2002 was a good year for cinema. Both Hollywood blockbusters and smaller projects managed to grab the attention of audiences across the globe. It may not feel like it, but that was 20 years ago! So here’s 7 classic movies turning 20 that you may want to think about rewatching!

Classic Movies Turning 20

Before we dive into our top seven picks we want to give a couple of honourable mentions. The Bourne Identity started a series that was most definitely hit-and-miss, but it also arguably inspired the overhaul that lead the Bond franchise to find a new audience. XXX was most certainly trashy action, but it’s this self-awareness that made it stand out. And Die Another Day may have been the worst of Pierce Brosnan’s escapades as the aforementioned British Intelligence Agent, but it remains an entertaining lazy Sunday afternoon adventure!

Now, on with our top seven picks! Listed below in no particular order…

Spider-Man upside down kiss


The one that started it all. Arguably, the passion for the modern superhero movie – including the hugely popular Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as it now stands – began with Sam Riami’s Spider-Man. What’s not to like about this first film of the trilogy? Surely everyone remembers that upside-down kiss as a monumental piece of cinematography.

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Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones

Arguably the most harshly criticised of the prequel trilogy, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is not as bad as you might think. The Clone War is a pivotal part of the franchise’s long arching story. Plus, this film gave us an extremely popular meme format for modern social media platforms…

Star Wars meme
Lilo and Stitch

Lilo and Stitch

The first one. Obviously. Lilo and Stitch was an unusual turn for Disney at the time. Culturally diverse and featuring aliens, rather than relying on the typical princess tropes. It was… different. Turns out people liked different. Different is good.

28 Days Later deserted London

28 Days Later

Just look at that shot. A modern classic; London is deserted. 28 Days Later arguably helped propel a resurgence in interest in zombie action both in movies and video games. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer city.

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Black Hawk Down

Ridley Scott is most famous for his work on the Alien franchise. Or perhaps Blade Runner. However, Black Hawk Down proves that he’s more than just a sci-fi schlock director. And that’s coming from a sci-fi schlock lover.

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Ice Age

Honestly, it feels like every time I head to the kids section on Netflix there’s a new Ice Age film. Back in 2002 however, the first was released, and was very warmly received by children and adults alike.

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8 Mile

OK, it’s awful. But hey, we still like Eminem, right?

That’s the list! So what’re are your favourite 2002 movies? Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments section below!

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