19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows

Any movie about firefighters invariably tickles the nerves and attracts the attention of the viewer. This is not surprising, because in the center of attention – desperately brave people. They daily risk their own life and health in the fight against fire and disasters to save others.

Only the Brave

Only the Brave
  • IMDB Rating – 7.6
  • Genre: Action, Drama, Biography
  • Production: USA / 2017
  • Budget: $38,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $26,351,322
  • Director: Joseph Kosinski
  • Starring: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch, Jennifer Connelly, Scott Hayes, Alex Russell, Ben Hardy, Natalie Hall

Arizona, 2013. The state was shaken by a terrible fire caused by a severe drought in the region. A team consisting of 19 brave guys is engaged in liquidation. All have different fates, standards of living and ideas about the future.

The leader of the group Brandon McDonough together with the unit arrived to help local firefighters who could not cope with the destructive force of the elements. Many obstacles created by the fire, will have to bypass the rescuers, and not everyone will be able to survive this struggle.

The movie is based on real events.

The actress Jennifer Connelly had a long conversation with her prototype, Amanda Marsh, before filming and was filmed wearing shoes that belonged to her.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows

Chicago Fire (TV show)

Chicago Fire
  • IMDB Rating – 8.0
  • Genre: Drama
  • Production: USA / 2012
  • Director: Reza Tabrizi, Joe Chappelle, Sanford Bookstaver
  • Starring: Christian Stolte, Taylor Kinney, Eamonn Walker, Joe Minoso, David Eigenberg, Randy Flagler, Jesse Spencer, Anthony Ferraris, Kara Killmer, Yuri Sardarov

The main action of the series unfolds inside the rescue and fire department Firehouse 51. In addition to the heroic everyday life that accompanies the brave rescuers, inside the team reigns and its own passions.

The death of a colleague, veteran Andrew Darden, creates a misunderstanding between Severide and Casey, who blame each other for the death of their partner. A rookie service member’s conflict with his mother over his choice of profession is also in full swing. The team has to make difficult decisions every day, relying only on luck and the help of colleagues.

It is curious that employees of fire brigades are forbidden to grow beards – facial hair interferes with the tight fit of protective equipment, and Anthony Farris, thanks to whose assistance looks authentic most spectacular episodes of the movie, still works as a fireman.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows

The Smoke (TV show)

The Smoke
  • IMDB Rating – 7.1
  • Genre: Drama
  • Production: UK / 2014
  • Director: Mike Barker, Samuel Donovan, Julian Holmes
  • Starring: Jamie Bamber, Theron Edgerton, Gerard Kearns, Rashan Stone, David Walmsley, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Jodie Whittaker, Dorian Lock, Martin Ellis, Sam Gittins

Kev Allison is characterized by a noble character, with an acquired disillusionment with life with age. He is the head of a fire brigade. Once during a serious fire Kev had to endure the betrayal of a colleague, but he still continues to believe in people, which contributes to the new helpers to fight fire – Mel, Trish, Dennis and Ziggy. Together they will have to solve problems, both related to the service and in their personal lives.

Several seasons were originally planned, but the show was shut down after the first one was released.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows


  • IMDB Rating – 6.6
  • Genre: Drama, Melodrama
  • Production: USA / 2008
  • Budget: $500,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $33,473,297
  • Director: Alex Kendrick
  • Starring: Kirk Cameron, Erin Beatie, Ken Bevel, Stephen Dervan, Eric Young, Jason McLeod, Harris Malcom, Phyllis Malcom, Perry Revell, Stephanie Makulinski.

Caleb Holt is an experienced firefighter whose credo is “helping a comrade in need”. But at home, coming to his wife, feelings and interest in which left already in the past, his rules change. Constantly saving people from dying in fires, he doesn’t understand how to keep a marriage from breaking down.

Only God can change his heart, instilling a love that can reconcile him and his wife and not bring divorce to the family. Only faith in the Almighty can save their union, and with each passing moment things that seemed impossible become simple and real.

