Best Drama Movies of 2001

1.

Band of Brothers

6.5
9.5/10

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
8.1/10

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
3.

The Others

6.2
7.6/10

Grace is a religious woman who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne and Nicholas, have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in the face of strange events and disturbing visions.

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Alakina Mann, James Bentley, Eric Sykes
Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar
Release date: 2001-08-02
4.

I Am Sam

6.2
7.6/10

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
5.

Training Day

6.2
7.7/10

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
6.

Enemy at the Gates

6.2
7.6/10

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
Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Release date: 2001-03-14
7.

K-PAX

6.0
7.4/10

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
8.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

5.9
7.1/10

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
9.

Vanilla Sky

5.7
6.9/10

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
10.

Pearl Harbor

5.5
6.1/10

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
11.

The Man Who Wasn't There

5.4
7.6/10

A tale of murder, 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 and a mysterious opportunity 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
12.

Conspiracy

5.4
7.8/10

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
13.

Life as a House

5.3
7.5/10

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
Directed by: Irwin Winkler
Release date: 2001-10-25
14.

Ghost World

5.2
7.4/10

Two quirky, cynical teenaged girls try to figure out what to do with their lives after high school graduation. After they play a prank on an eccentric, middle aged record collector, one of them befriends him, which causes a rift in the girls' friendship.

Starring: Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Brad Renfro, Illeana Douglas
Directed by: Terry Zwigoff
Release date: 2001-07-20
15.

The Believer

5.2
7.2/10

A hardcore American racist skinhead who, because of his intelligence, leads a gang dedicated to fighting the enemy: the supposed American-Jewish conspiracy for domination. However, he's hiding a secret: he's Jewish-born, a brilliant scholar whose questioning of the tenets of his faith has left him angry and confused, turning against those who he thinks have a tragic history of their own making.

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Summer Phoenix, Theresa Russell, Billy Zane, Joshua Harto
Directed by: Henry Bean
Release date: 2001-10-10
16.

The Last Castle

5.2
6.9/10

A Court Martialed general rallies together 1200 inmates to rise against the system that put him away.

Starring: Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Burton, Delroy Lindo
Directed by: Rod Lurie
Release date: 2001-10-19
17.

Sexy Beast

5.1
7.3/10

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
Directed by: Jonathan Glazer
Release date: 2001-01-12
18.

The Majestic

5.1
6.9/10

Set in 1951, a blacklisted Hollywood writer gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Laurie Holden, David Ogden Stiers, Hal Holbrook
Directed by: Frank Darabont
Release date: 2001-12-21
19.

Lost and Delirious

5.0
7.0/10

LOST AND DELIRIOUS is the story of three adolescent girls' first love, their discovery of sexual passion, and their search for identities. Set in a posh, private boarding school surrounded by luxuriant, green forest, LOST AND DELIRIOUS moves swiftly from academic routine, homesickness, and girlish silliness to the darker region of lover's intrigue.

Starring: Piper Perabo, Jessica Paré, Mischa Barton, Jackie Burroughs, Mimi Kuzyk
Directed by: Léa Pool
Release date: 2001-01-21
20.

Ali

5.0
6.8/10

In 1964, a brash, new pro boxer, fresh from his Olympic gold medal victory, explodes onto the scene: Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self-confidence and his unapologetic belief that he is the greatest boxer of all time. Yet at the top of his game, both Ali's personal and professional lives face the ultimate test.

Starring: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles, Ron Silver
Directed by: Michael Mann
Release date: 2001-12-11

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