World Trade Center in popular culture

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1 and 2 World Trade Center from Battery Park City

The original World Trade Center was a landmark building complex in Lower Manhattan, New York. The famous Twin Towers (1 WTC and 2 WTC) were completed by 1973 and were among the tallest buildings in the world until their destruction on September 11, 2001. An iconic feature of the New York City skyline for nearly three decades, the World Trade Center has been featured in innumerable films, television shows, cartoons, computer games and comic books.


Date Title Set in Notes
1970 Loving 1970 The 1970 film Loving featured several scenes outside and inside of the "Lepridon Building" which was under construction. In real life, the construction site was part of the World Trade Center complex.
1972 The Hot Rock 1972 The 1972 film The Hot Rock includes footage taken from a helicopter flying toward the World Trade Center, still under construction.[1]
1973 Godspell 1973 The musical number "All for the Best" performed by film's cast at the top of a tower nearing completion.
1973 Live And Let Die 1973 In a shot of 'CIA Headquarters', the South Tower with its topmost floors still incomplete can be seen clearly in the background.
1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 1974 The World Trade Center is seen briefly through the rear window of a police car Phil, Police Commissioner (Rudy Bond) before he went to the mayor's house.
1975 Three Days of the Condor 1975 Three Days of the Condor has Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) offices based in the World Trade Center.[2] James Sanders characterizes the World Trade Center and its offices as depicted in the film as "a cold, anonymous, largely soulless environment...The Trade Center was not in its design a humane public place, a soulful place."[3]
1976 King Kong 1976 In this version, the final scene took place at the World Trade Center, instead of the Empire State Building where the scene took place in the original film. The change was due partially to poster campaign[4] and to acknowledge that the Twin Towers had taken the Empire State Building's place as the tallest building in the world, the reason that the Empire State Building was chosen in the first place. In addition to the exterior scenes, shots were also taken of the South Tower's lobby and inside one of the skylobby elevators. The death of King Kong was filmed using a styrofoam stand-in, which was equipped with electrical wiring, hydraulic hoses and jacks to control its movements.[5]
1977 Bye Bye Monkey 1977 In Bye Bye Monkey the characters come across the carcass of King Kong from the 1976 film remake.
1977 Saturday Night Fever 1977 The film shows the towers several times: in the opening credits, when Travolta leaves, and when he comes back to Brooklyn.
1978 Superman 1978 The Twin Towers appear in a crucial scene as Superman performs one of his first rescues for the public, announcing his presence. The Twin Towers are seen in the background of the night sky as Superman turns around while flying. Later on, the Twin Towers are shown briefly as Superman takes Lois Lane on a flying tour of the city by night.
1978 The Wiz 1978 The 1978 film adaptation of the musical The Wiz uses the Twin Towers as a filming location.
1980 Dressed to Kill 1980 The characters played by Nancy Allen and Keith Gordon have a drink at Windows on the World, the restaurant on the top of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
1981 Escape from New York 1997 In the 1981 film Escape from New York, the lead character lands a glider on the roof of the World Trade Center. The film also has a group of terrorists crash Air Force One into a different New York City building.[6]
1982 Mazes and Monsters 1982 The 1982 made-for-television movie Mazes and Monsters includes a climactic scene both inside and on the top of the South Tower, in which a character played by Tom Hanks tries to jump off when he thinks he can fly.[7][8] Extensive footage was shot in the lobby, inside the observatory elevator, and the observatory itself of the South Tower.
1982 "Tempest" 1982 The 1982 film "Tempest", based on the Shakespeare play, features a scene with two of the main characters jogging on the seawall past the World Trade Center, and one featuring another main character exiting from a car and entering the lobby of the World Trade Center.
1982 Wrong Is Right 1982 The 1982 film Wrong Is Right features a plot by Islamic terrorists who threaten to detonate two stolen suitcase nuclear bombs in the United States while demanding that the President resign. The suitcase nukes are found at the top of the World Trade Center.
1983 Born in Flames 1983 A television transmission tower on top of the World Trade Center is destroyed by a bomb.
1983 Terms of Endearment 1983 Debra Winger gives a speech in front of the towers on a cloudy day.
1983 Trading Places 1983 The 1983 film Trading Places includes an external shot of the towers (at the plaza level) where Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy enter the COMEX commodities trading floor in 4 World Trade Center which is featured in the climax of the film.[9][10]
1984 Ghostbusters 1984 The 1984 film Ghostbusters featured several scenes where the iconic World Trade Center towers are clearly visible.
1985 Santa Claus: The Movie 1985 The 1985 film Santa Claus: The Movie; during the sequence where Santa is flying his sleigh around the skyscrapers of Manhattan on Christmas Eve, he attempts to perform a loop-the-loop up, and around the World Trade Center towers, only for one of his more timid reindeer to get vertigo and abort the stunt.
1986 Crocodile Dundee 1986 The 1986 film Crocodile Dundee; when the title character played by Paul Hogan is given a tour of New York by Linda Kozlowski, the pair visit the 'Top Of the Rock' observatory of the Rockefeller Center, and the Twin Towers are clearly visible in the background, for Mick to have his photograph taken posing towards the Manhattan skyline to send back home to his friends in Australia on a postcard. The Twin Towers appear again in an establishing shot of the night-time Manhattan sky in a scene when Mick commandeers a NYC taxicab and is heard (but not seen) shouting expletives at other motorists for "driving on the wrong side of the road".
1986 The Money Pit 1986 The Twin Towers feature prominently in the opening credits in various still shots of Manhattan (the opening shot looking uptown has clearly been shot from within one of the towers' upper floors. In a later scene shot on a rooftop running track, the towers can be seen in the immediate background – suggesting the area is either SoHo or Tribeca.
1987 An Autumn's Tale 1987 A Hong Kong romantic drama directed by Mabel Cheung, starring Chow Yun-fat, Cherie Chung, and Danny Danny Chan Bak-keung. The film features several backdrops and scenic views of the World Trade Center towers.[11]
1987 The Squeeze 1987 The poster for the 1987 Michael Keaton workplace comedy The Squeeze features Keaton sandwiched between the Twin Towers, as a hand squeezes them together.
1987 Wall Street 1987 Features the World Trade Center in numerous scenes; the opening credits have a number of sepia shots lingering on the towers. We also see the World Trade Center's PATH escalator bank.
1988 Bright Lights, Big City 1988 The towers are used at the end of the film as a symbol of hope and change.
1988 Working Girl 1988 Working Girl features the Trade Center complex in its opening sequence moving from the Staten Island Ferry to Lower Manhattan. Advertising and promotional pieces for the film also used images of the World Trade Center heavily. The film itself is set in 7 World Trade Center.[2]
1989 The Dream Team 1989 Features Michael Keaton playing a pathological liar. He points out the Trade Center, saying, "You see those two towers? World Trade Center. I was an architect working on them. First they just wanted to build one but I said, 'Hey, fellas, we're here – What the!?, let's throw another one up'. Turned out pretty well, didn't it?"
1989 Ghostbusters II 1989 The towers are prominently featured during the city wide blackout scene, in the scene where the Statue of Liberty (animated by positive mood slime) walks across the city, and they are the buildings from which the ghost nanny Janosz Poha flies to kidnap Oscar. The towers are also seen in a shot of the city at the end of the film.
1989 New York Stories 1989 Shows the towers in all three segments. The towers can be seen through the window of Nick Nolte's apartment. Later, Woody Allen's mother talks over the skyline.
1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities 1989 Features an opening sequence following Bruce Willis through the basement of the World Trade Center for nearly five minutes.
1992 Freejack 2009 Shows the Twin Towers standing in the year 2009. In the last scene of the movie, just before the credits start rolling, the towers are seen in the background, just to the left of the 200-story-tall "McCandless Building", which is in the future fortress of Battery Park City.[12][13]
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Winter 1991 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York features the Trade Center complex after Kevin McCallister realizes he's all alone in New York, he catches a taxi and arrives at the plaza and goes up to the observation deck of the South Tower.
  • In the first years after the attacks this sequence was omitted from broadcasts but have since been included unedited
1993 Super Mario Bros. 1993 The Twin Towers become the "Koopa Towers" in the film's parallel dimension, which is a dinosaur-laden Manhattan run by antagonist King Koopa (Dennis Hopper). The North Tower features a sharpened top while the South Tower is unfinished with a jagged top. Both are adorned with Koopa's signature "K" symbol. The towers briefly replace the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan when the two worlds are merged for a short time.
1993 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 1993 When the dinosaurs first arrive to New York City via the old Staten Island Ferry terminal they are shocked by how tall the Twin Towers are. One of the dinosaurs falls back into the East River. The towers are later seen several times throughout the film, sometimes portrayed as being side by side, other times with one tower being rotated at an angle.
1996 Joe's Apartment 1996 The film shows several scenic views of the towers.
1996 Independence Day 1996 In the 1996 movie Independence Day, the Trade Center appears several times in the New York skyline, as a large alien ship arrives over the city. They are the tallest remnants of a ruined New York in a later shot with a toppled Statue of Liberty in the foreground.[9]
1997 Jungle 2 Jungle 1997 The World Trade Center can be seen near the beginning of the film Jungle 2 Jungle. Tim Allen's character is shown walking out revolving doors. The scene then changes to an upwards shot of both towers while Allen's character continues with his dialogue. The camera then pans down towards the front of the complex while the main speaking characters continue to walk off screen.
1997 Men in Black 1997 Shows the Twin Towers in the background of the scene on the turnpike where the agents intercept a fleeing extraterrestrial family (one of whom gives birth). The finale of its 2002 sequel, Men in Black II, was set to take place atop one of the WTC buildings. Due to the fate of the towers, this was modified prior to release. The original ending can be seen on the DVD release as the "alternate ending".
1997 Picture Perfect 1997 A scene where Kate (Jennifer Aniston) and Darcy (Illeana Douglas) are sunbathing on the rooftop, the Twin Towers are seen from afar.
1997 Path to Paradise 1993 The made-for-television film Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing chronicled the events leading up to and shortly after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
1998 Aftershock: Earthquake in New York 1998 A TV reporter is reporting the damage from a news chopper; the Twin Towers had a few small fires, and the reporter said "They look good. They're both still standing." They also appear in the ending behind the Statue of Liberty, which was under reconstruction.
1998 Armageddon 1998 Depicts the Twin Towers (along with many other famous landmarks) severely damaged after New York City was struck by a meteor shower.

