The United States marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York led by al-Qaeda. The attack killed nearly 3,000 people and thousands of others injured. Following the attack, filmmakers have made countless movies and documentaries and shown the act of barbarism. The filmmakers intend to ensure the world that the horrific tragedy should not be forgotten. Even two decades after the terrorist attack, the wound is still fresh for many.
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The mentioned movies or documentaries reflect the tragic day, honor the victims, and recognise the heroes who risked their lives to save others. Here are some of the finest works on the 9/11 terrorist attack:
1. 9/11: Inside the President’s War Room (2021)
This documentary is narrated by Jeff Daniels. It examines the 12 hours after the attack on the World Trade Center from the perspective of President George W. Bush. It also features never-before-heard testimonies from important people who were closely involved. It shows more than 200 unseen pictures of the horrific day.
2. Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror (2021)
The five-episode documentary series recalls the incident and the mistakes made by the intelligence team, who overlooked the terrorist threat. The series is full of interviews with US officials, military veterans, retired CIA staff and survivors, as well as Taliban commanders.
3. My Name is Khan (2010)
The movie revolves around a Muslim man, who is suffering from Asberger’s Syndrome. It shows the hardship of an innocent man who sets off on a journey across the United States to tell the President, “My name is Khan, and I’m not a terrorist.” His son was killed in racial violence due to the attack and his wife blamed his surname for it.
4. World Trade Center (2006)
The World Trade Center is the true story of two policemen caught in the rubble when the plane crashes on the south tower of the center. The tower collapsed on them, after which they climbed into an elevator shaft and waited to be rescued.
5. United 93 (2006)
United 93 is a powerful, real-time drama that walks the aesthetic tightrope between documentary and fiction. It shows the events abroad United Airlines Flight, a passenger plane which was hijacked by the terrorist during the attack. It shows the struggle of the passengers and crew who decided to fight back against the four terrorists to take control of the plane.