Best Movies of 2002

1.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

7.3

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.

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
3.

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
4.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

6.5

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
5.

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
6.

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
7.

Minority Report

6.3

John Anderton is a top 'Precrime' cop in the late-21st century, when technology can predict crimes before they're committed. But Anderton becomes the quarry when another investigator targets him for a murder charge.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow, Lois Smith
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 2002-06-20
8.

Ice Age

6.2

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
9.

Spider-Man

6.2

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
10.

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
11.

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
12.

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
13.

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
14.

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

6.1

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
15.

28 Days Later

6.1

Twenty-eight days after a killer virus was accidentally unleashed from a British research facility, a small group of London survivors are caught in a desperate struggle to protect themselves from the infected. Carried by animals and humans, the virus turns those it infects into homicidal maniacs -- and it's absolutely impossible to contain.

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns, Christopher Eccleston
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Release date: 2002-10-31
16.

Lilo & Stitch

6.0

As Stitch, a runaway genetic experiment from a faraway planet, wreaks havoc on the Hawaiian Islands, he becomes the mischievous adopted alien "puppy" of an independent little girl named Lilo and learns about loyalty, friendship, and 'ohana, the Hawaiian tradition of family.

Starring: Chris Sanders, Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald
Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Release date: 2002-06-21
17.

Treasure Planet

6.0

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
18.

Equilibrium

5.9

In a dystopian future, a totalitarian regime maintains peace by subduing the populace with a drug, and displays of emotion are punishable by death. A man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.

Starring: Christian Bale, Taye Diggs, Emily Watson, Angus Macfadyen, Sean Bean
Directed by: Kurt Wimmer
Release date: 2002-12-06
19.

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
20.

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

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