At first during a normal day in New York, the Twin Towers are shown in the background. Later, a meteor shower hits New York City in the beginning in the movie. The Twin Towers are shown three times during the meteor shower. The first appearance was a low point of view from between the towers looking up as large meteors pass over the towers. The second appearance is when the New York Financial District is shown as meteors passed by, one hitting the South Tower. The third appearance is New York City after the meteor shower. The North Tower had a hole on its north side of the tower while the top of the South Tower had been partially destroyed and was on fire.

As a result of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the scene showing the towers getting hit and being on fire were cut when the movie aired on ABC in April 2002.[9]
1998 The Cruise 1998 Bus tour guide Speed Levitch suggests to a tourist that she stand in the plaza between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and spin around in circles, then look up and experience the illusion of the towers toppling down on her. In a scene later in the film, Speed appears in the plaza of the World Trade Center, performing this very act.
1998 Deep Impact 1998 A comet hits the earth, causing a megatsunami that hits the east coast. As the tsunami strikes New York the Twin Towers are shown as the wave engulfs them. At the end of the tsunami scene the water recedes, and the Twin Towers can be seen poking out of the water as the only buildings left standing.
1998 Godzilla 1998 The two towers can be seen in various establishing shots, and appear numerous times throughout the film. At the beginning of the film, a T.V. reporter says that Godzilla's presence in the city is the worst thing since the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
1998 Jeans 1998 The site appears in the Tamil film, Jeans, with the lead pair, Prashanth and Aishwarya Rai, dancing inside the tower and in areas surrounding the tower.
1999 Bicentennial Man 2005 and later The future New York shows the World Trade Center three times its actual height.
1999 The Matrix 2199 Morpheus describes where Neo has gone by entering him into the Matrix system. He shows a scene from New York in a Matrix TV including the World Trade Center 200 years in the past, through to what the towers looked like 200 years later. The towers lost a heavy amount of concrete like most New York buildings, but they were still both standing.
1999 Trick 1999 Revolves around two gay men trying to find a place to have sex and who fall in love. Near the end of the movie, an establishing morning shot is shown centered on the Twin Towers in the early morning, and in the final scene a pan out moves from the main character to the Twin Towers and a portion of 7 World Trade Center from Greenwich Village.
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2142–4142 In the 2001 Steven Spielberg film A.I. Artificial Intelligence, the towers were shown standing in the year 2142 where global warming has flooded many cities, including New York City. Then, they are seen again, in the year 4142, many years after humanity has ceased to exist, this time covered in glacial ice, but were one of the few buildings standing above the ice. Less than three months after the release, the towers were destroyed in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Although risking controversy and criticism, Steven Spielberg left the towers in the DVD release.[2] The towers are in the Blu-ray release as well.
2002 Spider-Man 2001 After the terrorist attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, Sony recalled teaser posters which showed a close-up of Spider-Man's face with the New York skyline (including, prominently, the World Trade Center towers) reflected in his eyes. Not all of the posters were recovered, however, and the ones still at large are now highly prized collector's items. The towers are seen in the movie, even reflected in Spider-Man's eyes. The makers of the film decided not to remove them digitally. The movie's original trailer, released in 2001, featured a group of bank robbers on their getaway in a helicopter, which Spider-Man catches in a giant spider-web between the two towers of the World Trade Center. The trailer was pulled after the events of September 11, 2001, attacks, but can be found on the Internet.[14]
2001 Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV 2001 In November 2001, this film premiered in New York City. During the months after September 11, nearly all movies made in New York had the towers removed either by editing the footage out or digitally removing them from the frame. Lloyd Kaufman relates in his book Make Your Own Damn Movie! that he felt audiences would be able to see the Twin Towers in film without being distressed. The opening narration features the Twin Towers prominently and it is reported that the audience cheered.[15]
2001 Vanilla Sky 2151 Premiered on December 14, 2001. The end segments feature the Twin Towers still standing in the panoramic city background. This is plausible as the ending scene to this is created from the lead character's memory. If he remembers the Twin Towers to still be standing, then they would still appear in the skyline.
2002 Gangs of New York 2001 Featured an ending sequence showing the city's skyline slowly progressing to its modern form. The final shot featured the World Trade Center restored to the skyline using computer-generated imagery. This scene also included a voice-over by one of the characters, who said, (to paraphrase) "those who lived in those times would never forget what it was like". Martin Scorsese chose to show the towers rather than remove them because the movie is supposed to be about the people who build New York, not those who tried to destroy it.
2002/SEP/13 Igby Goes Down 2001. Premiered September 13, 2002. One of the last films to show the Twin Towers. Establishing shots with the towers in prominent view were removed intentionally. Remaining in the final cut of the film are two brief, street-level shots from SoHo showing part of one tower in the background.
2002/Oct You Stupid Man 2001. Premiered on October 18, 2002. In the opening credits there is a night time shot that pans the Lower Manhattan skyline which focuses on the two towers. There is also a scene with the towers as the backdrop around thirty minutes in and there is the 'standard' shot across the Brooklyn Bridge near the end of the film.
2002/12/19 25th Hour 2002 Directly incorporates the ruins of the Twin Towers. The opening credits are shown over views of the Tribute in Light, and one scene takes place at the apartment of Frank Slaughtery, which overlooks the site.
2002/SEP/30 Stairwell: Trapped in the World Trade Center 2001.9.11 This first 9/11 dramatization showed a number of different shots of the towers. The footage was shot in 1999 and was originally going to be used in a movie about the 1993 bombing. That movie, titled Hellevator, was shelved after the September 11 attacks.
2004 Miracle 1979–1980 Set in 1979 and 1980, the film features a digitally re-inserted shot of the towers just prior to the USA hockey team's exhibition game against the USSR at Madison Square Garden. The buildings of the World Financial Center, which would not be built for several years, are also included in the shot.
2005 Munich 1973 A period film ending in 1973. Despite the movie ending in 1973, several post-1980s skyscrapers are seen in the skyline.
2008 Man on Wire 1974 Man on Wire is a documentary film that chronicles Philippe Petit's 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Despite being made in 2008, it makes no reference to the towers' destruction.
2006 United 93 2001.9.11 In the film's poster, the Twin Towers can be seen just under the Statue of Liberty's crown. The North Tower is on fire and a plane, United Airlines Flight 175, is heading towards the South Tower. In the film itself, the towers are the last glimpse of Manhattan caught by the passengers (most notably hijacker Ziad Jarrah, played by Khalid Abdalla), through a plane window as the flight departs Newark International Airport. While the intact complex was digitally re-inserted into the skyline, its destruction was shown through actual news footage.
2006 World Trade Center 2001.9.11 Oliver Stone directed World Trade Center (released on August 9, 2006), the first feature-length film about the attacks on the Twin Towers. It stars Nicolas Cage as Port Authority Police officer John McLoughlin, one of the first men called to the scene of the 9/11 attacks. Although it was the second film about the September 11th attacks to be released to theaters (following United 93), it is the first dramatic non-documentary film based on 9/11.
2007 The Kingdom 2003 The opening sequence revolves around the history of U.S. involvement in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A map shows America as the number one oil consumer in 2000. A bar graph rises and soon turns into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, with United Airlines Flight 175 heading towards it. A quick cut shows Manhattan with the World Trade Center site on fire.
2008 August 2001.8 Tom Sterling fights to keep his start-up company afloat on Wall Street during summer 2001, a month before the 9/11 terrorist attacks which will decline the financial district. Around the end of the movie, Tom and his associates meet in a building of Manhattan a company which wants to invest. We can see the Twins Towers behind Tom when he is sitting in the waiting room. The towers are also briefly seen at the beginning of the film when Tom drives to work, and were featured on one of the film's posters.
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2005, Flashback: Before September 11, 2001 In a flashback, when Alex first came to the zoo as a cub, the skyline of New York is seen, showing the Twin Towers, which means he came before or during 2001, just before September 11.
2009 New York 2008 In the movie, the story is based on a former situation after the destruction of World Trade Center at September 11 attacks.[16]
2009 Watchmen 1985 The World Trade Center is present in New York, as the story is set in an alternate 1985. Both towers are shown several times inserted back into the skyline and even shown surviving a nuclear blast in New York City. The antenna is consistently depicted mounted on Two World Trade Center (the south tower), whereas in reality it was present on One World Trade Center (the north tower). However, as the story is set in an alternate history, this may have been deliberate.
2010 Remember Me 2001.9.11 Takes place in New York City in 2001. The date the movie is set is not initially revealed. Viewers are told there has been a ten-year lapse since the murder of Ally Craig's mother in 1991. As Tyler Hawkins makes his way downtown to visit his father's office, a reflection of the World Trade Center can be seen on a neighboring building. Once in the office, a pan-out reveals that he is on the uppermost floors of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001, at the exact point that Flight 11 hit the tower.
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2005 The skyline of New York is shown when Alex and his friends are returning, showing the new 1 and 2 World Trade Center towers.
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2013 In some scenes, the new One World Trade Center is shown.
2014 A Most Violent Year 1981 When Abel Morales is turning Julian over to the police, the towers can be seen (though blurred) through the back window of Abel's car.

Notable movie posters[edit]

  • Godzilla vs. Megalon, (1973). In the American theatrical poster it shows Godzilla and Megalon fighting on top of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. The movie contained no scenes set in New York City, or in the United States in general, and only served to copy the 1976 King Kong remake's poster.
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, (1992). The Twin Towers can be seen in the logo.
  • King Kong, (1976). Kong is shown atop the Twin Towers with one foot on each tower, grasping a burning fighter plane as other planes attack.
  • Manhattan, (1979). Both towers make up the two legs of the "H" of the title "MANHATTAN".
  • New York Stories, (1989). The poster shows a small apartment building with various people in each window, behind is the title and only the Twin Towers. They were removed in the 2003 DVD release.
  • Sidewalks of New York, (2001). The poster showed the World Trade Center in the background; the poster had to be changed, delaying the movie's release.
  • Spider-Man, (2002). Seen in Spider-Man's eyes in the pre-9/11 teaser poster. The poster is still at large, and now is a highly prized collector's item.
  • Splash, (1984). Seen in the background of the original poster. In the 2004 anniversary edition, it is changed to a view of the Empire State Building.
  • The Manhattan Dating Project, (2001). Seen throughout the film in the background and on the original poster. Later it has been replaced by the Singer Sha Sabi posing in front of a Limousine and the Empire State Building.
  • The Squeeze, (1987). The main character is actually being "squeezed" in between the two towers with a large hand.
  • Superman II, (1980). Both versions of the poster include the World Trade Center with the New York City skyline on fire, or in this case Metropolis.


