Mainstream 9/11 Documentaries

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•   THE Collection of Televised & Popular 9/11 Documentaries    •

~ 60 Minutes 2: Under Ground Zero (aired Oct. 31, 2001)

~ 7 Days in September (CameraPlanet, 2002) - 102 mins
Includes footage and commentary from 27 New Yorkers. Currently owned by Starz Media/Anchor Bay Entertainment. Available as seen on A&E television, aired Sept. 2003 and 2004, in the International Center for 9/11 Studies NIST FOIA, release 28, 42A0280 - G27D2. Update: Watch at the NIST WTC data website (after agreeing to their terms by clicking "Continue," follow this link).

~ 102 Minutes that Changed America (History, 2008) - 119 mins
Watch in low res at DailyMotion. An A&E TV (owns History) copyright claim has removed all versions from YouTube. NOTE: There is one video titled/claiming to be "102 Minutes..." but it is not. It's a reupload of ResidentPinto's fantastic FOIA footage collection "World Trade Center Documentary."

Won a 2009 Emmy Award for Best Nonfiction Special. Famed for its raw style of collected, chronological 9/11 footage (with audio from different sources edited over different videos, like the mute Evan Fairbanks 2nd plane hit dubbed with the nearby Sutch brothers' audio.) The film is also known as "102 Minutes that Changed the World" as broadcast on CBC 2010. Original aired 2008 in HD (click title to watch), with some interviews from certain 9/11 camera operators. YouTube will delete this for copyright infringement every time, so History Channel can make money off their DVD, so go to the History 102 Minutes website.

As an alternative in the same style with no commentary (a better one in my opinion), see "World Trade Center Documentary," a YouTube blockbuster by ResidentPinto. Collected raw TV/amateur footage in high quality from the 2010 NIST FOIA.

~ 1993 WTC Bombing - Minute by Minute (A&E TV, 2001) - includes 9/11 segment near the end. (Not actual title).

~ 9/11/2002 ABC News Special with Peter Jennings
More from Jennings in "Behind the Scenes of 9/11" below. The Ron DiFrancesco WTC 2 escape story is fascinating, considering the unexplained fireball at ground level that burned over 60% of his body.

~ 9/11, CBS Special by Naudet Bros. - 119 mins
As broadcast March 2002 for the 6 month anniversary. An updated version aired for the 5-year anniversary and another version for the 10th. The film is now distributed on DVD by Paramount, edited differently, as "9/11: The Filmmakers' Commemorative Edition." Study the famous 1st plane crash video "luckily" captured by Jules Naudet.

~ The 9/11 Conspiracies (UK Channel 4, 2004) - New to this list 2017 since it appeared on YouTube in 2014.

~ The 9/11 Conspiracies: Fact or Fiction (History, 2007) - 1hr 30mins
Hit piece on the 9/11 Truth Movement. No YouTube link available.

~ 9/11: Day That Changed the World (Smithsonian Channel, 2011) - Not in full on YouTube as of Jan. 2015, but here's a full 700MB avi download [off site, at your own risk] of the British ITV narrated version. I've also seen a version of the same 2011 documentary narrated by American actor Martin Sheen. Features interviews with Cheney, Rumsfeld, Giuliani, and more who were there and in charge.

Interesting is the way they place the Sec. Mineta testimony on the incoming plane warnings to V.P. Cheney, as if the time were later Flight 93 and not Flight 77. This is a major point of contention for the 9/11 Truth Movement, showing stand-down orders being given. So the time was changed in the 9/11 Commission Report, and the orders Cheney gave were made to be about shooting down Flight 93 - orders that were officially never carried out due to on-board heroics of the passengers.

~ 9/11: The Days After (History, 2011 - low res)

~ 9/11: Emergency Room (UK Ch. 4, 2011)

~ 9/11: The Falling Man (2006)
Famous photo captures the horror, sparks controversy and starts a quest for the identity of the falling man.

