Movies That Turn 20 in 2022

January 14, 2022

Throwing it back to 2002, when one of the highest-grossing movie of the year was a Spider-Man movie, P.T. Anderson had a rom-com in theaters, and a revival of a classic musical was looking to win some Oscars.

Punch-Drunk Love

The Safdie brothers were about the same age as Cooper Hoffman when this came out. Japanese posters designed by Jeremy Blake.



Teaser one sheet for Sam Raimi's first Marvel movie. This poster was withdrawn from theaters after 9/11 due to the reflection of the World Trade Center in Spidey's eyes.

8 Mile

The legend of Eminem's mom's spaghetti was born. Eminem had the best selling album of 2002.


In which Gaspar Noe traumatizes a generation. Japanese B2.

Lilya 4-Ever

Swedish posters for Lukas Moodysson's best. Lilya 4-Ever 4-ever.

Morvern Callar

Lynne Ramsay's second feature, with the best soundtrack of 2002. One sheet designed by Kim Maley.

28 Days Later

That tagline hits different now. U.K. quad.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The highest-grossing movie of 2002. There were petitions to change the title of the movie after 9/11. Teaser one sheet.

Spirited Away

Spirited Away went into limited release in the U.S. in September 2002, and won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Japanese B2.


Won Best Picture. Advance one sheet.

The Pianist

That time Adrien Brody made out with Halle Berry at the Oscars.

Talk to Her

Almodóvar took the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for Best Director. Spanish B1 poster by Juan Gatti.

City of God

Starring Seu Jorge who did all the Bowie covers for The Life Aquatic. French petite.


Salma Hayek was nominated for Best Actress but lost to Nicole Kidman for The Hours.

Gangs of New York

Martin Scorsese back in the Mean Streets neighbourhood but in the 1800s. Rare Japanese B1.

25th Hour

Spike Lee's post-9/11 New York movie. U.S. one sheet, with fold lines as part of the design.

Bowling for Columbine

Best Documentary Feature winner. German poster.

Minority Report

The most GIF-ed movie of 2002. 20 years later we have facial recognition tech, some driverless cars, and even jetpacks. Advance one sheet.



Soderbergh adapts Lem in the shadow of Tarkovsky. Underrated imo.


One of my faves of the year, an oddity, even for Cronenberg, would make a good double feature with The Fly. Japanese B2, unknown artist.

Cremaster 3

The third installment of Matthew Barney's The Cremaster Cycle.

24 Hour Party People

Factory Records origin story. U.K. quad.


Maggie Gyllenhaal's breakthrough role. Japanese poster illustrated by Eguchi Hisashi.

Ken Park

Larry Clark x Ed Lachman x Harmony Korine.

Ali G Indahouse

Before there was Borat there was Ali G. German A1.