Top 20 Fan-Favorite Movies of 2002: Audience Picks Revealed!

Roll out the red carpet and pop the popcorn, because we’re about to take a cinematic journey back to 2002! Remember when Spider-Man was just starting to spin his web on the big screen, or when a certain hobbit was making his way to Mordor? Well, we’ve dusted off the film reels and tallied your votes to bring you the top 20 fan-favorite movies of that year. No critics, no box office numbers, just pure audience love. So, whether you’re a die-hard cinephile or just looking for a nostalgia trip, buckle up! We’re about to reveal the films that captured hearts and imaginations in 2002, as chosen by you, the viewers. Get ready for a blast from the past that’s sure to make you say, “Oh, I loved that movie!” Let’s dive in!
City of God

City of God

Release Date: 2002-08-30

Genres: Drama, Crime

“City of God” is a captivating movie set in the slums of Rio, where two young boys take different paths in life. One dreams of becoming a photographer, while the other becomes involved in the dangerous world of crime. Released in 2002, this film features a talented cast including Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, and Alice Braga, and it has been voted as one of the best movies of that year.

Cast: Alexandre Rodrigues (Buscapé) , Leandro Firmino (Zé Pequeno) , Phellipe Haagensen (Bené) , Douglas Silva (Dadinho) , Jonathan Haagensen (Cabeleira) , Matheus Nachtergaele (Sandro Cenoura) , Seu Jorge (Mané Galinha) , Jefechander Suplino (Alicate) , Alice Braga (Angélica) , Roberta Rodrigues (Berenice) , Luis Otávio (Buscapé Criança) , Darlan Cunha (Filé-com-Fritas) , Thiago Martins (Lampião) , Gero Camilo (Paraíba – Shorty) , Daniel Zettel (Thiago – Tiago) , Charles Paraventi (Tio Sam – Uncle Sam) , Dani Ornellas (Vizinha do Paraíba – Shorty’s Neighbor) , Micael Borges (Caixa Baixa – Runts) , Lúcio Andrey (Bando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang) , Marcello Melo Jr. (Bando Zé Pequeno – Li’l Zé’s Gang) , Babu Santana (Grande) , Mary Sheila (Mulher do Neguinho) , Paulo Lins (Pastor da Igreja) , Olivia Araújo (Recepcionista do Motel) , Graziella Moretto (Marina Cintra)

Directors: Fernando Meirelles

Writers: Paulo Lins, Bráulio Mantovani

Tags: street gang, photographer, rio de janeiro, ghetto, gang war, gangster, coming of age, woman director

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Release Date: 2002-12-18

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Action

“The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” is an epic fantasy film released in 2002. It follows the journey of Frodo and Sam as they venture towards Mordor to destroy the powerful One Ring, while Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli search for their captured friends Merry and Pippin. With a star-studded cast including Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, and Ian McKellen, this movie takes you on a thrilling adventure filled with wizards, orcs, and a quest to save Middle-earth.”

Cast: Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) , Elijah Wood (Frodo) , Sean Astin (Sam) , Andy Serkis (Gollum) , Ian McKellen (Gandalf) , Billy Boyd (Pippin) , Dominic Monaghan (Merry) , Bernard Hill (Théoden) , John Rhys-Davies (Gimli / Treebeard (voice)) , Orlando Bloom (Legolas) , Miranda Otto (Éowyn) , David Wenham (Faramir) , Brad Dourif (Gríma) , Liv Tyler (Arwen) , Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) , Karl Urban (Éomer) , Christopher Lee (Saruman) , Hugo Weaving (Elrond) , Craig Parker (Haldir) , Bruce Allpress (Aldor) , John Bach (Madril) , Sala Baker (Man Flesh Uruk) , Jed Brophy (Sharku / Snaga) , Sam Comery (Eothain) , Calum Gittins (Haleth)

Directors: Peter Jackson

Writers: Peter Jackson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair

Tags: elves, dwarf, orcs, based on novel or book, explosive, cave, funeral, siege, fort, army, addiction, mission, attack, dragon, guide, death, split personality, wizard, ring, live action and animation, sword and sorcery

The Pianist

The Pianist

Release Date: 2002-09-17

Genres: Drama, War

“The Pianist” is a powerful and moving film based on the true story of Władysław Szpilman, a talented pianist living in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. As the Jews are forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds solace in playing at a café, but when his family is deported, he stays behind, working as a laborer and eventually hiding in the war-torn city. With a stellar cast including Adrien Brody and Thomas Kretschmann, this 2002 release offers a gripping portrayal of survival and resilience amidst unimaginable circumstances.

