15 Legendary Movies Proving Nolan And Fincher's Exceptional Skills!

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I think that we have just begun to understand how valuable Nolan and Fincher are and that every movie lover should watch these milestone movies. Even if you're not a movie lover, these are some movies you shouldn't miss.

The ranking was done according to their ratings on IMDB.

The storylines were taken from IMDB.

15. Panic Room - FINCHER

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IMDB: 6.8

Genre: Thriller, Crime

Cast: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker

A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their newly-purchased house's safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune.

14. Insomnia - NOLAN

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IMDB: 7.2

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime

Cast: Al Pacino, Robin Williams

Sent from the city to investigate the murder of a teenage girl in a small Alaska town, a police detective (Pacino) accidentally shoots his own partner while trying to apprehend a suspect. Instead of admitting his guilt, the detective is given an unexpected alibi, but this "solution" only multiplies the emotional complexity and guilt over his partner's death. He's also still got a murder to solve, in addition to the blackmail and framing of an innocent bystander being orchestrated by the man they were chasing. There's also a local detective (Swank) who is conducting her own personal investigation... of his partner's death. Will it all come crashing down on him?

13. Zodiac- FINCHER

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IMDB: 7.7

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Crime

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people.

12. The Game- FINCHER

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IMDB: 7.8

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Adventure

Cast: Sean Penn, Michael Douglas

Nicholas Van Orton is a very wealthy San Francisco banker, but he is an absolute loner, even spending his birthday alone. In the year of his 48th birthday (the age his father committed suicide) his brother Conrad, who has gone long ago and surrendered to addictions of all kinds, suddenly returns and gives Nicholas a card giving him entry to unusual entertainment provided by something called Consumer Recreation Services (CRS). Giving in to curiosity, Nicholas visits CRS and all kinds of weird and bad things start to happen to him.

11. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button - FINCHER

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IMDB: 7.8

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate BlanchettBenjamin Button, a baby that was born looking like an old man, is taken in by a nurse at an old folks home. Over the years as Benjamin got "older" he appeared to get younger. As he lives at the home, he meets Daisy, a beautiful young girl the same age. He falls in love with her, knowing the relationship will always look strange. Will his disability get in the way of true love? Or will it set him free?

10. Batman Begins - NOLAN

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IMDB: 8.3

Genre: Action, Adventure

Cast:  Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

When his parents are killed, billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne relocates to Asia where he is mentored by Henri Ducard and Ra's Al Ghul in how to fight evil. When learning about the plan to wipe out evil in Gotham City by Ducard, Bruce prevents this plan from getting any further and heads back to his home. Back in his original surroundings, Bruce adopts the image of a bat to strike fear into the criminals and the corrupt as the icon known as 'Batman'. But it doesn't stay quiet for long.

9. Gone Girl - FINCHER

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IMDB: 8.3

Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery

Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

8. The Dark Knight Rises - NOLAN

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IMDB: 8.5

Genre: Action, Adventure

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

7. Memento - NOLAN

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IMDB: 8.5

Genre: Mystery, Crime

Cast: Guy Pearce, Carrie Anne Moss

Memento chronicles two separate stories of Leonard, an ex-insurance investigator who can no longer build new memories, as he attempts to find the murderer of his wife, which is the last thing he remembers. One story line moves forward in time while the other tells the story backwards revealing more each time.

6. The Prestige - NOLAN

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IMDB: 8.5

Genre: Drama,Thriller, Sci-fi

Cast: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson

In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies. Both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences.

5. Se7en - FINCHER

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IMDB: 8.7

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Polisiye, Crime

Cast: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman

A film about two homicide detectives' (Morgan Freeman and (Brad Pitt desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world's ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next as the sociopathic "John Doe" (Kevin Spacey) sermonizes to Detectives Somerset and Mills -- one sin at a time. The sin of Gluttony comes first and the murderer's terrible capacity is graphically demonstrated in the dark and subdued tones characteristic of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but jaded Somerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer's modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills (Pitt) scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer...

4. Inception - NOLAN

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IMDB: 8.8

Genre: Sci-fi,  Action

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible - inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

3. Interstellar - NOLAN

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IMDB: 8.9

Genre: Sci-fi

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway

Earth's future has been riddled by disasters, famines, and droughts. There is only one way to ensure mankind's survival: Interstellar travel. A newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of our solar system allows a team of astronauts to go where no man has gone before, a planet that may have the right environment to sustain human life.

2. Fight Club - FINCHER

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IMDB: 8.9

Genre: Drama

Cast: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton

A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.

1. The Dark Knight - NOLAN

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IMDB: 9.0

Genre: Action, Drama, Crime

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes.

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