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Poll: If You Build It, He Will Come, or Paint It as in Michelangelo’s Case.

These are movies and television movies that show actual great buildings, monuments, or works of art that actually exist or had existed, being built or under construction or created during the course of the film. Which is your favorite? (Sorry, but films about building a fictional house are not included here for now. But that may change later.) Budding young architects can discuss contributions here.

Make Your Choice

  1. Vote!

    Field of Dreams (1989)

    The baseball field actually does exist.
  2. Vote!

    The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

    Not only Michelangelo’s fresco on the ceiling of the Sixtine Chapel, the building of St. Peter’s is also shown in several phases of its building.
  3. Vote!

    An American Tail (1986)

    The Statue of Liberty
  4. Vote!

    To Heal a Nation (1988)

    The Vietnam War Memorial
  5. Vote!

    Lilies of the Field (1963)

    The real Chapel actually does exists in Arizona.
  6. Vote!

    Liberty (1986)

    The Statue of Liberty
  7. Vote!

    The Ten Commandments (1956)

    It doesn’t say what but a city is being built.
  8. Vote!

    Union Pacific (1939)

    The Union Pacific Railroad
  9. Vote!

    Sunday in the Park with George (2013)

    Georges Seurat's painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.
  10. Vote!

    Winchester (2018)

    The Winchester Mystery House, or as some would say, Manson. (Suggested by ACT_1)
  11. Vote!

    The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

    The Burma-Siam Railway and the bridge at the Mae Klong river – renamed Khwae Yai in the 1960s. The film is highly inaccurate since Colonial Nicholson is fictional and would have been quietly killed by the prisoners for collaborating with the enemy. The real officer was Lieutenant Colonel Philip Toosey of the British Army who encouraged his men to sabotage and delay the building of the bridge.
  12. Vote!

    Interstellar (2014)

    The cornfield. (Suggested by BONAFIDE BOSS.)
  13. Vote!

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

    Notre Dame. (In this version, it is still under construction.)
  14. Vote!

    Brooklyn Bridge (1981)

    The Brooklyn Bridge (Suggested by Dan Dassow)
  15. Vote!

    Monument to the Dream (1967)

    The St. Louis Gateway Arch (AKA, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Arch) (Suggested by Dan Dassow)
  16. Vote!

    Shiraz (1928)

    The Taj Mahal (Suggested by Pencho15)
  17. Vote!

    Ford v Ferrari (2019)

    Ford GT40 Mk I and Mk II high-performance racing car.
  18. Vote!

    Wind (1992)

    The racing yacht. While it was called “ Geronimo” and winning the America’s cup in 1987, according to boat, the actual winner of the America’s Cup in 1987, “Stars & Stripes 87” was used. It was just painted over.
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    The Great Escape (1963)

    The three escape tunnels Tom, Dick, and Harry.
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    Schindler's List (1993)

    I won’t say it was great, but it was real and a nightmare: the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp.
  21. Vote!

    The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

    The airplane “The Spirit of St. Louis”. (Suggested by Dan Dassow)
  22. Vote!

    Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019)

    The actual Antarctica base (Suggested by IMDBmember)
  23. Vote!

    Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

    Tucker automobiles and factory (Suggested by Ed Jones(XLIX))
  24. Vote!

    Flash of Genius (2008)

    The intermittent windshield wiper (Suggested by Dan Dassow)
  25. Vote!

    Bugsy (1991)

    The Flamingo Casino (Suggested by Pencho15)
  26. Vote!

    Bridge of Spies (2015)

    The Berlin Wall (Suggested by Pencho15)

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