The Best Christopher Nolan Movies: All of His Films Ranked From Worst to Best

ONE37pm editors select every item that appears on this page, and the company may earn compensation through affiliate links within the story. You can learn more about that process here.
nolan mobile
Warner Bros. Pictures / Paramount Pictures

A visionary director in every sense of the word, the best Christopher Nolan movies have entertained and enhanced our cinematic viewing experience for over two decades. His next film, Oppenheimer, is set to release later this year and looks like it will make a run at the Academy Awards.

Given that he is about to enter the cinematic discourse again, we felt it was only right to throw a hat into the ring. So here is our ranking of all 11 of Christopher Nolan’s movies, and while none are inherently bad, some are much better than others.

11. 'Tenet' (2020)

watch now on hbo max

10. 'Following' (1998)

watch now on prime video

9. 'Insomnia'

watch now on hbo max

8. 'The Dark Knight Rises'

watch on hbo max

7. 'Memento' (2000)

watch now on hbomax

6. 'Inception'

watch on hbomax

5. 'Batman Begins' (2005)

watch now on hbo max

4. 'Interstellar' (2014)

watch now on prime video

3. 'The Prestige' (2006)

watch now on prime video

2. 'Dunkirk' (2017)

watch now on hbo max

1. 'The Dark Knight' (2008)

watch now on hbo max

What's Nolan's Next Move?

gettyimages 1169018440 612x612 1
Getty Images

So what’s next for Christopher Nolan? Thankfully, we already know the answer. He’s making his second film based on a true story which follows the development of the atomic bomb titled Oppenheimer.

When does 'Oppenheimer' release?

The film is set to release July 21, 2023 but the big talking point regarding this film so far happens to be the unbelievable cast list for the film. It stars Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, but also features (get ready for this ridiculously massive list of talent): Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Benny Safdie, Dane DeHaan, Matthew Modine, Kenneth Branagh, Jason Clarke, Josh Peck, Devon Bostick, Alex Wolff, Tony Goldwyn, Gary Oldman, and Casey Affleck. With this cast, who knows what Nolan has up his sleeve, but what we can expect is nothing short of a great film.

A previous version of this article was written by Cole Keough.

Did you like this article?
Thumbs Up
Thumbs Down