Romance The Best Romance Movies of 2002  

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List of the best 2002 romance movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. If watching men and women fall in love is your idea of a good movie, then these films are definitely worth checking out. These are all the romance movies that defined the year 2002, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page.

To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.Everything from Punch Drunk Love to Frida is included on this list. This isn't necessarily a list of all romance movies from 2002, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Nia Vardalos, Andrea Martin, Joey Fatone 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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Mandy Moore, Marisa Miller, Daryl Hannah A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age teen romantic drama based on the 1999 romance novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Shane West and Mandy Moore, was ...more

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Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Dakota Fanning Sweet Home Alabama is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant, starring Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey and Candice Bergen. The film was released by ...more

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Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant, Toni Collette About a Boy is a 2002 British-American comedy-drama film co-written and directed by brothers Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz. It is an adaptation of the 1998 novel of the same name by Nick Hornby. ...more

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Lesley Ann Warren Secretary is a 2002 romance film directed by Steven Shainberg and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal as Lee Holloway and James Spader as E. Edward Grey. The film is based on a short story from Bad ...more

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Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Norah Jones Two Weeks Notice is a 2002 romantic comedy film starring Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock from Warner Bros. Pictures. The film was written and directed by Marc Lawrence. Although response was ...more

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Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher Bend It like Beckham is a 2002 British comedy-drama film starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Shaznay Lewis and Archie Panjabi, first released in the ...more

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Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Bob Hoskins Maid in Manhattan is a 2002 romantic comedy film directed by Wayne Wang about a hotel maid and a high profile politician who fall in love starring Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, and Natasha ...more

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Alexis Bledel, Elisabeth Shue, Ben Kingsley Tuck Everlasting is a 2002 fantasy family romantic drama film based on the children's book of the same title by Natalie Babbitt published in 1975. The Walt Disney Pictures release was directed ...more

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Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Watson 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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Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Jason Bateman The Sweetest Thing is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Roger Kumble and written by Nancy Pimental, who based the characters on herself and friend Kate Walsh. It stars Cameron ...more

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Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis Blue Crush is a 2002 surfer film directed by John Stockwell and based on the Outside magazine article "Life's Swell" by Susan Orlean. Starring Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Sanoe ...more

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Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Michelle Monaghan Unfaithful is a 2002 American thriller drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Chad Lowe, Dominic Chianese and Olivier Martinez. It was adapted by Alvin Sargent ...more

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hartnett, Emmanuelle Vaugier 40 Days and 40 Nights is a 2002 romantic comedy film directed by Michael Lehmann, written by Rob Perez and starring Josh Hartnett, Shannyn Sossamon and Paulo Costanzo. The film depicts Matt ...more

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Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man Brown Sugar is a 2002 American romantic comedy film written by Michael Elliott and Rick Famuyiwa, directed by Famuyiwa, and starring Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan. The film is a story of a ...more

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Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones Drumline is a 2002 American drama film directed by Charles Stone III. The screenplay, a fictional story about a historically black college and university marching band, was written by Tina ...more

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Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth, Ian Somerhalder The Rules of Attraction is a 2002 black comedy film written and directed by Roger Avary, based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. It stars James van der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, ...more

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Angelina Jolie, Stockard Channing, Christian Kane Life or Something Like It is a 2002 romantic comedy/drama film directed by Stephen Herek. The film focuses on television reporter Lanie Kerrigan and her quest to find meaning in her life. The ...more

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Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Viola Davis Far from Heaven is a 2002 American drama film written and directed by Todd Haynes and starring Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, and Patricia Clarkson. The film tells the story of ...more

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Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Colin Firth The Importance of Being Earnest is a 2002 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Oliver Parker, based on Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners play The Importance of Being ...more

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Brendan Fraser, Michael Caine, Rade Šerbedžija The Quiet American is a 2002 film adaptation of Graham Greene's bestselling novel of the same name. It was directed by Phillip Noyce and starred Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, and Do Thi Hai ...more

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit Devdas is a 2002 Indian romantic drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and based on the 1917 Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay novella Devdas. This is the third Hindi version and the first ...more

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Trisha, Suriya, Nandha Durairaj Mounam Pesiyadhe is a 2002 Indian Tamil romantic drama film, directed and written by Ameer Sultan, making his directorial debut. It stars Suriya and debutant Trisha in the lead along with ...more

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George Clooney, Viola Davis, Natascha McElhone Solaris is a 2002 American science fiction drama film written and directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring George Clooney and Natascha McElhone. It is based on the 1961 science fiction novel ...more

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Jennifer Aniston, Zooey Deschanel, Jake Gyllenhaal The Good Girl is a 2002 comedy-drama film directed by Miguel Arteta from a script by Mike White, and stars Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal and John C. Reilly.

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Britney Spears, Zoe Saldana, Dan Aykroyd Crossroads is a 2002 American comedy-drama road film set in Georgia. Directed by Tamra Davis and written by Shonda Rhimes, the film stars Britney Spears, Anson Mount, Zoe Saldana, Taryn Manning, ...more

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Amy Adams, Elizabeth Hurley, Matthew Perry Serving Sara is a 2002 romantic comedy film which stars Matthew Perry, Elizabeth Hurley, and Bruce Campbell. Joe Tyler is a process server who is given the assignment to serve Sara Moore with ...more

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Madonna, Elizabeth Banks, Jeanne Tripplehorn Swept Away is a 2002 romantic comedy film directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Madonna, Adriano Giannini, and Bruce Greenwood. It was released by Screen Gems and produced by Matthew Vaughn. The ...more

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Gael García Bernal, Ana Claudia Talancón, Pedro Armendáriz The Crime of Father Amaro, sometimes The Crime of Padre Amaro, is a 2002 film directed by Carlos Carrera. It is very loosely based on the novel O Crime do Padre Amaro by 19th-century Portuguese ...more

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Jon Hamm, Idina Menzel, Michael Ealy Kissing Jessica Stein is a 2001 American independent romantic comedy film, written and co-produced by the film's stars, Jennifer Westfeldt and Heather Juergensen. The film also stars Tovah ...more

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Paz Vega, Geraldine Chaplin, Elena Anaya Talk to Her is a 2002 Spanish drama written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, and starring Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Geraldine Chaplin, and Rosario ...more

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Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson (22 Years Before Episode IV) Ten years after the events of the Battle of Naboo, not only has the galaxy undergone significant change, but so have Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, and Anakin ...more