The twenty best movies of 2001

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1. Vidocq (2001)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

Paris. 1830. In the heart of the town, Vidocq, a famous detective, disappeared as he fights the Alchemist, an assassin that he has been pursuing for a few months. His young biographer, ... See full summary »

Director: Pitof | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Guillaume Canet, Inés Sastre, André Dussollier

Votes: 19,403

2. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

R | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

57 Metascore

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.

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Jérémie Renier, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 56,298 | Gross: $11.26M

3. The Experiment (2001)

R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Berkel, Oliver Stokowski, Wotan Wilke Möhring

Votes: 84,647 | Gross: $0.14M

4. Mulholland Dr. (2001)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

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.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 273,085 | Gross: $7.22M

5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

64 Metascore

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.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

Votes: 521,815 | Gross: $317.58M

6. Jeepers Creepers (2001)

R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery

49 Metascore

A brother and sister driving home through isolated countryside for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature which is in the midst of its ritualistic eating spree.

Director: Victor Salva | Stars: Gina Philips, Justin Long, Jonathan Breck, Patricia Belcher

Votes: 98,218 | Gross: $37.90M

7. Family (II) (2001)

111 min | Action, Crime

When the mobster Iwaida Nishikawi is executed by the hit man Takeshi, his family chases the killer. Takeshi's brothers Takashi and Hideshi Miwa try to find Takeshi, who is hidden with the ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ken'ichi Endô, Kôjirô Hongô, Naoko Inoue, Kôichi Iwaki

Votes: 227

8. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)

R | 172 min | Drama

91 Metascore

The telling of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior's endurance and battle of its menace.

Director: Zacharias Kunuk | Stars: Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk

Votes: 5,866 | Gross: $3.79M

9. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

92 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Votes: 1,405,736 | Gross: $315.54M

10. Belphegor: Phantom of the Louvre (2001)

TV-14 | 97 min | Mystery, Fantasy, Horror

A collection of artifacts from an archeological dig in Egypt are brought to the famous Louvre museum in Paris, and while experts are using a laser scanning device to determine the age of a ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Paul Salomé | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Michel Serrault, Frédéric Diefenthal, Julie Christie

Votes: 4,193

11. The Mummy Returns (2001)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

48 Metascore

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.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo

Votes: 270,809 | Gross: $202.02M

12. The One (2001)

PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

25 Metascore

A rogue Multiverse agent goes on a manhunt for versions of himself, getting stronger with each kill. With only one version remaining, he races against the clock to finish him and become "The One."

Director: James Wong | Stars: Jet Li, Carla Gugino, Delroy Lindo, Jason Statham

Votes: 82,960 | Gross: $43.91M

13. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 612,608 | Gross: $33.23M

14. The Fast and the Furious (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

58 Metascore

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.

Directors: Rob Cohen, Mel City | Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Votes: 303,863 | Gross: $144.53M

15. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

66 Metascore

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 242,772 | Gross: $57.39M

16. Der Schuh des Manitu (2001)

87 min | Comedy, Western

Abahachi, Chief of the Apache Indians, and his blood brother Ranger maintain peace and justice in the Wild West. One day, Abahachi needs to take up a credit from the Shoshone Indians to ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Herbig | Stars: Michael Herbig, Christian Tramitz, Marie Bäumer, Sky du Mont

Votes: 15,243

17. The Warrior (2001)

R | 86 min | Adventure, Drama

65 Metascore

In feudal India, a warrior (Khan) who renounces his role as the longitme enforcer to a local lord becomes the prey in a murderous hunt through the Himalayan mountains.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Puru Chibber, Aino Annuddin, Manoj Mishra

Votes: 2,267 | Gross: $0.05M

18. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

33 Metascore

Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor

Votes: 175,443 | Gross: $131.14M

19. Tanguy (2001)

108 min | Comedy

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...

Director: Étienne Chatiliez | Stars: Sabine Azéma, André Dussollier, Éric Berger, Hélène Duc

Votes: 6,144

20. Cats & Dogs (2001)

PG | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Family

47 Metascore

A look at the top-secret, high-tech espionage war going on between cats and dogs, of which their human owners are blissfully unaware.

Director: Lawrence Guterman | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Tobey Maguire, Jeff Goldblum, Elizabeth Perkins

Votes: 50,455 | Gross: $93.39M