Best Romance 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.

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
3.

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
4.

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
5.

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
6.

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
7.

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
8.

The Princess Diaries

5.3

A socially awkward but very bright 15-year-old girl being raised by a single mom discovers that she is the princess of a small European country because of the recent death of her long-absent father, who, unknown to her, was the crown prince of Genovia. She must make a choice between continuing the life of a San Francisco teen or stepping up to the throne.

Starring: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Héctor Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore
Directed by: Garry Marshall
Release date: 2001-08-03
9.

American Pie 2

5.2

The whole gang are back and as close as ever. They decide to get even closer by spending the summer together at a beach house. They decide to hold the biggest party ever to be seen, even if the preparation doesn't always go to plan. Especially when Stifler, Finch and Jim become more close to each other than they ever want to be and when Jim mistakes super glue for lubricant...

Starring: Jason Biggs, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Chris Klein, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas
Directed by: J.B. Rogers
Release date: 2001-08-10
10.

Monster's Ball

5.1

Set in the southern USA, a racist white man, Hank, falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically, Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's inter-racial affair leads to confusion and new ideas for the two unlikely lovers.

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Heath Ledger, Sean Combs, Coronji Calhoun
Directed by: Marc Forster
Release date: 2001-11-11
11.

Lost and Delirious

5.0

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
12.

Serendipity

5.0

Although strangers Sara and Jonathan are both already in relationships, they realize they have genuine chemistry after a chance encounter – but part company soon after. Years later, they each yearn to reunite, despite being destined for the altar. But to give true love a chance, they have to find one another again.

Starring: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Bridget Moynahan, Eugene Levy
Directed by: Peter Chelsom
Release date: 2001-10-05
13.

Shallow Hal

4.9

A shallow man falls in love with a 300 pound woman because of her "inner beauty".

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, Jason Alexander, Joe Viterelli, Rene Kirby
Directed by: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Release date: 2001-11-01
14.

Sweet November

4.8

Nelson is a man devoted to his advertising career in San Francisco. One day, while taking a driving test at the DMV, he meets Sara. She is very different from the other women in his life. Nelson causes her to miss out on taking the test and later that day she tracks him down. One thing leads to another and Nelson ends up living with her through a November that will change his life forever.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Jason Isaacs, Greg Germann, Lauren Graham
Directed by: Pat O'Connor
Release date: 2001-02-16
15.

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
16.

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
17.

Crazy/Beautiful

4.8

At Pacific Palisades High, a poor Latino falls hard for a troubled girl from the affluent neighborhood.

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Jay Hernandez, Bruce Davison, Herman Osorio, Miguel Castro
Directed by: John Stockwell
Release date: 2001-06-29
18.

Riding in Cars with Boys

4.7

A single mother, with dreams of becoming a writer, has a son at the age of 15 in 1965, and goes through a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father.

Starring: Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn, Adam Garcia, Brittany Murphy, Logan Lerman
Directed by: Penny Marshall
Release date: 2001-10-19
19.

Hardball

4.7

An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, Michael B. Jordan, D. B. Sweeney, John Hawkes
Directed by: Brian Robbins
Release date: 2001-09-14
20.

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

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