Best Thriller Movies of 2001

1.

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
2.

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
3.

Spy Game

5.8
7.1/10

On the day of his retirement, a veteran CIA agent learns that his former protégé has been arrested in China, is sentenced to die the next morning in Beijing, and that the CIA is considering letting that happen to avoid an international scandal.

Starring: Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Stephen Dillane, Larry Bryggman, Catherine McCormack
Directed by: Tony Scott
Release date: 2001-11-18
4.

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
5.

The Fast and the Furious

5.6
6.8/10

Domenic Toretto is a Los Angeles street racer suspected of masterminding a series of big-rig hijackings. When undercover cop Brian O'Conner infiltrates Toretto's iconoclastic crew, he falls for Toretto's sister and must choose a side: the gang or the LAPD.

Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Rick Yune
Directed by: Rob Cohen
Release date: 2001-06-22
6.

From Hell

5.5
6.8/10

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
7.

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
8.

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
9.

Jurassic Park III

5.1
5.9/10

In need of funds for research, Dr. Alan Grant accepts a large sum of money to accompany Paul and Amanda Kirby on an aerial tour of the infamous Isla Sorna. It isn't long before all hell breaks loose and the stranded wayfarers must fight for survival as a host of new -- and even more deadly -- dinosaurs try to make snacks of them.

Starring: Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Téa Leoni, Trevor Morgan, Alessandro Nivola
Directed by: Joe Johnston
Release date: 2001-07-18
10.

The Score

5.0
6.8/10

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
11.

Planet of the Apes

4.9
5.7/10

After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by Ruthless General Thade.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kris Kristofferson
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 2001-07-25
12.

The Pledge

4.9
6.8/10

A police chief about to retire pledges to help a woman find her daughter's killer. Based on a story by Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Aaron Eckhart, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright, Vanessa Redgrave
Directed by: Sean Penn
Release date: 2001-01-09
13.

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
14.

Kiss of the Dragon

4.8
6.6/10

Liu Jian, an elite Chinese police officer, comes to Paris to arrest a Chinese drug lord. When Jian is betrayed by a French officer and framed for murder, he must go into hiding and find new allies.

Starring: Jet Li, Bridget Fonda, Tchéky Karyo, Max Ryan, Ric Young
Directed by: Chris Nahon
Release date: 2001-07-06
15.

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
16.

Joy Ride

4.8
6.6/10

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
17.

Buffalo Soldiers

4.7
6.8/10

Set just before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Sgt. Ray Elwood is an American soldier stationed at a German army camp. A soldier because a judge gave him a choice between the army and jail, Ray spends much of his free time cooking cocaine for the MPs. When a soldier dies and a toxicology screen shows an alarming level of illegal narcotics, someone is sent in to investigate.

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Anna Paquin, Elizabeth McGovern
Directed by: Gregor Jordan
Release date: 2001-09-08
18.

Along Came a Spider

4.7
6.3/10

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.

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Michael Wincott, Dylan Baker, Mika Boorem
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Release date: 2001-04-06
19.

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
20.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

4.7
6.4/10

Led by a strange dream, scientist Aki Ross struggles to collect the eight spirits in the hope of creating a force powerful enough to protect the planet. With the aid of the Deep Eyes Squadron and her mentor, Dr. Sid, Aki must save the Earth from its darkest hate and unleash the spirits within.

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Ming-Na Wen, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi
Directed by: Hironobu Sakaguchi, Motonori Sakakibara
Release date: 2001-07-02

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