Christopher Nolan Movies Rankedby Pjtaylor-96-138044 | created - 22 Dec 2015 | updated - 25 Jul 2017 | Public
This is how I rank all of Christopher Nolan's movies from best (#1) to worst - although they are all very good. NOTE: I am only including feature-length films directed by Nolan.
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1. The Dark Knight (2008)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When the menace known as The Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham. The Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
Votes: 2,058,520 | Gross: $534.86M
This is one of my three favourite films of all time, certainly my favourite superhero flick, providing entertainment and tension in equal measure whilst mixing in the action and ethics we've come to expect; it gives us one of the best on-screen villains and an incredible dynamic between them and the titular hero, too.
2. Interstellar (2014)
PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.
Votes: 1,291,929 | Gross: $188.02M
An incredibly moving look at humanity's place within the stars that treads new ground visually but keeps it's story tight and focuses on family; this is a sublime experience on multiple levels.
3. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.
Votes: 1,382,616 | Gross: $448.14M
It is flawed, yes, but the final instalment in Nolan's Batman trilogy provides some great moments and expertly crafted characters.
4. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.
Votes: 1,833,098 | Gross: $292.58M
A layered, tense, emotional experience that provides a unique look at the nature of dreams and treats the audience as smart individuals; some of the action is breathtaking, too, and the score is incredible.
5. Batman Begins (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.
Votes: 1,189,842 | Gross: $206.85M
The first truly great Batman film, this origin story builds a full picture of the caped crusader and brings him into our world; the feature is compelling despite the first hour or so being devoid of the costumed hero.
6. The Prestige (2006)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.
Votes: 1,061,552 | Gross: $53.09M
Underrated in my opinion, this is a complex and deep thriller that mixes themes of revenge into a dynamic plot that's never predictable.
7. Memento (2000)
R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.
Votes: 1,028,013 | Gross: $25.54M
The central conceit may sound like a gimmick on the page, but it actually really helps connect you with the protagonist; Nolan masterfully plays with our perceptions of character and successfully pulls off a final twist that changes the nature of the entire film.
8. Insomnia (2002)
R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Votes: 253,179 | Gross: $67.36M
A tense, morally ambiguous and taught thriller with great performances all round; this feature entertains throughout and takes a few clever unexpected turns along the way.
9. Following (1998)
R | 69 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.
Votes: 78,205 | Gross: $0.05M
Nolan's micro-budget feature debut is a taught noir thriller that wisely relies on an excellent screenplay rather than expensive spectacle; it proves that you don't need a budget to tell a good story.
10. Dunkirk (2017)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History
Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Votes: 463,677 | Gross: $188.37M
It's truly a technical marvel, a cinematic experience unlike almost any other, with fantastic direction and cinematography that creates a pulse-pounding tension and feel of genuine suspense throughout; yet, it feels somewhat hollow due to the lack of any real story or character elements and as such doesn't have the lasting impact it should.