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A list of the best movies of 2002, from dramas like Road to Perdition to cult classics like Adaptation. The '00s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 2002 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years after they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here.

As stated before, some of the best movies of the decade were released in 2002. Who could forget Spider-man with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, Barbershop with Ice Cube, and of course, Gangs of New York. And let's not forget about Shrek either.

The best movies of 2002 featured some of the biggest stars in the movie business. Whether it was the aforementioned stars continuing their success or the breakout performances featured in Secretary, or established stars like Jack Nicholson starring in About Schmidt and Salma Hayek in Frida.

Some of the best movies of all time were released in 2002. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 2002, which shouldn't feature the best movies of 2001. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected. If you notice that there's a movie from this year that should be on this list but is missing, feel free to add it.
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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79 48
Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Catch Me If You Can Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner

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56 38
The Pianist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
The Pianist Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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60 48
Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Gangs of New York Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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50 50
Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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74 53
Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese

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60 48
The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
The Bourne Identity Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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76 45
Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

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72 49
Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Spider-Man Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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36 42
City of God is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

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35 47
Road to Perdition is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Road to Perdition Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Paul Newman

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49 46
The Ring is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
The Ring Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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41 47
Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Insomnia Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

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50 36
28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
28 Days Later Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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30 39
Adaptation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Adaptation Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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51 50
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
My Big Fat Greek Wedding Nia Vardalos, Andrea Martin, Joey Fatone

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35 48
One Hour Photo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
One Hour Photo Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Clark Gregg

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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Lilo & Stitch Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

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16 39
Punch-Drunk Love is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
looksharp added Punch-Drunk Love Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Watson

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49 42
8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
8 Mile Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

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22 43
Confessions of a Dangerous Min... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

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26 40
The Hours is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
The Hours Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore

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41 53
Star Wars Episode II: Attack o... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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33 31
Panic Room is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Panic Room Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster

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35 35
Blade II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Blade II Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman

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25 33
Frida is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Frida Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Ashley Judd

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28 35
John Q is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
John Q Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Bill Maher

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30 36
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Chicago Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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25 42
Phone Booth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Phone Booth Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell, Jared Leto

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27 36
Signs is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
looksharp added Signs Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin

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43 46
Men in Black II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Men in Black II Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Rosario Dawson

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16 35
Equilibrium is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Equilibrium Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs

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25 34
About Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
About Schmidt Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, June Squibb

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25 36
Barbershop is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Barbershop Ice Cube, Eve, Janina Gavankar

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27 31
The Transporter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
The Transporter Jason Statham, Shu Qi, François Berléand

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22 26
Sweet Home Alabama is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Sweet Home Alabama Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Dakota Fanning

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21 30
25th Hour is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
25th Hour Anna Paquin, Rosario Dawson, Edward Norton

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27 36
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Resident Evil Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Isaacs

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17 13
Unfaithful is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Unfaithful Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Michelle Monaghan

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20 27
We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
We Were Soldiers Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm

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20 19
Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Red Dragon Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton

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12 10
Return to Never Land is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Dimos Dicoudis added Return to Never Land Frank Welker, Dan Castellaneta, Jim Cummings

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21 26
The Hot Chick is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
The Hot Chick Rachel McAdams, Adam Sandler, Anna Faris

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23 32
The Mothman Prophecies is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
looksharp added The Mothman Prophecies Richard Gere, Debra Messing, Laura Linney

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27 27
Mr Deeds is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
looksharp added Mr Deeds Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, Steve Buscemi

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21 26
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
The Count of Monte Cristo Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce

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14 10
The Santa Clause 2 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Dimos Dicoudis added The Santa Clause 2 Elizabeth Mitchell, Aisha Tyler, Tim Allen

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23 28
About a Boy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
About a Boy Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant, Toni Collette

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12 8
The Wild Thornberrys Movie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Dimos Dicoudis added The Wild Thornberrys Movie Marisa Tomei, Tim Curry, Lacey Chabert

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18 46
Die Another Day is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Die Another Day Madonna, Halle Berry, Pierce Brosnan