Top 10 Christopher Nolan movies ranked

Filmmakers take us into their worlds and introduce their prolific characters. One of the graceful filmmakers to walk the earth is Christopher Nolan. He has made only a few films, but they have managed to …

Filmmakers take us into their worlds and introduce their prolific characters. One of the graceful filmmakers to walk the earth is Christopher Nolan. He has made only a few films, but they have managed to left an everlasting impression.

His amazing titles are known as masterpieces with endeavors enticing people. Nolan’s work – even though debated – is praised by critics and audiences alike.

Top 10 Christopher Nolan Movies

His fans are obsessed with his work and revere him as a demigod, but he might be a demagogue for some. It depends on how you see his movies. The dramas are intense and sometimes complex (read always!) but truly watchable.

Let’s take a look at Nolan’s gems which might need another watch.

10. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

IMDb: 8.4

The Dark Knight Rises is the rightful sequel to The Dark Knight, where Bane brings Batman to his lowest while increasing the IMDb. Here, Bane destroys Gotham, and Batman is thrown in prison.

The film was a huge hit, thanks to the heartbreaking storyline and several twists. Catwoman’s little cameo leaves us hoping for more. The struggles Bruce face while getting back Gotham is impressive.

9. Following (1998)

IMDb: 7.5

Following is Christopher’s directional debut and a low-budget film in some sense. He made use of cheap film stock and whatever light was available. The film will remind you of student short films which are awkward, amateur, yet ambitious. But the skill can be seen. Characters are manipulative with story that will keep you wanting for more.

Have you ever heard about a thief who robs people to make them appreciate their lives? Well, this is the gist of the story. The film exudes a sheer Nolan vibe, sans fancy equipment. If you want to see a director’s films, you should check them out.

8. Tenet (2020)

IMDb: 7.4

Tenet is Nolan’s biggest swing. This film proves that he is an auteur by all means. The content is quite impressive, which pushes boundaries even further. The story, performances, and complexity make it a Nolan recommendation.

Many believe it to be a flop film, but that is up for debate. The plot will give some viewers a headache, and the film is overall hard to fathom. Watching it is a true challenge.

7. Memento (2000)

IMDb: 8.4

Memento influenced the Hindi thriller Ghajini, except this English offering was a tad bit confusing. The storyline is somewhat the same, where a man, played by Guy Pearce, tries to avenge his wife’s death, but he forgets who he is or where he is. The plot revolves around the flaw but none in the storyline.

We are not told what has happened before the story starts, which the protagonist is going through. Memento is considered Nolan’s magnum opus, which needs a bit of figuring out.

6. Insomnia (2002)

IMDb: 7.2

Insomnia is a detective film that revolves around a flawed detective. The sleepy detective, played by Al Pacino, makes way for constant drama and suspense. As I have said, he is not a perfect human, but he strives to become a perfect detective by catching a killer.

The late Robin Williams is an antagonist who shares a personal relationship with detective Dormer. There are many layers to the film and the performances, but can you unwrap them all?

5. Dunkirk (2017)

IMDb: 7.8

I got to see Dunkirk in a theatre… a rarity these days. I can recall the thrill and exhilaration while watching the film. I was also proud of myself for understanding the plot in one go. This war film is Nolan experimenting with superb editing. You will feel what the war was like in just 106 minutes.

The three narratives show surprising twists, also how far Nolan would go for an experimentation. The storyline is tight and therefore void of flaws. Nolan turned a war film into a glimmer of hope.

4. The Prestige (2006)

IMDb: 8.5

Based on the novel of the same name, The Prestige is its only adaptation. Nolan has given the characters subtle complexity. The film stars Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale in their most charming roles.

Their characters are obsessed with each other. Even if the plot is intricate, you will love to watch it again and again; such is the magic of Nolan. You’ll see the characters’ journeys as your own. The filmmaker knows which cards to lay in front of his audience.

3. The Dark Knight (2008)

IMDb: 9.0

The name is enough. The Dark Knight is Nolan’s most influential movie, advancing the case of the DC universe. There have been several Batman and Gotham cities, but none stand tall in front of Nolan’s offerings. And I mean that about all the three Nolan Batman movies.

The superhero flick gave us the performance of the last decade. This was Heath Ledger’s last performance. Even though he is no more, he’ll forever be remembered for this (and many other) roles.

2. Interstellar (2014)

IMDb: 8.6

I couldn’t understand this film, and I guess that is the beauty of it. The film has some beautiful scenes, a subtle ode to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Thanks to the amazing visual effects, the audience is entirely convinced that they are in the space with Matthew McConaughey. Interestingly, they were created before the movie was shot.

The film isn’t impeccable as Nolan attempts to elucidate too much. The dialogues could have been limited, but otherwise, the film exceptionally follows Nolan’s grammar.

1. Inception (2010)

IMDb: 8.8

Inception is Nolan’s best movie which features some of the best complex plot and characters. A word of caution – you should know the ‘magic rules’ when filmmaking. With said rules, you are motivated to stay consistent with how the film turns out. The film is not flawless, as it grapples with its own rules but somehow makes up by rewriting them.

Don’t be mistaken; the plot is complex, which explores the relationship between time and gravity. You are constantly differentiating between reality and dreams. However, several enemies make the story necessarily complex. If you haven’t watched any Nolan films, this is the place to start.


Is Christopher Nolan good?

Yes, Nolan is good. He has specific traits which not everyone can understand. His performances and construction of his films make Nolan one of the best directors.

Has Christopher Nolan won Best Picture?

Nolan’s films have not gone unrecognized for awards. In fact, he has previously been nominated for five Academy Awards — Original Screenplay for “Memento” (2001); Best Picture and Original Screenplay for “Inception” (2010); and Best Picture and Best Director for “Dunkirk” (2017).

Which director has won the most Oscars?

John Ford has won Best Director four times in 1935, 1940, 1941, and 1952.

Is Tenet a flop?

There is a conversation regarding that. It did make more than its budget, but there wasn’t much profit. Warner Bros projected a $50 million loss, so it isn’t a flop, but until they announce how much the film actually lost, we won’t know much.

What is special about Christopher Nolan?

Christopher Nolan tells a non-linear story that consists of a messy yet interesting plot. The out-of-order plot produces intrigue, making his films different from what other directors have to offer.


These are the top 10 Christopher Nolan movies ranked. You’ll find that he carefully treats a matter by adding a metaphor to everything. His structure creates magic is eternal. These films are worth watching during the lockdown, which will make you ruminate about the subject.


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