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Top 5 Christopher Nolan Movies

Updated on September 19, 2014
Christopher Nolan together with Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of "Inception".
Christopher Nolan together with Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of "Inception". | Source

With 6 Oscars won and 6 nominees Christopher Nolan's movies are as good as they get. Entertaining, atmospheric, mysterious and full of surprises his art works know how to deliver and how to play with the audience's mind.

The Brit started his full length movie career with The Following, a black and white movie with his friends taking the place of the actors. With a budget of 6000 dollars Nolan took the roles of director, writer and producer and managed to deliver an intriguing plot with the use of techniques that he perfected in his later works.

In what follows I will present to you the top 5 best movies from one of the best filmmakers of his generation, Christopher Nolan.

The Dark Knight Rises movie poster.
The Dark Knight Rises movie poster. | Source

5. The Dark Knight Rises

The last installment of the Dark Knight saga, The Dark Knight Rises takes place 8 years after the events of The Dark Knight, introducing us to a depressed, insecure and retired Bruce Wayne, for which the bat remained just a vague memory. Despite all of this we witness a rebirth of Wayne, both as a man and as a bat, the stimuli being no other than Bane.

With top notch actors, a well written script and packed with well calculated dose of action this blockbuster will for sure keep your adrenaline high while at the same time take you to more sentimental paths.

Memento movie poster.
Memento movie poster. | Source

4. Memento

Original, intriguing and mind boggling, the words that sum up best this movie. With a screenplay adapted by Christopher after his brothers short story "Memento Mori" this movie takes us in a world of forgotten thoughts. Leonard, a man suffering from short term memory loss, finds ingenious ways of keeping memories in order to find and take down the one that did this to him and more painfully murdered his wife.

The story told in a non chronological order added to the main character's disability will for sure make you wonder at every step, Memento being the first big "Nolan-style".

The Dark Knight movie poster.
The Dark Knight movie poster. | Source

3. The Dark Knight

The second Batman movie from this list The Dark Knight takes the superhero movie to a whole new level. Debating on matters much deeper than just the usual good vs. evil this movie extends beyond the scope of a typical cinematographic adaptation of a small boy hero's story.

Hats down for the interpretation of Joker by the late Heath Ledger, for which the Australian was rewarded with a postmortem Oscar for best actor in a supporting role.

Inception movie poster.
Inception movie poster. | Source

2. Inception

Written and directed by Nolan, this 4 Oscars winner takes you deep in the world of dreams. Cobb, a one of a kind information extractor is given the opportunity of regaining his old life back in return for taking a job for which no others credential can stand up to.

Multi-layered and deep this movie will surely satisfy you on both technical and humanistic aspects. The mixture of backstory represented by Cobb's struggle to keep the feelings for his deceased wife under control and the main plot is executed as beautifully as it is difficult, Christopher Nolan being in a class of his won on this matter.

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy and Ken Watanabe

The Prestige movie poster.
The Prestige movie poster. | Source

1. The Prestige

"Are you watching closely?"

The Prestige tells the story of two rival magicians and their struggle to perform the ultimate illusion. The book adaptation is presented in a fractured chronological order that will keep you guessing over what is really going on while every small hint will make you feel like a new piece of the much bigger puzzle has been found.

With names like Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson,Rebecca Hall and David Bowie the movie is no short of great performances, the portrayal of the two rival magicians being done flawlessly.

The Prestige is a must watch so let your self mesmerized by this magical story of true sacrifice.

Which movie do you think is Christopher Nolan's finest work?

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Looking forward to the next movie, Interstellar, that, in true Nolan style, is kept under big secrecy. Just a trailer out there that only makes me more curious about what he's going to give us next.


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    • CobbWayne profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      It's nice to see how many people enjoy Nolan's work outside of the Drak Knight trilogy. :)

    • Ahdilarum profile image


      4 years ago

      Of the above movies, my favourite one is Memento and just now, I have published a hub about it. Good hub and liked it.

    • CobbWayne profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Glad you liked it! It was difficult to come up with the 2,3 and 4th places,as they are such different movies, but still give me the "Nolanesque" feeling. The Prestige remains my all time favourite movie though and I think it.s going to be hard to surpass it.:D

    • Thief12 profile image


      4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Love to see The Prestige at #1. It's a great film. My #1 however would be Memento, with The Prestige close at #2. Memento was an amazing experience back when it came out.

      The rest of my Top 5 would be Inception, The Dark Knight, and Insomnia. I still haven't seen The Following.


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