Bill's Favorite Films of 2001

As suggested from the Film Main Page, I have chosen to list my favorite movies as seen based on the calendar year rather than on the film released year.    So, you will occasionally see a film in my favorites list that was technically released a year earlier.   Unfortunately, for the non industry film fans seeing all quality films on scheduled released dates is particularly tough, especially since many are only submitted to film festivals or selection committees at year end.   

2001 was fairly good year for the silver screen, but not as strong as recent years.   I personally saw 45 films from twelve different countries on the large screen in 2001.    The films highlighted below are films that I can confidently recommend seeing to a large audience.   There are a few others that I found interesting, but cannot give a broad recommendation.    Films like Wong Kar Wai's "In the Mood for Love", Patrice Chereau's "Intimacy", Patrick Stettner's "The Business of Strangers", Richard Linklater's "Waking Life", Edward Yang's "Yi Yi", and Wayne Wang's "Center of the World" will probably all appear on other top ten lists.    They are interesting films probably worth seeing, but should be approached with caution.

Anyway, here are the films that I found most enjoyable or thought provoking this year.   
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Christopher Nolan's

"Some memories are best forgotten"

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David Lynch's
Mulholland Drive

"A Love Story In The City Of Dreams"


Wes Anderson's
The Royal Tenenbaums

Family isn't a word, it's a sentence.

4. Richard Linklater's

"Some things can't be erased."

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5. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's
Amores Peros

Love. Betrayal. Death.

6. Guy Ritchie's

Stealin' Stones and Breakin' Bones"


Edward Burn's
Sidewalks of New York

In a city of 8 million people, what are the odds the perfect two will meet? 


Tsui Hark's
Time and Tide

No tigers, no dragons... just a hell of a lot of bullets.

9.  Ed Harris'
10.  Steven Soderbergh

"No one gets away clean"

11. Joel Coen's
O' Brother Where Art Thou

"They have a plan, but not a clue."

12. Danial Minahan's
Series 7:  The Contender

"We've left them on an island, and seen if they could last. We've locked them in a house, and watched what they would do. And now, we've given them weapons."

13. Terry Zwigoff's
Ghost World

"Accentuate the negative"

14. Robert Altman's
Gosford Park

"Tea at four. Dinner at eight. Murder at midnight."

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15. Jean-Pierre Jeneut's

"She'll change your life"

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