Top 20 Action Movies of 2001

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1. Spy Game (2001)

R | 126 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

63 Metascore

Retiring CIA agent Nathan Muir recalls his training of Tom Bishop while working against agency politics to free him from his Chinese captors.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Catherine McCormack, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 140,009 | Gross: $0.03M

2. Kiss of the Dragon (2001)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

A betrayed intelligence officer enlists the aid of a prostitute to prove his innocence from a deadly conspiracy while returning a favor to her.

Director: Chris Nahon | Stars: Jet Li, Bridget Fonda, Tchéky Karyo, Ric Young

Votes: 59,392 | Gross: $36.85M

3. Training Day (2001)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the L.A.P.D. with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger

Votes: 371,521 | Gross: $76.63M

4. Two Coyotes (2001)

R | 83 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A drug runner takes over a lucrative drug business only to find his new found empire crumble when a deal goes bad.

Director: Jose Reyes Bencomo | Stars: Jorge Cordova, Nicholas Guilak, Joe Estevez, Ricardo Molina

Votes: 51

5. Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

A Navy navigator is shot down over enemy territory and is ruthlessly pursued by a secret police enforcer and the opposing troops. Meanwhile his commanding officer goes against orders in an attempt to rescue him.

Director: John Moore | Stars: Gene Hackman, Owen Wilson, Gabriel Macht, Charles Malik Whitfield

Votes: 96,503 | Gross: $59.07M

6. The Warrior (2001)

R | 158 min | Action, Drama, History

1375. Nine Koryo warriors, envoys exiled by Imperial China, battle to protect a Chinese Ming Princess from Mongolian troops.

Director: Sung-su Kim | Stars: Woo-sung Jung, Sung-Ki Ahn, Jin-mo Ju, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 10,535

7. Wasabi (2001)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama, Comedy

53 Metascore

A French cop gets 2 months leave for getting results too violently. His Japanese girlfriend, who vanished 19 years ago, has died and he flies Paris to Tokyo for her funeral and will full of surprises. The Yakuza meets his brutal ways.

Director: Gérard Krawczyk | Stars: Jean Reno, Ryôko Hirosue, Michel Muller, Carole Bouquet

Votes: 36,038 | Gross: $0.08M

8. Swordfish (2001)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

32 Metascore

A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell led by Gabriel Shear wants the money to help finance their war against international terrorism, but it's all locked away. Gabriel brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson to help him.

Director: Dominic Sena | Stars: John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle

Votes: 172,330 | Gross: $69.77M

9. Ghosts of Mars (2001)

R | 98 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

In 2176, a Martian police unit is sent to pick up a highly dangerous criminal at a remote mining post. Upon arrival, the cops find that the post has become a charnel house.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Pam Grier, Jason Statham

Votes: 49,586 | Gross: $8.43M

10. Ichi the Killer (2001)

R | 129 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

55 Metascore

As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of achieving.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ohmori, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Paulyn Sun

Votes: 50,407 | Gross: $0.02M

11. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

92 Metascore

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Votes: 1,583,111 | Gross: $315.54M

12. Guns & Talks (2001)

120 min | Action, Drama, Comedy

Four unlikely assassins genuinely care about their customers and victims, meanwhile a prosecutor is on their trail.

Director: Jin Jang | Stars: Hyeon-jun Shin, Ha-kyun Shin, Won Bin, Jae-yeong Jeong

Votes: 1,735

13. The Substitute: Failure Is Not an Option (2001 Video)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Former mercenary Karl Thomasson returns once again as a substitute teacher, this time to infiltrate a military school's faculty to cease the actions of white supremacists.

Director: Robert Radler | Stars: Treat Williams, Angie Everhart, Patrick Kilpatrick, Bill Nunn

Votes: 1,049

14. Rush Hour 2 (2001)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

48 Metascore

Carter and Lee head to Hong Kong for a vacation, but become embroiled in a counterfeit money scam.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, John Lone, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 192,824 | Gross: $226.16M

15. The One (2001)

PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

25 Metascore

A rogue Multiverse agent goes on a manhunt for alternate versions of himself, getting stronger with each kill. Only the last version of himself, an LAPD cop, can stop his crusade before he becomes "The One".

Director: James Wong | Stars: Jet Li, Carla Gugino, Delroy Lindo, Jason Statham

Votes: 86,912 | Gross: $43.91M

16. U.S. Seals II (2001 Video)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure

A commando of retired US SEALs must invade an island in North Japan from where a rogue ex-SEAL menaces to launch a nuclear strike against the US. Because of a leak of natural gas, fighting is restricted to blade weapons.

Director: Isaac Florentine | Stars: Michael Worth, Karen Kim, Damian Chapa, Marshall R. Teague

Votes: 755

17. Double Deception (2001)

R | 87 min | Action, Thriller

A kidnap plot involving the daughter of a powerful Japanese businessman goes terribly wrong.

Director: Shundo Ohkawa | Stars: Rei Kikukawa, Louis Mandylor, James Russo, Udo Kier

Votes: 123

18. The Order (2001)

R | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A playboy criminal contacts his dad after stealing a Faberge egg. Later it seems his dad has gone missing in Israel so he heads there. His disappearance is linked to the religious sect: The Order. Lots of fight and chase scenes.

Director: Sheldon Lettich | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sofia Milos, Charlton Heston, Brian Thompson

Votes: 7,614

19. Crossfire Trail (2001 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Western

Rafe Covington promises a dying friend that he'll watch over the man's wife and ranch after he's gone. When Rafe gets to his friend's ranch, he finds that Barkow, the local power in town, ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Tom Selleck, Virginia Madsen, Wilford Brimley, David O'Hara

Votes: 2,705

20. Knockaround Guys (2001)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

30 Metascore

The wannabe sons of mobsters go to a remote town in the Midwest, and get themselves into more trouble than anyone could anticipate.

Directors: Brian Koppelman, David Levien | Stars: Jennifer Baxter, Dennis Hopper, Vin Diesel, Barry Pepper

Votes: 21,887 | Gross: $11.63M

21. The Tracker (2001 TV Movie)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

When lovely Kim Chang is kidnapped in a bloody assault, disgraced private detective Connor Spears is enlisted by her brother Rick to rescue her from warring Russian and Chinese mobs.

Director: Jeff Schechter | Stars: Casper Van Dien, Françoise Robertson, Russell Wong, Jason Blicker

Votes: 230



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