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The Best Movies of 2002 

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List Rules Only movies released in theatres in 2002

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: T... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2002

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. It is the second ...more

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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction mystery-thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick. It is set ...more

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

Released: 2002

Directed by: Roman Polanski

The Pianist is a 2002 historical drama film co-produced and directed by Roman Polanski, scripted by Ronald Harwood, and starring Adrien Brody. It is based on the autobiographical book The ...more

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Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime drama film based on the life of Frank Abagnale, who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by ...more

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The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

Released: 2002

Directed by: Doug Liman

The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name. It stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, a man suffering from extreme memory loss ...more

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Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

Released: 2002

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Gangs of New York is a 2002 American fictionalized historical drama film set in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of Lower Manhattan in 1863. The film was directed by Martin ...more

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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst

Released: 2002

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. When bitten by a genetically modified spider, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), a nerdy, ...more

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City of God is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele

Released: 2002

Directed by: Fernando Meirelles

City of God is a 2002 Brazilian crime drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-directed by Kátia Lund, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. The story was ...more

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

Released: 2002

Directed by: Danny Boyle

28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, ...more

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Adaptation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Released: 2002

Directed by: Spike Jonze

Adaptation is a 2002 American comedy-drama metafilm directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman. The film is based on Susan Orlean's non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, with numerous ...more

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Harry Potter and the Cha... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese

Released: 2002

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. ...more

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

Released: 2002

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, which was based on the novel Ring ...more

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

Released: 2002

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Insomnia is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. It tells the story of two Los Angeles homicide detectives ...more

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Road to Perdition is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Paul Newman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Road to Perdition is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Sam Mendes. The screenplay was adapted by David Self, from the graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. The film stars ...more

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Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

Released: 2002

Directed by: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge from a story by Michael J. Wilson. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more

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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

Released: 2002

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 American animated action-adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 21, 2002. The 42nd ...more

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8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

Released: 2002

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

8 Mile is a 2002 American hip-hop biopic film written by Scott Silver, directed by Curtis Hanson, and starring Eminem, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon and Kim Basinger. The film ...more

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Punch-Drunk Love is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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Released: 2002

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

Punch-Drunk Love is a 2002 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Luis ...more

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One Hour Photo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Clark Gregg

Released: 2002

Directed by: Mark Romanek

One Hour Photo is a 2002 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Mark Romanek and starring Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Gary Cole, and Eriq La Salle. ...more

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Panic Room is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster

Released: 2002

Directed by: David Fincher

Panic Room is a 2002 American thriller film directed by David Fincher and written by David Koepp. The film stars Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart as a mother and daughter whose new home is ...more

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Nia Vardalos, Andrea Martin, Joey Fatone

Released: 2002

Directed by: Joel Zwick

My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a 2002 Canadian-American romantic comedy film written by and starring Nia Vardalos and directed by Joel Zwick. The film is centered on Fotoula "Toula" ...more

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Blade II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Blade II is a 2002 American vampire superhero action film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Blade. It is the sequel of the first film and the second part of the Blade film series, ...more

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About Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, June Squibb

Released: 2002

Directed by: Alexander Payne

About Schmidt is a 2002 American comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne, starring Jack Nicholson in the title role. It is very loosely based on the 1996 novel of the same title by Louis ...more

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Phone Booth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell, Jared Leto

Released: 2002

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Phone Booth is a 2002 American psychological thriller film about a man who is held hostage in a telephone booth by a sniper. It stars Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell ...more
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Signs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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Released: 2002

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Signs is a 2002 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Executive producers for the film comprised Shyamalan, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Sam ...more

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