9/11. The day that shook the most powerful nation in the world; the day that shattered a thousand dreams; the day that witnessed evil and humanity in equal measure. On September 11, 2001, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four American passenger airliners and flew them into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. A fourth plane was crashed on to an open field after passengers showed resistance and tried to regain control of the cockpit. It was an incident that changed America forever. Over the years, filmmakers from across the globe have tried to reconstruct the events on the celluloid. However, only a few have managed to capture the sheer pain and brutality of the events with reverence and honesty.
So we, at The Cinemaholic, have come up with a list of some of the top 9/11 movies ever made. It should also be noted that many of the entries on the list are documentaries and television movies, since we feel it’s not just the medium that matters here, but the subject and the approach. You can many of these best 9/11 movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
14. A Few Days in September (2006)
‘A Few Days in September’ is perhaps the boldest 9/11 movie on the list. It may not have lived upto its potential, but it still comes off as an engrossing thriller that tries to look deep into the dark secrets of the US government. The film revolves around three individuals: a CIA agent with vital information about the impending attacks on the World Trade Center; a Frenchwoman, the CIA agent’s associate, and an assassin. With a very strong plot, the film displays high potential but it fails to push its ideas ahead and sometimes tries too hard, getting lost in its own ambitions. Nevertheless, it gets all the generic cinematic elements right, which makes for a thrilling experience.
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13. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)