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List of Christopher Nolan Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Dark Knight (2008)
22
4
The Dark Knight
PG-13
22
4

Considered to be one of the best superhero films ever made, The Dark Knight is the saga of the Batman’s quest to rid the city of Gotham of organized crime. Heath Ledger won a posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of deadly antagonist Joker in the highest grosser of 2008.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Christopher Nolan
Genres:
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
2. Inception (2010)
19
2
Inception
PG-13
19
2

Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Christopher Nolan
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Thriller, Sci-Fi
3. Interstellar (2014)
17
4
Interstellar
PG-13
17
4

In a post-apocalyptic Earth menaced by crop blights and dust storms, physicist Professor Brand sends a team of researchers led by former NASA pilot Cooper to carry frozen human embryos onboard spacecraft Endurance through a wormhole to a distant galaxy with three potentially habitable planets which can be the new home for the human race.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Christopher Nolan
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Drama, Adventure
4. The Prestige (2006)
16
2
The Prestige
PG-13
16
2

Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, who work as shills for a magician, become sworn enemies following a tragic accident that kills the former's wife. Now working separately as famous magicians, they are obsessed with outwitting each other in developing the ultimate disappearance trick, teleportation, which eventually drives their loved ones away and leads to their downfall.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Christopher Nolan
Genres:
Mystery, Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
5. Memento (2000)
14
3
Memento
R
14
3

Ex-insurance investigator Leonard Shelby suffers from short-term memory loss caused by a head injury sustained while trying to stop his wife's murderer. He is determined to track down the culprit, who he suspects is someone named John G, and desperately attempts to retain information by taking copious notes, Polaroid photos, and by etching tattoos over his body.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Christopher Nolan
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Carrie-Anne Moss, Guy Pearce, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior, Callum Keith Rennie
Awards:
MTV Movie & TV Award for Best New Filmmaker
6. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
15
5
The Dark Knight Rises
PG-13
15
5

Christopher Nolan concludes his The Dark Knight trilogy featuring DC superhero Batman by bringing him back from self-imposed exile to tackle the merciless mercenary Bane, who plans to take over Gotham city by controlling its dark underworld, with the help of the mysterious cat burglar Selina Kyle and his trusted butler Alfred.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Christopher Nolan
Genres:
Action, Thriller
7. Batman Begins (2005)
16
4
Batman Begins
PG-13
16
4

Christopher Nolan's reboot of the Batman series details the origin of the caped crusader as he travels to Asia, where he conquers his fears and trains in combat under Henri Ducard. However, after learning about Ducard's true identity and mission, he returns to Gotham to protect the city as Batman with help from associates Alfred and Lucius Fox.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Christopher Nolan
Genres:
Action, Adventure
8. Dunkirk (2017)
14
4
Dunkirk
PG-13
14
4

Through the eyes of young British private Tommy, the film chronicles how over 330,000 allied soldiers, who were cut off and surrounded by the German Army at the harbor of Dunkirk, France, were safely evacuated by mostly civilian boats and few British and French Navy vessels following the disastrous Battle of France in World War II.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Christopher Nolan
Genres:
History, Drama, War, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Michael Caine, Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, Aneurin Barnard
9. Following (1998)
10
4
Following
R
10
4

A young writer starts following people on the streets to gain inspiration for his new novel. But he becomes obsessed with a man calling himself Cobb. Cobb tells the young man that he robs people to make them reexamine their lives. The young man starts doing the same but he soon finds himself sinking deeper into darkness. 

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Christopher Nolan
Genres:
Mystery, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
John Nolan, Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell, Dick Bradsell
10. Man of Steel (2013)
12
2
Man of Steel
PG-13
12
2

Based on the DC Comics character Superman, the movie follows the story of Clark Kent as he realises that he is an alien with superpowers. He strives to find out his real home and the purpose for which he was sent to earth. However, when survivors from his planet attack earth, he must rise and save the humanity from annihilation.

As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Zack Snyder
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy, Action
11. Insomnia (2002)
11
3
Insomnia
R
11
3

LAPD detectives Will Dormer and Hap Eckhart come to Nightmute, Alaska, to assist in the investigations of the murder of a 17-year-old teenage girl, but while trying to entrap prime suspect Walter Finch, Dormer accidentally shoots Eckhart. With young local detective Ellie Burr investigating Eckhart's death, insomniac Dormer becomes an easy pawn in Finch's psychological game.

As:
Director
Director:
Christopher Nolan
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Martin Donovan, Nicky Katt
12. Doodlebug (1997)
8
3
Doodlebug
8
3

Doodlebug is a short psychological thriller film which was one of the earliest works of renowned filmmaker Christopher Nolan. The film revolves around a man who seems to be anxious and obsessed in trying to get rid of a small bug-like creature in his apartment.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Christopher Nolan
Genres:
Mystery, Fantasy, Short
Star Cast:
Jeremy Theobald
13. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
8
2
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
PG-13
8
2

Fearing that Superman's alien powers are left unchecked, Batman launches a personal mission to get rid of the Kyrptonian, while the Man of Steel is also wary of Batman's form of justice. However, as they realize that they were both being manipulated by supervillain Lex Luthor, they must join forces with Wonder Woman to save mankind from an abomination.

As:
Producer
Director:
Zack Snyder
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action
14. Justice League (2017)
8
4
Justice League
PG-13
8
4

Moved by Superman's sacrifice in the previous installment in the series, Batman joins forces with Wonder Woman to track down and recruit The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg to form the Justice League in order to defend Earth from Steppenwolf and his legions of Parademons. However, the newly-formed superhero alliance may not be enough to stop the supervillain.

As:
Producer
Director:
Zack Snyder
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure, Action
15. Transcendence (2014)
8
1
Transcendence
PG-13
8
1

Dr. Will Caster is involved in developing a sentient computer when he is shot by an anti-technology terrorist group R.I.F.T. With only a month to live, his wife Evelyn uploads his consciousness into a quantum computer. But soon Evelyn and his best friend Max must find a way to stop him when he starts controlling human minds. 

As:
Producer
Director:
Wally Pfister
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery
16. The Dunkirk Spirit: Behind the Making of the Movie (2018)
10
2
The Dunkirk Spirit: Behind the Making of the Movie
10
2
As:
Producer
Genres:
Short, Documentary
Star Cast:
Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, Fionn Whitehead
17. Larceny (1996)
10
3
Larceny
10
3
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Christopher Nolan
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Jeremy Theobald, Mark Deighton, Dave Savva
18. Quay (2015)
9
3
Quay
9
3
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Christopher Nolan
Genres:
Documentary, Short
Star Cast:
Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

TV Shows and Videos

Christopher Nolan Awards

MTV Movie & TV Awards
Memento Best New Filmmaker 2002