10 best Christopher Nolan films of all time

best christopher nolan films

Christopher Nolan is one of the best directors of all time. He has been consistently made great and critically acclaimed movies. With the release of his next film “Oppenheimer”, from the sneak peaks and previews we’ve seen so far, it looks like he’s going to do it once again. Today we’re looking at the best Christopher Nolan Films of all time.

It’s not really easy to rank his movies amongst themselves. This is because all of his works are so diverse and have their own impact on cinema as a whole. Even each of the films in the Batman trilogy are so uniquely distinct from each other that it’s really hard to put one above the other. Each of his individual works can be analyzed and studied for their writing, direction, cinematography, score, etc. and it would be hard to nitpick anything. We had to really struggle to make this list, however, if it has to be done, then here you go:

Best Christopher Nolan films of all time:

10. Insomnia (2002)

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“You and I share a secret. We know how easy it is to kill somebody. That ultimate taboo. It doesn’t exist outside our minds. I didn’t murder her. I killed her, but it just ended up that way.”

– Walter Finch, Insomnia.

Insomnia is a gripping psychological thriller that explores the depths of the human psyche. Al Pacino delivers a powerful performance as Detective Will Dormer, a troubled Los Angeles detective sent to an Alaskan town to investigate a murder. The perpetual daylight and Dormer’s severe insomnia add to the tension as he becomes entangled in a web of lies and deception. The film delves into themes of guilt, morality, and the consequences of one’s actions, offering a thrilling battle of wits between Dormer and a suspicious local detective, played by Hilary Swank. Nolan masterfully crafts a suspenseful narrative, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

Although ranking at the very bottom of our list, this is by no means any less intriguing than the films further down. If you’re into classic psychological “find the murder” ‘s then this is your pick for the next Friday night.

IMDB rating: 7.2/10 | RT score: 92%

9. The Prestige (2006)

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The secret impresses no one. The trick you use it for is everything.

– Borden, The Prestige.

Do you like Magic? “The Prestige” is a captivating and intricate thriller set in the world of magic. With stellar performances by Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale, the film follows a rivalry between two magicians that escalates to dangerous levels. Nolan’s non-linear storytelling keeps viewers guessing, while exploring themes of sacrifice, obsession, and the price of success. With its mesmerizing plot twists and thought-provoking narrative, “The Prestige” is a must-watch film that showcases Nolan’s masterful storytelling abilities.

With its stellar performances, intricate plot, and atmospheric cinematography, “The Prestige” is a mesmerizing film that keeps viewers guessing until the final act. Nolan’s masterful storytelling and exploration of human nature make it a compelling and unforgettable cinematic experience.

IMDB rating: 8.5/10 | RT score: 76%

8. Batman Begins (2005)

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It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.

– Bruce Wayne, Batman Begins.

This is where the story begins for Nolan’s amazing superhero trilogy. “Batman Begins” is a captivating origin story that revitalizes the Batman franchise. Christian Bale delivers a powerful performance as Bruce Wayne, exploring his transformation into the iconic superhero. Nolan’s dark and gritty style, combined with intense action sequences, keeps viewers engaged throughout. With themes of fear, sacrifice, and moral dilemmas, “Batman Begins” sets the stage for an exceptional trilogy and solidifies Nolan’s reputation as a master storyteller.

With its well-crafted storytelling, intense action sequences, and compelling performances, “Batman Begins” sets the stage for a new era of Batman films and lays the foundation for Nolan’s acclaimed Dark Knight Trilogy.

IMDB rating: 8.2/10 | RT score: 84%

7. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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“We both know I have to kill you now. I suppose you’ll just have to imagine the fire.”

– Bane, The Dark Knight Rises.

The final film of the best superhero trilogy of all time, “The Dark Knight Rises” is an epic and emotionally satisfying conclusion to the Dark Knight Trilogy. Christian Bale delivers a compelling performance as Batman, facing off against the ruthless Bane, played by Tom Hardy. Nolan’s direction brings intense action sequences and thought-provoking storytelling, exploring themes of redemption and sacrifice. With stellar performances and a grand finale, “The Dark Knight Rises” is a fitting end to Nolan’s exceptional Batman saga.

Nolan’s direction delivers intense action sequences, grounded storytelling, and a thought-provoking narrative. The film delves into the moral complexities of heroism, challenging the notions of what it means to be a symbol of hope.

IMDB rating: 8.4/10 | RT score: 87%

6. Memento (2000)

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“So you lie to yourself to be happy.”

– Teddy, Memento.

“Memento” is a mind-bending psychological thriller that captivates with its unique narrative structure. It stars Guy Pearce as Leonard, a man with anterograde amnesia seeking his wife’s killer. Nolan’s non-linear storytelling keeps viewers on the edge of their seats, questioning reality and memory. With themes of identity and perception, “Memento” is a thought-provoking and immersive film that solidifies Nolan’s reputation as a master of storytelling. Nolan uses a unique approach of color grading the film and using black and white footage to make distinct storylines.

“Memento” delves into themes of memory, identity, and the fallibility of perception. Nolan’s non-linear storytelling creates a disorienting and immersive experience, mirroring Leonard’s own confusion. The film challenges the audience to question their own understanding of reality and the reliability of memory.

IMDB rating: 8.4/10 | RT score: 93%

5. Tenet (2020)

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I realized I wasn’t working for you, we’ve both been working for me.

