Best Family Movies of 2003

1.

Finding Nemo

6.9
8.1/10

Nemo, an adventurous young clownfish, is unexpectedly taken from his Great Barrier Reef home to a dentist's office aquarium. It's up to his worrisome father Marlin and a friendly but forgetful fish Dory to bring Nemo home -- meeting vegetarian sharks, surfer dude turtles, hypnotic jellyfish, hungry seagulls, and more along the way.

Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett
Directed by: Andrew Stanton
Release date: 2003-05-30
2.

Peter Pan

5.8
6.8/10
Peter Pan
In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland.
Starring: Jeremy Sumpter, Jason Isaacs, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lynn Redgrave, Richard Briers
Directed by: P.J. Hogan
Release date: 2003-12-25
3.

Brother Bear

5.7
6.8/10

When an impulsive boy named Kenai is magically transformed into a bear, he must literally walk in another's footsteps until he learns some valuable life lessons. His courageous and often zany journey introduces him to a forest full of wildlife, including the lovable bear cub Koda, hilarious moose Rutt and Tuke, woolly mammoths and rambunctious rams.

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez, Jason Raize, Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas
Directed by: Aaron Blaise, Robert Walker
Release date: 2003-10-23
4.

Elf

5.5
6.9/10

When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he's transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can't shake the nagging feeling that he doesn't belong. Buddy vows to visit Manhattan and find his real dad, a workaholic publisher.

Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Release date: 2003-10-09
5.

Whale Rider

5.5
7.5/10

On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea's direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.

Starring: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa
Directed by: Niki Caro
Release date: 2003-01-30
6.

In America

5.4
7.7/10

An Irish immigrant family adjusts to life in the United States, a chance to get over the lost son. They have no money and the apartment is in bad condition.

Starring: Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Sarah Bolger, Emma Bolger, Djimon Hounsou
Directed by: Jim Sheridan
Release date: 2003-10-31
7.

Secondhand Lions

5.3
7.5/10

"Secondhand Lions" follows the comedic adventures of an introverted boy left on the doorstep of a pair of reluctant, eccentric great-uncles, whose exotic remembrances stir the boy's spirit and re-ignite the men's lives.

Starring: Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Josh Lucas, Kyra Sedgwick
Directed by: Tim McCanlies
Release date: 2003-09-19
8.

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

5.0
6.7/10

The sailor of legend is framed by the goddess Eris for the theft of the Book of Peace, and must travel to her realm at the end of the world to retrieve it and save the life of his childhood friend Prince Proteus.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert
Directed by: Tim Johnson, Patrick Gilmore
Release date: 2003-07-02
9.

Boundin'

4.9
7.0/10

On a high mountain plain lives a lamb with wool of such remarkable sheen that he breaks into high-steppin' dance. But there comes a day when he loses his lustrous coat and, along with it, his pride. It takes a wise jackalope - a horn-adorned rabbit - to teach the moping lamb that wooly or not, it's what's inside that'll help him rebound from life's troubles.

Starring: Bud Luckey
Directed by: Bud Luckey
Release date: 2003-11-04
10.

Holes

4.9
7.0/10

Stanley's family is cursed with bad luck. Unfairly sentenced to months of detention at Camp Green Lake, he and his campmates are forced by the warden to dig holes in order to build character. What they don't know is that they are digging holes in order to search for a lost treasure hidden somewhere in the camp.

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Khleo Thomas, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette
Directed by: Andrew Davis
Release date: 2003-04-18
11.

Daddy Day Care

4.8
5.5/10

Two men get laid off and have to become stay-at-home dads when they can't find jobs, which inspires them to open their own day-care center.

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin, Steve Zahn, Regina King, Kevin Nealon
Directed by: Steve Carr
Release date: 2003-05-03
12.

The Haunted Mansion

4.4
5.0/10

Workaholic Jim Evers and his wife/business partner, Sara get a call one night from mansion owner, Edward Gracey wants to sell his house. Once the Evers family arrive at the mansion a butler takes them to dine with Gracey. Gracey takes one look at Sara and he thinks she's his lost lover.

