All Christopher Nolan’s Films Ranked

Christopher Nolan is arguably the best director working today, especially in the blockbuster arena. His films have grossed more than $4.7 billion worldwide and have garnered a total of 34 Oscar nominations and ten wins.

But which of his movies is the best rated overall? (well his lowest-rated film still has an aggregated score of 7.25!! which is incredible!) His overall average score as a director is currently 8.21, which is the highest we have ranked so far (Tarantino has an 7.98 for example)

So we collected all his public votes from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes and Letterboxd to get a true average score for each of his movies…

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11 – Tenet (2020)

Time runs out.
Drama | Science Fiction | Thriller
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7.25 /10

Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.

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10 – Insomnia (2002)
A tough cop. A brilliant killer. An unspeakable crime.
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
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7.27 /10

From acclaimed director Chris Nolan (“Memento”) comes the story of a veteran police detective (Al Pacino) who is sent to a small Alaskan town to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. Forced into a psychological game of cat-and-mouse by the primary suspect (Robin Williams), events escalate and the detective finds his own stability dangerously threatened.

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9 – Following (1998)

You’re never alone.
Drama | Thriller
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7.62 /10

Bill, an idle, unemployed aspiring writer, walks the crowded streets of London following randomly chosen strangers, a seemingly innocent entertainment that becomes dangerous when he crosses paths with a mysterious character.

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8 – Dunkirk (2017)

Survival is Victory
War | Action | Drama
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7.83 /10

The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.

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7 – The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The Legend Ends
Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
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8.26 /10

Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent’s crimes to protect the late attorney’s reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham’s finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

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6 – Batman Begins (2005)

Evil fears the knight
Action | Crime | Drama
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8.39 /10

Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld – The Batman.

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5 – Interstellar (2014)

Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.
Adventure | Drama | Science Fiction
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8.54 /10

The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

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4 – The Prestige (2006)

Are You Watching Closely?
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
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8.65 /10

A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy — full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.

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3 – Memento (2000)

Some memories are best forgotten.

Mystery | Thriller

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8.68 /10

Leonard Shelby is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty of locating his wife’s killer, however, is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, untreatable form of short-term memory loss. Although he can recall details of life before his accident, Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he’s going, or why.

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2 – Inception (2010)

Your mind is the scene of the crime.
Action | Science Fiction | Adventure
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8.75 /10

Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: “inception”, the implantation of another person’s idea into a target’s subconscious.

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1 – The Dark Knight (2008)

Why So Serious?
Drama | Action | Crime | Thriller
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9.09 /10

Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.


So there you have it, folks… The Dark Knight reigns supreme with an excellent aggregate score of 9.20 out of 10.
Here is our personal Top 5 Nolan Movies.

5 – The Prestige (2006)
4 – The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
3 – Inception (2010)
2 – Interstellar (2014)
1 – The Dark Knight (2008)

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