Best Romance Movies of 2001

1.

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
2.

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
3.

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
4.

The Princess Diaries

5.3
6.3/10

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
5.

American Pie 2

5.2
6.4/10

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
6.

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
7.

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
8.

Serendipity

5.0
6.9/10

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
9.

Baby Boy

4.9
6.4/10

The story of Jody, a misguided, 20-year-old African-American who is really just a baby boy finally forced-kicking and screaming to face the commitments of real life. Streetwise and jobless, he has not only fathered two children by two different women-Yvette and Peanut but still lives with his own mother. He can't seem to strike a balance or find direction in his chaotic life.

Starring: Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson, Omar Gooding, Ving Rhames, Snoop Dogg
Directed by: John Singleton
Release date: 2001-06-27
10.

Sweet November

4.9
6.7/10

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
11.

Shallow Hal

4.9
5.9/10

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
12.

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

4.8
6.8/10

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
13.

Bandits

4.8
6.5/10

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
14.

Riding in Cars with Boys

4.8
6.5/10

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
15.

Crazy/Beautiful

4.8
6.5/10

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
16.

The Shipping News

4.7
6.8/10

An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Pete Postlethwaite
Directed by: Lasse Hallström
Release date: 2001-12-18
17.

Enigma

4.7
6.4/10

The story of the WWII project to crack the code 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
18.

Save the Last Dance

4.6
6.2/10

A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.

Starring: Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington, Fredro Starr, Terry Kinney
Directed by: Thomas Carter
Release date: 2001-01-12
19.

The Mexican

4.5
6.1/10

Jerry Welbach, a reluctant bagman, has been given two ultimatums: The first is from his mob boss to travel to Mexico and retrieve a priceless antique pistol, known as "the Mexican"... or suffer the consequences. The second is from his girlfriend Samantha to end his association with the mob. Jerry figures alive and in trouble with Samantha is better than the more permanent alternative, so he heads south of the border.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, James Gandolfini, J.K. Simmons, Gene Hackman
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Release date: 2001-03-01
20.

O

4.4
6.1/10

Hot young stars, a hip, driving soundtrack, plus a provocative tale of jealousy and betrayal combine to create this controversial modern-day version of Shakespeare's classic, "Othello." O is Odin James (Mekhi Phifer), the school's star basketball player and future NBA hopeful. Even though he's the only black student at the elite Palmetto Grove Academy, he has the adoration of all, including the team's coach (Martin Sheen) and the Dean's beautiful daughter, Desi (Julia Stiles). Odin's troubled friend Hugo (Josh Hartnett), the coach's son, is deeply resentful of his father's preference of Odin on and off the court. When Hugo plots a diabolical scheme to sow the seed of mistrust between O and Desi, it sets in motion a disturbing chain of events which erupts into a firestorm of breathtaking intensity.

Starring: Mekhi Phifer, Josh Hartnett, Andrew Keegan, Julia Stiles, Martin Sheen
Directed by: Tim Blake Nelson
Release date: 2001-08-31

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