Cast: Adrien Brody (Władysław ‘Władek’ Szpilman) , Thomas Kretschmann (Captain Wilm Hosenfeld) , Frank Finlay (Father) , Maureen Lipman (Mother) , Emilia Fox (Dorota) , Ed Stoppard (Henryk Szpilman) , Julia Rayner (Regina Szpilman) , Jessica Kate Meyer (Halina Szpilman) , Michal Zebrowski (Jurek) , Wanja Mues (SS Slapping Father) , Richard Ridings (Mr. Lipa) , Nomi Sharron (Feather Woman) , Anthony Milner (Man Waiting to Cross) , Lucy Skeaping (Street Musician) , Roddy Skeaping (Street Musician) , Ben Harlan (Street Musician) , Thomas Lawinky (Schutzpolizei) , Joachim Paul Assböck (Schutzpolizei) , Roy Smiles (Itzak Heller) , Paul Bradley (Yehuda) , Daniel Caltagirone (Majorek) , Andrzej Blumenfeld (Benek) , Zbigniew Zamachowski (Customer with Coins) , Detlev von Wangenheim (SS Officer) , Popeck (Rubenstein)

Directors: Roman Polanski

Writers: Ronald Harwood, Władysław Szpilman

Tags: resistance, holocaust (shoah), hunger, world war ii, prisoner of war, homeland, ghetto, deportation, jew persecution, liberation, warsaw ghetto, polish resistance, nazi, biography, concert, survival, based on memoir or autobiography, pianist, poland

Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can

Release Date: 2002-12-16

Genres: Drama, Crime

“Catch Me If You Can” is a thrilling true story about Frank Abagnale Jr., a young con artist who managed to swindle millions of dollars by posing as a pilot, doctor, and lawyer before his 19th birthday. With an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, and Christopher Walken, this 2002 release follows the relentless pursuit of an FBI agent determined to bring Frank to justice, but the clever imposter always manages to stay one step ahead. Get ready for an exciting cat-and-mouse game that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio (Frank Abagnale Jr.) , Tom Hanks (Carl Hanratty) , Christopher Walken (Frank Abagnale) , Martin Sheen (Roger Strong) , Nathalie Baye (Paula Abagnale) , Amy Adams (Brenda Strong) , James Brolin (Jack Barnes) , Jennifer Garner (Cheryl Ann) , Chris Ellis (Special Agent Witkins) , Brian Howe (Earl Amdursky) , Steve Eastin (Paul Morgan) , John Finn (Assistant Director Marsh) , Elizabeth Banks (Lucy) , Ellen Pompeo (Marci) , Guy Thauvette (Warden Garren) , Kitty Carlisle (Kitty Carlisle) , Kelly McNair (Girl #1) , Sarah Rush (Secretary) , Jasmine Jessica Anthony (Little Girl) , Celine du Tertre (Little Girl on Street) , Frank John Hughes (Tom Fox) , Nancy Lenehan (Carol Strong) , Candice Azzara (Darcy) , Kaitlin Doubleday (Joanna) , Matthew Kimbrough (Loan Officer)

Directors: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Jeff Nathanson, Frank Abagnale Jr., Stan Redding

Tags: fbi, con man, biography, based on true story, attempted jailbreak, engagement party, mislaid trust, bank fraud

Infernal Affairs

Infernal Affairs

Release Date: 2002-12-12

Genres: Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime, Mystery

Released in 2002, “Infernal Affairs” is a gripping crime thriller starring Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, and Anthony Wong. The movie follows the intense cat-and-mouse game between a young police officer who goes undercover as a mole in the mafia and a young mafia member who infiltrates the police force. As the story unfolds, their older counterparts race against time to expose the mole within their midst. With a stellar cast and a thrilling plot, this movie is definitely worth checking out!

