Movies with a view of the World Trade Center Twin Towersby classicsoncall | created - 26 Oct 2016 | updated - 4 months ago | Public
This will be a work in progress for a while. It occurred to me that since the events of 9/11/2001, movies that contain a view of the Twin Towers create a profoundly new impact on one's viewing when seen again. Here's a list of movies I've seen in which there's a scene that contains the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, if only for a brief moment. I'm listing the movies alphabetically.
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1. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.
Votes: 281,894 | Gross: $78.62M
"They made us too smart, too quick, and too many."
2. American Psycho (2000)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.
Votes: 457,118 | Gross: $15.07M
"I think my mask of sanity is about to slip."
3. Analyze This (1999)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime
A comedy about a psychiatrist whose number one patient is an insecure mob boss.
Votes: 141,592 | Gross: $106.89M
"For God sakes, shoot something".
4. Antz (1998)
PG | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves.
Votes: 142,351 | Gross: $90.76M
"Don't worry. I know almost exactly what I'm doing."
5. As Good as It Gets (1997)
PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.
Votes: 263,718 | Gross: $148.48M
"Come on in and try not to ruin everything by being you."
6. A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.
Votes: 108,540 | Gross: $26.31M
"Who would like to read the twelve steps?"
7. Barney's Version (2010)
R | 134 min | Comedy, Drama
The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky.
Votes: 23,442 | Gross: $7.50M
"The universe works in strange and mysterious ways."
8. Being John Malkovich (1999)
R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.
Votes: 297,086 | Gross: $22.86M
"Wow. You really are great in that movie where you play the retard."
9. Death Wish (1974)
R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after dark.
Votes: 33,633 | Gross: $22.00M
"What about the old American custom of self defense?"
10. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
PG-13 | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery
A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Votes: 95,230 | Gross: $31.85M
"You never know what a key's gonna fit."
11. Gangs of New York (2002)
R | 167 min | Crime, Drama
In 1862, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.
Votes: 387,491 | Gross: $77.81M
"The appearance of the law must be upheld, especially while it's being broken."
12. Godzilla (I) (1998)
PG-13 | 139 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A giant, reptilian monster surfaces, leaving destruction in its wake as it strides into New York City. To stop it, an earthworm scientist, his reporter ex-girlfriend, and other unlikely heroes team up to save their city.
Votes: 176,760 | Gross: $136.31M
"That's a lot of fish!"
13. Going in Style (1979)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Three friends who are living on the dole decide to organize a bank robbery.
Votes: 2,753 | Gross: $26.87M
"I said, How's about we all go on a stickup?"
14. Gotti (2018)
R | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of crime boss John Gotti and his son.
Votes: 12,306 | Gross: $4.34M
"This life ends one of two ways, dead or in jail. I did both."
15. Heaven Can Wait (1978)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an overanxious angel before he was meant to die, returns to life in the body of a recently murdered millionaire.
Votes: 17,580 | Gross: $81.64M
16. Independence Day (1996)
PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.
Votes: 510,628 | Gross: $306.17M
"Let's kick the tires and light the fires, Big Daddy!"
17. Manhattan (1979)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.
Votes: 126,058 | Gross: $45.70M
"You should think of me as a detour on the highway of life."
18. Man on Wire (2008)
PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".
Votes: 50,874 | Gross: $2.96M
"...it felt like those Towers belonged to him."
19. Mary and Max (2009)
Not Rated | 92 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.
"It would be great if you could write back and be my friend."
20. Maximum Risk (1996)
R | 101 min | Action, Romance, Thriller
A cop/flic discovers that he had a twin who just got murdered in Nice, France. In order to find out who did it, he takes his place including the cute girlfriend in Little Odessa, NYC.
Votes: 19,328 | Gross: $14.50M
"What you find here could be ugly."
21. Men in Black (1997)
PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.
Votes: 496,733 | Gross: $250.69M
"To prevent war, the Galaxy is on Orion's belt."
22. Munich (2005)
R | 164 min | Action, Drama, History
Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.
Votes: 204,219 | Gross: $47.40M
"Forget peace for now. We have to show them we're strong."
23. Prizzi's Honor (1985)
R | 130 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A professional hitman and hitwoman fall in love.
Votes: 21,804 | Gross: $26.70M
"If you were anybody else, I'd blow you away!"
24. Rob the Mob (2014)
R | 104 min | Crime, Drama
A Queens couple who specialize in robbing mafia social clubs stumble upon a score bigger than they could ever imagine, becoming targets of both the mob and the FBI in the process.
Votes: 10,426 | Gross: $0.21M
"You want to take down the king, you got to sacrifice a couple of pawns."
25. Rumble in the Bronx (1995)
R | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A young man visiting and helping his uncle in New York City finds himself forced to fight a street gang and the mob with his martial art skills.
Votes: 37,218 | Gross: $32.39M
"Don't you know you're the scum of society?"
26. Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)
PG | 107 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
The legend of Santa Claus is put in jeopardy when an unscrupulous toy manufacturer attempts to take over Christmas.
Votes: 11,080 | Gross: $23.72M
"You have all the children in the world."
27. Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama
A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.
Votes: 28,097 | Gross: $7.27M
"So what's your best move?"
28. Shaft (2019)
R | 111 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
JJ Shaft, a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his family's help to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death.
Votes: 37,822 | Gross: $21.36M
"You don't throw guns out an open window! Kids live up here!"
29. Smoke (1995)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama
A Brooklyn smoke shop is the center of neighborhood activity, and the stories of its customers.
Votes: 32,106 | Gross: $8.35M
"You'll never get it if you don't slow down, my friend."
30. Spider-Man (2002)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.
Votes: 662,633 | Gross: $403.71M
"You're not Superman, you know".
31. The Big Blue (1988)
PG | 168 min | Adventure, Drama, Sport
The rivalry between Enzo and Jacques, two childhood friends and now world-renowned free divers, becomes a beautiful and perilous journey into oneself and the unknown.
Votes: 46,208 | Gross: $3.50M
"You dive at your own risk."
32. The Death Collector (1976)
R | 85 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Neighborhood kid goes to work for the Mafia as a debt collector.
"I'm sorry, but I lied about the gun."
33. The Godfather: Part III (1990)
R | 162 min | Crime, Drama
In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York City and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia Don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins, while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing.
Votes: 339,492 | Gross: $66.67M
"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in."
34. The Killing Fields (1984)
R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History
A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.
Votes: 49,270 | Gross: $34.70M
"He stayed because I wanted him to stay."
35. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,588,249 | Gross: $171.48M
"...there's a difference between knowing the path... and walking the path".
36. Three Days of the Condor (1975)
R | 117 min | Mystery, Thriller
A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.
Votes: 44,999 | Gross: $41.51M
"You play games, I told them a story."
37. 25th Hour (2002)
R | 135 min | Drama
Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.
Votes: 165,523 | Gross: $13.06M
"After tonight, it's bye-bye Monty."
38. United 93 (2006)
R | 111 min | Drama, History, Thriller
A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.
Votes: 95,276 | Gross: $31.57M
"Come on guys, what are we waiting for? Let's roll."
39. Watchmen (2009)
R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.
Votes: 481,305 | Gross: $107.51M
"In my opinion, the existence of life is a highly overrated phenomenon."
40. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.
Votes: 185,310 | Gross: $92.82M
"We are just going to be friends, OK?"