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2002 In Film

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2002 In Film

List of years in film (table)
In home video
In television

The year 2002 in film involved some significant events.

Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures celebrate their 90th anniversaries, while the James Bond series celebrated its 40th anniversary and released the film Die Another Day.


  • Highest-grossing films 1
  • Events 2
    • Award ceremonies 2.1
  • Awards 3
  • 2002 Wide-release films 4
    • January–March 4.1
    • April–June 4.2
    • July–September 4.3
    • October–December 4.4
  • Notable limited-release films 5
    • A-D 5.1
    • E-K 5.2
    • L-Q 5.3
    • R-Z 5.4
    • Films released in 2002 by country 5.5
  • Notable deaths 6
  • Debuts 7
  • References 8

Highest-grossing films

Highest-grossing films of 2002[1]
Rank Title Studio Worldwide gross
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers New Line Cinema $926,047,111
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Warner Bros. $878,979,634
3. Spider-Man Columbia / Marvel $821,708,551
4. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 20th Century Fox / Lucasfilm $649,398,328
5. Men in Black II Columbia $441,818,803
6. Die Another Day MGM $431,971,116
7. Signs Touchstone $408,247,917
8. Ice Age 20th Century Fox / Blue Sky $383,257,136
9. My Big Fat Greek Wedding IFC Films $368,744,044
10. Minority Report DreamWorks / 20th Century Fox $358,372,926


Award ceremonies


Category/Organization 8th Critics' Choice Awards
January 17, 2003
60th Golden Globe Awards
January 19, 2003
56th BAFTA Awards
February 23, 2003
9th Screen Actors Guild Awards
March 9, 2003
75th Academy Awards
March 23, 2003
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Chicago The Hours Chicago The Pianist N/A Chicago
Best Director Steven Spielberg
Catch Me If You Can
Minority Report
Martin Scorsese
Gangs of New York
Roman Polanski
The Pianist
N/A Roman Polanski
The Pianist
Best Actor Jack Nicholson
About Schmidt
Daniel Day-Lewis
Gangs of New York
Jack Nicholson
About Schmidt
Richard Gere
Daniel Day-Lewis
Gangs of New York
Adrien Brody
The Pianist
Best Actress Julianne Moore
Far from Heaven
Nicole Kidman
The Hours
Renée Zellweger
Nicole Kidman
The Hours
Renée Zellweger
Nicole Kidman
The Hours
Best Supporting Actor Chris Cooper
Christopher Walken
Catch Me If You Can
Chris Cooper
Best Supporting Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones
Meryl Streep
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Best Screenplay, Adapted Charlie Kaufman
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
About Schmidt
Charlie Kaufman
N/A Ronald Harwood
The Pianist
Best Screenplay, Original Pedro Almodóvar
Talk to Her
N/A Pedro Almodóvar
Talk to Her
Best Animated Film Spirited Away N/A N/A N/A N/A Spirited Away
Best Original Score Catch Me If You Can
John Williams
Elliot Goldenthal
The Hours
Philip Glass
N/A Frida
Elliot Goldenthal
Best Original Song "Lose Yourself"
8 Mile
"The Hands That Built America"
Gangs of New York
N/A N/A "Lose Yourself"
8 Mile
Best Foreign Language Film And Your Mother Too Talk to Her N/A Nowhere in Africa