The actor who played the main character declined the honorarium, asking that the funds be listed as an endowment for his ministry.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows

The Tower

The Tower
  • IMDB Rating – 6.6
  • Genre: Drama, Action
  • Production: Korea South / 2012
  • Director: Kim Ji-hoon
  • Starring: Seol Kyung-gu, Son Ye-jin, Kim Sang-gyun, Kim In-gwon, Ahn Sung-gi, Song Jae-ho, Lee Ju-shil, Lee Han-vi, Kwon Tae-won, Jung Guk-hyang

On Christmas Eve, everyone expects miracles and happiness that the festive night should bring. But wishes don’t always match reality. So those celebrating in the luxurious Tower Sky tower in the center of Seoul had no idea that their party would end in tragedy.

A massive fire began to engulf the 120-story building. Many destinies are united by this drama. Dae-ho, a single father, changed his plans to spend time with his daughter at the party. And fire chief Young Ki vacated the evening, wanting to celebrate with his wife. The people there were different, but they were bonded by the fire.

The filmmakers built 26 different sets to shoot the fire scenes in different locations, and the water shots were filmed in a different city and without stuntmen.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows

The Bravest

The Bravest
  • IMDB Rating – 5.6
  • Genre: Action, Drama
  • Production: China / 2019
  • Worldwide Box Office: $245,179,562
  • Director: Tony Chan
  • Starring: Huang Xiaoming, Du Jiang, Tang Zho, Yang Zi, Oho Ou, Hou Yong, Zhang Zhehan, Jason Gu, Yin Xiaotian, Gao Ge

An oil pipeline explosion causes an oil spill in the port of Binhai. The flaming fuel could engulf numerous nearby oil storage tanks, causing catastrophic consequences.

In connection with the impending tragedy, all rescue units and available reserves are being mobilized, including the former head of the fire department, recently demoted because of the death of a subordinate.

The raging flames could engulf cyanide tanks in addition to oil storage facilities. Damage to them would take the lives of millions of people.

The creators of the movie about brave firefighters took as the basis of the plot an incident that really happened in the Tianjin port in the summer of 2015.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows

Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire
  • IMDB Rating – 5.1
  • Genre: Comedy, Family
  • Production: USA / 2019
  • Worldwide Box Office: $69,412,425
  • Director: Andy Fickman
  • Starring: John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, Brianna Hildebrand, John Leguizamo, Tyler Mane, Christian Convery, Finley Rose Slater, Judy Greer, Dennis Haseburt, Daniel Cudmore

Sometimes fate throws up incredible scenarios. The seemingly difficult work of the heroes of the movie about firefighters becomes though not a comedy, but something calm and ordinary compared to the new duties….

Jake Carson and his subordinates have to become babysitters for three children rescued from an impending fire. As it turned out, the kids, who can’t be handed over to their parents, are able to completely overturn the ideas of experienced rescuers about both the service and life in general. After all, the process of bringing up the younger generation is no less unpredictable than a blazing element.

As the creators of the movie note, the most difficult task was filming scenes with open fire. For example, the forest cabin had to be burned to the ground twice and then rebuilt.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows

Ladder 49

Ladder 49
  • IMDB Rating – 6.5
  • Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama
  • Production: USA / 2004
  • Budget: $60,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $100,572,044
  • Director: Jay Russell
  • Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta, Jacinda Barrett, Robert Patrick, Morris Chestnut, Billy Burke, Balthazar Getty, Tim Guinee, Kevin Chapman, Jay Hernandez.

Team 49 is a group of firefighters led by experienced Captain Mike Kennedy. Having gone through hundreds of severe tests of fire, the men united and became true friends. They are no longer just colleagues, but a strong and friendly family. Not so long ago in the brigade appeared Jack Morrison, who all his life “burned” this profession and dreamed of saving people.

Once again fighting the fire element, Jack rushed to pull a girl out of a burning building, but he himself was surrounded by fire. The intrepid rescuer was crushed by a ladder and could not get out. While Morrison was blocked by a wall of fire, his whole life flashed before his eyes: the first fire, meeting the charming Linda, wedding, birth of children.

