Best Mystery Movies of 2002

1.

Minority Report

6.2
7.6/10

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
2.

Insomnia

5.8
7.2/10

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.

Starring: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Maura Tierney, Martin Donovan
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Release date: 2002-05-24
3.

The Ring

5.6
7.1/10

It sounded like just another urban legend: A videotape filled with nightmarish images, leading to a phone call foretelling the viewer's death in exactly seven days. As a newspaper reporter, Rachel Keller was naturally skeptical of the story, until four teenagers all met with mysterious deaths exactly one week after watching just such a tape. Allowing her investigative curiosity to get the better of her, Rachel tracks down the video... and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery of the Ring.

Starring: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, Jane Alexander
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Release date: 2002-10-18
4.

Signs

5.6
6.7/10

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
5.

The Salton Sea

5.1
7.1/10
The Salton Sea
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
Directed by: D.J. Caruso
Release date: 2002-01-01
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.

xXx

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
8.

K-19: The Widowmaker

4.9
6.7/10

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
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Release date: 2002-07-19
9.

Cypher

4.9
6.8/10

An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.

Starring: Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu, Nigel Bennett, Timothy Webber, David Hewlett
Directed by: Vincenzo Natali
Release date: 2002-10-01
10.

Big Trouble

4.7
6.5/10

The story of how a mysterious suitcase brings together, and changes, the lives of a divorced dad, an unhappy housewife, two hitmen, a pair of street thugs, two love struck teens, two FBI men and a psychedelic toad. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry's best-selling first novel, "Big Trouble."

Starring: Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Patrick Warburton, Ben Foster, Zooey Deschanel
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
Release date: 2002-04-05
11.

The Mothman Prophecies

4.6
6.5/10

Reporter John Klein is plunged into a world of impossible terror and unthinkable chaos when fate draws him to a sleepy West Virginia town whose residents are being visited by a great winged shape that sows hideous nightmares and fevered visions.

Starring: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Will Patton, Bob Tracey, Debra Messing
Directed by: Mark Pellington
Release date: 2002-01-25
12.

High Crimes

4.6
6.4/10

A female attorney learns that her husband is really a marine officer awol for fifteen years and accused of murdering fifteen civilians in El Salvador. Believing her husband when he tells her that he's being framed as part of a U.S. Military cover-up, the attorney defends him in a military court.

Starring: Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Jim Caviezel, Amanda Peet, Adam Scott
Directed by: Carl Franklin
Release date: 2002-04-05
13.

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
14.

Below

4.5
6.2/10

In the dark silence of the sea during World War II, the submarine USS Tiger Shark prowls on what should be a routine rescue mission. But for the shell-shocked crew, trapped together in the sub's narrow corridors and constricted spaces, this is about to become a journey into the sensory delusions, mental deceptions and runaway fears that lurk just below the surface of the ocean.

Starring: Matthew Davis, Bruce Greenwood, Olivia Williams, Zach Galifianakis, Scott Foley
Directed by: David Twohy
Release date: 2002-08-11
15.

Solaris

4.5
6.2/10

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
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 2002-11-27
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.

City By The Sea

4.4
6.1/10

A man struggling to come to terms with the sins of his father makes the terrible discovery that his own son has fallen into a life of crime in a drama based on a true story. Vincent LaMarca is a dedicated and well-respected New York City police detective who has gone to great lengths to distance himself from his past.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Frances McDormand, James Franco, Eliza Dushku, William Forsythe
Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones
Release date: 2002-09-06
18.

Ghost Ship

4.1
5.5/10

After discovering a passenger ship missing since 1962 floating adrift on the Bering Sea, salvagers claim the vessel as their own. Once they begin towing the ghost ship towards harbor, a series of bizarre occurrences happen and the group becomes trapped inside the ship, which they soon learn is inhabited by a demonic creature.

Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies, Desmond Harrington, Ron Eldard, Isaiah Washington
Directed by: Steve Beck
Release date: 2002-10-25
19.

Cube 2: Hypercube

4.0
5.6/10

The sequel to the low budget first film ‘Cube.’ This time the prisoners find them selves in a more advanced cube environment that they must escape from before they are killed. A science fiction film where space and time have more than one path.

Starring: Kari Matchett, Geraint Wyn Davies, Grace Lynn Kung, Matthew Ferguson, Neil Crone
Directed by: Andrzej Sekula
Release date: 2002-04-15
20.

Killing Me Softly

4.0
5.5/10

A woman grows suspicious of her controlling husband after she discovers secrets about the women in his past.

Starring: Heather Graham, Joseph Fiennes, Natascha McElhone, Ulrich Thomsen, Ian Hart
Directed by: Chen Kaige
Release date: 2002-05-10

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