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Best Movies About September 11th (Patriot Day Movies)

It’s hard for kids to imagine just what all happened that day. In fact, it’s still hard to wrap my head around the events and I’m an adult. To help them better understand, try watching a movie about September 11th.

Here are the best movies about September 11th that can be a great addition to your Movie Night list with a glimpse of heroism, tragedy, and resolve that defined that fateful day. 

Movies About September 11th

Here’s a list to get you started:

Tiger Cruise
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Hayden Panettiere, Bill Pullman, Troy Evans (Actors)

Tiger Cruise (PG)

Gary Dolan (Bill Pullman) is in charge of a naval carrier that is on a “tiger cruise,” which involves family members joining their seafaring relatives out on the ocean.

Dolan's precocious young daughter, Maddie (Hayden Panettiere), is along on the cruise, partially to convince her father to take a position that involves less travel.

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However, family dynamics suddenly take a backseat when word reaches the ship that the September 11 attacks have occurred.

The Cross and The Towers
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bob Appleby, Carlos Aviles, Debra Burlingame (Actors)

The Cross and the Towers (13+)

Follow the lives of seven individuals that were changed forever, not only by the horrific day of 9/11 but by the stunning symbol of hope they found buried beneath the rubble of Ground Zero.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn (Actors)

Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close (PG-13)

A young boy coping with his dad's death on 9/11 embarks on a seemingly impossible mission to discover what a mysterious key unlocks.
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World Trade Center
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Maria Bello, Connor Paolo, Anthony Piccininni (Actors)

World Trade Center (PG-13)

Nicolas Cage stars in the unforgettable true story of the courageous rescue and survival of two Port Authority policemen who were trapped in the rubble on September 11, 2001, after they volunteered to go in and help.
Flight 93
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jeffrey Nordling, Brennan Elliott, Kendall Cross (Actors)

Flight 93 (PG-13)

Flight 93 is the story of the heroic passengers that took back their plane in an effort to stop a 9/11 terrorist attack.
9/11 - The Myth and The Reality
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Dr. David Ray Griffin (Actor)

9/11: The Myth & the Reality (13+)

Gathering stories from the press, reports from other countries, researchers, and the contradictory words of US government officials, this program presents a case that leaves very little doubt that the attacks of 9/11 need to be further investigated.
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg, Gina Gershon (Actors)

9-11 (PG)

On the morning of 9/11, a messenger sings “Happy Birthday” to his daughter, a billionaire argues with his wife in a divorce hearing, a maintenance man begins his day, and a young Russian decides she's breaking up with her sugar daddy.

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When the first plane hits the World Trade Center, these five elevator passengers find themselves trapped. Forced to band together, they fight against all odds to escape before the imminent and inevitable collapse occurs.

United 93
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • J.J. Johnson, Gary Commock, Polly Adams (Actors)

United 93 (R)

A dramatic reenactment of the September 11 United 93 flight, the hijacked plane that was intended to crash into the United States Capitol.
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, James Cromwell (Actors)

W. (PG-13)

Josh Brolin stars as George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's biopic that traces the head of the state's rise to power from a privileged alcoholic to a born-again Christian whose belief in religious destiny helped move him to the presidency.

An Eye For an Eye
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Mark Stroman, Rais Bhuiyan (Actors)

An Eye for an Eye (PG-13)

In the aftermath of 9/11, Mark Stroman went on a shooting spree to kill people he thought looked Arab. He was put on death row but in a twist of fate, his only surviving victim became his biggest advocate. A true story of hate, revenge, and redemption.

The Hamburg Cell: Blueprint to 9/11
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Karim Saleh, Maral Kamel, Agni Scott (Actors)

The Hamburg Cell: Blueprint to 9-11

The story of the students-turned-suicide bombers whose devastating attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon changed the course of the 21st Century. | Stream on Apple TV

Fahrenheit 9/11
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder, George W. Bush (Actors)

Fahrenheit 9/11 (R)

An expose which reflects upon what has happened to America since the events of September 11, 2001 touches upon the personal relationship between President George W. Bush and the family of terrorist Osama bin Laden. As well, the chronicle focuses on the powerful roles that oil and greed may have played in the terrorist attack on the U.S.A.

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