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The Best Firefighter Movies

Updated August 10, 2021 986 votes 50 voters41 items

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What are the best firefighter movies of all time? This list of the best and most popular firefighter movies includes action dramas like Those Who Wish Me Dead and even cult comedy movies like The Fireman's Ball. Whether they are old classics or recent favorites, all the famous firefighter films can be found on this list. Many top firefighter movies, such as Only the Brave and Ladder 49, usually feature blazing fires, daring rescues, and can even be tearjerkers when firemen nobly display hearts of courage and bravery in the face of imminent danger. 

You can find many of the best firefighter movies on Netflix, or other streaming streaming services like Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO Max. So, what are the best movies about firefighters?

Vote up the most fire movies to help the best firemen movies reach the top of the list. Then, check back for new firefighter movies as they are released. 

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  • 1
    Josh Brolin, Miles Teller
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    6

    Released2017

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

    Only the Brave is a 2017 American drama film directed by Joseph Kosinski. A drama based on the elite crew of firefighters who battled the Yarnell Hill Fire, a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona in June...  more
  • 2
    John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix
    46
    7

    Released2004

    Directed byJay Russell

    Ladder 49 is a 2004 American drama film, directed by Jay Russell, about the heroics of fictional Baltimore firefighter Jack Morrison and his recollection of the events that got him to that point. The...  more
  • 3
    John Cena, Brianna Hildebrand
    46
    13

    Released2019

    Directed byAndy Fickman

    Playing with Fire is a 2019 American family comedy film directed by Andy Fickman. A crew of rugged firefighters (Keegan-Michael Key, John Cena, John Leguizamo) attempts to rescue three rambunctious...  more
  • 4
    Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell
    37
    6

    Released1991

    Directed byRon 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
  • 5
    Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult
    31
    3

    Released2020

    Directed byTaylor Sheridan

    Those Who Wish Me Dead is a 2020 neo-western film directed by Taylor Sheridan and is based on the novel of the same name by Michael Koryta. A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin...  more
  • 6
    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman
    33
    6

    Released1974

    Directed byIrwin Allen, John Guillermin

    The Towering Inferno is a 1974 American action drama disaster film produced by Irwin Allen featuring an all-star cast led by Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. The picture was directed by John...  more
  • 7
    Xiaoming Huang, Jiang Du
    39
    13

    Released2019

    Directed byTony 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
  • 8
    Michael Shannon, Michael B. Jordan
    26
    6

    Released2018

    Directed byRamin Bahrani

    Fahrenheit 451 is a 2018 dystopian television film directed by Ramin Bahrani, based on the book by Ray Bradbury. In a terrifying care-free future, Guy Montag (Michael B. Jordan), whose job as a...  more
  • 9
    Milada Ježková, Olga Blechová
    37
    19

    Released1967

    Directed byMiloš Forman

    The Fireman's Ball is a 1967 comedy film directed by Miloš Forman. It is set at the annual ball of a small town's volunteer fire department, and the plot portrays the series of disasters that occur...  more
  • 10
    Kirk Cameron, Alex Kendrick
    23
    3

    Released2008

    Directed byAlex Kendrick

    Fireproof is a 2008 American Christian drama film released by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Affirm Films, directed by Alex Kendrick, who co-wrote and co-produced it with Stephen Kendrick. The film stars...  more
  • 11
    Pete Davidson, Bel Powley
    21
    1

    Released2020

    Directed byJudd Apatow

    The King of Staten Island is a 2020 American comedy-drama film directed by Judd Apatow. After his mother (Marisa Tomei) starts dating a new man (Bill Burr), a slacker (Pete Davidson) tries to get his...  more
  • 12
    Jessica Biel, Adam Sandler
    30
    11

    Released2007

    Directed byDennis Dugan

    I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan, written by Barry Fanaro, and starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James as the title characters Chuck and Larry,...  more
  • 13
    Josh Hutchersonm, Bruce Greenwood
    30
    14

