Best Science Fiction Movies of 2001

1.

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6.0

Prot is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away Planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Mary McCormack, Alfre Woodard, Ajay Naidu
Directed by: Iain Softley
Release date: 2001-10-22
2.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

5.9

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
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 2001-06-29
3.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

5.8
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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
Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Release date: 2001-06-02
4.

Vanilla Sky

5.7

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
5.

Jurassic Park III

5.1

In need of funds for research, Dr. Alan Grant accepts a large sum of money to accompany Paul and Amanda Kirby on an aerial tour of the infamous Isla Sorna. It isn't long before all hell breaks loose and the stranded wayfarers must fight for survival as a host of new -- and even more deadly -- dinosaurs try to make snacks of them.

Starring: Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Téa Leoni, Trevor Morgan, Alessandro Nivola
Directed by: Joe Johnston
Release date: 2001-07-18
6.

Planet of the Apes

4.9

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
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 2001-07-25
7.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

4.7

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
8.

Kate & Leopold

4.5

When her scientist ex-boyfriend discovers a portal to travel through time -- and brings back a 19th-century nobleman named Leopold to prove it -- a skeptical Kate reluctantly takes responsibility for showing Leopold the 21st century. The more time Kate spends with Leopold, the harder she falls for him. But if he doesn't return to his own time, his absence will forever alter history.

Starring: Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Breckin Meyer, Natasha Lyonne
Directed by: James Mangold
Release date: 2001-12-25
9.

Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie

4.5
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A small boy is sent away from his village. He is to be trained as a samurai warrior and return to fight the evil shape-sifter, Aku, who has wreaked havoc throughout the village. His skills honed, the warrior attempts a return to his home, but winds up in a future time landscape. Here, the locals call the stranger, a sort of Dirty Harry kung fu loner, "Jack" and assist him in his path homeward. This is the original feature length presentation that kicked off the SAMURAI JACK phenomenon on the Cartoon Network.
Starring: Phil LaMarr, Mako, Sab Shimono, Rob Paulsen, Jeff Bennett
Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky
Release date: 2001-08-10
10.

Evolution

4.5

A comedy that follows the chaos that ensues when a meteor hits the Earth carrying alien life forms that give new meaning to the term "survival of the fittest." David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, and Julianne Moore are the only people standing between the aliens and world domination... which could be bad news for the Earth.

Starring: David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, Ted Levine
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Release date: 2001-06-08
11.

Impostor

4.4

Gary Sinise plays Spencer Olham, a top-secret government weapons designer who is arrested by a clandestine government organization on suspicion of being a clone created by the hostile alien race wanting to take over Earth.

Starring: Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe, Mekhi Phifer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Tony Shalhoub
Directed by: Gary Fleder
Release date: 2001-12-03
12.

Scooby-Doo! and the Cyber Chase

4.4

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
Directed by: Jim Stenstrum
Release date: 2001-10-09
13.

The One

4.3

A sheriff's deputy fights an alternate universe version of himself who grows stronger with each alternate self he kills.

Starring: Jet Li, Jason Statham, Carla Gugino, Delroy Lindo, James Morrison
Directed by: James Wong
Release date: 2001-11-02
14.

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

4.3
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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
15.

Recess: School's Out

4.2

Recess: School's Out is a 2001 animated film based on the Disney television series Recess. This film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures and was released theatrically nationwide on February 16, 2001.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! In the end.

Starring: Rickey D'Shon Collins, Jason Davis, Ashley Johnson, Courtland Mead, Pamela Adlon
Directed by: Chuck Sheetz
Release date: 2001-01-27
16.

Tremors 3: Back to Perfection

3.9

Burt Gummer returns home to Perfection, Nev., to find that the town of terror has become a theme park, and when the simulated giant worm attacks turn real, the survivalist must battle the creatures once again. Gummer pits his impressive knowledge of weaponry against the newest and deadliest generation of flesh-eating graboids, with help from two young entrepreneurs.

Starring: Michael Gross, Shawn Christian, Susan Chuang, Charlotte Stewart, Ariana Richards
Directed by: Brent Maddock
Release date: 2001-10-02
17.

Replicant

3.9

Scientists create a genetic clone of a serial killer in order to help catch the killer, teaming up with two cops.

Starring: Michael Rooker, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ian Robison, Catherine Dent, Paul McGillion
Directed by: Ringo Lam
Release date: 2001-05-11
18.

Down to Earth

3.8

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
19.

Just Visiting

3.8
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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
20.

Ghosts of Mars

3.6

Melanie Ballard (Natasha Henstridge) is a hard nosed police chief in the year 2025. She and a police snatch squad are sent to Mars to apprehend a dangerous criminal James Williams (Ice Cube). Mars has been occupied by humans for some time and they have set up mining facilities. The mining activities on Mars have unleashed the spirits of alien beings who gradually possess the bodies of the workers. It soon turns out that catching the dangerous fugitive takes a back seat as the alien spirits begin to rid their planet of the 'invaders'.

Starring: Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Jason Statham, Clea DuVall, Pam Grier
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 2001-08-24

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