2002 Wide-release films


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
4 Impostor Miramax Films Gary Fleder (director); Caroline Case, Ehren Kruger, David Twohy (screenplay); Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Mekhi Phifer Sci-Fi Live Action
11 Orange County Paramount Pictures / MTV Films Jake Kasdan (director); Mike White (screenplay); Colin Hanks, Jack Black, Catherine O'Hara, Schuyler Fisk, John Lithgow, Lily Tomlin Comedy Live Action
18 Snow Dogs Walt Disney Pictures Brian Levant (director); Jim Kouf, Tommy Swerdlow, Michael Goldberg, Mark Gibson, Philip Halprin (screenplay); Cuba Gooding, Jr., James Coburn, Sisqó, Nichelle Nichols, Graham Greene Adventure, Comedy Live Action
25 The Count of Monte Cristo Touchstone Pictures Kevin Reynolds (director); Jay Wolpert (screenplay); Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Dagmara Dominczyk, Richard Harris, Luis Guzman, James Frain, Michael Wincott, Henry Cavill, Helen McCrory Adventure, Period Live Action
Kung Pow! Enter the Fist 20th Century Fox Steve Oedekerk (director/screenplay); Steve Oedekerk, Jimmy Wang Yu, Jennifer Tung Comedy Live Action
The Mothman Prophecies Screen Gems Mark Pellington (director); Richard Hatem (screenplay); Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Will Patton, Debra Messing, Lucinda Jenney, Alan Bates Horror, Thriller Live Action
A Walk to Remember Warner Bros. Adam Shankman (director); Karen Janszen (screenplay); Shane West, Mandy Moore Romance Live Action
1 Slackers Screen Gems Dewey Nicks (director); David H. Steinberg (screenplay); Jason Schwartzman, Devon Sawa, Jason Segel, Mike Maronna, Jaime King, Laura Prepon Romance, Comedy Live Action
8 Big Fat Liar Universal Pictures Shawn Levy (director); Dan Schneider (screenplay); Frankie Muniz, Paul Giamatti, Amanda Bynes, Amanda Detmer, Donald Faison Comedy Live Action
Collateral Damage Warner Bros. Andrew Davis (director); David Griffiths, Ronald Roose (screenplay); Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elias Koteas, Francesca Neri, Cliff Curtis, John Leguizamo, John Turturro Action Live Action
Rollerball Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer John McTiernan (director); Larry Ferguson, John Pogue (screenplay); Chris Klein, Jean Reno, LL Cool J, Rebecca Romijn, Naveen Andrews Sci-Fi, Sports Live Action
15 Crossroads Paramount Pictures Tamra Davis (director); Shonda Rhimes (screenplay); Britney Spears, Anson Mount, Zoe Saldana, Taryn Manning, Kim Cattrall, Dan Aykroyd Comedy, Drama Live Action
Hart's War Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard, Cole Hauser, Marcel Iureş Drama Live Action
John Q New Line Cinema Nick Cassavetes (director); James Kearns (screenplay); Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, James Woods, Anne Heche, Kimberly Elise, Ray Liotta, Eddie Griffin Drama Live Action
Return to Never Land Walt Disney Pictures Robin Budd, Donovan Cook (director); Temple Mathews (screenplay); Blayne Weaver, Harriet Owen, Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett, Kath Soucie, Roger Rees, Spencer Breslin, Bradley Pierce, Jim Cummings, Clive Revill, Dan Castellaneta Fantasy, Adventure Animation
Super Troopers Fox Searchlight Pictures Jay Chandrasekhar (director); Broken Lizard (screenplay); Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Brian Cox, Marisa Coughlan Comedy Live Action
22 Dragonfly Universal Pictures Tom Shadyac (director); Brandon Camp, Mike Thompson, David Seltzer (screenplay); Kevin Costner, Joe Morton, Ron Rifkin, Linda Hunt, Kathy Bates Drama Live Action
Queen of the Damned Warner Bros. Michael Rymer (director); Scott Abbott, Michael Petroni (screenplay); Aaliyah, Stuart Townsend, Marguerite Moreau, Paul McGann, Vincent Pérez, Lena Olin Horror Live Action
1 40 Days and 40 Nights Miramax Films Michael Lehmann (director); Robert Perez (screenplay); Josh Hartnett, Shannyn Sossamon, Paulo Costanzo, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Vinessa Shaw, Keegan Connor Tracy Romance, Comedy Live Action
We Were Soldiers Paramount Pictures Randall Wallace (director/screenplay); Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Sam Elliott, Greg Kinnear, Chris Klein, Keri Russell, Barry Pepper Action, Drama Live Action
8 All About the Benjamins New Line Cinema Kevin Bray (director); Ice Cube, Ronald Lang (screenplay); Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Eva Mendes, Tommy Flanagan, Carmen Chaplin, Valarie Rae Miller, Roger Guenveur Smith, Anthony Michael Hall, Lil' Bow Wow Action, Comedy Live Action
The Time Machine DreamWorks Pictures / Warner Bros. Simon Wells (director); John Logan (screenplay); Guy Pearce, Samantha Mumba, Mark Addy, Sienna Guillory, Phyllida Law, Alan Young, Orlando Jones, Jeremy Irons Sci-Fi, Adventure Live Action
15 Ice Age 20th Century Fox Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha (director); Michael J. Wilson, Michael Berg, Peter Ackerman (screenplay); Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family Animation
Resident Evil Screen Gems Paul W. S. Anderson (director/screenplay); Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Martin Crewes, Colin Salmon Action, Horror Live Action