Cast: Andy Lau (Lau Kin-Ming) , Tony Leung Chiu-wai (Chan Wing-Yan) , Anthony Wong (Wong Chi-Shing) , Eric Tsang (Hon Sam) , Kelly Chen (Lee Sum-Yee) , Sammi Cheng (Mary) , Edison Chen (Young Lau Kin-Ming) , Shawn Yue (Young Chan Wing-Yan) , Elva Hsiao (May) , Chapman To (Silly Keung) , Lam Ka-tung (Inspector B) , Berg Ng (Senior Inspector Cheung) , Wan Chi-Keung (Officer Leung) , Chaucharew Wichai (Paul) , Dion Lam Dik-On (Del Piero) , Tony Ho (Suspect) , Courtney Wu (Stereo Shop Owner) , Hui Kam-Fung (Cadet School Principal Yip) , Au Hin-Wai (Elephant) , Lee Tin-Cheung (Double 8) , Victy Wong Yin-Keung (CIB Team) , Yiu Man-Kei (CIB Team) , Benjamin Yuen Wai-Ho (CIB Team) , Wong Chi-Wang (CIB Team) , Addy Sung Gam-Loi (CIB Team)

Directors: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak

Writers: Alan Mak, Felix Chong

Tags: undercover, undercover agent, hong kong

A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember

Release Date: 2002-01-25

Genres: Drama, Romance

“A Walk to Remember” is a heartwarming movie released in 2002 that tells the story of Landon Carter, a popular high school student who unexpectedly falls in love with Jamie Sullivan, the minister’s daughter. As they navigate their blossoming relationship, Jamie’s secret and her inspiring “to-do” list add depth to the plot. With a talented cast including Mandy Moore and Shane West, this film is definitely worth watching if you’re in the mood for a touching and unforgettable love story.

Cast: Mandy Moore (Jamie Sullivan) , Shane West (Landon Carter) , Peter Coyote (Reverend Sullivan) , Daryl Hannah (Cynthia Carter) , Lauren German (Belinda) , Clayne Crawford (Dean) , Paz de la Huerta (Tracie) , Matt Lutz (Clay Gephardt) , Al Thompson (Eric) , Jonathan Parks Jordan (Walker) , David Andrews (Mr. Kelly) , David Lee Smith (Dr. Carter) , Xavier Hernandez (Luis) , Marisa Miller (Ms. Garber) , Erik Smith (Eddie Zimmerhoff) , Al Butler (Security Guard) , Seth Howard (Maitre’d) , Julia Ann West (Church Lady) , Frances E. Davis (Housekeeper) , Dean Mumford (Policeman) , Anne Fletcher (School Play Dancer) , Mervyn Warren (Pianist) , Charles E. Bailey (Dean’s Dad) , Sheila Brothers (Restaurant Patron) , Kelly Cole Childers (Do-Gooder)

Directors: Adam Shankman

Writers: Karen Janszen, Nicholas Sparks

Tags: based on novel or book, theatre group, north carolina, high school, romance, cancer, coming of age, tragic love, valentine’s day, star crossed lovers, teen drama

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Release Date: 2002-11-13

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” is a thrilling adventure that takes place during Harry’s second year at Hogwarts. With the help of his friends Ron and Hermione, they must use their magical abilities and bravery to save the school from the dangers that arise when the Chamber of Secrets is opened. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, this highly anticipated movie was released on November 13, 2002, and is one of the best voted movies of that year.

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) , Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) , Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) , Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart) , Toby Jones (Dobby (voice)) , Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid) , Richard Harris (Albus Dumbledore) , Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) , Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) , Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) , Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle) , Richard Griffiths (Vernon Dursley) , Julie Walters (Molly Weasley) , Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) , Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley) , Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall) , Warwick Davis (Filius Flitwick) , David Bradley (Argus Filch) , Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood) , Robert Hardy (Cornelius Fudge) , John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick (Sir Nicholas)) , Gemma Jones (Poppy Pomfrey) , Miriam Margolyes (Pomona Sprout) , Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley) , Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley)

Directors: Chris Columbus

Writers: J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves

Tags: flying car, witch, sword, magic, diary, child hero, school of witchcraft, giant spider, giant snake, black magic, child driving car, wizard, aftercreditsstinger, christmas, based on young adult novel, elf

The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

Release Date: 2002-01-23

Genres: Adventure, Drama, History

“The Count of Monte Cristo” is a thrilling movie released in 2002, starring Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, and Richard Harris. It follows the story of Edmond Dantés, whose life takes a tragic turn when his best friend betrays him. After spending 13 years in prison, Dantés escapes and seeks revenge by cleverly infiltrating the French nobility. It’s a captivating tale of betrayal, redemption, and the pursuit of justice.

