Best Mystery Movies of 2001

1.

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
2.

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
3.

From Hell

5.5

Frederick Abberline is an opium-huffing inspector from Scotland Yard who falls for one of Jack the Ripper's prostitute targets in this Hughes brothers adaption of a graphic novel that posits the Ripper's true identity.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane, Ian Richardson
Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Release date: 2001-10-19
4.

Gosford Park

5.2

Multiple storylined drama set in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs guest and downstairs servants at a party in a country house in England.

Starring: Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe, Stephen Fry
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 2001-11-07
5.

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
6.

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
7.

Hearts in Atlantis

4.9

A widowed mother and her son change when a mysterious stranger enters their lives.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis, Mika Boorem, David Morse
Directed by: Scott Hicks
Release date: 2001-09-07
8.

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 D├╝rrenmatt.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Aaron Eckhart, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright, Vanessa Redgrave
Directed by: Sean Penn
Release date: 2001-01-09
9.

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
10.

Joy Ride

4.7

Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer.

Starring: Steve Zahn, Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski, Jessica Bowman, Stuart Stone
Directed by: John Dahl
Release date: 2001-10-05
11.

Enigma

4.7

A romantic thriller based around the World War 2 project to crack the codes behind the Enigma machine, used by the Germans to encrypt messages sent to their submarines.

Starring: Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, Saffron Burrows, Jeremy Northam, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Directed by: Michael Apted
Release date: 2001-01-22
12.

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
13.

Session 9

4.7

Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.

Starring: Peter Mullan, David Caruso, Stephen Gevedon, Josh Lucas, Brendan Sexton III
Directed by: Brad Anderson
Release date: 2001-08-10
14.

Scooby-Doo! and the Cyber Chase

4.4

When Scooby and the gang get trapped in a video game created for them, they must fight against the 'Phantom Virus.' To escape the game they must go level by level and defeat the game once and for all.

Starring: Scott Innes, Joe Alaskey, Bob Bergen, Grey DeLisle, Gary Anthony Sturgis
Directed by: Jim Stenstrum
Release date: 2001-10-09
15.

Domestic Disturbance

4.2

A divorced father discovers that his 12-year-old son's new stepfather is not what he made himself out to be.

Starring: John Travolta, Vince Vaughn, Teri Polo, Matt O'Leary, Steve Buscemi
Directed by: Harold Becker
Release date: 2001-10-30
16.

Joe Dirt

4.2

Joe Dirt is a janitor with a mullet hairdo, acid-washed jeans and a dream to find the parents that he lost at the Grand Canyon when he was a belligerent, trailer park-raised eight-year-old. Now, blasting Van Halen in his jacked-up economy car, the irrepressibly optimistic Joe hits the road alone in search of his folks.

Starring: David Spade, Brittany Daniel, Dennis Miller, Adam Beach, Jaime Pressly
Directed by: Dennie Gordon
Release date: 2001-04-10
17.

The Deep End

4.0

With her husband Jack perpetually away at work, Margaret Hall raises her children virtually alone. Her teenage son is testing the waters of the adult world, and early one morning she wakes to find the dead body of his gay lover on the beach of their rural lakeside home. What would you do? What is rational and what do you do to protect your child? How far do you go and when do you stop?

Starring: Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic, Jonathan Tucker, Josh Lucas, Peter Donat
Directed by: Scott McGehee, David Siegel
Release date: 2001-01-21
18.

The Follow

3.9
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The Driver is hired by a nervous movie manager to spy on a paranoid actor's wife. During his tailing of the wife, the Driver describes the right way to tail someone. As he follows her he begins to fear what he might learn of her apparently tragic life. He discovers the wife is fleeing the country and returning to her mother's, and that she's been given a black eye, likely by her husband. He returns the money for the job, refusing to tell where the wife is, and drives off telling the manager never to call him again.
Starring: Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Adriana Lima, Forest Whitaker
Directed by: Wong Kar-wai
Release date: 2001-05-24
19.

The Pretender 2001

3.8
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Picking up where the television series left off, "The Pretender 2001" features even deeper explorations in the show's mythology, including a revealing look back at how Jarod originally espaced from the Centre. But now he must infiltrate the NSA to capture a ruthless assassin who might be a fellow Pretender from his past!
Starring: Michael T. Weiss, Andrea Parker, Patrick Bauchau, Jon Gries, Harve Presnell
Directed by: Frederick King Keller
Release date: 2001-01-22
20.

The Cat with Hands

3.7
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The story of a cat who, legend has it, longs to become human.
Starring: Livy Armstrong, Victoria Hayes, Daniel Hogwood-Kane
Directed by: Robert Morgan
Release date: 2001-01-01

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