World Trade Center (2006)

World Trade Center (2006)
In 2006, Oliver Stone directed this drama movie starring the actor Nicolas Cage. As you can imagine, it's based on the tragic events of 9/11 - and was indeed released on the fifth anniversary of the events. The movie follows the story of two policemen of the Port Authority of New York and the rescue operations after the attack (operations during which many people, including policemen and firemen, died). The movie was positively acclaimed by the critics, but it raised a bit of controversies by the relatives of some of the victims whose story is portrayed in the movie - as they said, a movie wasn't needed to show they were heroes.

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  • Great cast and directors
  • No political or ideology background like many other Stone's works
  • Touching subject

  • You might agree with the controversy and the fact that a movie wasn't needed to show the protagonist were heroes
  • Some parts are not portrayed realistically
  • Nicolas Cage might not be the right choice for this role



hard to watch

I barely remember this movie, although I know that I did see it. I think I may have blocked it out of my memory because it was just so hard to watch. 9/11 was such a tragedy, and it's really difficult to watch documentaries and movies about it. I know that we shouldn't forget it happened, or block it from our memories, but it is painful to watch people loose their lives and their loved ones. Nicholas Cage is a good actor and is able to bring lots of emotion to the roles that he plays. He did a good job in this movie.
Posted by Mahshiemonalisa on 09-12-2017

World Trade Center

I have seen World Trade Center with Nicholas Cage and I like it, as I like any movie that was made with this actor. I am not from the U.S. and I watched this movie to understand better what happened and to connect more with their suffering and tragedy. It was a good presentation and all the actors were very good.
Posted by wallet on 09-12-2017

A good perspective.

I think the two movies have their respective mistakes (just like any other movie), but they are still good movies. But I think the work of Oliver Stone in "World Trade Center" can be more profound and touching. I was able to connect better with his view of the facts.
Posted by wiseagent on 09-11-2017

Best Thrilling

I definitely will be going with World Trade Center (2006) because of the horror of such event in our real life in the world today. I think 9/11 horror act is what opened the eyes of the world especially the United States of America towards cramping down terrorist cells before they grow into a huge menace in the society.

World Trade Center (2006) is really heart breaking to watch but I really did enjoyed seeing it, it made me to be security conscious in all that I'm doing, in order to be on a safer side and protect my life and people around me.

Posted by Heatman on 10-08-2017


United 93 (2006)

United 93 (2006)
If you remember what happened to 9/11, you might remember that there was another plane that din't hit anything, not the Twin Tower or the Pentagon. It was the flight United Airlines 93, which thanks to his passenger who contrasted the terrorists on board crashed in Shanksville, in Pennsylvenia (150 miles far from Washington) without hitting his goal. There was no survivors. This movie is the story of that plane, of what happened that day, and about how the passengers and the crew dealt with the terrorist and the terrible situations they were living. Directed by Paul Greengrass, and the main actors are Christian Clemenson, Cheyenne Jackson and Omar Berdouni.

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  • A powerful movie with lot of feelings
  • It might leave you speechless
  • A look at a often overlooked part of the 9/11 events

  • Its star are less known that others
  • Limited source material might have affected the movie
  • Like all movies based on real tragedies, was it really necessary?



Great film

I don't think I've seen World Trade Center (2006). I've seen a few 9/11 based films but I don't think I've seen that one. United 93 was a good film. A lot of films that are based on real events try to modify the events a bit to make it a bit better as a film. But I thought the directors did well with this film and made sure to keep it as original as possible. An extremely emotional film though
Posted by kingcool52 on 09-11-2017


I watched both movies and the one I liked the most was United 93. It was really sad the whole situation inside the plane and the movie showed how everything happened. The moment when the passengers find out that they won't survive the situation was very emotional, the moment when a few of them started to call their families to say goodbye was incredibly sad and it almost made me cry. Good movie and I can recommend it.
Posted by felabruno on 09-11-2017

I go for United 93.

The events of the bombing at the trade centre was explicitly displayed on this movie and when I watched it, I shed tears for I am that kind of person that can be touched by emotional scenes. I must say that what we really need in the world is peace and love for mankind.
Posted by Barida on 10-08-2017

Mystifying 9/11 Lone Plane

I haven't seen both movies but from the whole 9/11 thing and stories been told, I think the intriguing part of the incident would be the single plane heading to Washington that never got to its target. Very little is known about what happened on that plane from the time it got hijacked to the time of its crash. I'll like to see how Hollywood interpreted what little information they knew or had on the incident.
Posted by Rumu on 10-24-2017


