#TBT: The Bourne Identity and Blockbusters of 2002

The latest entry in the popular movie series that began in 2002 with The Bourne Identity opens in theaters Friday. Based on the character from Robert Ludlum’s series of the same name, the franchise has produced multiple sequels: The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, both starring Matt Damon, as well as 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross. Those who missed Damon’s Bourne will be lining up to see if Jason Bourne, under the helm of Paul Greengrass and with Damon back in the title role, is a return to form. Until then, for this Throwback Thursday, let’s take a look at what other films were thrilling audiences in 2002.

Nowadays there’s a new superhero movie every time you turn around, but back in 2002 it still felt fresh when Toby Maguire spun his web and delivered the now-famous upside-down kiss with co-star Kirsten Dunst in that year’s blockbuster, Spider-Man.

Another franchise that has stood the test of time and continues to draw crowds is Star Wars. 2002 saw the release of the second of the prequels with the clones at the forefront in Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones.

Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise seemed to give us a glimpse into the future with the action-packed sci-fi thriller based on the short story by Philip K. Dick, Minority Report.

Before there was Stranger Things, there was Signs, M. Night Shyamalan's look at mysterious crop circles that show up on the farm of Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Reviews are just out for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the stage play opening later this week in London, but it’s been almost 14 years since Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets hit the big screen.

What were your favorite films of 2002? We’d love to hear!

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