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1. Insomnia (2002)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

78 Metascore

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Martin Donovan

Votes: 260,252 | Gross: $67.36M

7/10

2. One Hour Photo (2002)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A mentally unstable photo developer targets a middle-class family after his obsession with them becomes more sick and disturbing than any of them could imagine.

Director: Mark Romanek | Stars: Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Dylan Smith

Votes: 110,229 | Gross: $31.60M

6/10

3. Tape (2001)

R | 86 min | Drama

71 Metascore

Three old high school friends meet in a Michigan motel room to dissect painful memories from their past.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, Uma Thurman

Votes: 18,075 | Gross: $0.49M

7/10

4. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

88 Metascore

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 712,881 | Gross: $1.48M

10/10

5. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama

88 Metascore

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ana López Mercado

Votes: 109,903 | Gross: $13.62M

8/10

6. 24 Hour Party People (2002)

R | 117 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Steve Coogan, Lennie James, John Thomson, Paul Popplewell

Votes: 31,346 | Gross: $1.13M

8/10

7. Bloody Sunday (2002)

R | 107 min | Drama, History, War

90 Metascore

A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nicholas Farrell, Allan Gildea

Votes: 22,445 | Gross: $0.77M

8/10

8. The Son (2002)

99 min | Drama, Mystery

86 Metascore

A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Olivier Gourmet, Morgan Marinne, Isabella Soupart, Nassim Hassaïni

Votes: 8,544 | Gross: $0.07M

8/10

9. Japón (2002)

R | 122 min | Drama

76 Metascore

A painter from the big city goes to a remote canyon to commit suicide. To reach some calmness, he stays at the farmstead of Ascen, an old, religious woman. Although but a few words are spoken, love grows.

Director: Carlos Reygadas | Stars: Alejandro Ferretis, Magdalena Flores, Yolanda Villa, Martín Serrano

Votes: 3,104

10. The Trespasser (2001)

97 min | Drama, Thriller

Two businessmen hire a hitman to kill their third partner and are then blackmailed by the hitman as he takes over their company.

Director: Beto Brant | Stars: Marco Ricca, Alexandre Borges, Paulo Miklos, Mariana Ximenes

Votes: 1,574

11. Dog Days (2001)

R | 121 min | Drama

66 Metascore

In the tomb-like quiet of their ranch-style purgatory, a divorced husband and wife fight a wordless war while mourning an unspeakable mutual loss. A sadistic lover's ritual humiliation spawns both tenderness and revenge.

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Maria Hofstätter, Christine Jirku, Viktor Hennemann, Georg Friedrich

Votes: 5,699 | Gross: $0.01M

12. Transistor Love Story (2001)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Phaen is a suburban young man with a great love for music. He never misses a chance to show off his voice at temple fairs in his village. It is at one of the fairs that he meets and falls ... See full summary »

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang | Stars: Supakorn Kitsuwon, Siriyakorn Pukkavesh, Black Phomtong, Somlek Sakdikul

Votes: 801

7/10

13. Happy Times (2000)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Zhao is an aging bachelor who hasn't been lucky in love. Thinking he has finally met the woman of his dreams, Zhao leads her to believe he is wealthy and agrees to a wedding far beyond his ... See full summary »

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Lifan Dong, Benshan Zhao, Jie Dong, Biao Fu

Votes: 3,774 | Gross: $0.24M

14. Unknown Pleasures (2002)

Unrated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

Two unemployed Chinese teenagers have trouble resisting the temptations of the Western world.

Director: Zhangke Jia | Stars: Wei Wei Zhao, Qiong Wu, Tao Zhao, Qing Feng Zhou

Votes: 2,025 | Gross: $0.01M

15. Yi Yi (2000)

Not Rated | 173 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

Each member of a middle class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Nien-Jen Wu, Elaine Jin, Issei Ogata, Kelly Lee

Votes: 18,083 | Gross: $1.14M

7/10

16. Millennium Mambo (2001)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

The ethereally beautiful Vicky recalls her romances with Hao Hao and Jack in the neon-lit clubs of Taipei.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Qi Shu, Jack Kao, Chun-hao Tuan, Jun Takeuchi

Votes: 4,194 | Gross: $0.01M

17. All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)

146 min | Crime, Drama, Music

73 Metascore

The problematic lives of teenager students for whom the singer Lily Chou-Chou's dreamy music is the only way to escape an alienating, violent and insensitive society.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Hayato Ichihara, Shûgo Oshinari, Ayumi Itô, Takao Ohsawa

Votes: 7,480 | Gross: $0.02M

8/10

18. Suicide Club (2001)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Masatoshi Nagase, Mai Hosho, Tamao Satô

Votes: 17,742

6/10

19. Blue Spring (2001)

83 min | Drama

A group of a run-down Tokyo high school students face the struggles of growing up, growing apart from their friends and worrying about their future, while living in a highly violent environment.

