Michael Moore's controversial 2004 documentary focuses on the events leading up to, surrounding and following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 and bashes the Bush administration for the nature of its response.
The Flight That Fought Back
A 2005 documentary about United Airlines Flight 93, it was narrated by Kiefer Sutherland and recreates the fateful voyage of the San Francisco-bound airliner that crashed in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania, after passengers rebelled against their hijackers.
9/11: The Falling Man
The beyond-difficult topic of those 9/11 victims who jumped to their deaths from the high floors of the World Trade Center is explored in this 2006 documentary, which features uncensored footage of the jumpers and seeks to learn the identity of one, whose descent was caught on film by a photojournalist and controversially appeared on several newspaper front pages the following day.
World Trade Center
The other major studio release in 2006 about the terrible events of 9/11, Oliver Stone's World Trade Center starred Nicolas Cage and Michael Pena as NYPD officers trapped in an elevator shaft as the World Trade Center towers crumble around them.
Paul Greengrass' meticulous, fact-based recreation of the September 11 attacks and the events that transpired inside United Flight 93 became one of the best-reviewed movies of 2006. It was nominated for two Academy Awards, including best director and best achievement in film editing.
Reign Over Me
In a rare dramatic turn, Adam Sandler stars in this 2007 film as a man who lost his family in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and tries to recover from his grief by rekindling a friendship with his old college roommate, played by Don Cheadle.
Twilight star Robert Pattinson took a time-out from twinkling to star in this 2010 coming of age drama about NYU student Ally (Emilie De Ravin) who falls for Tyler (Pattinson), a moody young man who works at the university bookstore. We don't realize until the very end that [SPOILER ALERT] the date is Sept. 11, 2001. Tyler is inside the North Tower of the World Trade Center when the 9/11 attacks begin. All we learn of his fate is inside the pages of his diary, found in the aftermath of the attacks lying in a pile of rubble.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The 2011 film adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling novel follows a nine-year-old boy as he searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. Sandra Bullock also has a small part as the boy's mother.
Zero Dark Thirty
Kathryn Bigelow's film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden opens with real audio of an American Airlines flight attendant's call to headquarters in which she conveys a certainty that she is about to die. The family of the woman later demanded that the filmmakers apologize at the Oscars for using the clip without getting their consent. Another family of a victim who worked on the 89th floor of the South Tower criticized Bigelow for using a recording of their son's voicemail without seeking permission.