2002: Ranked in order of preferance

Please note that this list is not limited to my "top picks". It is rather every movie I've seen with a Norwegian release date in 2002, descending from my favorite movie of the year.

I like to think that I am at least a tad selective in which movies I bother watching, but there might still be some pretty bad ones in the bottom portion of this list that I really do not recommend at all.
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1.
Monster's Ball (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed. (111 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
2.
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. (147 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
3.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. (179 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
4.
Infernal Affairs (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop. (101 mins.)
Director: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
 
5.
Promises (2001 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other... (106 mins.)
 
6.
24 Hour Party People (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world. (117 mins.)
 
7.
Bloody Sunday (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972. (107 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
8.
Minority Report (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder. (145 mins.)
 
9.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory. (119 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
 
10.
I Am Sam (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold hearted lawyer the value of love and family. (132 mins.)
Director: Jessie Nelson
 
11.
The Devil's Backbone (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover. (106 mins.)
 
12.
Sister Helen (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In this emotionally compelling documentary, Sister Helen opens a private home for recovering addicts... (90 mins.)
 
13.
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other. (106 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
14.
The Believer (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young Jewish man develops a fiercely anti-Semitic philosophy. Based on the factual story of a K.K.K. member in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish by a New York Times reporter. (98 mins.)
Director: Henry Bean
 
15.
Spider-Man (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family. (121 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
16.
Lost in La Mancha (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, off the ground. (93 mins.)
 
17.
Ice Age (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Set during the Ice Age, a sabertooth tiger, a sloth, and a wooly mammoth find a lost human infant, and they try to return him to his tribe. (81 mins.)
 
18.
Road to Perdition (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living. (117 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
19.
Bully (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A pack of naïve teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much. (108 mins.)
Director: Larry Clark
 
20.
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive. (85 mins.)
 
21.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school plagued by a series of mysterious attacks and a strange voice haunting him. (161 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
22.
Signs (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come. (106 mins.)
 
23.
Sexy Beast (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them. (89 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
 
24.
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Upon learning that his father has been kidnapped, Austin Powers must travel to 1975 and defeat the aptly named villain Goldmember - who is working with Dr. Evil. (94 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
 
25.
I Am Dina (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In Northern Norway during the 1860s, a little girl named Dina accidentally causes her mother's death... (125 mins.)
Director: Ole Bornedal
 
26.
Ali G Indahouse (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Ali G unwittingly becomes a pawn in the Chancellor's plot to overthrow the Prime Minister of Great Britain. However, Ali is embraced by the nation as a voice of the youth, making the PM and his government more popular than ever. (85 mins.)
Director: Mark Mylod
 
27.
Insomnia (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (118 mins.)
 
28.
Panic Room (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their newly-purchased house's safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune. (112 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
29.
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Ten years after initially meeting, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé, while Obi-Wan investigates an assassination attempt on the Senator and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi. (142 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
 
30.
Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Astérix and Obélix go to Egypt to help architect Numérobis who is building a palace for Cleopatra. (107 mins.)
Director: Alain Chabat
 
31.
One Hour Photo (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A mentally unstable photo developer begins to attack a middle-class family after his obsession with them becomes more sick and disturbing than any of them could imagine. (96 mins.)
Director: Mark Romanek
 
32.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The comic "Bluntman and Chronic" is based on real-life stoners Jay and Silent Bob, so when they get no profit from a big-screen adaptation, they set out to wreck the movie. (104 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
 
33.
Formula 51 (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An American master chemist plans to score big on a once in a lifetime drug deal. All does not go as planned and he is soon entangled in a web of deceit. (93 mins.)
Director: Ronny Yu
 
34.
Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A Navy navigator is shot down over enemy territory and is ruthlessly pursued by a secret police enforcer and the opposing troops. Meanwhile his commanding officer goes against orders in an attempt to rescue him. (106 mins.)
Director: John Moore
 
35.
Men in Black II (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Agent J needs help so he is sent to find Agent K and restore his memory. (88 mins.)
 
36.
Blade II (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reapers, who are feeding on vampires. (117 mins.)
 
37.
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team. (112 mins.)
Director: Gurinder Chadha
 
38.
xXx (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An extreme sports athlete, Xander Cage, is recruited by the government on a special mission. (124 mins.)
Director: Rob Cohen
 
39.
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
CIA analyst Jack Ryan must stop the plans of a Neo Nazis faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Russia's newly elected president by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore. (124 mins.)
 
40.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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. (95 mins.)
Director: Joel Zwick
 
41.
Frailty (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions led to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons." (100 mins.)
Director: Bill Paxton
 
42.
Bad Company (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
When a Harvard-educated CIA agent is killed during an operation, the secret agency recruits his twin brother. (116 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
43.
Mr. Deeds (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A sweet-natured, small-town guy inherits a controlling stake in a media conglomerate and begins to do business his way. (96 mins.)
Director: Steven Brill
 
44.
Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young woman who's reinvented herself as a New York socialite must return home to Alabama to obtain a divorce from her husband, after seven years of separation. (108 mins.)
Director: Andy Tennant
 
45.
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A rough-around-the-edges martial arts master seeks revenge for his parent's death. (81 mins.)
Director: Steve Oedekerk
 
46.
Resident Evil (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident. (100 mins.)
 
47.
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
Three years after he last terrorized his sister, Michael Myers confronts her again, before traveling to Haddonfield to deal with the cast and crew of a reality show which is being broadcast from his old home. (94 mins.)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
 
48.
40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
After a brutal break-up, a young man vows to stay celibate during the forty days of Lent, but finds the girl of his dreams and is unable to do anything about it. (96 mins.)
Director: Michael Lehmann
 
49.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A brother and sister driving home through isolated countryside for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature which is on the last day of its ritualistic eating spree. (90 mins.)
Director: Victor Salva
 
50.
Scooby-Doo (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
After an acrimonious break up, the Mystery Inc. gang are individually brought to an island resort to investigate strange goings on. (86 mins.)
Director: Raja Gosnell
 
51.
The Scorpion King (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A desert warrior rises up against the evil army that is destroying his homeland. He captures the enemy's key sorcerer, takes her deep into the desert and prepares for a final showdown. (92 mins.)
Director: Chuck Russell