Best Family Movies of 2001

1.

Monsters, Inc.

6.7
8.0/10 IMDB

James Sullivan and Mike Wazowski are monsters, they earn their living scaring children and are the best in the business... even though they're more afraid of the children than they are of them. When a child accidentally enters their world, James and Mike suddenly find that kids are not to be afraid of and they uncover a conspiracy that could threaten all children across the world.

Starring: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly, Mary Gibbs, Bob Peterson, John Ratzenberger, Frank Oz, Daniel Gerson ..
Directed by: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich
Release date: 2001-11-01
2.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

6.7
7.6/10 IMDB

Harry Potter has lived under the stairs at his aunt and uncle's house his whole life. But on his 11th birthday, he learns he's a powerful wizard -- with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he learns to harness his newfound powers with the help of the school's kindly headmaster, Harry uncovers the truth about his parents' deaths -- and about the villain who's to blame.

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris, Tom Felton, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Richard Griffiths, Ian Hart ..
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Release date: 2001-11-16
3.

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
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.

The Princess Diaries

5.4
6.3/10 IMDB

A socially awkward but very bright 15-year-old girl being raised by a single mom discovers that she is the princess of a small European country because of the recent death of her long-absent father, who, unknown to her, was the crown prince of Genovia. She must make a choice between continuing the life of a San Francisco teen or stepping up to the throne.

Starring: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, H├ęctor Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore, Caroline Goodall, Robert Schwartzman, Erik von Detten, Patrick John Flueger, Sean O'Bryan ..
Directed by: Garry Marshall
Release date: 2001-08-03
6.

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
7.

Save the Last Dance

4.6
6.2/10 IMDB

A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.

Starring: Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington, Fredro Starr, Terry Kinney, Bianca Lawson, Vince Green, Garland Whitt, Elisabeth Oas, Artel Great ..
Directed by: Thomas Carter
Release date: 2001-01-12
8.

Scooby-Doo! and the Cyber Chase

4.4
7.0/10 IMDB

When Scooby and the gang get trapped in a video game created for them, they must fight against the 'Phantom Virus.' To escape the game they must go level by level and defeat the game once and for all.

Starring: Scott Innes, Joe Alaskey, Bob Bergen, Grey DeLisle, Gary Anthony Sturgis, B. J. Ward, Frank Welker, Tom Kane, Mikey Kelley ..
Directed by: Jim Stenstrum
Release date: 2001-10-09
9.

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

4.3
6.0/10 IMDB

Jimmy Neutron is a boy genius and way ahead of his friends, but when it comes to being cool, he's a little behind. All until one day when his parents, and parents all over Earth are kidnapped by aliens, it's up to him to lead all the children of the world to rescue their parents.

Starring: Debi Derryberry, Megan Cavanagh, Mark DeCarlo, Jeffrey Garcia, Patrick Stewart, Martin Short, Frank Welker, Rob Paulsen, Carolyn Lawrence, Crystal Scales ..
Directed by: John A. Davis
Release date: 2001-12-21
10.

Recess: School's Out

4.2
6.6/10 IMDB

It's the most exciting time of year at Third Street Elementary-- the end of the School Year! But boredom quickly sets in for protagonist TJ Detweiler, as his friends are headed for Summer Camp. One day, while passing by the school on his bike, he notices a green glow coming from the school's auditorium. This is the work of the insidious ex-principal of Third Street, Phillium Benedict and his gang of ninjas and secret service look-alikes! Benedict is planning to get rid of Summer Vacation using his newly-acquired Tractor Beam, which he stole from the US Military Base in an effort to raise US Test Scores, and it's up to the Recess Gang to stop him!

Starring: Rickey D'Shon Collins, Jason Davis, Ashley Johnson, Courtland Mead, Pamela Adlon, Dabney Coleman, Robert Goulet, Melissa Joan Hart, April Winchell, Andrew Lawrence ..
Directed by: Chuck Sheetz
Release date: 2001-01-27

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