Best War Movies of 2002

1.

The Pianist

6.9
8.5/10 IMDB

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, Ed Stoppard, Julia Rayner, Jessica Kate Meyer, Michal Zebrowski, Wanja Mues ..
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Release date: 2002-09-17
2.

We Were Soldiers

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Greg Kinnear, Madeleine Stowe, Sam Elliott, Chris Klein, Keri Russell, Barry Pepper, Clark Gregg, Marc Blucas, Jsu Garcia ..
Directed by: Randall Wallace
Release date: 2002-03-01
3.

K-19: The Widowmaker

4.9
6.7/10 IMDB

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, Donald Sumpter, Tim Woodward, Steve Nicolson, George Anton, James Francis Ginty ..
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Release date: 2002-07-19
4.

The Four Feathers

4.8
6.5/10 IMDB

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, Kris Marshall, Mohamed Bouich, Campbell Brown, Daniel Caltagirone, James Cosmo ..
Directed by: Shekhar Kapur
Release date: 2002-09-08
5.

Hart's War

4.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Fourth-generation Army Col. William McNamara is imprisoned in a brutal German POW camp. Still, as the senior-ranking American officer, he commands his fellow inmates, keeping a sense of honor alive in a place where honor is easy to destroy, all under the dangerous eye of the Luftwafe vetran Col. Wilhelm Visser. Never giving up the fight to win the war, McNamara is silently planning, waiting for his moment to strike back at the enemy. A murder in the camp gives him the chance to set a risky plan in motion. With a court martial to keep Visser and the Germans distracted, McNamara orchestrates a cunning scheme to escape and destroy a nearby munitions plant, enlisting the unwitting help of young Lt. Tommy Hart. Together with his men, McNamara uses a hero's resolve to carry out his mission, ultimately forced to weigh the value of his life against the good of his country.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard, Marcel Iure?, Cole Hauser, Linus Roache, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Rory Cochrane, Joe Spano, Michael Weston ..
Directed by: Gregory Hoblit
Release date: 2002-02-15
6.

Windtalkers

4.5
6.1/10 IMDB

Joe Enders is a gung-ho Marine assigned to protect a "windtalker" - one of several Navajo Indians who were used to relay messages during World War II because their spoken language was indecipherable to Japanese code breakers.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare, Noah Emmerich, Mark Ruffalo, Jason Isaacs, Christian Slater, Frances O'Connor, Keith Campbell, Martin Henderson ..
Directed by: John Woo
Release date: 2002-06-14
Best War Movies of 2002 : Ararat
7.

Ararat

4.0
6.3/10 IMDB

A variety of characters, some close relatives, others distant strangers, are each affected by the making of a film about the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

Starring: Simon Abkarian, Charles Aznavour, Christopher Plummer, Arsinée Khanjian, David Alpay, Marie-Josée Croze, Elias Koteas, Brent Carver, Max Morrow, Christie MacFadyen ..
Directed by: Atom Egoyan
Release date: 2002-05-20
Best War Movies of 2002 : Silent Night
8.

Silent Night

3.7
7.6/10 IMDB

Fact-based World War II story set on Christmas Eve, 1944, finds a German Mother and her son seeking refuge in a cabin on the war front. When she is invaded by three American soldiers and then three German soldiers, she successfully convinces the soldiers to put aside their differences for one evening and share a Christmas dinner.

Starring: Linda Hamilton, Matthew Harbour, Alain Goulem, Martin Neufeld, Mark Antony Krupa, Michael Sinelnikoff, James McGowan ..
Directed by: Rodney Gibbons
Release date: 2002-12-14
Best War Movies of 2002 : Julius Caesar
9.

Julius Caesar

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Twenty year-old Julius Caesar flees Rome for his life during the reign of Sulla but through skill and ambition rises four decades later to become Rome's supreme dictator.

Starring: Jeremy Sisto, Richard Harris, Christopher Walken, Chris Noth, Valeria Golino, Pamela Bowen, Heino Ferch, Tobias Moretti, Samuela Sardo, Daniela Piazza ..
Directed by: Uli Edel
Release date: 2002-12-27
10.

Max

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

In 1918, a young, disillusioned Adolph Hitler strikes up a friendship with a Jewish art dealer while weighing a life of passion for art vs. talent at politics

Starring: John Cusack, Noah Taylor, Leelee Sobieski, Molly Parker, Kevin McKidd, Yuliya Vysotskaya, Peter Capaldi, Ulrich Thomsen, Janet Suzman, David Horovitch ..
Directed by: Menno Meyjes
Release date: 2002-09-10

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