Best Adventure Movies of 2002

1.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

7.3
8.7/10

Frodo and Sam are trekking to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin. All along, nefarious wizard Saruman awaits the Fellowship members at the Orthanc Tower in Isengard.

Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Liv Tyler
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Release date: 2002-12-18
2.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

6.5
7.4/10

Ignoring threats to his life, Harry returns to Hogwarts to investigate – aided by Ron and Hermione – a mysterious series of attacks.

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Release date: 2002-11-13
3.

Ice Age

6.3
7.5/10

With the impending ice age almost upon them, a mismatched trio of prehistoric critters – Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger and Sid the giant sloth – find an orphaned infant and decide to return it to its human parents. Along the way, the unlikely allies become friends but, when enemies attack, their quest takes on far nobler aims.

Starring: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Goran Visnjic, Jack Black
Directed by: Chris Wedge
Release date: 2002-03-10
4.

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

6.1
7.1/10

As a wild stallion travels across the frontiers of the Old West, he befriends a young human and finds true love with a mare.

Starring: Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi, Chopper Bernet, Jeff LeBeau
Directed by: Kelly Asbury, Lorna Cook
Release date: 2002-05-24
5.

Treasure Planet

6.0
7.1/10

When space galleon cabin boy Jim Hawkins discovers a map to an intergalactic "loot of a thousand worlds," a cyborg cook named John Silver teaches him to battle supernovas and space storms. But, soon, Jim realizes Silver is a pirate intent on mutiny!

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brian Murray, David Hyde Pierce, Emma Thompson, Michael Wincott
Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
Release date: 2002-11-26
6.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

5.6
6.6/10

Following an assassination attempt on Senator Padmé Amidala, Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi investigate a mysterious plot that could change the galaxy forever.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson
Directed by: George Lucas
Release date: 2002-05-15
7.

The Count of Monte Cristo

5.5
7.8/10

Edmond Dantés's life and plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes are shattered when his best friend, Fernand, deceives him. After spending 13 miserable years in prison, Dantés escapes with the help of a fellow inmate and plots his revenge, cleverly insinuating himself into the French nobility.

Starring: Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, James Frain, Dagmara Domi?czyk
Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
Release date: 2002-01-23
8.

Bloody Sunday

5.5
7.7/10

The dramatised story of the Irish civil rights protest march on January 30 1972 which ended in a massacre by British troops.

Starring: James Nesbitt, Allan Gildea, Gerard Crossan, Mary Moulds, Carmel McCallion
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Release date: 2002-01-16
9.

Men in Black II

5.3
6.2/10

Kay and Jay reunite to provide our best, last and only line of defense against a sinister seductress who levels the toughest challenge yet to the MIB's untarnished mission statement – protecting Earth from the scum of the universe. It's been four years since the alien-seeking agents averted an intergalactic disaster of epic proportions. Now it's a race against the clock as Jay must convince Kay – who not only has absolutely no memory of his time spent with the MIB, but is also the only living person left with the expertise to save the galaxy – to reunite with the MIB before the earth submits to ultimate destruction.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Rip Torn, Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
Release date: 2002-07-03
10.

Rabbit-Proof Fence

5.2
7.4/10

In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.

Starring: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, Kenneth Branagh, David Gulpilil
Directed by: Phillip Noyce
Release date: 2002-02-04
11.

Die Another Day

5.1
6.1/10

Bond takes on a North Korean leader who undergoes DNA replacement procedures that allow him to assume different identities. American agent, Jinx Johnson assists Bond in his attempt to thwart the villain's plans to exploit a satellite that is powered by solar energy.

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yune, Toby Stephens
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Release date: 2002-11-17
12.

Reign of Fire

5.1
6.2/10

In post-apocalyptic England, an American volunteer and a British survivor team up to fight off a brood of fire-breathing dragons seeking to return to global dominance after centuries of rest underground. The Brit -- leading a clan of survivors to hunt down the King of the Dragons -- has much at stake: His mother was killed by a dragon, but his love is still alive.

Starring: Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Izabella Scorupco, Gerard Butler, Alexander Siddig
Directed by: Rob Bowman
Release date: 2002-07-12
13.

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5.0
5.9/10

Xander Cage is your standard adrenaline junkie with no fear and a lousy attitude. When the US Government "recruits" him to go on a mission, he's not exactly thrilled. His mission: to gather information on an organization that may just be planning the destruction of the world, led by the nihilistic Yorgi.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Samuel L. Jackson, Danny Trejo, Leila Arcieri
Directed by: Rob Cohen
Release date: 2002-08-09
14.

The Time Machine

4.9
5.9/10

Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds mankind divided into two warring races.

Starring: Guy Pearce, Mark Addy, Phyllida Law, Sienna Guillory, Laura Kirk
Directed by: Simon Wells
Release date: 2002-03-04
15.

The Four Feathers

4.8
6.5/10

The story, set in 1875, follows a British officer (Heath Ledger) who resigns his post when he learns of his regiment's plan to ship out to the Sudan for the conflict with the Mahdi. His friends and fiancée send him four white feathers which symbolize cowardice. To redeem his honor he disguises himself as an Arab and secretly saves the lives of those who branded him a coward.

Starring: Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Sheen
Directed by: Shekhar Kapur
Release date: 2002-09-08
16.

Star Trek: Nemesis

4.7
6.4/10

En route to the honeymoon of William Riker to Deanna Troi on her home planet of Betazed, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise receives word from Starfleet that a coup has resulted in the installation of a new Romulan political leader, Shinzon, who claims to seek peace with the human-backed United Federation of Planets. Once in enemy territory, the captain and his crew make a startling discovery: Shinzon is human, a slave from the Romulan sister planet of Remus, and has a secret, shocking relationship to Picard himself.

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn
Directed by: Stuart Baird
Release date: 2002-12-13
17.

Stuart Little 2

4.6
5.4/10

Stuart, an adorable white mouse, still lives happily with his adoptive family, the Littles, on the east side of Manhattan's Central Park. More crazy mouse adventures are in store as Stuart, his human brother, George, and their mischievous cat, Snowbell, set out to rescue a friend.

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki, Anna Hoelck
Directed by: Rob Minkoff
Release date: 2002-07-19
18.

Undisputed

4.6
6.2/10

Monroe Hutchens is the heavyweight champion of Sweetwater, a maximum security prison. He was convicted to a life sentence due to a passionate crime. Iceman Chambers is the heavyweight champion, who lost his title due to a rape conviction to ten years in Sweetwater. WHen these two giants collide in the same prison, they fight against each other disputing who is the real champion.

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Ving Rhames, Peter Falk, Michael Rooker, Jon Seda
Directed by: Walter Hill
Release date: 2002-08-23
19.

The Scorpion King

4.6
5.5/10

In ancient Egypt, peasant Mathayus is hired to exact revenge on the powerful Memnon and the sorceress Cassandra, who are ready to overtake Balthazar's village. Amid betrayals, thieves, abductions and more, Mathayus strives to bring justice to his complicated world.

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Hu, Michael Clarke Duncan, Steven Brand, Bernard Hill
Directed by: Chuck Russell
Release date: 2002-04-18
20.

Scooby-Doo

4.6
5.0/10

The Mystery Inc. gang have gone their separate ways and have been apart for two years, until they each receive an invitation to Spooky Island. Not knowing that the others have also been invited, they show up and discover an amusement park that affects young visitors in very strange ways.

Starring: Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini, Rowan Atkinson
Directed by: Raja Gosnell
Release date: 2002-06-14

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