Year by year: 2002

The top 50 films of 2002 (in order)
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1.
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.)
 
2.
The Man Without a Past (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki... (97 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
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.
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. (114 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
 
5.
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
 
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.
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
 
8.
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
 
9.
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
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
My Mother's Smile (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A celebrated painter receives a visit from a cardinal's assistant, who informs him that his mother could become a saint. (105 mins.)
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
Oasis (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An irresponsible and childish ex-con befriends a girl with cerebral palsy and develops a progressively stronger bond with her. (133 mins.)
Director: Chang-dong Lee
 
16.
The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum. (114 mins.)
Director: Peter Mullan
 
17.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars' worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. (141 mins.)
 
18.
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
 
19.
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
 
20.
Bowling for Columbine (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
21.
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.)
 
22.
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
 
23.
Spider (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood. (98 mins.)
 
24.
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.)
 
25.
Hero (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. (99 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
26.
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
 
27.
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
 
28.
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
 
29.
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.)
 
30.
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
 
31.
Sweet Sixteen (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home. (106 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
 
32.
Mondays in the Sun (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
This is the story of those who live as if every day was a constant Sunday, those who spend their Mondays in the sun. The story of people who worked in a dockyard but are now unemployed. (113 mins.)
 
33.
Cuban Rafters (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story of Cuban refugees who risked their lives in homemade rafts to reach the United States, and what life is like for those who succeed. (120 mins.)
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
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
 
36.
8 Mile (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem. (110 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
37.
The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A film about the war crimes of the American diplomat, Henry Kissinger. (80 mins.)
Director: Eugene Jarecki
 
38.
House of Fools (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In the midst of the Chechen War, a remote psychiatric institution is left without staff leaving the patients to fend for themselves. Based on a true story. (104 mins.)
 
39.
Winged Migration (2001 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents. (98 mins.)
 
40.
Common Ground (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In Buenos Aires, a few days before traveling to Spain with his beloved wife Liliana Rovira to visit their son Pedro... (108 mins.)
 
41.
Femme Fatale (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A woman tries to straighten out her life, even as her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her. (114 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
42.
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
 
43.
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.)
 
44.
Red Bear (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Bear has never gotten over the separation from his wife and daughter after having been convicted for armed robbery and homicide and sent to prison... (95 mins.)
 
45.
Zus & zo (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Zus & Zo shows what three sisters are willing to do to stop their would-be sister-in-law from coming into possession of Paraíso, their beloved family summer home on the Portuguese coast. (106 mins.)
 
46.
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
 
47.
Man on the Train (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A teacher and a gangster meet by chance in a small town pharmacy. As a friendship of sorts develops between these opposite personalities... (90 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
48.
Prisoner of Paradise (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Documentary about Holocaust victim Kurt Gerron. (96 mins.)
 
49.
Ten (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A visual social examination in the form of ten conversations between a driving woman and her various pick-ups and hitchhikers. (94 mins.)
 
50.
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