Top 12 Movies Directed By Christopher Nolan That You Must Watch

Christopher Nolan is one of the most exciting directors in Hollywood. His movies are known for being smart, complex, and visually amazing. If you’re a fan of movies that make you think, you need to check out his films.

Here’s a quick list of a few Christopher Nolan must-watch movies. There’s a mix of genres, but they all show off his unique style and will leave you with lots to think about!

1. Following (1998)

A young man, known as The Young Man (played by Jeremy Theobald), becomes obsessed with following strangers around the streets of London. He meets a burglar named Cobb (played by Alex Haw) who takes him on as an apprentice. The Young Man gets involved in a criminal underworld, leading to a series of events that blur the lines between right and wrong.

2. Memento (2000)

Leonard Shelby (played by Guy Pearce) is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, is that he suffers from a rare, untreatable form of memory loss. To compensate, Leonard uses notes and tattoos to record information he cannot remember. Carrie-Anne Moss plays Natalie, and Joe Pantoliano plays Teddy, both of whom Leonard interacts with in his quest for revenge.

3. Insomnia (2002)

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives, Will Dormer (played by Al Pacino) and Hap Eckhart (played by Martin Donovan), are sent to a northern Alaskan town to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. The case leads them to Walter Finch (played by Robin Williams), a reclusive writer. As Dormer struggles with insomnia in the never-ending daylight, his investigation becomes more complicated.

4. Batman Begins (2005)

Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale) becomes the Batman to fight crime in Gotham City after witnessing the murder of his parents as a child. He is trained by Henri Ducard (played by Liam Neeson) in the League of Shadows. With the help of his butler Alfred (played by Michael Caine) and Lucius Fox (played by Morgan Freeman) at Wayne Enterprises, Batman fights the Scarecrow (played by Cillian Murphy) and Ra’s al Ghul (also played by Liam Neeson) to save Gotham.

5. The Prestige (2006)

In the late 19th century, two magicians, Robert Angier (played by Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (played by Christian Bale), become rivals after a tragic accident kills Angier’s wife during a magic show. Obsessed with besting each other, their competition leads them down a path of obsession, deceit, and betrayal, involving Angier’s assistant Olivia (played by Scarlett Johansson) and Nikola Tesla (played by David Bowie).

6. The Dark Knight (2008)

Batman (played by Christian Bale) battles the Joker (played by Heath Ledger), who seeks to undermine Batman’s influence and throw Gotham City into anarchy. Batman works with Lieutenant Jim Gordon (played by Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (played by Aaron Eckhart) to dismantle Gotham’s criminal organizations.

7. Inception (2010)

Dom Cobb (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief who steals secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state. He is offered a chance to have his criminal history erased if he can implant an idea into someone’s mind, a process called inception. Cobb assembles a team including Arthur (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Ariadne (played by Ellen Page), and Eames (played by Tom Hardy) to complete the task.

8. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Eight years after the Joker’s reign of anarchy, Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale) is forced from his exile to battle Bane (played by Tom Hardy), a masked terrorist who aims to destroy Gotham City. Batman is helped by Selina Kyle (played by Anne Hathaway) and faces challenges that test his physical and mental limits.

9. Interstellar (2014)

In a future Earth ravaged by famine and dust storms, Cooper (played by Matthew McConaughey), a former NASA pilot, joins a mission to find a new home for humanity. He travels through a wormhole with a team including Amelia Brand (played by Anne Hathaway), Romilly (played by David Gyasi), and Doyle (played by Wes Bentley), leaving his children behind.

10. Dunkirk (2017)

The film portrays the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II from three perspectives: land, sea, and air. Tommy (played by Fionn Whitehead) is a British soldier on the beach, Mr. Dawson (played by Mark Rylance) is a civilian sailing his boat to rescue soldiers, and Farrier (played by Tom Hardy) is a Royal Air Force pilot protecting the evacuees from German bombers.

11. Tenet (2020)

A CIA agent, known as The Protagonist (played by John David Washington), is recruited by a mysterious organization called Tenet to participate in a global assignment that unfolds beyond real-time. The mission: prevent Andrei Sator (played by Kenneth Branagh), a renegade Russian oligarch with precognition abilities, from starting World War III. He is assisted by Neil (played by Robert Pattinson) and Kat (played by Elizabeth Debicki).

12. Oppenheimer (2023)

J. Robert Oppenheimer (played by Cillian Murphy), a physicist, leads the Manhattan Project to develop the first nuclear weapons during World War II. The film shows his life, including his work on the atomic bomb, and the impact of this creation. Emily Blunt plays his wife, Kitty, with Matt Damon as Leslie Groves, Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss, and Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock, showcasing the personal and professional challenges faced by Oppenheimer.

Whether you’re a new fan of Christopher Nolan or a longtime admirer, these movies are all essential viewing. So grab some popcorn and get ready to be amazed!

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