This Is The Definitive Ranking Of Christopher Nolan's Films, According To Rotten Tomatoes


With July 21st approaching fast, it won’t be long until Christopher Nolan’s latest film Dunkirk hits UK cinema screens.

Rave reviews have already been pouring in since the film’s premiere on the 13th, and needless to say, we’re more eager than ever to see the entire flick in all its glory. For some reason, however, time seems to be moving even slower than usual these days, and we’re beginning to grow restless with impatience.

The best way to occupy your days until Christopher Nolan’s newest release hits the theatres is to binge all his old ones. So we have compiled a grand list of all his best works, ranked definitively, thanks to the good old statistics of Rotten Tomatoes and, of course, our own super reliable opinions.

Without further ado, here is a quick ranking of all Christopher Nolan’s films:

Inception (2010)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86% / Our rating: 100%

This film focuses on a thief who uses his (ultra-trippy) dream technology to steal highly sensitive corporate secrets from powerful people (out of their dreams!). He’s never done anything short of a flawless job, but things start to go wrong for him and his team when he’s given the task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

Why we love it: First of all, the cast is flawless – let’s just put that out there. The story is amazing and the visuals are mind-blowing. It’s emotional, it’s gripping, it’s kaleidoscopic and Hans Zimmer’s music on that original score is absolutely sublime. Let’s not even talk about that magnificent ending.

Interstellar (2014)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 71%/ Our rating: 100%

On it’s surface, Interstellar is a story that focuses on a team of space explorers who travel through a wormhole to find a new home for humanity. Of course, if things were that simple – it wouldn’t be so high on our list.

Why we love it: The story will blow your mind and then some. It isn’t necessarily for everyone, and sometimes it just goes right over people’s heads, but in all honesty, when you get it (it may take a few watches) you’ll realise how much thought was put into every detail of the plot. Matthew McConaughey is marvellous as Cooper, and Jessica Chastain was heartbreaking as the older version of Murph. Your views on space, time and humanity’s limitations will change after you see this film. And once again, Hans Zimmer killed it on that soundtrack.

The Dark Knight (2008)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%/ Our rating: 94%

This instalment of the Batman franchise was pretty much the one that everyone had been waiting for. When Batman met The Joker – and everything that happened afterwards.

Why we love it: One of the best Batman films made. Not a title given lightly, but this film definitely earns it. The late Heath Ledger embodied the role of The Joker to his bones, delivering an immersive performance as the villain of the film. This instalment can do no wrong.

Memento (2000)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%/ Our rating: 87%

Memento follows the story of a man named Leonard, who desperately searches for his wife’s murderer whilst dealing with his own short-term memory loss.

Why we love it: That plot twist! Who saw that coming? Guy Pearce was spine-chilling in his portrayal of the desperate but lost Leonard. Who knew that someone running in circles could provide such a thrilling plot?

The Prestige (2006)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 76%/ Our rating: 70%

Two magicians battle it out in the bid to create the ultimate stage illusion.

Why we love it: Once again, that plot twist though. The story is so clever, Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman are flawless in their performances as well.

Batman Begins (2005)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 84%/ Our rating: 67%

Batman faces the Scarecrow after training with his mentor. Delivering Gotham City from the hands of corruption proves more difficult a task than ever in this film.

Why we like it: Cillian Murphy – need we say more?

Insomnia (2002)

Rotten Tomatoes: 92% / Our rating: 66%


Al Pacino stars in this thrilling mystery about two LA detectives who must solve the puzzling murder of a local teenager.

Why we like it: Among all of Christopher Nolans works, this film doesn’t really scream ‘perfection’, but it is kind of on the same level of potential as Batman Begins, so – there’s that.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Rotten Tomatoes: 87% / Our rating: 65%

Christian Bale returns for his final rodeo as the Batman, and this time he’s up against a masked guerrilla terrorist by the name of Bane.

Why we don’t really love it: Nolan’s follow-up to his immaculate 2008 success, The Dark Knight, left more to be desired. That is not saying that the film wasn’t good, but it wasn’t exactly great either. Tom Hardy was indecipherable as the thick-tongued Bane, and in all honesty, we weren’t really sure if the overall theme of redemption and identity was strong enough to carry the Dark Knight’s character through. Of course, the film had its moments of nostalgic glory, and, Hans Zimmer was absolutely flawless with the musical score, but for some reason, this follow-up lacked the ground-breaking voltage that its predecessor so clearly embodied. It’s a good’un – but nothing to write home about.

Following (1998)

Rotten Tomatoes: 78% / Our rating: 55%


A writer who gets his material by following strangers runs into a thief who just happens to take an interest.

Why we don’t love it: Out of all of Nolans’ works – this film doesn’t really stand out as one of his greatest.

Would you have ranked them differently? Let us know in the comments!

Images via Touchstone Pictures/Warner Brothers/Giphy

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