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The Best Movies Directed by Christopher Nolan 

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List of all movies directed by Christopher Nolan ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by Christopher Nolan are listed here and include movie posters and Christopher Nolan movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by Christopher Nolan as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest Christopher Nolan movie isn't as high as it should be on this list, then make sure to vote so that your opinion of what the top Christopher Nolan film is can be factored into this list.

From Christopher Nolan's studio films to Christopher Nolan's independent films, this Christopher Nolan filmography keeps tabs on all Christopher Nolan movies, and lets the cream of the crop rise to the top.

List is made up of movies like The Dark Knight and Inception.

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If you're wanting to get into Christopher Nolan films, then this list is a great starting point for at least starting with the most decent Christopher Nolan works.

All Christopher Nolan director credits are included. This list of every movie that Christopher Nolan has directed can be sorted for specific information such as what genre the Christopher Nolan movie is and which actors starred in the Christopher Nolan film.

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Christopher Nolan has been fortunate enough to work with talented actors, including Scarlett Johansson and Christian Bale. Did you have fun voting on this list of Christopher Nolan movies? You might also want to vote on our lists of the best Robert Zemeckis and David Fincher movies as well.

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Christopher Nolan
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character, Batman. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and ...more

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Christopher Nolan
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

Released: 2010

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph ...more

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Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

Released: 2014

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. The film ...more

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Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2006

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

The Prestige is a 2006 mystery drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay adapted by him and his brother Jonathan Nolan from Christopher Priest's 1995 World Fantasy ...more

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Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

Released: 2000

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan. The screenplay was written by Nolan based on his younger brother Jonathan Nolan's short story ...more

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Christopher Nolan
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman

Released: 2012

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman (Christian Bale), with the ...more

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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Christopher Nolan
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. After training with his mentor (Liam Neeson), Batman (Christian Bale) begins his fight to ...more

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Dunkirk Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy

Released: 2017

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Dunkirk is a 2017 British-American epic action thriller written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. During the early stages of WWII, Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada, ...more

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Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

Released: 2002

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Insomnia is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. It tells the story of two Los Angeles homicide detectives ...more

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Emma Thomas, Barbara Stepansky, John Nolan

Released: 1998

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

ollowing is a 1998 British neo-noir drama thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan. It tells the story of a young man who follows strangers around the streets of London and is ...more

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Jeremy Theobald

Released: 1997

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Doodlebug is a 1997 short psychological thriller film by Christopher Nolan.
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Cinema 16: British Short Films

Released: 2003

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Cinema16: British Short Films is a DVD featuring British short films directed by the likes of Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, and Mike Leigh, as well as less well known names. It is the first ...more