Best of 2001

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1. 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: 1,553,325 | Gross: $315.54M

2. Training Day (2001)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

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 L.A.P.D. 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: 364,892 | Gross: $76.63M

3. Shrek (2001)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

84 Metascore

A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back.

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

Votes: 577,909 | Gross: $267.67M

4. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 792,231 | Gross: $170.74M

5. Zoolander (2001)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

61 Metascore

At the end of his career, a clueless fashion model is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Will Ferrell

Votes: 235,658 | Gross: $45.17M

6. Memento (2000)

R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller

80 Metascore

A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 1,055,458 | Gross: $25.54M

7. 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: 160,946 | Gross: $56.57M

8. 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: 328,195 | Gross: $144.53M

9. Scary Movie 2 (2001)

R | 83 min | Comedy

29 Metascore

Four teens are tricked by their professor into visiting a haunted house for a school project.

Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans | Stars: Anna Faris, Marlon Wayans, Antony Acker, Mark Barrett

Votes: 142,079 | Gross: $71.31M

10. Black Hawk Down (2001)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, War

74 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana

Votes: 346,651 | Gross: $108.64M

11. 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: 95,722 | Gross: $59.07M

12. Hardball (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sport

48 Metascore

An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling, and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend.

Director: Brian Robbins | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawkes, Bryan Hearne

Votes: 26,823 | Gross: $40.22M

13. Joe Dirt (2001)

PG-13 | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

20 Metascore

After being abandoned by his parents at the Grand Canyon, Joe Dirt tells the story of his journey to find his parents.

Director: Dennie Gordon | Stars: David Spade, Brittany Daniel, Dennis Miller, Adam Beach

Votes: 48,639 | Gross: $27.09M

14. 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: 189,527 | Gross: $226.16M

15. The Animal (2001)

PG-13 | 84 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

43 Metascore

After receiving organ transplants from various animal donors, a man finds himself taking on the traits of those animals.

Director: Luke Greenfield | Stars: Rob Schneider, Colleen Haskell, John C. McGinley, Edward Asner

Votes: 54,665 | Gross: $57.74M

16. Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History

44 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott

Votes: 298,220 | Gross: $198.54M

17. 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: 484,400 | Gross: $183.42M

18. The Wedding Planner (2001)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

33 Metascore

Mary Fiore is San Francisco's most successful supplier of romance and glamor. She knows all the tricks. She knows all the rules. But then she breaks the most important rule of all: she falls in love with the groom.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Justin Chambers

Votes: 72,268 | Gross: $60.40M

19. 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: 89,277 | Gross: $58.20M

20. 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: 171,013 | Gross: $69.77M

21. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

The eccentric members of a dysfunctional family reluctantly gather under the same roof for various reasons.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller

Votes: 250,871 | Gross: $52.36M

22. 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: 586,790 | Gross: $317.58M

23. 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: 241,426 | Gross: $165.09M

24. 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: 288,632 | Gross: $202.02M

25. 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: 237,874 | Gross: $100.61M

26. Rat Race (2001)

PG-13 | 112 min | Adventure, Comedy

52 Metascore

A Las Vegas casino magnate, determined to find a new avenue for wagering, sets up a race for money.

Director: Jerry Zucker | Stars: Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart, Whoopi Goldberg, Vince Vieluf

Votes: 104,479 | Gross: $56.62M

27. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

78 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, 2 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: 762,667 | Gross: $289.92M

28. Shallow Hal (2001)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

48 Metascore

A shallow man falls in love with a 300-pound woman because of her inner beauty.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly | Stars: Jack Black, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jason Alexander, Joe Viterelli

Votes: 122,540 | Gross: $70.84M

29. 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: 189,424 | Gross: $131.14M

30. Evolution (2001)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

40 Metascore

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.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott

Votes: 114,874 | Gross: $38.35M

31. 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: 281,448 | Gross: $181.17M

32. Planet of the Apes (2001)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

In 2029, an Air Force astronaut crash-lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 204,047 | Gross: $180.01M

33. 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: 105,016 | Gross: $37.90M

34. 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: 86,319 | Gross: $43.91M

35. 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: 229,252 | Gross: $145.10M

36. Black Knight (2001)

PG-13 | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

32 Metascore

Martin Lawrence plays Jamal, an employee in Medieval World amusement park. After sustaining a blow to the head, he awakens to find himself in 14th century England.

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Marsha Thomason, Tom Wilkinson, Vincent Regan

Votes: 36,175 | Gross: $33.42M

37. Legally Blonde (2001)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

59 Metascore

Elle Woods, a fashionable sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school, while she is there she figures out that there is more to her than just looks.

Director: Robert Luketic | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis

Votes: 170,847 | Gross: $96.52M

38. Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

R | 89 min | Comedy

32 Metascore

A sendup of all the teen movies that have accumulated in the past two decades.

Director: Joel Gallen | Stars: Chyler Leigh, Jaime Pressly, Chris Evans, Eric Christian Olsen

Votes: 92,510 | Gross: $38.25M

39. The Other Side of Heaven (2001)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

38 Metascore

John Groberg, a farm kid from Idaho Falls, crosses an ocean to become a missionary in the remote and exotic Tongan islands during the 1950s.

Director: Mitch Davis | Stars: Christopher Gorham, Anne Hathaway, Joe Folau, Nathaniel Lees

Votes: 3,886 | Gross: $4.72M

40. 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: 39,809 | Gross: $112.95M

41. 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: 53,848 | Gross: $93.39M

42. Spy Kids (2001)

PG | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

The children of secret-agent parents must save them from danger.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Alexa PenaVega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino

Votes: 102,276 | Gross: $112.72M



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