  • The Twin Towers were depicted as being part of the skyline of New York City in three episodes of the 1987 version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series: "Enter: The Fly", "Sky Turtles", and "The Big Blow Out".
  • In the first episode of the seventh season of Coach (1994) the New York City skyline is shown with the Twin Towers visible.
  • At the end of the opening credits of Taxi (1978–1982), the Twin Towers can be seen in the distance as the camera pans away from the front of the taxicab driving over the Queensboro Bridge. In addition the towers are frequently seen in the background of establishing shots of the taxi garage, which was located in the West Village of Manhattan, a short distance from the WTC.
  • Kojak (1973–1978); as Kojak was set primarily in Lower Manhattan, the towers make numerous appearances throughout the show's run. During early episodes of Season 1, many shots show the South Tower still with a construction crane on its roof, and with the aluminum cladding missing from its topmost floors.
  • The towers are used extensively in The Simpsons episode The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson in 1997. Because of the World Trade Center's central role, the episode was initially taken off syndication in many areas following the September 11, 2001 attacks, but has come back into syndication in recent years.
  • The 2003 HBO miniseries Angels in America (which takes place in the late 1980s) is noteworthy as being the first major post-9/11 production to digitally insert the towers in the New York City skyline.
  • It was shown briefly in Code Lyoko episode 74 when Jim talks about being a Secret Service agent.
  • Beginning with the second season of the sitcom Barney Miller, the opening credits include a shot of the New York City skyline, with the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center prominently featured. Coincidentally the first episode of the season aired on September 11, 1975 and is entitled “Doomsday” and the plot centers on a suicide bomber who wants to destroy the 12th Precinct if his issues with New York State & City government are not addressed.[17]
  • From 2007–2009, 7 World Trade Center's facade is used as the preface to scenes in ABC's Dirty Sexy Money for the office of Patrick "Tripp" Darling III.
  • The Twin Towers made a brief appearance in the Family Matters (1989–1998) episode "Fa La La La Laagghh!" After Carl turned on the Christmas light decorations on the Winslow's house, a malfunction (thanks to Steve?) results in a power outage. First, the Winslow's home goes out, then a row of family homes, then Lower Manhattan, and finally, the entire world. Steve then says "Look what you did."
  • Several shots of the Twin Towers appear in the introduction and several establishing shots of New York City, some episodes, all including the Twin Towers, for Friends (1994–2004) over the first seven seasons (1994–2001). Pictures of the Manhattan Skyline featuring the World Trade Center also feature on many DVD cases, and DVD box set cases.[18] Every season had a slightly different opening sequence. A new shot of the skyline was shown with the title card; some seasons showed the Twin Towers, others the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. Later seasons after 9/11 still briefly showed the Towers. The original and main title card used for later seasons has a portion of both towers visible, yet they are not very obvious. The last episode (2004) even included one of the most commonly seen pieces of stock footage, a shot of Lower Manhattan in the late afternoon under the Brooklyn Bridge, panning as far as the South Tower. As of 2007 the Twin Towers are still being shown in establishing shots throughout earlier seasons in reruns, and have not been edited out.
  • On Fringe:
    • During the final scene of the season one finale of Fringe, the World Trade Center is seen intact in a parallel universe of New York City. The main character, Olivia Dunham, is revealed to be in an office in the South Tower in an alternate reality of 2009, in which the World Trade Center was not destroyed on September 11, 2001. A newspaper headline reading "OBAMAS SET TO MOVE INTO NEW WHITE HOUSE" suggests that the White House was destroyed on September 11 in this alternate timeline instead of the Towers, and has just recently been rebuilt.[19]
      • The pan shot uses both real footage and CGI. As the shot pans out, it is visually clear that the Twin Towers are CGI, as the darker "bands" (the Skylobbies) are not visible. After sun flashes onto the screen, the Towers are less dark and have darker "bands."
    • Following that episode, the show uses the Twin Towers as a frequent point of reference to indicate when a certain scene takes place in the parallel universe.
    • 2011 – Peter Bishop appears 15 years into the future in Season 3, standing outside of One World Trade Center.
    • From 2008–present, Fringe depicts the rebuilt 7 World Trade Center as the headquarters of commercial conglomerate Massive Dynamic, and the Twin Towers still standing as of 2011 (Season 4) in a parallel universe. Massive Dynamic was also headquartered in the World Trade Center's South Tower in the episode "The Man from the Other Side".
  • In an episode of the sitcom Full House, (1987–1995) Stephanie is at home waiting for her date for a school dance to pick her up. She suddenly starts playing with some building blocks and eventually makes the Manhattan skyline. When Danny (Bob Saget) enters and sees what she's made, he comments' "The New York skyline. Wow, the World Trade Center looks as tall as ever."
  • In Futurama, there is a future WTC in New York, with its appearance very similar to the old one, except with skybridges. In the art for the Volume 1 DVD collection, they are shown as similar to the Petronas Towers.
  • In the animated series Hey Arnold!, the Twin Towers are prominently seen during the character Helga's dream sequence in the fifth-season episode "Married". The episode first aired March 2002, but the scene was not cut out until later airings. Though the show's setting is never revealed outright, the city's skyline is depicted in several other episodes as containing both the Twin Towers, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Empire State Building.
  • In a first season episode of Journeyman the Twin Towers are seen in picture on the front page of a San Francisco newspaper when the main character goes back in time before the terrorist attacks.