~ 9/11: The Firefighters' Story (2002) :: Famous for Paul Berriff's WTC 2 collapse video (the filmmaker), where audio was enhanced with explosion sounds for a different TV documentary [docu-drama], BBC/Discovery's "Inside the Twin Towers" (the film/clip's only American airing). Berriff's film aired on UK Channel 5 Thursday August 29th, 2002 at 8:00 pm; also Sept. 6, 2005, and apparently in Australia. The DVD is now available (2011) with the 4-disc set "Remembering 9/11 - 4 Films Commemorating The Heroes and Victims Of September 11th." Highlights: Rare views of the Fresh Kills Landfill FDNY vehicle graveyard. Interview with WTC 1 stairway B survivor firefighter Rob Bacon. Quoting from the YouTube posting of the film:

This documentary was made by Paul Berriff who is a british film producer who was filming with the FDNY on 9/11/2001. Prior to the attacks he had been filming with Battalion Chief Mike Puzziferri of the 79 Battalion with Engine 79 and Truck 37. Shows post 9/11 including staten Island site where the damaged fire trucks were taken to along with all debris from the site.
R.I.P The brothers

~ 9/11: The Firemen's Story (UK Ch. 4, 2011) :: watch with Spanish subtitles

~ 9/11: Ground Zero's Responders (2012)
Fantastic documentary by fire videographer Lou Angeli. Rare closeup footage of the pile/pit. Listed in my Ground Zero playlist. (CTV911 on YouTube)

~ 9/11: Ground Zero Underworld (UK Ch. 4, 2007) - 47 mins
Incorrectly states the WTC basement levels were "hundreds of feet deep," when in fact they are no more than 75 feet deep.

~ 9/11: The Heartland Tapes - (Smithsonian Channel, 2013. Full link not available) - Radio personalities across America report on the disaster as it unfolds.

~ The 9/11 Hotel (UK Ch. 4, 9/10/08) - 47 mins
UPDATE: The first video in the playlist linked here was removed by YouTube, so I created a full length download here (823.5 MB mpg). The documentary incorrectly attributes the famous Rob Howard airplane photo to Christine Sweeting's daughter.

~ 9/11: Inside the Hamburg Cell (History/A&E TV, 2005) - 45 mins :: Terrorism and pre-9/11.

~ 9/11: The Lost Tapes (UK Channel 4, 2012?)
FAA and NORAD/NEADS tape recordings played.

~ 9/11: The Miracle of Stairway B (UK Ch. 4, 9/4/2006 and History, 8/14/2006) - 50 mins
Stories from the luckiest survivors of the attack on the World Trade Center.

~ 9/11: Phone Calls from the Towers (2009)

~ 9/11: Science and Conspiracy (National Geographic, NEW 2009) - 90 mins
This newest attack on 9/11 truth correctly notes that millions believe the "conspiracy theories," but in the first 27 seconds beleaguers their (my) credibility by showing a No planes hit the WTC sign.

See the critique from researcher Jim Hoffman, "National Geographic Does 9/11: Another Icon Debased in Service of the Big Lie"

~ 9/11: A Tale of Two Towers (2002) - rare witness interviews. See documentary details and more on the film.

~ 9/11: The Unofficial Story (CBC's The Fifth Estate, NEW 2009)
A revised version of the open minded 2003 investigation by CBC (The Fifth Estate: Conspiracy Theories, also available on this webpage)

~ America Rebuilds: A Year at Ground Zero (PBS, 2002)
Exclusive filmmaking access to Ground Zero during the 9 months of cleanup. The ban on photography at Ground Zero was announced Sept. 25 by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. (For video shot during the first hours and days, see "WTC: The First 24 Hours" (listed below) and Lou Angeli's short films including Ground Zero's Bucket Brigades. To get more critical, see "9/11 Debris: Investigation of Ground Zero," by me.

"America Rebuilds" is most famous for its interview of Larry Silverstein, WTC 7 owner... and leaseholder of the WTC complex— in which Larry used the words "pull it" when apparently he meant "pull everybody out of the area" not "pull" the building as in demolish... which takes weeks for a controlled demolition crew to plan and execute.

~ America Remembers: 9/11 Air Traffic Controllers - NBC, 9/11/2002 (and 9/9/2006 with additional material not included here). In 2003 NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw won an Emmy for Outstanding Interview.

See also "Flight 175: As the World Watched." See the transcript of controller Dave Bottiglia (and Brokaw) describing his experience losing "Flight 175" on radar, then seeing it return with a different transponder code and heading... a "mistake" by the terrorists.

~ Anatomy of September 11th (2002) - New York Times aids investigation

~ Behind the Scenes of 9/11 - ABC, 9/11/2002
U.S. air defense testimony. Military uniforms discuss the events. See more of this in "ABC News Special" above.

~ Brothers on Holy Ground (2002) -- Firefighters talk about their experiences. Some rare footage.

