated that the Writers Guild strike forced him to delay shooting the film until summer. However, the quick shoot allowed him to refine the naturalism he had employed on his previous film Frost/Nixon, often using handheld cameras to lend an additional energy to the scenes.

Hanks interrupted filming of one scene in order to help Australian bride Natalia Dearnley get through the crowds to her wedding on time.[18] McGregor said the Pope's funeral was the dullest sequence to film, as they were just walking across staircases. Then, "Someone started singing 'Bohemian Rhapsody' [and] it became the funeral theme tune."[8]

When recreating the interior of St. Peter's Basilica, production designer Allan Cameron and visual effects supervisor Angus Bickerton recognized the 80&#;ft (24&#;m) tall soundstages were only half the size of the real church. They rebuilt the area around and the crypts beneath St. Peter's Baldachin, including the bottoms of the columns and Saint Peter's statue, and surrounded it with a degree greenscreen so the rest could be built digitally. Cameron had twenty crew members, posing as members of the public, photograph as much as they could inside the Sistine Chapel, and had artists sketch, photograph and enlarge recreations of the paintings and mosaics from the photographs. Cameron chose to present the Sistine Chapel as it was before the restoration of its frescoes, as he preferred the contrast which the formerly smoky, muted colors would present against the vivid red of the cardinal's vestments. Although the chapel was built to full size, the Sala Regia was made smaller to fit inside the stage.[19]

The Saint Peter's Square and the Piazza Navona sets were built on the same backlot; after completion of scenes at the former, six weeks were spent converting the set, knocking down the Basilica side and excavating 3+1&#;2&#;ft (1&#;m) of tarmac to build the fountain. As there had been filming at the real Piazza Navona, the transition between it and the replica had to be seamless. To present the Santa Maria del Popolo undergoing renovation, a police station in Rome opposite the real church was used for the exterior; the scaffolding would hide that it was not the church. Cameron built the interior of Santa Maria del Popolo on the same set as the recreated Santa Maria della Vittoria to save money; the scaffolding also disguised this. The film's version of Santa Maria della Vittoria was larger than the real one, so it would accommodate the cranes used to film the scene. To film the Pantheon's interior, two aediculae and the tomb of Raphael were rebuilt to scale at a height of 30&#;ft (9&#;m), while the rest was greenscreen. Because of the building's symmetrical layout, the filmmakers were able to shoot the whole scene over two days and redress the real side to pretend it was another.[19] The second unit took photographs of the Large Hadron Collider and pasted these in scenes set at CERN.[20]


Angels & Demons: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on May 22, [21]

Hans Zimmer returned to compose the score for the sequel. He chose to develop the "Chevaliers de Sangreal" track from the end of The Da Vinci Code as Langdon's main theme in the film, featuring prominently in the tracks "God Particle" and "". The soundtrack also features violinist Joshua Bell.

1." BPM"
2."God Particle"
5."Black Smoke"
6."Science and Religion"
8."Election By Adoration"
"H2O (Bonus downloadable track)"

Home media and different versions[edit]

The DVD was released on November 24, , in several countries as a theatrical version and extended cut.

Angels & Demons was also released on Universal Media Disc for the Sony PlayStation Portable on October 21, [citation needed]

The extended cut includes violent scenes which had been cut out to secure a PG rating.[citation needed] In the UK, the already censored US theatrical version had to be censored further in order to obtain a BBFC 12A rating.[citation needed] The Blu-ray includes the original theatrical version and is classified BBFC


Box office[edit]

Overseas, Angels & Demons maintained the #1 position for the second weekend as well even with the release of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, which opened at #2. The film opened with $46&#;million at the US and Canada box office. The Da Vinci Code had opened in the US and Canada to $&#;million, but the sequel's opening met Columbia's $40–50&#;million prediction, since the film's source material was not as popular as its predecessor's. Within more than a month, the film grossed $,, worldwide, making it the largest-grossing film of until it was surpassed by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.[22][23] Of this $&#;million, just over 27% of it is from venues in the US and Canada, giving the film high worldwide totals, with over $30&#;million in the UK, $21&#;million in Spain, $13&#;million in Brazil, $13&#;million in Russia, $34&#;million in Japan, and $47&#;million in Germany.[24]Angels & Demons was the ninth-highest-grossing film of , with box-office figures of $,, worldwide.[25]

Critical response[edit]

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 37% of critics have given the film a positive review, with an average rating of / The site's consensus is that "Angels & Demons is a fast-paced thrill ride, and an improvement on the last Dan Brown adaptation, but the storyline too often wavers between implausible and ridiculous, and does not translate effectively to the big screen."[26]Metacritic has a rating score of 48 out of based on 36 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[27]BBC critic Mark Kermode criticized the film's "silliness", saying "Whereas the original movie featured Hanks standing around in darkened rooms explaining the plot to anyone who was still awake, this second salvo cranks up the action by having Tom explain the plot while running—a major breakthrough."[28]

