Top 5 Films That Honor September 11th

These Top 5 films pay tribute to the September 11th attacks with deeply inspirational and motivational messages. Each movie is a poignant portrait of courage, honor, and undying love from different but equally important viewpoints. And although the perspectives vary tonally, each movie shares a similar and heartfelt theme that honors those 2,977 innocent souls that were lost and their grieving families, countless brave public servants, and thousands of heroic military service men and women who dedicated their lives and made the ultimate sacrifice as a result of that horrific act of terrorism.


  1. World Trade Center (2006)


What It’s About: Two Port Authority police officers find strength in their faith and memories of loved ones as they become trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center.

Why We Love It: Paints a beautiful tapestry of the infinite power of love and the human spirit.

DirectorOliver Stone

Stars: Nicolas CageMichael PeñaMaria BelloMaggie Gyllenhaal


  1. United 93 (2006 Film)


What It’s About: A riveting real-time account of the events that took place on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers immobilized the terrorist plot.

Why We Love It: Heart wrenching and inspiring homage to the hero that resides in each of us.

Director: Paul Greengrass

Stars: David Alan Basche, Olivia Thirlby, Liza Colón-Zayas, J.J. Johnson


  1. Flight 93 (2006 TV Movie)


What It’s About: The heartbreaking story of the heroic passengers of Flight 93 who fought back and attempted to take back their plane in an effort to prevent a 9/11 terrorist attack.

Why We Love It: Proves that nothing can kill the human spirit.

Director: Peter Markle

Stars: Jeffrey Nordling, Brennan Elliott, Kendall Cross, Ty Olsson


  1. September 11 (2002) – (original title: “11’09’01 – September 11”)


What It’s About: The effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks are told from the unique perspectives of people around the world.

Why We Love It: Gives a voice to pain and shows that the human heart can break on all sides.

Directors: Youssef Chahine, Amos Gitai (as Amos Gitai)

Stars: Maryam Karimi, Mohamad Dolati, Agelem Habibi

  1. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)


What It’s About: A detailed account of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks on the U.S.; culminating in the deposed leader’s May 2011 capture and death at the hands of the venerable Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6.

Why We Love It: An unapologetic and irreverent display of courage and honor transcending evil.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong


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