Code Red Emergency! (Firefighters in films)

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1. The Towering Inferno (1974)

PG | 165 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway

Votes: 36,075 | Gross: $116.00M

2. Pompiers à Lyon (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short

In the foreground, smoke billows. Four horse-drawn fire wagons approach and pass in front of a stationary camera. Two horses draw each wagon, and each wagon carries from two to eight ... See full summary »

Votes: 359

3. The Flame Fighter (1925)

Passed | 200 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A ten-chapter Rayart serial about fire-fighters/fire-fighting and fire-fighters fighting in the Big City. Episode titles: Chapter 1: Smoke Eaters - Chapter 2: Scarlet Patrol - Chapter 3: ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Dillon | Stars: Herbert Rawlinson, Brenda Lane, Jerome La Grasse, Eddie Fetherston

Votes: 10

4. The Fireman (1916)

TV-G | 24 min | Short, Comedy

Charlie is a fireman who always does everything wrong. A man talks the Fire Chief into ignoring his burning home (he wants the insurance money) unaware that his daughter (the love of the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Lloyd Bacon, Eric Campbell

Votes: 2,065

5. Fires Were Started (1943)

63 min | Drama, War

A tale of firefighters in London during the Blitz.

Director: Humphrey Jennings | Stars: Philip Dickson, George Gravett, Fred Griffiths, Johnny Houghton

Votes: 882

6. Red Skies of Montana (1952)

Passed | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Drama dealing with the hazardous work of the U. S. Forest Service's paratroop fire-fighters in Montana.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Richard Widmark, Constance Smith, Jeffrey Hunter, Richard Boone

Votes: 392

7. Emergency! (1972–1979)

TV-G | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The crew of Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 51, particularly the paramedic team, and Rampart Hospital respond to emergencies in their operating area.

Stars: Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Julie London, Bobby Troup

Votes: 3,417

8. Hellfighters (1968)

G | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The story of macho oil well firefighters and their wives.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: John Wayne, Katharine Ross, Jim Hutton, Vera Miles

Votes: 4,808

9. Fire: Trapped on the 37th Floor (1991 TV Movie)

94 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Susan and Paul are working late on the thirty-seventh floor of a Los Angeles skyscraper. Also in the building are the cleaning staff, security and some engineers installing sprinklers. As ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Lee Majors, Lisa Hartman, Peter Scolari, John Laughlin

Votes: 185

10. Code Red (1981–1982)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The adventures of a Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief's family and crew.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Andrew Stevens, Julie Adams, Sam J. Jones

Votes: 115

11. Backdraft (1991)

R | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

38 Metascore

Two Chicago firefighter brothers, who don't get along, have to work together while a dangerous arsonist is on the loose.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 66,993 | Gross: $77.87M

12. Rescue Me (2004–2011)

TV-MA | 42 min | Drama, Comedy

Tommy Gavin deals with the fears of his job as a firefighter and seeing his ex-wife dating other men.

Stars: Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi, Steven Pasquale, Andrea Roth

Votes: 24,021

13. Ladder 49 (2004)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Thriller

47 Metascore

A firefighter, injured and trapped in a burning building, has flashbacks of his life as he drifts in and out of consciousness. Meanwhile, fellow firefighters led by the Chief attempt to rescue him.

Director: Jay Russell | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta, Jacinda Barrett, Robert Patrick

Votes: 52,764 | Gross: $74.54M

14. Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232 (1992 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Drama

The captain of a crippled jet steers toward tri-state rescue-team experts waiting in Sioux City, Iowa.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Charlton Heston, James Coburn, Richard Thomas, Leon Russom

Votes: 599

15. Frequency (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

67 Metascore

An accidental cross-time radio link connects father and son across 30 years. The son tries to save his father's life, but then must fix the consequences.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Jim Caviezel, Shawn Doyle, Elizabeth Mitchell

Votes: 95,285 | Gross: $45.01M

16. Fireproof (2008)

PG | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

28 Metascore

In an attempt to save his marriage, a firefighter uses a 40-day experiment known as "The Love Dare."

