2001 Films From Best To Worst

In my own opinion of course, and featuring all films released in 2001 I've currently seen. As such, this is an ever-evolving list. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: it is extremely difficult to rank all these films against one another, so different in style, scale and ambition they are. It's a constant battle between which film was objectively better, which one I personally enjoyed more, which one was more memorable, which one was disappointing, which one was the contrary pleasantly surprising... Even then, the exact position of many films is chosen somewhat arbitrarily in I know I rank it in that area, but that it stands above or under this or that other film is too complicated an issue. Anyway, as the list currently stands, I consider numbers 1-12 superb, 13-18 truly great films just short of excellence, 19-34 perfectly solid entertaining films, 35-60 also entertaining but progressively less and less nice, and from 61 we are entering rather bad territory, with number 65 in particular being awful in every way.

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1.
Spirited Away (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
2.
Vanilla Sky (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover. (136 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
3.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother. (146 mins.)
 
4.
Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast. (142 mins.)
Director: Christophe Gans
 
5.
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers. (224 mins.)
 
6.
Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A widowed mother and her son change when a mysterious stranger enters their lives. (101 mins.)
Director: Scott Hicks
 
7.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The comic 'Bluntman and Chronic' is based on real-life stoners Jay and Silent Bob, so when they get no profit from a big-screen adaptation they set out to wreck the movie. (104 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
 
8.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish. (135 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
9.
The One (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A sheriff's deputy fights an alternate universe version of himself who grows stronger with each alternate self he kills. (87 mins.)
Director: James Wong
 
10.
Save the Last Dance (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past. (112 mins.)
Director: Thomas Carter
 
11.
Serendipity (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A couple search for each other years after the night they first met, fell in love, and separated, convinced that one day they'd end up together. (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Chelsom
 
12.
Belphegor: Phantom of the Louvre (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
A collection of artifacts from an archeological dig in Egypt are brought to the famous Louvre museum in Paris... (97 mins.)
 
13.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (152 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
14.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
15.
Shrek (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona for a villainous lord in order to get his land back. (90 mins.)
 
16.
Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Three inseparable childhood friends are just out of college. Nothing comes between them - until they each fall in love, and their wildly different approaches to relationships creates tension. (183 mins.)
Director: Farhan Akhtar
 
17.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think. (92 mins.)
 
18.
Amélie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
 
19.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Yashvardhan Raichand lives a very wealthy lifestyle along with his wife, Nandini, and two sons, Rahul and Rohan... (210 mins.)
Director: Karan Johar
 
20.
Training Day (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes on a 24-hour training course with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears. (122 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
 
21.
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A scientist makes a last stand on Earth with the help of a ragtag team of soldiers against an invasion of alien phantoms. (106 mins.)
 
22.
Jurassic Park III (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A decidedly odd couple with ulterior motives convince Dr. Alan Grant to go to Isla Sorna (the second InGen dinosaur lab.), resulting in an unexpected landing...and unexpected new inhabitants on the island. (92 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
 
23.
Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A Navy navigator is shot down over enemy territory and is ruthlessly pursued by a secret police enforcer and the opposing troops. Meanwhile his commanding officer goes against orders in an attempt to rescue him. (106 mins.)
Director: John Moore
 
24.
Exit Wounds (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Orin Boyd, a tough cop in an inner-city precinct discovers a web of dirty cops and corruption. (101 mins.)
 
25.
The Princess Diaries (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Mia Thermopolis has just found out that she is the heir apparent to the throne of Genovia. With her friends Lilly and Michael Moscovitz in tow, she tries to navigate through the rest of her 16th year. (111 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
 
26.
The Closet (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A man spreads the rumor of his fake homosexuality with the aid of his neighbor, to prevent his imminent firing at his work. (84 mins.)
Director: Francis Veber
 
27.
Zoolander (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
At the end of his career, a clueless fashion model is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. (90 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
 
28.
The Last Castle (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A court-martialed general rallies together 1200 inmates to rise against the corrupt system that put him away. (131 mins.)
Director: Rod Lurie
 
29.
K-PAX (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
PROT is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations. (120 mins.)
Director: Iain Softley
 
30.
Legally Blonde (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
When a blonde sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined. (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Luketic
 
31.
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Los Angeles police officer Brian O'Connor must decide where his loyalty really lies when he becomes enamored with the street racing world he has been sent undercover to destroy. (106 mins.)
Director: Rob Cohen
 
32.
Tomcats (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Seven years ago, a bunch of friends make a bet that'll give the last remaining bachelor a ton of money... (95 mins.)
Director: Gregory Poirier
 
33.
America's Sweethearts (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A movie publicist deals with the messy public split of his movie's co-stars while keeping reporters at bay while a reclusive director holds the film's print hostage. (102 mins.)
Director: Joe Roth
 
34.
Fulltime Killer (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Two very different hitmen find themselves to be in each other's way. They use all their skill to solve the problem. (102 mins.)
 
