Check out our picks for the best sci-fi movies of 2001. These sci-fi films our rated as our top movies of 2001. New movies are added everyday and we are dedicated to including every sci-fi movie ever made.
2001 Sci-Fi Movies List
Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 1h 53min | 113min | 26 Oct 2001Score: 8.68/10
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Seth Rogen, Fran Kranz
Synopsis: Donnie Darko doesn't get along too well with his family, his teachers, and his classmates; but he does manage to find a sympathetic friend in Gretchen, who agrees to date him. He has a compassionate psychiatrist, who discovers hypnosis is the means to unlock hidden secrets. His other companion may not be a true ally. Donnie has a friend named Frank, a large bunny which only Donnie can see. When an engine falls off a plane and destroys his bedroom, Donnie is not there. Both the event, and Donnie's escape, seem to have been caused by supernatural events. Donnie's mental…
Tagline: Life is one long insane trip. Some people just have better directions.
R | 1h 47min | 107min | 20 Jan 2001Score: 7.25/10
Director: Mamoru Oshii
Starring: Malgorzata Foremniak, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Jerzy Gudejko, Dariusz Biskupski, Bartlomiej Swiderski
Synopsis: In a future world, young people are increasingly becoming addicted to an illegal (and potentially deadly) battle simulation game called Avalon. When Ash, a star player, hears of rumors that a more advanced level of the game exists somewhere, she gives up her loner ways and joins a gang of explorers. Even if she finds the gateway to the next level, will she ever be able to come back to reality?
Tagline: Dare to enter a world of future videogames
R | 1h 59min | 119min | 09 Nov 2005Score: 7/10
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Starring: Shun Sugata, Koyuki, Teruo Ono, Kumiko Asô, Ken Furusawa
Synopsis: After one of their friends commits suicide, strange things begin happening to a group of young Tokyo residents. One of them sees visions of his dead friend in the shadows on the wall, while another's computer keeps showing strange, ghostly images. Is their friend trying to contact them from beyond the grave, or is there something much more sinister going on?
Tagline: Yûrei ni aitai desu ka? (Do you want to meet a ghost?)
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
R | 1h 55min | 115min | 16 May 2003Score: 6.83/10
Directors: Shinichirô Watanabe, Tensai Okamura, Hiroyuki Okiura, Yoshiyuki Takei
Starring: Lex Lang, Beau Billingslea, Steve Blum, William Knight, Wendee Lee
Synopsis: The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued a 300 million woo-long reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren't the only ones hunting him. The original creators of the virus have dispatched Electra to deal with Vincent and…
Tagline: Are you living in the real world?
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
R | 2h 26min | 146min | 29 Jun 2001Score: 6.28/10
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Luke Burnyeat, Ben Kingsley, Michael Shamus Wiles, Matt Winston, Brendan Gleeson
Synopsis: In the not-so-far future the polar ice caps have melted and the resulting rise of the ocean waters has drowned all the coastal cities of the world. Withdrawn to the interior of the continents, the human race keeps advancing, reaching the point of creating realistic robots (called mechas) to serve them. One of the mecha-producing companies builds David, an artificial kid which is the first to have real feelings, especially a never-ending love for his "mother", Monica. Monica is the woman who adopted him as a substitute for her real son, who remains in cryo-stasis, stricken by an incurable disease.…
Tagline: David is 11 years old. He weighs 60 pounds. He is 4 feet, 6 inches tall. He has brown hair. His love is real. But he is not.
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)
R | 1h 45min | 105min | 15 Dec 2001Score: 6.1/10
Directors: Shûsuke Kaneko, Shûsuke Kaneko
Starring: Kôichi Yamadera, Kôichi Yamadera, Takashi Nishina, Ai Maeda, Yoshimasa Kondô
Synopsis: Strange incidents occur when an American submarine has been destroyed by a mysterious force at sea off the shores of Guam. Only Admiral Tachibana was certain that behind the disaster was none other than the destructive King of the Monsters, Godzilla! 50 years after his attack on Tokyo in 1954, Godzilla has mysteriously returned to life to destroy Japan, and General Tachibana, whose parents died in the monster's destructive wake, was prepared for his return to protect Japan from yet another tragic disaster, but is dismissed by the overly confident Japanese government, who underestimate Godzilla's power. But to further prove…
Tagline: Who will be the last monster standing?
