Best Fantasy 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.

Spider-Man

6.2
7.3/10

After being bitten by a genetically altered spider, nerdy high school student Peter Parker is endowed with amazing powers.

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Release date: 2002-05-01
4.

Treasure Planet

6.0
7.2/10

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
5.

Blade II

5.4
6.7/10

A rare mutation has occurred within the vampire community - The Reaper. A vampire so consumed with an insatiable bloodlust that they prey on vampires as well as humans, transforming victims who are unlucky enough to survive into Reapers themselves. Blade is asked by the Vampire Nation for his help in preventing a nightmare plague that would wipe out both humans and vampires.

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela, Norman Reedus
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Release date: 2002-03-22
6.

Bubba Ho-tep

5.0
7.1/10

Bubba Ho-tep tells the "true" story of what really did become of Elvis Presley. We find Elvis as an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home, who switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his "death," then missed his chance to switch back. He must team up with JFK and fight an ancient Egyptian mummy for the souls of their fellow residents.

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Ella Joyce, Heidi Marnhout, Bob Ivy
Directed by: Don Coscarelli
Release date: 2002-06-09
7.

Tuck Everlasting

4.8
6.7/10

Natalie Babbitt's award winning book for children comes to the screen in a lavish adaptation from Walt Disney Pictures. Winnie Foster (Alexis Bledel) is a girl in her early teens growing up in the small rural town of Winesap in 1914. Winnie's parents (Victor Garber and Amy Irving) are loving but overprotective, and Winnie longs for a life of greater freedom and adventure.

Starring: Alexis Bledel, William Hurt, Sissy Spacek, Jonathan Jackson, Scott Bairstow
Directed by: Jay Russell
Release date: 2002-10-11
8.

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
9.

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
10.

Rabbits

4.3
7.0/10
Rabbits
A story of a group of humanoid rabbits and their depressive, daily life. The plot includes Suzie ironing, Jane sitting on a couch, Jack walking in and out of the apartment, and the occasional solo singing number by Suzie or Jane. At one point the rabbits also make contact with their “leader”.
Starring: Scott Coffey, Rebekah Del Rio, Laura Harring, Naomi Watts
Directed by: David Lynch
Release date: 2002-01-01
11.

The Santa Clause 2

4.2
5.6/10

Better watch out! The big guy in red is coming to town once again. This time, Scott Calvin -- also known as Santa Claus -- finds out there's an obscure clause in his contract requiring him to take on a wife. He has to leave the North Pole to fulfill his obligations, or else he'll be forced to give up his Yuletide gig.

Starring: Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, David Krumholtz, Eric Lloyd, Spencer Breslin
Directed by: Michael Lembeck
Release date: 2002-10-31
12.

The Hot Chick

4.1
5.5/10

Not only is Jessica Spencer the most popular girl in school -- she is also the meanest. But things change for the attractive teen when a freak accident involving a cursed pair of earrings and a chance encounter at a gas station causes her to switch bodies with Clive, a sleazy crook. Jessica, in the form of the repulsive Clive, struggles to adjust to this radical alteration and sets out to get her own body back before the upcoming prom.

Starring: Rob Schneider, Rachel McAdams, Anna Faris, Matthew Lawrence, Eric Christian Olsen
Directed by: Tom Brady
Release date: 2002-12-13
13.

Queen of the Damned

4.0
5.3/10

Lestat de Lioncourt is awakened from his slumber. Bored with his existence, he has now become this generation's new Rock God. While in the course of time, another has arisen, Akasha, the Queen of the Vampires and the Dammed. He wants immortal fame, his fellow vampires want him eternally dead for his betrayal, and the Queen wants him for her King. Who will be the first to reach him? Who shall win?

Starring: Stuart Townsend, Aaliyah, Marguerite Moreau, Vincent Pérez, Paul McGann
Directed by: Michael Rymer
Release date: 2002-02-10
14.

Like Mike

3.9
5.2/10

Calvin and his friends, who all live in an orphanage, find old shoes with the faded letters MJ connected to a powerline. One stormy night, they go to get the shoes when Calvin and the shoes are struck by lightning. Calvin now has unbelievable basketball powers and has the chance to play for the NBA.

Starring: Shad Moss, Morris Chestnut, Chris Webber, Dirk Nowitzki, Allen Iverson
Directed by: John Schultz
Release date: 2002-07-03
15.

Mount Head

3.5
7.0/10
Mount Head
A miserly man eats the pits of some cherries he can't stand throwing out. A tree starts growing from the top of his head. He cuts it off; it grows back. After a while, he gives up and lets it grow, but the crowds that gather on top of his head to enjoy the tree (and leave huge mounds of trash) eventually drive him to uproot the tree. This leaves a crater on top of his head, which fills with water, which becomes a popular lake.
Directed by: Koji Yamamura
Release date: 2002-01-01
16.

Snow Queen

3.5
6.8/10

The Snow Queen is a powerful story of friendship and the triumph of love over wickedness. The story follows a young woman who is forced to battle the wicked snow queen in order to save the soul of the man she loves.

Starring: Bridget Fonda, Chelsea Hobbs, Jeremy Guilbaut, Robert Wisden, Jennifer Clément
Directed by: David Wu
Release date: 2002-01-04
17.

Cinderella II: Dreams Come True

3.4
5.1/10

As a newly crowned princess, Cinderella quickly learns that life at the Palace - and her royal responsibilities - are more challenging than she had imagined. In three heartwarming tales, Cinderella calls on her animal friends and her Fairy Godmother to help as she brings her own grace and charm to her regal role and discovers that being true to yourself is the best way to make your dreams come true.

Starring: Jennifer Hale, Rob Paulsen, Corey Burton, Andre Stojka, Russi Taylor
Directed by: John Kafka
Release date: 2002-02-23
18.

The Invisible

3.4
6.5/10

A teenager is assaulted and killed, but returns as a ghost to find his killer.

Starring: Gustaf Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny, Joel Kinnaman, Thomas Hedengran, Pär Luttropp
Directed by: Simon Sandquist, Joel Bergvall
Release date: 2002-01-30
19.

Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring

3.3
6.3/10
Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring
The world's favourite cat and mouse team bounds back into action in an all-new full-length animated adventure certain to cast its spell over the entire family Left in charge of a priceless magical ring by his young wizard master, Tom is horrified when the ring gets stuck on Jerry's head, who then runs off into the city! Before you can say "abracadabra", the entire town is hot on our heroes' tails.
Starring: Jeff Bennett, Frank Welker, Charlie Schlatter, Jim Cummings, Maile Flanagan
Directed by: James T. Walker
Release date: 2002-03-12
20.

Dinotopia

3.3
6.6/10
Dinotopia
Carl and David, two boys flying a small aircraft over the ocean with their father, crash land near an uncharted island. The boys swim safely to shore, but their father unfortunately drowns in the crash. On their own, the brothers explore the island and soon discover it is not only inhabited by people, but by dinosaurs as well! While the place seems easy enough to get used to, the boys must find a way of returning to their home.
Release date: 2002-05-12

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