Christopher Nolan: Ranking All 9 Of His Movies From Worst To Best

The man who made us forget about those Bat-nipples...

hristopher Nolan & Tacita Dean - BFI London Film Festival
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Christopher Nolan is that rare director that doesn't have a single definitively 'poor' movie in his filmography. Yes, The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar have their problems but they're far from terrible, and it's impressive that the director has consistently been delivering solid products for the better part of 20 years.

As a result, even people who weren't sold on his previous effort will still be in line for his next, the Christopher Nolan name acting as an assurance that at the very least, the movie will explore some interesting themes, ideas and characters. It's hard to please everybody - particularly everybody on the Internet - but Nolan's films constantly generate discussions, conversations and controversy, so he must be doing something right.

But when all is said and done, popularity isn't how we remember the all-time greats, it's the quality of the movies that count. Nolan's only 46 years old, which is rather young for a director, and his legacy will undoubtedly be more than the nine feature-films he currently has slotted under his belt.

But which ones will we remember the most in ten, twenty, fifty years? Here's how the director's current catalogue of films stack up...

9. Following

The Prestige Christopher Nolan

Following isn't a bad movie, it just gets overlooked because everything else directed by Nolan has been superior. For a lesser director, this would be near the top of their list of achievements, but as it stands, it suffers purely because it came out first.

Released in 1998, the movie took almost a year to shoot because the cast and crew all had full-time jobs, but their efforts ultimately paid off: Following is an engaging crime-drama that allowed Nolan to refine many of the storytelling devices he's famous for to this day.

The biggest of these is the non-linear structure, something he reused heavily in Memento, Inception and The Prestige. While Following doesn't jump around as much as those films do, you can clearly see Nolan's signature style beginning to evolve, making Following a very successful attempt by an up-and-coming director to find their voice.


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