Best Crime Movies of 2001

1.

Ocean's Eleven

6.4

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 score the cash, Danny risks his chances of reconciling with ex-wife, Tess.

Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy García, Julia Roberts
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 2001-12-07
2.

Blow

6.2

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 bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Ethan Suplee, Ray Liotta, Franka Potente
Directed by: Ted Demme
Release date: 2001-04-04
3.

Training Day

6.2

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
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Release date: 2001-10-05
4.

Hannibal

5.6

After having successfully eluded the authorities for years, Hannibal peacefully lives in Italy in disguise as an art scholar. Trouble strikes again when he's discovered leaving a deserving few dead in the process. He returns to America to make contact with now disgraced Agent Clarice Starling, who is suffering the wrath of a malicious FBI rival as well as the media.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta, Frankie Faison
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 2001-02-08
5.

The Fast and the Furious

5.6

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
Directed by: Rob Cohen
Release date: 2001-06-22
6.

Rush Hour 2

5.5

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.
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Release date: 2001-08-03
7.

The Man Who Wasn't There

5.4

A tale of passion, crime and punishment set in the summer of 1949. Ed Crane, a barber in a small California town, is dissatisfied with his life, but his wife Doris' infidelity presents him with a chance to change it.

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco, James Gandolfini, Scarlett Johansson
Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Release date: 2001-10-26
8.

Swordfish

5.3

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. Enter Stanley Jobson, a n'er-do-well encryption expert who can log into anything.

Starring: John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Sam Shepard
Directed by: Dominic Sena
Release date: 2001-06-07
9.

Frailty

5.2

A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed 'demons'.

Starring: Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe, Matt O'Leary, Jeremy Sumpter
Directed by: Bill Paxton
Release date: 2001-11-17
10.

Spy Game

5.2

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, Stephen Dillane, Larry Bryggman, Catherine McCormack
Directed by: Tony Scott
Release date: 2001-11-18
11.

Super Troopers

5.1

Five bored, occasionally high and always ineffective Vermont state troopers must prove their worth to the governor or lose their jobs. After stumbling on a drug ring, they plan to make a bust, but a rival police force is out to steal the glory.

Starring: Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Kevin Heffernan, Paul Soter, Brian Cox
Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar
Release date: 2001-01-18
12.

The Score

5.0

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

Starring: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Marlon Brando, Angela Bassett, Jamie Harrold
Directed by: Frank Oz
Release date: 2001-07-13
13.

Bully

5.0

After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend's twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby's often cruel ways, couldn't agree more and they strategize murdering Bobby.

Starring: Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl, Rachel Miner, Michael Pitt, Daniel Franzese
Directed by: Larry Clark
Release date: 2001-06-15
14.

The Pledge

4.9

A police chief about to retire pledges to help a woman find her daughter's killer. Based on a story by Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Aaron Eckhart, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright, Vanessa Redgrave
Directed by: Sean Penn
Release date: 2001-01-09
15.

Kiss of the Dragon

4.8

Liu Jian, an elite Chinese police officer, comes to Paris to arrest a Chinese drug lord. When Jian is betrayed by a French officer and framed for murder, he must go into hiding and find new allies.

Starring: Jet Li, Bridget Fonda, Tchéky Karyo, Max Ryan, Ric Young
Directed by: Chris Nahon
Release date: 2001-07-06
16.

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

4.8

CW Briggs is a veteran insurance investigator, with many successes. Betty Ann Fitzgerald is a new employee in the company he works for, with the task of reorganizing the office. They don't like each other - or at least that's what they think. During a night out with the rest of the office employees, they go to watch Voltan, a magician who secretly hypnotizes both of them.

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Helen Hunt, Woody Allen, Charlize Theron, David Ogden Stiers
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 2001-08-05
17.

Bandits

4.8

Two bank robbers fall in love with the girl they've kidnapped.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Troy Garity, William Converse-Roberts
Directed by: Barry Levinson
Release date: 2001-10-12
18.

Buffalo Soldiers

4.7

Set just before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Sgt. Ray Elwood is an American soldier stationed at a German army camp. A soldier because a judge gave him a choice between the army and jail, Ray spends much of his free time cooking cocaine for the MPs. When a soldier dies and a toxicology screen shows an alarming level of illegal narcotics, someone is sent in to investigate.

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Anna Paquin, Elizabeth McGovern
Directed by: Gregor Jordan
Release date: 2001-09-08
19.

Along Came a Spider

4.7

When a teacher kidnaps a girl from a prestigious school, homicide detective, Alex Cross takes the case and teams up with young security agent, Jezzie Flannigan in hope of finding the girl and stopping the brutal psychopath. Every second counts as Alex and Jezzie attempt to track down the kidnapper before the spider claims another victim for its web.

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Michael Wincott, Dylan Baker, Mika Boorem
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Release date: 2001-04-06
20.

The 51st State

4.6
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Elmo McElroy is a streetwise American master chemist who heads to England to sell his special new formula - a powerful, blue concoction guaranteed to take you to 'the 51st state.' McElroy's new product delivers a feeling 51 times more powerful than any thrill, any pleasure, any high in history. But his plans for a quick, profitable score go comically awry when he gets stuck in Liverpool with an unlikely escort and his ex-girlfriend and becomes entangled in a bizarre web of double-dealing and double-crosses.
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer, Meat Loaf, Rhys Ifans
Directed by: Ronny Yu
Release date: 2001-12-07

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