Best Movies of 2002

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Best Movies of 2002
Best Movies of 2002
TOP Movies: The Pianist (2002), Spider-Man (2002), Road to Perdition (2002), Adaptation. (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Ice Age (2002), Minority Report (2002), Chicago (2002), 28 Days Later (2002), Lilo & Stitch (2002), The Ring (2002), Gangs of New York (2002), 8 Mile (2002), A Walk to Remember (2002), Frida (2002), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Signs (2002), 25th Hour (2002), About Schmidt (2002), The Bourne Identity (2002).
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 179 min.
Story: Frodo and Sam are trekking to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin. All along, nefarious wizard Saruman awaits the Fellowship members at the Orthanc Tower in Isengard.
Style: epic, atmospheric, exciting, captivating, dark fantasy ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: adventure, fantasy world, good versus evil, magical, elf, friendship, wizards, imaginary kingdom, sword fight, warrior, sword and sorcery, creature ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory
Place: new zealand
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The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: emotional, bleak, heartbreaking, harsh, suspense ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, survival, nazi, genocide, war, pianist, jewish, nazi occupation, anti semitism, nazism, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, 20th century, 1930s, year 1939 ...
Place: poland, germany, eastern europe, europe, warsaw poland ...
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Spider-Man (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: After being bitten by a genetically altered spider, nerdy high school student Peter Parker is endowed with amazing powers.
Style: exciting, serious, intense, suspense, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: superhero, superhuman powers, transformation, heroes, courage, secret identity, spider man character, super villain, double life, peter parker character, good versus evil, fighting crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, plymouth, manhattan new york city
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Road to Perdition (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time ...
Style: harsh, atmospheric, bleak, tense, emotional ...
Plot: gangsters, mafia, vengeance, criminal's revenge, organized crime, revenge, hitman, bank robbery, murder, manhunt, assassin, violence ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1931
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, michigan
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Adaptation. (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A love-lorn script writer grows increasingly desperate in his quest to adapt the book 'The Orchid Thief'.
Style: mind bending, philosophical, twists and turns, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: writers, twins, loneliness, obsession, satire, filmmaking, thief, loser, writer's block, siblings relations, mentally unstable, imagination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, new orleans, usa, new york
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Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A true story about 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. An FBI agent makes it his mission to put him behind bars. But Frank not ...
Style: clever, captivating, exciting, suspense, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: con artists, master criminal, prodigy, adventure, fbi, deception, adaptation, creativity, justice, rise and fall, race against time, crimes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1967, 70s, year 1969 ...
Place: new orleans, atlanta georgia, washington d.c., louisiana, france ...
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Ice Age (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: With the impending ice age almost upon them, a mismatched trio of prehistoric critters – Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger and Sid the giant sloth – find an orphaned infant and decide to return it to its human parents. ...
Style: touching, feel good, road movie, sentimental, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, girls' night, pre-teens ...
Plot: talking animals, unlikely friendships, friendship, adventure, family, ice age, animals, odd couple, journey, good versus evil, heroic mission, animal life ...
Time: stone age, prehistoric times, prehistory
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Minority Report (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: John Anderton is a top 'Precrime' cop in the late-21st century, when technology can predict crimes before they're committed. But Anderton becomes the quarry when another investigator targets him for a murder charge.
Style: futuristic, suspense, neo noir, cerebral, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, murder, future dystopia, foreknowledge, precognition, frame up, psychic, police investigation, time loop, time travel, law enforcer, seeing the future ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., virginia, usa
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Ignoring threats to his life, Harry returns to Hogwarts to investigate – aided by Ron and Hermione – a mysterious series of attacks.
Style: fairy tale, exciting, dark fantasy, entertaining, suspense ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: magic, harry potter, witch, wizards, magical, boarding school, chosen one, fantasy world, wizards and magicians, boarding school life, creature, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, year 1992, year 1993
Place: england, london, europe
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Chicago (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Musical
Country: USA, Germany, Canada, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: 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.