Director: Alex Kendrick | Stars: Kirk Cameron, Erin Bethea, Ken Bevel, Stephen Dervan

Votes: 19,798 | Gross: $33.46M

17. Collateral Damage (2002)

R | 108 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

33 Metascore

After his family is killed by a terrorist act, a firefighter goes in search of the one responsible.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Leguizamo, Francesca Neri, Elias Koteas

Votes: 68,921 | Gross: $40.08M

18. Firestorm (1998)

R | 89 min | Thriller, Action

Firefighter Jesse Graves has to save ornithologist Jennifer and other people caught in a forest fire, which was set up by the lawyer of convicted killer Earl Shaye, who escaped from the ... See full summary »

Director: Dean Semler | Stars: Howie Long, Scott Glenn, William Forsythe, Suzy Amis

Votes: 3,515 | Gross: $8.04M

19. Smoke Jumpers (1996 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Drama

An elite group of firefighters jumps from helicopters to extinguish fires. One firefighter must choose between his love for his family and his addiction to life-risking danger. Inspired by a true story.

Director: Dick Lowry | Stars: Adam Baldwin, Lindsay Frost, Timothy Carhart, Rob Youngblood

Votes: 235

20. As the Light Goes Out (2014)

Not Rated | 115 min | Action, Drama

The firefighters of Hong Kong's Pillar Point division battle an out-of-control blaze that threatens to plunge the city into darkness.

Director: Chi-kin Kwok | Stars: Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue, Simon Yam, Jun Hu

Votes: 1,058

21. Out of Inferno (2013)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

On the hottest day in 50 years, a serious fire incident happened to a busy commercial tower, a gaggle of fire fighters with an indestructible enthusiasm are going to save lives.

Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang | Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Louis Koo, Angelica Lee, Sicheng Chen

Votes: 752

22. Ablaze (2001)

R | 97 min | Drama, Action, Thriller

An oil refinery blows up, causing a firestorm that threatens a hospital and everyone inside.

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: John Bradley, Tom Arnold, Ice-T, Amanda Pays

Votes: 541

23. World Trade Center (2006)

PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, History, Thriller

66 Metascore

Two Port Authority police officers become trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña, Maria Bello, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Votes: 74,518 | Gross: $70.28M

24. 9/11 (2002 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 112 min | Documentary

A real life documentary following the events of September 11 from an insider's view, through the lens of James Hanlon and two French filmmakers who were in Manhattan that one day.

Directors: James Hanlon, Gédéon Naudet, Jules Naudet | Stars: Tony Benatatos, Jamal Braithwaite, Steve Buscemi, Joe Casaliggi

Votes: 6,059

25. Only the Brave (2017)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters who risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.

Director: Joseph Kosinski | Stars: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly

Votes: 46,995 | Gross: $18.34M

26. Fire with Fire (II) (2012)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A fireman takes an unexpected course of action when a man whom he's been ordered to testify against, after being held up at a local convenience store, threatens him.

Director: David Barrett | Stars: Josh Duhamel, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 23,817

27. Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)

PG | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

48 Metascore

When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins a forest fire and rescue unit to be trained as a firefighter, or else his air strip will be shut down.

Director: Roberts Gannaway | Stars: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong

Votes: 15,428 | Gross: $59.17M

28. Always (1989)

PG | 122 min | Fantasy, Romance

50 Metascore

The spirit of a recently deceased expert pilot mentors a newer pilot while watching him fall in love with the girlfriend that he left behind.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Brad Johnson, John Goodman

Votes: 26,232 | Gross: $43.86M

29. Chicago Fire (2012– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama

The story of firefighters in Chicago, both on a personal and professional level.

Stars: Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Christian Stolte, Yuri Sardarov

Votes: 30,996

30. Nightwatch (2015– )

44 min | Reality-TV

Follow the men and women who keep the citizens of New Orleans safe during the night. Ride along with the police officers, the firefighters, and the paramedics as they tackle the evils of the night.

Stars: Dan Flynn, Arkady Hennessey, Nick Manning, Titus Tero

Votes: 627

31. The Firemen's Ball (1967)

Not Rated | 73 min | Comedy, Drama

A volunteer fire department throws a party for their former boss with the whole town invited, but nothing goes as planned.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jan Vostrcil, Josef Sebánek, Josef Valnoha, Frantisek Debelka

Votes: 8,254

32. Trial by Fire (2008 TV Movie)

PG | 88 min | Action, Drama

Kristin Scott is wrongfully blamed for the death of her father just prior to his retirement as a Captain with the fire department. Along with being the only female firefighter on her squad,... See full summary »

Director: John Terlesky | Stars: Brooke Burns, Rick Ravanello, Winston Rekert, Wanda Cannon

Votes: 331

33. The Guys (2002)

PG | 84 min | Drama

60 Metascore

The story of a fire captain who lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center and the editor who helps him prepare the eulogies he must deliver.

