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The Best Movies of 2002

Updated September 4, 2020 15.6k votes 813 voters 36.0k 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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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen

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  • Catch Me If You Can2
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    Catch Me If You Can

    Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Spider-Man3
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    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • 28 Days Later4
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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

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  • Minority Report5
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    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

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  • The Bourne Identity6
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    Matt Damon, Clive Owen

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  • Ice Age7
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    Jack Black, Ray Romano

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  • Gangs of New York8
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    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio

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  • The Pianist9
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  • The Count of Monte Cristo10
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    Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel

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  • The Ring11
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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

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  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets12
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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

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  • Signs13
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    Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix

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  • 8 Mile14
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    Eminem, Kim Basinger

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    Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames

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  • Panic Room16
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    Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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  • Road to Perdition17
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    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

    Directed bySam Mendes

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  • About a Boy18
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    Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant

    Directed byChris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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  • Red Dragon19
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    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes

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  • Insomnia20
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    Al Pacino, Robin Williams

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  • City of God21
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  • Resident Evil22
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    Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez

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  • The Transporter23
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    Jason Statham, Shu Qi

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  • Chicago24
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    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu

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    Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep

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