Style: sexy, witty, stylized, colourful, light ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: femme fatale, prison, desire for fame, lawyer, dancing, jazz, broadway, legal, rising to stardom, musician, music, music business ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois
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28 Days Later (2002)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Twenty-eight days after a killer virus was accidentally unleashed from a British research facility, a small group of London survivors are caught in a desperate struggle to protect themselves from the infected. Carried by animals and humans, the ...
Style: scary, tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, post apocalypse, virus, apocalypse, survival, epidemic, zombie apocalypse, infected, rage, end of the world, plague, quarantine ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: london, england, europe, big ben london, manchester ...
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Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A lonely Hawaiian girl named Lilo is being raised by her older sister, Nani, after their parents die -- under the watch of social worker Cobra Bubbles. When Lilo adopts a funny-looking dog and names him "Stitch," she doesn't realize ...
Style: humorous, feel good, sentimental, touching, witty ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, date night, pre-teens
Plot: disney, alien, experiment, adoption, friendship, adventure, benign alien, family, orphan, space and aliens, friends, heroes ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: hawaii, san francisco, usa
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The Ring (2002)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: It sounded like just another urban legend: A videotape filled with nightmarish images, leading to a phone call foretelling the viewer's death in exactly seven days. As a newspaper reporter, Rachel Keller was naturally skeptical of the story, ...
Style: scary, suspense, atmospheric, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, ghost, investigation, life is a bitch, paranormal phenomena, curse, death, race against time, female protagonist, urban legend, uncover truth, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: seattle
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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Ten years after the invasion of Naboo, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi named Count Dooku, thousands of solar systems threaten to break away from the Galactic Republic. When an assassination attempt is ...
Style: saga, futuristic, exciting, light, scenic ...
Audience: kids, boys' night, teens
Plot: star wars, space travel, space wars, space opera, robot, outer space, alien, jedi, fantasy world, space battle, sword fight, fight ...
Time: future, 2000s
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Gangs of New York (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by ...
Style: tense, stylized, rough, epic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, gangsters, vengeance, organized crime, revenge, street gang, betrayal, gang war, crime boss, courage, criminal heroes, social decay ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 50s, 1860s, 1840s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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8 Mile (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary ...
Style: realistic, inspirational, lyrical, feel good, harsh ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, boys' night
Plot: hip hop, music, underdog, success, follow your dream, street gang, rap, urban ghetto life, hip hop culture, musician's life, musician, hopes ...
Time: 90s, year 1995, 20th century, 80s
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
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A Walk to Remember (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When the popular, restless Landon Carter is forced to participate in the school drama production he falls in love with Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town's minister. Jamie has a "to-do" list for her life and also a very big ...
Style: romantic, touching, sentimental, sad, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night, kids ...
Plot: romance, teenager, opposites attract, terminal illness, love and romance, first love, cancer, true love, teenage love, fall in love, youth, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: north carolina
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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: As a wild stallion travels across the frontiers of the Old West, he befriends a young human and finds true love with a mare.
Style: inspirational, feel good, touching, sentimental, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: horse, friendship, wild horse, adventure, freedom, family, beautiful scenery, native americans, animal life, native american, getting home, talking animals ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: usa
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Frida (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: "Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and ...
Style: colourful, sincere, stylized, sexy, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: painter, art, artist, lesbian, bohemian life, painting, feminism, lifestyle, couple relations, disability, life, loneliness ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 1920s, 20th century
Place: mexico, mexico city, paris france, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
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Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A beleaguered small-business owner gets a harmonium and embarks on a romantic journey with a mysterious woman.
Style: romantic, surreal, touching, emotional, art house ...
Audience: date night
Plot: shyness, romance, love, character study, depression, true love, complex characters, brother sister relationship, eccentricity, sibling relationship, self discovery, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii, utah, california, usa, los angeles
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Signs (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.
Style: twist ending, scary, enigmatic, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: alien invasion, ufo, alien, alien encounter, first contact, single father, survival, loss of faith, mystery, destiny, outer space, faith ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania, north america, brazil ...