– The Protagonist, Tenet.

Tenet is quite arguably one of the hardest films to understand during it’s first viewings. Tenet is an ambitious and mind-bending espionage thriller that pushes the boundaries of time and reality. With breathtaking visuals and intricate action set-pieces, Nolan delivers a meticulously crafted puzzle that keeps viewers engaged until the very end. Exploring themes of time and free will, “Tenet” demands attention and rewards multiple viewings. It is a thought-provoking and immersive cinematic experience that showcases Nolan’s mastery of storytelling and solidifies his status as a visionary filmmaker.

With its complex plot, layered characters, and stunning visuals, “Tenet” offers a thrilling cinematic experience that keeps viewers engaged until the final moments. Nolan’s direction delivers a meticulously crafted puzzle that demands attention and rewards multiple viewings. Even though initial reactions to Tenet have been mixed, we still believe that this is one of Nolan’s finest and deserves a high spot up any of the best films lists of this decade.

IMDB rating: 7.3/10 | RT score: 69%

4. Dunkirk (2017)

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Wars are not won by evacuation.

-Tommy, Dunkirk.

One of the most powerful and immersive war film that recounts the true events of the Dunkirk evacuation during World War II, in this masterpiece, Nolan’s non-linear storytelling creates a sense of urgency and tension, while emphasizing the human spirit and collective effort to survive against all odds. With minimal dialogue and a focus on the visceral experience, the film pays tribute to the bravery of the soldiers and civilians involved. “Dunkirk” is a visually stunning and unforgettable cinematic achievement that captures the chaos and resilience of war.

“Dunkirk” is a powerful and visually stunning film that pays tribute to the bravery of the soldiers and the civilians who came to their rescue. It is a testament to the human spirit in the face of adversity and an unforgettable cinematic experience.

IMDB rating: 7.8/10 | RT score: 92%

3. Interstellar (2014)

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“Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.”

– Cooper, Interstellar.

“Interstellar,” is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking science fiction epic that explores humanity’s journey through space. With stunning visuals and an emotionally driven storyline, the film delves into themes of love, sacrifice, and the mysteries of the universe. Nolan’s direction immerses the audience in a grand cosmic adventure, pushing the boundaries of human knowledge and leaving a profound impact. “Interstellar” is a cinematic masterpiece that captivates both the mind and the heart.

The film combines awe-inspiring action sequences with deep philosophical questions, pushing the boundaries of human knowledge and the human spirit. With a stellar ensemble cast and an unforgettable score by Hans Zimmer, the film is a cinematic masterpiece that leaves a profound impact and lingers in the mind long after the credits roll.

IMDB rating: 8.7/10 | RT score: 73%

2. The Dark Knight (2008)

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“Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just do things.”

– Joker, The Dark Knight.

The second installment in Nolan’s legendary trilogy, “The Dark Knight,” is a gritty and thrilling superhero film that explores the complex battle between Batman and the Joker. With intense action sequences and a thought-provoking narrative, the film delves into themes of chaos, morality, and the nature of heroism. Ledger’s haunting performance as the Joker adds depth to the story, while Nolan’s direction creates a dark and atmospheric tone. “The Dark Knight” is a timeless classic that redefined the superhero genre and continues to captivate audiences with its gripping storyline and exceptional filmmaking.

The film stands as a testament to the late Heath Ledger’s exceptional talent and solidifies Christopher Nolan’s reputation as a master filmmaker. “The Dark Knight” is a timeless classic that continues to resonate with audiences, leaving a lasting impact and redefining the superhero genre. It is most certainly the best superhero movie made to date and seems like it will remain for a long time.

IMDB rating: 9/10 | RT score: 94%

1. Inception (2010)

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“An idea is like a virus. Resilient. Highly contagious. And even the smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you.”

– Cobb, Inception.

And here we come to the top of our list. What else could be the number one film? We really had to struggle making a choice between Inception and The Dark Knight. However, just for the sheer concept of the movie, we feel that Inception has a slight edge when it comes to innovation. Nolan had been developing the script for about a decade before finalizing it. This literally shows his sheer dedication towards perfecting his craft. Coming up with an original concept like Inception and creating a complex web of storylines and character arcs is definitely not a piece of cake and it certainly shows in this masterpiece.

Inception is a mind-bending science fiction heist thriller that takes the audience on a journey into the world of dreams. The film follows Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), a skilled thief specializing in the extraction of valuable information from people’s subconscious minds through shared dreaming technology. With an exceptional ensemble cast and a complex narrative, the film takes the audience on a captivating journey through layers of reality. Nolan’s masterful storytelling and stunning visuals create a thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating cinematic experience. “Inception” is a modern masterpiece that continues to mesmerize with its intricate plot twists and exploration of the nature of perception and reality.

With stunning visuals, intricate plot twists, and a captivating score by Hans Zimmer, “Inception” offers a thrilling and intellectually stimulating cinematic experience. The film’s meticulous attention to detail and complex narrative structure have solidified its place as a modern masterpiece.

IMDB rating: 8.8/10 | RT score: 87%

Excited for Oppenheimer?

We really encourage everyone to experience the new film “Oppenheimer” in it’s true glory by visiting your nearest IMAX theatres. If you can visit a theatre that uses a true IMAX projector, you might be one of the lucky ones who can say that they’ve experience a true IMAX film.

Stay tuned for the full review of Oppenheimer coming soon

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