Best Romance Movies of 2002

1.

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
2.

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
3.

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
4.

Frida

5.4

"Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary

Starring: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Mía Maestro, Patricia Reyes Spíndola, Diego Luna
Directed by: Julie Taymor
Release date: 2002-08-29
5.

Punch-Drunk Love

5.2

A beleaguered small-business owner gets a harmonium and embarks on a romantic journey with a mysterious woman.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzmán, Mary Lynn Rajskub
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Release date: 2002-10-25
6.

Antwone Fisher

5.2

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
Directed by: Denzel Washington
Release date: 2002-12-19
7.

The Quiet American

5.1
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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, Đỗ Thị Hải Yến, Tzi Ma, Rade Serbedzija
Directed by: Phillip Noyce
Release date: 2002-11-22
8.

National Lampoon's Van Wilder

5.1

Van Wilder has been attending college for far too many years and is scared to graduate, but Van’s father eventually realizes what is going on. When he stops paying his son's tuition fees, Van must come up with the money if he wants to stay in college, so he and his friends come up with a great fund-raising idea – throwing parties. However, when the college magazine finds out and reporter, Gwen is sent to do a story on Van Wilder, things get a little complicated.

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Tim Matheson, Kal Penn, Simon Helberg
Directed by: Walt Becker
Release date: 2002-03-29
9.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

5.1

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
Directed by: George Clooney
Release date: 2002-12-30
10.

Secretary

5.0

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
Directed by: Steven Shainberg
Release date: 2002-01-11
11.

The Emperor's Club

5.0

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
Directed by: Michael Hoffman
Release date: 2002-11-22
12.

Heaven

4.9

A woman takes the law into her own hands after police ignore her pleas to arrest the man responsible for her husband's death, and finds herself not only under arrest for murder but falling in love with an officer.

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Remo Girone, Stefania Rocca, Alessandro Sperduti
Directed by: Tom Tykwer
Release date: 2002-02-06
13.

The Importance of Being Earnest

4.9

Two young gentlemen living in 1890s England use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") on the sly, which is fine until they both fall in love with women using that name, which leads to a comedy of mistaken identities...

Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson
Directed by: Oliver Parker
Release date: 2002-05-17
14.

Tuck Everlasting

4.9
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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
15.

May

4.8

Psychological horror about a lonely young woman traumatized by a difficult childhood, and her increasingly desperate attempts to connect with the people around her.

Starring: Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris, James Duval, Nichole Hiltz
Directed by: Lucky McKee
Release date: 2002-01-13
16.

The Four Feathers

4.8

The story, set in 1875, follows a British officer (Heath Ledger) who resigns his post when he learns of his regiment's plan to ship out to the Sudan for the conflict with the Mahdi. His friends and fiancée send him four white feathers which symbolize cowardice. To redeem his honor he disguises himself as an Arab and secretly saves the lives of those who branded him a coward.

Starring: Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Sheen
Directed by: Shekhar Kapur
Release date: 2002-09-08
17.

Bend It Like Beckham

4.7

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
Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
Release date: 2002-04-11
18.

The Rules of Attraction

4.7

The incredibly spoiled and overprivileged students of Camden College are a backdrop for an unusual love triangle between a drug dealer, a virgin and a bisexual classmate.

Starring: James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Ian Somerhalder, Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth
Directed by: Roger Avary
Release date: 2002-10-11
19.

Sweet Home Alabama

4.6

New York fashion designer, Melanie Carmichael suddenly finds herself engaged to the city's most eligible bachelor. But her past holds many secrets—including Jake, the redneck husband she married in high school, who refuses to divorce her. Bound and determined to end their contentious relationship once and for all, Melanie sneaks back home to Alabama to confront her past.

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, Candice Bergen, Rhona Mitra
Directed by: Andy Tennant
Release date: 2002-09-26
20.

Femme fatale

4.6

A woman tries to straighten out her life, even as her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her.

Starring: Rebecca Romijn, Antonio Banderas, Peter Coyote, Rie Rasmussen, Gregg Henry
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 2002-11-06

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