Best Movies of 2001

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Best Movies of 2001
Best Movies of 2001
TOP Movies: A Beautiful Mind (2001), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Shrek (2001), Training Day (2001), Moulin Rouge! (2001), Donnie Darko (2001), Black Hawk Down (2001), Ocean's Eleven (2001), Mulholland Drive (2001), Pearl Harbor (2001), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Black Knight (2001), I Am Sam (2001), Blow (2001), The Mummy Returns (2001), Monster's Ball (2001), The Others (2001), American Pie 2 (2001), Spirited Away (2001), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001).
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List of Best Movies

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: Young hobbit Frodo Baggins, after inheriting a mysterious ring from his uncle Bilbo, must leave his home in order to keep it from falling into the hands of its evil creator. Along the way, a fellowship is formed to protect the ringbearer and make ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, exciting, scenic, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: friendship, sword fight, good versus evil, adventure, sword and sorcery, fantasy world, imaginary kingdom, mythology, medieval, journey, wizards, heroic mission ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory
Place: new zealand
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A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he ...
Style: psychological, touching, cerebral, motivational, captivating ...
Plot: mathematics, mental illness, genius, paranoia, schizophrenia, prodigy, mathematician, obsession, insanity, scientist, nobel prize, existentialism ...
Time: 60s, 1940s, 70s, 20th century, 80s ...
Place: new jersey, boston, massachusetts, usa, washington d.c. ...
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 8.1
 895K
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: James Sullivan and Mike Wazowski are monsters, they earn their living scaring children and are the best in the business... even though they're more afraid of the children than they are of them. When a child accidentally enters their world, ...
Style: feel good, funny, humorous, sweet, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, teens, girls' night ...
Plot: monster, friendship, adventure, creature, parallel world, talking animals, rivalry, fantasy world, friends, misfit, villain, disney ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, 21st century
Place: himalaya
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 667K
Shrek (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It ain't easy bein' green -- especially if you're a likable (albeit smelly) ogre named Shrek. On a mission to retrieve a gorgeous princess from the clutches of a fire-breathing dragon, Shrek teams up with an unlikely compatriot -- a ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, funny, humorous, witty ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, teens, girls' night ...
Plot: princess, dragon, talking animals, friendship, adventure, love and romance, reluctant partners, stereotypes, magic, ogre, magical, imaginary kingdom ...
Time: middle ages, 2000s
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 7.7
 430K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.
Style: tense, realistic, neo noir, harsh, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, african american, lone hero, corrupt cop, gang member, gunfight, gang, drug dealer, rookie, mentor, police, drugs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.6
 283K
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century. A young poet, who is plunged into the heady world of Moulin Rouge, begins a passionate affair with ...
Style: sexy, sentimental, atmospheric, romantic, colourful ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: tragic love, cabaret, love story, jealousy, showbiz, terminal illness, nightclub, dancing, performer's life, love, romance, music ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1890s, 90s, 20th century ...
Place: paris france, europe, france, india, montmartre paris
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 8.0
 789K
Donnie Darko (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
Style: psychological, mind bending, surreal, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: time travel, mental illness, parallel universe, insanity, hallucination, imaginary friend, social misfits, surrealism, supernatural ability, time loop, schizophrenia, psychology ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century, year 1988
Place: virginia, usa
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Harry Potter has lived under the stairs at his aunt and uncle's house his whole life. But on his 11th birthday, he learns he's a powerful wizard -- with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he ...
Style: exciting, fairy tale, touching, entertaining, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers ...
Plot: magic, witch, friendship, adventure, magical, fantasy world, school, chosen one, harry potter, wizards, good versus evil, supernatural ability ...
Time: year 1992, contemporary, 21st century, 90s, year 1981 ...
Place: england, europe, london
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 7.7
 393K
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 144 min.
Story: When U.S. Rangers and an elite Delta Force team attempt to kidnap two underlings of a Somali warlord, their Black Hawk helicopters are shot down, and the Americans suffer heavy casualties, facing intense fighting from the militia on the ground.
Style: realistic, rough, epic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, courage, sniper, combat, military, gunfight, chaos, survival, helicopter, battles, rescue mission, warrior ...
