The year 2022 has produced a number of noteworthy movies, both independent (such as Everything Everywhere All At Once) and studio-produced (such as Top Gun: Maverick). The same could be said for 2002, a year that saw both heartbreaking dramas and genre films advance. In the early 2000s, blockbuster movies made significant advancements. It demonstrated the kinds of stories that could be told with more advanced technology. The 10 best movies turning 20 this year 2022, are listed here.
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1. Spider-Man (2002)
Director- Sam Raimi
Peter Parker is a shy, intelligent orphan who is frequently teased at school. He finds it difficult to defend himself, much less earn Mary Jane Watson’s love. The gorgeous redhead he likes who lives next door. When a genetically modified spider bites Peter one day while Peter is visiting a Columbia University lab as part of a school field trip. An astounding metamorphosis happens instantly. Now that his body has undergone significant alterations, Peter has distinct spider skills and amazing novel superpowers. However, he soon learns that great power also comes with great responsibility. The supervillain Green Goblin soon joins the scene and is more than prepared to test Peter’s moral fibre. He is an unstable, unusually strong individual.
2. Super Troopers (2002)
Director- Jay Chandrasekhar
State police officers from Vermont named Thorny, Mac, Rabbit, Foster, and Farva are having a good time. The troopers, who are ardent pranksters with a penchant for syrup. They are stationed in a remote area close to the Canadian border. They have a propensity for making mistakes at work. The five buddies attempt to fly right when the town of Spurbury’s budget constraints put their livelihood in jeopardy. It set them against their longtime foe, Spurbury P.D. Until a dead corpse is found and a potential drug ring is uncovered, that is. The super troopers launch into action in an effort to investigate the crime, protect their positions, and outperform the neighbourhood police force.
3. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Director- Pete Docter
Monsters rule the roost in the world concealed behind our closet doors. Monsters Inc. is a utilities corporation that specialises in feeding their planet with human children’s screams. To ensure the source of the cries, a group of monster scarers under the direction of endearing Sulley and his witty best friend Mike put in a lot of effort and long hours. But when Sulley comes into a secret door and a runaway young girl causing havoc, everything goes crazy. Sulley and Mike must return the young girl, Boo, to the human world after learning that she is not genuinely a threat. The two are unaware, however, that Boo is actually the key to a nefarious plot to save the monster world from an impending calamity.
4. Signs (2002)
Director- M. Night Shyamalan
After his wife was killed in a horrible car accident, Graham Hess, a former Episcopal priest, lost his faith and withdrew to a rural farm in Pennsylvania where he now lives with his two young daughters and younger brother. When inexplicable crop-circle formations start to grow in his field six months later and the same circular patterns start to appear all over the world, a palpable sense of dread begins to spread among the family. Grief, denial, and paranoia combine more frequently when similar inexplicable events take place, creating a highly explosive cocktail.
5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Director- Peter Jackson
Sauron’s army gets stronger. It gains allies. The Ringwraiths make a terrifying comeback in new guise. Aragorn and the Rohanids are about to come under attack from Saruman’s army of Uruk-hai. Still, Boromir is gone and the Fellowship is no more. Frodo and Sam advance undefended into Mordor in search of what little hope is still left. Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, Pippin, and Merry gain a number of new allies, and together they must defend Rohan and invade Isengard. In spite of this, Sauron’s forces are massing near Gondor since the War of the Ring is about to start.
6. Monster’s Ball (2001)
Director- Marc Forsters
The son of a prison guard named Hank Grotowski, who works on the facility’s death row, takes his own life. Before helping Leticia Musgrove’s injured son one night, Grotowski descends into sadness. When he passes away, the couple is united in their grief, but as their connection grows, he discovers that he and his son were involved in her husband’s execution.
7. The Good Girl (2002)
Director- Miguel Arteta
A good girl, Justine is. She is appalled by her sluggish, pot-smoking spouse and her 30-year-old job at a discount store in Texas. She is not happy with her routine. When Holden appears abruptly a few registers away, her life is almost brought to a complete stop. He is young and appears to be just as disenchanted as she is, and the two establish a passionate bond that will destroy everything Justine stands for—or at least all she believes she does.
8. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002)
Director- Chris Columbus
Harry Potter, who must spend his summer vacation with his muggle relatives, is in for a shock when he receives an unexpected visitor: Dobby the house elf, who forewarns Harry not to go back to Hogwarts because horrible things will happen. Harry decides to disregard Dobby’s advice and go through with his planned timetable. However, there are truly strange and dreadful things happening at Hogwarts. Suddenly, muggle-born students are being attacked, muggle-born students are being heard talking in the walls, and a message written in blood on the wall makes everyone on edge “It has been opened, the Chamber of Secrets. Friends Of The Heir, Take Caution “.
9. The Bourne Identity (2002)
Director- Doug Liman
The mystery man’s body is discovered at sea while still alive, and he appears to have forgotten everything about himself. He eventually starts to recall minute aspects from his past and quickly learns that his identity was Jason Bourne. He dislikes the bogus documents and firearms that belong to him. In search of his new identity, Bourne is now travelling abroad with his new buddy Marie Helena Kreutz. However, someone is feverishly looking for him because they are unhappy to see him alive.
10. Frailty (2001)
Director- Bill Paxton
Fenton Meeks comes forward to inform the FBI that his brother Adam may be the serial killer the FBI has been looking for and who goes by the name God’s Hands. The movie employs flashbacks to depict Meeks’ early years with a father who thought he was on a divine mission to exterminate demonic entities that possess human bodies. Adam viewed his father as a hero, while Fenton considered him as evil.
The best movies turning 20 this year are all great, so you’ll want to mark their anniversaries on your calendar. Many of them also have plenty more years to live, so you can enjoy them for years to come!