Best Fantasy Movies of 2001

1.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

7.3
8.8/10

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
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Release date: 2001-12-18
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
7.8/10

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.

Donnie Darko

6.5
8.0/10

After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore
Directed by: Richard Kelly
Release date: 2001-01-18
5.

Vanilla Sky

5.7
6.9/10

David Aames has it all: wealth, good looks and gorgeous women on his arm. But just as he begins falling for the warmhearted Sofia, his face is horribly disfigured in a car accident. That's just the beginning of his troubles as the lines between illusion and reality, between life and death, are blurred.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell, Jason Lee
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Release date: 2001-12-10
6.

The Mummy Returns

5.3
6.3/10

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
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Release date: 2001-05-04
7.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

4.9
5.8/10

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
Directed by: Simon West
Release date: 2001-06-11
8.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

4.7
6.4/10

Led by a strange dream, scientist Aki Ross struggles to collect the eight spirits in the hope of creating a force powerful enough to protect the planet. With the aid of the Deep Eyes Squadron and her mentor, Dr. Sid, Aki must save the Earth from its darkest hate and unleash the spirits within.

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Ming-Na Wen, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi
Directed by: Hironobu Sakaguchi, Motonori Sakakibara
Release date: 2001-07-02
9.

Dagon

4.5
6.2/10

A boating accident off the coast of Spain sends Paul and his girlfriend Barbara to the decrepit fishing village of Imboca. As night falls, people start to disappear and things not quite human start to appear. Paul is pursued by the entire town. Running for his life, he uncovers Imboca's secret..they worship Dagon, a monstrous god of the sea...and Dagon's unholy offspring are on the loose...

Starring: Ezra Godden, Francisco Rabal, Raquel Meroño, Macarena Gómez, Brendan Price
Directed by: Stuart Gordon
Release date: 2001-10-12
10.

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
11.

Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge

4.0
6.5/10

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
12.

Black Knight

3.9
4.9/10

Martin Lawrence plays Jamal, an employee in Medieval World amusement park. After sustaining a blow to the head, he awakens to find himself in 14th century England.

Starring: Martin Lawrence, Marsha Thomason, Tom Wilkinson, Vincent Regan, Daryl Mitchell
Directed by: Gil Junger
Release date: 2001-11-21
13.

Down to Earth

3.8
5.5/10

After dying before his time, an aspiring comic gets a second shot at life... by being reincarnated as a wealthy but un-likable businessman.

Starring: Chris Rock, Regina King, Chazz Palminteri, Eugene Levy, Frankie Faison
Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
Release date: 2001-02-16
14.

Just Visiting

3.8
5.8/10
Just Visiting
A knight and his valet are plagued by a witch, and to repair the damage they make use of the services of a wizard. However, something goes wrong and they are transported from the 12th century to the year 2000. There the knight meets some of his family and slowly learns what this new century is like. However, he still needs to get back to the 12th century to deal with the witch, so he starts looking for a wizard.
Starring: Jean Reno, Christina Applegate, Christian Clavier, Matt Ross, Tara Reid
Directed by: Jean-Marie Poiré
Release date: 2001-04-06
15.

The Cat with Hands

3.7
7.4/10
The Cat with Hands
The story of a cat who, legend has it, longs to become human.
Starring: Livy Armstrong, Victoria Hayes, Daniel Hogwood-Kane
Directed by: Robert Morgan
Release date: 2001-01-01
16.

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
17.

The Mists of Avalon

3.6
6.9/10

A unique re-working of the Arthurian epic, based on the novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon tells the familiar tale but with an important twist: The story is told through the eyes of the women who wielded power behind King Arthur's throne. Filmed on location in Prague, The Mists of Avalon follows the women of Avalon through the ultimate fulfillment of their destinies.

Release date: 2001-07-15
18.

Voyage of the Unicorn

3.5
6.5/10
Voyage of the Unicorn
One day the Aislings find themselves magically transported to a ship called the Unicorn. Here, they discover that they've been chosen to fulfill an incredible quest! They undergo an incredible journey of discovery in strange lands with enchanted creatures, but find their voyage is really one of the spirit, as they each learn faith and the power of love.
Starring: Beau Bridges, Chantal Conlin, Heather McEwen, Mackenzie Gray, John DeSantis
Directed by: Philip Spink
Release date: 2001-01-01
19.

Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story

3.5
6.8/10

Jack Robinson is a wealthy business man with no time for anything but work. However, a family curse is looming over him - no man in the Robinson line ever lives past the age of thirty. With his upcoming birthday appears the remains of literally giant skeleton and a mysterious woman who claims to have once known the giant. Jack decides to go with her to another world where all is revealed to him along with the story of his ancestor, the original Jack and the Beanstalk. In order to save his own life and the world of the giants, Jack must right the wrongs of the past and return the magical harp and goose that lays the golden eggs to their rightful home.

Release date: 2001-12-02
20.

Monkeybone

3.5
4.7/10

After a car crash sends repressed cartoonist Stu Miley (Fraser) into a coma, he and the mischievous Monkeybone, his hilariously horny alter-ego, wake up in a wacked-out waystation for lost souls. When Monkeybone takes over Stu's body and escapes to wreak havoc on the real world, Stu has to find a way to stop him before his sister pulls the plug on reality forever!

Starring: Brendan Fraser, Bridget Fonda, John Turturro, Chris Kattan, Giancarlo Esposito
Directed by: Henry Selick
Release date: 2001-02-23

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