Christopher Nolan is one of those great directors and screenwriters who are known for their intellectual style of storytelling.

He presented his successful films with his challenge as well as intelligent narratives. All the films are based on sociological as well as philosophical concepts which help in exploring humanity as well as the ductile nature of personal identity as well as memory.

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List of Best Movies Directed by Christopher Nolan

11. Doodlebug (Short Film) (1997)

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This is a short film directed by Christopher Nolan and is basically a short psychological thriller starring Jeremy Theobald. The story revolves around a shabby man living in a shabbier flat that get possibly driven towards a mental disorder wherein he can see his own miniature version and soon later enters a large face who finally proceeds in squashing the person.

10. Insomnia (2002)

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This movie is basically a psychological thriller film based on a story of a murder and its investigators, i.e. 2 homicide detectives who belong to Los Angeles. It is a remake of Insomnia, 1997 which was critically acclaimed as well as was a huge grossing success. The whole story revolves around investigating a murder in Alaskan Town.

9. The Prestige (2006)

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The Prestige is a drama film starring Scarlett Johansson, Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, and Michael Caine. The screenplay of this movie is being adapted from Christopher Priest’s novel, The Prestige (1995), winner of the World Fantasy Award. The whole story revolves around two rival magicians who are obsessed with creating the best illusionary stage and eventually, they both engage themselves in one-upmanship with other each followed by tragic results.

8. Following (1998)

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This movie revolves around a young man who keeps on following strangers on London Street and when he fails to maintain distance from them, he is eventually drawn into a world of criminals. The movie starring Lucy Russell, Jeremy Theobald, John Nolan, and Alex Haw is a drama thriller and was designed inexpensively. The young man follows people in order to find a good inspiration for his first novel.

7. Dunkirk (2017)

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Christopher Nolan’s military Theme film Dunkirk was released in 2017. It shows the evacuation of Dunkirk during World War II. Instead of adhering to a conventional storyline, the movie shows the evacuation from the views of the land, sea, and air. Dunkirk is one of the Best films of World War 2. The experiences of the beached troops, the civilians who sailed from England to aid in the rescue, and the pilots taking part in aerial battle all contribute to the story’s development.

In order to fully immerse the spectator in the intense and terrifying mood of the evacuation, the film has very little dialogue. It emphasizes the turmoil, anxiety, and urgency of the event by concentrating more on the visual and aural aspects.

The authenticity of the film was questioned, as Nolan forgot to show important aspects of that war, like missing Indian soldiers in WW2, who were fighting for the British.

6. Oppenheimer (2023)

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Oppenheimer is a biographical drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, it is based on the American Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who is also referred to as the Father of the Atomic Bomb.

A movie based on the biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the American physicist dubbed the “father of the atomic bomb,” was being developed as of January 2023, when I last updated my understanding. The project was to be directed by Christopher Nolan and would be called “Oppenheimer.”

The movie was to ‘s focuses on Oppenheimer’s life and his crucial contribution to the Manhattan Project’s creation of the atomic bomb during World War II.

Cillian Murphy, who has worked with Christopher Nolan on many films including “Inception,” “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” and “Dunkirk,” was cast as the main role of J. Robert Oppenheimer.

6. Memento (2000)

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This is one of those Hollywood movies directed by Christopher Nolan which is based on a neo-noir mystery-psychological thriller inspired by Nolan’s younger brother’s short story “Memento Mori”. This movie stars Joe Pantoliano, Guy Pearce, and Carrie-Anne Moss. This movie is presented in two distinct sequences, one black-and-white (chronological story) and the other in color (story in reverse order) and these two meet together in the end finally producing one common interesting story for its viewers.

5. Tenet (2020)

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Christopher Nolan’s science fiction action-thriller Tenet was released in 2020. The idea of time inversion in which some things and individuals may travel back in time while the rest of the world marches forward is explored in the movie.

Tenet was a complex film, and many of the people from the audience were not able to get it, but it is one of the best films of Christopher Nolan.

4. Inception (2010)

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This movie is based on science-fiction starring a renowned cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Ellen Page, Tom Berenger, Dileep Rao, Marion Cotillard, and Cillian Murphy. The story revolves around a professional thief who first commits corporate espionage and then offers a chance of salvation, regarding it as a payment that was considered to be purely impossible i.e. inception.

3. Interstellar (2014)

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Interstellar is a science-fiction movie team of space travelers who travel through wormholes to find a new home for people. starring Matthew McConaughey, Ellen Burstyn, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway. When a wormhole is discovered, space travelers travel in to embark on a voyage in order to save humanity. Interstellar is one of the best films of Nolan as a Director and top-rated Science fiction film of all Time.

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2. Batman Begins

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The Batman Series of 3 Films is a science-fiction series that received positive reviews and even broke the box office records. Batman is a fictional character who even appeared in numerous animated films. The series aims to depict the darker side of humanity and realism with a realistic tone. The series was a commercial success and was critically acclaimed as well.

1. The Dark Knight

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In 2008, Christopher Nolan’s superhero movie “The Dark Knight” was released. It is the second part of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, which starts with “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012) and ends with “Batman Begins” (2005).

The Dark Knight is the sequel to Batman Begins, The film is considered one of the best Batman films of all time, and Christian Bale plays Bruce Wayne/Batman again. Alongside Heath Ledger as the Joker

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