~ Brothers Lost: Stories of 9/11 (2007) - Seen on HBO - full link not available. "It's a life-affirming look at one aspect of the aftermath of this world-shattering event and an exploration of the unique love and loss shared by 31 men who lost their brothers almost simultaneously." A similar, yet perhaps not as intense collection of FDNY stories as is found in "Report from Ground Zero."

~ Building on Ground Zero - PBS-NOVA, September 5, 2006 - Seen in HD. High quality production, blocked 2016 on YouTube for copyright reasons.

~ The Center of the World: New York - A Documentary Film, Part 2 (PBS, 2003) - 1hr 30mins
AKA New York: The Center of the World (also listed below under N)

~ Clear the Skies (BBC, 2002)
"[T]he entire US mainland was being defended by only 14 planes," fighter pilots reveal. (Since there were numerous training exercises/war games going on that day, coincidentally.)

~ CNN Tribute: America Remembers September 11 (2002) - 1hr 29mins
CNN had some of the best amateur footage of the events, particularly the 2nd plane strike.

~ Collapse: How the Towers Fell (Discovery, 2002)
At vrt 35:40 FEMA lead investigator E. Corley says the North Tower collapse began in the core. This would not become the official NIST theory of floor truss sag and exterior column failure, although Corley seems to provide a more accurate assessment. But how did the core columns fail?

~ Collateral Damages (Sauret/Turn of the Century Pictures, 2003)
Important FDNY interviews and footage from Fresh Kills Landfill, 9/11 debris burial ground.

~ The Conspiracy Files: 9/11 (BBC, 2007) - 59 mins (no current link)
Hit piece on the 9/11 Truth Movement. For a highly critical rebuttal video by former MI5 agent turned 9/11 Truther Dave Shayler, see "9/11 and the British Broadcasting Conspiracy."

~ The Conspiracy Files: 9/11 Ten Years On (BBC, 2011) -- 9/11 Truth hitpiece remade

~ The Conspiracy Files: 9/11: The Third Tower (BBC2, 2008) - 60 mins (or see with Spanish subtitles)
Another hit piece attempting to confront the "smoking gun" WTC Building 7 evidence for controlled demolition, which cannot have been related to terrorism. Includes striking contradictory testimony from officials (Richard Rotanz saw an elevator car that had been "blown from its shaft" down the hall.) See the BBC page for more info.

~ The Day That Shook the World (BBC, 2002) - BBC News24 coverage of the events is replayed for the 1st anniversary of the attacks, using additional muted TV/amateur footage added with text caption info throughout. See BBC World news coverage here at TV archive 2.

~ The Day the Towers Fell (History, 2002) - from NIST FOIA release 27
Photographers tell their stories.

~ Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero - 1hr 56mins (PBS Frontline, 2002) -- How could God let this happen? Was religion to blame?

~ The Fifth Estate: Conspiracy Theories (CBC, 2003) - 45 mins
See the in-depth CBC webpage now. It's an open-minded look at the controversy surrounding 9/11, as aired on Canadian TV. Also, see the NEW 2009 CBC investigation "9/11: The Unofficial Story."

~ First Response - Ground Zero America (A&E TV, 2001) - 44 mins
Rare, early documentary featuring many heroes of 9/11. Watch at (after clicking Continue to agree to terms, follow link again).

~ Flight 175: As the World Watched (TLC, 2005) - 43 mins
See also "America Remembers: 9/11 Air Traffic Controllers" for a different Dave Bottiglia interview conflicting with the 9/11 Commission Report and NORAD's revised timeline that excused the misdirected/late intercepting fighter jets. Watch at YouTube in 3 parts. See it dubbed in Russian... or in German.

~ Giuliani's 9/11 (History, 2010) - 45 mins (link not available - see "In Memoriam" by HBO)
One of the 9/11 documentaries in the 2011 DVD set "Remembering 9/11 - 4 Films Commemorating The Heroes and Victims Of September 11th." New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani would later run for president in 2008.

~ Giuliani: Commanding 9/11 (NatGeo, 2010?)

~ The Heart of Steel (2006, full length at - 54:47
Dedicated Ground Zero volunteers tell their story of aiding the recovery effort. See also Matt Siegel's "Three Days at Ground Zero" to get past the police and military checkpoints.

~ In Memoriam: New York City 9/11/01 (HBO, 2002) - 1hr 1min
Excellent collection of footage featuring interviews with Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and his staff.

