Ten of the best movies inspired by 9/11
Stuff.co.nz - Wed 11 Sep 02:27 GMT

Zero Dark Thirty, United 93 and Four Lions - the worst day in September has inspired some important movies.

  The defining global event of the century so far has been the basis for many films, from a variety of perspectives.

  As the United States prepares to commemorate the horrifying events of September 11, 2001, James Croot looks at 10 of the best slices of cinema influenced by that terrible day.

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  Michael Moore's 2004 view on what happened to the United States after that fateful day; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  One of the first movies set in New York after 9/11, Spike Lee's 2002  adaptation of David Benioff's novel features a searing performance from Edward Norton as a Gotham drug dealer who re-evaluates his life in the time he has left before serving a seven-year jail term.

  Sensitive and sobering, it set a new benchmark in the recreation of real-life events.

  Kathryn Bigelow's 2012 political thriller could have been as dry as a Pakistani desert, gung-ho sausage fest, but instead it was a dramatic, yet surprisingly sensitive film.