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The year 2001 in film involved some significant events, including the first installments of the Harry Potter, Fast & Furious, Spy Kids, Monsters, Inc. and Shrek franchises, and The Lord of the Rings and Ocean's trilogies. Significant non-English language films released included Monsoon Wedding, Amélie and Spirited Away. There was one film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, that passed over $1 billion in a re-release of 2020.

The inaugural entries of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings film franchises prompted a shift in both the film and literary communities by propelling fantasy into mainstream culture, popularizing young adult novels, and reforming the blockbuster to promote film franchises and cater to fandom communities.[1][2]

Highest-grossing films

See also: Lists of box office number-one films § 2001

The top 10 films released in 2001 by worldwide gross are as follows:[3]

Highest-grossing films of 2001
Rank Title Distributor Worldwide gross
1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Warner Bros. $974,755,371
2 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring New Line $883,726,270
3 Monsters, Inc. Buena Vista $528,773,250
4 Shrek DreamWorks $487,853,320
5 Ocean's Eleven Warner Bros. $450,717,150
6 Pearl Harbor Buena Vista $449,220,945
7 The Mummy Returns Universal $433,013,274
8 Jurassic Park III $368,780,809
9 Planet of the Apes Fox $362,211,740
10 Hannibal MGM / Universal $351,692,268

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone grossed $974 million, and became the second highest-grossing film of all time. It was also the highest-grossing film in the Harry Potter film franchise before the finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, surpassed it in 2011.

2001 was the first time that two films released in the same year grossed more than $800 million at the box office, with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring surpassing the milestone.

The highest-grossing non-English film was Studio Ghibli's anime Spirited Away, which was the 15th highest-grossing film of the year.[4]

Events

Award ceremonies

Awards

Category/Organization 7th Critics' Choice Awards
January 11, 2002
59th Golden Globe Awards
January 20, 2002
55th BAFTA Awards
February 24, 2002
Producers, Directors, Screen Actors, and Writers Guild Awards 74th Academy Awards
March 24, 2002
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film A Beautiful Mind Moulin Rouge! The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Moulin Rouge! A Beautiful Mind
Best Director Ron Howard
A Beautiful Mind
Baz Luhrmann
Moulin Rouge!
Robert Altman
Gosford Park
Peter Jackson
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Ron Howard
A Beautiful Mind
Best Actor Russell Crowe
A Beautiful Mind
Gene Hackman
The Royal Tenenbaums
Russell Crowe
A Beautiful Mind
Denzel Washington
Training Day
Best Actress Sissy Spacek
In the Bedroom
Nicole Kidman
Moulin Rouge!
Judi Dench
Iris
Halle Berry
Monster's Ball
Best Supporting Actor Ben Kingsley
Sexy Beast
Jim Broadbent
Iris
Jim Broadbent
Moulin Rouge!
Ian McKellen
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Jim Broadbent
Iris
Best Supporting Actress Jennifer Connelly
A Beautiful Mind
Helen Mirren
Gosford Park
Jennifer Connelly
A Beautiful Mind
Best Screenplay, Adapted Christopher Nolan
Memento
Akiva Goldsman
A Beautiful Mind
Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman and Roger S. H. Schulman
Shrek
Akiva Goldsman
A Beautiful Mind
Best Screenplay, Original Guillaume Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Amélie
Julian Fellowes
Gosford Park
Best Animated Film Shrek N/A N/A N/A N/A Shrek
Best Original Score The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Howard Shore
Moulin Rouge!
Craig Armstrong
N/A The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Howard Shore
Best Original Song "May It Be"
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
"Until..."
Kate & Leopold
N/A N/A "If I Didn't Have You"
Monsters, Inc.
Best Foreign Language Film Amélie No Man's Land Love's a Bitch N/A No Man's Land