~ Inside 9/11, Part 1 - War on America (National Geographic, 2005) - 1hr 45mins ... terrorism...
~ Inside 9/11, Part 2 - Zero Hour *YT title is wrong* (National Geographic, 2005) - 1hr 45mins
Another important arrangement of raw footage. Also at YouTube in 4 parts.

~ Inside Edition - 9/12/2001 aired collection of 9/11 footage
Watch playlist including exclusive footage of both collapses (3 angles) and more.

~ Inside the Twin Towers (Discovery Channel, 9/3/2006) - 1hr 31mins
Docudrama/dramamentary. Actors play out the terrible events with commentary of those who experienced it. Conspiracy theorists beware the fake audio during the South Tower collapse. Yes, explosion sounds were added.

~ Let's Roll: The Story of Flight 93 (2002 docu-drama) - 50 mins

Actors play out the terrible events with actual cockpit voice recordings and interweaved interviews with relatives who talked to the heroes on the phone. (Read all about United Flight 93 at or watch a playlist of news reports from activist/YouTuber 11septembervideos.) I won't get into the conspiracy theories about the plane being shot down and covered up, or about the weak arguments for impossible/faked cell phone calls from the plane that some say flew too fast, too high. "Mom this is Mark Bingham" ... etc., et al.. No comment.

~ The Man Who Predicted 9/11 (UK Ch. 4, 2007) - 47 mins
Note that conspiracy theorist Bill Cooper predicted a large scale attack blamed on Osama bin Laden specifically! But not in this documentary film.

~ Modern Marvels: World Trade Center (S7xE121 months before 9/11)

~ On Native Soil: 9/11 Commission Report (911 Report LLC, 2006) - 1hr 52min (available on YT if you pay $2.99 to view)
Official story narrated by Oscar winners Hilary Swank and Kevin Costner.

~ New York: The Center of the World (also known as "The Center of the World: New York - A Documentary Film, Part 2" PBS, 2003) - 1hr 30mins

~ Relics From the Rubble (History, 2002) - 51 mins
Testimony to the extreme destruction of the World Trade Center. Watch on YouTube

~ Report From Ground Zero (2002) - 102 mins
FDNY brothers and family members share their compelling stories.

~ Seconds from Disaster: 9/11 (NatGeo, 2011)

~ Seconds from Disaster: 9/11 Pentagon (NatGeo, 2004)

~ The Secret History of 9/11 (CBC, 2006)
From YT: "Written and directed by Terence McKenna, it includes interviews with a number of key people including the Chief of Counter-terrorism at the White House Richard Clarke, the head of the CIA Bin Laden Unit Michael Scheuer, members of the 9/11 Commission including Chairman Thomas Kean and Vice-Chairman Lee H. Hamilton and Marc H. Sasseville, the U.S. fighter pilot who was prepared to fly his unarmed F-16 into a hijacked aircraft." Very informative.

~ Up From Zero (2003, U.S. Dept. of Labor) - 55 minutes
Construction workers tell their 9/11 stories.

~ Why the Towers Fell (PBS-NOVA, 2002) - 54 mins (aired on BBC as "The Fall of the World Trade Center" with British narration and editing variations by Horizon)
NOTE: The reason why, as given in this film, has been invalidated by NIST lead investigator Shyam Sunder in the 2006 PBS-NOVA "Building on Ground Zero" (see above, specifically here in the video).

~ Witness: D.C. 9/11 (National Geographic, 2010) - 45 minutes Watch streaming version at YouTube, or investigate the Pentagon incident further in this playlist of witness accounts and TV/video footage.

~ World Trade Center: Anatomy of the Collapse (TLC, 2002) - 46 mins

~ World Trade Center: A Modern Marvel 1973-2001 (no link) - History Channel, months before 9/11 [similar/same as(?) Modern Marvels WTC episode, above]

~ World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon (History, 2002) - 1 hr 30mins

~ WTC: The First 24 Hours (Sauret, 2002) :: Essential raw footage.

~ Zero Hour: The Last Hour of Flight 11 (UK TV, 2004) A docudrama with Mohamed Atta look-alike, as the 1st plane hijacking is acted out.

In addition to films like BBC's "Conspiracy Files," History's "The 9/11 Conspiracies: Fact or Fiction," and National Geographic's "9/11: Science and Conspiracy," mainstream media have also written many hit pieces on the 9/11 Truth Movement. Thanks - Since 9 Feb. 2008


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