Richard Corliss of Time gave the film a positive review, stating that "Angels & Demons has elemental satisfactions in its blend of movie genre that could appeal to wide segments of the audience."[29]Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film three stars out of four, the same score he had given the previous film, and praised Howard's direction as an "even-handed job of balancing the scales" and concluding "[the film] promises to entertain."[30]The Christian Science Monitor gave the film a positive review, claiming the film is "an OK action film."[31]Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film two-and-a-half out of four stars, writing that "the movie can be enjoyed for the hell-raising hooey it is."[32]Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal wrote that it "manages to keep you partially engaged even at its most esoteric or absurd."[33]

Neil Smith from Total Film gave the film four out of five stars, saying "some of the author's crazier embellishments are jettisoned in a film that atones for The Da Vinci Code's cardinal sin&#;— thou shalt not bore."[34]Kim Newman awarded it three out of five stars, stating "every supporting character acts like an unhelpful idiot to keep the plot stirring, while yet again a seemingly all-powerful conspiracy seems to consist of two whole evil guys."[35]

Catholic Church response[edit]

CBS News interviewed a priest working in Santa Susanna, who stated the Church did not want their churches to be associated with scenes of murder. A tour guide also stated that most priests do not object to tourists who visit out of interest after reading the book, a trend which will continue after people see the film. "I think they are aware that it's&#; a work of fiction and that it's bringing people into their churches."[36] Grazer deemed it odd that although The Da Vinci Code was a more controversial novel, they had more freedom shooting its film adaptation in London and France.[10] Italian authorities hoped the filmmakers corrected the location errors in the novel, to limit the amount of explaining they will have to do for confused tourists.[13]

William A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League, did not call for a boycott, but requested that Catholics inform others about anti-Catholic sentiments in the story. "My goal&#; is to give the public a big FYI: Enjoy the movie, but know that it is a fable. It is based on malicious myths, intentionally advanced by Ron Howard." A Sony executive responded that they were disappointed Donohue had not created attention for the film closer to its release date.[37] Howard criticized Donohue for prejudging the film, responding that it could not be called anti-Catholic since Langdon protects the Church, and because of its depiction of priests who support science.[38]

The official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano called the film "harmless entertainment", giving it a positive review and acknowledging that "the theme is always the same: a sect versus the Church, [but] this time, the Church is on the side of the good guys."[39][40] Beforehand, it had stated it would not approve the film, while La Stampa reported the Vatican would boycott it. However, it also quoted Archbishop Velasio De Paolis as saying a boycott would probably just have the "boomerang effect" of drawing more attention to Angels & Demons and making it more popular.[41]

Banned in Samoa[edit]

In Samoa, the film was banned by film censor Lei'ataua Olo'apu. Olo'apu stated that he was banning the film because it was "critical of the Catholic Church" and so as to "avoid any religious discrimination by other denominations and faiths against the Church." The Samoa Observer remarked that Olo'apu himself is Catholic.[42] The Censorship Board had previously banned the film The Da Vinci Code for being "contradictory to Christian beliefs."[43][44]

CERN response[edit]

In response to the portrayal of CERN and the work performed by CERN, and antimatter; CERN set up a website to explain what it does and what antimatter is.[45]



Main article: Inferno ( film)

Sony Pictures produced a film adaptation of Inferno, the fourth book in the Robert Langdon series, which was released on October 14, ,[47] with Ron Howard as director, David Koepp adapting the screenplay, Tom Hanks reprising his role as Robert Langdon,[48] and co-starring Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Irrfan Khan and Sidse Babett Knudsen.

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Movie Review | 'Angels & Demons'

Tom Hanks and Ayelet Zurer in "Angels & Demons."
Angels & Demons
Directed by Ron Howard
Mystery, Thriller
2h 18m

Since “Angels & Demons” takes place mainly in the Vatican, and is festooned with the rites and ornaments of Roman Catholicism, I might as well begin with a confession. I have not read the novel by Dan Brown on which this film (directed, like its predecessor, “The Da Vinci Code,” by Ron Howard) is based. I have come to believe that to do so would be a sin against my faith, not in the Church of Rome but in the English language, a noble and beleaguered institution against which Mr. Brown practices vile and unspeakable blasphemy.

And it was partly, perhaps, because I chose to remain innocent of the book that I was able to enjoy “Angels & Demons” more than “The Da Vinci Code,” which opened almost exactly three years ago to an international critical hissy fit and global box office rapture. (The novel “Angels & Demons “was published three years before “The Da Vinci Code.”)

This movie, without being particularly good, is nonetheless far less hysterical than “Da Vinci.” Its preposterous narrative, efficiently rendered by the blue-chip screenwriting team of Akiva Goldsman and David Koepp, unfolds with the locomotive elegance of a Tintin comic or an episode of “Murder, She Wrote.” Mr. Howard’s direction combines the visual charm of mass-produced postcards with the mental stimulation of an easy Monday crossword puzzle. It could be worse.

