Christopher Nolan is one of the highest-grossing directors in history. After a couple of short films in the 90s, he made his first feature in 1998, and his latest film Tenet is all set to release this year. With a total of 11 films over two decades, we have decided to rank all of them, from great to brilliant.
Nolan seems to have only gotten better with each film, exploring all sorts of phenomena like memory, reality, sanity, fear, despair, dreams, time, gravity, romance, and even war. There are so many factors that make him the distinguished film-maker that he is. He sees every film he does as his last, leaving no room for compromises. This explains a lot, considering every film he makes is grand in so many ways. While he is constantly generating new ideas and coming up with new angles on certain subjects, Nolan said that when he actually settles on a feature in his mind, it will be the last one he ever does. He certainly knows how to make it count, every single time.
10. Following (1998)
Nolan’s first-ever feature tells the story of a young man who follows strangers around the streets of London and is drawn into a criminal underworld when he fails to keep his distance.
9. Insomnia (2002)
Starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams, this film tells the story of two Los Angeles homicide detectives investigating a murder in an Alaskan town.
8. Memento (2000)
This film is about a man, who is suffering from short-term memory loss, and uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife.
7. The Prestige (2006)
6. Batman Begins (2005)
The first of Nolan’s Batman Trilogy, this film tells the origin story of Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale) from his initial fear of bats and the death of his parents to his journey to become the Batman. It also shows his fight to stop Ra’s al Ghul and the Scarecrow from plunging Gotham City into madness.
5. The Dark Knight (2008)
Often touted as the best of the three, this film sees Batman, James Gordon, and Harvey Dent form an alliance to dismantle organized crime in Gotham City. However, they are menaced by a criminal mastermind known as The Joker (played by the late genius Heath Ledger) who seeks to undermine Batman’s influence and create chaos.
4. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
The finale of the series, the film picks up eight years after the events of the previous one. The merciless revolutionary Bane forces an older Bruce Wayne to resume his role as Batman and save Gotham City from nuclear destruction.
3. Dunkirk (2017)
Called by a few critics as Nolan’s best so far, the film is based on the true story of the Dunkirk evacuation during WW2, where allied soldiers from Britain and France are surrounded by the German Army on the beaches of Dunkirk and evacuated. Click here to read the film review.
2. Inception (2010)
Unlike anything seen on the screen before, the film is about a professional “extractor” who along with his team and the help of advanced technology can enter into people’s dreams and either steal their ideas or plant some too.
1. Interstellar (2014)
Set in a dystopian future where humanity is struggling to survive, the film follows a group of astronauts who travel through a wormhole in search of a new home for humanity. This film is truly out of this world.
Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie Tenet is the most awaited film of the year. Apart from the fact that it’s a Nolan movie, it’s also the movie that will commemorate the opening of theatres worldwide since the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re also hoping that Tenet beats Interstellar to take the number 1 spot on our list. Click on the ‘Interested’ button to stay updated on all things related to Tenet.
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