Showtime Warner Bros. Keith Sharon (screenplay); Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, Rene Russo, William Shatner Action, Comedy Live Action
22 Blade II New Line Cinema Guillermo del Toro (director); David S. Goyer (screenplay); Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela, Norman Reedus, Luke Goss Action, Fantasy Live Action
Ali G Indahouse Universal Pictures Mark Mylod (director); Sacha Baron Cohen, Dan Mazer (screenplay); Sacha Baron Cohen, Martin Freeman, Michael Gambon Comedy Live Action
Sorority Boys Touchstone Pictures Wallace Wolodarsky (director); Joe Jarvis, Greg Coolidge (screenplay); Barry Watson, Michael Rosenbaum, Harland Williams Comedy Live Action
29 Clockstoppers Paramount Pictures / Nickelodeon Movies Jonathan Frakes (director); Rob Hedden, J. David Stem, David N. Weiss (screenplay); Jesse Bradford, Paula Garcés, French Stewart, Michael Biehn, Robin Thomas Sci-Fi Live Action
Death to Smoochy Warner Bros. Danny DeVito (director); Adam Resnick (screenplay); Robin Williams, Edward Norton, Danny DeVito, Catherine Keener, Jon Stewart Comedy Live Action
Panic Room Columbia Pictures David Fincher (director); David Koepp (screenplay); Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, Dwight Yoakam, Patrick Bauchau Thriller Live Action
The Rookie Walt Disney Pictures John Lee Hancock (director); Mike Rich (screenplay); Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez, Brian Cox Sports, Drama Live Action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
5 Big Trouble Touchstone Pictures Barry Sonnenfeld (director); Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone (screenplay); Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Stanley Tucci, Tom Sizemore, Johnny Knoxville Comedy Live Action
High Crimes 20th Century Fox Jim Caviezel, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Bruce Davison, Tom Bower Thriller Live Action
National Lampoon's Van Wilder Artisan Entertainment Walt Becker (director); Brent Goldberg, David T. Wagner (screenplay); Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Kal Penn Comedy Live Action
12 Changing Lanes Paramount Pictures Roger Michell (director); Chap Taylor, Michael Tolkin (screenplay); Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette, Sydney Pollack, William Hurt, Amanda Peet Drama, Thriller Live Action
Frailty Lions Gate Entertainment Bill Paxton (director); Brent Hanley (screenplay); Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe, Matt O'Leary, Jeremy Sumpter Horror, Thriller Live Action
The Sweetest Thing Columbia Pictures Roger Kumble (director); Nancy Pimental (screenplay); Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Selma Blair, Thomas Jane, Jason Bateman, Parker Posey Romance, Comedy Live Action
19 Murder by Numbers Warner Bros. Barbet Schroeder (director); Tony Gayton (screenplay); Sandra Bullock, Ben Chaplin, Ryan Gosling, Michael Pitt Thriller Live Action
The Scorpion King Universal Pictures Chuck Russell (director); Stephen Sommers, William Osborne, David Hayter (screenplay); Dwayne Johnson, Steven Brand, Kelly Hu, Bernard Hill, Grant Heslov, Peter Facinelli, Ralf Möller Action Live Action
My Big Fat Greek Wedding IFC Films Joel Zwick (director); Nia Vardalos (screenplay); Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Ian Gomez Romance, Comedy Live Action
26 Jason X New Line Cinema James Isaac (director); Todd Farmer (screenplay); Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Lisa Ryder, Chuck Campbell, Jonathan Potts, Peter Mensah, Melyssa Ade Sci-Fi, Horror Live Action
Life or Something Like It 20th Century Fox Stephen Herek (director); John Scott Shepherd, Dana Stevens (screenplay); Angelina Jolie, Edward Burns, Stockard Channing, Christian Kane, Tony Shalhoub Comedy, Drama Live Action
3 Deuces Wild Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Scott Kalvert (director); Paul Kimatian, Christopher Gambale (screenplay); Stephen Dorff, Brad Renfro, Fairuza Balk, Norman Reedus, Max Perlich Action, Crime Live Action
Hollywood Ending DreamWorks Pictures Téa Leoni, Debra Messing, Mark Rydell, Treat Williams, Peter Gerety Comedy Live Action
Spider-Man Columbia Pictures / Marvel Enterprises Sam Raimi (director); David Koepp (screenplay); Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris, J. K. Simmons, Joe Manganiello, Elizabeth Banks, Bruce Campbell Action Live Action
8 Unfaithful 20th Century Fox Adrian Lyne (director); Alvin Sargent, William Broyles, Jr. (screenplay); Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez, Erik Per Sullivan Thriller, Drama Live Action
10 The New Guy Columbia Pictures Ed Decter (director); David Kendall (screenplay); DJ Qualls, Eliza Dushku, Zooey Deschanel Comedy Live Action
16 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 20th Century Fox / Lucasfilm Jonathan Hales (screenplay); Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz, Rose Byrne Action, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance Live Action