    Released2007

    Directed byTodd Holland

    Firehouse Dog is a 2007 American family film produced by Regency Enterprises and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Directed by Todd Holland, it stars Josh Hutcherson, Bruce Greenwood, Dash Mihok,...  more
  • 14
    Lau Ching-Wan, Louis Koo
    30
    17

    Released2013

    Directed byOxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang Phat

    Out of Inferno is a 2013 Hong Kongdisaster film directed by the Pang Brothers. A fire that engulfs a high-rise building in southern China and the subsequent rescue mission by the city's fire...  more
  • 15
    Bill Williams, Barton MacLane
    13
    0

    Released1950

    Directed bySeymour Friedman

    Rookie Fireman is a 1950 action film directed by Seymour Friedman. Merchant seaman Joe Blake, in love with Peggy Walters, takes the job of a rookie fireman in a big city department. His commander is...  more
  • 16
    Howie Long, Scott Glenn
    23
    13

    Released1998

    Directed byDean Semler

    Firestorm is a 1998 American action thriller film directed by Dean Semler. A firefighter (Howie Long) and his mentor (Scott Glenn) encounter an escaped convict (William Forsythe) and his cohorts in a...  more
  • 17
    Ava Gardner, Henry Fonda
    19
    9

    Released1979

    Directed byAlvin Rakoff

    City on Fire is a 1979 disaster film directed by Alvin Rakoff and featuring an all-star cast. The film’s plot revolves around a disgruntled employee who sets fire to an oil refinery, setting off a...  more
  • 18
    Damian Lau, Lam Suet
    19
    9

    Released1997

    Directed byJohnnie To

    Lifeline is a 1997 Hong Kong action thriller film directed by Johnnie To. Following the lives of firefighters as they deal with joys and hardships, both on the job and with their own personal lives....  more
  • 19
    Ice Cube, Ice-T
    17
    7

    Released1992

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Trespass is a 1992 action-crime-thriller movie directed by Walter Hill, starring Bill Paxton, Ice Cube, Ice-T, and William Sadler. Paxton and Sadler star as two firemen who decide to search an...  more
  • 20
    Teri Hatcher, Julie Bowen
    6
    0

    Released2014

    Directed byRoberts Gannaway

    Planes: Fire & Rescue is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2013 film Planes, a spin-off of Pixar's Cars franchise. Produced by DisneyToon Studios, it...  more
  • 21
    Edie Falco, Morris Chestnut
    4
    1

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn McNaughton

    Firehouse is a 1997 drama TV movie about the dealings of a crew at a firehouse. The group is attacked by an assassin and eventually must accept that the firehouse is to be consolidated with a rescue...  more
  • 22
    Julia Roberts, Peter MacKenzie
    4
    1

    Released1987

    Directed byJ. Christian Ingvordsen

    Firehouse is a 1987 film directed by J. Christian Ingvordsen. An evil businessman is secretly setting fires to some of the old buildings of a dilapidated neighborhood, while at the same time three...  more
  • 23
    Sigourney Weaver, Anthony LaPaglia
    4
    1

    Released2002

    Directed byJim Simpson

    The Guys is a 2002 drama film directed by Jim Simpson. In the play, Joan, an editor, helps Nick, a New York Fire Department captain, prepare the eulogies for the eight firefighters who died under his...  more
  • 24
    Nicolas Cage, Maggie Gyllenhaal
    14
    6

    Released2006

    Directed byOliver Stone

    World Trade Center is a 2006 disaster drama film directed by Oliver Stone and based on the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center. It stars Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Michael Peña, Maggie...  more
  • 25
    Richard Roundtree, Michael Lerner
    4
    1

    Released1973

    Directed byAlex March

    Firehouse is a 1973 action drama film directed by Alex March. Tensions arise when a previously all-white firehouse gets its first black fireman....  more