Best Romance Movies of 2002

1.

A Walk to Remember

6.1
7.4/10 IMDB

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, Clayne Crawford, Paz de la Huerta, Matt Lutz, Al Thompson, Jonathan Parks Jordan ..
Directed by: Adam Shankman
Release date: 2002-01-25
2.

Punch-Drunk Love

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

A socially awkward and volatile small business owner meets the love of his life after being threatened by a gang of scammers.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzmán, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Robert Smigel, Jason Andrews, Don McManus, David Schrempf, Seann Conway ..
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Release date: 2002-10-25
3.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

5.4
6.5/10 IMDB

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, Joey Fatone, Louis Mandylor, Gia Carides, Christina Eleusiniotis, Marita Zouravlioff ..
Directed by: Joel Zwick
Release date: 2002-02-22
4.

Bend It Like Beckham

5.3
6.6/10 IMDB

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, Frank Harper, Juliet Stevenson, Ameet Chana, Archie Panjabi, Pooja Shah ..
Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
Release date: 2002-04-11
5.

Far from Heaven

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.

Starring: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis, James Rebhorn, Michael Gaston, Celia Weston, June Squibb, Chance Kelly ..
Directed by: Todd Haynes
Release date: 2002-09-02
6.

Antwone Fisher

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

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, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Leonard Earl Howze, Kevin Connolly, Yolanda Ross, Viola Davis ..
Directed by: Denzel Washington
Release date: 2002-12-19
7.

National Lampoon's Van Wilder

5.1
6.4/10 IMDB

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, Teck Holmes, Deon Richmond, Alex Burns, Paul Gleason, Daniel Cosgrove ..
Directed by: Walt Becker
Release date: 2002-03-29
8.

Secretary

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

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, Amy Locane, Patrick Bauchau, Jessica Tuck, Oz Perkins ..
Directed by: Steven Shainberg
Release date: 2002-01-11
9.

The Emperor's Club

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

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, Helen Carey, Jesse Eisenberg, Paul Dano, Katherine O'Sullivan ..
Directed by: Michael Hoffman
Release date: 2002-11-22
10.

The Importance of Being Earnest

4.9
6.8/10 IMDB

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, Frances O'Connor, Anna Massey, Edward Fox, Patrick Godfrey, Charles Kay ..
Directed by: Oliver Parker
Release date: 2002-05-17

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