Best Thriller Movies of 2002

1.

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
2.

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
3.

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
4.

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
5.

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
6.

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
7.

Insomnia

5.8

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
8.

Phone Booth

5.7

A slick New York publicist who picks up a ringing receiver in a phone booth is told that if he hangs up, he'll be killed... and the little red light from a laser rifle sight is proof that the caller isn't kidding.

Starring: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell, Katie Holmes
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Release date: 2002-09-09
9.

Signs

5.6

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
10.

Panic Room

5.6

Trapped in their New York brownstone's panic room, a hidden chamber built as a sanctuary in the event of break-ins, newly divorced Meg Altman and her young daughter Sarah play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with three intruders - Burnham, Raoul and Junior - during a brutal home invasion. But the room itself is the focal point because what the intruders really want is inside it.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam, Jared Leto
Directed by: David Fincher
Release date: 2002-03-29
11.

The Count of Monte Cristo

5.5

Edmond Dantés's life and plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes are shattered when his best friend, Fernand, deceives him. After spending 13 miserable years in prison, Dantés escapes with the help of a fellow inmate and plots his revenge, cleverly insinuating himself into the French nobility.

Starring: Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, James Frain, Dagmara Domińczyk
Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
Release date: 2002-01-23
12.

The Transporter

5.5

Former Special Forces officer, Frank Martin will deliver anything to anyone for the right price, and his no-questions-asked policy puts him in high demand. But when he realizes his latest cargo is alive, it sets in motion a dangerous chain of events. The bound and gagged Lai is being smuggled to France by a shady American businessman, and Frank works to save her as his own illegal activities are uncovered by a French detective.

Starring: Jason Statham, Shu Qi, François Berléand, Matt Schulze, Ric Young
Directed by: Corey Yuen, Louis Leterrier
Release date: 2002-10-02
13.

Blade II

5.4

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
14.

John Q

5.2

John Quincy Archibald is a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out he cannot receive a transplant because HMO insurance will not cover it. Therefore, he decides to take a hospital full of patients hostage until the hospital puts his son's name on the donor's list.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Anne Heche, Kimberly Elise, Daniel E. Smith
Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
Release date: 2002-02-15
15.

Dirty Pretty Things

5.2
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An urban hotel in London is a gathering and flash point for legal and illegal immigrants attempting to cobble together their lives in a new country. The immigrants include Senay, a Turkish woman, and a Nigerian doctor named Okwe who is working as a night porter at the hotel. The pair discover the hotel is a front for all sorts of clandestine activities. Their only wish is to avoid possible deportation. Okwe becomes more entangled in the goings on when he is called to fix a toilet in one of the rooms. He discovers the plumbing has been clogged by a human heart.
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou, Sergi López, Benedict Wong, Sophie Okonedo
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Release date: 2002-09-05
16.

Die Another Day

5.1

Bond takes on a North Korean leader who undergoes DNA replacement procedures that allow him to assume different identities. American agent, Jinx Johnson assists Bond in his attempt to thwart the villain's plans to exploit a satellite that is powered by solar energy.

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yune, Toby Stephens
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Release date: 2002-11-17
17.

Narc

5.1

An undercover narc dies, the investigation stalls, so the Detroit P.D. brings back Nick Tellis, fired 18-months ago when a stray bullet hits a pregnant woman. Tellis teams with Henry Oak, a friend of the dead narc and an aggressive cop constantly under the scrutiny of internal affairs. They follow leads and informants turn up dead.

Starring: Jason Patric, Ray Liotta, Chi McBride, Busta Rhymes, Lloyd Adams
Directed by: Joe Carnahan
Release date: 2002-01-14
18.

The Salton Sea

5.1
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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
19.

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
20.

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

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