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.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

5.6
6.6/10

Ten years after the invasion of Naboo, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi named Count Dooku, thousands of solar systems threaten to break away from the Galactic Republic. When an assassination attempt is made on Senator Padmé Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, twenty-year-old Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker is assigned to protect her. In the course of his mission, Anakin discovers his love for Padmé as well as his own darker side. Soon, Anakin, Padmé, and Obi-Wan Kenobi are drawn into the heart of the Separatist movement and the beginning of the Clone Wars.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson
Directed by: George Lucas
Release date: 2002-05-15
5.

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
6.

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
7.

Men in Black II

5.3
6.1/10

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
8.

Rabbit-Proof Fence

5.2
7.5/10

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
9.

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
10.

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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
11.

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
12.

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
13.

Stuart Little 2

4.6
5.5/10

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
14.

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
15.

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
16.

Gerry

4.5
6.2/10

Two friends named Gerry become lost in the desert after taking a wrong turn. Their attempts to find their way home only lead them into further trouble.

Starring: Casey Affleck, Matt Damon
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Release date: 2002-09-20
17.

Nicholas Nickleby

4.4
7.2/10

The Charles Dickens story of Nicholas Nickleby, a young boy in search of a better life for his recently torn-apart family. A young compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his coldheartedly grasping uncle.

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Nathan Lane, Jim Broadbent, Christopher Plummer, Jamie Bell
Directed by: Douglas McGrath
Release date: 2002-12-27
18.

Return to Never Land

4.4
5.8/10
Return to Never Land
In 1940, the world is besieged by World War II. Wendy, all grown up, has two children; including Jane, who does not believe Wendy's stories about Peter Pan.
Starring: Harriet Owen, Blayne Weaver, Jeff Bennett, Kath Soucie, Corey Burton
Directed by: Robin Budd, Donovan Cook
Release date: 2002-02-14
19.

Blue Crush

4.2
5.7/10

Nothing gets between Anne Marie and her board. Living in a beach shack with three roommates, she is up before dawn every morning to conquer the waves and count the days until the Pipe Masters competition. Having transplanted herself to Hawaii with no one's blessing but her own, Anne Marie finds all she needs in the adrenaline-charged surf scene - until pro quarterback Matt Tollman comes along...

Starring: Kate Bosworth, Matthew Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Sanoe Lake, Mika Boorem
Directed by: John Stockwell
Release date: 2002-08-08
20.

Bad Company

4.2
5.6/10

When a Harvard-educated CIA agent is killed during an operation, the secret agency recruits his twin brother.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Chris Rock, Peter Stormare, Gabriel Macht, Kerry Washington
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Release date: 2002-06-07

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