Joaquin Phoenix, who played the role of a firefighter, was afraid of heights and could not descend a six-meter pole. But after intensive training alongside real firefighters, he overcame his fear.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows


  • IMDB Rating – 5.8
  • Genre: Action, Thriller, Adventure
  • Production: USA, Hong Kong / 2018
  • Budget: $125,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $304,868,961
  • Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Moeller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, McKenna Roberts, Noah Cottrell, Hannah Quinlivan

In the past Will Sawyer was an FBI agent and was engaged in the release of hostages. Now he has a beautiful family and a quiet, measured life. The former military man is now an expert in the security of high-rise buildings. One day Will is sent on a business trip to China. A man with his wife and children become the first tenants of a new high-rise where he is to work.

One day there is a major fire in the building, and the fire begins to spread upstairs. The flames cover the floor where Sawyer’s family lives, and they can’t get out. Will has to save his family and find those who started the fire in the most high-tech and safe skyscraper in the country.

The famous architect E. Smith took part in the creation of the movie as a consultant. He worked on the design of the skyscrapers Burj Khalifa, Jeddah Tower.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows

9-1-1 (TV show)

  • IMDB Rating – 7.8
  • Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama
  • Production: USA / 2018
  • Director: Bradley Booker, David Grossman, Jennifer Lynch
  • Starring: Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hynds, Kenneth Choi, Rockmond Dunbar, Corina Messia, Marcantoni Reis, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Guzman

Trouble comes suddenly. Often the only way to escape is to dial the familiar 911 number. The emergency service consisting of dispatchers, firefighters and paramedics rush to the aid of the victims, and the police are also involved in rescue operations.

In a metropolitan area, fires and accidents happen frequently. There are also global cataclysms, natural disasters. On the coherence of work, efficiency and professionalism of rescuers depend on the lives of citizens. Captain Bobby Nash and his team, which has become a large and friendly family, will not fail.

Interestingly, Oliver Stark intended to quit his acting career, change careers and become a member of the fire brigade on the eve of the offer to star in the series, while the actors who played Maddie Kendall and her husband Doug in real life are married and raising three children.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows

Station 19 (TV show)

Station 19
  • IMDB Rating – 6.8
  • Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama, Melodrama
  • Production: USA / 2018
  • Director: Paris Barclay, Stacy K. Black, Darin Okada
  • Starring: Jessica Ortiz, Jason Winston George, Gray Damon, Barrett Doss, Jay Hayden, Daniel Savre, Okyerete Onaodowan, Boris Kodjoe, Miguel Sandoval, Stefania Spampinato

The main characters are coworkers Ben Warren and Andy Herrera. Ben left the hospital where he worked as an anesthesiologist to become a firefighter. Being a doctor, the man had time to face different difficult situations, and now he is sure that working directly in the center of events will give him more opportunities to save people. But on the first working day he faces misunderstanding from his new partners. They openly laugh at him, not taking his former career seriously.

Andy is a young girl with a firm masculine character. She does what she loves and flawlessly carries out the mission assigned to her. Herrera is straightforward and decisive, but at the same time infinitely kind and always tries to help those who are in trouble. Her colleagues do not realize that the girl has long been in love and suffers from unrequited feelings.

The multi-episode firefighter movie is a spin-off to Grey’s Anatomy.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows

Rescue Me (TV show)

Rescue Me
  • IMDB Rating – 8.3
  • Genre: Drama, comedy
  • Production: USA / 2004
  • Director: John Fortenberry, Peter Tolan, Jace Alexander
  • Starring: Denis Leary, Mike Lombardi, Steven Pasquale, Andrea Roth, John Scurti, Daniel Sunjata, Callie Thorne, Natalie Distler, James McCaffrey, Robert John Burke

The main character is a firefighter Tommy Gavin. During a terrible tragedy in 2001, the man witnessed the death of his colleagues and best friend. He feels guilt for having survived, and can not recover from the terrible events. The man began to talk to himself often, became addicted to alcohol, which aggravated the depressive state.

