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The Best Movies of 2002

Updated September 4, 2020 14.4k votes 799 voters 35.6k 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

    Directed byPeter Jackson

  • Catch Me If You Can2
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    Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

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  • 28 Days Later5
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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    Matt Damon, Clive Owen

    Directed byDoug Liman

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    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

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    Jack Black, Ray Romano

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    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

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    Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel

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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

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    Eminem, Kim Basinger

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    Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman

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  • Road to Perdition17
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    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

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    Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant

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    Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep

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  • Red Dragon20
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    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes

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