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The Best Movies of 2002

Updated September 4, 2020 14.1k votes 770 voters 33.9k views200 items

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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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    Catch Me If You Can

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    Spider-Man

    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    The Bourne Identity

    Matt Damon, Clive Owen

    Directed byDoug Liman

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    Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Pianist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    The Pianist

    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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    Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    Gangs of New York

    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    Ice Age

    Jack Black, Ray Romano

    Directed byChris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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    The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    The Count of Monte Cristo

    Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

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    Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    Lilo & Stitch

    Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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    Harry Potter and the Chamber o is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    8 Mile is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    8 Mile

    Eminem, Kim Basinger

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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    The Ring is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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    Signs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    Signs

    Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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    Panic Room is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    Panic Room

    Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    About a Boy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    About a Boy

    Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant

    Directed byChris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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    City of God is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    City of God

    Alice Braga, Seu Jorge

    Directed byFernando Meirelles

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    Road to Perdition is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    Road to Perdition

    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    Adaptation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    Adaptation

    Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep

    Directed bySpike Jonze

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    Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    Red Dragon

    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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    Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    Insomnia

    Al Pacino, Robin Williams

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    The Rookie

    Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

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    Chicago is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    Chicago

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu

    Directed byRob Marshall

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    Unfaithful is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2002
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    Unfaithful

    Diane Lane, Richard Gere

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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