Best Family Movies of 2001

1.

Monsters, Inc.

6.8
8.1/10

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
Directed by: Pete Docter
Release date: 2001-11-01
2.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

6.7
7.6/10

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
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Release date: 2001-11-16
3.

Shrek

6.5
7.9/10

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
Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Release date: 2001-05-16
4.

The Princess Diaries

5.3
6.3/10

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, Héctor Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore
Directed by: Garry Marshall
Release date: 2001-08-03
5.

Osmosis Jones

4.7
6.3/10

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
Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Release date: 2001-08-07
6.

Save the Last Dance

4.6
6.2/10

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
Directed by: Thomas Carter
Release date: 2001-01-12
7.

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

4.3
6.0/10

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
Directed by: John A. Davis
Release date: 2001-12-21
8.

Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse

4.2
6.8/10
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
When a huge snowstorm leaves everyone stranded, Mickey and all of his guests at the House of Mouse, including Pooh, Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel and many more of his old and new friends, break out the cookies and hot chocolate to help Donald mend his tattered Christmas spirit.
Starring: Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo, Carlos Alazraqui, Jeff Bennett, Jodi Benson
Directed by: Tony Craig, Roberts Gannaway, Burny Mattinson
Release date: 2001-11-06
9.

Recess: School's Out

4.2
6.6/10

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, Andrew Lawrence, Courtland Mead
Directed by: Chuck Sheetz
Release date: 2001-01-27
10.

Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge

4.0
6.6/10

The Cromwell clan live in the real world, except for their grandmother who lives in Halloweentown, a place where monsters go to escape reality. But now the son of the Cromwells' old enemy Kalabar has a plan to use the grandmother's book to turn Halloweentown into a grey dreary version of the real world, while transform the denizens of the real world into monsters.

Starring: Kimberly J. Brown, Debbie Reynolds, Daniel Kountz, Judith Hoag, Phillip Van Dyke
Directed by: Mary Lambert
Release date: 2001-10-12
11.

Barbie in the Nutcracker

4.0
6.3/10
Barbie in the Nutcracker
"Barbie" stars as Clara in this animated retelling of the classic Christmas ballet, complete with Tchaikovsky soundtrack and ballet choreography.
Starring: Kelly Sheridan, Kirby Morrow, Tim Curry, Peter Kelamis, Christopher Gaze
Directed by: Owen Hurley
Release date: 2001-09-30
12.

Cats & Dogs

3.9
5.2/10

When a professor develops a vaccine that eliminates human allergies to dogs, he unwittingly upsets the fragile balance of power between cats and dogs and touches off an epic battle for pet supremacy. The fur flies as the feline faction, led by Mr. Tinkles, squares off against wide-eyed puppy Lou and his canine cohorts.

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Elizabeth Perkins, Alexander Pollock, Miriam Margolyes, Tobey Maguire
Directed by: Lawrence Guterman
Release date: 2001-07-04
13.

Dr. Dolittle 2

3.7
4.7/10

A group of beavers ask Dr. Dolittle to save their habitat from loggers. The only hope is to get the forest preserved because it's the home of a protected bear, but there's a problem: the bear's the only bear in the forest, so she can't reproduce. Undaunted, Dolittle persuades a circus bear to help out, but he has to teach him not just the ways of the wild, but the wiles of lady bears too.

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Kristen Wilson, Raven-Symoné, Kyla Pratt, Mandy Moore
Directed by: Steve Carr
Release date: 2001-06-22
14.

An American Rhapsody

3.7
6.8/10

A Hungarian family forced to flee the Communist country for the United States, must leave a young daughter behind. Six years later the family arranges to bring the absent daughter to the United States where she has trouble adjusting. The daughter then decides to travel to Budapest to discover her identity.

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Nastassja Kinski, Tony Goldwyn, Raffaella Bánsági, Ágnes Bánfalvy
Directed by: Éva Gárdos
Release date: 2001-06-22
15.

The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze

3.6
5.9/10

When the dinosaur families get trapped in a valley by an ice storm, one family of "spike tail" dinosaurs volunteers to leave since they consume more food than the others. Meanwhile, the young dinos and a new adult dinosaur named Mr. Thicknose, head out to bring back their friend Spike, who has left his friends to be with members of his own species.

Starring: John Ingle, Rob Paulsen, Thomas Dekker, Anndi McAfee, Jeff Bennett
Directed by: Charles Grosvenor
Release date: 2001-12-04
16.

The Emperor's New Clothes

3.6
7.0/10
The Emperor's New Clothes
Napoleon, exiled, devises a plan to retake the throne. He'll swap places with commoner Eugene Lenormand, sneak into Paris, then Lenormand will reveal himself and Napoleon will regain his throne. Things don't go at all well; first, the journey proves more difficult than expected, but more disastrously, Lenormand enjoys himself too much to reveal the deception. Napoleon adjusts somewhat uneasily to the life of a commoner while waiting, while Lenormand gorges on rich food.
Starring: Ian Holm, Iben Hjejle, Tim McInnerny, Nigel Terry, Eddie Marsan
Directed by: Alan Taylor
Release date: 2001-01-01
17.

The Other Side of Heaven

3.6
6.5/10

John H. Groberg, a middle class kid from Idaho Falls, crosses the Pacific to become a Mormon missionary in the remote and exotic Tongan island kingdom during the 1950's. He leaves behind a loving family and the true love of his life, Jean. Through letters and musings across the miles, John shares his humbling and sometimes hilarious adventures with "the girl back home", and her letters buoy up his spirits in difficult times. John must struggle to overcome language barriers, physical hardship and deep-rooted suspicion to earn the trust and love of the Tongan people he has come to serve. Throughout his adventure-filled three years on the islands, he discovers friends and wisdom in the most unlikely places. John H. Groberg's Tongan odyssey will change his life forever.

Starring: Christopher Gorham, Anne Hathaway, Joe Folau, Miriama Smith
Directed by: Mitch Davis
Release date: 2001-04-12
18.

Winning London

3.5
5.5/10

When Chloe and Riley Lawrence are invited to London to participate in the international Model U.N. competition, they enjoy seeing the sights and head over heals romance with cute british boys of course.

Starring: Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Brandon Tyler, Jesse Spencer, Rachel Roth
Directed by: Craig Shapiro
Release date: 2001-03-27
19.

Jett Jackson: The Movie

3.4
6.4/10
Jett Jackson: The Movie
Jett Jackson, who is the star of Silverstone, is considering quitting Silverstone when it is given a three year extension. During the filming of the last episode, Jett is accidently sucked into Silverstone's world when a prop malfunctions. Silverstone is zapped into Jett's world as well. In Silverstone's world, Jett has to save the world from Dr. Kragg's evil plans.
Starring: Lee Thompson Young, Lindy Booth, Nigel Shawn Williams, Ryan Sommers Baum, Kerry Duff
Directed by: Shawn Levy
Release date: 2001-06-08
20.

Motocrossed

3.4
6.8/10
Motocrossed
Motocrossed! is a 2001 Disney Channel Original Movie (based on the Shakespeare play Twelfth Night), about a girl named Andrea Carson who loves motocross, despite the fact that her father finds her unsuited for the sport, being that she is "just a girl". When her twin brother Andrew breaks his leg just before a big race, their father is forced to go to Europe to find a replacement rider. In the meantime, Andrea secretly races in Andrew's place with her mother's help.
Starring: Alana Austin, Riley Smith, Mary-Margaret Humes, Trever O'Brien, Timothy Carhart
Directed by: Steve Boyum
Release date: 2001-02-16

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