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The Best Action Movies of 2001  

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List of the best 2001 action movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. These movies give you car crashes, explosions, gun fights and everything else you could hope for in a good action flick. These are all the action movies that defined the year 2001, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

This list includes The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Black Hawk Down and more movies. This isn't necessarily a list of all action movies from 2001, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Shannyn Sossamon
A Knight's Tale is a 2001 medieval adventure comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Brian Helgeland. The film stars Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Mark Addy, Alan Tudyk, Rufus ...more
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Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall
Apocalypse Now Redux is a 2001 extended version of Francis Ford Coppola's epic film Apocalypse Now, which was originally released in 1979. Coppola, along with editor/long-time collaborator ...more
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Dwayne Johnson, Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser
The Mummy Returns, is a 2001 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers, starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Oded Fehr, Patricia ...more
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Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom
Black Hawk Down is a 2001 American-British war film directed by Ridley Scott. It is an adaptation of the 1999 book of the same name by Mark Bowden based on his series of articles published in ...more
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Maggie Q, Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi
Rush Hour 2 is a 2001 martial arts buddy action comedy film. This is the second installment in the Rush Hour series. A sequel to the 1998 film Rush Hour, the film stars Jackie Chan and Chris ...more
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Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum
Cats & Dogs is a 2001 American-Australian action-comedy film, directed by Lawrence Guterman. The screenplay by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra centers on the relationships between cats and ...more
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Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck
Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American war film with romance and action elements directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Randall Wallace. It features an ensemble cast, ...more
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Robert Redford, Mark Ruffalo, Robin Wright
The Last Castle is a 2001 American action drama film directed by Rod Lurie, starring Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo and Delroy Lindo. The film portrays a struggle between inmates ...more
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Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Edward Norton
The Score is a 2001 thriller film directed by Frank Oz, and stars Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Angela Bassett and Marlon Brando in his final film role. It was the only time that Brando and De ...more
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Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris
Enemy at the Gates is a 2001 film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The film's title is taken from William Craig's 1973 nonfiction book Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad, which ...more
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Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht
Behind Enemy Lines is a 2001 action film directed by John Moore in his directorial debut, and starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. The film tells the story of Lieutenant Chris Burnett, an ...more
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Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern
Jurassic Park III is a 2001 American science fiction adventure monster film. It is the third installment in the Jurassic Park franchise and a sequel to the 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic ...more
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Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster
The Fast and the Furious is a 2001 American street racing action film directed by Rob Cohen and starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster. The film is the first ...more
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George Clooney, Teri Hatcher, Carla Gugino
Spy Kids is a 2001 American/Mexican science fantasy family adventure film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the first installment in the Spy Kids series. Alexa Vega and Daryl ...more
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Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspard Ulliel
Brotherhood of the Wolf is a 2001 French historical horror-action film directed by Christophe Gans, written by Gans and Stéphane Cabel, starring Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Emilie ...more
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Lindy Booth, Michael Ironside, Lee Thompson Young
Jett Jackson: The Movie is a Canadian 2001 Disney Channel Original Movie based on the Disney Channel series The Famous Jett Jackson. It is the first Disney Channel Original Movie to be based on ...more
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Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the first ...more
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January Jones, Diane Lane, Leelee Sobieski
The Glass House is a 2001 American psychological thriller film directed by Daniel Sackheim and written by Wesley Strick. The film stars Leelee Sobieski, Diane Lane, Stellan Skarsgård, ...more
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Bridget Fonda, Jet Li, Tchéky Karyo
Kiss of the Dragon is a 2001 English-language French action thriller film directed by Chris Nahon, written and produced by French filmmaker Luc Besson, and starring an international cast of Jet ...more
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Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Charlotte Rampling
Spy Game is a 2001 American spy film directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. The film grossed $62 million in the United States and $143 million worldwide and received ...more
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Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney
Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 American comedy heist film and the remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name. The 2001 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and features an ensemble cast ...more
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Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Estella Warren
Driven is a 2001 action drama film directed by Renny Harlin and starring Sylvester Stallone, who also wrote and produced. It centers on a young racing driver's effort to win the Champ Car World ...more
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Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Ed Asner
The Animal is a 2001 comedy film, starring Rob Schneider, Colleen Haskell, Ed Asner, and John C. McGinley. Schneider plays Marvin Mange, unknown to him, who is put back together by a mad ...more
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Jason Statham, Carla Gugino, Jet Li
The One is a 2001 American science fiction-martial arts film directed by James Wong. A rogue Multiverse agent (Jet Li) goes on a manhunt for versions of himself until he meets the last remaining ...more
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Julianne Moore, Sarah Silverman, Dan Aykroyd
Evolution is a 2001 American science fiction comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, Julianne Moore and Ted Levine. In the United ...more