Jurassic Park III (2001)
PG-13 | 1h 32min | 92min | 18 Jul 2001Score: 5.72/10
Director: Joe Johnston
Starring: Sam Neill, John Diehl, Alessandro Nivola, Taylor Nichols, Bruce French
Synopsis: Dr. Alan Grant is now a happy man with the previous incidents of Jurassic Park now behind him. Grant is that happy that he announce in public, that nothing on Earth can persuade him back onto the islands. Maybe nothing, except Paul Kirby. Kirby and his wife, Amanda want a plane to fly them over Isla Sorna, with Dr. Grant as their guide. But not everything Kirby says is true. When the plane lands, Dr. Grant realizes that there is another reason why they are there, that he doesn't know of. Now, Dr. Grant is stuck on an island he…
Tagline: This Time It's Not Just A Walk In The Park!
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001)
PG | 1h 44min | 104min | 02 Oct 2001Score: 5.68/10
Director: Brent Maddock
Starring: Michael Gross, Tom Everett, Tony Genaro, Ariana Richards, Robert Jayne
Synopsis: Third Tremors movie takes us back to the small Nevada town of Perfection where local resident and adventurer Burt Grummer returns after traveling abroad and killing carnivorous worms called "Graboids" (introduced in the first movie) and their offspring "Shriekers" (introduced in the second movie) to life in his home town and must deal with some crooked land developers, a thrill-seeking guy named Jack Sawyer looking for wealth in this potential tourist town, and eventually dealing with a new strain of Graboid worms that metamorph into their second Shrieker phase, and whom unexpectedly morph into their third stage for another harrowing…
Tagline: The Food Chain Just Grew Another Link.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
PG | 1h 35min | 95min | 15 Jun 2001Score: 5.67/10
Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Starring: Corey Burton, Michael J. Fox, Jim Cummings, Phil Morris, Leonard Nimoy
Synopsis: 1914: Milo Thatch, grandson of the great Thaddeus Thatch works in the boiler room of a museum. He knows that Atlantis was real, and he can get there if he has the mysterious Shephards journal, which can guide him to Atlantis. But he needs someone to fund a voyage. His employer thinks he's dotty, and refuses to fund any crazy idea. He returns home to his apartment and finds a woman there. She takes him to Preston B. Whitmore, an old friend of his Grandfathers. He gives him the shepherds journal, a submarine and a 5 star crew. They travel…
Tagline: Go somewhere really different this year....
The Lost World (2001)
R | 2h 30min | 150min | 06 Oct 2002Score: 5.52/10
Director: Stuart Orme
Starring: Nathaniel Lees, Ray Donn, Elaine Cassidy, Ozzie Devrish, Felicity Hamill
Synopsis: Professor Challenger reveals the existence of a remote plateau in the Amazon jungle where dinosaurs have survived. He returns there leading an expedition. Not only are dinosaurs found and confronted, but also highly evolved apes, Amazonian Indians who think Challenger a god, and, on the way, the attractive orphaned niece of a lonely missionary. Theology intervenes in this exercise in vindicating Darwin and the missionary twice attempts to sabotage the mission. After much excitement, love is found in unexpected places, and, confronted by civilization, as represented by the Royal Society in London, Challenger changes his story.
PG-13 | 2h 00min | 120min | 26 Oct 2001Score: 5.47/10
Director: Iain Softley
Starring: Lance E. Nichols, Frank Collison, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Greg Lewis, Jeff Bridges
Synopsis: Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!
Tagline: Is he crazy?...or is he light years ahead of us?