Time: year 1993, 90s, 20th century, year 1992
Place: africa, somalia, iraq, north africa, arkansas ...
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 7.7
 565K
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Less than 24 hours into his parole, charismatic thief Danny Ocean is already rolling out his next plan: In one night, Danny's hand-picked crew of specialists will attempt to steal more than $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos. But to ...
Style: clever, witty, exciting, suspense, entertaining ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: heist, crimes, cons and scams, thief, casino, outsmarting, con artists, perfect crime, scheme, group of criminals, deception, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: las vegas, atlantic city, usa, atlantic city new jersey, los angeles ...
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Mulholland Drive (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Style: psychological, surreal, twists and turns, neo noir, mind bending ...
Plot: lesbian, surrealism, amnesia, mystery, hollywood, hallucination, alternate reality, lesbian sex, obsession, lesbianism, lesbian love, filmmaking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.2
 331K
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 183 min.
Story: The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval nurse Evelyn Johnson. But the rivalry between the friends-turned-foes ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, epic, factual, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: world war two, war, love triangle, love, love and romance, airplane, fighter pilot, military, navy, aviation, warship, aerial combats ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, year 1942, year 1941 ...
Place: pearl harbor, hawaii, japan, asia, tokyo ...
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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children and then they separated. All three children are extraordinary --- all geniuses. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of ...
Style: humorous, witty, funny, talky, cynical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: dysfunctional family, eccentricity, eccentric family, incest, depression, divorce, dark humor, terminal illness, parents and children, siblings relations, uptight character, forbidden love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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 4.9
 41K
Black Knight (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: 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.
Style: humorous, funny, feel good, entertaining, light ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: time travel, medieval, fish out of water, knight, adventure, time traveler, castle, impostor, african american, back in time, arthurian legend, creativity ...
Time: middle ages, contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 20th century ...
Place: england, connecticut, usa, europe, new jersey
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 7.6
 150K
I Am Sam (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the ...
Style: inspirational, emotional, touching, sad, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, father daughter relationship, lawyer, single father, parents and children, disability, social services, custody, custody battle, child custody, against the odds, parenthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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 7.5
 259K
Blow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, depressing, touching, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug addiction, gangsters, drug lord, drugs, drug abuse, rise and fall, drug dealing, drug cartel, cocaine, friendship, drug use, organized crime ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 60s, 50s, 90s ...
Place: colombia, latin america, california, boston, southern california ...
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The Mummy Returns (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Rick and Evelyn O'Connell, along with their 8 year old son Alex, discover the key to the legendary Scorpion King's might, the fabled Bracelet of Anubis. Unfortunately, a newly resurrected Imhotep has designs on the bracelet as well, and ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, psychotronic, suspense, scary ...
Audience: teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: mummy, archaeology, ancient egypt, supernatural, good versus evil, treasure hunt, treasure, tomb, adventure, pyramid, monster, reincarnation ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1933
Place: egypt, london, england, middle east, europe ...
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 7.1
 89K
Monster's Ball (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Set in the southern USA, a racist white man, Hank, falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically, Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's inter-racial affair leads to ...
Style: sexy, depressing, psychological, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: racism, prison, interracial relations, electric chair, white male black female relationship, father son relationship, dysfunctional family, interracial sex, female nudity, eviction, redemption, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: georgia, usa, louisiana, southern usa
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 7.6
 362K
The Others (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA, France, Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Grace is a religious woman who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne and Nicholas, have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in ...
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, suspense, scary, gothic ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, supernatural, afterlife, mysterious character, uncover truth, spiritualism, able to see the dead, psychic, nightmare, mansion, isolation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, english channel
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 255K
American Pie 2 (2001)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The whole gang are back and as close as ever. They decide to get even closer by spending the summer together at a beach house. They decide to hold the biggest party ever to be seen, even if the preparation doesn't always go to plan. Especially ...
Style: sex comedy, teen sex comedy, sexy, humorous, funny ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: party, looking for sex, teenager, college, student life, nudity (full frontal - brief), sex, high school, beach house, masturbation, farce, sexual exploration ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, michigan
Is relevant ?
