2001 Movies

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

    • PG-13
    • 178 min
    • Action

    The Lord of the Rings collectively tells the story of Frodo Baggins, a Hobbit who battles against the Dark Lord Sauron to save his world, Middle-earth, from the grip of evil. In the trilogy of films, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, Frodo and his Fellowship of friends and allies embark on a desperate journey to rid the earth of the source of Sauron's greatest strength, the One Ring -- a ring that has the power to enslave the inhabitants of Middle-earth. The...

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    • 80%
    • PG
    • 152 min
    • Adventure

    Based on the popular first book of the series by J.K. Rowling, in the normal human world--the world of "Muggles"--Harry is a nobody, treated like dirt by the aunt and uncle who begrudgingly inherited him when his parents were killed by the evil Voldemort. A mysterious letter, delivered by the friendly giant Hagrid, wrenches Harry from his dreary, Muggle-ridden existence. It is an acceptance letter to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Soon enough, Harry finds himself at Hogwarts...

    Legally Blonde (2001)

    Legally Blonde

    • 68%
    • PG-13
    • 96 min
    • Comedy

    Blonde is the story of a young woman who is dumped when her boyfriend decides to go to law school at Harvard and thinks he needs to find a girlfriend who is more acceptable for his new status. Determined to show him that she has brains and not just looks, she starts law school too and is eventually called on to represent a Beverly Hills murder suspect.

    Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

    Not Another Teen Movie

    • 28%
    • R
    • 89 min
    • Comedy

    Not Another Teen Movie relentlessly spoofs the American Pie-style teen movie, skewering all the typical formulas of the genre, from the naked foreign-exchange student to the group of desperate virgins, to what Scary Movie did to horror films like Scream, which was itself a spoof.

    Black Hawk Down (2001)

    Black Hawk Down

    • 76%
    • R
    • 144 min
    • Drama

    This film is based on the novel Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, by Mark Bowden, which tells the true story of the Oct. 3, 1993, Battle of Mogadishu during the Somalian Civil War. This battle was the longest sustained ground attack involving American soldiers since the Vietnam War. The mission to abduct two of Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's lieutenants was designed to take 60 minutes but ended up lasting 15 hours. The attack resulted in two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters being...

    Gosford Park (2001)

    Gosford Park

    • 86%
    • R
    • 137 min
    • Drama

    Robert Altman's latest is a British murder mystery satire that's drawn comparisons to Jean Renoir's classic Rules of the Game and Ten Little Indians, based on the novel by Agatha Christie. The scene is 1930s England, where an aristocratic family and their friends enjoy a hunting party weekend. But are there killers among them? The film features multiple storylines, showing the fairly boring lives of the rich and famous upstairs, and the more intriguing ones of the servants downstairs.

    Ocean's Eleven (2001)

    Ocean's Eleven

    • 82%
    • PG-13
    • 116 min
    • Crime

    A remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film that starred Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford, this version is also packed with A-list stars. The story is about a gangster named Danny Ocean (George Clooney; Sinatra in the original) who rounds up 10 associates to simultaneously rob $150 million from three major Las Vegas casinos (including the Bellagio and the Mirage) during a big boxing event on New Year's Eve.

    Donnie Darko (2001)

    Donnie Darko

    • 85%
    • R
    • 113 min
    • Drama

    Some may think that Donnie Darko is a typical maladjusted teenager. Actually, Donnie is borderline delusional, beset by visions of a monstrous rabbit, which is trying to keep him under its sinister influence. Prompted by this apparition, Donnie commits antisocial acts while he is undergoing psychotherapy, surviving the vagaries of high-school life and romance, and fortuitously escaping a bizarre death from a falling jet engine. Donnie battles his demons, literally and figuratively, in a series...

    Spirited Away (2001)

    Spirited Away

    • 97%
    • PG
    • 125 min
    • Animation

    In this traditional Japanese anime film, a young girl is taken away to an inhuman world inhabited by strange spirits. Her slovenly parents are turned into pigs, and she is faced with the task of turning them back to human form and finding her way home.

    The Fast and the Furious (2001)

    The Fast and the Furious

    • 52%
    • PG-13
    • 106 min
    • Action

    Loosely based on a Vibe magazine article, the movie is set in Los Angeles, where street youth gangs adapt Japanese sports cars into muscle cars and race them illegally. The two main plots of the movie are a Romeo and Juliet scenario about lovers from rival gangs and an undercover investigation of the highjacking ring.