35.
Tanguy (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Tanguy is 28 years old and still living with his parents. They think it's time he moves out. He doesn't, so they hatch a plan... (108 mins.)
 
36.
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Four teens are tricked by their professor into visiting a haunted house for a school project. (83 mins.)
 
37.
Wasabi (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Hubert is a French policeman with very sharp methods. After being forced to take 2 months off by his boss... (94 mins.)
 
38.
Heartbreakers (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A mother and daughter con team seduce and scam wealthy men. (123 mins.)
Director: David Mirkin
 
39.
American Pie 2 (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In this sequel to the hit comedy American Pie, the high school students are now in college. These close friends decide to meet up at the beach house for some fun. (108 mins.)
Director: J.B. Rogers
 
40.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis. (95 mins.)
 
41.
Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A betrayed intelligence officer enlists the aid of a prostitute to prove his innocence from a deadly conspiracy while returning a favor to her. (98 mins.)
Director: Chris Nahon
 
42.
Yamakasi (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Gravity or Police, these guys don't believe in any law. Idolised by the youth of Paris as much as they're hated by the police... (90 mins.)
 
43.
Say It Isn't So (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Young orphan Gilly (Klein) finds out his lover Jo (Graham) may actually be his biological sister. After... (95 mins.)
Director: J.B. Rogers
 
44.
Swordfish (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell led by Gabriel Shear wants the money to help finance their war against international terrorism, but it's all locked away. Gabriel brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson to help him. (99 mins.)
Director: Dominic Sena
 
45.
The Mummy Returns (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The mummified body of Imhotep is shipped to a museum in London, where he once again wakes and begins his campaign of rage and terror. (130 mins.)
Director: Stephen Sommers
 
46.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Video game adventuress Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts. (100 mins.)
Director: Simon West
 
47.
Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A prostitute agrees to get impregnated and then give the baby to a couple (Raj and Priya) in exchange for a million rupees. Everything changes when she develops feelings for the baby and Raj. (160 mins.)
 
48.
Don't Say a Word (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
When the daughter of a psychiatrist is kidnapped, he's horrified to discover that the abductors' demand is that he break through to a post traumatic stress disorder suffering young woman who knows a secret... (113 mins.)
Director: Gary Fleder
 
49.
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
When a fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during WWII, his fiancee falls in love with the local Italian commander. (131 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
50.
Cats & Dogs (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A look at the top-secret, high-tech espionage war going on between cats and dogs, which their human owners are blissfully unaware of. (87 mins.)
 
51.
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Carter and Lee head to Hong Kong for vacation, but become embroiled in a counterfeit money scam. (90 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
 
52.
Spy Kids (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
The children of secret-agent parents must save them from danger. (88 mins.)
 
53.
Valentine (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Five women are stalked by an unknown assailant while preparing for Valentine's Day. (96 mins.)
Director: Jamie Blanks
 
54.
From Hell (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In Victorian Era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders by Jack The Ripper. (122 mins.)
 
55.
Evolution (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A fire-fighting cadet, two college professors, and a geeky but sexy government scientist work against an alien organism that has been rapidly evolving since its arrival on Earth inside a meteor. (101 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
 
56.
The Legend of Suriyothai (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
During the 16th century, as Thailand contends with both a civil war and Burmese invasion, a beautiful princess rises up to help protect the glory of the Kingdom of Ayothaya. Based on the life of Queen Suriyothai. (185 mins.)
 
57.
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Danny Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. (116 mins.)
 
58.
Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
When Cyrus Kriticos, a very rich collector of unique things dies, he leaves it all to his nephew and his family. All including his house, his fortune, and his malicious collection of ghosts! (91 mins.)
Director: Steve Beck
 
59.
Pearl Harbor (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
60.
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage. (113 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chow
 
61.
The Pledge (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A retiring police chief pledges to catch the killer of a young child. (124 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
 
62.
The Musketeer (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Alexander Dumas' novel is updated with an eastern influence as D'Artagnan attempts to join the king's elite guards, the Royal Musketeers, and find the man who killed his parents. (104 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
63.
Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Amongst the communal riots that erupt in the city, Tara shelters a wayward Sakina from a crazed mob and a bond that blossoms into love is created... (170 mins.)
Director: Anil Sharma
 
64.
Glitter (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.2/10 X  
A young singer dates a disc jockey who helps her get into the music business, but their relationship become complicated as she ascends to super stardom. (104 mins.)
 
65.
Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A sendup of all the teen movies that have accumulated in the past two decades. (89 mins.)
Director: Joel Gallen