My Christopher Nolan top five

Christopher Nolan‘s latest effort Dunkirk comes out on Friday and while I’m in the minority of people who didn’t love it (read my review here), it certainly makes my top five.

So to celebrate his latest cinema release, here’s my top five Nolan films.


I don’t think Nolan will ever be able to surpass this one for me. I LOVE Inception and I have seen it many times and still listen to the soundtrack. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who I love so much (I will watch any movie these guys are in), is clever as hell, looks gorgeous and its music still gives me chills. I usually hate ambiguous endings but this is one occasion it felt right and I was cool with it. If you haven’t read seen it – what is wrong with you?! Please rectify this ASAP.

The Dark Knight 

This is the benchmark for superhero movies and I don’t think anyone will be able to make a better one (possibly ever). I’m pretty sure I didn’t even see Batman Begins at the cinema because I didn’t care but I went to see The Dark Knight because the trailers looked so awesome. It is the rare case of a sequel being better than the first. Christian Bale will forever be my top Batman and Heath Ledger‘s Joker is phenomenal.

The Prestige 

This is probably a controversial pick but I have a lot of love for The Prestige because the ending floors me every time and leaves me thinking about it for hours, trying to make sense of it all (if you can do that). It is SO smart, I never saw of the twists coming the first time, I find new things in it every time I watch it (it’s been quite a few) and it’s about freaking magicians which is awesome. Hugh Jackman and Bale are on top form, as is Scarlett Johansson. I have recommended this to many people over the years.

My top three are locked in and are very unlikely to be changed any time soon. The rest of Nolan’s filmography I have only seen once, some a really long time ago, so my top fourth and fifth position are definitely subject to change if I rewatch them again, but as it stands, I shall continue: 


This is powerful and intense and expertly crafts an atmosphere that you can’t escape from for the duration. The sound design needs an award and the cast is insane – Hardy, Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Harry Styles. I didn’t love it as much as others and I certainly wouldn’t call it a masterpiece but it is still very, very good.


I love space movies and Jessica Chastain so this felt like such a winner for me. I loved the story, Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway were fantastic and Matt Damon‘s surprise cameo was the best thing ever but I was so pissed off by the ending, it left a bad taste in my mouth. Any time someone brings up that movie I have to go off on a rant about it, so consider yourselves warned.

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