Best Movies Directed By Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan is one of the greatest directors of modern-era. He is known for his cerebral, often non-linear, storytelling.

Nolan has directed a wide spectrum of movies from low-budget independent films to making some of the biggest blockbusters ever made.

While studying English literature at University College London He shot 16 mm films at U.C.L’ s film society where he learned the guerrilla techniques, he would later use to make his first feature, Following on a budget of $6000 which helped him gain enough credibility.


1.The Prestige

The prestigeThe Prestige was released in 2006 It is a mind-numbing masterpiece directed by Christopher Nolan. It is based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Christopher Priest.

It is a mystery thriller based in the Edwardian era it follows Robert Angier and Alfred Borden who are rival stage magicians in London they become obsessed with a teleportation trick and engage in bitter rivalry which ends with tragic results.

It grossed $109 million worldwide against a production budget of $40 million.



2. Memento

mementoMemento is an American neo-noir mystery thriller released in 2000. It was written and directed by Christopher Nolan.

Guy Pearce stars as Leonard Shelby, a man who suffers from anterograde amnesia which results in short term memory loss and the inability to form new memories.

He is on the lookout for the people who attacked him and killed his wife.

He has built an intricate system of polaroid photographs and tatoos to track information he cannot remember.

The film’s non-linear narrative is presented as two different sequences interspersed during film, a series in black and white that is shown in chronological sequence and another sequence shown in reverse order.

The two sequences merge at the end of the film, producing one complete and cohesive narrative.


3. Dunkirk

dunkirkDunkirk depicts the evacuation that took place during World War II through the perspectives of the land, sea and air. It’s Nolan’s first war film released in 2017.

It portrays the visuals with little dialogue as Nolan sought to create the suspense from cinematography and music.

Director Of Photography shot the film on IMAX 65 mm and 65 mm large-format film stock.  It is the highest grossing world war film making $527 million worldwide.


4. The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight is a superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan. He co-wrote the Screenplay with his brother Jonathan.

The movie is based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. It is the sequel to Batman Begins. Christian Bale is playing the Batman and Heath Leadger plays the Joker.

Warner Bros. Pictures prioritized a sequel following the successful reinvention of the Batman film series with Batman Begins.

The film was shot with a budget of $185 million in Chicago, HongKong, and on sets in England.


5. Batman Begins

batman_beginsBatman Begins released in 2005 is a superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan and Written by Nolan and David Goyer.

Christian Bale plays the role of Bruce Wayne/ Batman with Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman.

The film tells the story of Bruce Wayne from death of his parents to his journey to become Batman and his fight to stop Ra’s al Ghul and the Scarecrow from plunging Gotham City into chaos.

The film grossed $371.9 million worldwide it was the ninth highest grossing film of 2005.


6. Interstellar


Interstellar is an epic science-fiction film co-written, directed and produced by Christopher Nolan.

It is set in a distant future where humanity is struggling to survive, the film shows a group of astronauts who travel through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a new home for mankind.

The brothers Christopher and Jonathan Nolan wrote the screenplay. Nolan produced the interstellar with his wife Emma Thomas through their production company Syncopy and with Lynda Obst through Lynda Obst Productions.


7. Inception


Inception is a sci-fi action film written and directed by Christopher Nolan. He produced the film with his wife Emma Thomas.

The film comprises of Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets.

Inception was filmed in six countries, beginning in Tokyo in June and ending in Canada in November.  Inception grossed over $828 million worldwide.


8. The Dark Knight Rises

dark_knight_risesThe Dark Knight Rises was released in 2012 and was directed by Christopher Nolan and he co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Jonathan Nolan and the story with David Goyer.

The Film is final installment in Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy.

The film grossed over $1 billion worldwide making it the second film in the Batman Film Series to earn $ 1 billion, and the highest-grossing Batman film to date.


9. Tenet


Tenet is a sci-fi action thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Nolan produced the movie with his wife Emma Thomas. Nolan’s Syncopy colloaborated with Warner Bros. and his production company Syncopy for the film’s production and distribution.

The screenplay and the movie took several years to complete. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and the audience, who praised its ambition, direction, musical score, VFX, action sequences, and cast performances.


10. Insomnia

insomniaInsomnia was released in 2002, it is an American psychological crime thriller directed by Christopher Nolan and written by Hillary Seitz. It is a remake of 1997 Norwegian movie of the same name.

The movie follows two Los Angeles homicide detectives investigating a murder in Nightmute, Alaska.

He did not write this film or co-write it.  It grossed over $ 113 million worldwide against a production budget of $46 million. It received critical praise, including for Pacino’s and William’s performances.


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