  • Late 1980s airings of Late Night with David Letterman featured an opening helicopter shot with the camera view flying into the facade of one of the towers, inside and through the offices of one floor, then back out. The Twin Towers were also prominently featured in the intro of the Late Show with David Letterman up until September 11. Afterwards, shots of the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building were used.
  • The Twin Towers appear in the opening title for early episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999–present). The sequence is replaced after 9/11 with generic shots of the city.
  • In 2008, early in the pilot episode of ABC's drama Life on Mars, the World Trade Center buildings are shown as the series is set in 1973. The premise of the show is that the main character is a detective from 2008 who has been transported in time back to 1973.
  • The pilot of the TV series The Lone Gunmen, first aired March 4, 2001, had the gunmen thwarting a plot to fly a jet into the World Trade Center. In the episode, a faction of the U.S. government is behind the plot; they hope to blame the attack on another country's dictator and use it as an excuse to start a war with him.[20]
  • In a 2005 episode of Lost the Twin Towers are seen out of the window of a New York solicitor's office. They were digitally inserted to show the time frame of the episode.
  • McCloud: in several episodes throughout the series, the World Trade Center can be seen in various stages of construction. The opening credits of Seasons 1 and 2 show both towers still under construction. During a scene on a ferry in the season three episode titled "A Little Plot At Tranquil Valley", a completed North Tower and a partially constructed South Tower can be seen in the background. The towers also appeared in the opening credits of later seasons when McCloud was carried by a helicopter across Manhattan.
  • On Night Court, the World Trade Center towers are shown twice in the opening sequence at the beginning and end.
  • In the Northern Exposure episode "The Quest", Dr Joel Fleischman returns to New York. He's standing at the rail of the Staten Island Ferry which is covered in fog. As the fog clears, the Twin Towers become visible in the distance. Cable channel A&E aired this episode (the second-to-last NX episode A&E aired) on Thursday, September 13, 2001.
  • NYPD Blue, a police drama from the mid-1990s, featured the World Trade Center in many of the introductions to the show.
  • In the first season of Rescue Me (2004–2011), the main character of Tommy Gavin has several flashbacks to 9/11, both before and after the towers fall. 9/11 is mentioned through the entire season featuring four firefighters who were lost on that day. One of them appears in almost every episode as a vision to Tommy. Rescue Me was the first TV show to show a dramatized depiction of the events of 9/11.
  • Sex and the City, another HBO original series, showed a quick shot of the World Trade Center in its opening credits (with the name of its lead actress, Sarah Jessica Parker). For seasons 5 and 6, shown after 9/11, the visual was changed to a stylized shot of the Empire State Building.[18][21]
  • The opening credits of the first three seasons of the HBO mob drama The Sopranos (1999–2007) featured a shot of the World Trade Center as seen from the rear view mirror of Tony Soprano's SUV, as he enters the New Jersey Turnpike. In later seasons, after 9/11, the sequence was replaced with a new view of the Manhattan skyline in which the World Trade Center is absent. Among the things Tony later discloses to his psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi as contributing to his depression is "this whole 9/11 thing."
  • In Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005), an image of the Twin Towers burning was visible in a panorama of historical images present in the timestream, when Daniels informed Jonathan Archer that time had been altered and set back on course. The episode is a two-parter called "Storm Front."
  • In the Stick Stickly special, titled Oh Brother, Stick Stickly goes to the Twin Towers to try to find his twin brother.
  • The 2005–2006 Portuguese soap opera Tempo de Viver devoted its entire first episode to a diamond heist in a South Tower corporate office. A subsequent confrontation as the would-be thief is caught is violently interrupted by Flight 11 crashing into the North Tower. The characters involved then scramble to leave the South Tower after it is also struck. Fictional footage of the attack as seen from the interior of the office was digitally created, but stock footage was also used for other scenes and later flashbacks.
  • The TV series Third Watch (1999–2005), set in New York, featured many shots of the Towers during the show's first 2 seasons. One final shot appeared in the episode September 10, set the day before the attacks.
  • During the last two seasons of the sitcom The Wayans Bros., shots of each cast member are shown with images of various New York landmarks in the background during the opening sequence, including the WTC, Times Square, and the Statue of Liberty (with Shawn's face imposed on the statue). In one episode of the first season, "Afro Cab", an Arabic looking man gets in a cab driven by a Wayans Brother and demands, "Take me to the World Trade Center!" (alluding to the WTC bombing of 1993).
  • In a December 1991 episode of the game show Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, the Double Trouble twins steal the World Trade Center's Twin Towers.
  • The ABC series Sports Night (1998–2000) often used an establishing shot of the New York skyline in which the Twin Towers were the focal point, though the show was not set in the World Trade Center, as established in the season one episode "The Quality of Mercy at 29K," in which Isaac Jaffe says that he comes to work every day in a "54-story, glass high-rise." (The Towers were each 110 stories).
  • As construction of the World Trade Center progressed, it began appearing in later seasons of the Marlo Thomas series That Girl.
  • In the Penguins of Madagascar episode, Operation: Big Blue Marble, the skyline of New York is seen, showing the new 1 World Trade Center and Battery Park.
  • The third season of NBC's The West Wing was postponed; instead; a special episode called Isaac and Ishmael was run. The episode started with the main characters paying tribute to the victims of 9/11, and dealt mainly with terrorism.
  • The TV series Medium's seventh season episode "Where Were You When...?" features a quick shot of the burning towers.

