Last night I had insomnia…so I watched the movie Insomnia, thereby completing my goal to watch all of the films directed by Christopher Nolan.¹
So I thought it would be fun to make a list of Nolan’s films in the order of the ones I liked the best.
Now, before somebody pops a vein and asks why I didn’t put The Dark Knight higher on the list, I’ll ask this question first: “Why so serious?” Relax. It’s just a movie.
This is just a list in the order of my most favorite Nolan flicks. I made this list for fun, and I’d be just as interested in seeing your Nolan flick list in the order of your most favorite–so feel free to leave a comment with your list!
- Batman Begins – In my opinion the most intellectually stimulating and soul-searching of his works (screenwriter David Goyer and actor Christian Bale also deserve a lot of credit)
- Inception – Again, a hero searching his soul, that seems to be a common thread in movies I like
- Following – Extremely well done British neo-noir film done on a $6,000 budget, absolutely brilliant
- Momento – Very clever narrative structure, which allows the viewer to experience events as someone with anterograde amnesia (which the film’s protagonist has) would
- The Prestige – True to form, this Nolan flick keeps you thinking the whole time, and has a great twist at the end
- Insomnia – Another soul-searching flick, a little less nonlinear storytelling than most of Nolan’s films, but a solid film nonetheless. Great revelation of the protagonist in the end.
- The Dark Knight – The most Hollywood-esque and least Nolan-esque of all his films. If you like a lot of explosions and dark heros, you’re in for a treat, but don’t expect the standard Nolan non-linear storytelling or soul-seaching.
1. I’ve watched all his feature films, now I just need to watch his three short films: Tarantella, Larceny, and Doodlebug.