17 About a Boy Universal Studios Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz (directors/screenplay); Peter Hedges (screenplay); Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, Sharon Small Comedy, Drama Live Action
24 Enough Columbia Pictures Michael Apted (director); Nicholas Kazan (screenplay); Jennifer Lopez, Billy Campbell, Juliette Lewis, Dan Futterman, Fred Ward, Tessa Allen Drama, Thriller Live Action
Insomnia Warner Bros. Christopher Nolan (director); Hillary Seitz (screenplay); Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Maura Tierney, Martin Donovan Drama, Mystery, Thriller Live Action
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron DreamWorks Animation Kelly Asbury, Lorna Cook (directors); John Fusco (screenplay); Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi Adventure, Drama, western Animation
31 The Sum of All Fears Paramount Pictures James Cromwell, Ciarán Hinds, Liev Schreiber, Bridget Moynahan Action, Thriller Live Action
Undercover Brother Universal Pictures Malcolm D. Lee (director); John Ridley, Michael McCullers (screenplay); Eddie Griffin, Chris Kattan, Dave Chappelle, Denise Richards, Aunjanue Ellis, Neil Patrick Harris Comedy Live Action
7 Bad Company Touchstone Pictures Joel Schumacher (director); Jason Richman, Michael Browning (screenplay); Anthony Hopkins, Chris Rock, Kerry Washington Action, Comedy Live Action
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Warner Bros. Callie Khouri (director); Mark Andrus, Callie Khouri (screenplay); Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, James Garner, Ellen Burstyn, Fionnula Flanagan, Maggie Smith, Shirley Knight Comedy, Drama Live Action
14 The Bourne Identity Universal Pictures Doug Liman (director); Tony Gilroy, William Blake Herron (screenplay); Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Clive Owen Action, Thriller Live Action
Scooby-Doo Warner Bros. Raja Gosnell (director); James Gunn (screenplay); Freddie Prinze, Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Rowan Atkinson Comedy horror Live Action
Windtalkers Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer John Woo (director); John Rice, Joe Batteer (screenplay); Nicolas Cage, Christian Slater, Adam Beach Action, Drama Live Action
21 Juwanna Mann Warner Bros. Jesse Vaughan (director); Bradley Allenstein (screenplay); Miguel A. Núñez, Jr., Vivica A. Fox, Kevin Pollak, Tommy Davidson, Kim Wayans, Ginuwine Sports, Romance, Comedy Live Action
Lilo & Stitch Walt Disney Pictures Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois (directors/screenplay); Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Ving Rhames Sci-Fi, Drama, Family Animation
Minority Report 20th Century Fox / DreamWorks Pictures Steven Spielberg (director); Scott Frank, Jon Cohen (screenplay); Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Max von Sydow, Steve Harris, Neal McDonough Sci-Fi, Thriller Live Action
28 Hey Arnold!: The Movie Paramount Pictures / Nickelodeon Movies Tuck Tucker (director); Craig Bartlett, Steve Viksten (screenplay); Spencer Klein, Francesca Smith, Jamil Walker Smith, Dan Castellaneta, Tress MacNeille Comedy, Drama Animation
Mr. Deeds Columbia Pictures / New Line Cinema Steven Brill (director); Tim Herlihy (screenplay); Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, Peter Gallagher, Jared Harris, Allen Covert, John Turturro Comedy Live Action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
3 Like Mike 20th Century Fox John Schultz (director); Michael Elliot, Jordan Moffet (screenplay); Bow Wow, Brenda Song, Morris Chestnut, Jonathan Lipnicki Comedy, Sports, Fantasy Live Action
Men in Black II Columbia Pictures Barry Sonnenfeld (director); Robert Gordon, Barry Fanaro (screenplay); Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Rip Torn, Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rosario Dawson Action, Sci-Fi, Comedy Live Action
The Powerpuff Girls Movie Warner Bros. / Cartoon Network Studios Craig McCracken (director/screenplay); Charlie Bean, Lauren Faust, Paul Rudish, Don Shank (screenplay); Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, Elizabeth Daily, Roger L. Jackson, Tom Kane, Tom Kenny, Jennifer Hale Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure Animation
12 The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer John Stainton (director); Holly Goldberg Sloan (screenplay); Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin, Neil Fanning, Magda Szubanski, David Wenham, Lachy Hulme, Aden Young Adventure, Comedy Live Action
Halloween: Resurrection Dimension Films Rick Rosenthal (director); Larry Brand, Sean Hood (screenplay); Busta Rhymes, Bianca Kajlich, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Ryan Merriman, Daisy McCrackin, Katee Sackhoff Horror Live Action
Reign of Fire Touchstone Pictures Rob Bowman (director); Gregg Chabot, Kevin Peterka, Matt Greenberg (screenplay); Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Izabella Scorupco, Gerard Butler, Alice Krige Action, Fantasy Live Action
Road to Perdition DreamWorks Pictures / 20th Century Fox Sam Mendes (director); David Self (screenplay); Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Daniel Craig, Liam Aiken, Ciarán Hinds, Dylan Baker, Stanley Tucci, Tyler Hoechlin Crime Live Action
