Best Drama Movies of 2002

1.

The Pianist

6.9
8.5/10 IMDB

The true story of pianist W?adys?aw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

Starring: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Emilia Fox, Ed Stoppard, Julia Rayner, Jessica Kate Meyer, Michal Zebrowski, Wanja Mues ..
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Release date: 2002-09-17
2.

Catch Me If You Can

6.7
8.1/10 IMDB

A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. An FBI agent makes it his mission to put him behind bars. But Frank not only eludes capture, he revels in the pursuit.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye, Amy Adams, James Brolin, Brian Howe, Frank John Hughes, Steve Eastin ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 2002-12-25
3.

The Bourne Identity

6.4
7.9/10 IMDB

Wounded to the brink of death and suffering from amnesia, Jason Bourne is rescued at sea by a fisherman. With nothing to go on but a Swiss bank account number, he starts to reconstruct his life, but finds that many people he encounters want him dead. However, Bourne realizes that he has the combat and mental skills of a world-class spy—but who does he work for?

Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Brian Cox, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Gabriel Mann, Walton Goggins, Josh Hamilton, Julia Stiles ..
Directed by: Doug Liman
Release date: 2002-06-14
4.

Road to Perdition

6.3
7.7/10 IMDB

Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time looking for revenge on those who wronged him.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Liam Aiken, Paul Newman, Daniel Craig, Ciarán Hinds, David Darlow, Kevin Chamberlin, Doug Spinuzza ..
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Release date: 2002-07-12
5.

The Count of Monte Cristo

6.3
7.7/10 IMDB

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, Michael Wincott, Luis Guzmán, Christopher Adamson, J. B. Blanc, Henry Cavill ..
Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
Release date: 2002-01-23
6.

Gangs of New York

6.2
7.5/10 IMDB

It's 1863. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by his side and a whole new army, Vallon fights his way to seek vengeance on the Butcher and restore peace in the area.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, John C. Reilly, Jim Broadbent, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., David Hemmings ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 2002-12-14
7.

Adaptation.

6.2
7.7/10 IMDB

Nicolas Cage is Charlie Kaufman, a confused L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration, self-loathing, and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother Donald. While struggling to adapt "The Orchid Thief," by Susan Orlean, Kaufman's life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean's book, become strangely intertwined as each one's search for passion collides with the others'.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Cara Seymour, Ron Livingston, Brian Cox, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jay Tavare, Jim Beaver ..
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Release date: 2002-12-06
8.

25th Hour

6.1
7.6/10 IMDB

In New York City in the days following the events of 9/11, Monty Brogan is a convicted drug dealer about to start a seven-year prison sentence, and his final hours of freedom are devoted to hanging out with his closest buddies and trying to prepare his girlfriend for his extended absence.

Starring: Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Tony Siragusa, Levani, Misha Kuznetsov, Isiah Whitlock Jr. ..
Directed by: Spike Lee
Release date: 2002-12-19
9.

A Walk to Remember

6.1
7.3/10 IMDB

When the popular, restless Landon Carter is forced to participate in the school drama production he falls in love with Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town's minister. Jamie has a "to-do" list for her life and also a very big secret she must keep from Landon.

Starring: Mandy Moore, Shane West, Peter Coyote, Daryl Hannah, Lauren German, Clayne Crawford, Paz de la Huerta, Matt Lutz, Al Thompson, Jonathan Parks Jordan ..
Directed by: Adam Shankman
Release date: 2002-01-25
10.

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

6.1
7.1/10 IMDB

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, John Rubano, Richard McGonagle, Matt Levin, Adam Paul, Robert Cait ..
Directed by: Kelly Asbury, Lorna Cook
Release date: 2002-05-24
11.

Frida

6.1
7.3/10 IMDB

A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.

Starring: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Mía Maestro, Patricia Reyes Spíndola, Diego Luna, Roger Rees, Ashley Judd, Antonio Banderas, Edward Norton, Saffron Burrows ..
Directed by: Julie Taymor
Release date: 2002-08-29
12.

The Hours

6.1
7.5/10 IMDB

"The Hours" is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place, all are linked by their yearnings and their fears. Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a surprising, transcendent moment of shared recognition.

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Stephen Dillane, Miranda Richardson, George Loftus, Charley Ramm, Sophie Wyburd, Lyndsey Marshal, Linda Bassett ..
Directed by: Stephen Daldry
Release date: 2002-12-27
13.

Red Dragon

6.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Former FBI Agent Will Graham, who was once almost killed by the savage Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter, now has no choice but to face him again, as it seems Lecter is the only one who can help Graham track down a new serial killer.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Heald, Ken Leung, Frankie Faison ..
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Release date: 2002-10-02
14.

Chicago

5.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

Starring: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Queen Latifah, Richard Gere, Christine Baranski, Taye Diggs, Cliff Saunders, Dominic West, John C. Reilly, Colm Feore ..
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Release date: 2002-12-10
15.

Punch-Drunk Love

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

A socially awkward and volatile small business owner meets the love of his life after being threatened by a gang of scammers.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzmán, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Robert Smigel, Jason Andrews, Don McManus, David Schrempf, Seann Conway ..
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Release date: 2002-10-25
16.

8 Mile

5.9
7.1/10 IMDB

For Jimmy Smith, Jr., life is a daily fight just to keep hope alive. Feeding his dreams in Detroit's vibrant music scene, Jimmy wages an extraordinary personal struggle to find his own voice - and earn a place in a world where rhymes rule, legends are born and every moment… is another chance.

Starring: Eminem, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger, Michael Shannon, Taryn Manning, Anthony Mackie, De'Angelo Wilson, Evan Jones, Omar Benson Miller ..
Directed by: Curtis Hanson
Release date: 2002-11-08
17.

John Q

5.8
7.0/10 IMDB

John Quincy Archibald is a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out he cannot receive a transplant because HMO insurance will not cover it. Therefore, he decides to take a hospital full of patients hostage until the hospital puts his son's name on the donor's list.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Anne Heche, Kimberly Elise, Daniel E. Smith, Larissa Laskin, James Woods, Ethan Suplee, Shawn Hatosy, Heather Wahlquist ..
Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
Release date: 2002-02-15
18.

Signs

5.7
6.8/10 IMDB

A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin, Cherry Jones, M. Night Shyamalan, Patricia Kalember, Ted Sutton, Merritt Wever, Marion McCorry ..
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Release date: 2002-08-02
19.

Secretary

5.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.

Starring: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies, Lesley Ann Warren, Stephen McHattie, Amy Locane, Patrick Bauchau, Jessica Tuck, Oz Perkins, Mary Joy ..
Directed by: Steven Shainberg
Release date: 2002-09-20
20.

About a Boy

5.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Will Freeman is a good-looking, smooth-talking bachelor whose primary goal in life is avoiding any kind of responsibility. But when he invents an imaginary son in order to meet attractive single moms, Will gets a hilarious lesson about life from a bright, but hopelessly geeky 12-year-old named Marcus. Now, as Will struggles to teach Marcus the art of being cool, Marcus teaches Will that you're never too old to grow up.

Starring: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, Sharon Small, Madison Cook, Jordan Cook, Nicholas Hutchison, Ryan Speechley, Joseph Speechley ..
Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
Release date: 2002-04-26
21.

Panic Room

5.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Trapped in their New York brownstone's panic room, a hidden chamber built as a sanctuary in the event of break-ins, newly divorced Meg Altman and her young daughter Sarah play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with three intruders - Burnham, Raoul and Junior - during a brutal home invasion. But the room itself is the focal point because what the intruders really want is inside it.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam, Jared Leto, Ann Magnuson, Ian Buchanan, Patrick Bauchau, Paul Schulze, Andrew Kevin Walker ..
Directed by: David Fincher
Release date: 2002-03-29
22.

The Magdalene Sisters

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

Four women are given into the custody of the Magdalene sisterhood asylum to correct their sinful behavior: Crispina and Rose have given birth to a premarital child, Margaret got raped by her cousin and the orphan Bernadette had been repeatedly caught flirting with the boys. All have to work in a laundry under the strict supervision of the nuns, who break their wills through sadistic punishment.

Starring: Anne-Marie Duff, Nora-Jane Noone, Dorothy Duffy, Geraldine McEwan, Eileen Walsh, Mary Murray, Eamonn Owens, Britta Smith, Peter Mullan, Eithne McGuinness ..
Directed by: Peter Mullan
Release date: 2002-08-30
23.

Unfaithful

5.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Connie is a wife and mother whose 11-year marriage to Edward has lost its sexual spark. When Connie literally runs into handsome book collector Paul, he sweeps her into an all-consuming affair. But Edward soon becomes suspicious and decides to confront the other man.

Starring: Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez, Erik Per Sullivan, Zeljko Ivanek, Dominic Chianese, Kate Burton, Chad Lowe, Gary Basaraba, Myra Lucretia Taylor ..
Directed by: Adrian Lyne
Release date: 2002-05-10
24.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

5.5
6.6/10 IMDB

A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.

Starring: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Andrea Martin, Joey Fatone, Louis Mandylor, Gia Carides, Christina Eleusiniotis, Marita Zouravlioff ..
Directed by: Joel Zwick
Release date: 2002-02-22
25.

One Hour Photo

5.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Sy "the photo guy" Parrish has lovingly developed photos for the Yorkin family since their son was a baby. But as the Yorkins' lives become fuller, Sy's only seems lonelier, until he eventually believes he's part of their family. When "Uncle" Sy's picture-perfect fantasy collides with an ugly dose of reality, what happens next "has the spine-tingling elements of the best psychological thrillers!"

Starring: Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Erin Daniels, Eriq La Salle, Gary Cole, Dylan Smith, Lee Garlington, Marion Calvert, David Moreland ..
Directed by: Mark Romanek
Release date: 2002-08-21
26.

Bloody Sunday

5.5
7.6/10 IMDB

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, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nicholas Farrell, Christopher Villiers, James Hewitt, Declan Duddy ..
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Release date: 2002-01-16
27.

The Sum of All Fears

5.4
6.4/10 IMDB

When the president of Russia suddenly dies, a man whose politics are virtually unknown succeeds him. The change in political leaders sparks paranoia among American CIA officials, so CIA director Bill Cabot recruits a young analyst to supply insight and advice on the situation. Then the unthinkable happens: a nuclear bomb explodes in a U.S. city, and America is quick to blame the Russians.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell, Ken Jenkins, Liev Schreiber, Bruce McGill, John Beasley, Philip Baker Hall, Bridget Moynahan, Ciarán Hinds ..
Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson
Release date: 2002-05-31
28.

Bend It Like Beckham

5.3
6.7/10 IMDB

Jess Bhamra, the daughter of a strict Indian couple in London, is not permitted to play organized soccer, even though she is 18. When Jess is playing for fun one day, her impressive skills are seen by Jules Paxton, who then convinces Jess to play for her semi-pro team. Jess uses elaborate excuses to hide her matches from her family while also dealing with her romantic feelings for her coach, Joe.

Starring: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Shaheen Khan, Frank Harper, Juliet Stevenson, Ameet Chana, Archie Panjabi, Pooja Shah ..
Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
Release date: 2002-04-11
29.

Jackass: The Movie

5.3
6.6/10 IMDB

Johnny Knoxville and his band of maniacs perform a variety of stunts and gross-out gags on the big screen for the first time. They wander around Japan in panda outfits, wreak havoc on a once civilized golf course, they even do stunts involving LIVE alligators, and so on.

Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Ryan Dunn, Preston Lacy, Jason Acuña, Ehren McGhehey, Brandon DiCamillo ..
Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
Release date: 2002-10-25
30.

Far from Heaven

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.

Starring: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis, James Rebhorn, Michael Gaston, Celia Weston, June Squibb, Chance Kelly ..
Directed by: Todd Haynes
Release date: 2002-09-02
31.

All or Nothing

5.2
7.5/10 IMDB

Penny works at a supermarket and Phil is a gentle taxi-driver. Penny’s love for Phil has run dry and they lead joyless lives with their two children, Rachel, a cleaner, and Rory, who is unemployed and aggressive.

Starring: James Corden, Timothy Spall, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, Sally Hawkins, Alison Garland, Kathryn Hunter, Paul Jesson, Daniel Mays, Helen Coker ..
Directed by: Mike Leigh
Release date: 2002-05-17
32.

Rabbit-Proof Fence

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

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, Jason Clarke, Ningali Lawford, Myarn Lawford, Deborah Mailman, Garry McDonald ..
Directed by: Phillip Noyce
Release date: 2002-02-04
33.

Sweet Sixteen

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.

Starring: Martin Compston, Annmarie Fulton, William Ruane, Michelle Abercromby, Michelle Coulter, Gary McCormack, Tommy McKee, Calum McAlees, Robert Rennie, Martin McCardie ..
Directed by: Ken Loach
Release date: 2002-09-07
34.

Antwone Fisher

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

A sailor prone to violent outbursts is sent to a naval psychiatrist for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Through the guidance of his doctor, he confronts his painful past and begins a quest to find the family he never knew.

Starring: Derek Luke, Malcolm David Kelley, Cory Hodges, Denzel Washington, Joy Bryant, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Leonard Earl Howze, Kevin Connolly, Yolanda Ross, Viola Davis ..
Directed by: Denzel Washington
Release date: 2002-12-19
35.

Dirty Pretty Things

5.1
7.3/10 IMDB

An urban hotel in London is a gathering and flash point for legal and illegal immigrants attempting to cobble together their lives in a new country. The immigrants include Senay, a Turkish woman, and a Nigerian doctor named Okwe who is working as a night porter at the hotel. The pair discover the hotel is a front for all sorts of clandestine activities. Their only wish is to avoid possible deportation. Okwe becomes more entangled in the goings on when he is called to fix a toilet in one of the rooms. He discovers the plumbing has been clogged by a human heart.

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou, Sergi López, Benedict Wong, Sophie Okonedo, Zlatko Buri?, Damon Younger, Kenan Hudaverdi, Paul Bhattacharjee, Darrell D'Silva ..
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Release date: 2002-09-05
36.

24 Hour Party People

5.1
7.3/10 IMDB

Manchester, 1976. Tony Wilson is an ambitious but frustrated local TV news reporter looking for a way to make his mark. After witnessing a life-changing concert by a band known as the Sex Pistols, he persuades his station to televise one of their performances, and soon Manchester's punk groups are clamoring for him to manage them. Riding the wave of a musical revolution, Wilson and his friends create the legendary Factory Records label and The Hacienda club.

Starring: Steve Coogan, Paddy Considine, Sean Harris, Lennie James, Shirley Henderson, Andy Serkis, John Simm, Ralf Little, Danny Cunningham, Peter Kay ..
Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
Release date: 2002-02-13
37.

About Schmidt

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

66-year-old Warren Schmidt is a retired insurance salesman and has no particular plans other than to drive around in the motor home his wife insisted they buy. He's not altogether bitter, but not happy either, as everything his wife does annoys him, and he disapproves of the man his daughter is about to marry. When his wife suddenly dies, he sets out to postpone the imminent marriage of his daughter to a man he doesn't like, while coping with discoveries about his late wife and himself in the process.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, June Squibb, Howard Hesseman, Connie Ray, Harry Groener, Cheryl Hamada, Matt Winston ..
Directed by: Alexander Payne
Release date: 2002-12-12
38.

Paid in Full

5.1
7.0/10 IMDB

Ace is an impressionable young man working for a dry cleaning business. His friend, drug dealer Mitch goes to prison. In an unrelated incident, he finds some cocaine in a pants pocket. Soon, Ace finds himself dealing cocaine for Lulu. Via lucky breaks and solid interpersonal skills, Ace moves to the top of the Harlem drug world. Of course, unfaithful employees and/or rivals conspire to bring about Ace's fall.

Starring: Wood Harris, Cam'ron, Mekhi Phifer, Kevin Carroll, Chi McBride, Regina Hall, Esai Morales, Cynthia Martells, Elise Neal, Ron Cephas Jones ..
Directed by: Charles Stone III
Release date: 2002-10-25
39.

The Emperor's Club

5.1
6.9/10 IMDB

William Hundert is a passionate and principled Classics professor who finds his tightly-controlled world shaken and inexorably altered when a new student, Sedgewick Bell, walks into his classroom. What begins as a fierce battle of wills gives way to a close student-teacher relationship, but results in a life lesson for Hundert that will still haunt him a quarter of a century later.

Starring: Kevin Kline, Emile Hirsch, Embeth Davidtz, Rob Morrow, Edward Herrmann, Helen Carey, Jesse Eisenberg, Paul Dano, Katherine O'Sullivan, Purva Bedi ..
Directed by: Michael Hoffman
Release date: 2002-11-22
40.

White Oleander

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.

Starring: Alison Lohman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cole Hauser, Robin Wright, Amy Aquino, John Billingsley, Solomon Burke Jr., Taryn Manning, Melissa Marsala, James Lashly ..
Directed by: Peter Kosminsky
Release date: 2002-10-11
41.

Narc

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

When the trail goes cold on a murder investigation of a policeman, an undercover narcotics officer is lured back to the force to help solve the case.

Starring: Jason Patric, Ray Liotta, Chi McBride, Busta Rhymes, Lloyd Adams, Lina Giornofelice, Alan C. Peterson, Anne Openshaw, John Ortiz, Krista Bridges ..
Directed by: Joe Carnahan
Release date: 2002-01-14
42.

The Salton Sea

5.1
7.0/10 IMDB

After the murder of his beloved wife, a man in search of redemption is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey, he befriends slacker Jimmy "The Finn", becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons, and gets entangled in a web of deceit full of unexpected twists and turns.

Starring: Val Kilmer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Goldberg, Luis Guzmán, Doug Hutchison, Anthony LaPaglia, Glenn Plummer, Peter Sarsgaard, Deborah Kara Unger, Chandra West ..
Directed by: D. J. Caruso
Release date: 2002-02-02
43.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. Television producer by day, CIA assassin by night, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA at the height of his TV career and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said.

Starring: Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Rutger Hauer, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Jerry Weintraub, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Cera ..
Directed by: George Clooney
Release date: 2002-12-31
44.

Nicholas Nickleby

5.0
7.1/10 IMDB

Nicholas Nickleby, a young boy in search of a better life, 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, Anne Hathaway, Alan Cumming, Timothy Spall, Romola Garai, Andrew Havill ..
Directed by: Douglas McGrath
Release date: 2002-12-27
45.

The Quiet American

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

A stylish political thriller where love and war collide in Southeast Asia. Set in early 1950s Vietnam, a young American becomes entangled in a dangerous love triangle when he falls for the beautiful mistress of a British journalist. As war is waged around them, these three only sink deeper into a world of drugs, passion, and betrayal where nothing is as it seems.

Starring: Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Do Thi Hai Yen, Tzi Ma, Rade Šerbedžija, Robert Stanton, Holmes Osborne, Quang Hai, Ferdinand Hoang, Pham Thi Mai Hoa ..
Directed by: Phillip Noyce
Release date: 2002-11-22
46.

The Rookie

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in Texas, Jim's team makes a deal with him: if they win the district championship, Jim will try out with a major-league organization. The bet proves incentive enough for the team, and they go from worst to first, making it to state for the first time in the history of the school. Jim, forced to live up to his end of the deal, is nearly laughed off the try-out field--until he gets onto the mound, where he confounds the scouts (and himself) by clocking successive 98 mph fastballs, good enough for a minor-league contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Jim's still got a lot of pitches to throw before he makes it to The Show, but with his big-league dreams revived, there's no telling where he could go.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez, Beth Grant, Angus T. Jones, Brian Cox, Rick Gonzalez, Chad Lindberg, Angelo Spizzirri, Royce D. Applegate ..
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Release date: 2002-03-25
47.

Solaris

5.0
6.2/10 IMDB

A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet.

Starring: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Viola Davis, Jeremy Davies, Ulrich Tukur, Michael Ensign, John Cho, Morgan Rusler, Shane Skelton, Donna Kimball ..
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 2002-11-27
48.

Igby Goes Down

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Igby Slocumb, a rebellious and sarcastic 17-year-old boy, is at war with the stifling world of old money privilege he was born into. With a schizophrenic father, a self-absorbed, distant mother, and a shark-like young Republican big brother, Igby figures there must be a better life out there -- and sets about finding it.

Starring: Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes, Jeff Goldblum, Jared Harris, Amanda Peet, Ryan Phillippe, Bill Pullman, Susan Sarandon, Rory Culkin, Peter Anthony Tambakis ..
Directed by: Burr Steers
Release date: 2002-09-13
49.

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

A group of Catholic school friends, after being caught drawing an obscene comic book, plan a heist that will outdo their previous prank and make them local legends.

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Kieran Culkin, Jodie Foster, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jena Malone, Jake Richardson, Melissa McBride, Michael Harding, Tyler Long, Arthur Bridgers ..
Directed by: Peter Care
Release date: 2002-06-14
50.

K-19: The Widowmaker

4.9
6.7/10 IMDB

When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joss Ackland, John Shrapnel, Donald Sumpter, Tim Woodward, Steve Nicolson, George Anton, James Francis Ginty ..
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Release date: 2002-07-19

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