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The Best Movies of 2002

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List RulesOnly movies released in theaters 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 with new stars and big blockbusters and 2002 was no exception. Some of 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 popular 2002 action movies like Spider-Man with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, or comedy movies like 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, and you might want to check out the best movies of 2001. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the top movies of that year should be reflected.

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  • 1
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen

    Directed byPeter Jackson

  • 2
    Catch Me If You Can
    217
    118

    Catch Me If You Can

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 3
    Spider-Man
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    Spider-Man

    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • 4
    28 Days Later
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Directed byDanny Boyle

  • 5
    Minority Report
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    104

    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 6
    The Bourne Identity
    152
    104

    The Bourne Identity

    Matt Damon, Clive Owen

    Directed byDoug Liman

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  • 7
    Ice Age
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    Ice Age

    Jack Black, Ray Romano

    Directed byChris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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  • 8
    The Pianist
    138
    93

    The Pianist

    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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  • 9
    Gangs of New York
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    109

    Gangs of New York

    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

  • 10
    The Count of Monte Cristo
    77
    38

    The Count of Monte Cristo

    Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

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  • 11
    Lilo & Stitch
    137
    72

    Lilo & Stitch

    Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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  • 12
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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    132

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Directed byChris Columbus

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  • 13
    The Ring
    110
    81

    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • 14
    8 Mile
    118
    87

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    Eminem, Kim Basinger

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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  • 15
    Signs
    103
    65

    Signs

    Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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  • 16
    Panic Room
    89
    50

    Panic Room

    Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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  • 17
    Road to Perdition
    97
    77

    Road to Perdition

    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

    Directed bySam Mendes

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  • 18
    About a Boy
    64
    43

    About a Boy

    Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant

    Directed byChris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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  • 19
    City of God
    97
    82

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    Alice Braga, Seu Jorge

    Directed byFernando Meirelles

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  • 20
    Red Dragon
    78
    44

    Red Dragon

    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes

    Directed byBrett Ratner

  • 21
    Insomnia
    93
    81

    Insomnia

    Al Pacino, Robin Williams

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • 22
    Chicago
    83
    67

    Chicago

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu

    Directed byRob Marshall

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  • 23
    Adaptation
    79
    66

    Adaptation

    Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep

    Directed bySpike Jonze

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  • 24
    Phone Booth
    77
    62

    Phone Booth

    Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • 25
    Unfaithful
    64
    40

    Unfaithful

    Diane Lane, Richard Gere

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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