Best Movies Of 2001 Hollywood is the 2nd installment of our series of best movies of the 20th century. Most of these are the absolute classics that received numerous awards, including some of the franchise starters.
Best Movies Of 2001 Hollywood:
David Lynch’s MULHOLLAND DRIVE is not a story but a mosaic of stories, eras, moods, characters, and themes that intersect, overlap and parallel like a dream. A luscious brunette (Laura Harring) is about to be shot by a limo driver when a car filled with carousing teenagers slams into the limo.
The brunette limps away and hides out in an apartment. She has amnesia, and when asked her name, she says “Rita,” as in Rita Hayworth. Betty (Naomi Watts), a fresh-faced ingenue hoping to make it as an actress in LA, tries to help Rita find out who she is.
Meanwhile, young director Adam (Justin Theroux) is pressured by some very dangerous-looking guys to give a particular actress the lead in his new movie. Themes of dreams and reality, identity and anonymity, innocence and corruption, creativity and conformity, ripple and resonate in the scenes that follow.
Eventually, Betty turns into Diane, who used to be dead, and Betty’s aunt’s landlady, or is it Adam’s mother, is played by 1940’s musical star Ann Miller, and all of this does not seem as out of place as it otherwise might. Betty tells Rita that she wants to help her solve the mystery because “It’ll be just like in the movies.”
Language: English, Spanish, French
Released: 19 October 2001
Runtime: 147 min
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director: David Lynch
Writer: David Lynch
Actors: Naomi Watts, Jeanne Bates, Dan Birnbaum, Laura Harring
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
A Beautiful Mind
John Nash goes through a myriad of highs and lows from his time as a mathematics student in graduate school at Princeton in the late 1940’s to his Nobel Prize win for Economics in 1994.
A brilliant but somewhat arrogant and antisocial man, Nash preferred to spend his time with his thoughts, which were primarily about seeing mathematical formulas associated with everyday occurrences, rather than with people.
Two people he did make a connection with were Charles, his roommate at Princeton, and Alicia Larde, one of his students when he was teaching at M.I.T. in the early 1950s. He and Alicia eventually marry.
As time goes on, Nash lives more and more within himself, which causes major problems in his life. But Alicia stands by her husband to make his redemption to the Nobel Prize winners.
Nash learns that his graduate school colleagues, with whom he had a cordial but somewhat distant relationship, are closer friends than he imagined, although in his later life he really does miss Charles’ company more than anything despite knowing that spending time with Charles is not in his or anyone’s best interest.
Released: 04 Jan 2002
Runtime: 135 min
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director: Ron Howard
Writer: Akiva Goldsman, Sylvia Nasar (book)
Actors: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer
Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is an orphan who lives with the awful Dursleys, his aunt, uncle, and cousin. On his 11th birthday, Harry receives a mysterious letter, but his uncle destroys it before he can read it.
Letters keep coming, and the Dursleys panic and hideaway on a remote island. But they’re found by Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane), a huge, bearded man with a weakness for scary-looking creatures.
It turns out that the letters were coming from Hogwarts, a boarding school for young witches and wizards, and Harry is expected for the fall term, so Hagrid whisks him off to begin his new life as a wizard in training.
On the train to Hogwarts, Harry meets his future best friends, Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson).
When school begins, things really get exciting, with classes in Potions and Defense Against the Dark Arts, a sport called Quidditch (a sort of flying soccer/basketball), a mysterious trap door guarded by a three-headed dog named Fluffy, and a baby dragon named Norbert.
Throughout the year, Harry adjusts to his magical life and begins to come to grips with his famous status in the wizarding world and what he represents to the darker forces there. He also learns some important lessons about loyalty and courage.
Released: 16 Nov 2001
Runtime: 152 min
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Director: Chris Columbus
Writer: J.K. Rowling (novel), Steve Kloves (screenplay)
Actors: Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Saunders Triplets
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Best Movies Of 2001 Hollywood continues …
In a cozy affluent suburb in October 1988, DONNIE DARKO (Jake Gyllenhaal), a rebellious teen, smart but diagnosed with mental illness and sort of a misfit at school, is lured from his bedroom by a phantom wearing a grotesque, metal-masked rabbit costume.
The rabbit, “Frank,” tells him exactly when the world will end — in 28 days. Meanwhile, a shattering series of events disrupt Donnie’s already-unsteady world, including his new young love for a new girl at school.
A plane engine falls out of nowhere onto his house, a sympathetic English teacher (Drew Barrymore) is punished for her choice of literature in the class, a youth-mentoring positive-thinking guru (Patrick Swayze) brainwashes the community, visions of wormlike appendages emerge from people’s chests, and a neighborhood crazy lady turns out to be an ex-nun scientist who researches time-travel and metaphysical cause-effect paradoxes.
Got all that? More menacing visits from “Frank” the rabbit lead to a Halloween night revelation, and Donnie realizes his pivotal role in this weird, interconnected web of destiny.
Released: 30 January 2002
Runtime: 113 min
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director: Richard Kelly
Writer: Richard Kelly
Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daveigh Chase
Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The power of Bilbo Baggins’ ring of invisibility may have been underestimated, but Gandalf the Grey fears its power even with his unfathomable magical abilities. As the power of the one Ring grows, so too do the armies of Sauron and Saruman as their evil spreads across the lands of man, dwarf, and elf alike.
It is up to a ragtag band of heroes to carry the ring to Mount Doom, the evil place of its birth, and cast it into the eternal fires that forged it. Does the fellowship have what it takes to complete its task, or will the powers of evil overcome those of good leaving behind a world ravaged by the rage of Sauron, the Dark Lord?
Language: English, Sindarin
Released: 19 December 2001
Runtime: 178 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Director: Peter Jackson
Writer: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay)
Actors: Alan Howard, Noel Appleby, Sean Astin, Sala Baker
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
This concludes our list of Best Movies Of 2001 Hollywood. Do you agree with our list? Which is your favorite movie of 2001? Do let us know in the comments below.