Cast: Jim Caviezel (Edmond Dantes) , Guy Pearce (Fernand Mondego) , Richard Harris (Abbé Faria) , James Frain (J.F. Villefort) , Dagmara Domińczyk (Mercedès Iguanada) , Michael Wincott (Armand Dorleac) , Luis Guzmán (Jacopo) , Christopher Adamson (Maurice) , JB Blanc (Luigi Vampa) , Henry Cavill (Albert Mondego) , Zahara Moufid (Holga) , Katherine Holme (Julianne) , Helen McCrory (Valentina Villefort)

Directors: Kevin Reynolds

Writers: Jay Wolpert, Alexandre Dumas

Tags: loss of loved one, based on novel or book, marseille, france, treasure, lover (female), ex-lover, napoleon bonaparte, sword fight, prison escape, torture, period drama, historical, swashbuckler, betrayal by friend, 19th century

Talk to Her

Talk to Her

Release Date: 2002-03-15

Genres: Drama, Romance

“Talk to Her” is a captivating movie released in 2002 that revolves around an unusual bond between two men who find solace in each other’s company while caring for two women in deep comas. With a stellar cast including Leonor Watling, Rosario Flores, Javier Cámara, and more, this thought-provoking film explores the complexities of human connection and the power of communication. If you’re looking for a compelling and emotionally charged story, “Talk to Her” is a must-watch from 2002.

Cast: Leonor Watling (Alicia) , Rosario Flores (Lydia) , Javier Cámara (Benigno) , Darío Grandinetti (Marco) , Mariola Fuentes (Rosa) , Geraldine Chaplin (Katerina Bilova) , Pina Bausch (Bailarine) , Malou Airaudo (Bailarine) , Caetano Veloso (Singer at Party) , Roberto Álvarez (Doctor Vega) , Elena Anaya (Ángela) , Lola Dueñas (Matilde) , Adolfo Fernández (Niño de Valencia) , Ana Fernández (Lydia’s Sister) , Chus Lampreave (Concierge) , Helio Pedregal (Alicia’s Father) , Paz Vega (Amparo) , Fele Martínez (Alfredo) , Carmen Machi (Enfermera jefe) , Agustín Almodóvar (Cura) , Carlos García Cambero (Cuñado de Lydia) , Esther García (Oficial) , Lola García (Recepcionista Hospital) , Fernando Iglesias (Swimmer (uncredited))

Directors: Pedro Almodóvar

Writers: Pedro Almodóvar

Tags: suicide, spain, rape, coma, bullfighting, journalist, sexual abuse, madrid, spain, pregnancy, dying and death, friendship, matador (bullfighter), car crash, hospital



Release Date: 2002-07-22

Genres: Drama, Adventure, Action, History

“Hero” is an epic film set in ancient China’s Warring States period. It follows the story of a district prefect who claims to have successfully eliminated three assassins who once targeted the king. With an all-star cast including Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, and Zhang Ziyi, this captivating movie, released on July 22, 2002, takes you on a thrilling journey filled with martial arts, political intrigue, and breathtaking visuals.

Cast: Jet Li (Nameless) , Tony Leung Chiu-wai (Broken Sword) , Maggie Cheung (Flying Snow) , Donnie Yen (Sky) , Zhang Ziyi (Moon) , Chen Daoming (King of Qin) , Zhongyuan Liu (Old Scholar) , Tianyong Zheng (Old Servant) , Qin Yan (Prime Minister) , Zhang Yakun (The Qin Guards’ Commander) , James Hong (Qin Emperor (voice)) , Chang Xiao Yang (General) , Jin Ming (Eunuch) , Ma Wen Hua (Head Eunuch) , Shou Xin Wang (Musician) , Xu Kuang Hua (Pianist) , Zhang Jin ()

Directors: Zhang Yimou

Writers: Zhang Yimou, Feng Li, Bin Wang

Tags: countryside, loss of loved one, martial arts, kung fu, right and justice, patriot, wuxia, warring states period, 3rd century bc

