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on 9 Nov 2010 12:03

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Best movies of 2001

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For further thoughts on films rated 10/10, please see my Best of 00s list.
People who added this item 4534  Average listal rating (2904 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.5 
1. Memento (2000)
U.S. release date: March 16, 2001

I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there? ... Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different.


I went into Memento knowing only what a friend had told me...that the entire film plays in reverse. Knowing that in advance had no effect on my enjoyment of it...it only helped me encourage my friends I went with to watch it since they'd never heard of it & were reluctant to do so (and fortunately there was nothing better playing at the same theatre). All of us were blown away, and I've gone out of my way to see every one of Nolan's films ever since. Now he's one of my favorite directors, and I have Memento to thank for putting him on my radar.
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People who added this item 510  Average listal rating (300 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.8 
2. The Experiment (2001)
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People who added this item 5112  Average listal rating (3327 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.1 
3. Donnie Darko (2001)
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People who added this item 4816  Average listal rating (3232 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.5 
4. Amélie (2001)
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People who added this item 3170  Average listal rating (2118 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.3 
5. Snatch (2000)
U.S. release date: Jan. 19, 2001
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People who added this item 193  Average listal rating (101 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.6 
6. Iron Monkey (1993)
U.S. release date: Oct. 12, 2001


One of the best martial arts films ever, thanks in no small part to Yuen Woo-Ping's direction.
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People who added this item 581  Average listal rating (351 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.9 
7. The Majestic (2001)
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People who added this item 2986  Average listal rating (1894 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.9 
8. Vanilla Sky (2001)

My dreams are a cruel joke. They taunt me. Even in my dreams I'm an idiot...who knows he's about to wake up to reality. If I could only avoid sleep. But I can't. I try to tell myself what to dream. I try to dream that I am flying. Something free. It never works...


My personal favorite:
You will never know the exquisite pain of the guy who goes home alone. Cause without the bitter, baby, the sweet ain't as sweet.
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People who added this item 5602  Average listal rating (3851 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.1 
9. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
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People who added this item 679  Average listal rating (487 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.3 
10. Shaolin Soccer (2001)
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People who added this item 444  Average listal rating (257 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.9 
11. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
U.S. release date: Jan 26, 2001

Our battle, our struggle, is to create art. Our weapon is the moving picture. Because we have the moving picture, our paintings will grow and recede; our poetry will be shadows that lengthen and conceal; our light will play across living faces that laugh and agonize; and our music will linger and finally overwhelm, because it will have a context as certain as the grave. We are scientists engaged in the creation of memory...but our memory will neither blur nor fade.
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People who added this item 1020  Average listal rating (563 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
12. In the Mood for Love (2000)
U.S. release date: Feb 26, 2001



You notice things if you pay attention.
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People who added this item 331  Average listal rating (190 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
13. No Man's Land (2001)
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People who added this item 131  Average listal rating (56 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 5.8 
14. Novocaine (2001)

I trust people, but I'm no dummy. I knew she was scamming me, and I should have thrown her out right then but I didn't. You see, that's the nature of attraction. You find yourself doing things, and you have no idea why, but you do them anyway.
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People who added this item 792  Average listal rating (442 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.1 
15. Ichi the Killer (2001)
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People who added this item 346  Average listal rating (186 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.8 
16. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)
U.S. release date: Sep. 28, 2001
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People who added this item 7645  Average listal rating (4823 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.9 
17. Shrek (2001)

Gingerbread Man: NO! Not the buttons! Not my gumdrop buttons!
Lord Farquaad: All right, then! Who's hiding them?
Gingerbread Man: Okay, I'll tell you... Do you know... the Muffin Man?
Lord Farquaad: The Muffin Man?
Gingerbread Man: The Muffin Man.
Lord Farquaad: Yes, I know the Muffin Man. W-who lives down on Drury Lane?
Gingerbread Man: Well, she's married to the Muffin Man...
Lord Farquaad: The Muffin Man?
Gingerbread Man: THE MUFFIN MAN!
Lord Farquaad: She's married to the Muffin Man...
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Top films listed in the order I like them, though repeat viewings could potentially rearrange said order. And of course the order could be further altered once I watch the "Unwatched contenders".

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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Feb 4 22:07
Lots of queue fuel here! How did I miss 'Novocaine' for example? Good to see Vampire Hunter D and Shadow of the Vampire get some love here. Shadow made my 2000 list, as I didn't realize it was actually a 2001 U.S. release date. Same goes for Momento.
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Mar 7 18:04
There is Memento!

Very interesting list as usual

if you're interested, check my list : http://www.listal.com/list/top-10-best-movies-2001
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at May 6 2:53
Some great movies on this list. Blow, A.I., Ghost World, Memento, Vanilla Sky, and Snatch were all movies I watched and enjoyed in 2001-2002.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Nov 20 10:28
Some good movies here! :)
Posted: 9 months, 2 weeks ago at Nov 8 7:02
You seriously like The Majestic? Me too! Big surprise, I rarely see this movie on the lists.
I have to watch the original The Experiment.
Posted: 9 months, 2 weeks ago at Nov 8 19:38
@Villiana - Yeah, The Majestic definitely doesn't get as much love as it deserves. I don't get it either. And definitely watch Das Experiment!

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