In modern popular culture fighting angels of God are a prominent theme, with many movies adapting the traditional motif of the fighting messenger image for the common viewer. The motif, however, is not an invention of screenwriters, but stems from the Bible. In the following scriptural passages angels are shown as fighters or warriors: Gen 3f.; Gen 12- 50; Hos 12f.; Num 22-35; Jos 5,13-5,15; Dan 10,13f.; the Book of the Maccabees and the Book of Revelation. In addition to the description of the Archangel Michael in the Bible, his characterisation in the Book of Enoch is explored. The reason for this lies in the fact that the description of this figure is still important for depictions of angels today. Due to the Bible lacking in detailed descriptions of the appearance of these angels, depictions of angels from the history of art are investigated. The notion of angels is thought to be rooted in the beliefs of the ancient Mediterranean cultures, especially those of the Babylonians, Etruscans, Sumerians and Greeks. Some of these creatures were imagined as warriors or fighters. For instance, the cherubs and the Olympian God Hermes are examined more closely. As an example for the reception of the fighting angel today, the medium film is used. This thesis analyses the American films LEGION, CONSTANTINE and DOGMA. Methodically, the formal aesthetic analysis is applied. The depictions of fighting angels in these movies are compared to each other and to the Bible. Interesting features are, for instance, their appearances and characteristic traits as fighting beings.