2002 was an unusually good year for movies. It saw a healthy mix of populist and artsy movies. When you have releases from Peter Jackson and Pedro Almodóvar in the same year, you know that it is going to be a good year. In terms of genre you will find everything from horror to thriller to romance. Take a yourself. Here is the list of top movies of 2002.
20. Red Dragon
Directed by Brett Ratner, and based on Thomas Harris’ novel of the same name, this film reintroduces one of the most iconic character that the world of cinema has ever seen. Doctor Hannibal Lecter played to a chilling degree of accuracy by Sir Anthony Hopkins first made his appearance in The Silence of the Lambs. The events of this movie is set before that. The film explores Agent Will Graham who had initially managed to capture the notorious Hannibal Lecter being brought in to capture another serial killer – the tooth fairy. Graham played by Edward Norton has some memorable exchanges with Hannibal, true to the books and the film itself is a tightly made thriller. Ralph Fiennes as the tooth fairy gives an equally wonderful performance letting his humanity shine through at just the right moments so much so that we begin to empathize with him to some degree. The references to Blake’s poetry is sublimely captured in the film and the supporting cast which includes the likes of Harvey Keitel and Philip Seymour Hoffman make this film a visual and narrative treat.
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19. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Directed by Chris Columbus this is the second film of the Harry Potter franchise based on the works of J.K. Rowling and follows the trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione in their second year at Hogwarts as they try to fight a mysterious monster that petrifies the students. This franchise is an emotional ride for an entire generation that grew up with the boy who lived, so it automatically becomes a film to watch. However, all bias aside it also became the second highest grossing film of 2002 which goes to show that it is a finely made film as well.