Best Action Movies of 2001

1.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

7.3
8.8/10 IMDB

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 sure that the ring arrives at its final destination: Mt. Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed.

Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Liv Tyler, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Sean Bean ..
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Release date: 2001-12-18
2.

Band of Brothers

6.5
9.5/10 IMDB

Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as their journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men from paratrooper training in Georgia through the end of the war. As an elite rifle company parachuting into Normandy early on D-Day morning, participants in the Battle of the Bulge, and witness to the horrors of war, the men of Easy knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear - and became the stuff of legend. Based on Stephen E. Ambrose's acclaimed book of the same name.

Release date: 2001-09-09
3.

Black Hawk Down

6.2
7.7/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Jason Isaacs, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner, Eric Bana, Ewen Bremner, Sam Shepard, Tom Hardy, Charlie Hofheimer ..
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 2001-12-28
4.

Training Day

6.2
7.7/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger, Harris Yulin, Cliff Curtis, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eva Mendes, Nick Chinlund ..
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Release date: 2001-10-05
5.

Enemy at the Gates

6.2
7.6/10 IMDB

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

Starring: Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, Bob Hoskins, Ron Perlman, Eva Mattes, Gabriel Thomson, Matthias Habich, Alexander Schwan ..
Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Release date: 2001-03-14
6.

Spy Game

5.8
7.1/10 IMDB

On the day of his retirement, a veteran CIA agent learns that his former protégé has been arrested in China, is sentenced to die the next morning in Beijing, and that the CIA is considering letting that happen to avoid an international scandal.

Starring: Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Catherine McCormack, Stephen Dillane, Larry Bryggman, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Matthew Marsh, Todd Boyce, Michael Paul Chan, Garrick Hagon ..
Directed by: Tony Scott
Release date: 2001-11-18
7.

A Knight's Tale

5.7
6.9/10 IMDB

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 the other apprentices, he trains and assumes the title of Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein.

Starring: Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell, Shannyn Sossamon, Paul Bettany, Laura Fraser, Mark Addy, Alan Tudyk, James Purefoy, Bérénice Bejo, Scott Handy ..
Directed by: Brian Helgeland
Release date: 2001-05-11
8.

The Fast and the Furious

5.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Domenic Toretto is a Los Angeles street racer suspected of masterminding a series of big-rig hijackings. When undercover cop Brian O'Conner infiltrates Toretto's iconoclastic crew, he falls for Toretto's sister and must choose a side: the gang or the LAPD.

Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Rick Yune, Chad Lindberg, Johnny Strong, Ted Levine, Matt Schulze, Thom Barry ..
Directed by: Rob Cohen
Release date: 2001-06-22
9.

Rush Hour 2

5.5
6.6/10 IMDB

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 the American Embassy. Things get complicated as the pair stumble onto a counterfeiting plot. The boys are soon up to their necks in fist fights and life-threatening situations. A trip back to the U.S. may provide the answers about the bombing, the counterfeiting, and the true allegiance of sexy customs agent Isabella.

Starring: Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi, Roselyn Sánchez, Ernie Reyes, Jr., Don Cheadle, John Lone, Maggie Q, Alan King, Harris Yulin ..
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Release date: 2001-08-03
10.

The Mummy Returns

5.3
6.3/10 IMDB

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 isn’t above kidnapping its new bearer, Alex, to gain control of Anubis’s otherworldly army.

Starring: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Oded Fehr, Arnold Vosloo, Patricia Velásquez, Freddie Boath, Dwayne Johnson, Alun Armstrong, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ..
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Release date: 2001-05-04

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