Since its construction began, One World Trade Center has been seen in many films, TV series and video games, while under construction. The tower began construction in 2006 and lasted until 2013. Films, TV shows and video games released from 2006 to 2013 will show the tower under construction, unless they were released then but set at a later date; e.g. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which shows the tower completed. For the purposes of this article, "One World Trade Center" and "Freedom Tower" are used interchangeably.
The tower is seen under construction in the 2012 film The Avengers, the finale of which takes place in New York City. The alternate opening sequence features a prolonged shot of Lower Manhattan with One World Trade Center in view. This footage was shot in the spring of 2011.
In the 2009 comedy Julie & Julia, Julie Powell works for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, where she fields complaints from people who dislike the tower's design. The new construction and the footprints of the old towers are shown.
The tower is seen under construction in the 2012 film The Dictator during a helicopter tour of New York City.
At the end of the 2012 film Men in Black 3, when main character J stands atop the Chrysler Building, the tower can be seen under construction as the camera pans across the city.
The half completed tower can be seen in the 2013 comedy, The Heat.
The building is shown being around two-thirds complete two different times in Delivery Man; it was released in 2013 but the film takes place in 2011.
One World Trade Center (with the unfinished interior) was seen at night in a flyby of Lower Manhattan during a Monday Night Football game of the Minnesota Vikings vs New York Giants on October 21, 2013.
The completed tower is seen in the pilot of Golden Boy which is probably set in 2020.
In the 2013 sci-fi epic Oblivion, the fully completed new tower and World Trade Center in 2017 is shown as viewed from the top of the Empire State Building, in a flashback of New York City prior to a war which ravages the city and entire planet. The scene is prevalent and recurrent throughout the film.