    Amelie (2001)


    • 90%
    • R
    • 122 min
    • Comedy

    Bursting with imagination and having seen her share of tragedy and fantasy, Amelie is not like the other girls. When she grows up she becomes a waitress in a Montmartre bar run by a former dancer. Amelie enjoys simple pleasures until she discovers that her goal in life is to help others. To that end, she invents all sorts of tricks that allow her to intervene incognito into other people's lives, including an imbibing concierge and her hypochondriac neighbor. But Amelie's most difficult case...

    A Beautiful Mind (2001)

    A Beautiful Mind

    • 77%
    • PG-13
    • 135 min
    • Biography

    This film tracks the true-life story of John Forbes Nash Jr. (Russell Crowe), the man who established the Nobel Prize-winning Game Theory of economics. Nash's personal trials include marital struggles and recovery from paranoid schizophrenia.

    Pearl Harbor (2001)

    Pearl Harbor

    • 25%
    • PG-13
    • 183 min
    • Action

    On a sleepy Sunday morning in December, as children played and families prayed, squadrons of Japanese warplanes screamed across the skies of a Hawaiian paradise and launched a surprise attack on the U.S. armed forces at Pearl Harbor. The infamous day that jolted America from peaceful isolationism to total war and altered the course of world history is relived in this epic tale of patriotism, passion and romance from producer Jerry Bruckheimer, producer/director Michael Bay and screenwriter...

    Hannibal (2001)


    • 39%
    • R
    • 131 min
    • Crime

    It's another good vs. evil showdown between Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), in hiding in Florence after getting himself out of jail free at the end of The Silence of the Lambs, and FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore), in disgrace in D.C. after a botched shootout. Also after Lecter are his only surviving victim, deformed zillionaire Mason Verger (an uncredited and unrecognizable Gary Oldman), and a mercenary Italian detective (Giancarlo Giannini); also after Clarice is her...

    Spy Kids (2001)

    Spy Kids

    • 93%
    • PG
    • 88 min
    • Action

    When their parents, super-spies Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez (Banderas and Gugino) are called back into service to save the world and are suddenly nabbed by the enemy, it is up to their kids, Carmen and Juni (Vega and Sabara) to save the day.

    Using all the skills learned in elementary school and from video games, along with a host of cool gadgets, these small heroes set out to save their family... and the world.

    Mulholland Dr. (2001)

    Mulholland Dr.

      • R
      • 147 min
      • Crime

      A bright-eyed young actress travels to Hollywood, only to be ensnared in a dark conspiracy involving a woman who was nearly murdered, and now has amnesia because of a car crash. Eventually, both women are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a dangerous blue box, a director named Adam Kesher, and the mysterious night club Silencio.

      Jurassic Park III (2001)

      Jurassic Park III

      • 50%
      • PG-13
      • 92 min
      • Action

      The plot, according to the official site, is this: "Anxious to fund research for his new theory of velociraptor intelligence, renowned paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) is persuaded by a wealthy adventurer (William H. Macy) and his wife (T�a Leoni) to accompany them on an aerial tour of Isla Sorna. This infamous island, once InGen's site B, has become both a primordial breeding ground for John Hammond's magnificent creations and a magnet for thrill-seekers eager to encounter them....

      A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)

      A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

        • PG-13
        • 146 min
        • Adventure

        The film that might have been Stanley Kubrick's next project is now Steven Spielberg's next project. Set in a futuristic world flooded by melted polar ice caps, A.I. depicts a society largely dependent on computers and robots ("A.I." stands for "artifical intelligence"). But at its heart, it's a latter-day Pinocchio tale about a little boy robot (Haley Joel Osment) who's designed to serve as a surrogate son but wants to be the real thing. The big question on cinephiles' minds: Which will...

        A Knight's Tale (2001)

        A Knight's Tale

        • 58%
        • PG-13
        • 132 min
        • Action

        After his Master dies unexpectedly, a Medieval squire, William (Ledger), decides to try jousting and hits the road with a couple of friends. On the way they run into an unknown writer named Chaucer who agrees to forge genealogy papers to provide William with a fresh history that will pass him off as a knight. With an acceptable pedigree now in hand, the young squire sets out to prove himself at the country's jousting competition. And, of course, he finds time to be chivalrous on the way.

        Shrek (2001)


        • 89%
        • PG
        • 90 min
        • Animation

        Set in a strange, colorful land populated by fairy tale characters, SHREK is a hilarious comedy that will win over audiences of children and adults alike. Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) is a fearsome green ogre living in isolation in his own cozy little swamp. He is not receptive to visitors, and fends off the occasional party of torch-wielding villagers with ease. But when the power-hungry Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) turns Shrek's swamp into a relocation camp for dozens of banished fairy-tale...