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My Personal Ranking of All Movies Released in 2001…

So I keep getting messages that say: “Scott, your top ten list for the year is all well and good, but what about people like me, who are more interested in paying to see the eleventh through twentieth best films of the year?” Okay, I’ve never actually received a message like that, but sometimes I just like to find out how gullible you people really are. Anyway, in the interest of completeness, I have decided to rank all the films I have seen which were released in 2001. As always, I will continue to revise this list until I finally stop seeing movies that were released in 2001. Needless to say, movies I have not yet seen are not included in the ranking.

Note: I included the film Memento in my 2000 Top Ten List, since my understanding is that it had its first screening in that year, even though I further understand that it somehow qualifies for the 2001 Academy Awards.

Now, without further ado, here is my ranking every single film I have seen to date that was released in the year 2001…


 1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Very Good

 2. Black Hawk Down

 3. The Tailor of Panama

 4. Bridget Jones’s Diary

 5. Enemy at the Gates

 6. A Beautiful Mind

 7. The Royal Tenenbaums

 8. Gosford Park

 9. Lantana

10. In the Bedroom

11. Julie Walking Home

12. El Hijo de la novia (Son of the Bride)

13. Lost and Delirious

14. Buffalo Soldiers


16. Lift

17. O

18. Shrek

19. The Others

20. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (Spirited Away)

21. Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures

22. Planet of the Apes

23. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

24. Ocean’s Eleven

Good to Okay

25. L.I.E.

26. Y tu mamá también (And Your Mother Too)

27. Donnie Darko

28. Le Fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain (Amelie de Montmartre) (Amelie)

29. A ma soeur! (Fat Girl)

30. Mulholland Drive

31. Spy Game

32. Le Pacte des loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf)

33. A Knight’s Tale

34. Sexy Beast

35. Almost Salinas

36. Moulin Rouge!

37. Scotland, Pa.

38. How Harry Became a Tree

39. The Princess Diaries

40. Pearl Harbor

41. Second Coming

42. Heist

43. On the Nose

44. High Heels and Low Lifes

45. Blow

46. Evolution

47. Waking Life

48. Intacto (Intact)

49. Le Souffle (Deep Breath)

50. Photos to Send: People to Go Back To

51. No Man’s Land

52. Shallow Hal

53. Zoolander

54. Lucía y el sexo (Sex and Lucia)

55. Behind Enemy Lines

56. AntiTrust

57. F*@k the Disabled (Keeping It Real: The Adventures of Greg Walloch)

58. The Majestic

59. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

60. One Night at McCool’s

61. Will Full

62. Lovely & Amazing

63. Freedom Highway: Songs of Resistance and Liberation

64. Silent Grace

65. If I Should Fall from Grace: The Shane MacGowan Story

66. H3

67. My Kingdom

68. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

69. Teenage Kicks: The Undertones


70. Kate & Leopold

71. Town & Country

72. The Crooked Mile