17 Eight Legged Freaks Warner Bros. Ellory Elkayem (director/screenplay); Jesse Alexander (screenplay); David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Scarlett Johansson, Doug E. Doug Comedy Live Action
19 K-19: The Widowmaker Paramount Pictures Kathryn Bigelow (director); Christopher Kyle (screenplay); Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson Thriller Live Action
Stuart Little 2 Columbia Pictures Rob Minkoff (director); Bruce Joel Rubin (screenplay); Michael J. Fox, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Jonathan Lipnicki, James Woods Family Live Action/Animation
26 Austin Powers in Goldmember New Line Cinema Jay Roach (director); Mike Myers, Michael McCullers (screenplay); Mike Myers, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael Caine, Seth Green, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Mindy Sterling, Verne Troyer Comedy, Spoof Live Action
The Country Bears Walt Disney Pictures Peter Hastings (director); Mark Perez (screenplay); Don Henley, Haley Joel Osment, Diedrich Bader, Queen Latifah, Elton John, Christopher Walken Family Live Action
2 Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat Paramount Pictures David Raynr (director); Martin Lawrence (screenplay); Martin Lawrence Comedy Live Action
The Master of Disguise Columbia Pictures Perry Andelin Blake (director); Dana Carvey, Harris Goldberg (screenplay); Dana Carvey, Jennifer Esposito, Harold Gould, James Brolin, Brent Spiner, Bo Derek Comedy Live Action
Signs Touchstone Pictures M. Night Shyamalan (director/screenplay); Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin, Cherry Jones Mystery, Thriller Live Action
7 Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Dimension Films Robert Rodriguez (director/screenplay); Alexa Vega, Emily Osment, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comedy Live Action
9 Blood Work Warner Bros. Clint Eastwood (director); Brian Helgeland (screenplay); Clint Eastwood, Jeff Daniels, Anjelica Huston, Wanda De Jesus Mystery, Thriller Live Action
xXx Columbia Pictures Rob Cohen (director); Rich Wilkes (screenplay); Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Marton Csokas, Samuel L. Jackson Action Live Action
16 The Adventures of Pluto Nash Warner Bros. Ron Underwood (director); Ron Underwood (screenplay); Eddie Murphy, Randy Quaid, Rosario Dawson, Joe Pantoliano, Jay Mohr, Luis Guzmán, James Rebhorn, Pam Grier, Burt Young Comedy Live Action
Blue Crush Universal Pictures John Stockwell (director/screenplay); Lizzy Weiss (screenplay); Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis, Sanoe Lake, Mika Boorem Drama Live Action
21 One Hour Photo Fox Searchlight Pictures Mark Romanek (director/screenplay); Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Dylan Smith, Gary Cole, Eriq La Salle Thriller Live Action
23 Serving Sara Paramount Pictures Reginald Hudlin (director); Jay Scherick, David Ronn (screenplay); Matthew Perry, Elizabeth Hurley, Bruce Campbell Romance, Comedy Live Action
S1MØNE New Line Cinema Andrew Niccol (director/screenplay); Al Pacino, Catherine Keener, Rachel Roberts Sci-Fi, Comedy Live Action
Undisputed Miramax Films Walter Hill (director/screenplay); David Giler (screenplay); Wesley Snipes, Ving Rhames, Peter Falk, Michael Rooker, Jon Seda, Wes Studi, Fisher Stevens Sports, Drama Live Action
30 FeardotCom Warner Bros. William Malone (director); Moshe Diamant, Josephine Coyle (screenplay); Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Rea Horror Live Action
6 City by the Sea Warner Bros. Michael Caton-Jones (director); Ken Hixon (screenplay); Robert De Niro, Eliza Dushku, James Franco, Frances McDormand Thriller Live Action
Swimfan 20th Century Fox John Polson (director); Charles Bohl, Phillip Schneider (screenplay); Jesse Bradford, Erika Christensen, Shiri Appleby, Clayne Crawford, Jason Ritter, Dan Hedaya Romance, Thriller Live Action
13 Barbershop Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Tim Story (director); Mark Brown, Don D. Scott, Marshall Todd (screenplay); Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson, Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve, Michael Ealy, Troy Garity, Leonard Earl Howze, Keith David, Lahmard Tate, DeRay Davis, Cedric the Entertainer Comedy Live Action
Stealing Harvard Columbia Pictures Bruce McCulloch (director); Martin Hynes, Peter Tolan (screenplay); Jason Lee, Tom Green, Leslie Mann, Dennis Farina, Richard Jenkins, John C. McGinley, Tammy Blanchard Crime, Comedy Live Action
20 Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever Warner Bros. Wych Kaosayananda (director); Alan B. McElroy (screenplay); Antonio Banderas, Lucy Liu, Gregg Henry, Ray Park, Talisa Soto Action Live Action
The Banger Sisters Fox Searchlight Pictures Bob Dolman (director/screenplay); Goldie Hawn, Susan Sarandon, Geoffrey Rush Comedy Live Action
The Four Feathers Paramount Pictures Shekhar Kapur (director); Mark Pellington, Bruce Joel Rubin, Greg Brooker, Michael Schiffer, Risa Bramon Garcia, Hossein Amini (screenplay); Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Djimon Hounsou, Kate Hudson Action, Drama Live Action
