Every Christopher Nolan Movie Ranked from Worst to Best

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

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  1. Really really liked this post! Very similar to what I would have suggested, although I think Dunkirk should be placed a little higher. Baffles me how people don’t like this work!

  2. Greg says:

    While I may not fully agree with this list (and I haven’t seen Dunkirk) it’s exceptionally close to what my Nolan top 10 would be, love seeing other perspectives of the same films

  3. I agree with most of it although I would put Inception or Dark Knight in the first spot. Inception, Dark Knight and Prestige are my top 3.

  4. _newaj says:

    Haven’t seen memento yet. But got some of my favorite movies in the list. Nolan is a Legend.

  5. Jina Jay says:

    My List: Batman Begins, Inception, Momento,The Prestige, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar. Haven’t seen Dunkirk yet.

  6. I agree with a lot of what you said here. While for me personally The Dark Knight would go in the #1 spot, Memento is still a flawlessly crafted film

  7. TMH says:

    I can’t disagree with your rating of Memento.

  8. psiberite says:

    Thank you for introducing me to Chris Nolan. I hope to see his movies. Anand Bose from Kerala

  9. H. says:

    So glad you happened to like my new blog Teacher-Voice and discovered this gem! Love Chris Nolan and was just talking about him the other day with others and we were ranking his films in a similar way. Thanks, Nick!

  10. I’d agree with Memento also – I still like The Dark Knight though it’s a bit long in hindsight. For me, Nolan’s films are like independent films with massive budgets, outside of Insomnia and Memento he’s a great subdued popcorn director. Looking forward to Dunkirk, though.

  11. This is a good list! Memento is a absolute classic, although i’d put The Dark Knight at the top of mine. Prestige; what a movie!!

  12. psiberite says:

    I don’t watch movies but your narrative is spell binding. Anand Bose from Kerala

  13. talesbytink says:

    I have a soft spot for The Dark Knight because of Heath Ledger and he was such an awesome actor and his death was tragic. I saw it around the time he died, at the flicks in Germany, I was a little homesick for Australia and it touched a nerve. I liked the way it handled its themes too. The Prestige was a great film, I’d like to watch it again. Haven’t seen Batman Begins but now I want to. And Memento has been on my list for years. Guy Pearce is another stand out actor. Soft spot for Aussies, obviously! Good overview of the films, thanks.

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  16. Kanesha says:

    I LOVE BATMAN and I REALLY, REALLY REALLY wanted to love the Dark Knight, because I love Bane as well, however I think Bale was a poor choice for Batman, I could barely understand what he was saying, his speech was unintelligible. But the movie was well rounded. Inception was my favorite though, and memorable too.

  17. ghostof82 says:

    The Prestige is probably my favourite. Its pretty much perfect regards achieving what it aims for and doesn’t rely on major stunts or spectacle. The characters work and are pretty likeable too. Nolans films generally suffer from a Kubrick-like emotional detachment that distances the viewer, but I don’t think that applies to The Prestige.

  18. Great list! Following is the only movie on the list that I haven’t seen, so I’ll have to check it out. My list would go:

    1. Interstellar
    2. The Dark Knight
    3. Inception
    4. Batman Begins
    5. The Dark Knight Rises
    6. Insomnia
    7. The Prestige
    8. Memento

    I know I’m in the minority when it comes to Memento. I saw it shortly after it came out and didn’t really enjoy it. I should give it another shot.

  19. Inception was probably my favorite even though I am a die hard Batman fan. I want to see how Ben Afflek does before I make a decision about my favorite Batman. But Inception was such a mind trip, I loved it!

  20. cadepb says:

    All of these are great films, no doubt in my mind. But in my opinion, when it comes to his best, then Inception has to be Christopher Nolan’s magnum opus. It’s original, rewatchable, believable, and proves that summer movies can have the narrative and emotional heft of arthouse films.

  21. For me, Interstellar (my vote for top pick) is one of those films which I appreciate more with repeated viewings.

  22. Karandi says:

    I wasn’t a big fan of his take on Batman (I know, I’m in the minority), but I like quite a few of his other films. He’s an interesting actor.

  23. raistlin0903 says:

    Am a complete and utter fan of Christopher Nolan, as stated earlier. This is a great list. Except for Following and Memento I have seen them all. Strangely enough ( and yes I know I am in the minority on this) I liked The Dark Knight Rises more than The Dark Knight (even though both of them are pretty much very close to each other). Insomnia was in my opinion a very underrated movie. Great, and ofcourse it had Pacino, who was a terrific actor. My favorite movie to date has been Interstellar, but I have the funny feeling that Dunkirk is going to take the number one spot. Loved this post! Great to see this overview and be reminded of his greatness 😊😊

  24. Jade says:

    Memento is easily his best, but The Dark Knight and Inception come close. The man has never made a bad movie, and I’m so excited for Dunkirk!

  25. Nice to know I’m not the only one who has Dark Knight Rises near the end.

    Can you do a worst-to-best Hitchcock films list?

  26. Bookgirl says:

    Memento and Inception are hard to choose between, maybe just because I love Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I really liked Interstellar and The Prestige too. I discovered The Prestige was a book after I saw the movie and read it several years later – it’s equally good yet preposterous. I am embarrassed to say I never saw Batman Begins. I need to go back and watch it and then rewatch the second two in the trilogy.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Nice list! Nolan’s Bateman trilogy is my fav superhero saga but I haven’t seen much else on here. Can’t wait to check them out

  28. Picking a favorite for Nolan turned out to be easier than expected. He makes solid movies but nothing quite beats the awesomeness of Memento. There was an actual mind-blowing factor to just understanding and realizing how to piece it all together.

  29. Carrie says:

    I sometimes wish he was still the storyteller who would make that kind of movie like Memento. Anyway, my fav might not be the popular choice either lol- Interstellar. I know lots of people didn’t really enjoy it, but that was the one movie that changed my perspective on film and cinema. I wasn’t born at a time when 2001 space odyssey could still have The tremendous impact on teenagers who have that passion for movies. And I admit the ending of Interstellar was cliche and I thought he would done something cooler or unpredictable. But god I’m so glad he did that! Cuz for me that’s what makes him the perfect filmmaker (Yeah I’m like super cliche sometimes). I think Denis Villeneuve might achieve something like that. Cant wait to see blade runner!

  30. dronstadblog says:

    When I come to thinking, I can’t find a movie that I “don’t like” from Nolan, although I know people that hate him with a passion… I have to run and hide now.

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