Best of 2001

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1. Vanilla Sky (2001)

R | 136 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

45 Metascore

A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell

Votes: 251,888 | Gross: $100.61M

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

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

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: 1,691,819 | Gross: $315.54M

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

PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

64 Metascore

An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.

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

Votes: 673,950 | Gross: $317.58M

4. Ali (2001)

R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

65 Metascore

A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles

Votes: 94,622 | Gross: $58.20M

5. Joy Ride (2001)

R | 97 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

75 Metascore

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.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Steve Zahn, Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski, Jessica Bowman

Votes: 65,026 | Gross: $21.97M

6. 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: 199,777 | Gross: $131.14M

7. Swordfish (2001)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

32 Metascore

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.

Director: Dominic Sena | Stars: John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle

Votes: 177,603 | Gross: $69.77M

8. Rush Hour 2 (2001)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

48 Metascore

Carter and Lee head to Hong Kong for a vacation, but become embroiled in a counterfeit money scam.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, John Lone, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 202,670 | Gross: $226.16M

9. The Fast and the Furious (2001)

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

58 Metascore

Los Angeles police officer Brian O'Conner must decide where his loyalty really lies when he becomes enamored with the street racing world he has been sent undercover to destroy.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Votes: 354,254 | Gross: $144.53M

10. Jurassic Park III (2001)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

A decidedly odd couple with ulterior motives convince Dr. Grant to go to Isla Sorna for a holiday, but their unexpected landing startles the island's new inhabitants.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Téa Leoni, Alessandro Nivola

Votes: 299,306 | Gross: $181.17M

11. Hannibal (2001)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

Living in exile, Dr. Hannibal Lecter tries to reconnect with now disgraced F.B.I. Agent Clarice Starling, and finds himself a target for revenge from a powerful victim.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta

Votes: 258,770 | Gross: $165.09M

12. Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

49 Metascore

Dolittle must save a forest and a bear's life.

Director: Steve Carr | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Cedric the Entertainer, Kristen Wilson, Raven-Symoné

Votes: 42,292 | Gross: $112.95M

13. Ocean's Eleven (2001)

PG-13 | 116 min | Crime, Thriller

74 Metascore

Danny Ocean and his ten accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon

Votes: 525,207 | Gross: $183.42M

14. Serendipity (2001)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Chelsom | Stars: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Bridget Moynahan

Votes: 105,190 | Gross: $50.29M

15. The Others (2001)

PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

74 Metascore

A woman who lives in her darkened old family house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that the home is haunted.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan, Alakina Mann

Votes: 342,834 | Gross: $96.52M

16. Jason X (2001)

R | 92 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

25 Metascore

Jason Voorhees returns with a new look, a new machete, and his same murderous attitude as he is awakened on a spaceship in the 25th century.

Director: James Isaac | Stars: Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Jeff Geddis, David Cronenberg

Votes: 51,648 | Gross: $13.12M

17. A Knight's Tale (2001)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

56 Metascore

After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell, Shannyn Sossamon

Votes: 174,476 | Gross: $56.57M

18. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 749,790 | Gross: $1.48M

19. Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

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

49 Metascore

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.

Director: John Moore | Stars: Gene Hackman, Owen Wilson, Gabriel Macht, Charles Malik Whitfield

Votes: 99,589 | Gross: $59.07M

20. I Am Sam (2001)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama

28 Metascore

A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter and in the process teaches his cold-hearted lawyer the value of love and family.

Director: Jessie Nelson | Stars: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 144,233 | Gross: $40.31M

21. Training Day (2001)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

A rookie cop spends his first day as a Los Angeles narcotics officer with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger

Votes: 399,512 | Gross: $76.63M

22. Enemy at the Gates (2001)

R | 131 min | Drama, History, War

53 Metascore

A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jude Law, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz

Votes: 246,884 | Gross: $51.40M

23. The Score (2001)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

An aging thief hopes to retire and live off his ill-gotten wealth when a young kid convinces him into doing one last heist.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Marlon Brando, Angela Bassett

Votes: 122,898 | Gross: $71.07M

24. Kiss of the Dragon (2001)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

A betrayed intelligence officer enlists the aid of a prostitute to prove his innocence from a deadly conspiracy while returning a favor to her.

Director: Chris Nahon | Stars: Jet Li, Bridget Fonda, Tchéky Karyo, Ric Young

Votes: 61,415 | Gross: $36.85M

25. 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: 304,376 | Gross: $202.02M

26. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

49 Metascore

A scientist makes a last stand on Earth with the help of a ragtag team of soldiers against an invasion of alien phantoms.

Directors: Hironobu Sakaguchi, Motonori Sakakibara | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Ming-Na Wen, Ving Rhames

Votes: 80,366 | Gross: $32.13M

27. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

79 Metascore

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, two monsters realize things may not be what they think.

