Monday, December 11, 2023

List: Top 10 Movies of 2001

This week on Episode 553 of the InSession Film Podcast, we continued our year-by-year retrospective series by taking a look at 2001, a very strong year on the whole. In fact, it may be one of the best years for movies that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Not only does 2001 feature some all-time films that resonate deeply with us, but it has some incredible depth. In particular, we had a lot to say about The Royal Tenenbaums, A.I. Artificial Intelligence and In the Mood for Love, three films that would rival any other year as far as top end films go. Which is to say, there was plenty to consider and we had an amazing time talking about it all on the show. That said, what would be your Top 10?

NOTE: We spend most of our time only discussing our Top 10 movies of 2001, however, as you’ll see below, we have listed our full Top 20 lists from that year.


1) The Royal Tenenbaums
2) A.I. Artificial Intelligence
3) In the Mood for Love
4) The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
5) Ocean’s Eleven
6) Mulholland Drive
7) Memento
8) The Devil’s Backbone
9) Amélie
10) Moulin Rouge!

11) Black Hawk Down
12) The Man Who Wasn’t There
13) Waking Life
14) Ghost World
15) Training Day
16) Monsters Inc.
17) Hedwig and the Angry Inch
18) The Others
19) Fat Girl
20) Wet Hot American Summer


1) A.I. Artificial Intelligence
2) The Royal Tenenbaums
3) In the Mood for Love
4) The Devil’s Backbone
5) Cure
6) Ocean’s Eleven
7) The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
8) Memento
9) Wet Hot American Summer
10) Black Hawk Down

11) Ghost World
12) Mulholland Drive
13) Monsters Inc.
14) Gosford Park
15) Waking Life
16) Training Day
17) American Pie 2
18) In the Bedroom
19) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
20) Legally Blond

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. Clearly there are a lot of other contenders from 2001 that battled for our lists, that just missed the cut. That being said, what would be your Top 10? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at [email protected].

For the entire podcast, click here or listen below.

For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top Movie Lists page.

JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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