As a result, Tom’s spouse leaves him: she always hated her husband’s profession, and his behavior brought him to the point of no return. The unhappy fireman can not accept the fact that his wife and three children are now not around, and buys a house not far from them. Will the traumatized man be able to sort out his life and get his family back?

It is interesting that Jack McGee, who performed in the movie about the dead firefighters the role of the chief, actually worked as a rescuer before switching to acting, and the heroes of the picture in conversation mention the real-life firefighter Paddy Brown.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows

As the Light Goes Out

As the Light Goes Out
  • IMDB Rating – 6.2
  • Genre: Action, Drama
  • Production: Hong Kong / 2014
  • Director: Derek Kwok
  • Starring: Nicholas Tse, Sean Yue, Simon Yam, Hu Jun, Bai Bin, William Chan, Andy He, Patrick Tam, Liu Kai-Chi, Deep Ng

A team of Hong Kong firefighters gathered on Christmas Eve to have a good time and see off the retirement of their unit commander. They had worked together for many years, defying fire every day and fighting danger shoulder to shoulder. Having passed more than one test together, they became real brothers, absolutely confident in each other, as if the heroes of the best movies about firefighters.

This evening firefighters were not destined to spend quietly and calmly. Received a call: a small warehouse on fire. The rescuers went to work with the confidence that easily and quickly eliminate the fire. But a small fire grew to gigantic proportions and turned into a terrible disaster. Will the experienced firefighters be able to defeat the fire and survive the night?

Jackie Chan participated in the creation of the movie, dedicated to the heroic feat of Hong Kong firefighters who rushed to extinguish the liquor factory.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows

Those Who Wish Me Dead

Those Who Wish Me Dead
  • IMDB Rating – 6.0
  • Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama, Crime
  • Production: Canada, USA / 2021
  • Worldwide Box Office: $23,468,586
  • Director: Taylor Sheridan
  • Starring: Angelina Jolie, Finn Little, Nicholas Hoult, Aidan Gillen, Jon Bernthal, Medina Senghour, Jake Weber, Tyler Perry, James Jordan, Tory Kittles

In the past, Hannah led a team of firefighters and saved lives. But once, during a forest fire, she was unable to protect her subordinate and three boys who happened to be in the epicenter of the disaster. For more than a year, she has not been able to cope with depression: the woman is tormented by guilt, constantly having nightmares.

Now she works in a national park in Montana. Her task is to prevent and prevent natural disasters. One day Hannah meets a boy who is trying to escape from brutal killers, and tries to save him. But, as it turns out, they will have to save themselves not only from the killers, but also from the fire that has engulfed the forest.

Interestingly, the performer of the main role – Jolie, met with real firefighters and asked about the details of their profession, and the site with the scenery of the forest was really set on fire for the empty effect.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows

Out of Inferno

Out of Inferno
  • IMDB Rating – 5.7
  • Genre: Drama
  • Production: China, Hong Kong / 2013
  • Director: Danny Pan, Oxide Pan
  • Starring: Sean Lau, Louis Koo, Angelica Lee, Chen Sicheng, Natalie Tong, Eddie Cheung, Jin Qiaoqiao, Mark Ma, Hui Siu-Hong

The story centers on a team of firefighters from Hong Kong. Fearless heroes, fighting fire, have already faced hundreds of times with the most unpredictable situations and, risking their lives, saved people. However, what happened this time made even such experienced rescuers afraid. It was an ordinary morning that did not portend trouble. But soon the air temperature began to rise inexorably: such a heat wave had not occurred in the last fifty years.

The scorching heat led to a fire in a high-rise building that was home to hundreds of people. Very quickly the fire grew to terrifying proportions and several people were trapped in the ring of fire. A team of experienced firefighters will once again have to fight the terrible elements, putting their own lives on the line….

To make the fire scenes believable, in most of the episodes of the movie, the creators really made a fire. This also made it possible to achieve real emotions of fear from the actors.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows

World Trade Center

World Trade Center
  • IMDB rating – 5.9
  • Genre: Thriller, Drama, History
  • Production: USA / 2006
  • Budget: $65,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $162,970,240
  • Director: Oliver Stone
  • Starring: Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Stephen Dorff, Jay Hernandez, Michael Shannon, Jude Ciccolella, Connor Paolo, Anthony Piccininni.