Televised advertisements[edit]

  • An Anheuser-Busch advertisement for Budweiser beer features the company's signature Clydesdale horses appearing to pay their respects to the tower-less New York skyline. It was aired during the broadcast of the 2002 Super Bowl, as well as on the tenth anniversary of the attacks, during that day's NFL games.[22]
  • In Eurosport`s Olympic Magazine commercial, a few seconds of the beginning of the North Tower collapse are shown.
  • The Twin Towers had appeared on the cityscape graphic that appeared on cans of Chock full o'Nuts coffee. The graphic was later revamped with the towers removed after 9/11.

Cartoons and anime[edit]

  • In the anime Eden of the East, the Freedom Tower can be seen in the background. When mentioning the subject of the destroyed Twin Towers, Takizawa takes a picture of himself and Saki in a background that is reminiscent of 9/11. The series is set in the year 2010–11.
  • In the animated sitcom Family Guy:
    • In the episode titled "A Picture Is Worth a 1,000 Bucks", Peter does a musical number with Meg across NYC, which had the Twin Towers. During the musical, Peter jumps off one of the towers and goes into match cut.
    • In the episode "Baby Not on Board", Peter and the family visit Ground Zero.
    • In the 2002 episode "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows", Brian performs a musical number to Pearl about how America has changed since the 1950s. Many cut scenes show places around the United States, including a shot of the Twin Towers. When the episode aired in 2002 on Fox, the two towers were digitally altered to look like generic buildings. Other airings of this episode (including the DVD release of Family Guy's third season) have shown the Twin Towers intact.
    • In the episode "Hannah Banana", the September 11 attacks are seen as an Islamic man crashing a bicycle into one of the Twin Towers.
    • In the episode "Back to the Pilot", Brian informs his past self from 1999 of the attacks on the WTC, allowing his past self to prevent them and, consequently, prevent George W. Bush from winning the 2004 U.S. Presidential election. The latter then reformed the confederacy while based in Texas; as a result, eight southern states joined and initiated a Second American Civil War.
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  • In the 1994 animated series Gargoyles the Twin Towers are seen in a few episodes (such as the 4 part pilot) as well as the 3rd Season opening of The Goliath Chronicles. The second season episode "The Mirror" has an antagonist gargoyle, Demona, use a magical mirror with help from Puck atop the South Tower at night in order to amplify and broadcast an evil magic spell to all of New York City's human population. Ironically, this episode first aired on September 11, 1995.
  • In the 1998 animated series Godzilla: The Series The Twin Towers are seen in the intro of the series, and in a few episodes mostly on the Season 2 episode Future Shock, where the Twin Towers are seen lying the Hudson River destroyed in 2022, and character Randy Hernandez quotes "who was playing dominoes with the World Trade Center".
  • In the 1985 cartoon M.A.S.K., an episode titled "Attack on Liberty" leads Matt Trakker to Miles Mayhem's current hideout – three quarters of the way up the side of the North Tower. Hovering the Thunderhawk outside the window, Matt leaps through the window and confronts Miles, who later escapes and is pursued by Matt around the Statue of Liberty. Mayhem's plot circulated around destroying the Statue and creating a 9/11—style incident.
  • In the 1994 cartoon The Tick (TV series) an episode titled "The Tick vs. The Proto-Clown" featured twin towers similar to the 2 World Trade Center towers getting destroyed and demolished by an evil mutated clown.
  • In the 1994 cartoon Fantastic Four an episode titled "Incursion of the Skrull" featured New York City with the 2 World Trade Centers getting destroyed and crumbled by the laser blasters by one of the Alien Skrulls jet planes during the invasion of New York where people in New York are panicking which later turned out to be a handheld video game played by a superhero named "The Thing." This episode happened 7 years before the real world 9/11, 2001 attacks happened.
  • In the 1994 cartoon Iron Man (TV series) an episode titled "The Grim Reaper Wears a Teflon Coat" shows a simulated video by Tony Stark of what would happen if the "Grim Reaper" fighter jet fell in the wrong hands, it shows New York under attack by exploding missiles which hit both of the World Trade Center Towers. Later Mandarin discusses to MODOK his evil plan to crash the "Grim Reaper" into the U.S. Pentagon. This episode happened 7 years before the real world 9/11, 2001 attacks happened.
  • In an episode of the 1999 cartoon Mike, Lu, and Og Mike makes a sand sculpture of Manhattan, and she mentions the Twin Towers when showing it to Lu.
  • The Puzzle Place shows the Twin Towers in its opening sequence.
  • In the first episode of the 2001 fantasy anime OVA Read or Die, an aerial battle in Lower Manhattan which climaxes around the Statue of Liberty begins with a helicopter crash on the roof of one of the towers.
  • In the 1997 episode of The Simpsons (season 9) titled "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson", Homer is forced to deal with a mountain of parking tickets issued while his car sat illegally for months in the plaza of the World Trade Center (an unrealistic event after the 1993 bombing, due to a bomb being placed inside a rental truck and parked in garage in the basement). Homer, desperately needing to use the restroom, pushes people out of his way to get a ticket to the elevator into the towers. After pushing other people out of the elevator line to get to the top of the South Tower, Homer discovers the only working bathroom is in the North Tower. Also in the episode, two men in opposite towers begin arguing with each other, and one proclaims "Sorry, they put all the jerks in Tower One", a line which the show's creators expressed deep regret at during the post 9/11 episode commentary on the season 9 box set. This episode has been banned in many countries (including some American affiliates around the time of the 9/11 attacks, though others have aired the episode with many edits to remove the scenes and verbal references to The World Trade Center), but is included in the season 9 box set. Some Fox affiliates continue to show the episode in syndication, including New York City's own WNYW Fox 5, airing the unaltered episode less than two weeks after the towers collapsed.
    • In the episode New Kids on the Blecch the towers can be seen as L.T Smash sears a battleship into New York Harbor intending to blow up MAD Magazine. This episode was also taken off the air due to a scene where missiles are seen crashing into the MAD Magazine tower causing the building to collapse, providing a character to ask if everyone is okay; another replies "Yeah I feel great...didn't even hurt a bit."
  • In the 2000 MTV animated series Spy Groove, in the episode entitled "Manhattan Glam Chowder", the villain Mr. Fish is on top of the South Tower of the World Trade Center about to lure Agent #2 into a trap. Later Agent #1 appears on the North Tower and uses a laser to slice the antenna to make a bridge over to the South Tower. This episode did not air in the United States, because the show was cancelled after six episodes. The episode is found in Europe and Canada.
  • In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon television series:
  • Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego shows the Twin Towers in its opening sequence.

