There were a lot of sequels released that year and the ten best movies of 2002 include three of them. Additionally, a couple more in the top ten went on to have very successful sequels.

  1. "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers." This was the second movie in the saga. It followed up, "The Fellowship of the Ring." There are three story lines in the movie which include: Frodo, Sam, and Gollum; Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli; and Gandalf, Merry and Pippin.

  2. "Spider Man." This was the start of the still popular series of "Spider Man" movies. It is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. A young man, Pete Parker, is bitten by a spider and receives super powers. After learning to harness the powers of good, he becomes a crime fighter.

  3. "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." This best movie of 2002 is the second in the Harry Potter series. In this film, Harry returns to Hogwarts School of Wizardry to investigate some mysterious attacks.

  4. "The Bourne Identity." This was the first in the "Bourne" series. Bourne is a man with amnesia who is trying to determine his identity. It turns out that he may be an international spy.

  5. "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones." Anakin Skywalker is the focus of this fifth release in the "Star Wars" series. Anakin, Darth Vader's alter ego and father of Luke Skywalker, fights being pulled to the Dark Side as he grows in his Jedi training. 

  6. "Gangs of New York." This movie from 2002 is based in New York City in the 1860s. It deals with the American/Irish conflict during that time. The main character, Amsterdam Vallon, is out to avenge his father's death by Bill the Butcher.

  7. "Minority Report." This is a futuristic story about crime in the late 21st century. At that time, computers are able to anticipate crimes before they happen. The main character becomes a murder suspect, and he is out to prove his innocence.

  8. "Signs." This science fiction classic deals with a farmer who discovers crop circles on his farm. Soon after, he meets the creators of the circles face to face.

  9. "Road to Perdition." This unnerving 1930s Chicago-based film tells the story of a hit man out to get revenge for the murder of his wife and one of his sons. Things get complicated because he is accompanied by his surviving son.

  10. "John Q." Definitely one of the best movies of 2002, this film is about a desperate father who takes a hospital hostage to ensure his sick son gets a life-saving heart transplant. By the end of the movie, you will find yourself scratching your head, and wondering what you would do in that situation.