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

Release Date: 2002-03-29

Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller

“Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” is a gripping 2002 movie that tells the story of a deaf man and his girlfriend who take extreme measures to raise money for his sister’s kidney transplant. However, their desperate plan takes a dark turn, leading to a cycle of violence and revenge. With a talented cast including Song Kang-ho and Bae Doona, this intense thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Cast: Song Kang-ho (Dong-jin) , Shin Ha-kyun (Ryu) , Bae Doona (Yeong-mi) , Im Ji-eun (Sister) , Han Bo-bae (Yu-Sun) , Lee Dae-yeon (Detective Choi) , Ki Joo-bong (Engineer Peng) , Kim Se-dong (CEO) , Lee Yoon-Mi (Boss) , Ryoo Seung-bum (Person with Cerebral Palsy) , Ji Dae-han (Detective Ji) , Heo Jong-su (Detective Heo) , Nam Byung-hoon (Man 1) , Park Jae-Woong (Man 2) , Jeong Gyu-su (Doctor 1) , Lee Jeong-wook (Doctor 2) , Lee Geum-hee (Radio DJ) , Ryoo Seung-wan (Chinese Delivery Man) , Lee Kan-hee (Dong-jin’s Ex-wife) , Jung Jae-young (Husband of Dong-jin’s Ex-wife) , Kim Ik-tae (Laborer 1) , Oh Gwang-rok (Laborer 2) , Shin Jung-geun (Laborer 3) , Park Chan-wook (Bus Passenger (uncredited))

Directors: Park Chan-wook

Writers: Park Chan-wook, Lee Mu-yeong, Lee Jae-sun, Lee Jong-yong

Tags: transplantation, revenge, organ donation

The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Identity

Release Date: 2002-06-14

Genres: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

“The Bourne Identity” is a thrilling action-packed movie released in 2002. It follows the story of Jason Bourne, a man who is found at sea with no memory of his past but possesses incredible spy skills. As he tries to uncover his true identity, he realizes that numerous people are after him, leading to intense and suspenseful encounters. Starring Matt Damon, Franka Potente, and Chris Cooper, this film is a must-watch for fans of espionage and adrenaline-fueled adventures.

Cast: Matt Damon (Jason Bourne) , Franka Potente (Marie Helena Kreutz) , Chris Cooper (Alexander Conklin) , Clive Owen (The Professor) , Brian Cox (Ward Abbott) , Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Nykwana Wombosi) , Gabriel Mann (Danny Zorn) , Julia Stiles (Nicky Parsons) , Walton Goggins (Research Tech) , Josh Hamilton (Research Tech) , Orso Maria Guerrini (Giancarlo) , Tim Dutton (Eamon) , Denis Braccini (Picot) , Nicky Naudé (Castel) , David Selburg (Marshall) , Demetri Goritsas (Com Tech) , Russell Levy (Manheim) , Anthony Green (Security Chief) , Hubert Saint-Macary (Morgue Boss) , David Bamber (Consulate Clerk) , Gwenaël Clause (Deauvage) , Emanuel Booz (Taxi Driver) , Philippe Durand (Morgue Attendant) , Vincent Franklin (Rawlins) , Paulette Frantz (Concierge)

Directors: Doug Liman

Writers: Tony Gilroy, Robert Ludlum, W. Blake Herron

Tags: paris, france, barcelona, spain, assassin, based on novel or book, secret identity, amnesia, sniper, passport, mission of murder, lovers, flashback, escape, shootout, foot chase, cell phone, multiple identities, surveillance camera, hamburg, germany, fishing boat, langley virginia, safe deposit box, hand to hand combat, action hero, bourne, jason bourne



Release Date: 2002-08-29

Genres: Drama, Romance

“Frida” is a captivating biographical film released in 2002, starring Salma Hayek Pinault, Alfred Molina, and Antonio Banderas. It tells the inspiring story of renowned artist Frida Kahlo, who transformed her physical and emotional pain from a debilitating injury and a tumultuous marriage into powerful works of art. With a stellar cast and a release date of August 29, 2002, this movie is a must-watch for anyone interested in the life and artistry of Frida Kahlo.

Cast: Salma Hayek Pinault (Frida Kahlo) , Alfred Molina (Diego Rivera) , Mía Maestro (Cristina Kahlo) , Patricia Reyes Spíndola (Matilde Kahlo) , Diego Luna (Alejandro) , Roger Rees (Guillermo Kahlo) , Ashley Judd (Tina Modotti) , Antonio Banderas (David Alfaro Siqueiros) , Edward Norton (Nelson Rockefeller) , Saffron Burrows (Gracie) , Geoffrey Rush (Leon Trotsky) , Margarita Sanz (Natalia Trotsky) , Omar Rodríguez (André Breton) , Lila Downs (Tango Singer) , Valeria Golino (Lupe Marín) , Karine Plantadit (Paris Chanteuse) , Didi Conn (Waitress) , Ivana Sejenovich (Chapingo Chapel Model) , Lucia Bravo (Auditorium Model) , Alejandro Usigli (Professor) , Amelia Zapata (Maid) , Fermín Martínez (Painter on Bus) , Loló Navarro (Nanny) , Roberto Medina (Dr. Farril)