Director: Toshiaki Toyoda | Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Hirofumi Arai, Sôsuke Takaoka, Yûsuke Ohshiba

Votes: 2,943

6/10

20. Dark Water (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi, Asami Mizukawa

Votes: 28,581

7/10

21. Dead or Alive (1999)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

49 Metascore

A yakuza of Chinese descent and a Japanese cop each wage their own war against the Japanese mafia. But they are destined to meet. Their encounter will change the world.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shô Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, Renji Ishibashi, Hitoshi Ozawa

Votes: 7,192 | Gross: $0.00M

7/10

22. Dead or Alive 2: Birds (2000)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shô Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, Noriko Aota, Edison Chen

Votes: 3,342

8/10

23. The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

60 Metascore

A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda, Naomi Nishida

Votes: 7,926

7/10

24. Real Fiction (2000)

69 min | Crime, Drama

The film follows a South Korean artist as he systematically seeks out, and then guns down his real or imagined enemies.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Jin-mo Ju, Yi-yeong Shim, Min-seok Son, Je-rak Lee

Votes: 1,326

6/10

25. Bad Guy (2001)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

49 Metascore

An unfeeling gangster seeks to ruin the life of a young girl who rejected him. He forces her into prostitution and spies on her regularly, then he soon begins to fall for her.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Jae-Hyun Cho, Won Seo, Yun-tae Kim, Duk-moon Choi

Votes: 8,670

6/10

26. Address Unknown (2001)

R | 117 min | Drama, War

Romances end in blood and the frail hopes of individuals are torn apart in a vile karmic continuity of colonialism, civil war and occupation. After surviving Japanese colonization, Korea ... See full summary »

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Dong-kun Yang, Min-jung Ban, Young-min Kim, Eun-jin Pang

Votes: 3,228

7/10

27. The Isle (2000)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

A Carer becomes the mother to a secluded isle.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Jung Suh, Yu-seok Kim, Jae-Hyun Cho, Hang-Seon Jang

Votes: 11,959 | Gross: $0.02M

8/10

28. Avalon (2001)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

In a dystopian world, a woman spends her time playing an illegal and dangerous game, hoping to find meaning in her world.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Malgorzata Foremniak, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Jerzy Gudejko, Dariusz Biskupski

Votes: 12,567

7/10

29. Hwasango (2001)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Violence in Korean High School, especially inside the WaSanGo (Volcano High). You won't be able to escape.

Director: Tae-gyun Kim | Stars: Hyuk Jang, Min-a Shin, Su-ro Kim, Sang-Woo Kwon

Votes: 3,292

6/10

30. The Princess Blade (2001)

R | 93 min | Action, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

Raised by assassins, Yuki is the last of the Takemikazuchi royal bloodline. A deadly weapon in her own right, she learns the gruesome truth about the death of her beloved mother and joins forces with a mysterious rebel leader.

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Yumiko Shaku, Hideaki Itô, Yôichi Numata, Shirô Sano

Votes: 2,823

5/10

31. The Warrior (2001)

R | 158 min | Action, Drama, History

1375. Nine Koryo warriors, envoys exiled by Imperial China, battle to protect a Chinese Ming Princess from Mongolian troops.

Director: Sung-su Kim | Stars: Woo-sung Jung, Sung-Ki Ahn, Jin-mo Ju, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 10,506

6/10

32. Ben Harper: Pleasure and Pain (2002)

Unrated | 89 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary on roots rocker Ben Harper and his band, the Innocent Criminals.

Director: Danny Clinch | Stars: Ben Harper, Jean-Pierre Plunier, Dean Butterworth, Juan D. Nelson

Votes: 83

7/10

33. A Tree of Palme (2002)

130 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Palme is a puppet created by a man for his sickly wife. After her death, Palme becomes paralyzed with sorrow until he happens to cross paths with a woman being pursued who asks him to ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Nakamura | Stars: Akiko Hiramatsu, Megumi Toyoguchi, Daisuke Sakaguchi, Yurika Hino

Votes: 422

7/10

34. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)

R | 103 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

62 Metascore

When a girl is abducted by a vampire, a legendary bounty hunter is hired to bring her back.

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri | Stars: Andrew Philpot, John Rafter Lee, Pamela Adlon, Wendee Lee

Votes: 27,640 | Gross: $0.15M

7/10

35. My Voyage to Italy (1999)

PG-13 | 246 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

World-renowned director Martin Scorsese narrates this journey through his favorites in Italian cinema.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Star: Martin Scorsese

Votes: 2,834 | Gross: $0.01M

36. The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

The small town of Paris, Australia deliberately causes car accidents, then sells/salvages all valuables from the wrecks as a means of economy.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Terry Camilleri, John Meillon, Kevin Miles, Rick Scully

Votes: 3,314



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