Video games[edit]

  • In Aero Fighters 2 (1994) for the Neo-Geo, the first half of the U.S. level takes place in New York City, featuring the World Trade Center in the background. The player is able to destroy the buildings, along with all others in New York City.
  • The 1990 arcade game The Combatribes features the World Trade Center Towers on the title screen as the game's action takes place across New York. The Super Nintendo port of this arcade game shows the characters heading back towards the Twin Towers in the ending cutscene.
  • Shortly after the attacks, the now defunct Westwood Studios pulled all remaining copies of the 2000 real-time strategy game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2, whose box contained artwork of New York City under attack by invading Soviet forces; notable landmarks depicted under attack included the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. The single player campaign of the game also contains a pair of missions in which the player was instructed to destroy The Pentagon and capture the World Trade Center as well as being able to destroy it. Westwood retooled the box art before re-releasing the game.[24]
  • The first level of the 2000 game Deus Ex, set in 2052, encompasses Liberty Island and a bombed Statue of Liberty. The section of the New York City skyline containing the Twin Towers is absent, to reduce memory requirements for the map. The reason that the developers gave, if anyone asked, was that they had been destroyed by terrorists: "We just said that the Towers had been destroyed too, and this was way before 9/11… years. That's kind of freaky."[25]
  • Driver (1999) features 1 and 2 World Trade Center, and The Sphere, in its depiction of New York – the final city unlocked. On "Take a Ride" mode, the player starts on a road just south of (and facing) the South Tower. On original issues of the game, the box art showed the twin towers. In later issues of the game released after 9/11, the twin towers were removed from the box art.
  • Driver: Parallel Lines (2006) features a slightly modified World Trade Center complex in the game's depiction of New York City in 1978, lacking the Marriott World Trade Center hotel and 7 World Trade Center (since both were completed in the 1980s). The complex also features The Sphere sculpture, though unlike the real World Trade Center, a road divides the complex in two. In the latter half of the game, set in 2006, the entire area is replaced by a fenced-off building site.
  • In Grand Theft Auto III (2001), it is believed the World Trade Center was to make an appearance. Due to the city, Liberty City, in which the game takes place in being based on New York, and was intended to have released Fall 2001, the game at one time may have contained the World Trade Center. It was reported that the World Trade Center was entirely deleted, flight paths in game for the scripted plane AI were altered to fly farther away from the downtown area, and a mission ark and character involving terrorism was removed. Users on a GTA forum online were able to conclude that the World Trade Center was once occupying the "Love Media Building"`s site, but that it was replaced with a new unrelated tower.
  • In Hybrid Heaven (1999), for the Nintendo 64, in the main title screen, it shows the World Trade Center at New York at night time.
  • The 1988 arcade game Vigilante features a panoramic shot of New York City on the title screen. Included is the World Trade Center. This same title screen was included in the TurboGrafx-16 version. In the background during gameplay is the New York skyline, including the World Trade Center's twin towers.
  • Max Payne (2001) features the World Trade Center in several billboards for the fictional company "Aesir". They are also visible in the background in the beginning of the mission "The American Dream". The buildings were visible in the PC version of the game, however they were removed from the PlayStation 2 and Xbox ports of the game, which were released three months after the September 11 attacks.
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001) featured a major plot on a ship going down the Hudson River in New York, with the World Trade Center included. The building was cut from the game, delaying both games' releases.[24]
  • In response to the events of September 11, Microsoft announced that future versions of Microsoft Flight Simulator would not include the Twin Towers in the game's New York City skyline. A patch was also made available to remove the World Trade Center buildings from the existing versions of the simulator.[24]
  • Midnight Club: Street Racing (2000) features the entire complex, where players can drive into the Austin Tobin Plaza in between the Twin Towers. They can also gain access to the underground parking garage beneath the World Trade Center – the site of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
  • In the 1998 Nintendo 64 game Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA, the entire World Trade Center complex is featured on the 'New York: Downtown' track. Buildings 1–6, and the western pedestrian bridge are all accessible to drive around. The stairways on both sides of the complex double as jumps for the racers.
  • The 1999 PC game Sim City 3000 features the North and South Towers as buildable landmarks.
  • The 2004 video game Spider-Man 2, the game adaptation of the film, features a virtual Manhattan which included a large plaza, bearing resemblance to the Tribute in Light memorial, on the World Trade Center site.
  • Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro (2001), featured the roofs of 1 and 2 World Trade Center in the final stage. The level involved battling Hyper-Electro and the antenna atop the North Tower was crucial in defeating the villain. The game was originally released in North America on August 26, 2001, though the game was pulled after the September 11 attacks and re-released on October 17, 2001, with a modified final stage so that the buildings less resemble the Twin Towers.[24] The PAL version of the game was never released prior to the attacks.
  • Streets of Rage, a game released in 1991 on the Sega Genesis, features the Twin Towers in the background of the final boss battle, which occurs in the Marriott World Trade Center hotel.
  • Streets of Rage 2 (1992), sequel to Streets of Rage, features the World Trade Center in the opening scene of the game. They are also visible in the background of the second level.
  • The 1994 action game Urban Strike, the third in the Strike series, features a scene where a giant laser deflects from a satellite, hitting the World Trade Center's Twin Towers. Further missions take place involving the effects of this, at the World Trade Center. Ironically, the game takes place in a fictional/alternate 2001 timeline.
  • The 2005 video game True Crime: New York City features a fenced-off "Ground Zero".
  • In Tycoon City: New York (2006), the World Trade Center is paid tribute to in the form of two very tall trees standing side by side, representing the Towers. Further into the park, there is a Pentagon-shaped base, with an American Flag at half mast. An inscription on the side reads We Will Never Forget.
  • In World in Conflict (2007), the NYC teaser trailer for the game prominently features the World Trade Center in the NYC skyline during a U.S. Ranger assault on Governor's Island, which has been occupied by the Soviets in an alternate timeline in which the Cold War culminates into World War III between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The game is set in an alternate 1989, twelve years before the events of 9/11. In the tenth level Liberty Lost, the World Trade Center is featured prominently in the background during the player's efforts to recapture Governor's, Ellis, and Liberty Islands.
  • The laser disc arcade game Cobra Command (1984) features the Twin Towers prominently in the New York City level. It is possible for the player to crash a helicopter into one of the towers.
  • Tekken 2 (1995) for the arcade and the PlayStation features the World Trade Center in Paul Phoenix's stage.
  • Manhunter: New York (1988) features establishing shots of the city, including the Twin Towers, still standing in an alternate future where the world is taken over by the Orbs.
  • Cadillacs and Dinosaurs (arcade game) (1993) The game begins with a panoramic view of New York in the year 2393 about where you can see the World Trade Center in the background.