Directors: Julie Taymor

Writers: Hayden Herrera, Clancy Sigal, Diane Lake, Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas

Tags: painter, mexico, love of one’s life, bisexuality, biography, surrealism, disabled, lgbt, female artist, woman director, female painter, frida kahlo



Release Date: 2002-12-06

Genres: Comedy, Crime, Drama

“Adaptation.” is a captivating movie released on December 6, 2002, starring Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Jay Tavare, Litefoot, Roger Willie, Jim Beaver, Cara Seymour, and Doug Jones. It follows the story of Charlie Kaufman, a struggling screenwriter in Los Angeles, who becomes entangled in a web of confusion, self-doubt, and unexpected connections while trying to adapt Susan Orlean’s book, “The Orchid Thief.” With a mix of humor and bizarre twists, this film explores the intertwining lives of its characters as they search for passion and purpose.

Cast: Nicolas Cage (Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman) , Meryl Streep (Susan Orlean) , Chris Cooper (John Laroche) , Tilda Swinton (Valerie Thomas) , Jay Tavare (Matthew Osceola) , Litefoot (Russell) , Roger Willie (Randy) , Jim Beaver (Ranger Tony) , Cara Seymour (Amelia Kavan) , Doug Jones (Augustus Margary) , Gary Farmer (Buster Baxley) , Peter Jason (Defense Attorney) , Gregory Itzin (Prosecutor) , Curtis Hanson (Orlean’s Husband) , Agnes NaDene Baddoo (Orlean Dinner Guest) , Paul Fortune (Orlean Dinner Guest) , Paul Jasmin (Orlean Dinner Guest) , Lisa Love (Orlean Dinner Guest) , Wendy Mogel (Orlean Dinner Guest) , David O. Russell (Orlean Dinner Guest) , Judy Greer (Alice the Waitress) , Maggie Gyllenhaal (Caroline Cunningham) , Bob Stephenson (David) , Bob Yerkes (Charles Darwin) , Lynn Court (Laroche’s Dad)

Directors: Spike Jonze

Writers: Charlie Kaufman, Susan Orlean

Tags: based on novel or book, alligator, marriage crisis, writer’s block, orchid, writer, twins

Road to Perdition

Road to Perdition

Release Date: 2002-07-12

Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

“Road to Perdition” is a gripping crime drama from 2002 that made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of that year. Starring Tom Hanks, the movie follows the story of Mike Sullivan, a hit man who becomes a fugitive after his son witnesses a murder. Fueled by a desire to protect his son and seek revenge, Sullivan embarks on a thrilling journey filled with intense action and emotional depth.

Cast: Tom Hanks (Michael Sullivan) , Tyler Hoechlin (Michael Sullivan, Jr.) , Paul Newman (John Rooney) , Jude Law (Harlen Maguire) , Daniel Craig (Connor Rooney) , Stanley Tucci (Frank Nitti) , Jennifer Jason Leigh (Annie Sullivan) , Liam Aiken (Peter Sullivan) , Dylan Baker (Alexander Rance) , Ciarán Hinds (Finn McGovern) , David Darlow (Jack Kelly) , Kevin Chamberlin (Frank the Bouncer) , Doug Spinuzza (Calvino) , Kurt Naebig (Tenement Murderer) , Duane Sharp (Father Callaway) , Michael Sassone (Motel Manager) , Roderick Peeples (Nitti’s Henchman) , Keith Kupferer (Nitti’s Henchman) , Lara Phillips (Ruby the Waitress) , Mina Badie (Betty the Waitress) , Heidi Jayne Netzley (Prostitute) , Lance Baker (Crime Scene Policeman) , Nicolas Cade (Boy Michael Fights) , John Judd (Rooney’s Business Associate) , Kerry Rossall (Rooney’s Henchman)

Directors: Sam Mendes

Writers: Max Allan Collins, Richard Piers Rayner, David Self

Tags: illinois, great depression, road trip, based on comic, mafia, bank robbery, based on graphic novel, homework, learning to drive, spoiled son, scarred face, liberty half dollar, lake michigan, 1930s

25th Hour

25th Hour

Release Date: 2002-12-19

Genres: Crime, Drama

“25th Hour” is a gripping drama set in post-9/11 New York City. It follows Monty Brogan, a convicted drug dealer, as he spends his last day of freedom with his closest friends and tries to prepare his girlfriend for his upcoming seven-year prison sentence. With an incredible cast including Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Rosario Dawson, this thought-provoking film explores themes of friendship, loyalty, and the consequences of one’s choices. Released on December 19, 2002, it’s definitely a must-watch from the best voted movies of that year.