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25th Hour (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The filmed adaptation from David Benioff's novel of the same name. Set in New York, a convicted drug dealer named Monty has one day left of freedom before he is sent to prison. Anger, blame, frustration, betrayal, guilt and loneliness are ...
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, bleak, depressing ...
Plot: friendship, drugs, drug lord, betrayal, drug dealer, prison, organized crime, crimes, redemption, freedom, stock broker, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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About Schmidt (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: 66-year-old Warren Schmidt is a retired insurance salesman and has no particular plans other than to drive around in the motor home his wife insisted they buy. He's not altogether bitter, but not happy either, as everything his wife does annoys ...
Style: road movie, depressing, meditative, melancholic, semi serious ...
Plot: road trip, on the road, family life, depression, wedding, life philosophy, parenthood, workplace, philosophy, changing lives, letter, salesman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nebraska, colorado, california, kansas, denver colorado
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The Bourne Identity (2002)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Czech Republic
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Wounded to the brink of death and suffering from amnesia, Jason Bourne is rescued at sea by a fisherman. With nothing to go on but a Swiss bank account number, he starts to reconstruct his life, but finds that many people he encounters want him ...
Style: intense, suspense, exciting, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: spy, amnesia, secret agents, on the run, one against many, escape, tough heroes, car chase, cia, assassin, secret past, black ops ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, hamburg germany, greece, mediterranean sea, langley virginia ...
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Men in Black II (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Kay and Jay reunite to provide our best, last and only line of defense against a sinister seductress who levels the toughest challenge yet to the MIB's untarnished mission statement – protecting Earth from the scum of the universe. It's ...
Style: funny, humorous, light, entertaining, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: ufo, alien invasion, alien, evil alien, buddy cop, extraterrestrial, space and aliens, outer space, top secret, save the world, undercover, alien contact ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s, year 2002, year 1978 ...
Place: new york, usa, north america, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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Secretary (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.
Style: sexy, erotic, sexual, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: bdsm, s&m, secretary, sexual perversion, workplace romance, sexual relations, fetish, obsession, boss and employee, masochism, desire, coitus ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
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Equilibrium (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In a dystopian future, a totalitarian regime maintains peace by subduing the populace with a drug, and displays of emotion are punishable by death. A man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.
Style: futuristic, serious, philosophical, psychological, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: distopia, utopia, fighting the system, future dystopia, cyberpunk, rebellion, post apocalypse, dystopic future, gunfight, society, totalitarianism, lone hero ...
Time: future, 2000s, 80s
Place: beijing china, china
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The Hours (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK, France, Canada, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: "The Hours" is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place, all are linked by their yearnings and their fears. Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a ...
Style: psychological, intellectual, captivating, touching, depressing ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: suicide, depression, mental illness, lesbian, writers, bipolar disorder, aids, writer's life, literature, suicidal, housewife, lesbianism ...
Time: 1940s, 1920s, 20th century, 50s, 21st century ...
Place: new york, england, california, los angeles, london ...
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Phone Booth (2002)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A slick New York publicist who picks up a ringing receiver in a phone booth is told that if he hangs up, he'll be killed... and the little red light from a laser rifle sight is proof that the caller isn't kidding.
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, surprise ending, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, sniper, psychopath, mind game, crimes, trapped, dishonesty, hopes, sin, murder, redemption, psychological manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Treasure Planet (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When space galleon cabin boy Jim Hawkins discovers a map to an intergalactic "loot of a thousand worlds," a cyborg cook named John Silver teaches him to battle supernovas and space storms. But, soon, Jim realizes Silver is a pirate intent ...
Style: fairy tale, exciting, entertaining, futuristic, stylized ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers, teens
Plot: pirate, steampunk, treasure hunt, alien, adventure, treasure, disney, outer space, space travel, adventurer, androids and robots, betrayal ...
Time: future, distant future, 18th century
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