Since its construction began, One World Trade Center has been seen in many films, TV series and video games, while under construction. The tower began construction in 2006 and lasted until 2013. Films, TV shows and video games released from 2006 to 2013 will show the tower under construction, unless they were released during this period but set at a later date; e.g. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which shows the tower completed.
The tower is seen under construction in the 2012 film The Avengers, the finale of which takes place in New York City. The alternate opening sequence features a prolonged shot of Lower Manhattan with One World Trade Center in view. This footage was shot in the spring of 2011.
The Lower Manhattan skyline can be seen in the background, along with One World Trade Center under construction, in the 2013 film A Case of You.
The tower is occasionally seen in episodes of the TV Land series Younger.
One World Trade Center can be seen under construction in the background in one of the scenes in the 2013 movie Now You See Me.
In the 2013 comedy The Wolf of Wall Street trailer a shot of Downtown Manhattan is shown and One World Trade Center has begun construction. In the actual movie in a scene where Jordan is in a restaurant with Mark. They have a conversation and One World Trade Center can be seen under construction through the window.
The top of the One World Trade Center has also been in Japanese film Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno, with the other skyscrapers in New York City. The introduction of the painting by Van Gogh take place in Times Square.
An animation of the Lower Manhattan skyline, including the completed tower and World Trade Center site, is seen when the circus arrives in New York City in the 2012 film Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.
An animation of the Lower Manhattan skyline, including the completed tower and World Trade Center site, is seen when Dave's submarine arrives in New York City in the 2014 film Penguins of Madagascar.
At the end of the 2015 disaster movie San Andreas, just a cameo on the fourth television on the right at Caltech and it says "Breaking News, Tremors in Manhattan".
Two duplicate One World Trade Center towers are seen completed in the future New York skyline in the 2030s in the 2006 film Click.
The completed tower can be seen, along with the other completed World Trade Center towers, in the 2008 film Babylon A.D., where the High Priestess has her office in 2 World Trade Center. In the film and on one of the film's posters, 2 World Trade Center is depicted with its original 2007 design before the redesign in 2015.
The completed tower and complex are seen in the year 2018 in the 2012 film Iron Sky and on the film's poster. In the film and on the poster, 2 World Trade Center is depicted with its original 2007 design before the redesign in 2015.
In the 2013 sci-fi epicOblivion, the fully completed new tower and World Trade Center complex in 2017 is shown as viewed from the top of the Empire State Building, in a flashback of New York City prior to an alien invasion which ravages the city and entire planet (that likely destroyed the tower and complex). The scene is prevalent and recurrent throughout the film. 2 World Trade Center is depicted with its original 2007 design before the redesign in 2015.
One World Trade Center's base can be briefly seen in the 2014 romantic fantasy film Winter's Tale.
One World Trade Center can be seen many times in the 2014 remake of Annie. It can be seen through the window when Annie is brought into Will Stacks and Grace's home located in 4 World Trade Center. It can be seen when Will takes Annie on a helicopter tour of Manhattan. And lastly near the end of the movie it can be seen in the background along with the rest of the skyline in the musical number in Liberty State Park.
The tower and complex appear in the 2014 film Birdman. It also appears in the spoof in-universe trailer for Birdman Returns released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, despite the fact that the fictional movie is set and released in 1992.
The tower is seen in the background of the 2015 film Ted 2.
In the 2015 film Pixels, the tower can be seen in the background in some parts of the movie.
In the 2016 movie Collateral Beauty, One World Trade Center can be seen multiple times. For example when two characters are walking under the Brooklyn Bridge the Lower Manhattan skyline can be seen in the background.
An animation of the New York skyline, including the tower appears in a few shots of the 2016 film The Secret Life of Pets.
The tower can be seen in the 2016 film Ghostbusters. Along with the ending of the movie when the tower and other buildings in New York light up in tribute of the Ghostbusters.
In the 2016 movie Bakery in Brooklyn, the character Vivian talks to Paul on the phone while she rides her bike. In one part of that scene the Lower Manhattan skyline can be seen behind her and One World Trade Center can be seen standing out.
A scene of the tower and the rest of the Manhattan skyline can be seen in a derelict state near the end credits of the 2016 film Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in the aftermath of the T-virus global pandemic.
The tower can be seen numerous times in the 2017 film 2:22.
One World Trade Center can be seen multiple times in the 2017 film The Dark Tower. It can be seen in shots of the downtown Manhattan skyline, and when Walter O'Dim is walking across the street near Madison Square Park, 4 World Trade Center and 3 World Trade Center can be seen down the street. It can be seen again when the "Dark Tower" is being destroyed, and lastly it can be seen in the background when Roland is in a fight scene.
The Lower Manhattan skyline, including One World Trade Center, is visible in the background of the 2017 film Wonder.
In the beginning of the 2017 disaster movie Geostorm, the tower can be seen when a tsunami hits New York.
The tower is visible in the background during the rooftop party scene in the 2018 Netflix original film Set It Up.
The tower can be seen in a shot of the Lower Manhattan skyline in the 2018 movie Ocean's 8.
One World Trade Center can be seen in the background when Anna goes jogging, in the 2018 movie Permission.
In the 2018 movie Skyscraper, when the main building of the movie, The Pearl, is shown on a scale compared to other skyscrapers. One World Trade Center can be seen in the scale.
The completed tower is seen in a war-torn Manhattan in the year 2026 in the Fringe season 3 episode "The Last Sam Weiss". It seems to show that in the series' universe, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum was not dedicated until 2021; in reality, the memorial was dedicated in 2011. It is later seen at various points in the fifth season, set in a dystopian 2036. Throughout the season, the tower is depicted without the 408-foot spire.
The completed tower is seen in the pilot of Golden Boy, which is probably set in 2020.
One and 4 World Trade Center, along with the rest of the Lower Manhattan skyline, is visible in the background of the American comedy series Glee episode "Bash" (season 5, episode 15), which first aired on the Fox Broadcasting Company in the United States on April 8, 2014.
In Quantico, the tower is seen along with the 4 World Trade Center in the background at the end of the pilot episode, with the chaos ensuing from the Grand Central Terminal bombing along with the FBI manhunt for the suspected terrorist of the attack (Alex Parrish).