Cast: Edward Norton (Monty Brogan) , Philip Seymour Hoffman (Jacob Elinsky) , Barry Pepper (Frank Slaughtery) , Rosario Dawson (Naturelle Riviera) , Anna Paquin (Mary D’Annuzio) , Brian Cox (James Brogan) , Tony Siragusa (Kostya Novotny) , Levan Uchaneishvili (Uncle Nikolai) , Tony Devon (Agent Allen) , Misha Kuznetsov (Senka Valghobek) , Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Agent Flood) , Michael Genet (Agent Cunningham) , Patrice O’Neal (Khari) , Al Palagonia (Salvatore Dominick) , Aaron Stanford (Marcuse) , Marc H. Simon (Schultz) , Armando Riesco (Phelan) , Brad Williams (Trader #1) , Rodney “Bear” Jackson (Trader #2) , Keith Nobbs (Luke) , Felicia Finley (Jody) , Radu Spinghel (Zakharov) , Dania Ramirez (Daphne) , Oleg Prudius (Russian Hood #1) , Igor Zhivotovsky (Russian Hood #2)

Directors: Spike Lee

Writers: David Benioff

Tags: new york city, based on novel or book, distrust, dream, sadness, irish-american, drug dealer, nightclub, paranoia, american dream, melancholy, girlfriend, friendship, bratva (russian mafia), surrealism, betrayal, stockbroker, prison sentence, widower, reflection, post 9/11

Minority Report

Minority Report

“Minority Report” is a thrilling sci-fi film set in the late-21st century, where crimes can be predicted before they happen. Tom Cruise plays John Anderton, a respected cop who suddenly finds himself accused of murder. With an all-star cast including Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton, this action-packed movie will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Released in 2002, it’s definitely a must-watch for any sci-fi fan.

Cast: Tom Cruise (Chief John Anderton) , Colin Farrell (Danny Witwer) , Samantha Morton (Agatha) , Max von Sydow (Director Lamar Burgess) , Peter Stormare (Dr. Solomon Eddie) , Tim Blake Nelson (Gideon) , Kathryn Morris (Lara Clarke) , Neal McDonough (Fletcher) , Steve Harris (Jad) , Lois Smith (Dr. Iris Hineman) , Mike Binder (Leo Crow) , Daniel London (Wally the Caretaker) , Jessica Capshaw (Evanna) , Patrick Kilpatrick (Knott) , Jessica Harper (Anne Lively) , Ashley Crow (Sarah Marks) , Arye Gross (Howard Marks) , Fiona Hale (Old Woman) , George Wallace (Chief Justice Pollard) , Frank Grillo (Pre-Crime Cop) , William Mapother (Hotel Clerk) , Jason Antoon (Rufus Riley) , Vanessa Asbert (Bulgari Model) , Tyler Patrick Jones (Older Sean) , Richard Coca (Pre-Crime Cop)

Directors: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Philip K. Dick, Scott Frank, Jon Cohen

Tags: self-fulfilling prophecy, washington dc, usa, based on novel or book, future, precognition, hologram, dystopia, murder, conspiracy, police chase, murder investigation, tech noir, neo-noir, missing son, future noir, backyard surgery, surveillance state, 2050s

Gangs of New York

Gangs of New York

Release Date: 2002-12-14

Genres: Drama, History, Crime

“Gangs of New York” is a gripping historical drama set in 1863, where Amsterdam Vallon seeks revenge against the ruthless gang leader, Bill the Butcher, who killed his father. With an impressive cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz, this movie takes you on a thrilling journey as Vallon fights to restore peace in the Five Points neighborhood. Released on December 14, 2002, it’s definitely one of the best movies of that year!

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio (Amsterdam Vallon) , Daniel Day-Lewis (William “Bill the Butcher” Cutting) , Cameron Diaz (Jenny Everdeane) , Jim Broadbent (William “Boss” Tweed) , John C. Reilly (Happy Jack Mulraney) , Henry Thomas (Johnny Sirocco) , Liam Neeson (“Priest” Vallon) , Brendan Gleeson (Walter “Monk” McGinn) , Gary Lewis (McGloin) , Stephen Graham (Shang) , Eddie Marsan (Killoran) , Alec McCowen (Reverend Raleigh) , David Hemmings (Mr. Schermerhorn) , Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (Jimmy Spoils) , Cara Seymour (Hell-Cat Maggie) , Roger Ashton-Griffiths (P.T. Barnum) , Peter-Hugo Daly (One-Armed Priest) , Barbara Bouchet (Mrs. Schermerhorn) , Michael Byrne (Horace Greeley) , Brendan Dempsey (Provost Marshal Registrar) , Nick Bartlett (Chichesters Leader) , Flaminia Fegarotti (Miss Eliza) , Rab Affleck (Plug Uglies Leader) , Tim Pigott-Smith (Calvinist Minister) , Sean Gilder (Rat Pit Game Master)

