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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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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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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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#168 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #29 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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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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#502 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #19 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Norah Jones
Two Weeks Notice is a 2002 romantic comedy film directed by Marc Lawrence. A lawyer (Sandra Bullock) decides that she's used too much like a nanny by her boss (Hugh Grant), so she walks out on

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#91 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #39 of 378 The Greatest Romantic Comedies of All Time #51 of 209 The Best Romance Movies Rated PG-13

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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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#761 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #236 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #825 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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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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#807 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #217 of 410 The Best Rainy Day Movies

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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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#276 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #28 of 75 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way #11 of 26 25+ Great Movies About Life After a Nervous Breakdown

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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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#416 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #40 of 67 The Greatest Female-Led Comedy Movies

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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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#95 of 254 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #453 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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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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#123 of 179 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made #5 of 24 Great Movies Set on the Beach #93 of 159 The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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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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#49 of 78 The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels #431 of 582 The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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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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#63 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #321 of 463 The Best Feel-Good Movies

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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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#748 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #385 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time #49 of 107 The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members

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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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#88 of 720 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #217 of 625 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

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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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#1,503 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #25 of 119 The Best R-Rated Sex Comedies

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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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#760 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #15 of 43 The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women

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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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#420 of 625 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #24 of 24 The Best Movies About Teenage Girl Friendships #10 of 40 The Worst Movies Released on Valentine's Day

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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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#93 of 95 The Best Romantic Comedies Rated PG-13 #20 of 45 The Very Best Angelina Jolie Movies

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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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#1,606 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #325 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #15 of 18 The Saddest Movies In Which No One Actually Dies

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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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#171 of 254 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #41 of 41 The Scariest Movies Set in Space

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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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#18 of 24 The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women #11 of 35 Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs #13 of 20 The Best Independent Films Starring Huge Hollywood Actors

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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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#118 of 172 The Greatest Date Movies of All Time #56 of 85 The Best Movies Based on Plays

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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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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