What are the best firefighter movies?

Even though the lives of firefighters cannot really be translated as it is in movies, Hollywood has had its share of great dramatizations that take on these heroes lives. From navigating smoke-filled rooms and hallways and digging firebreaks, here are some of the best firefighter movies.

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    #1Only the Brave

    Only the Brave

    Only the Brave is one of the more impressive movies about firefighters made. Its fact-based story filled with a veteran cast adds up to a no-frills drama that honors the real story of firemen heroes.


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    Jessica Wu
    Written on July 4, 2019
    "Very touching and very dramatic. I really appreciate the heroics of ordinary people especially firefighters with this movie. For me, it deserves to be on the conversation on the best firefighter movies ever made. Josh Brolin was brilliant here BTW"
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    #2Ladder 49

    Ladder 49

    Ladder 49 is a 2004 movie that gives a realistic take on the life of firemen as it follows the story of rookie firefighter Jack Morrison and his personal dilemmas which shape the film's plot. 


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    Larry Walker
    Written on July 4, 2019
    "I remember seeing this movie as a kid. I have been moved with the story and been a fan of firemen since. Glad to know that lots of people see this as a great film about firemen"
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    Backdraft is a 1991 movie that brings a good story and exceptional special effects. Although focused on drama and sibling rivalry, the film gives a good perspective on the lives of firemen.


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    Patrick Dean
    Written on July 4, 2019
    "Not your typical firefighter film LOL. Lots of subplots and what not but the film is quite cool story-wise. Robert De Niro is great as always"


Did you know that the largest single fire in U.S. history had 87 total fatalities? Out of those deaths, 78 were firefighters. This tragedy was 'The Great Fire of 1910', also occasionally referred to as the "Big Burn". The damage of such disaster was so massive. It had burned more than 3 million acres in the states of Idaho, Montana, and Washington. Over the course of time, wildfires have continued to claim lives and destroy livelihood across the globe. In 2017, parts of Europe, Canada, and the US were ravaged by wildfires on an unprecedented scale. Just a year after, new records are being set around the world as extremely hot temperatures become a trend. This, in turn, causes a large number of fires. In 2018, intense summer heat waves have been experienced even across the Atlantic. This rare phenomenon across Europe created fertile ground for fires.

Climate change has been a huge factor in the persistence of fires. With lives at stake, the call to be more mindful of the environment is increasing. In total, the state of California alone spent a record-breaking $2.7 billion to fight fires in 2017. The following year, six firefighters have died battling California fires. A lot of sacrifice from world governments is needed to address disasters such as this. As climate change shows no signs of slowing down, there is more of these disasters to be expected. The willingness of state officials to do the right measures is vital, and so is the willingness of firefighters to risk their lives for others. The dedication of these modern-day heroes cannot be seen as depicted in firefighter TV shows. Without these people, more lives and property will be at risk each time disaster strikes.

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    Hellfighters is a 1968 Andrew V. McLaglen film about firefighters and is considered a classic. It follows lead character Chance Buckman, and his professional and personal ebbs and flows. 


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    Sandra Ortega
    Written on July 4, 2019
    "Considering this is an old firefighter movie, i'm actually impressed with the fire scenes and the movie also has great acting. Great watch!"
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    #5The Towering Inferno

    The Towering Inferno

    The Towering Inferno is a classic 1970s disaster movie about a fire that breaks out in a state-of-the-art San Francisco high-rise building. It is seen as one of the top firefighter movies of all-time.


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    Zhao He
    Written on July 4, 2019
    "Very old movie but still I would recommend younger people to watch it. It's not the typical narrative and over dramatic movie about firemen and all that"
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    #6The Tower

    The Tower

    The Tower is a Korean movie directed by Ji-hoon Kim. The movie was released in the United States on January 11, 2013.  The Tower features Sang-kyung Kim, Kyung-gu Sol, and Ye-jin Son.


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    Song Zhou
    Written on July 4, 2019
    "Plot was a little bit off to me although actors did a great job. I didn't actually mind that this was released in English cause it's quite decent movie about fire"
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    Fireproof is a drama movie directed by Alex Kendrick. Released on September 26, 2008, Fireproof stars Kirk Cameron who tries to save his marriage by employing what he calls a "Love Dare".


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    Zhang Li
    Written on July 4, 2019
    "I've loved this movie and the firefighter reference is not that big but still you should watch this with a loved one "
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    #8World Trade Center

    World Trade Center

    World Trade Center is a movie directed by Oliver Stone. Released in 2006, World Trade Center stars Nicolas Cage. The Movie follows the story of the rescue team who gets trapped under the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attack.


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    Russell Campbell
    Written on July 4, 2019
    "Of course, Nicolas Cage would always be epic. This is the only firefighter movie that I've really liked tbh"


Best What are the best firefighter movies
1Only the BraveMovies 27 Paid
2Ladder 49Movies 13 Paid
3BackdraftMovies 11 Paid
4HellfightersMovies 10 Paid
5The Towering InfernoMovies 9 Paid
6The TowerMovies 5 Paid
7FireproofMovies 4 Paid
8World Trade CenterMovies 3 Paid

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