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All David Fincher Movies Ranked

Updated on March 8, 2016

10. Panic Room

Jodie Foster makes a return to the screen of a movie that isn’t completely shit. This movie about a diabetic daughter and her claustrophobic mother seeking refuge in a panic room when 3 intruders break in. While delivering minimum thrills, mainstream suspense and featuring a number of computer generated long shots. Panic Room is still good storytelling, features decent acting and you’ll certainly enjoy watching it.

9. Alien 3

David Fincher’s directorial debut certainly wasn’t his best. Fincher himself said that it was he regretted the experience mentioning that he wasn’t allowed full control of the movie. Fincher returned to directing music films for 3 years before coming back. Alien 3 certainly wasn’t a horrible film still delivering thrills and suspense but was nothing compared to the previous film from power-houses Ridely Scott and James Cameron.

8. Curious Case of Benjamin Button

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is a splendidly made film based on a profoundly mistaken premise. It tells the story of a man who is old when he is born and an infant when he dies. All those around him, everyone he knows and loves, grow older in the usual way, and he passes them on the way down. As I watched the film, I became consumed by a conviction that this was simply wrong.”

-Roger Ebert

7. The Game

Upon release The Game received very mixed reviews from critics across the world, some saying a waste of time, some saying a film like no other and very interesting. I’m ashamed to say I must sit on the fence for this one. The movie was enjoyable no doubt about it but the question is- What does a viewer gain from watching this? It’s up to you to decide- Is it a complete waste of time and should never have been made or an thrilling experimental film that stands for a metaphor on what we must do to change someone and the lengths we will go to.

6. Zodiac

A dark suspense film featuring pre-Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. Zodiac is a classic thriller following in the footsteps of Hitchcock. The film is pure mystery right up until it’s quietly climatic ending, the film will scare you, make you think and leave you on the edge of your seat without you even realising it. This film presents itself as quiet but still makes you breathless. A definition of mystery thriller.

5. The Social Network

Winner of 2010 Best drama picture The Social Network is the (Based on a) true story of the making of Facebook and the legal battle that followed. Jesse Eisenberg will make your heart race as a fast talking genius (Cliché?). David Fincher does his best to make the most of the bland boring Andrew Garfield. Although we have no idea how many liberties were taken with the actual truth but nevertheless we love it.

4. Gone Girl

Gone Girl is a brilliant thrilling movie about murder, crime and police suspicion all while being a haunting commentary on marriage and human nature. The chemistry between the two leads Ben Affleck and Rosemond Pike great. I love Gone Girl but it is painstakingly close to becoming a truly great movie somehow remaining just on the surface refusing to dive deeper.

Tip: This is not a movie you want to take your spouse too.

3. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

A hard-core thriller that almost seems as if it was shot in grey scale that will churn the stomach of some audiences during some of its many brutal scenes. Laid out as a classic mystery film and presented as a horror The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a story of disgraced journalist (Daniel Craig) asked to uncover a family secret about a missing girl with the help of a riveting Rooney Mara. I loved it and may I say deserved far more awards than received.

2. Se7en

There are dark films, there are dark, dark film and then there’s David Finchers Se7en. The theme’s in Se7en are incredibly powerful, set in an unmentioned city where it’s always raining and everywhere and everything is emerged in darkness, the dark only ever penetrated by flashlights. The murders committed by the haunting villain expertly acted by Kevin Spacey are sickening, maybe too much for some viewers but not taking the leap into full on torture porn. I won’t ruin the ending but let’s just say it features a very unhappy Brad Pitt.

1. Fight Club

Fight Club is one of those films everyone needs to watch. If anything the one thing that earns a film my utter respect and loving is the power to change the very way you view the world and the way it works. Starring career best, heart stopping performances from Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter and a terrific, convincing performance from Edward Norton. I won’t say much as I don’t want to ruin one of the best twist endings of all time. Tip: Watch it a second time to discover the genius.


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