The Twin Towers' Most Memorable On-Screen Moments

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These Manhattan-set films put the World Trade Center's commanding stature on display.

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It's always a bit of a jolt to flip through a photo album or an old high school yearbook and to come upon a picture of someone who's gone, a beloved relative or a classmate who left before their time—it hits you fast, and, for just a moment, it hurts again, the force of that loss compressed into a single moment of grief. It's not the exact same feeling, but there's something like that moment when you watch a movie shot in New York between the 1970s and 2001, and that inevitable shot of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center appears. The towers appeared in literally hundreds of films, sometimes as background, sometimes very active in the onscreen action, but its eventual fate always makes it the foreground object when those films are viewed now. On this sad anniversary, a look at 10 movies that make us miss the World Trade Center even more.

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Jason Bailey is the film editor at Flavorwire, and has also written for Slate, Salon, and the Village Voice.

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