Best Drama Movies of 2001

1.

A Beautiful Mind

6.7

John Nash is a brilliant but asocial mathematician fighting schizophrenia. After he accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Starring: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Paul Bettany
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 2001-12-11
2.

Band of Brothers

6.5

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.

Donnie Darko

6.5

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
Directed by: Richard Kelly
Release date: 2001-01-18
4.

Mulholland Drive

6.5

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
Directed by: David Lynch
Release date: 2001-09-08
5.

Moulin Rouge!

6.3

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 the club's most notorious and beautiful star.

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh
Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Release date: 2001-03-09
6.

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
7.

The Royal Tenenbaums

6.2

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 betrayal, failure, and disaster. Most of this was generally considered to be their father's fault. "The Royal Tenenbaums" is the story of the family's sudden, unexpected reunion one recent winter.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Release date: 2001-10-12
8.

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
9.

Enemy at the Gates

6.2

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

Starring: Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, Bob Hoskins
Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Release date: 2001-03-14
10.

K-PAX

6.0

Prot is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away Planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Mary McCormack, Alfre Woodard, Ajay Naidu
Directed by: Iain Softley
Release date: 2001-10-22
11.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

5.9

David, a robotic boy—the first of his kind programmed to love—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 acceptance by humans or machines, David embarks on a journey to discover where he truly belongs, uncovering a world in which the line between robot and machine is both vast and profoundly thin.

Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards, Jake Thomas, Jude Law
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 2001-06-29
12.

Vanilla Sky

5.7

David Aames has it all: wealth, good looks and gorgeous women on his arm. But just as he begins falling for the warmhearted Sofia, his face is horribly disfigured in a car accident. That's just the beginning of his troubles as the lines between illusion and reality, between life and death, are blurred.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell, Jason Lee
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Release date: 2001-12-10
13.

A Knight's Tale

5.7

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
Directed by: Brian Helgeland
Release date: 2001-05-11
14.

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
15.

Bridget Jones's Diary

5.6

A chaotic Bridget Jones meets a snobbish lawyer, and he soon enters her world of imperfections.

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent
Directed by: Sharon Maguire
Release date: 2001-04-13
16.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

5.5

Hansel Schmidt, is a young East German boy, born and raised during the Cold War in communist East Berlin. In his 20s, he meets Luther Robinson, an older American soldier, who falls in love with Hansel and the two decide to marry, which will allow Hansel to leave communist East Germany for the West. But, in order to marry, Hansel must undergo a sex-change. However, the procedure does not go perfectly and Hansel becomes not a trans woman, but a 'genderqueer', Hedwig. Back in the USA, on their first wedding anniversary, Luther leaves Hedwig for another man. On that same day the news headlines were of the fall of the Berlin Wall and freedom. Hedwig tours the US with her rock band and relates her life story while following her ex-boyfriend/band-mate Tommy Speck (to whom she gives the stage name "Tommy Gnosis"), who stole her songs and rose to fame.

Starring: John Cameron Mitchell, Alberta Watson, Gene Pyrz, Ben Mayer-Goodman, Maurice Dean Wint
Directed by: John Cameron Mitchell
Release date: 2001-07-20
17.

Pearl Harbor

5.5

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 is immediately put on hold when they find themselves at the center of Japan's devastating attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Voight
Directed by: Michael Bay
Release date: 2001-05-21
18.

I Am Sam

5.5

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
Directed by: Jessie Nelson
Release date: 2001-12-28
19.

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
20.

Conspiracy

5.4

The historical recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which Nazi and SS leaders gathered in a Berlin suburb to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Lead by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, this group of high ranking German officials came to the historic and far reaching decision that the Jews of Europe were to be exterminated in what would come to be known as the Holocaust.

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci, Colin Firth, Tom Hiddleston, Ian McNeice
Directed by: Frank Pierson
Release date: 2001-05-19

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