Trapped Columbia Pictures Luis Mandoki (director); Greg Iles (screenplay); Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Fanning Crime, Thriller Live Action
27 Sweet Home Alabama Touchstone Pictures Andy Tennant (director); C. Jay Cox (screenplay); Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, Candice Bergen, Mary Kay Place, Fred Ward, Ethan Embry, Melanie Lynskey, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jean Smart, Dakota Fanning Romance, Comedy Live Action
The Tuxedo DreamWorks Pictures Kevin Donovan (director); Michael J. Wilson, Michael J. Leeson (screenplay); Jackie Chan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jason Isaacs Action, Comedy Live Action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre Medium
4 Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie Artisan Entertainment Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki (directors/screenplay); Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki, Tim Hodge, Lisa Vischer, Dan Anderson, Shelby Vischer, Kristin Blegen, Jim Poole Family, Comedy, Adventure Animation
Red Dragon Universal Pictures Brett Ratner (director); Ted Tally (screenplay); Edward Norton, Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman Thriller Live Action
11 Brown Sugar Fox Searchlight Pictures Rick Famuyiwa (director); Michael Elliot, Rick Famuyiwa (screenplay); Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Mos Def, Nicole Ari Parker, Boris Kodjoe, Queen Latifah Romance Live Action
Knockaround Guys New Line Cinema Brian Koppelman, David Levien (directors/screenplay); Barry Pepper, Seth Green, Vin Diesel, John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper Crime Live Action
The Rules of Attraction Lions Gate Entertainment Roger Avary (director/screenplay); James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Ian Somerhalder, Kip Pardue, Clifton Collins, Jr., Kate Bosworth Comedy, Drama Live Action
The Transporter 20th Century Fox Louis Leterrier, Corey Yuen (director); Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen (screenplay); Jason Statham, Shu Qi, Matt Schulze, François Berléand Action Live Action
Tuck Everlasting Walt Disney Pictures Jay Russell (director); Jeffrey Lieber, James V. Hart (screenplay); Alexis Bledel, William Hurt, Sissy Spacek, Jonathan Jackson, Scott Bairstow, Ben Kingsley, Victor Garber Romance, Family Live Action
White Oleander Warner Bros. Peter Kosminsky (director); Mary Agnes Donoghue (screenplay); Alison Lohman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright Penn, Renée Zellweger Drama Live Action
18 Abandon Paramount Pictures Stephen Gaghan (director/screenplay); Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt, Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Whitmere, Fred Ward Thriller Live Action
The 51st State Screen Gems Ronny Yu (director); Stel Pavlou (screenplay); Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer, Meat Loaf Action, Comedy Live Action
The Ring DreamWorks Pictures Gore Verbinski (director); Koji Suzuki, Ehren Kruger, Scott Frank (screenplay); Naomi Watts, Daveigh Chase, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, Amber Tamblyn, Shannon Cochran, Jane Alexander, Lindsay Frost, Rachael Bella, Pauley Perrette, Adam Brody, Richard Lineback, Sara Rue, Sasha Barrese Horror, Thriller Live Action
25 Ghost Ship Warner Bros. Steve Beck (director); Mark Hanlon, John Pogue (screenplay); Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies, Desmond Harrington, Isaiah Washington, Ron Eldard, Karl Urban, Emily Browning, Francesca Rettondini Horror Live Action
Jackass: The Movie Paramount Pictures / MTV Films Jeff Tremaine (director); Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Ryan Dunn, Dave England, Jason "Wee Man" Acuña, Preston Lacy, Ehren McGhehey, Brandon DiCamillo, Dimitry Elyashkevich, Whitey McConnaughy, Sean Cliver, Loomis Fall, Phil Clapp, Vernon Chatman (screenplay); Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Ryan Dunn, Dave England, Jason "Wee Man" Acuña, Preston Lacy, Ehren McGhehey Documentary, Comedy Live Action
The Truth About Charlie Universal Pictures Jonathan Demme (director/screenplay); Steve Schmidt, Peter Joshua, Jessica Bendinger (screenplay); Mark Wahlberg, Thandie Newton, Tim Robbins, Ted Levine, Lisa Gay Hamilton Romance, Comedy, Mystery Live Action
1 I Spy Columbia Pictures Betty Thomas (director); Cormac and Marianne Wibberley, Jay Scherick, David Ronn (screenplay); Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Famke Janssen, Malcolm McDowell, Gary Cole Comedy Live Action
Punch-Drunk Love Columbia Pictures Paul Thomas Anderson (director/screenplay); Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzman Romance, Comedy, Drama Live Action
The Santa Clause 2 Walt Disney Pictures Michael Lembeck (director); Don Rhymer, Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Ed Decter, John J. Strauss (screenplay); Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, David Krumholtz, Eric Lloyd, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson Family, Comedy Live Action
