Best Adventure Movies of 2001

1.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

7.3
8.8/10 IMDB

Young hobbit Frodo Baggins, after inheriting a mysterious ring from his uncle Bilbo, must leave his home in order to keep it from falling into the hands of its evil creator. Along the way, a fellowship is formed to protect the ringbearer and make sure that the ring arrives at its final destination: Mt. Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed.

Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Liv Tyler, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Sean Bean ..
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Release date: 2001-12-18
2.

Shrek

6.5
7.8/10 IMDB

It ain't easy bein' green -- especially if you're a likable (albeit smelly) ogre named Shrek. On a mission to retrieve a gorgeous princess from the clutches of a fire-breathing dragon, Shrek teams up with an unlikely compatriot -- a wisecracking donkey.

Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel, Peter Dennis, Clive Pearse, Jim Cummings, Bobby Block, Chris Miller ..
Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Release date: 2001-05-16
3.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

6.0
7.2/10 IMDB

David, a robotic boy—the first of his kind programmed to love—is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee and his wife. Though he gradually becomes their child, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David. Without final acceptance by humans or machines, David embarks on a journey to discover where he truly belongs, uncovering a world in which the line between robot and machine is both vast and profoundly thin.

Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards, Jake Thomas, Jude Law, William Hurt, Robin Williams, Ben Kingsley, Meryl Streep, Chris Rock ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 2001-06-29
4.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

5.8
6.9/10 IMDB

The world's most highly qualified crew of archaeologists and explorers is led by historian Milo Thatch as they board the incredible 1,000-foot submarine Ulysses and head deep into the mysteries of the sea. The underwater expedition takes an unexpected turn when the team's mission must switch from exploring Atlantis to protecting it.

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Corey Burton, Claudia Christian, James Garner, John Mahoney, Phil Morris, Leonard Nimoy, Don Novello, Jacqueline Obradors, Florence Stanley ..
Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Release date: 2001-06-02
5.

A Knight's Tale

5.7
6.9/10 IMDB

William Thatcher, a peasant, is sent to apprentice with a Knight named Hector as a young boy. Urged by his father to "change his Stars", he assumes Sir Hector's place in a tournament when Hector dies in the middle of it. He wins. With the other apprentices, he trains and assumes the title of Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein.

Starring: Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell, Shannyn Sossamon, Paul Bettany, Laura Fraser, Mark Addy, Alan Tudyk, James Purefoy, Bérénice Bejo, Scott Handy ..
Directed by: Brian Helgeland
Release date: 2001-05-11
6.

The Mummy Returns

5.3
6.3/10 IMDB

Rick and Evelyn O’Connell, along with their 8-year-old son Alex, discover the key to the legendary Scorpion King’s might: the fabled Bracelet of Anubis. Unfortunately, a newly resurrected Imhotep has designs on the bracelet as well, and isn’t above kidnapping its new bearer, Alex, to gain control of Anubis’s otherworldly army.

Starring: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Oded Fehr, Arnold Vosloo, Patricia Velásquez, Freddie Boath, Dwayne Johnson, Alun Armstrong, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ..
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Release date: 2001-05-04
7.

Rat Race

5.1
6.4/10 IMDB

In an ensemble film about easy money, greed, manipulation and bad driving, a Las Vegas casino tycoon entertains his wealthiest high rollers -- a group that will bet on anything -- by pitting six ordinary people against each other in a wild dash for $2 million jammed into a locker hundreds of miles away. The tycoon and his wealthy friends monitor each racer's every move to keep track of their favorites. The only rule in this race is that there are no rules.

Starring: Cuba Gooding Jr., Seth Green, Whoopi Goldberg, Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart, John Cleese, Wayne Knight, Vince Vieluf, Lanei Chapman, Jon Lovitz ..
Directed by: Jerry Zucker
Release date: 2001-08-17
8.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

4.9
5.8/10 IMDB

English aristocrat Lara Croft is skilled in hand-to-hand combat and in the middle of a battle with a secret society. The shapely archaeologist moonlights as a tomb raider to recover lost antiquities and meets her match in the evil Powell, who's in search of a powerful relic.

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor, Daniel Craig, Richard Johnson, Chris Barrie, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Leslie Phillips, Robert Phillips ..
Directed by: Simon West
Release date: 2001-06-11
9.

Planet of the Apes

4.9
5.7/10 IMDB

After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by Ruthless General Thade.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kris Kristofferson, Estella Warren, Paul Giamatti, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Glenn Shadix, Charlton Heston ..
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 2001-07-25
10.

Osmosis Jones

4.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A policeman white blood cell, with the help of a cold pill, must stop a deadly virus from destroying the human they live in, Frank.

Starring: Chris Rock, Laurence Fishburne, David Hyde Pierce, Brandy Norwood, Bill Murray, Molly Shannon, William Shatner, Ron Howard, Sherry Lynn, Mickie McGowan ..
Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Release date: 2001-08-07

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