Top 10 Films of 2002

by muybueno16 | created - 20 Feb 2017 | updated - 10 hours ago | Public

Another mixed year but mostly far more positive and memorable than most of the 2000s arguably.

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1. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 648,849 | Gross: $7.56M

2. Irréversible (2002)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 107,844 | Gross: $0.75M

3. The Bourne Identity (2002)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and attempting to regain his memory.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Franka Potente, Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen

Votes: 477,070 | Gross: $121.66M

4. Infernal Affairs (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

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.

Directors: Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, Alan Mak | Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Eric Tsang

Votes: 111,187 | Gross: $0.17M

5. Femme Fatale (2002)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 31,826 | Gross: $6.59M

6. Cypher (2002)

R | 95 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu, Nigel Bennett, Timothy Webber

Votes: 29,078

7. The Badge (2002)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A sheriff (Thornton) begins an investigation into the death of a local trans individual after hearing that high ranking politicians may have been involved. Although he is homophobic, his ... See full summary »

Director: Robby Henson | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Patricia Arquette, William Devane, Sela Ward

Votes: 3,036

8. Bang Bang You're Dead (2002)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Trevor is a troubled high school student, thanks to the effects of bullying. This is the story of his fight to break free.

Director: Guy Ferland | Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Ben Foster, Randy Harrison, Janel Moloney

Votes: 12,080

9. Marion Bridge (2002)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama

71 Metascore

Three estranged sisters reunite to care for their dying mother and old conflicts and secrets return to the surface.

Director: Wiebke von Carolsfeld | Stars: Molly Parker, Rebecca Jenkins, Stacy Smith, Marguerite McNeil

Votes: 1,222

10. Super Troopers (2001)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

48 Metascore

Five Vermont state troopers, avid pranksters with a knack for screwing up, try to save their jobs and out-do the local police department by solving a crime.

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar | Stars: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, André Vippolis, Joey Kern

Votes: 91,474 | Gross: $18.49M

11. Falcons (2002)

91 min | Drama

Simon a mysterious man with a past returns to Iceland with the intention to end his no good life. Before he can complete his task he meets a young women DÚA who he believes might be his ... See full summary »

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson | Stars: Keith Carradine, Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Magnús Ólafsson

Votes: 350

12. Funny Ha Ha (2002)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

Marnie just graduated from college, drinks likes she's still in school, and is looking for a temporary job but a permanent boyfriend. She loves a guy who doesn't love her (?), ping-pongs ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Bujalski | Stars: Kate Dollenmayer, Mark Herlehy, Christian Rudder, Jennifer L. Schaper

Votes: 2,294 | Gross: $0.08M

13. Happy Here and Now (2002)

R | 89 min | Drama

60 Metascore

When an unhappy young woman disappears, her worried sister desperately searches the internet for a clue to her missing sibling's whereabouts.

Director: Michael Almereyda | Stars: Karl Geary, Shalom Harlow, Clarence Williams III, Ally Sheedy

Votes: 301 | Gross: $0.00M

14. Road Dogz (2002)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama

Some friends are closer than brothers, for Raymo, Alfonso and Danny that's all they know. Growing up in an L.A. barrio (neighborhood) is a daily struggle for survival all on its own. But ... See full summary »

Director: Alfredo Ramos | Stars: Clifton Collins Jr., Greg Serano, Jacob Vargas, Lobo Sebastian

Votes: 228

15. Charlotte Sometimes (2002)

R | 85 min | Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Michael, a young mechanic, is forced to choose between a daring tryst with an alluring stranger and the habitual comfort of his bittersweet obsession: his beautiful young tenant.

Director: Eric Byler | Stars: Jacqueline Kim, Eugenia Yuan, Michael Aki, Matt Westmore

Votes: 1,017 | Gross: $0.08M

16. Talk to Her (2002)

R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

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: 97,509 | Gross: $9.28M

17. The Salton Sea (2002)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

41 Metascore

After a tragic incident, a man drifts into a world populated by thugs and speed junkies.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Val Kilmer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Goldberg, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 28,611 | Gross: $0.76M

19. EvenHand (2002)

R | 92 min | Drama

Set in a dirt-poor neighborhood in the fictional city of San Lovisa, Texas, EvenHand tells the story of two very different cops, working together for the first time. Rob Francis, recently ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pierson | Stars: Bill Sage, Bill Dawes, Lawrence Stringer, Lee Stringer

Votes: 448

20. White Oleander (2002)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.

Director: Peter Kosminsky | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Renée Zellweger, Robin Wright, Alison Lohman

Votes: 28,295 | Gross: $16.35M

21. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

80 Metascore

In 1931, three half-white, half-Aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their houses to be trained as domestic staff, and set off on a journey across the Outback.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Kenneth Branagh, Laura Monaghan

Votes: 26,085 | Gross: $6.17M

22. Home Room (2002)

R | 133 min | Crime, Drama

43 Metascore

A high school shooting has repercussions on the town and students.

Director: Paul F. Ryan | Stars: Busy Philipps, Erika Christensen, Victor Garber, Raphael Sbarge

Votes: 3,108 | Gross: $0.01M

23. Evelyn (2002)

PG | 94 min | Drama

55 Metascore

1953. Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment, and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Julianna Margulies, Aidan Quinn, Sophie Vavasseur

Votes: 6,023 | Gross: $1.48M

24. Frailty (2001)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A mysterious man arrives at the offices of an FBI agent and recounts his childhood: how his religious fanatic father received visions telling him to destroy people who were in fact "demons."

Director: Bill Paxton | Stars: Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe, Matt O'Leary

Votes: 71,598 | Gross: $13.10M

25. Crazy as Hell (2002)

R | 113 min | Drama, Thriller

33 Metascore

A famous psychiatrist (Ty Adams) takes on the job of trying to cure patients at the Sedah State Hospital, run by its folksy doctor (Sam Delazo). All this takes a strange turn when a ... See full summary »

Director: Eriq La Salle | Stars: Michael Beach, Ronny Cox, Sinbad, Jane Carr

Votes: 921

26. Leaving Metropolis (2002)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A famous painter creates a triangle in a young couple's marriage.

Director: Brad Fraser | Stars: Troy Ruptash, Vince Corazza, Lynda Boyd, Cherilee Taylor

Votes: 575

27. Stuck (II) (2002)

96 min | Drama

Four people, four walls, four stories, four truths. When four people from different backgrounds get stuck on an elevator, they find themselves face to face not only with each other but with... See full summary »

Director: Lindsay Bourne | Stars: JR Bourne, Fred Henderson, Courtney Kramer, Amanda Tapping

Votes: 55

28. John Q (2002)

PG-13 | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

30 Metascore

John Quincy Archibald takes a hospital emergency room hostage when his insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Gabriela Oltean, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 115,781 | Gross: $71.76M



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