6 Femme Fatale Warner Bros. Brian De Palma (director/screenplay); Rebecca Romijn, Antonio Banderas Mystery Live Action
8 8 Mile Universal Studios Curtis Hanson (director); Scott Silver (screenplay); Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy, Mekhi Phifer Drama, Musical Live Action
15 Half Past Dead Screen Gems Don Michael Paul (director/screenplay); Morris Chestnut, Steven Seagal, Ja Rule, Kurupt Action Live Action
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Warner Bros. Chris Columbus (director); Steve Kloves (screenplay); Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Kenneth Branagh, Alan Rickman, Jason Isaacs, Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, Julie Walters, Warwick Davis Fantasy Live Action
22 Die Another Day Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Lee Tamahori (director); Neal Purvis, Robert Wade (screenplay); Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rick Yune, Rosamund Pike, Judi Dench, Will Yun Lee Action Live Action
The Emperor's Club Universal Pictures Michael Hoffman (director); Neil Tolkin (screenplay); Kevin Kline, Emile Hirsch, Embeth Davidtz, Rob Morrow, Edward Herrmann, Harris Yulin, Paul Dano Drama Live Action
Friday After Next New Line Cinema Marcus Raboy (director); Ice Cube (screenplay); Ice Cube, Mike Epps, John Witherspoon, Don Curry, Anna Maria Horsford, Clifton Powell Comedy Live Action
27 Eight Crazy Nights Columbia Pictures Seth Kearsley (director); Adam Sandler, Allen Covert, Brooks Arthur, Brad Isaacs (screenplay); Adam Sandler, Jackie Titone, Austin Stout, Rob Schneider Comedy Animation
Extreme Ops Paramount Pictures Christian Duguay (director); Michael Zaidan, Timothy Scott Bogart, Mark Mullin (screenplay); Devon Sawa, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Rupert Graves, Rufus Sewell Action, Sports, Thriller Live Action
Solaris 20th Century Fox Natascha McElhone, Viola Davis, Jeremy Davies, Ulrich Tukur Sci-Fi, Drama Live Action
Treasure Planet Walt Disney Pictures Ron Clements, John Musker (director/screenplay); Rob Edwards (screenplay); Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brian Murray, David Hyde Pierce, Martin Short, Emma Thompson, Michael Wincott, Laurie Metcalf, Roscoe Lee Browne Action, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure Animation
They Dimension Films Robert Harmon (director); Brendan Hood (screenplay); Laura Regan, Marc Blucas, Ethan Embry, Dagmara Dominczyk, Jon Abrahams Horror Live Action
6 Analyze That Warner Bros. Harold Ramis (director/screenplay); Kenneth Lonergan, Peter Tolan, Peter Steinfeld (screenplay); Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow, Joe Viterelli, Cathy Moriarty Crime, Comedy Live Action
Empire Universal Studios Franc. Reyes (director/screenplay); John Leguizamo, Peter Sarsgaard, Delilah Cotto, Denise Richards Crime Live Action
13 Drumline 20th Century Fox Charles Stone III (director); Tina Gordon Chism, Shawn Schepps (screenplay); Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones, Leonard Roberts, Zoe Saldana, Jason Weaver Sports Live Action
The Hot Chick Touchstone Pictures Tom Brady (director/screenplay); Rob Schneider (screenplay); Rob Schneider, Rachel McAdams, Anna Faris, Matthew Lawrence, Eric Christian Olsen, Sam Doumit Comedy Live Action
Maid in Manhattan Columbia Pictures Wayne Wang (director); Kevin Wade (screenplay); Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson Comedy, Romance Live Action
Star Trek: Nemesis Paramount Pictures Stuart Baird (director); John Logan (screenplay); Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden Sci-Fi, Action Live Action
18 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers New Line Cinema Peter Jackson (director/screenplay); Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair (screenplay); Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Brad Dourif, Karl Urban, Sean Bean, Andy Serkis Fantasy Live Action
20 Gangs of New York Miramax Films Martin Scorsese (director); Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan (screenplay); Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Jim Broadbent Period, Drama Live Action
Two Weeks Notice Warner Bros. Marc Lawrence (director/screenplay); Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant Romance, Comedy Live Action
The Wild Thornberrys Movie Paramount Pictures / Nickelodeon Movies Cathy Malkasian, Jeff McGrath (director); Aileen Quinn, Kate Boutilier (screenplay); Lacey Chabert, Danielle Harris, Tim Curry, Jodi Carlisle, Michael "Flea" Balzary, Tom Kane, Lynn Redgrave, Cree Summer, Rupert Everett, Marisa Tomei Adventure, Comedy, Drama Animation
25 Catch Me If You Can DreamWorks Pictures Steven Spielberg (director); Jeff Nathanson (screenplay); Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Amy Adams, Martin Sheen Crime, Drama Live Action
Pinocchio Miramax Films Roberto Benigni (director/screenplay); Vincenzo Cerami (screenplay); Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Carlo Giuffré, Fichi d'India, Kim Rossi Stuart, Giorgio Ariani Comedy Live Action