During emergencies, many unexpected situations occur, which requires rescuers to be highly prepared for the unexpected. Two police officers, John McLoughlin and Will Heeman, find themselves buried alive under the rubble of a multi-story building.

The terrorist attack destroyed the World Trade Center and the death toll was in the hundreds. Almost all city teams of rescuers and police were sent to the site, but not everyone managed to get out from under the debris of buildings. In an instant, the lives of a huge number of people changed dramatically, but those who were in trouble continued to fight for survival to the end.

The director wanted to see the real Dave Cairns on the set and tried to persuade him to star as himself. The Marine recognized the authenticity of the tape, but refused to cooperate.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows

Firehouse Dog

Firehouse Dog
  • IMDB Rating – 5.5
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Family
  • Production: USA, Canada / 2006
  • Worldwide box office receipts: $17,299,151
  • Director: Todd Holland
  • Starring: Josh Hutcherson, Bruce Greenwood, Dash Mayock, Steven Culp, Bill Nunn, Bree Turner, Scotch Ellis Loring, Maite Garcia, Teddy Sears, Claudette Mink.

A dog named Rex has starred in TV series and commercials. He is appreciated for his ability to follow commands and demonstrate incredible jumping ability. The animal wears a collar with precious stones, and a whole harem is always ready to provide him with a set of necessary services.

Once on the set, due to an oversight of the staff, the dog gets lost, and for a long time wanders with other stray animals on the streets of a large city. He becomes less and less like a TV star, as he gradually loses his former gloss. His shelter becomes a dilapidated fire station, where he finds a real friend in the person of 12-year-old Shane.

As Rex, four different dogs of the same breed can be seen in the footage, due to the specificity of the tricks they could perform. The credits present the results of a real competition about dogs: the participants had to write an essay revealing why their dog could be called a hero.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows


  • IMDB Rating – 6.7
  • Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama, Crime, Detective
  • Production: USA / 1991
  • Budget: $75,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $152,368,585
  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Starring: Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Scott Glenn, Rebecca De Mornay, Jason Gedrick, J.T. Walsh, Anthony Mockus st.

Experienced firefighters know very well that on a call, the reverse thrust effect becomes a dangerous test for rescuers. Because of this Steve and Brian’s father died, which was a strong psychological blow for the guys. Siblings get into one rescue squad, although their life paths should have been separated.

They have a complex relationship, which negatively affects the atmosphere in the team. Every day they travel to the sites of fires to prevent another disaster. They will have to cooperate with the investigator working on the case of an arsonist with manic tendencies. His actions have already led to the death of people, and the number of victims continues to grow.

The script was written by Gregory Weiden, who worked as a former firefighter and lost a friend, and the performers of the main roles performed many of the stunts themselves.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows


  • IMDB Rating – 5.3
  • Genre: Action, Thriller
  • Production: Germany, Canada, New Zealand, USA / 2002
  • Director: Steven Quayle
  • Starring: D.B. Sweeney, Diane Farr, Chad Donella, Ellen Mouffe, Gedeon Burkhardt, Craig McLauchlan, Wes Studi, John Noble, Katrina Hobbs, Kate Rayson.

Superfire is considered a rare and dangerous natural phenomenon, and scientists have not been able to explain the reasons for its occurrence. The consequences of the rapid spread of fire are comparable to a nuclear explosion, and columns of smoke can rise to a height of almost five kilometers.

The flames suck almost all the oxygen out of the air, and literally in seconds hectares of forests can be destroyed. Its spread is difficult to control, requiring special skills and teamwork from rescuers.

Exactly such an emergency incident was recorded on the territory of the USA. The fire was stopped just 8 miles from the nearest settlement.

The movie about firefighters is based on real events that happened in 1996. This super fire was described in the book by Douglas Preston.

19 Best Firefighter Movies and TV Shows
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