Best Movies of 2001

The Top Ten
1 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

I love watching this movie, even now, 16 years after its release. It's really good and keeps you entertained for the entirety of its 2-hour-plus runtime.

I've watched this movie more than 200 times. It's the most awesome movie I have ever seen. Gandalf is really at his best in this film.

Great movie. Even though it's the least impressive of the trilogy, it's still amazing.

2 Shrek
3 Monsters, Inc.

This movie defined my childhood. I watched it many times and never got bored. I also own the DVD. In my opinion, this is the second-best movie of the year.

My favorite movie. I've basically grown up with it.

4 Spirited Away

This movie is an expert at soft world-building. Such a deep and immersive world is present here.

5 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

It may not be the best of the franchise, but it's the one that started it all. Third-best movie of the year, in my opinion.

How can this icon be below Jurassic Park III?

It began a revolutionary new film series!

6 Donnie Darko

In my opinion, this is probably the most unique character Jake Gyllenhaal has ever played. Not that his past performances were bad, but those characters were similar to ones I've seen in other movies. The one character Jake was born to play is Donnie Darko. He's funny, charming, and intriguing, but at the same time, he's dangerous, mysterious, and deep. The movie surrounding this character makes the experience all the more awesome. Definitely one of my top ten favorite films of all time.

7 Ocean's Eleven

A pretty great heist film. The plan the protagonist devises to infiltrate a high-security casino is quite clever and even includes a twist.

8 Black Hawk Down
9 A Beautiful Mind

11? I'm going to be honest. The first Shrek wasn't as funny as I remember. I like it more than the first Monsters, Inc. It's funny, but not that original. I didn't like Jurassic Park III. The only movies that are probably better than this one are Spirited Away and The Fellowship of the Ring.

10 Evolution

A better Ghostbusters remake than the 2016 film!

The Contenders
11 Memento

Made by Christopher Nolan, a proven great director with The Dark Knight, Inception, and Interstellar. I have yet to see this, but the concept is interesting, and knowing Nolan, I'm sure it's executed well.

12 Jurassic Park III
13 A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

Spielberg's direction, from the works of Kubrick, leaves us with a great sci-fi film that raises intriguing philosophical questions. It's the story of a robot who learns to love.

14 Mulholland Dr.

This movie had a very interesting plot that might have confused many viewers, but that's precisely what makes this motion picture so phenomenal.

15 Heartbreakers
16 Millennium Actress

Made by the same director as "Perfect Blue," Satoshi Kon. Although it's not nearly as horrific or psychological as "Perfect Blue," it's still just as deep. You dig into the nature and personal life of a celebrity, but not in a mind-bending way.

17 Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
18 Atlantis: The Lost Empire

One of Disney's underrated animated gems. If you haven't seen it yet, give it a try.

One of my favorite Disney films.

19 Metropolis

Basically, the A.I.: Artificial Intelligence of 2001 anime films. If you like movies that explore the philosophy of robot A.I., you will probably love this movie.

20 Scary Movie 2
21 Zoolander
22 Hannibal
23 Training Day
24 The Others
25 Moulin Rouge

It's hard to find anything that beats Moulin Rouge! The filming, script, acting, and music are perfect. A truly great film.

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