In honor of the 20 Anniversary, of September 11, films and documentaries have been created to pay tribute to the lives lost and to observe the tragedy that unfolded around the world.
We gathered a list of eight documentaries/shows to document and remember the events that occurred. The footage listed below may be hard to watch about this fateful day.
For streaming service users, documentaries on 9/11 can be found on Hulu, Netflix, HBO Max, and Paramount+. For network T.V. users, more documentaries and shows can be found with their appropriate airing times. (Subject to change)
“9/11: One Day in America tells the in-depth story of September 11th through the eyes of the witnesses, heroes and survivors. Made in collaboration with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum to mark the 20th anniversary, this major new series charts the tragic day in unprecedented detail – from the first plane hitting the north tower to the last survivors being rescued from the rubble.”
“Modern history can be divided into two time frames: before 9/11 and after 9/11. This five-part docuseries from director Brian Knappenberger is a cohesive chronicle of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S., offering illuminating perspectives and personal stories of how the catastrophic events of that day changed the course of the nation. From the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 to the country’s breathtaking collapse back into the hands of the Taliban just weeks before the twentieth anniversary of the attacks, history continues to be made.”
“Lee conducted over 200 interviews for the documentary series which features first-hand accounts from residents of all walks of life, including first responders, politicians, and journalists alongside Lee and his own family and friends, complemented by a treasure trove of visual imagery.
The quintessential New York filmmaker uses his unique sensibilities to craft a multi-faceted mosaic of the city as it deals with some of the most life-changing events of the last twenty years.
“Former CIA directors, insiders and national security experts retrace the agency’s steps around 9/11 and detail the mission to hunt down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in “Race Against Time: The CIA and 9/11.” The special airs Friday, September 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and will be available to stream on the CBS News app and Paramount+ on September 11.”
“9/11 Twenty Years Later: America Remembers” is a special week of coverage across the network and streaming news channel ABC News Live to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, including four reflective primetime specials and a five-part documentary series.
On Saturday, Sept. 11, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary, a special edition of “Good Morning America Saturday” will air at 7:00 a.m. EDT and lead into ABC News’ special live coverage “9/11 Twenty Years Later: America Remembers” beginning at 8:00 a.m.
The special coverage will reflect on all that happened since that tragic morning and feature the live ceremony taking place in lower Manhattan, including the reading of the names by family members of those killed, as well as the six pauses for moments of silence commemorating the four attacks and collapse of the two towers, and the ceremonies at the Pentagon, Shanksville and elsewhere.
ABC News Live will dedicate a full 24 hours of rotating 9/11-related programming beginning the morning of Saturday, Sept. 11.
Below are details about the primetime specials and ABC News coverage (subject to change). All programming can be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu, and throughout the day on Saturday, Sept. 11, on ABC News Live.”
Found on GMA‘s Facebook page, “Heather Penney, who flies an F-16, was one of the first female fighter pilots and was prepared to give her life to stop the 9/11 attacks. Here is her story:”
“A deeply personal film that moved between accounts of the two-hour period when terrorists attacked the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and Flight 93 and the story of the 20 years since.”
Discovery Channel is airing “Surviving 9/11” at 8 p.m. They have multiple 9/11 episodes airing throughout the day including: “Attack on the Pentagon” which starts at 1 p.m., and “After the Towers Fell” at 4:00 p.m.
“Four Flights–American 11, United 175, American 77, and United 93– took off on the morning of September 11th, 2001, carrying dozens of souls whose lives and legacies would forever be intertwined. The documentary recounts the celebrated and the little-known stories of the passengers, crew, family members, military officers, and air traffic controllers who experienced the day– each more moving and impactful than the last. Told by those who were there these stories of bravery and heroism in the face of true terror add new color to our understanding of the morning a nation changed forever.”
“Marking the 20th anniversary of September 11, this two-hour documentary presents a unique and moving account of the day that changed the modern world. Featuring rare footage and audio, the film unveils an intimate portrayal of the events of September 11 captured by ordinary people who chose to pick up their video cameras that day; some courageous enough to get a closer look. Told in the moment without interview, commentary, or narration, this riveting documentary weaves together the personal video diaries of a dozen people whose emotions are remarkable documentation of that dark day. A truly extraordinary portrayal, the documentary puts viewers in the shoes of New Yorkers and visitors alike to unfold the tragedy, the fear of what was next, and the horrific aftermath to follow resulting in a raw and unfiltered telling of 9/11 from confusion to comprehension, terror and relief.”