(Alphabetically by artist)

  • "New York, New York" is a song composed and performed by American alt-country musician Ryan Adams. The song's music video shows Adams performing in front of the city's skyline, and features the World Trade Center visible from across the East River in Brooklyn. It was filmed just four days before the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Because of this, profits of the video went to a 9/11 charity. A message was written at the end of the video giving tribute to those who lost their lives.
  • AC/DC used the World Trade Center in the video for "Shake Your Foundations".
  • A-ha: The buildings of the World Trade Center was shown from various angles in the clip "You Are the One", 1988.
  • There are two distorted night-time images of the World Trade Center featured in Jane Child's video for her 1990 hit, "Don't Wanna Fall in Love".
  • Eurodance group Corona prominently features the Twin Towers on the cover of their worldwide hit, "The Rhythm of the Night". The Twin Towers are also seen in the background, briefly, in the video for the song as Corona member, Olga Souza's shadow image is seen in the foreground dancing on the opposite of the East River and Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Rap group The Coup released an album in late 2001 called Party Music,[27] whose original cover depicts explosions in the towers set off by a detonator. The cover was changed after the 9/11 attacks.
  • The Dave Matthews Band was set to film a music video for their song "When the World Ends" from the album Everyday. The music video was supposed to feature lead singer Dave Matthews climbing a ladder to the top of a giant tower. The video idea and single were shelved after the 9/11 attacks and replaced by the more uplifting song "Everyday".
  • Deep Blue Something's 1995 music video for "Breakfast at Tiffany's" has several day-time views of the World Trade Center looking up from the lower portions of the towers.
  • A promotional video for Depeche Mode's song "Enjoy the Silence" features the band performing the song on the observation deck of the South Tower. This video is not the official music video for the song. The Twin Towers can also be seen in the background of the cover of the band's single "In Your Room" and in the official music video for the song "It's No Good".
  • The music video for "Worst Comes To Worst" by Dilated Peoples contains a shot with the Twin Towers in the background. The video was filmed before the attacks, but was released afterwards with a disclaimer stating that the artists meant no disrespect by including an image of the World Trade Center.
  • The video of Dinosaur Jr.'s "Feel the Pain" was filmed with the World Trade Center as a backdrop.
  • The cover for the album The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One by Liam Howlett of The Prodigy shows a counter with three rows of numbers. Second row is the numbers "0090". Third row is "1101". This album was released in 1999.
  • New York based Progressive metal band Dream Theater's song "Sacrificed Sons" from their 2005 album Octavarium is a tribute to the rescue workers who died during and after the attacks. Their 2001 live album Live Scenes from New York was recalled, as it showed the NYC skyline, including the WTC, in flames. Ironically, the album was released on September 11, 2001.
  • Eminem highlights the World Trade Center attacks in his song "My Dad's Gone Crazy" from the Eminem Show album. The lyrics are "More pain inside of my brain, than in the eyes of a little girl inside of a plane, aimed at the World Trade..."
  • I Am the World Trade Center is a music group active since 1999. After the September 11 attacks, the group briefly went by the name "I Am the World".
  • One of the barhops from the pub Hogs and Heifers in downtown Manhattan walks near the globe where the Twin Towers stood in The Kentucky Headhunters' 2001 "Louisiana Coco" video.
  • The ska punk band Leftover Crack featured the world trade center attacks on their album Fuck World Trade and also refer to their previous album, Mediocre Generica, as "...the tower toppling Mediocre Generica." as it was released on the 11th of September 2001.
  • Huey Lewis and the News feature a night-time view of the World Trade Center, from the Manhattan Bridge, at the beginning, of their 1983 video for "The Heart of Rock & Roll" from the album Sports.
  • In John Lennon's music video Whatever Gets You Through The Night in the beginning the twin towers are shown in the background.
  • Lil' Kim's music video for her 1996 debut single "No Time" features her and P. Diddy riding up and down the World Trade Center escalators while rapping. Kim makes a reference to the video in her 2005 single "Whoa" where she says "...told you I'm the same female dog from the escalator...".
  • The group Limp Bizkit feature the World Trade Center in their music video for their 2000 song "Rollin'" . The band is shown on the South Tower, staging portions of the music video on its rooftop observation deck. The end of the video features a gradually distancing helicopter shot of the towers.
  • In Linkin Park's 2007 single "What I've Done" the video features many clips of global issues; a brief shot of the Lower Manhattan skyline is shown with the Twin Towers. Scenes of 9/11 are shown later in the video.
  • The Twin Towers are shown in Madonna's music videos for "Like a Virgin", "Papa Don't Preach" and "Ray of Light."
  • Heavy metal Band, Meshuggah's Album Contradictions Collapse Album art has the World Trade Center on it.
  • Martina McBride's "Wild Angels", released in 1995, showed the tower in a wide shot of the video.
  • The towers appeared prominently in Neal McCoy's 1994 video "The City Put the Country Back in Me."
  • During Megadeth's live concert DVD Rude Awakening, Dave Mustaine dedicates their performance of "A Tout Le Monde" to the lives lost on September 11. The concert was shot in 2001, after the attacks.
  • In her 1995 video to the song "Carnival", directed by Melodie McDaniel, Natalie Merchant starts the video with scenes of her taking several photos in front of the plaza of the World Trade Center, then as she walks through Lower Manhattan, Merchant takes more photographs of the people she encounters and several of them have behind them the World Trade Center.
  • The song "Open Letter to NYC" includes Mike D referencing to The Twin Towers and pays homage to New York City.
  • Rapper Pete Miser wrote a song titled "Might Be" which mentions the events of September 11, 2001. The song is featured on Pete Miser's album Radio Free Brooklyn which was released in 2002.
  • In the official video by the English group Muse, "Invincible" they enter in an "It's a Small World" attraction, as the video goes forward, there's scene the Twin Towers appear burning after the planes crash.
  • The My Chemical Romance song "Skylines and Turnstiles" was written as a tribute to the 9/11 attacks. Gerard Way witnessed the attacks firsthand from a ferry.[citation needed]
  • The towers make an appearance in Nana's 1998 music video "Remember The Time".
  • The song by The Notorious B.I.G., "Juicy", released in 1994, features the lyrics "blow up like the World Trade" in a reference to the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. When the verse was sampled for the Jay-Z song "A Dream" in 2002, the words "World Trade" were omitted.
  • The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center briefly appear twice in the music video to R.E.M.'s 1989 single "Stand".
  • Quite a few shots of the World Trade Center are found in The Rolling Stones' music video for "Anybody Seen My Baby", the most notable of which is seen right at the start.[30]
  • In the Kevin Rudolf song "N.Y.C." Nas raps and mentions the towers: "The illest city on the planet, towers came down, Wall Street barely standing."
  • The Twin Towers are shown several times in the background in Reel 2 Real's music video I Like to Move It.
  • Artist Mason Ruffner's music video for "Dancin' On Top Of The World" has the band doing exactly that.[31]
  • Sade's music video for "Cherish the Day" features the Twin Towers in the background while she is singing on top of a skyscraper.
  • The band, Savage Garden, featured the World Trade Center in their music video, "To The Moon and Back", which appeared as the first track in their self-titled debut album.[32]
  • Bob Seger includes a view of the World Trade Center and Lower Manhattan in the music video for "Fire Inside".[33]
  • In the opening of Carly Simon's 1988 video for "Let the River Run" from the soundtrack of the 1988 film, Working Girl, there is a prolonged view of the World Trade Center seen behind her left shoulder as she is aboard a ferry on the Hudson River. The World Trade Center can also be seen a little later on in the video up-close.
  • Will Smith wrote a song titled "Why", which in the first verse of the song mentions him and his son watching the attacks on TV.
  • The video for the Spice Girls song "2 Become 1", released in 1996, features numerous night-time shots of the World Trade Center, from differing angles, throughout the duration of the clip.
  • In Bruce Springsteen's Song "Darlington County" (Born in the U.S.A. – released 1984) a lyrical reference to the Trade Center is made: "...Our pa's each own one of the World Trade Centers for a kiss and a smile I'll give mine all to you..."
  • In the final two minutes of the video for Starship's 1985 #1 song "We Built This City" from the album Knee Deep in the Hoopla the World Trade Center and the Twin Towers can be seen along with several other various famous United States landmark iconic buildings as part of the changing background.
  • Rod Stewart's 1975 promotional music video for the song "Sailing" shows two day-time views of the World Trade Center as the ship he is on on the Hudson River goes by them.
  • There is a prolonged night-time view of the World Trade Center (the camera zooms in on the towers from the sky looking towards the east) at the beginning of Barbra Streisand's 1985 video for Somewhere (from West Side Story) from her The Broadway Album.
  • Barbra Streisand makes reference to the events of September 11, 2001 specifically mentioning the World Trade Center in the liner notes of her 2001 Compact Disc and album, Christmas Memories.
  • In Al B. Sure's music video "Nite and Day", the towers are shown.
  • The towers can also be seen in The Statler Brother's music video "You've been like a mother to me".
  • On Supertramp's album cover "Breakfast in America", the towers are shown as a pile of white cereal boxes on a huge breakfast tray. Released in 1979, the album was the group's most popular, and sold over 18 million copies.
  • On 16 April 1998 Spiritualized played the highest recorded concert in history in the restaurant atop the World Trade Center.
  • In the 1992 video for 10,000 Maniacs' "These Are Days" there are several views in the distance of the World Trade Center (especially clear is the North Tower) looking from the east to the west from the Chrysler Building as then lead singer, Natalie Merchant, dances and sings on one of the Art Deco designed eagles.
  • The song "The Evil Has Landed" by American thrash metal band Testament from their 2008 release The Formation of Damnation was written about the 9/11 attacks. It includes lyrics such as "The towers got hit, a steel bird with wings of destruction".
  • Filmed in the NYC area, the video titled "Scenario" by A Tribe Called Quest featuring Leaders of the New School (with Busta Rhymes) briefly shows the Twin Towers in the background. The towers are also seen in their video "Electric Relaxation."
  • The towers are featured at the beginning of Tina Turner's 1984 video "What's Love Got To Do With It."
  • Stevie Wonder's video for his 1985 hit song "Part-Time Lover" shows the Twin Towers in the background at night while he is singing.
  • The towers can be seen in Zhane's "Vibe" music video.