2001 films

By country/region

By genre/medium

Births

Deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 1 Ray Walston[5] 86 US Actor
5 Nancy Parsons 58 US Actress
10 Jacques Marin 81 France Actor
11 James Hill 84 US Producer, Screenwriter
11 Michael Williams 65 UK Actor
15 Ted Mann 84 US Producer
16 Virginia O'Brien 81 US Actress, Singer
18 Al Waxman 65 Canada Actor
21 Sandy Baron 64 US Actor
21 Joseph O'Conor 84 Ireland Actor
30 Jean-Pierre Aumont[6] 90 France Actor
30 John Prebble 85 UK Screenwriter
31 Bert Williams 78 US Actor
February 4 Tony Steedman 73 UK Actor
7 Dale Evans[7] 88 US Actress, Singer
10 Lewis Arquette 65 US Actor
11 Sy Gomberg 82 US Screenwriter
14 Charles B. Fitzsimons 76 Ireland Producer
15 Burt Kennedy 78 US Director, Screenwriter
16 Howard W. Koch 84 US Producer
19 Stanley Kramer[8] 87 US Director, Producer
20 Rosemary DeCamp 90 US Actress
27 Ralf D. Bode 59 Germany Cinematographer
27 Stan Margulies 80 US Producer
March 6 Kim Walker 32 US Actress
8 Edward Winter 63 US Actor
9 Richard Stone 47 US Composer, Music Editor
12 Morton Downey Jr. 68 US Actor
13 John A. Alonzo 66 US Cinematographer, Actor
15 Ann Sothern[9] 92 US Actress
16 Norma MacMillan 79 Canada Actress
17 Ralph Thomas 85 UK Director
19 Mentor Huebner 79 US Illustrator
21 Anthony Steel 80 UK Actor
22 William Hanna 90 US Animator, Director, Producer
23 Sully Boyar 77 US Actor
24 Tambi Larsen 77 India Art Director
26 Piotr Sobociński 43 Poland Cinematographer
April 1 Larry Tucker 66 US Screenwriter
7 David Graf 50 US Actor
7 Beatrice Straight 86 US Actress
10 Nyree Dawn Porter 65 New Zealand Actress
11 Harry Secombe[10] 79 UK Actor
13 Jimmy Logan 73 UK Actor
13 Ken Weston 53 UK Sound Engineer
14 Hiroshi Teshigahara[11] 74 Japan Director
16 Michael Ritchie 62 US Director
20 Maria Karnilova 80 US Actress
21 Jack Haley Jr. 67 US Director
22 Edward Muhl 94 US Studio Executive
27 Jack Murdock 78 US Actor
28 Ken Hughes 79 UK Screenwriter
29 Walter Hannemann 88 US Film Editor
May 2 Gina Mastrogiacomo 39 US Actress
3 Ernie Wheelwright 61 US Actor
7 Gary Wissner 37 US Production Designer, Art Director
9 Leslie Sands 79 UK Actor
10 Deborah Walley 59 US Actress
12 Perry Como[12] 88 US Singer, Actor
13 Eddra Gale 79 US Actress
13 Jason Miller[13] 62 US Actor, Director
13 Ralph Tabakin 79 US Actor
14 Mauro Bolognini 78 Italy Director, Screenwriter
14 Peter Griffith 74 US Actor Halloween
14 Armando Nannuzzi 75 Italy Cinematographer
15 Sacha Vierny 81 France Cinematographer
16 Joe Baker 72 UK Actor
22 Connie Marshall 68 US Actress
22 Whitman Mayo 70 US Actor
22 Jack Watling 78 UK Actor
23 Lita Chevret 92 US Actress
25 John W. Holmes 84 US Film Editor
26 Anne Haney 67 US Actress
27 Ramon Bieri 71 US Actor
29 Russell Saunders 82 US Stuntman
31 Arlene Francis 93 US Actress
June 2 Imogene Coca 92 US Actress
3 Anthony Quinn[14] 86 Mexico Actor
4 Joan Vohs 73 US Actress
7 Leonard Tepper 61 US Actor
15 Henri Alekan 92 France Cinematographer
21 Carroll O'Connor 76 US Actor