Notable limited-release films

In addition to the wide-release films in the above list, the following films received a limited or regional release.



























Films released in 2002 by country

Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 1 Julia Phillips 57 USA Producer
6 Mario Nascimbene 88 Italy Composer
7 Avery Schreiber 66 USA Actor
9 Bill McCutcheon 77 USA Actor
12 Stanley Unwin 90 UK Actor, Soundtrack
13 Ted Demme 38 USA Director, Producer
15 Jeremy Hawk 83 UK Actor
17 Queenie Leonard 96 UK Actress
19 Roy Conrad 61 USA Actor
20 Harold Kasket 75 UK Actor
21 Peggy Lee 81 USA Singer, Actress
29 Stratford Johns 76 UK Actor
29 Harold Russell 88 Canada Actor
February 1 Hildegard Knef 76 Germany Actress
7 Diane Hart 75 UK Actress
11 Barry Foster 74 UK Actor
13 Waylon Jennings 64 USA Singer, Actor
18 Jack Lambert 81 USA Actor
18 Byrne Piven 72 USA Actor
20 Fredric Steinkamp 73 USA Film Editor
21 John Thaw 60 UK Actor
22 Chuck Jones 89 USA Animator, Director
26 Lawrence Tierney 82 USA Actor
27 Spike Milligan 83 India Actor
March ? James Culliford 74 UK Actor
1 Robert Weil 87 USA Actor
2 Mary Grant 85 USA Costume Designer
4 Claire Davenport 68 UK Actress
4 Eric Flynn 62 China Actor
4 Shirley Russell 66 UK Costume Designer
10 Irene Worth 85 USA Actress
16 Carmelo Bene 64 Italy Actor, Director
18 Denis Forest 41 Canada Actor
23 Richard Sylbert 73 USA Production Designer
27 Milton Berle 93 USA Actor, Comedian
27 Dudley Moore 66 UK Actor
27 Billy Wilder 95 Poland Director, Screenwriter
April 1 Tonino Cervi 72 Italy Director, Screenwriter
2 Jack Kruschen 70 Canada Actor
4 Harry O'Connor 44 USA Stuntman
7 John Agar 81 USA Actor
8 María Félix 88 Mexico Actress
15 Dave King 72 UK Actor, Soundtrack Reds
16 Robert Urich 55 USA Actor
16 Alexander Doré 78 UK Actor, Writer
17 James Copeland 84 UK Actor Torture Garden
19 Reginald Rose 81 USA Screenwriter
21 Terry Walsh 62 UK Stuntman, Actor
22 Linda Lovelace 53 USA Porn Actress Deep Throat
25 Michael Bryant 74 UK Actor
28 John Wilkinson 82 USA Sound Mixer
May 5 George Sidney 85 USA Director
11 Bill Peet 87 USA Screenwriter
15 Bryan Pringle 67 USA Actor
23 Dorothy Spencer 93 USA Film Editor, Actress
25 Pat Coombs 75 UK Actress
June 3 Sam Whipple 41 USA Actor
9 James Wheaton 78 USA Actor THX 1138
26 Dolores Gray 78 USA Actress
28 Robert S. Mendelsohn 68 USA Production Manager
29 Rosemary Clooney 74 USA Singer, Actress
July 4 Ivan Moffat 84 Cuba Screenwriter
5 Katy Jurado 78 Mexico Actress
6 John Frankenheimer 72 USA Director, Producer, Actor
8 Ward Kimball 88 USA Animator
9 Rod Steiger 77 USA Actor
9 Gerald Campion 81 France Actor
15 Phil Roth 72 USA Actor
23 Leo McKern 82 UK Actor, Writer
24 Maurice Denham 92 UK Actor
26 Buddy Baker 84 USA Composer
27 Frank Inn 86 USA Animal Trainer Breakfast at Tiffany's
29 Peter Bayliss 80 UK Actor
August 3 Peter Miles 64 USA Actor, Writer
5 Josh Ryan Evans 20 USA Actor How the Grinch Stole Christmas
14 Peter R. Hunt 77 USA Editor, Director
15 Yuriy Yakovlev 71 Bulgaria Actor
16 Jeff Corey 88 USA Actor
23 Dennis Fimple 78 USA Actor
30 J. Lee Thompson 88 UK Director
September 3 Ted Ross 68 USA Actor
7 Katrin Cartlidge 41 UK Actress
7 Michael Elphick 55 UK Actor
11 Kim Hunter 79 USA Actress
16 James Gregory 90 USA Actor
18 Hazel Brooks 78 South Africa Actress
22 Carmen Phillips 65 USA Actress
October 3 Tad Horino 81 USA Actor
4 Buddy Lester 85 USA Actor
8 Phyllis Calvert 87 UK Actress
13 Dennis Patrick 84 USA Actor
18 Chuck Domanico 58 USA Musician
21 George Hall 85 Canada Actor
23 Nathan H. Juran 95 UK Director
24 Scott Plank 43 USA Actor
24 Charmian May 65 UK Actress
25 Richard Harris 72 UK Actor
27 André de Toth 90 Hungary Director, Screenwriter
28 Lawrence Dobkin 83 USA Actor, Director, Screenwriter
31 Raf Vallone 86 Italy Actor
November 1 Keith A. Wester 62 USA Sound Engineer
3 Jonathan Harris 87 USA Actor
9 Merlin Santana 26 USA Actor Showtime
14 Eddie Bracken 87 USA Actor
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18 James Coburn 74 USA Actor
22 Parley Baer 88 USA Actor
22 Adele Jergens 84 USA Actress
24 Noel Davis 75 UK Casting Director
25 Karel Reisz 76 UK Director, Producer
26 Stanley Black 89 UK Composer, Musical Director
27 Wolfgang Preiss 92 Germany Actor
27 Billie Bird 94 USA Actress
27 Roger Kemp 71 UK Actor
29 John Justin 85 UK Actor
December 10 Ian MacNaughton 76 Germany Director, Actor, Producer
12 Brad Dexter 85 USA Actor
14 Ruth Kobart 78 USA Actress
15 Arthur Jeph Parker 79 USA Set Decorator
17 James Hazeldine 55 UK Actor, Director
19 Tony Barr 81 USA Actor, Producer, Soundtrack
22 Clay Tanner 71 USA Actor
22 Kenneth Tobey 85 USA Actor
27 George Roy Hill 81 USA Director


Abigail Breslin


  1. ^ "2002 Worldwide Grosses".  
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