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5 Movies Every Firefighter Should See

Regardless if you’re an aspiring, current, or retired firefighter, or you simply find firefighting interesting; you would probably enjoy some firefighting movies.


While there are hundreds (probably more) of movies based on firefighting, some of them just aren’t worth your time. We put together a list of movies every firefighter should see; check it out below.

Movies Every Firefighter Should See

Ladder 49
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta (Actors)

Ladder 49

It’s blasphemous to talk about firefighting movies and not mention Ladder 49. Released in 2004, Ladder 49 quickly became a blockbuster success for its thrilling yet captivating nature.

The film stars Hollywood greats Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta who reminisce about their days as firefighters and the challenges and successes that came with their careers.

Backdraft (4K UHD)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro (Actors)


Based in Chicago, Backdraft follows the lives of the Chicago Fire Department. The movie is suspenseful and action-filled as the fire crew follows the outcome of a serial arsonist. The film debuted in 1991 starring Kurt Russel, William Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, and Robert De Niro (so you know it’s going to be good, right?).

World Trade Center
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña, Maggie Gyllenhaal (Actors)

World Trade Center

Many firefighters agree that the World Trade Center best depicts the reality of the brave men and women who came to people’s rescue during the September 11 attacks. The film does put a lot of focus on police officers, but there are plenty of dramatic firefighting scenes as well.

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World Trade Center was released in 2006 starring Nicolas Cage and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Fire! Trapped on the 37th Floor

Based on the real events that occurred in 1988, Fire! Trapped on the 37th Floor follows the events of the First Interstate Tower fire in Los Angeles.

As you can tell by its name, the film captures the challenging reality of firefighting where the crew must battle a fire deemed uncontrollable while rescuing workers. The TV film was released in 1991 and stars Lee Majors, Lisa Hartman, and Peter Scolari.

The Tower
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Son Ye-Jin, Sol Kyung-Gu, Sang-kyung Kim (Actors)

The Tower

High-rise fires are one of the most challenging fires for firefighters to extinguish, so it’s no wonder it makes for a good movie. The Tower is a South Korean film that depicts a firefighter crew battling a fire in a luxury skyscraper following a Christmas Eve party. The movie debuted in 2012 starring Sang-Kyung Kim, Kyung-Gu Sol, and Ye-Jin Son.

As an aspiring, active, or retired firefighter, you’ll be able to tell if the film follows reality with the fire equipment being used and the firefighters’ protective gear. Don’t worry if you’re only interested in the suspense of a firefighting film; you’ll also enjoy these five movies every firefighter should see.

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People Also Ask:

What is the most realistic firefighter movie?

Only the Brave, based on the true tale of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, should be at the top of every firefighter's movie list. It's not simply a fantastic film about one of America's most dangerous occupations; it's also a pretty fine piece of narrative.

What does every firefighter need?

  • Personal Flashlights.
  • Door Wedges.
  • Extra Flash Hood.
  • Heavy-Duty Work Gloves.
  • Hose Straps.
  • Snagger Tool.
  • Shove Knife.
  • Multi-tools.

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Wednesday 8th of December 2021

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