Christopher Nolan celebrates his 50th birthday on July 30, 2020. Although we may have to wait a little while longer for his eagerly anticipated “Tenet” (it’s release date has changed several times due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and is currently slated for an August 12, 2020, theatrical bow), we can at least enjoy his other films in the meantime. Let’s take a look back at all nine of his films, ranked worst to best.
Nolan has previously been nominated for five Academy Awards — Original Screenplay for “Memento” (2001); Best Picture and Original Screenplay for “Inception” (2010); and Best Picture and Best Director for “Dunkirk” (2017). He has also received many other nominations: four Golden Globe Awards, four Directors Guild Awards and two Writers Guild Awards, winning once for writing “Inception.”
Part of the reason for all the excitement for “Tenet” is that Nolan has massed an enormous fan base over the years thanks to his inventive use of narrative (“Memento,” “Inception”) and the huge reception given to his “Dark Knight Trilogy.”
Let’s take a look at those nine movies that have helped to cement Nolan’s reputation over the years in order of favorable reviews and influence. We rank them from worst to best in our photo gallery, so see if your favorite tops the list.
– Original text and gallery published in July 2017.