The World Trade Center can be seen in the cover of Lisa in New York. Surprisingly, the book was published in 2002, a year after the building complex was destroyed.

Comic books and graphic novels[edit]

  • Adventures of Superman #596 was coincidentally released one day after the September 11, 2001 attacks. It depicted, in passing, the Twin Towers as having been damaged but not destroyed, by an alien attack (along with other world landmarks such as the White House, the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, the Great Wall of China, Big Ben, and the in-universe LexCorp Building).[34] The artist, Mike Wieringo remarked, "The book was completed months ago. The ironic thing is that the damage done by the terrorists is far greater than I could ever portray visually."[35] The book's writer, Joe Casey, could not have intentionally referenced the attacks on the World Trade Center, but DC acknowledged that it mirrored the devastation so vividly that they made the books returnable without penalty to retailers. Many retailers took DC up on this offer, causing the issue to become sought after on the secondary market due to its rarity and general curiosity towards the real-life synchronicity with the 9-11 attacks.
  • In the Aliens: Outbreak graphic novel, Hicks and Newt escape from a mental hospital using "Jet Rescue technology". It was "developed after the World Trade Center Smoked in '24".
  • The cover of Archie Annual Digest Magazine #65 (September 1994) has a picture of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. It shows a snapshot of Veronica Lodge standing in front of them.
  • In the 1989 Damage Control, the Twin Towers were damaged when a giant robot fell on them. Damage Control, a construction company that specialized in repairing superhero-related damage, had the towers repaired (although visibly crooked) by the end of the issue.
  • In a Duck Tales comic, twin buildings made by Uncle Scrooge get destroyed by a flying money vase.
  • The 2004 comic Ex Machina detailed the life of Mitchell Hundred, formerly the world's first and only superhero, who was elected mayor of New York City in the wake of his saving hundreds of lives during the collapse of the North Tower, and in preventing the collapse of the South Tower.
  • The 1986 graphic novel Rebel, by Pepe Moreno, depicted the two towers being destroyed in a post-apocalyptic 2002 setting.
  • In 1982 Fantastic Four #242–243, the Fantastic Four fight Terrax in a battle atop the World Trade Center.
  • The comic continuation of the Gargoyles animated series still have the World Trade Center in its backdrop. Creator Greg Weisman went on record to state than in this universe, the towers were never attacked.
  • Most of the Marvel Comics heroes reside in New York City, so views of the towers were not uncommon.
    • The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2 #36 showed the aftermath of the Tower's collapse through the eyes of the heroes, more specifically, Spider-Man's.
    • Captain America vol. 4 #1 had Steve Rogers arguing with Nick Fury when the former decided to stay and find survivors before heading to Afghanistan.
    • Marvel Comics' Marvel Graphic Novel #17 depicts the Living Monolith standing almost as tall as the World Trade Center and thrusting his giant fist through one of the towers.
    • Marvel Comics' Peter Parker: Spider-Man (then just titled Spider-Man) #16 and X-Force #4 have the hero and team battle the Juggernaut and Black Tom Cassidy on top of one of the towers. A Wizard special on Spider-Man named this crossover pointless and, after the attacks, very tasteless.
  • In the 1992 Mort & Phil comic El 35 aniversario (The 35th Anniversary) appears an image of a plane that crashes into the WTC.[36]
  • In 1985 The Uncanny X-Men #189 continued the alternate vision of the future first seen in the Days of Future Past storyline. Rachel Summers (who came from the future), while describing the dire future of the early 21st century, says "The Twin Towers of World Trade Center lie in ruins. Thousands are dead, many more injured". The accompanying image is of a somewhat futuristic Twin Towers smouldering after having been hit by an unknown attack.
  • Issue #1 of Valiant Comics's Game Boy comic series had two teenagers going through Manhattan Island, aiding Mario in rescuing Princess Daisy from the villainous Tatanga, the story concluding at the Windows of the World restaurant.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Dixon, Wheeler Winston (2004). Film and Television After 9/11. Southern Illinois University Press. ISBN 0-8093-2556-X. 
  • Sanders, James (2001). Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies. Knopf. ISBN 0-394-57062-6. 

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