Best Hollywood Movies Of 2002 is the 3rd installment of our series of best movies of the 20th century. Most of these are the absolute classics that received numerous awards.
Best Hollywood Movies Of 2002:
5City of God
City of God, the favela (squatter settlement) for which the movie is named, is one of Rio de Janeiro’s most notorious slums. Our narrator is a young boy named Rocket who leads us from the late ’60s, when the favela is orderly rows of pre-fab housing for the poverty-stricken, into the early ’80s when it has become a warren of bleak apartment blocks that residents can’t escape.
As young Rocket (Luis Otavio, as a boy, Alexandre Rodrigues, as a teen) watches, the favela dissolves into conditions conducive to crime, the rule of the gun, and, eventually, full-blown turf war.
The young favela sports such low-grade hoods as the “Tender Trio,” comprising Rocket’s older brother, Goose (Renato de Souza), Clipper (Jefechander Suplino) and idea-man Shaggy (Jonathan Haagensen).
The Trio’s antics do not extend beyond stealing fuel from trucks and, after a robbery goes awry, one boy turns to the church while another is taken firmly in hand by his father. But they are replaced by the malevolent Lil’ Dic (Douglas Silva, as a boy, Leandro Firmino da Hora, as a teen) and his side-kick, the forgiving Benny (Phellipe Haagensen).
When Lil’ Dic decides to take control, a series of small scale coups escalate into turf war with Carrot (Matheus Nachtergaele) and “good” man turned vigilante, Knockout Ned (Seu Jorge).
Released: 13 Feb 2004
Runtime: 130 min
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund(co-director)
Writer: Paulo Lins (novel), Bráulio Mantovani (screenplay)
Actors: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
4Catch Me If You Can
Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) adores his parents. His father (Christopher Walken) relies on using an angle to get what he wants and employs his teenage son in his scams. But eventually, he gets the family into serious financial trouble.
When Frank is 16, his parents get divorced, and he’s told to choose which one he will live with. He can’t handle it and he runs away. As a child, he thinks he can recreate the perfect world he once thought he had.
But he has one very un-childlike quality: an astonishing eye for detail. Combined with the charm and panache he learned from his father, the ability to appear innocent to give him apparent credibility and — just as important — youthful fearlessness (he just doesn’t know how outrageous his scams are), he becomes one of the most successful con men in history.
Before he is imprisoned in France, he manages to pass himself off as a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer. He also manages to pass off bad checks worth over $4 million.
Language: English, French
Released: 25 Dec 2002
Runtime: 141 min
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Jeff Nathanson (screenplay), Frank Abagnale Jr. (book), Stan Redding (book)
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Best Hollywood Movies Of 2002 continues …
In Nightmute, Alaska, seventeen-year-old resident Kay Connell was found murdered. As a favor to the local Nightmute police chief, two Los Angeles Robbery Homicide police detectives, Will Dormer and Hap Eckhart, were called in to assist in the investigation.
Although renowned in the police world, both Dormer and Eckhart are facing some professional issues back in Los Angeles. In Nightmute, Dormer has a major case of insomnia due to a combination of the incessant midnight sun and a secret he is carrying.
This insomnia is causing him to be delusional. Something he is not dreaming about is that the murderer has contacted him, informing him all about the murder and the fact that he knows everything that is going on with Dormer.
They begin a symbiotic relationship by keeping secrets for each individual’s benefit. But the ambitious young local detective, Ellie Burr, might piece the story together on her own.
Released: 24 May 2002
Runtime: 118 min
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Hillary Seitz (screenplay), Nikolaj Frobenius, Erik Skjoldbjærg
Actors: Al Pacino, Martin Donovan, Oliver ‘Ole’ Zemen, Hilary Swank
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
2The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS follows the members of the remaining fellowship and cuts back and forth between their adventures. Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) find a twisted creature called Gollum who embodies the story’s struggle between good and evil.
Once utterly corrupted by his attempts to steal the ring, the remaining good within him begins to awaken under Frodo’s kindness, but that may not be reliable enough for him to become the faithful guide they need.
Meanwhile, Frodo’s Hobbit friends Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) are caught up with Treebeard and the Ents (tree creatures of enormous size). Also meanwhile, the human warriors Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) try to get help from King Theoden (Bernard Hill), who has been enchanted into befuddlement so that they can fight the vicious Uruk-hai throng of White Wizard villain Saruman (Christopher Lee).
“Language”: “English, Sindarin, Old English”,
“Released”: “18 Dec 2002”,
“Runtime”: “179 min”,
“Genre”: “Adventure, Drama, Fantasy”,
“Director”: “Peter Jackson”,
“Writer”: “J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Stephen Sinclair (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay)”,
“Actors”: “Bruce Allpress, Sean Astin, John Bach, Sala Baker”,
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Filmmaker Roman Polanski, who as a boy growing up in Poland, watched while the Nazis devastated his country during World War II, directed this downbeat drama based on the story of a privileged musician who spent five years struggling against the Nazi occupation of Warsaw.
Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody) is a gifted classical pianist born to a wealthy Jewish family in Poland. The Szpilmans have a large and comfortable flat in Warsaw which Wladyslaw shares with his mother and father (Maureen Lipman and Frank Finlay), his sisters Halina and Regina (Jessica, Kate Meyer, and Julia Rayner), and his brother, Henryk (Ed Stoppard).
While Wladyslaw and his family are aware of the looming presence of German forces and Hitler’s designs on Poland, they’re convinced that the Nazis are a menace which will pass and that England and France will step forward to aid Poland in the event of a real crisis.
Wladyslaw’s naivete is shattered when a German bomb rips through a radio studio while he performs a recital for broadcast. During the early stages of the Nazi occupation, as a respected artist, he still imagines himself above the danger, using his pull to obtain employment papers for his father and landing a supposedly safe job playing piano in a restaurant.
But as the German grip tightens upon Poland, Wladyslaw and his family are selected for deportation to a Nazi concentration camp. Refusing to face certain deaths, Wladyslaw goes into hiding in a comfortable apartment provided by a friend.
However, when his benefactor goes missing, Wladyslaw is left to fend for himself and he spends the next several years dashing from one abandoned home to another, desperate to avoid capture by German occupation troops.
Language: English, German, Russian
Released: 28 Mar 2003
Runtime: 150 min
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Director: Roman Polanski
Writer: Ronald Harwood (screenplay), Wladyslaw Szpilman (book)
Actors: Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox, Michael Zebrowski, Ed Stoppard
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
This concludes our list of Best Hollywood Movies Of 2002. Do you agree with our list? Which is your favorite movie of 2002? Do let us know in the comments below.