The Many, Many Film Appearances of the Twin Towers

The two monoliths of the World Trade Center were such an integral part of the New York skyline, that you didn't even notice them in the many movie shots of Gotham's majestic sprawl. Now, a decade after they fell, their presence in a movie scene is all you can see. Here are some of their greatest starring rolls.

Filmmaker Dan Meth (no jokes about his sister Crystal) put together this video of the twin towers in the background (or foreground) of dozens of movies starting in the '70s, when they weren't even finished, up until 2000. They appear in everything from the sacred (Serpico) to the profane (Home Alone II: Parenting Never Sleeps) and everything in between. Like a great character actor, we'll never stop noticing what they add to a scene.