21 Vernon Sewell 97 UK Director, Screenwriter
23 Corinne Calvet 76 France Actress
26 Paul Berry 39 UK Animator
27 Jack Lemmon 76 US Actor
28 Joan Sims 71 UK Actress
July 2 Jack Gwillim 91 UK Actor
3 Mordecai Richler 70 Canada Screenwriter
5 A. D. Flowers 84 US Special Effects Artist
7 Molly Lamont 91 South Africa Actress
12 James Bernard 75 UK Composer
13 Eleanor Summerfield 80 UK Actress
15 Ted Berman 81 US Director, Screenwriter, Animator
19 Paul Beeson 79 UK Cinematographer
21 Sivaji Ganesan 72 India Actor
29 Alex Nicol 79 US Actor
August 3 Christopher Hewett 79 UK Actor
6 Alan Rafkin 73 US Director
6 Dorothy Tutin 71 UK Actress
8 Harry Julian Fink 78 US Screenwriter
14 Missy Cleveland 41 US Actress
14 Jackie "Butch" Jenkins 63 US Actor
16 Dave Barry 82 US Actor
18 Jack Elliott 74 US Composer, Conductor
20 Kim Stanley 76 US Actress
23 Kathleen Freeman 82 US Actress
25 Aaliyah 22 US Actress, Singer
25 John Chambers 78 US Makeup Artist
25 Jane Greer 76 US Actress
25 Inigo Jackson 68 UK Actor
28 Lawrence B. Marcus 84 US Screenwriter
29 Francisco Rabal 75 Spain Actor
30 Julie Bishop 87 US Actress
September 2 Troy Donahue 65 US Actor
3 Ferruccio Amendola 71 Italy Actor
3 Pauline Kael 82 US Film Critic None; critiqued films for The New Yorker
3 Thuy Trang[15] 27 US Actress
4 Merrill Connally 80 US Actor
9 Tommy Hollis 47 US Actor
12 Victor Wong 74 US Actor
13 Barbara Matera 72 UK Costume Designer
13 Dorothy McGuire 85 US Actress
15 Fred de Cordova 90 US Director
16 Samuel Z. Arkoff 83 US Producer
25 Evan A. Lottman 70 US Film Editor
25 Dolores Michaels 68 US Actress
26 Hannes Nikel 70 Germany Film Editor
27 Helen Cherry 85 UK Actress
28 Martin Garner 74 US Actor
29 Gloria Foster 67 US Actress
October 9 Herbert Ross[16] 74 US Director
15 Robert Rutledge 53 US Sound Engineer
17 Jay Livingston 86 US Composer
19 Ray Lovejoy 62 UK Film Editor
21 David Lowell Rich 81 US Director
23 Linden Travers 88 UK Actress
24 Jaromil Jireš 65 Czechoslovakia Director
26 Eugene Jackson 58 US Actor
28 Larry Jost 80 US Sound Engineer
29 Maura Fay 43 Australia Casting Director
31 Jenny Laird 89 UK Actress
November 5 Roy Boulting 87 UK Director
6 Anthony Shaffer 75 UK Screenwriter
7 Bobby Bass 65 US Stuntman, Actor
12 Albert Hague 82 Germany Actor
13 Peggy Mount 86 UK Actress
14 Charlotte Coleman[17] 33 UK Actress
21 Ralph Burns 79 US Composer, Arranger
29 Budd Boetticher 85 US Director
29 George Harrison[18] 58 UK Singer, Actor, Producer
29 John Mitchum 82 US Actor
December 1 Danilo Donati 74 Italy Costume Designer, Production Designer
6 Walt Mulconery 69 US Film Editor
7 Pauline Moore 87 US Actress
10 Lance Fuller 73 US Actor
15 Wilkie Cooper 90 UK Cinematographer
16 Roy Brocksmith 56 US Actor
20 Foster Brooks 89 US Actor
20 Edward Evans 87 UK Actor
26 Nigel Hawthorne 72 UK Actor
29 Robert Patten 76 US Actor
30 Ray Patterson 90 US Animator
31 Eileen Heckart 82 US Actress
31 David Swift 82 US Director

Film debuts

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