Director: Jim Simpson | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Anthony LaPaglia, Irene Walsh, Jim Simpson

Votes: 1,175 | Gross: $0.02M

34. Bad Day on the Block (1997)

R | 88 min | Drama, Thriller

A decorated firefighter has his wife and son leave him because of his violent tendencies, including playing a game of Russian Roulette with his wife. Only trouble is he believes that the ... See full summary »

Director: Craig R. Baxley | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Mare Winningham, David Andrews, Noah Fleiss

Votes: 1,578

35. Lifeline (1997)

108 min | Action, Thriller

Following the lives of firefighters as they deal with joys and hardships, both on the job and with their own personal lives.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Alex Fong, Carman Lee, Ruby Wong

Votes: 502

36. Inferno in Paradise (1974)

86 min | Adventure, Romance, Thriller

Jim Davis plays the chief of Hawaii's fire-fighting forces battling to track down a maniacal arsonist who seems to strike without pattern or reason.

Director: Ed Forsyth | Stars: Richard Young, Betty Ann Carr, Jim Davis, Andy Jarrell

Votes: 5

37. Towers of Terror (2013)

84 min | Comedy, Horror

On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacking the World Trade Center rise from the dead as zombies.

Director: Matt Gibson | Stars: Aleksander D'Avignon, Shannon Lark, Erik Cram, Ian Roberts

Votes: 19

38. Burn (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

A documentary about Detroit told through the eyes of firefighters charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead.

Directors: Tom Putnam, Brenna Sanchez | Stars: Donald Austin, Brendan Doogie Milewski, Craig Dougherty, Terrell Hardaway

Votes: 665

39. Firefight (2003)

R | 96 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Desperate to save his family's restaurant from the bank, a fireman starts a forest fire in order to rob an armoured vehicle. Dropping the money in a burning forest, he and his crew race to ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Ziller | Stars: Stephen Baldwin, Nick Mancuso, Steve Bacic, Sonya Salomaa

Votes: 239

40. Fireballs (1989)

82 min | Comedy

A Canadian fire station is threatened by a Japanese business.

Director: Charlie Wiener | Stars: Goran Kalezic, Mike Strapko, Eric Crabb, Albert Eggen

Votes: 46

41. Where's That Fire? (1939)

73 min | Comedy

A hapless fire crew are given the ultimatum: put out a fire successfully or else be sacked. They fail miserably, and their ancient fire engine is stolen by criminals attempting to steal the... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt, Peter Gawthorne

Votes: 294

42. Rookie Fireman (1950)

Approved | 63 min | Drama, Romance

Merchant seaman Joe Blake, in love with Peggy Walters, takes the job of a rookie fireman in a big city department. His commander is strict-disciplinarian Fire Captain Jess Henshaw. Margie ... See full summary »

Director: Seymour Friedman | Stars: Bill Williams, Barton MacLane, Marjorie Reynolds, Gloria Henry

Votes: 9

43. The Blazing Forest (1952)

Approved | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

Kelly Hansen, the tough boss of a timber crew clearing property owned by Jessie Crain and her niece, Sharon Wilks, is, unknown to anybody else, working to pay back money stolen by his ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: John Payne, William Demarest, Agnes Moorehead, Richard Arlen

Votes: 78

44. Libera me (2000)

119 min | Action, Drama

An arsonist is terrorizing Seoul and the fire investigators are hot on his trail.

Director: Yun-ho Yang | Stars: Min-su Choi, Seung-won Cha, Ji-tae Yu, Gyu-ri Kim

Votes: 197

45. The Last True Action Hero (1995)

55 min | Documentary

The image of firefighters has always been one of fairness, heroism and courage. In Australia, with the constant threat of bush fires, we are reminded seasonally of their mettle. They've ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Borger

Votes: 34

46. False Alarms (1936)

18 min | Comedy, Short

Three inept firemen try to avoid being fired by their increasingly exasperated chief.

Director: Del Lord | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Beatrice Blinn

Votes: 500

47. Firefighter (1986 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

Cindy Fralic (Nancy McKeon) plans to become a Los Angeles County firefighter. However, in the 60-year history of the department, no woman has ever passed the department's physical skills ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Michael Lewis | Stars: Nancy McKeon, Vincent Irizarry, Barry Corbin, Guy Boyd

Votes: 106

48. London's Burning (1988–2002)

50 min | Drama

The lives of firefighters at Blackwall Fire Station.

Stars: Glen Murphy, Richard Walsh, Ben Onwukwe, Shirley Greenwood

Votes: 540