Directors: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 829,657 | Gross: $289.92M

28. Ghosts of Mars (2001)

R | 98 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

In 2176, a Martian police unit is sent to pick up a highly dangerous criminal at a remote mining post. Upon arrival, the cops find that the post has become a charnel house.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Pam Grier, Jason Statham

Votes: 51,699 | Gross: $8.43M

29. Exit Wounds (2001)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

39 Metascore

Orin Boyd, a tough cop in an inner-city precinct discovers a web of dirty cops and corruption.

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak | Stars: Steven Seagal, DMX, Isaiah Washington, Anthony Anderson

Votes: 32,440 | Gross: $51.76M

30. Hearts in Atlantis (2001)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Mystery

55 Metascore

Widowed Liz Garfield and her son Bobby change when mysterious stranger Ted Brautigan enters their lives.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis, Mika Boorem

Votes: 37,237 | Gross: $24.19M

31. 15 Minutes (2001)

R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

34 Metascore

A homicide detective and a fire marshal must stop a pair of murderers who commit videotaped crimes to become media darlings.

Director: John Herzfeld | Stars: Robert De Niro, Edward Burns, Kelsey Grammer, Avery Brooks

Votes: 48,771 | Gross: $24.40M

32. American Outlaws (2001)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Western

25 Metascore

5 Southern friends return home when the war ends 1865. But Yankee soldiers and Pinkerton are busy helping a railroad baron grab land from farmers along the planned railroad west. The 5 friends fight back.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Colin Farrell, Scott Caan, Ali Larter, Gabriel Macht

Votes: 14,066 | Gross: $13.26M

33. The Mexican (2001)

R | 123 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

43 Metascore

A man tries to transport an ancient gun called The Mexican, believed to carry a curse, back across the border, while his girlfriend pressures him to give up his criminal ways.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, James Gandolfini, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 104,569 | Gross: $66.81M

34. America's Sweethearts (2001)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

44 Metascore

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.

Director: Joe Roth | Stars: Julia Roberts, John Cusack, Billy Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 54,982 | Gross: $93.61M

35. Crazy/Beautiful (2001)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

At Pacific Palisades High, a poor Latino falls hard for a troubled girl from an affluent neighborhood.

Director: John Stockwell | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Jay Hernandez, Bruce Davison, Herman Osorio

Votes: 23,960 | Gross: $16.93M

36. American Pie 2 (2001)

R | 108 min | Comedy

43 Metascore

Jim and his friends are now in college, and they decide to meet up at the beach house for some fun.

Director: J.B. Rogers | Stars: Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Shannon Elizabeth, Alyson Hannigan

Votes: 242,749 | Gross: $145.10M

37. Rock Star (2001)

R | 105 min | Drama, Music

54 Metascore

Lead singer of a tribute band becomes lead singer of the real band he idolizes.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Dominic West, Jason Bonham

Votes: 41,387 | Gross: $17.01M

38. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

96 Metascore

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.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 669,800 | Gross: $10.06M

39. Domestic Disturbance (2001)

PG-13 | 89 min | Crime, Thriller

29 Metascore

When Danny witnesses his stepfather Rick murder a man, Danny's father Frank has to protect his son from the greatest danger.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: John Travolta, Nick Loren, Matt O'Leary, Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Votes: 24,585 | Gross: $45.25M

40. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

R | 104 min | Comedy

51 Metascore

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.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Ben Affleck, Jeff Anderson

Votes: 149,466 | Gross: $30.06M

41. Monster's Ball (2001)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard re-examines his attitudes while falling in love with the African-American wife of the last prisoner he executed.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Taylor Simpson, Gabrielle Witcher

Votes: 83,636 | Gross: $31.25M

42. Replicant (2001)

R | 100 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Scientists create a genetic clone of a serial killer in order to help catch the killer, teaming up with two cops.

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Rooker, Catherine Dent, Brandon James Olson

Votes: 13,930

43. The Point Men (2001)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama

Some time after their botched operation to capture a known Palestinian terrorist, a team of Israeli agents starts to get killed off one by one. Their leader must get to the bottom of things before the killer(s) plan is complete.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Kerry Fox, Vincent Regan, Cal MacAninch

Votes: 1,065

44. Motocrossed (2001 TV Movie)

TV-G | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Family

A young girl secretly poses as her twin brother to win the big motocross race for him after he breaks his leg.

Director: Steve Boyum | Stars: Alana Austin, Trever O'Brien, Riley Smith, Mary-Margaret Humes

Votes: 4,718

45. Angel Eyes (2001)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

39 Metascore

A mysterious man is drawn to a feisty female police officer and a unusual relationship ensues, as not everything is as it seems.

Director: Luis Mandoki | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Jim Caviezel, Jeremy Sisto, Terrence Howard

Votes: 22,752 | Gross: $24.04M

46. China: The Panda Adventure (2001)

48 min | Drama

5.9