2002: Top 30

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1. Dream Work (2002)

10 min | Short

6.9
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A woman goes to bed, falls asleep, and begins to dream. This dream takes her to a landscape of light and shadow, evoked in a form only possible through classic cinematography. (From MUBI)

Director: Peter Tscherkassky

Votes: 569

2. *Corpus Callosum (2002)

92 min | Animation, Drama

6.3
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73 Metascore

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Director: Michael Snow | Stars: Jacqueline Anderson, Berj Bannayan, Greg Hermanovic, John Massey

Votes: 149

3. Talk to Her (2002)

R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.0
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86 Metascore

Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Rosario Flores, Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling

Votes: 92,710 | Gross: $9.28M

4. Atama-yama (2002)

10 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

7.0
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A sad rakugo of a stingy old man experiencing the unforeseen consequences of eating a few cherries whole, without throwing the pits away.

Director: Koji Yamamura | Stars: Takeharu Kunimoto, Bruno Metzger

Votes: 1,168

5. Irreversible (2002)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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51 Metascore

Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel, Jo Prestia

Votes: 96,994 | Gross: $0.75M

6. The Century of the Self (2002– )

235 min | Documentary

9.0
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80 Metascore

A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful means of persuasion for both governments and corporations.

Stars: Adam Curtis, Ann Bernays, Robert Reich, Alfred Pritz

Votes: 3,718

7. Dark Water (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.7
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A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi, Asami Mizukawa

Votes: 26,300

8. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

R | 129 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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56 Metascore

A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Doona Bae, Ji-Eun Lim

Votes: 51,681 | Gross: $0.05M

9. Femme Fatale (2002)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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59 Metascore

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

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Rebecca Romijn, Antonio Banderas, Peter Coyote, Eriq Ebouaney

Votes: 30,320 | Gross: $6.59M

10. Japón (2002)

R | 122 min | Drama

6.9
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76 Metascore

A painter from the big city goes to a remote canyon to commit suicide. To reach some calmness, he stays at the farmstead of Ascen, an old, religious woman. Although but a few words are spoken, love grows.

Director: Carlos Reygadas | Stars: Alejandro Ferretis, Magdalena Flores, Yolanda Villa, Martín Serrano

Votes: 2,657

11. The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

R | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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64 Metascore

A police detective in a South American country is dedicated to hunting down a revolutionary guerilla leader.

Director: John Malkovich | Stars: Javier Bardem, Laura Morante, Juan Diego Botto, Elvira Mínguez

Votes: 5,894 | Gross: $2.38M

12. Auto Focus (2002)

R | 105 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.6
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66 Metascore

The life of TV star Bob Crane and his strange friendship with electronics expert John Henry Carpenter.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Willem Dafoe, Maria Bello, Rita Wilson

Votes: 11,890 | Gross: $2.06M

13. Passage (I) (2002)

11 min | Short

7.8
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Director: Shirin Neshat

Votes: 64

14. Uzak (2002)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

7.7
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84 Metascore

After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Muzaffer Özdemir, Emin Toprak, Zuhal Gencer, Nazan Kesal

Votes: 14,360 | Gross: $0.10M

15. Carnages (2002)

Unrated | 130 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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71 Metascore

After a bull dies in an arena, its remains are transported throughout Belgium, France, and Spain, where various characters cross its path.

Director: Delphine Gleize | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Ángela Molina, Raphaëlle Molinier, Jacques Gamblin

Votes: 654 | Gross: $2.55M

16. Al primo soffio di vento (2002)

85 min | Drama

7.2
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Using few words and gorgeous imagery, this is a poetic painting of a family, each in their own space on an August afternoon.

Director: Franco Piavoli | Stars: Primo Gaburri, Mariella Fabbris, Ida Carnevali, Alessandra Agosti

Votes: 172

17. Insomnia (2002)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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78 Metascore

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.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Martin Donovan

Votes: 239,350 | Gross: $67.36M

18. Dans ma peau (2002)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Horror

6.3
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68 Metascore

A woman grows increasingly fascinated with her body after suffering a disfiguring accident.

Director: Marina de Van | Stars: Marina de Van, Laurent Lucas, Léa Drucker, Thibault de Montalembert

Votes: 4,338 | Gross: $0.03M

19. The Quiet American (2002)

R | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.1
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84 Metascore

An older British reporter vies with a young U.S. doctor for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Do Thi Hai Yen, Rade Serbedzija

Votes: 25,014 | Gross: $12.99M

20. The White Darkness (2002)

52 min | Documentary, History

6.9
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Voodoo in modern-day Haiti.

Director: Richard Stanley

Votes: 105

21. Psalm III: 'Night of the Meek' (2002)

24 min | Short

7.1
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Director: Philip S. Solomon

Votes: 50

22. Six Days (2002 Video)

12 min | Short

8.0
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DJ Shadow video directed by Wong Kar Wai. A man tries to erase all traces of his former lover only to realize the futility of the attempt.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Chen Chang, Danielle Graham

Votes: 687

23. To Be and to Have (2002)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Family

7.9
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87 Metascore

A documentary portrait of a one-room school in rural France, where the students (ranging in age from 4 to 11) are educated by a single dedicated teacher.

Director: Nicolas Philibert | Stars: Georges Lopez, Alizé, Axel Thouvenin, Guillaume

Votes: 6,987 | Gross: $0.78M

24. Fararishtay kifti rost (2002)

89 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.8
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Set in the Tadjik village of Asht, this film draws on the Muslim notion that we are born with an angel on each shoulder, and that the angel on the right records the good that we do ... See full summary »

Director: Jamshed Usmonov | Stars: Uktamoi Miyasarova, Maruf Pulodzoda, Kova Tilavpur, Mardonkul Kulbobo

Votes: 368

25. Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

R | 92 min | Horror

6.7
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48 Metascore

A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Megumi Okina, Misaki Itô, Misa Uehara, Yui Ichikawa

Votes: 34,865 | Gross: $0.33M

26. 10 minuta (2002)

10 min | Short, Drama, War

7.4
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It's 1994. How different can ten minutes of a tourist in Rome and a family in the besieged Sarajevo be?

Director: Ahmed Imamovic | Stars: Almedin Leleta, Satoshi Yahata, Milan Pavlovic, Jasna Zalica

Votes: 1,045

27. Rokugatsu no hebi (2002)

R | 77 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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A man and woman fall into an erotic nightmare when they are stalked by a disturbed man.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Asuka Kurosawa, Yûji Kôtari, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Yukino Asai

Votes: 3,389

28. Shooters (2002)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.7
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Gilly, fresh out of prison, and J, a hustler with a major drug problem, just can't shake their criminal ways.

Directors: Glenn Durfort, Colin Teague | Stars: Adrian Dunbar, Andrew Howard, Louis Dempsey, Gerard Butler

Votes: 1,020

29. Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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78 Metascore

An illegal Nigerian immigrant discovers the unpalatable side of London life.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou, Sophie Okonedo, Sergi López

Votes: 36,968 | Gross: $8.11M

30. Decasia (2002)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

7.3
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67 Metascore

A meditation on the human quest to transcend physicality, constructed from decaying archival footage and set to an original symphonic score.

Director: Bill Morrison | Stars: Tsuru Aoki, Julia Calhoun, Margaret Cullington, William S. Hart

Votes: 757