Best Drama Movies of 2001

1.

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
2.

Donnie Darko

6.5
8.0/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Beth Grant, Holmes Osborne, Daveigh Chase, Mary McDonnell, James Duval ..
Directed by: Richard Kelly
Release date: 2001-01-18
3.

Mulholland Drive

6.4
7.9/10 IMDB

Blonde Betty Elms has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia. Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman's identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project.

Starring: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Ann Miller, Dan Hedaya, Brent Briscoe, Robert Forster, Katharine Towne, Lee Grant, Scott Coffey ..
Directed by: David Lynch
Release date: 2001-09-08
4.

Blow

6.2
7.6/10 IMDB

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, Rachel Griffiths, Paul Reubens, Jordi Mollà, Cliff Curtis, Miguel Sandoval ..
Directed by: Ted Demme
Release date: 2001-04-04
5.

I Am Sam

6.2
7.6/10 IMDB

Although 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 authorities take her away. Sam shames high-priced lawyer, Rita into taking his case pro bono and in turn teaches her the value of love and family.

Starring: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianne Wiest, Dakota Fanning, Richard Schiff, Loretta Devine, Marin Hinkle, Laura Dern, Brad Silverman, Joseph Rosenberg ..
Directed by: Jessie Nelson
Release date: 2001-12-28
6.

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
7.

Waking Life

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

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 relationships with others, and the meaning of life.

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Adam Goldberg, Julie Delpy, Wiley Wiggins, Alex Jones, Ken Webster, Steven Soderbergh, Bill Wise, Charles Gunning, Caveh Zahedi ..
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Release date: 2001-01-23
8.

Life as a House

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.

Starring: Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Hayden Christensen, Jena Malone, Mary Steenburgen, Ian Somerhalder, Scott Bakula, Sandra Nelson, Sam Robards ..
Directed by: Irwin Winkler
Release date: 2001-10-25
9.

Gosford Park

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

In 1930’s England, a group of pretentious rich and famous gather together for a weekend of relaxation at a hunting resort. But when a murder occurs, each one of these interesting characters becomes a suspect.

Starring: Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Maggie Smith, Geraldine Somerville, Jeremy Northam, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander, Michael Gambon, Kelly Macdonald, Eileen Atkins ..
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 2001-11-07
10.

Sexy Beast

5.1
7.3/10 IMDB

The idyllic life of retired safecracker Gal is put at risk when a psychotic gangster from his past arrives at his villa in southern Spain, intent on bringing him out of retirement for one last job.

Starring: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman, James Fox, Cavan Kendall, Julianne White, Álvaro Monje, Gérard Barray, Robert Atiko ..
Directed by: Jonathan Glazer
Release date: 2001-01-12

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