In memory of 9/11: documentaries and movies you can stream now

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2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in USA.

As the nation remembers that day, and remembers where they were when they heard about the tragedies, many streamers and networks have brought new documentaries to the memory.

Many films are based on true stories, while others are fictional.

Documentaries and initiation-series also focus on first responders and government officials and families who were left behind.

Here’s a list of movies and documentaries that look back on the harrowing time from all different perspectives.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: Oskar, who lost his father in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, is convinced that his dad left a final message for him somewhere in the city. Upon finding a mysterious key in his father’s closet, Oskar sets out in search of the lock it fits. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother and driven by a tirelessly active mind, Oskar has a journey of discovery that takes him beyond his loss and leads to a greater understanding of the world.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime, Apple TV, or YouTube.

Reign Over Me: Charlie Fineman, who lost his family in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, still grieves over their deaths. He runs into his former college roommate, Alan Johnson, and the two rekindle their friendship. Alan himself is feeling the strain of family and professional responsibilities, and his renewed bond with Charlie gives both men the strength to carry on during a turning point in their lives.

Where to stream: Apple TV, Amazon Prime, or Hulu.

The Report: FBI agent Daniel Jones performs an exhaustive investigation into the CIA’s use of torture on suspected terrorists. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the CIA adopted new interrogation techniques.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist: Changez Khan is a middle class Pakistani from Lahore chasing his dream of success in a prestigious Wall Street valuation firm. Favoured by his boss, his future is looking to be on his planned upward trajectory but whilst on company business in the Philippines, he watches news footage of the twin towers falling and suddenly his future takes an entirely different path.

Where to stream: Apple TV, Amazon Prime, or Hulu.

Worth: Following the horrific 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Congress appoints attorney and renowned mediator Kenneth Feinberg to lead the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Assigned with allocating financial resources to the victims of the tragedy, Feinberg and his firm’s head of operations, Camille Biros, face the impossible task of determining the worth of a life to help the families who had suffered incalculable losses. When Feinberg locks horns with Charles Wolf, a community organizer mourning the death of his wife, his initial cynicism turns to compassion as he begins to learn the true human costs of the tragedy.

Where to stream: Netflix.

United 93: On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists seize control of United Airlines Flight 93 and three other planes. As realization of the imminent horror dawns on passengers, crew and loved ones on the ground, the courageous acts by those held hostage in the air count down in actual time.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime, Hulu, or Peacock.

Zero Dark Thirty: Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden becomes one of the most-wanted men on the planet. The worldwide manhunt for the terrorist leader occupies the resources and attention of two U.S. presidential administrations. Ultimately, it is the work of a dedicated female operative (Jessica Chastain) that proves instrumental in finally locating bin Laden. In May 2011, Navy SEALs launch a nighttime strike, killing bin Laden in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime, Google Play, or YouTube.

Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror: The series features a wide range of interviewees including officials from multiple U.S. presidential administrations, former CIA members, and U.S. military veterans as well as Afghanistan National Army soldiers, Taliban commanders, members of the Afghan government, Afghan warlords, and Afghan civilians – many who had never spoken on camera before. It also spotlights the voices of survivors of the attacks themselves. The 5-part docuseries is a vital and illuminating chronicle of the 9/11 attacks and how those events changed the course of history.

Where to stream: Netflix

9/11: Inside the President’s War Room: The documentary, narrated by Jeff Daniels, recalls the 12 hours after the attacks, focusing on the challenges faced by former US President George W. Bush and the White House.

Where to stream: Apple TV+

9/11: Four Flights: Family members and friends of those on the four hijacked fights on 9/11 share emotional stories, as this documentary shines a light on the brave passengers, crew, and air traffic controllers.

Where to watch: History Channel

9/11: I Was There: A non-narrated two-hour documentary, I Was There, features footage and personal video diaries from people in New York who picked up their cameras on Sept. 11, 2001, and documented their fears and reactions on that day and in the weeks after.

Where to watch: History Channel

Rebuilding Hope: The Children of 9/11: Four families, whose children were born after their fathers died on September 11, and who have been chronicled over the years in PEOPLE, are spotlighted in this documentary.

Where to watch: Paramount+

9/11: One Day in America: This five part series, featuring interviews with survivors and first responders, looks back at how the harrowing events of 9/11 unfolded.

Where to stream: Hulu

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