- Movies that came out in 2002 are turning 20 in the new year.
- Rom-coms like "Maid in Manhattan" and "Sweet Home Alabama" have been around for two decades.
- It may be a surprise that the horror films "Signs" and "The Ring" are also turning 20 years old.
Over the past 20 years, there have been several Spider-Man movies, but the first iteration starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst was released on May 3, 2002.
That year, it was the highest-grossing film, hinting at the eventual Marvel juggernaut to come.
"Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" was released on December 18, 2002 as a sequel to the fantasy hit "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." The main cast returned for the sequel, including Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, and Ian McKellan.
The film has since earned $936.7 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" follows Harry and his friends as they try to unravel the mystery behind the Chamber of Secrets during their second year at Hogwarts. It was released in November 2002.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson all returned for the second installment of the franchise, raking in a whopping $879 million globally.
The film, which was released in the US in May 2002, earned 65% on Rotten Tomatoes from critics, but audiences weren't that impressed, rating it 56%.
Witherspoon played a New York City socialite who has to return to her home state of Alabama to get a divorce from her husband after being separated for years.
The rom-com, which was released on September 27, 2002, was a movie critics hated but audiences loved, earning a 78% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Lopez played a hotel maid who pretends to be one of the rich guests when a dashing man mistakes her for one.
The rom-com earned $155 million globally after it was released in December 2002.
Before Mandy Moore was the mother in "This Is Us," the actress starred in "A Walk to Remember," playing a teenager who falls for a boy in small-town North Carolina.
Based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, "A Walk to Remember" was released on January 25, 2002 — and it was panned by critics, but audiences love it.
In "The Hot Chick," comedian Rob Schneider plays a mean-spirited teenager stuck in the body of an older man who happens to be a criminal.
The film, released in December 2002, went on to become a cult classic and helped launch Rachel McAdams' and Anna Faris' careers.
"Austin Powers in Goldmember," which came out in July 2002, was the third film in the "Austin Powers" franchise and followed Mike Myers' character as he attempts to save his kidnapped father by traveling back in time. The film also stars Beyoncé as Foxxy Cleopatra.
The film raked in $293 million globally.
The Ice Cube-led film, which was released in September 2002, follows a group of barbers working in the South Side of Chicago.
"Barbershop" scored an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. It also inspired two sequels and a spin-off movie called "Beauty Shop" in 2005.
"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" follows a Greek woman who meets a man and decides to marry him, welcoming him into her giant Greek family and all of its traditions.
Audiences and critics loved the film, rating it Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
M. Night Shyamalan's horror film focused on a family who finds a series of mysterious crop signs on their farm, signaling an impending alien invasion. "Signs" stars Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix.
"The Ring" starred Naomi Watts who played a woman determined to figure out the mystery behind a videotape after everyone who watches it dies in seven days. The movie was released on October 18, 2002 in the US.
Critics gave the film 71% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart starred in this film, which focuses on a single mother and a diabetic daughter as they lock themselves in their home's panic room when three masked men break into their home.
"Panic Room," released in March 2002, has been rated Certified Fresh with 75% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, this film follows a man who lost his memory while on the run from the CIA.
"The Bourne Identity" launched a successful franchise, which includes four other movies.
In "Minority Report," Cruise played a police officer in a futuristic world where people are arrested before they commit the crime. It came out in June 2002.
The movie was so popular that it was rated Certified Fresh at 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it inspired a TV series on FOX that aired for one season.
Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith returned for "Men in Black II" in July 2002 and the pair confronted even more aliens.
But the sequel did not live up to the high standard of its predecessor, and it has only earned 39% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Eminem was at the height of his career in 2002, and that's when he released "8 Mile," a film about a rapper trying to make it out of Detroit's poor neighborhood by making it in the world of rapping. It was released in November 2002.
In all, the film grossed $242.9 million.
This animated children's movie, which was released in June 2002, follows a young girl who adopts a dog that turns out to be a scientific experiment that has gone terribly wrong.
The movie was so popular that it launched a TV series on the Disney Channel between 2003 and 2006.
"Ice Age: is a successful franchise that got its start with a movie in March 2002 that followed a group of animated animals trying to survive the Paleolithic ice age.
Since 2002, there have been four additional "Ice Age" movies with another, "The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild," premiering in 2022.
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