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
PG-13 | 1h 46min | 106min | 11 Jul 2001Score: 5.27/10
Directors: Hironobu Sakaguchi, Motonori Sakakibara
Starring: John DiMaggio, Ving Rhames, James Woods, Steve Buscemi, Keith David
Synopsis: In the year 2065, the next great assault against an invading race of phantom-like aliens is about to be launched. Dr. Aki Ross, a brilliant young scientist, races to find the invaders' secrets, not only to save the planet, but herself as well after her body is infected by alien particles. She teams up with the prestigious Deep Eyes military squadron, led by her old friend Grey Edwards. But as Aki, her mentor Dr. Sid, and Grey work toward a peaceful end, the scheming General Hein devises a plot to eradicate the aliens in one swift, destructive blow...even if it…
Tagline: Unleash a new reality
Vanilla Sky (2001)
R | 2h 16min | 136min | 14 Dec 2001Score: 5.2/10
Director: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Kurt Russell, Tom Cruise, Michael Shannon, William Mapother, Tilda Swinton
Synopsis: Incarcerated and charged with murder, David Aames Jr. is telling the story of how he got to where he is to McCabe, the police psychologist. That story includes: being the 51% shareholder of a major publishing firm, which he inherited from his long deceased parents; the firm's board, appointed by David Aames Sr., being the 49% shareholders who would probably like to see him gone as they see him as being too irresponsible and immature to run the company; his best bro friendship with author, Brian Shelby; his "friends with benefits" relationship with Julie Gianni, who saw their relationship in…
Tagline: What is happiness to you?
Planet of the Apes (2001)
PG-13 | 1h 59min | 119min | 27 Jul 2001Score: 5.04/10
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: David Warner, Deep Roy, Helena Bonham Carter, Kevin Grevioux, Isaac C. Singleton Jr.
Synopsis: It is the year 2029: Astronaut Leo Davidson boards a pod cruiser on a Space Station for a "routine" reconnaissance mission. But an abrupt detour through a space time wormhole lands him on a strange planet where talking apes rule over the human race. With the help of a sympathetic chimpanzee activist named Ari and a small band of human rebels, Leo leads the effort to evade the advancing Gorilla Army led by General Thade and his most trusted warrior Attar. Now the race is on to reach a sacred temple within the planet's Forbidden Zone to discover the shocking…
Tagline: The battle begins November 20th
The Breed (2001)
R | 1h 31min | 91min | 19 Jul 2001Score: 4.81/10
Director: Michael Oblowitz
Starring: William Hootkins, Bokeem Woodbine, Bai Ling, Adrian Paul, Ming Lo
Synopsis: In the distant future vampires have come out of the shadows and tried to live among people as a special and peaceful breed. When a series of murders happens, a cop and his vampire colleague are assigned to arrest a dark figure who tears the throat of the victims and strains their blood off.
PG-13 | 1h 41min | 101min | 08 Jun 2001Score: 4.8/10
Director: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Tom Woodruff Jr., Julianne Moore, Ted Levine, Dan Aykroyd, Lee Garlington
Synopsis: When a meteorite falls to Earth two college professors, Dr. Ira Kane and Prof. Harry Phineas Block, are assigned the job of checking the site out. At the site, they discover organisms not of this planet. Soon the site is taken over by the government, forcing Ira and Harry to the side. As the new life-forms begin to evolve and start to get more and more dangerous, it's up to the two professors to save the planet.
Tagline: Have a nice end of the world.
Earth vs. the Spider (2001)
R | 1h 30min | 90min | 07 Oct 2001Score: 4.44/10
Director: Scott Ziehl
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Willie C. Carpenter, Dan Martin, John Cho, Pedro Pascal
Synopsis: A shy, obsessive comic book fan gets injected with an experimental serum of a lab that is studying how to give humans the abilities of spiders. At first he develops minor abilities such as increased strength, which allows him to fight local criminals and bullies, thus living out his dream of being a superhero, and impressing his attractive next-door neighbor. Things start to get more odd when he is able to shoot webs out of his abdomen. Then he loses control over the force with which he applies his increasingly deadly abilities, as well as his judgment to discern between…
Tagline: Science made Quentin a mutant. Nature made him a killer.