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Terence Stamp, Nathaniel Parker, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly
Directed by: Rob Minkoff
Release date: 2003-11-25
13.

Looney Tunes: Back in Action

4.4
5.7/10

Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are up to their feuding ways again. Tired of playing second fiddle to Bugs, Daffy has decided to leave the Studio for good. He is aided by Warner Bros.' humor impaired Vice President of Comedy, Kate Houghton, who releases him from his contract and instructs WB security guard/aspiring stunt man DJ Drake to capture and "escort" Daffy off the studio lot.

Starring: Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Steve Martin, Timothy Dalton, Heather Locklear
Directed by: Joe Dante
Release date: 2003-11-14
14.

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

4.2
5.5/10

Lizzie McGuire has graduated from middle school and takes a trip to Rome, Italy with her class. And what was supposed to be only a normal trip, becomes a teenager's dream come true.

Starring: Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Hallie Todd, Robert Carradine, Jake Thomas
Directed by: Jim Fall
Release date: 2003-05-02
15.

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman

4.2
6.7/10

A new vigilante, Batwoman, is wreaking havoc in Gotham City. The dynamic duo must discover her true identity.

Starring: Kevin Conroy, Tara Strong, H├ęctor Elizondo, Kyra Sedgwick, David Ogden Stiers
Directed by: Curt Geda, Tim Maltby
Release date: 2003-10-21
16.

Honey

4.2
5.3/10

Honey Daniels (Jessica Alba) dreams of making a name for herself as a hip-hop choreographer. When she's not busy hitting downtown clubs with her friends, she teaches dance classes at a nearby community center in Harlem, N.Y., as a way to keep kids off the streets. Honey thinks she's hit the jackpot when she meets a hotshot director (David Moscow) who casts her in one of his music videos. But, when he starts demanding sexual favors from her, Honey makes a decision that will change her life.

Starring: Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer, Joy Bryant, Romeo Miller, David Moscow
Directed by: Bille Woodruff
Release date: 2003-11-24
17.

The Jungle Book 2

4.1
5.4/10

Mowgli has been living in the man-village with his little stepbrother Ranjan and his best friend Shanti. But the man-cub still has that jungle rhythm in his heart, and he misses his old buddies Baloo and Bagheera. When Mowgli wanders back to the wild for some swingin' fun, he soon finds the man-eating tiger Shere Khan is lurking in the shadows and planning his revenge.

Starring: John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment, Mae Whitman, Connor Funk, Bob Joles
Directed by: Steve Trenbirth
Release date: 2003-02-07
18.

Barbie of Swan Lake

4.1
6.4/10
Barbie of Swan Lake
Barbie as Odette, the young daughter of a baker, follows a unicorn into the Enchanted Forest and is transformed into a swan by an evil wizard intent on defeating the Fairy Queen.
Starring: Kelly Sheridan, Mark Hildreth, Kelsey Grammer, Maggie Wheeler, Venus Terzo
Directed by: Owen Hurley
Release date: 2003-09-28
19.

Stitch! The Movie

3.9
6.2/10

The continuing adventures of Lilo, a little Hawaiian girl, and Stitch, the galaxy's most wanted extraterrestrial. Stitch, Pleakley, and Dr. Jumba are all part of the household now. But what Lilo and Stitch don't know is that Dr. Jumba brought one of his alien "experiments" to Hawaii.

Starring: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald
Directed by: Tony Craig, Roberts Gannaway
Release date: 2003-08-26
20.

Piglet's Big Movie

3.9
6.1/10
Piglet's Big Movie
When the gang from the Hundred Acre Wood begin a honey harvest, young Piglet is excluded and told that he is too small to help. Feeling inferior, Piglet disappears and his pals Eeyore, Rabbit, Tigger, Roo and Winnie the Pooh must use Piglet's scrapbook as a map to find him. In the process they discover that this very small animal has been a big hero in a lot of ways.
Starring: John Fiedler, Jim Cummings, Nikita Hopkins, Ken Sansom, Peter Cullen
Directed by: Francis Glebas
Release date: 2003-03-16

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