15 Movies Turning 15 In 2016

2001 was THE year for cinema.

Last Saturday (Jan. 2), we looked back at 20 movies turning 20 years old this year. 1996 gave us gems such as "Space Jam," "Harriet the Spy" and "Matilda," aka every '90s kid's childhood.

Looking back, the start of some seriously big movie franchises began in 2001. Ever heard of a little thing called "Harry Potter"? Yeah, the OG movie premiered 15 years ago this November.

"Spy Kids," Mar. 30, 2001

Miramax Films

Spy Kids

Remember when we first met the Cortez family? We saw them deal with fooglies, thumb people and all kinds of cool gizmos and gadgets. Which reminds me, when is this contraption going to be an actual thing? College kids around the world thank you in advance.

"Bridget Jones's Diary," Apr. 13, 2001

Miramax Films


Based on Helen Fielding's novel of the same name, this rom-com made Renée Zellweger the envy of (probably) everyone. She romanticized with Colin Firth AND Hugh Grant?! Come on now.

"Moulin Rouge!," Jun. 1, 2001

20th Century Fox

Moulin Rouge!

Set in the early 20th century, this beloved musical made fans swoon their hearts out when Ewan McGregor sang "Come What May." The film had gorgeous music and won two Oscars at the 74th Academy Awards.

"Atlantis: The Lost Empire," Jun. 15, 2001


Atlantis: The Lost Empire

This forgotten Disney film involved Milo Thatch and a ragtag team of explorers trying to find the lost city of Atlantis. FYI, Cole Sprouse went as Thatch for Halloween last year — and he crushed it.

"The Fast and the Furious," Jun. 22, 2001

Universal Pictures

The Fast and the Furious

The film that started it all, the OG "Furious" spawned several successful sequels and introduced us to the dream team that was Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. Racing never looked so badass.

"Legally Blonde," Jul. 13, 2001


Legally Blonde

Reese Witherspoon was perfect as Elle Woods, the cute and sweet heroine of these beloved films. Of course, since this movie is turning 15 years old, that means the iconic "Bend and Snap" move is as well. OK, now we feel officially ancient.

"Wet Hot American Summer," Jul. 27, 2001

USA Films

Wet Hot American Summer

This ensemble movie was arguably one of the funniest, and most random, films of 2001. The cast was stellar, including Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper. Who knew being a camp counselor for a bunch of kids could be so, um, fun? Also, Christopher Meloni's talking can of vegetables was everything.

"The Princess Diaries," Aug. 3, 2001

Buena Vista Pictures

The Princess Diaries

I think it's safe to assume most girls in the early '00s wanted to be like Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway). To wake up one day and find out you're a princess would definitely be a game changer. Plus, watching Mia and Michael Moscovitz (Robert Schwartzman) go from friends to more-than-friends was simply too cute to handle.

"Zoolander," Sept. 28, 2001

Paramount Pictures


Blue Steel. That dancing car scene. Will Ferrell's weird AF hair. These things and more brought Ben Stiller's satirical look on the fashion industry to life, and now we're getting a sequel coming out Feb. 12, 2016.

"Max Keeble's Big Move," Oct. 5, 2001

Buena Vista Pictures

Max Keeble'

One of my personal childhood favorites, this movie had bb Josh Peck wearing a robe throughout the entire film. A robe. You know what his character's name was? Robe. Oh, and if you didn't have a crush on Alex D. Linz, you're lying to yourself.

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," Nov. 16, 2001

Warner Bros. Pictures


Who knew this one film would spark seven others + a spin-off series + a play + so many GIFs and memes? Well, everyone, probably. In "Sorcerer's Stone," we met all the main characters, including baddie Voldemort, for the first time. Not to mention Fluffy, the three-headed dog.

"Monsters, Inc.," Nov. 2, 2001

DIsney Pixar

Monsters, Inc.

Turning the lore of "monsters in your closet" onto its head, this Disney Pixar film gave us the best duo a monster kid could dream of: Mike and Sulley. The movie opened a lot of doors for Pixar (pun intended), including the sequel "Monsters University."

"Ocean's Eleven," Dec. 7, 2001

Warner Bros. Pictures


This remake had no shortage of eye candy, especially when you realize George Clooney, Brad Pitt AND Matt Damon were all in a room. Together. Hallelujah! An intelligent team of robbers succeed in stealing a sh-t ton of cash from three Las Vegas casinos and made thievery actually look kind of hot. (But like, don't go out and steal things IRL. Not cool.)

"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," Dec. 19, 2001

New Line Cinema

The Lord of the Rings

The first in the OG "LOTR" trilogy, "Fellowship" started the plight of Frodo and his friends' quest to destroy the One Ring and the Dark Lord Sauron. Of course, this was when we lost Gandalf the Grey, but details, details.

"Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius," Dec. 21, 2001

Paramount Pictures

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

This movie came before the Nickelodeon TV series, but it introduced us to the brilliant (and eccentric) kid scientist, Jimmy Neutron. When all the kids' parents in Retroville were kidnapped by aliens, Jimmy and his friends traveled through space in homemade rocket contraptions to save them.