R | 1h 35min | 95min | 29 Jun 2001Score: 4.26/10
Director: Jack Sholder
Starring: Ravil Isyanov, Alex Reid, Chris Potter, José Sancho, Neus Asensi
Synopsis: A man is taken to a small clinic in Guam with mysterious bites on him. This sparks a search for what could have caused such wounds. A group of men and women fly to the island he lived on to investigate the situation. Due to technical problems, their small plane crashes and they are stranded on the island. After some time, they come to find the man's village is empty and that strange new breeds of killer arachnids have appeared all about the forest.
Tagline: It's coming from another world... TO STAY!
Flying Virus (2001)
R | 1h 40min | 100min | 31 Dec 2001Score: 4.03/10
Director: Jeff Hare
Starring: Rutger Hauer, Sergio Kato, Craig Sheffer, Adam Wylie, David Naughton
Synopsis: After a series of Amazonian Indian attacks on US owned petroleum installation in Brazil, both governments start a secret 'special program'. In fact colonel Ezekial's men use GM killer bees to eradicate the tribes. During an Indian attack, reporter Ann Bauer is stung, yet survives after a mysterious rescue. Dr. Stephen North realizes the venom has priceless healing powers and smuggles the bee aboard a flight to New York. Bauer, her nearly-divorced husband, Martin, who is aboard and her friend, US State Department project representative, Scotty, face potential mass-killing after turbulence releases the bees aboard.
New Alcatraz (2001)
R | 1h 36min | 96minScore: 3.99/10
Director: Phillip J. Roth
Starring: Dana Ashbrook, Greg Collins, Alex Williams, Marcus Aurelius, Amanda Kiely
Synopsis: In the highest security prison, located in Antarctica, for the world's deadliest criminals, a mining operation unleashes a giant prehistoric snake with a voracious appetite. It is up to the prison staff, inmates, and two paleontologists to hunt down the beast, escape, or become its prey.
Tagline: 12,000 feet below the Antarctic ice, it lays in wait.
R | 1h 35min | 95min | 04 Jan 2002Score: 3.9/10
Director: Gary Fleder
Starring: Tony Shalhoub, Tracey Walter, Vincent D'Onofrio, Mekhi Phifer, Tim Guinee
Synopsis: Originally a 30 minute portion for an anthology film, Impostor was retooled into a full length feature film. Based on the Philip K. Dick short story of the same name, it follows the lead character Spencer Olham's quest to regain his identity after being suspected as an alien android, in an future Earth at war with aliens that use the androids as bombs to destroy their enemies homeworlds.
Tagline: In the Future, not everyone is who they seem to be.
Spiders II: Breeding Ground (2001)
R | 1h 36min | 96min | 09 May 2001Score: 3.85/10
Director: Sam Firstenberg
Starring: Velizar Binev, Richard Moll, Velimir Velev, Dimiter Kuzov, Gerald Henderson
Synopsis: Jason and Alexandra 'Alex', a close couple, lose their sail yacht in a storm and are grateful to get picked up by Captain Jim Bigelow's commercial carrier. Suspicious about the rough treatment and injections given by ship's doctor Gerbac which make the strong man faint, and realizing the ship is improbably empty and the radio not broken as the crew claims, Jason starts snooping around and finds human bodies on meat hooks, but even Alex thinks he's just hallucinating. Alas while sane Jason is restrained for his 'paranoia', the real madmen are the doc's genetic experiment outfit, who abuse their…
Tagline: They're back... and this time they're breeding mad!
R | 1h 21min | 81min | 06 Nov 2001Score: 3.72/10
Directors: Jim Wynorski, John Blush
Starring: Eric Roberts, Frank Novak, Robert Clotworthy, Rod McCary, Corbin Bernsen
Synopsis: When a series of unexplained vicious animal attacks strikes his community, Sheriff Jim Tanner and his assistant Barbara trace them back to a Dr. Hyde, a former military researcher whose government funding for a dinosaur cloning project was cut. When the Pentagon discovers Hyde obtained foreign backing to continue his experiments, they send in a strike team to save Tanner and Barbara and stop Hyde.