 8.6
 744K
Spirited Away (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, colourful, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, supernatural, parallel world, magic, dragon, fantasy world, ghost, adventure, witch, surrealism, philosophy, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, David is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee and his wife. Though he gradually becomes their child, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David. Without final ...
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, fairy tale, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: cyberpunk, distopia, artificial intelligence, androids and robots, a.i., future dystopia, robot, adoption, androids, end of the world, boy, child's point of view ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 40K
In the Bedroom (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Summertime on the coast of Maine, "In the Bedroom" centers on the inner dynamics of a family in transition. Matt Fowler is a doctor practicing in his native Maine and is married to New York born Ruth Fowler, a music teacher. He is involved ...
Style: bleak, realistic, suspense, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, dysfunctional family, vengeance, family in crisis, crumbling marriage, age difference, small town, revenge, grief, jealousy, dysfunctional marriage, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, new england
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 6.4
 215K
Legally Blonde (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Elle Woods has it all. She's the president of her sorority, a Hawaiian Tropic girl, Miss June in her campus calendar, and, above all, a natural blonde. She dates the cutest fraternity boy on campus and wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner ...
Style: feel good, light, funny, ridiculous, sweet ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: lawyer, sorority, girl power, college, blonde, fashion, law school, rivalry, university, court, law student, believe in yourself ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, massachusetts, usa, boston
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 186K
A Knight's Tale (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: William Thatcher, a peasant, is sent to apprentice with a Knight named Hector as a young boy. Urged by his father to "change his Stars", he assumes Sir Hector's place in a tournament when Hector dies in the middle of it. He wins. With ...
Style: humorous, feel good, light, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night, family outing, chick flick
Plot: medieval, knight, jousting, against the odds, sword fight, sword duel, rivalry, love, adventure, follow your dream, swords and armor, prince ...
Time: middle ages, 50s, 14th century
Place: england, london, europe, france, paris france
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 218K
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It's vacation time for Carter as he finds himself alongside Lee in Hong Kong wishing for more excitement. While Carter wants to party and meet the ladies, Lee is out to track down a Triad gang lord who may be responsible for killing two men at ...
Style: buddy movie, entertaining, exciting, humorous, funny ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: martial arts, police investigation, vacation, culture clash, buddy cop, chase, secret service, kung fu, odd couple, gang, good versus evil, bribery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: las vegas, hong kong, los angeles, china, east asia ...
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 64K
Waking Life (2001)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our ...
Style: philosophical, surreal, stylized, psychological, clever ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, dream, surrealism, alternate reality, lucid dream, imagination, life philosophy, lifestyle, existence paradox, bohemian life, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 87K
Gosford Park (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, UK, Italy
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Multiple storylined drama set in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs guest and downstairs servants at a party in a country house in England.
Style: suspense, twists and turns, biting, enigmatic, bleak ...
Plot: murder, estate, butler, country estate, high society, police investigation, master and servant, society, servant, murder investigation, hunting, murder mystery ...
Time: 1930s, year 1932, pre world war two, 20th century, victorian era
Place: england, london
Is relevant ?
 6.5
 187K
Swordfish (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Rogue agent Gabriel Shear is determined to get his mitts on $9 billion stashed in a secret Drug Enforcement Administration account. He wants the cash to fight terrorism, but lacks the computer skills necessary to hack into the government mainframe. ...
Style: twists and turns, suspense, sexy, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hacker, computer hacker, computer, bank robbery, spy, heist, master criminal, hostage, hot and sexy, terrorism, crimes, race against time ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, monte carlo, california, oregon ...
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Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The world's most highly qualified crew of archaeologists and explorers is led by historian Milo Thatch as they board the incredible 1,000-foot submarine Ulysses and head deep into the mysteries of the sea.
Style: fairy tale, exciting, atmospheric, stylized, inter cultural ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: adventure, disney, princess, expedition, steampunk, adventurer, atlantis, fantasy world, ancient mystery, monster, submarine, mythology ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1914
Place: atlantic ocean, washington d.c., iceland
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