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The Most Creative And Controversial Ways Movies And Shows Dealt With 9/11

Updated March 16, 2021 66.8k views14 items

The horrific events of September 11, 2001, altered American culture forever, including what viewers saw on screens. In the years following the event, a host of movies about 9/11 came out. But before that, in the weeks and months after 9/11, filmmakers and TV producers had to make quick decisions about how to respond.

Movies and TV shows were altered or changed completely because of 9/11 as directors and producers responded to the nation's heightened sensitivity about terrorism, plane hijackings, and explosions. Scenes that included the Twin Towers, for example, once a symbol of growth and progress, reminded people of tragedy and loss. Some creators decided to remove all traces of the towers from their movies. To deal with the profound impact of 9/11 on the American psyche, they made some strange and controversial choices.