The only people likely to be offended by “Angels & Demons” are those who persist in their adherence to the fading dogma that popular entertainment should earn its acclaim through excellence and originality. It is therefore not surprising that the public reaction so far has been notably calm. Theological hyperventilation has been minimal, and Columbia Pictures has not been accused of falsifying the history or corrupting the morals of Western civilization.

L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, has found nothing worthy of rebuke, and who can quarrel with that judgment? In the busy, bloody course of the picture a few hot topical buttons are gently grazed, but in the end (sorry if I’m spoiling anything) “Angels & Demons” boldly insists that science and religion must coexist, an empirical observation elevated to a statement of principle. Both the persecution of Galileo by the 17th-century church and the more recent (apparently fictional) practice of murdering priests in popular tourist locations in the name of reason are roundly condemned.

It is such killing — undertaken by an anxious grad-student type in the service of an obscure cause — that naturally preoccupies the film’s scholarly hero, the Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. Langdon, no favorite of the Holy See and long denied access to the Vatican archives, is summoned to Rome to assess, and then defuse, a deadly threat involving antimatter, papal succession and the ancient pro-science terrorist underground known as the Illuminati. You didn’t suspect the Illuminati? Nobody suspects the Illuminati. Except Robert Langdon of course.

Played by Tom Hanks in his high minimalist mode, his face stroboscopically snapping from wry smirk to worried squint and back again, Langdon is something of a cipher in his own right, a walking embodiment of skeptical intellect who seems, most of the time, not to have a thought in his head. Once again Mr. Hanks is accompanied by a ravishing international movie star, in this case the Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer (“Munich,” “Vantage Point”). She plays Vittoria Vetra, an Italian scientist — specializing in “bioentanglement physics” — whose role is to serve not as a romantic foil for the sexless professor but rather as his sidekick sleuth and fellow panelist in a high-velocity interdisciplinary seminar.

The high-minded shop talk, half buttressed by real historical information, half floating in the ether of cocktail party nonsense, seems to be a crucial feature of a Robert Langdon adventure, and you can only be charmed when the symbologist says things like: “An obelisk! A kind of pyramid adopted by the Illuminati! If he’s going to kill, he’ll do it here.”

And as an exercise in extreme mass-market tourism “Angels & Demons” gives pretty good value. Unable to shoot in the Vatican itself, Mr. Howard and his team have deftly blended actual Roman locations with Hollywood stage sets and C.G.I. confections to make a dreamy, ephemeral Eternal City.

The costume and production design — all those red cardinals’ robes swirling dervishlike in the incense-tinted light, those sensuous Bernini sculptures and soundless library stacks — nearly steal the movie from the bland, dogged heroes. Luckily an international squad of potential villains and victims — you’ll figure out who is which soon enough, since Mr. Brown tends to let the wiring show when he rigs his surprise twists — has already carried out the larceny.

Just as “The Da Vinci Code” was rescued, or at least mitigated, by the twinkling nonsense of Ian McKellen, so is “Angels & Demons” kicked into something like life by the histrionic professionalism of Armin Mueller-Stahl, Stellan Skarsgard and Ewan McGregor. The three of them are players in a Vatican power struggle that takes shape after the death of a beloved pope.

His likely successors have vanished, and in trying to find them and prevent Vatican City from being blasted into oblivion, Langdon and Vittoria find themselves in a mare’s nest of hidden agendas and competing jurisdictions. Mr. Skarsgard, commander of the Swiss Guards, and Mr. Mueller-Stahl, a powerful cardinal, are obvious heavies, while Mr. McGregor has a fine time playing a wide-eyed Irish Obi-Wan with a wee bit of a messiah complex.

The utter silliness of “Angels & Demons” is either its fatal flaw or its saving grace, and in the spirit of compassion I suppose I’d be inclined to go with the second option. The movie all but begs for such treatment.

“When you write about us,” an erstwhile nemesis says to Langdon near the end, “and you will write about us, do so gently.” It was as if he were looking right into my soul. And how could I refuse such a humble, earnest petition? Go in peace.

“Angels and Demons” is rated PG (Parents strongly cautioned). It has some fairly gruesome deaths.


Opens on Friday nationwide.

Directed by Ron Howard; written by David Koepp and Akiva Goldsman, based on the novel by Dan Brown; director of photography, Salvatore Totino; edited by Dan Hanley and Mike Hill; music by Hans Zimmer; production designer, Allan Cameron; produced by Brian Grazer, Mr. Howard and John Calley; released by Columbia Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes.

WITH: Tom Hanks (Prof. Robert Langdon), Ewan McGregor (Camerlengo Patrick McKenna), Ayelet Zurer (Dr. Vittoria Vetra), Stellan Skarsgard (Commander Richter), Pierfrancesco Favino (Inspector Ernesto Olivetti), Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Assassin/Mr. Gray) and Armin Mueller-Stahl (Cardinal Strauss).


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