2002: The Top 50 Ranked (RottenTomatoes average rating)

According to average rating on RottenTomatoes.com, these are the 50 best films of 2002*

*RELEASED to a general American audience in 2002, not necessarily filmed/produced in 2002
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1.
Spirited Away (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
2.
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
 
3.
The Pianist (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
4.
Adaptation. (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen. (114 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
 
5.
Talk to Her (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas. (112 mins.)
 
6.
Far from Heaven (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world. (107 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
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
 
9.
Monsoon Wedding (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India. (114 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
10.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of 'Frank Abagnale Jr., before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and legal prosecutor as a seasoned and dedicated FBI agent pursues him. (141 mins.)
 
11.
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
 
12.
Chicago (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago. (113 mins.)
Director: Rob Marshall
 
13.
Russian Ark (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years. (99 mins.)
 
14.
About a Boy (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy. (101 mins.)
 
15.
The Quiet American (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An older British reporter vies with a young U.S. doctor for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman. (101 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
16.
About Schmidt (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man upon retirement embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected. (125 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
 
17.
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.)
 
18.
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback. (94 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
19.
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
 
20.
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
 
21.
Nine Queens (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens"). (114 mins.)
 
22.
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding. (95 mins.)
 
23.
The Hours (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives. (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
 
24.
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In New York City, the lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a house-cleaner, a professor and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability. (104 mins.)
Director: Jill Sprecher
 
25.
Roger Dodger (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After breaking up with his lover and boss, a smooth-talking man takes his teenaged nephew out on the town in search of sex. (106 mins.)
Director: Dylan Kidd
 
26.
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 from the law. (85 mins.)
 
27.
Lovely & Amazing (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Self-esteem and insecurity are at the heart of this comedy about the relationship between a mother and her three confused daughters. (91 mins.)
 
28.
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
 
29.
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.)
 
30.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA hitman. (113 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
 
31.
25th Hour (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term. (135 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
32.
Mostly Martha (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When a headstrong chef takes charge of her equally stubborn 8-year-old niece, the tensions between them mount... until an Italian sous-chef arrives to lighten the mood. (109 mins.)
 
33.
Narc (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When the trail goes cold on a murder investigation of a policeman an undercover narcotics officer is lured back to the force to help solve the case. (105 mins.)
Director: Joe Carnahan
 
34.
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
 
35.
Gangs of New York (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer. (167 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
36.
The Rookie (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs. (127 mins.)
 
37.
All or Nothing (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In a poor working class London home Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry, but when an unexpected tragedy occurs, they and their local community are brought together, and they rediscover their love. (128 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
38.
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
 
39.
Changing Lanes (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The story of what happens one day in New York when a young lawyer and a businessman share a small automobile accident on F.D.R. Drive and their mutual road rage escalates into a feud. (98 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
 
40.
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
 
41.
The Good Girl (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A discount store clerk strikes up an affair with a stock boy who considers himself the incarnation of Holden Caulfield. (93 mins.)
Director: Miguel Arteta
 
42.
Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A woman searching for the perfect man instead discovers the perfect woman. (97 mins.)
 
43.
Sunshine State (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A woman and her new husband returns to her hometown roots in coastal northern Florida, and must deal with family, business, and encroaching real estate development. (141 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
44.
Last Orders (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A group of old friends reminisce about their lives over the years after the death of one of their crew. (109 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
 
45.
Frida (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work. (123 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
 
46.
Stuart Little 2 (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Stuart and Snowbell set out across town to rescue a friend. (77 mins.)
Director: Rob Minkoff
 
47.
Antwone Fisher (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Antwone Fisher, a young navy man, is forced to see a psychiatrist after a violent outburst against a fellow crewman. During the course of treatment a painful past is revealed and a new hope begins. (120 mins.)
 
48.
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
 
49.
8 Women (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
One murdered man, eight women, each seeming to be more eager than the others to know the truth. Gimme, gimme, gimme some clues to make up my mind. And eventually enter the truth. Oh, thou cruel woman! (111 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
50.
Igby Goes Down (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up. (98 mins.)
Director: Burr Steers