Tagline: Fear will never be extinct
Ghosts of Mars (2001)
R | 1h 38min | 98min | 24 Aug 2001Score: 3.68/10
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Richard Cetrone, Peter Jason, Clea DuVall, Pam Grier, Joanna Cassidy
Synopsis: 200 years in the future a Martian police unit is dispatched to transport a dangerous prisoner from a mining outpost back to justice. But when the team arrives they find the town deserted and some of the inhabitants possessed by the former inhabitants of the planet.
Tagline: You Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance
Jason X (2001)
R | 1h 31min | 91min | 26 Apr 2002Score: 3.66/10
Director: James Isaac
Starring: Kane Hodder, Todd Farmer, Boyd Banks, David Cronenberg, Roman Podhora
Synopsis: Set way in the future, Earth is no longer inhabitable, so humans have colonized in outer space. One colony receives two cryogenically frozen bodies, and when they defrost them, one of the bodies turns out to be.....who else? Jason Voorhees. No longer in the forest or Camp Crystal Lake, Jason stalks the colonists in a whole new environment.
Tagline: This Halloween, meet the perfect 10 in terror!
Tail Sting (2001)
R | 1h 33min | 93min | 01 Jan 2001Score: 3.29/10
Director: Paul Wynne
Starring: David Alan Graf, Jake Eberle, Rick Kelly, Todd Sherry, Tara Price
Synopsis: Prepared for a routine flight across the Pacific, lonely widower and pilot Jack Russell maneuvers his jet into the sky and unknowingly tightens the gap between his passengers and doom. Lying dormant in the craft's hull is a secret shipment of genetically engineered Scorpion fetuses, the creation of Dr. Jennifer Ryan and her team of biochemists for the purpose of discovering a vaccine. At the same time, Yaffi and his brother Sudan sneak onto the airplane speaking in hushed tones about a conspiracy of their own; to smuggle themselves into America. One of Jennifer's most trusted colleagues uses this opportunity…
Tagline: A Tail of Terror
R | 1h 51min | 111min | 06 Sep 2001Score: 3.25/10
Director: Dick Maas
Starring: Ron Perlman, Michael Ironside, Martin McDougall, Brian Anthony Wilson, David Kennedy
Synopsis: When the express elevators in the Millennium Building, one of New York's most famous landmarks, start to malfunction and behave in erratic ways, elevator mechanic Mark Newman is sent out to find the cause of the problems. His investigation meets unexpected resistance and not everybody seems to be happy with his involvement. After a gruesome and deadly incident, in which a blind man falls into the shaft and a security guard is decapitated, the police start an investigation. They are however not very successful. Mark is determined to find the cause. He is joined by a female reporter, Jennifer, who…
Tagline: YOUR NEXT STOP... IS HELL.
Mimic 2 (2001)
R | 1h 22min | 82min | 17 Jul 2001Score: 2.81/10
Director: Jean de Segonzac
Starring: Mike J. Regan, Alix Koromzay, Bob Rumnock, Brian Leckner, Jon Polito
Synopsis: When a cockroach-spread plague threatened to decimate the child population of New York City in the original Mimic, biologist Susan Tyler and her research associates developed a crossbreed species of insect, the "Judas Breed" and introduced them into the environment, where they were to spread a toxin, lethal to the cockroaches. The plan worked until the bugs evolved to mimic their next prey.....humans! Just when they were all thought to be dead, the giant Judas bugs are back, and this time they've mutated to take on human form!
Tagline: This time, nothing can stop it!
Octopus 2: River of Fear (2001)
R | 1h 31min | 91min | 01 Jan 2002Score: 2.24/10
Director: Yossi Wein
Starring: Velizar Binev, Michael Reilly Burke, Duncan Fraser, Marianne Stanicheva, Harry Anichkin
Synopsis: Dead bodies are being found in the New York harbor. The police have no clues nor suspects until Nick and his colleague realize the killer is a giant octopus. Everybody, especially the police captain, refuses to believe Nick's story, and soon the harbor will be filled with boats for the 4th of July celebrations...
Tagline: Out of time...out of breath!
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