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Top Three: 2002

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3. Catch Me if You Can

I view it as a upbeat Shawshank Redemption. Or you could liken it to a thinking man’s Ocean Eleven. Or you could simply refer to it as Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio doing what they do best; and going head to head while they’re at it. Oh, you want another one? Tom Hanks as a Mad Men extra.

2. Gangs of New York

It’s violent, it’s grungy, it’s Scorsese. Obviously, ’02 was a good year for Leo, as this is his second appearance in this list. However, the star of GoNY is Daniel Day-Lewis. Quite frankly, he is Bill the Butcher and is able to pull off the handlebar mustache and top hat like nobody else. In my mind, it was the best performance of the year, and well worth watching.

1. Adaptation

Being John Malkovich made the list for 1999, and writer/director combo Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze do it again in 2002. It’s different and you have to pay attention, but there isn’t a movie like this in the world (at least not that I’ve seen). Even Nicolas Cage is bearable in it! Plus his hair adds him to the list of horrible hair in Spike Jonze movies alongside Cameron Diaz in BJM.

Honorable Mentions

LOTR: The Two Towers

Super Troopers

Spiderman

The Bourne Identity

The Pianist

Insomnia

Road to Peridition

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