The 40+ Best Firefighter Movies, Ranked by Fans

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There are a considerable number of firefighter movies that have been made over the years, but which are actually worth watching? From films made in the last few years to classics from the '80s and '90s, these are the best movies about firefighters you should be watching in 2022, ranked by movie lovers like you.

One of the newest movies about fire is 2021's Those Who Wish Me Dead, a thriller starring Angelina Jolie as a smoke jumper in Montana who is fleeing a deadly blaze (and something even more sinister) while escorting an injured boy through a remote forest. It's one of the few movies about a wildland firefighter, which makes it stand out against the other films on this list.

If you're looking for a firefighter movie that's more of a classic, you can't go wrong with Backdraft. Released in 1991, Backdraft follows a team of firefighters as they hunt a deadly arsonist. Fun fact about the film - Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell, and the rest of the cast actually went out on calls with real Chicago firefighters to prepare for their roles. It ended up receiving three Oscar nominations.

This ranked list features over 40 movies about fire or firemen and is ordered based on the number of votes each film receives. If you've seen these movies, be sure to drop an upvote or downvote next to the film and help shape the list!

Updated 11/22 by Chris Abraham to include the movie Fireheart, a 2022 animated film about a girl who wants to be the first female firefighter.

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  • Backdraft
    Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
    40 votes
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Ron Howard
    Backdraft is a 1991 action thriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by Gregory Widen. The film stars Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, ...more

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  • Only the Brave
    Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges
    34 votes
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
    Through hope, determination, sacrifice and the drive to protect families and communities, the Granite Mountain Hotshots become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the country. While most ...more
  • Ladder 49
    Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta, Jacinda Barrett
    33 votes
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Jay Russell
    After saving the life of one of the civilians inside, firefighter Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix) finds himself trapped in a burning warehouse with a broken leg. As his friend and mentor, Deputy ...more

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  • As the Light Goes Out

    As the Light Goes Out

    Nicholas Tse, Simon Yam, Hu Jun
    12 votes
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Derek Kwok
    As the Light Goes Out (Chinese: 救火英雄) is a 2014 Hong Kong-Chinese disaster film directed by Derek Kwok. The firefighters of Hong Kong's Pillar Point division battle an out-of-control blaze that ...more
  • The Towering Inferno
    Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden
    19 votes
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: John Guillermin, Irwin Allen
    Classic 1970s disaster movie about a fire that breaks out in a state-of-the-art San Francisco high-rise building during the opening ceremony attended by a host of A-list guests. An overworked fire ...more

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  • The Bravest

    The Bravest

    Xiaoming Huang, Jiang Du, Zhuo Tan
    19 votes
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Tony Chan
    The Bravest (aka LièHuǒ Yīngxióng) is a 2019 Chinese disaster film directed by Tony Chan, based on Bao'erji Yuanye's non-fiction book The Deepest Water are Tears. A group of brave firefighters deal ...more