#5:  SNATCH
#1:  Memento
#2: LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
#4:  BLACK HAWK DOWN
#1:  Memento  *****
#2:  Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring  *****
#3:  A Beautiful Mind  ****1/2
#4:  Black Hawk Down  ****1/2
#5:  Snatch  ****
Directed By:  Guy Ritchie
Starring:  Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones, Brad Pitt
Rated:  R  (Violence / Language)
Running Time:  104 Min.

Guy Ritchie takes Quentin Tarantino's storytelling style to a new level of edgy brilliance with this witty tale of tough thugs and hot ice.
Directed By:  Ridley Scott
Starring:  Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tome Sizemore, Eric Bana, William Fichtner, Ewan Bremner, Sam Shepard
Rated:  R (Wartime Violence / Gore / Language)
Running Time:  144 Min.

A true story of modern warfare, as courage and heroism do not always result in victory, and dishonor does not always accompany defeat. 

Directed By:  Ron Howard
Starring:  Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Paul Bettany
Rated:  PG-13 (Violence / Sexuality)
Running Time:  134 Min.

See the world through the eyes of a genius in this wonderfully dramatic crowd pleaser.  Russell Crowe shines as the brilliantly flawed mathematician John Nash.
Directed By:  Peter Jackson
Starring:  Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen
Rated:  PG-13  (Violence)
Running Time:  178 Min.

Stunning visuals and the incredible travels of Frodo Baggins highlight this fantastic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic works of fantasy.

Directed By:  Christopher Nolan
Starring:  Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
Rated:  R (Violence / Nudity / Language)
Running Time:  116 Min.

Unforgettable.  Without a doubt my favorite movie of the year. 
Seen it?  You would remember if you had!
Honorable mention: Shrek and Planet of the Apes

So, these were my favorites.  And now, click the link below for something completely different...
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Ugh, I hate them so!
A.J.'s Best & Worst of 2001
Here are my top five favorite films for the year 2001
Click the movie posters to read my full review for each film!

Remember, unlike those who review films for a living, I haven't seen every movie released this year.  This list is chosen from the films that I have seen.

(Also, keep in mind that I'm American and male...  'nuf said?)

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