10 August 2009

Architects in Movies: A Definitive List

Because I just saw 500 Days of Summer, and it was terrific; and also, because I'm a nerd who has too much time on her hands, I would like to try to compile a definitive list of Architects in Movies. Which is to say, a main character in a movie is depicted as an architect, whether or not he or she is working in that capacity. Luckily I can change these blog posts pretty easily, so as I figure out more, I'll just keep updating the posts. So, I present to you...

Architects in Movies: A Definitive List

the Black Cat (1934) - Boris Karloff
Mrs Miniver (1942) - Walter Pidgeon
The Fountainhead (1949) - Gary Cooper
Strangers when we meet (1960) - Kirk Douglas
The World of Suzie Wong (1960) - William Holden
Two for the Road (1967) - Albert Finney
Don't Look Now (1973) - Donald Sutherland
Death Wish (1974) - Charles Bronson
The Towering Inferno (1974) - Paul Newman
Falling in Love Again (1980) - Elliot Gould
Three Men & a Baby (1987) - Tom Selleck
The Belly of an Architect (1987) - Brian Dennehey
Jungle Fever (1991) - Wesley Snipes
Housesitter (1992) - Steve Martin
Fearless (1993) - Jeff Bridges
Sleepless in Seattle (1993) - Tom Hanks
Indecent Proposal (1993) - Woody Harrelson
Intersection (1994) - Richard Gere
One Fine Day (1996) - Michelle Pfeiffer
The Cable Guy (1996) - Matthew Broderick
Heaven (1998) - Martin Donovan
There's Something About Mary (1998) - Matt Dillon (pretends to be an architect/lecturer)
Three to Tango (1999) - Matthew Perry & Oliver Platt
My Life as a House (2001) - Kevin Kline (sort of, his job was a model-maker)
In the Bedroom (2001) - Nick Stahl (student)
Love Actually (2003) - Liam Neeson
Just Like Heaven (2005) - Mark Ruffalo (landscape architect)
The Quiet (2005) - Martin Donovan
White Noise (2005) - Michael Keaton
The Namesake (2006) - Kal Penn
The Lake House (2006)- Keanu Reeves
The Architect (2006) - Anthony LaPaglia
Firewall (2006) - Virginia Madsen
The Last Kiss (2006) - Zach Braff
Breaking & Entering (2006) - Jude Law (landscape architect)
Something's New (2006) - Simon Baker (landscape architect)
You, Me and Dupree (2006) - Matt Dillon
My Super Ex-girlfriend (2006) - Luke Wilson
Click (2006) - Adam Sandler and David Hasselhoff
500 Days of Summer (2009) - Joseph Gordon-Leavitt

Updated after my friend architechnophilia compiled a more complete list, 21 August 2009.


daniel said...

The Belly of an Architect, of course, with Brian Dennehy.
Fearless, Jeff Bridges.
Sleepless in Seattle, Tom Hanks.

mad architect said...

Here's some more to add to the list
Three Men & a Baby - Tom Selleck (architect)
My Super Ex-girlfriend - Luke Wilson (architect)
Breaking & Entering - Jude Law (landscape architect)
There's Something About Mary - Lee Evans (pretends to be an architect/lecturer)
Death Wish - Charles Bronson (architect)
White Noise - Michael Keaton (architect)

emKem said...

It appears that 2006 was a good year to be an architect in the movies. But where's the women? I'm going in search of women...

aml said...

woman architect: michelle pfeiffer [sp?] in one fine day [one fine george clooney, also]

mad architect said...

another woman, Virginia Madsen in Firewall (2006)

emKem said...

I've got a couple of questionable ones:

Sally Field in Mrs. Doubtfire? (I don't remember and can't tell from IMDB)

Matthew Broderick in Cable Guy? (I didn't even know he was in that movie)

Kimberly Williams in Father of the Bride? (really?)

Can anyone confirm?

mad architect said...


see link for the Cable Guy

emKem said...

Sure enough! Crazy. Also, after reading the synopsis, I'm quite glad I never watched The Cable Guy, LOL.

Anonymous said...

Michael Keaton in Multiplicity... I think. Or was he a GC?

Jorge said...

More architects in films in the book "La imagen supuesta. Arquitectos en el cine" and in www.cinearquitecturaciudad.blogspot.com

Andrés Daly said...

Great list! Added the movies you noticed and I didn't had to the list based I posted here: http://www.35milimetros.org/?p=1432 (and with pictures!), which is based on Jorge's book.

news games said...

Wooow this list is truely impressive... Great job !!

Anonymous said...

You wouldn't want to forget Inception either. Its got four architects in it and deviates strongly from the "lets make them an architect because it will make them seem creative but still successful" logic that most movie writers seem to use.

I've included it in my list here: