Best Drama Movies of 2002

1.

The Pianist

6.9

The true story of pianist Wladyslaw 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
Directed by: Roman Polański
Release date: 2002-09-17
2.

Catch Me If You Can

6.7

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
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 2002-12-25
3.

The Bourne Identity

6.4

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
Directed by: Doug Liman
Release date: 2002-06-14
4.

Road to Perdition

6.3

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
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Release date: 2002-07-12
5.

Adaptation.

6.2

A love-lorn script writer grows increasingly desperate in his quest to adapt the book 'The Orchid Thief'.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Cara Seymour
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Release date: 2002-12-06
6.

Gangs of New York

6.2

It's 1863. America was born in the streets. 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
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 2002-12-14
7.

A Walk to Remember

6.1

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
Directed by: Adam Shankman
Release date: 2002-01-25
8.

25th Hour

6.1

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
Directed by: Spike Lee
Release date: 2002-12-16
9.

Chicago

5.9

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
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Release date: 2002-12-26
10.

Red Dragon

5.9

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
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Release date: 2002-09-29
11.

8 Mile

5.8

The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary boundaries to fulfill his dream of success in hip hop. With his pal Future and the three one third in place, all he has to do is not choke.

Starring: Eminem, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger, Michael Shannon
Directed by: Curtis Hanson
Release date: 2002-11-08
12.

Phone Booth

5.7

A slick New York publicist who picks up a ringing receiver in a phone booth is told that if he hangs up, he'll be killed... and the little red light from a laser rifle sight is proof that the caller isn't kidding.

Starring: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell, Katie Holmes
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Release date: 2002-09-09
13.

Signs

5.6

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
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Release date: 2002-08-02
14.

About a Boy

5.6

Will Freeman is a hip Londoner who one day realizes that his friends are all involved with the responsibilities of married life and that leaves him alone in the cold. Passing himself off as a single father, he starts to meet a string of single mums, confident in his ability to leave them behind when they start to ask for a commitment. But Will's hope of a continued bachelorhood is interrupted when he meets 12-year old Marcus, in many ways his complete opposite.

Starring: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, Sharon Small
Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
Release date: 2002-04-26
15.

The Magdalene Sisters

5.6

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
Directed by: Peter Mullan
Release date: 2002-10-24
16.

Panic Room

5.6

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
Directed by: David Fincher
Release date: 2002-03-29
17.

The Count of Monte Cristo

5.5

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 Domińczyk
Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
Release date: 2002-01-23
18.

Bloody Sunday

5.5

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
19.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

5.4

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
Directed by: Joel Zwick
Release date: 2002-02-22
20.

The Hours

5.4

"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
Directed by: Stephen Daldry
Release date: 2002-12-27

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