Films that will make you feel old! 'Harry Potter' to 'The Lord of The Rings': Movies that turned 20 in 2021

Written By: Pragati Awasthi | Updated: Dec 11, 2021, 09:30 PM IST

2001 marks a big year for all the moviegoers. Two decades back, many big franchises kicked off and now are widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential film series or movies ever made. 

From 'Fast and Furious' to 'Harry Potter', here are the movies that will turn 20 years old in 2021.

legally blonde

Yes, it’s been almost 20 years since the first 'Legally Blonde' came out. Resse Witherspoon badass version and obviously her fashion-inspired millions of girls in the world.

In the movie, Witherspoon plays Elle Woods, a sorority girl who attempts to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner Huntington III by getting a Juris Doctor degree at Harvard Law School, and in the process, overcomes stereotypes against blondes and triumphs as a successful lawyer through unflappable self-confidence and fashion/beauty knowhow.

The film was released on July 13, 2001, and was a hit with audiences, grossing $141 million worldwide on an $18 million budget.


Pearl Harbor

The film starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, and Kate Beckinsale, presented a heavily fictionalized version of the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941, focusing on a love story set amid the lead up to the attack, its aftermath, and the Doolittle Raid.

The film was a box office success, earning $59 million in its opening weekend and nearly $450 million worldwide.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

The first 'Harry Potter' movie turned 20! The franchise’s first film ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ which premiered 20 years ago, gave us some brilliant talent; from Daniel Radcliffe to Emma Watson. 

Its story follows Harry's first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as he discovers that he is a famous wizard and begins his formal wizarding education.

The movie became a critical and commercial success, grossing $974 million at the box office worldwide during its initial run, and over $1 billion with subsequent re-releases.


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The epic fantasy adventure film 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' come out in 2001. Set in the fictional world of Middle-earth, the films follow the hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and the fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, to ensure the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron. 

'The Lord of the Rings' is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential film series ever made. It was a major financial success and is among the highest-grossing film series of all time with $2.991 billion in worldwide receipts.


Ocean’s Eleven

The coolest heist movie was released in 2001. 'Ocean's Eleven', which starred George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy García, Bernie Mac and Julia Roberts, graced theatres 20 years ago, and we all are big fans of them even now.  

Released on December 7, 2001, 'Ocean’s Eleven' earned $450.7 million. 


Fast and Furious

The first movie of the long-running movie franchise 'Fast and Furious' was released in the year 2001. The first instalment in the Fast & Furious franchise and stars Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Rick Yune, Chad Lindberg, Johnny Strong, and Ted Levine. In the film, Brian O'Conner, an undercover cop, is tasked with discovering the identities of a group of automobile hijackers led by Dominic Toretto.

The movie was theatrically released in the United States on June 22, 2001, by Universal Pictures. The film received mixed reviews from critics and grossed over $200 million worldwide.



'Hannibal,' directed by Ridley Scott was based on the 1999 novel by Thomas Harris. The sequel to the 1991 film 'The Silence of the Lambs', premiered on February 9, 2001.

The movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore still is among the best movie in the psychological horror genre. The movie broke box office records in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, and grossed $351.6 million during its theatrical run.