Directors: Martin Scorsese

Writers: Steven Zaillian, Jay Cocks, Kenneth Lonergan

Tags: fire, irish-american, immigrant, gang war, pickpocket, ship, gang of thieves, butcher, pig, army, rescue, gang, 19th century, american history

The Hours

The Hours

Release Date: 2002-12-27

Genres: Drama

“The Hours” is a captivating film released in 2002 that tells the story of three women, brilliantly portrayed by Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Meryl Streep. Set in different times and places, their lives are intertwined by their desires and fears, leading to a remarkable and uplifting moment of shared recognition. With a stellar cast and a thought-provoking narrative, this movie is definitely worth watching if you’re looking for a deeper exploration of the human experience.

Cast: Nicole Kidman (Virginia Woolf) , Julianne Moore (Laura Brown) , Meryl Streep (Clarissa Vaughan) , Stephen Dillane (Leonard Woolf) , Miranda Richardson (Vanessa Bell) , George Loftus (Quentin Bell) , Charley Ramm (Julian Bell) , Sophie Wyburd (Angelica Bell) , Lyndsey Marshal (Lottie Hope) , Linda Bassett (Nelly Boxall) , Christian Coulson (Ralph Partridge) , Michael Culkin (Doctor) , John C. Reilly (Dan Brown) , Toni Collette (Kitty) , Ed Harris (Richard Brown) , Allison Janney (Sally Lester) , Claire Danes (Julia Vaughan) , Jeff Daniels (Louis Waters) , Jack Rovello (Richie) , Eileen Atkins (Barbara in the Flower Shop) , Margo Martindale (Mrs. Latch) , Colin Stinton (Hotel Clerk) , Carmen De Lavallade (Clarissa’s Neighbor) , Daniel Brocklebank (Rodney)

Directors: Stephen Daldry

Writers: Michael Cunningham, David Hare

Tags: london, england, suicide, poetry, aids, drowning, based on novel or book, depression, home, way of life, self-destruction, province, literature, empowerment, country life, family’s daily life, sense of life, homelessness, leaving one’s family, delusion



Release Date: 2002-05-01

Genres: Fantasy, Action

“Spider-Man” is a thrilling superhero movie released in 2002, starring Tobey Maguire as the nerdy yet lovable high school student, Peter Parker. After being bitten by a genetically altered spider, Peter gains incredible powers and transforms into the iconic superhero known as Spider-Man. With a stellar cast including Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco, this action-packed film takes you on a wild ride as Spider-Man battles villains and saves the day.

Cast: Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man / Peter Parker) , Willem Dafoe (Green Goblin / Norman Osborn) , Kirsten Dunst (Mary Jane Watson) , James Franco (Harry Osborn) , Cliff Robertson (Ben Parker) , Rosemary Harris (May Parker) , J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson) , Joe Manganiello (Flash Thompson) , Gerry Becker (Maximilian Fargas) , Bill Nunn (Joseph ‘Robbie’ Robertson) , Jack Betts (Henry Balkan) , Stanley Anderson (General Slocum) , Ron Perkins (Dr. Mendel Stromm) , Michael Papajohn (Carjacker) , K.K. Dodds (Simkins) , Ted Raimi (Hoffman) , Bruce Campbell (Ring Announcer) , Elizabeth Banks (Miss Brant) , John Paxton (Houseman) , Tim DeZarn (Philip Watson) , Taylor Gilbert (Madeline Watson) , Randy Savage (Bone Saw McGraw) , Larry Joshua (Wrestling Promoter) , Timothy Patrick Quill (Wrestling Arena Guard) , Lisa Danielle (Bone-ette)

Directors: Sam Raimi

Writers: David Koepp, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Steve Montal

Tags: new york city, loss of loved one, adolescence, photographer, secret identity, villain, spider, bad boss, photography, hostility, superhero, based on comic, teenage boy, teenage love, evil, super villain, taking responsibility

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