Top 7 Movies Every Architect should Watch

The professional architect and students in architecture must watch some great movies to get inspiration in their line of work. These movies are considered for various perspectives that also includes architect as an important character to entertainment as a whole.

Here is a list of top movies that every architecture aficionado must watch to get improved ideas from the amazing works of some legendary architects.

1. Metropolis

Directed by Fritz Lang, the 1927 super-hit German movie Metropolis is still known as one of the most influential films that had the architecture influenced from Art Deco, Futurist and Gothic styles of that time. The film is still popular for shaping the future of science fiction movie. Its visualization of a futuristic city was absolutely ahead of time. Hence, this movie must be taken as a source of inspiration for architects of any epoch.

2. Blade Runner

One neo-noir science fiction movie titled Blade Runner is still alive in the movie lovers mind for the director Ridley Scott’s idea of emphasizing the relationship between architecture and film.

He also drew on the landscape of “Hong Kong on a very bad day” and the industrial landscape of his one-time home in northeast England. The visual style of the movie is influenced by the work of Futurist Italian architect, Antonio Sant’Elia. The people dealing with architecture should watch this 1982’s super hit movie.

3. My Architect: A Son’s Journey

The 2003-released documentary movie My Architect: A Son’s Journey was all about Louis Isadore Kahn, an American architect who lived between 1901 and 1974. The movie mainly emphasized on Kahn’s amazing career followed by his family legacy after his demise.

4. The Belly of an Architect

The Belly of an Architect was very popular in the 90’s for its beautiful plot in which an American architect was commissioned for creating an exhibition in Rome. This exhibition was dedicated to the 18th century French neoclassical architect named Étienne-Louis Boullée. The film title itself is adequate for the subject enthusiasts to have a beautiful link of the movie with architecture.

5. Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Eames: The Architect and the Painter is a wonderful documentary film of this century that mainly used extensive interviews to framing the story. The film was awarded with Peabody Award in 2012.

6. Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

Released in 2008, the documentary film Visual Acoustics directly by Eric Bricker explored the life and career of Julius Shulman, world’s well known architectural photographer. He walked on the earth between 1910 and 2009. The movie mainly depicted his iconic snapshots that were adequate to establish the power of modern American architecture.

The movie received positive reviews from 94 percent viewers. Hence, you must watch this 84 minutes movie.

7. The Fountainhead

One of the most popular America’s black and white drama films, The Fountainhead is always extolled for a typical storyline that dealt with anguish and pain of an architect. Gary Cooper played the role of lead character, Howard Roark who was an individualistic architect. The story is also filled with romance and philosophy.