Best films: Spider-Man, Unfaithful, Attack of the Clones, Insomnia, The Sum of All Fears, The Bourne Identity, Lilo & Stitch, Minority Report, The Road to Perdition, Signs, xXx
It was a banner summer for top-tier action in which Matt Damon proved himself as an action hero in The Bourne Identity while his mate Ben Affleck scored one of his last pre-Gigli hits with Sum of All Fears. Steven Spielberg delivered his most celebrated late-career blockbuster in Minority Report, while a young director named Christopher Nolan continued to make a name for himself with the underrated Robin Williams versus Pacino psychological thriller Insomnia.
George Lucas gifted with Attack of the Clones—the most solid out of all three Star Wars prequels—but also cursed with wooden thespian extraordinaire, Hayden Christensen. Plus, we're probably days away from Vin Diesel's agent remembering xXx's box office returns and arranging a jump-start to yet another of his defunct action franchises.
Finally, Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi finished where X-Men left off in 2000, reinvigorating Hollywood’s obsession with superheroes when Spider-Man became the first film to gross over $100 million during its opening weekend.