Best Films of 2001

2001 was a year of sorrow, and mischief, a year America won't soon forget. But movies however took no effect as some came and went as some came and stayed. Here are the best films from 2001. These films were praised by critics, had good box office success, were awarded movie awards, and have a high percentage from Rotten Tomatoes between 100-70% no less. Enjoy!
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1.
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.)
“ 96%
Pixar shows us why they're one of the best along with DreamWorks. ” - christophershobris
 
2.
In the Bedroom (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A New England couple's college-aged son dates an older woman who has two small children and an unwelcome ex-husband. (130 mins.)
Director: Todd Field
“ 93% ” - christophershobris
 
3.
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.)
“ 93%
The first is the best of this kid friendly movie series. ” - christophershobris
 
4.
Scratch (2001 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now... (92 mins.)
Director: Doug Pray
“ 93% ” - christophershobris
 
5.
Ghost World (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives. (111 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
“ 92% ” - christophershobris
 
6.
Memento (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ 92%
Released March 16, 2001 in USA. ” - christophershobris
 
7.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs. (95 mins.)
“ 92% ” - christophershobris
 
8.
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
“ 91%
One of the most beloved and ground-breaking franchises to ever come about all started here. ” - christophershobris
 
9.
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.)
“ 87%
Never underestimate an animated film. I think we've learned by now not to do that. Right? DreamWorks proves time and time again that they deserve to be recognized as one of the best in the business. ” - christophershobris
 
10.
Lovely & Amazing (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Self-esteem and insecurity are at the heart of this comedy about the relationship between a mother and her three confused daughters. (91 mins.)
“ 86% ” - christophershobris
 
11.
Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A woman searching for the perfect man instead discovers the perfect woman. (97 mins.)
“ 85% ” - christophershobris
 
12.
Monster's Ball (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed. (111 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ 85% ” - christophershobris
 
13.
Gosford Park (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them. (131 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ 85% ” - christophershobris
 
14.
Donnie Darko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
“ 85% ” - christophershobris
 
15.
The Others (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted. (101 mins.)
“ 83% ” - christophershobris
 
16.
The Believer (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young Jewish man develops a fiercely anti-Semitic philosophy. Based on the factual story of a K.K.K. member in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish by a New York Times reporter. (98 mins.)
Director: Henry Bean
“ 82% ” - christophershobris
 
17.
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.)
“ 82%
Another film launching a successful film series, but not as successful as HP, or LOTR. ” - christophershobris
 
18.
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. (147 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ 81% ” - christophershobris
 
19.
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary. (97 mins.)
Director: Sharon Maguire
“ 81% ” - christophershobris
 
20.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A clan's estranged patriarch loses his home and learns that his ex-wife plans to remarry. (110 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ 80% ” - christophershobris
 
21.
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
“ 80%
The beginning of a legendary movie franchise, the second one this year after Lord of the Rings. ” - christophershobris
 
22.
Waking Life (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe. (99 mins.)
“ 80% ” - christophershobris
 
23.
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
“ 78% ” - christophershobris
 
24.
Tape (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Three old high school friends meet in a Michigan motel room to dissect painful memories from their past. (86 mins.)
“ 78% ” - christophershobris
 
25.
The Tailor of Panama (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A tailor living in Panama reluctantly becomes a spy for a British Agent. (109 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ 77% ” - christophershobris
 
26.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets. (127 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ 76% ” - christophershobris
 
27.
Black Hawk Down (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ 76% ” - christophershobris
 
28.
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In New York City, the lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a house-cleaner, a professor and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability. (104 mins.)
Director: Jill Sprecher
“ 76% ” - christophershobris
 
29.
The Cat's Meow (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Semi-true story of the Hollywood murder that occurred at a star-studded gathering aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924. (114 mins.)
“ 75% ” - christophershobris
 
30.
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
“ 75% ” - christophershobris
 
31.
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.)
“ 73% ” - christophershobris
 
32.
The Score (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An aging thief hopes to retire and live off his ill-gotten wealth when a young kid convinces him into doing one last heist. (124 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
“ 73% ” - christophershobris
 
33.
Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A criminal subculture operates among U.S. soldiers stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin wall. (98 mins.)
Director: Gregor Jordan
“ 73% ” - christophershobris
 
34.
Tortilla Soup (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A Mexican-American master chef and father to three daughters has lost his taste for food but not for life. (102 mins.)
Director: Maria Ripoll
“ 73% ” - christophershobris
 
35.
Joy Ride (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer. (97 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
“ 73% ” - christophershobris
 
36.
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 beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the LAPD with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be. (122 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
“ 72% ” - christophershobris
 
37.
Baby Boy (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
This is the story of Jody, an unemployed young black man, who's been living with his mother for several years... (130 mins.)
Director: John Singleton
“ 71% ” - christophershobris