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The Best Thriller Movies of 2002

Updated September 23, 2019 578 votes 40 voters 2.7k views50 items

List of the best 2002 thriller movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. These thrillers take you on a ride full of action, suspense, and anticipation of what's going to happen next. These are all the thriller 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.

This is a list that includes movies like 28 Days Later and The Ring. This isn't necessarily a list of all thriller movies from 2002, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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  • 1
    The Bourne Identity
    27
    6

    The Bourne Identity

    Matt Damon, Clive Owen

    Released2002

    Directed byDoug Liman

    The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Insomnia
    23
    11

    Insomnia

    Al Pacino, Robin Williams

    Released2002

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Insomnia is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring Al... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Infernal Affairs
    22
    10

    Infernal Affairs

    Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu Wai

    Released2002

    Directed byAlan Mak, Andrew Lau

    Infernal Affairs is a 2002 Hong Kong thriller film directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. It... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    One Hour Photo
    19
    8

    One Hour Photo

    Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen

    Released2002

    Directed byMark Romanek

    One Hour Photo is a 2002 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Mark... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    The Count of Monte Cristo
    12
    2

    The Count of Monte Cristo

    Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel

    Released2002

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

    The Count of Monte Cristo is a 2002 adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film is an... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Panic Room
    14
    6

    Panic Room

    Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman

    Released2002

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Panic Room is a 2002 American thriller film directed by David Fincher and written by David... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    The Transporter
    17
    10

    The Transporter

    Jason Statham, Shu Qi

    Released2002

    Directed byCorey Yuen, Louis Leterrier

    The Transporter is a 2002 French action thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier and Corey... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Murder by Numbers
    11
    3

    Murder by Numbers

    Sandra Bullock, Ryan Gosling

    Released2002

    Directed byBarbet Schroeder

    This film is a 2002 psychological thriller film produced and directed by Barbet Schroeder. It... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 9
    Resident Evil
    11
    4

    Resident Evil

    Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2002

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

    Resident Evil is a 2002 German-British-French science fiction horror film written and directed... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Red Dragon
    11
    4

    Red Dragon

    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2002

    Directed byBrett Ratner

    Red Dragon is a 2002 American psychological thriller film based on Thomas Harris' novel of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    28 Days Later
    16
    11

    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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  • 12
    The Mothman Prophecies
    9
    2

    The Mothman Prophecies

    Richard Gere, Debra Messing

    Released2002

    Directed byMark Pellington

    The Mothman Prophecies is a 2002 supernatural thriller film directed by Mark Pellington, based... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Poolhall Junkies
    12
    6

    Poolhall Junkies

    Christopher Walken, Rod Steiger

    Released2002

    Directed byMars Callahan

    Poolhall Junkies is a 2002 drama thriller film written, starring and directed by Mars... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    The Salton Sea
    14
    10

    The Salton Sea

    Val Kilmer, Meat Loaf

    Released2002

    Directed byD. J. Caruso

    The Salton Sea is a 2002 American neo-noir thriller film directed by D. J. Caruso, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Unfaithful
    8
    4

    Unfaithful

    Diane Lane, Richard Gere

    Released2002

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

    Unfaithful is a 2002 American thriller drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Richard... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Rose Red
    8
    4

    Rose Red

    Julian Sands, Kevin Tighe

    Released2002

    Directed byCraig R. Baxley

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  • 17
    Narc
    16
    15

    Narc

    Busta Rhymes, Ray Liotta

    Released2002

    Directed byJoe Carnahan

    Narc is a 2002 American thriller film written and directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Ray... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Minority Report
    7
    4

    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction mystery-thriller film directed by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    The Sum of All Fears
    6
    4

    The Sum of All Fears

    Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman

    Released2002

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    The Sum of All Fears is a 2002 American action political thriller film directed by Phil Alden... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    K-19: The Widowmaker
    6
    4

    K-19: The Widowmaker

    Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson

    Released2002

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    K-19: The Widowmaker is a 2002 submarine thriller film about the first of many disasters that... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Carrie
    6
    5

    Carrie

    Emilie de Ravin, Patricia Clarkson

    Released2002

    Directed byDavid Carson

    Carrie is a 2002 NBC-TV movie based on the novel Carrie by Stephen King. It is the second film... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Signs
    6
    7

    Signs

    Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2002

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    Signs is a 2002 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by M. Night... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Changing Lanes
    4
    6

    Changing Lanes

    Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2002

    Directed byRoger Michell

    Changing Lanes is a 2002 drama-thriller film directed by Roger Michell and starring Ben... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Die Another Day
    7
    0

    Die Another Day

    Madonna, Halle Berry

    Released2002

    Directed byLee Tamahori

    This film is the twentieth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth and last film to... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    The Ring
    5
    9

    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring... more on Wikipedia

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