I saw both of the movies. I can't really pick a favorite but I was very emotionally invested in the World Trade Center movie with Nic Cage. I found it to be gripping, touching, dramatic, and I was impressed with Cage's dead on New York accent. It is amazing they both survived, and without being in the elevator shaft and near the entrance at the time, they probably wouldn't have. So many of the rescuers just lost their lives as well along with the original victims.
Posted by kgord on 09-11-2017
I haven’t seen the movie but I had seen the actual video of the 9/11 World Trade Center incident. I was awe-struck that I was speechless for some time because it looked like unreal to me that a plane would hit the skyscraper. It was like an animated video that I thought at first was not really news. But it was a news report and the program host was repeating his words that the World Trade Center was hit by a plane.
Posted by Corzhens on 09-20-2018
I won't vote because both movies are extremely good and they serve a good purpose - to portray and raise awareness of what was happening during that day. I think it would be unfair to pick which is better because there aren't any losers here. Both movies deserve to be seen as the winners. 9/11 was absolutely horrible. Even though that I live in Europe I remember that day clearly and how we were all sat around televisions watching what was happening... devastating.
Posted by Mehano on 09-11-2017
Both are propaganda films that are blatant cash-ins on the morbid interests that this horrific day created in onlookers. Both should have their masters burned and everyone associated with them out of work permanently. It is beyond unacceptable to use 9/11 as a money making endeavor. The raw footage that came out of that event is viewable on youtube any time and serves as the most valuable memorial to what happened to the people who had to survive or be murdered in those attacks.
Posted by JaiGuru on 09-11-2017
Jonathan Solomon
Well, in my opinion, neither represent either scenarios to the fullest degree. Because at the end of the day, no film can truly express pain and loss of life that happened on the ground and in the air. I will say that I did watch both movies. I felt United 93 was directed a bit better compared to World Trade Center. Though both didn't really live up to expectations.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 09-11-2017
The United 93 is really a touching movie since all the passengers and crew did not survive but at least they were able to stop the terrorist from achieving their overall general intention.
Posted by babyright on 09-11-2017
I haven't watched united 93 so i guess it would be unfair to vote. I have watched world trade center. Though the message is really good but i think the film doesn't really go deep into the heart of the movie goers.
Posted by zheh on 09-12-2017
Same. Haven't watched it also so I cannot really vote which is which. Although I have heard mixed reviews about the movie but I think all reviews are the same. Some are biased. Don't reviews tend to be bias specially when it comes to movies? World Trade Center movie, on the other hand, seems to as you said, not really show everything specially what the people really need to feel.
Posted by galegatling on 09-12-2017
I watched both of these films and I really couldn't pick one film to be better. Both movies were very well done and told the story of these tragic events very well. Of course they could never come close to showing how terrible things really were. I enjoyed both films were very good. It is hard to watch them without having being emotional knowing what all those people went through that day.
Posted by Sue on 09-12-2017
I think some people process tragedy through media like films and I hope that each film helped it's cast, crew, and audience process their emotions surrounding the tragedy.
Posted by anna on 09-13-2017
The 9/11 disaster was so devastating and shocking for me and I'm not an American, let alone the families' victims, I think both movies are premature, they should've wait 20 years, and if they were to make them like that, it shouldn't be done at all.
Posted by joey98 on 09-15-2017
Presence of Nicolas Cage in World Trade Center gives the movie better weight, however, United 93 is also a very good movie. I like to watch movies based on the real events and I enjoyed these two movies, at some point, the movie made me very poignant. The only drawback of these movies is they were released too soon, when people still remember what happened. In cae the movies were released 20-25 years later, they would have made a great impact.
Posted by vinaya on 09-17-2017
Might find it difficult to choose because I haven't seen both movies but from the whole 9/11 thing and stories been told, I think the unfortunately intriguing part of the incident would be the single plane heading to Washington that never got to its target.

Very little is known about what happened on that plane from the time it got hijacked to the time of its crash. I'll like to see how Hollywood interpreted what little information they knew or had on the incident.
Posted by Rumu on 10-24-2017
I find it very difficult to choose here as I watched both movies and I appreciated both. I have to admit that at a certain point I had tears in my eyes thinking that some people have truly witnessed those events. Those are very touching movies. The actors did justice to their roles. I won't be able to see those movies again as they are so saddening.
Posted by Pixie on 01-10-2018
When World Trade Center is mentioned, nothing comes to mind but the carnage that happened on that fateful 9/11 day. It was really a sad day for all of us especially so that the plane attack was caught by a camera video. Such is the work of the terrorists so it is only fitting that we be reminded from time to time of what terrorism can do. And it ruins not only the lives of the victim but also our life in general.
Posted by Corzhens on 02-23-2018