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Updated: Mar 19

Born: 30th July 1970

Died: Age 53

Christopher Nolan is a British and American filmmaker. Known for his Hollywood blockbusters with complex storytelling, Nolan is considered a leading filmmaker of the 21st century. His films have grossed more than $6 billion worldwide, ranking him amongst the highest-grossing directors in history. Nolan is the recipient of various accolades, including two Academy Awards.

Nolan developed an interest in filmmaking from a young age. After studying English literature at University College London, he made several short films before his feature film debut with Following (1998). Nolan gained international recognition with his second film, Memento (2000). He became a high-profile director with The Dark Knight trilogy (2005–2012), and found further success with The Prestige (2006), Inception (2010), Interstellar (2014), and Dunkirk (2017). Parting ways with longtime distributor Warner Bros. Pictures, Nolan signed with Universal Pictures for the biographical thriller Oppenheimer (2023), which won him Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture.

Nolan's work regularly features in the listings of best films of their respective decades. Infused with a metaphysical outlook, his films thematise epistemology, existentialism, ethics, the construction of time, and the malleable nature of memory and personal identity. They feature mathematically-inspired images and concepts, unconventional narrative structures, practical special effects, experimental soundscapes, large-format film photography, and materialistic perspectives.

*Epistemology is the philosophy of knowledge. It seeks to answer the questions "What is knowledge?" and "How is knowledge acquired?" Epistemologists are philosophers who are interested in questions such as whether it is possible to have knowledge, what kind of knowledge there is, and how people come to know things.

*Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy. It is notoriously difficult to define, it can be identified as the study of any of the most fundamental concepts and beliefs, on which many other concepts and beliefs rest--concepts such as being, existence, universal, space, time, and many others.

*Morality is the concept of doing the right thing. Morals are basic guidelines for living.

Top 10 Christopher Nolan movies...

  1. Memento (2000) - ★★★★★ - #10

  2. The Dark Knight (2008) - ★★★★★ - #61

  3. Oppenheimer (2023) - ★★★★★ - #85

  4. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) - ★★★★★ - #94

  5. Interstellar (2014) - ★★★★ - #166

  6. Batman Begins (2005) - ★★★★ - #450

  7. The Prestige (2006) - ★★★ - #577

  8. Dunkirk (2017) - ★★★ - #598

  9. Inception (2010) - ★★★ - #610

  10. Tenet (2020) - ★★★ - #769

How do you rate Christopher Nolan's movies?




Interstellar (2014) - Sky Cinema

Dunkirk (2017) - BBC iPlayer

Batman Begins (2005) - Sky

The Dark Knight (2008) - Sky

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) - Sky

Interstellar (2014) - Sky


Memento (2000)


Dunkirk (2017)

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