Christopher Nolan, best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear, storytelling, has given some of the films in his two-decade of filmography. Every film he makes is fiercely anticipated and destined for almost certain critical and commercial success. On his 49th birthday, let’s take a look at some of his films that became classics and should be on your must-watch list.

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This was Nolan’s first film that gained him international recognition as a writer and director. It was a story about a young and aspiring writer who is looking for character inspiration and begins to select strangers to follow and study their behavior, attracting the attention of another ‘observational’ individual.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

In the third installment of Nolan’s groundbreaking Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises is a triumphant finale in which Batman ends at one of the greatest character arcs ever created for the caped crusader. Tom Hardy’s performance was the highlight of this film.

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Inception (2010)

Inception is Nolan’s most popular mind-bending action movie that will make you question consciousness itself. A thief named Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) who specializes in stealing secrets from people’s subconscious is tasked with an impossible feat: To plant an idea into someone’s mind.

Interstellar (2014)

In one of the most interesting and creative Sci-Fi masterpieces of our time, Interstellar is a beautiful and heart-wrenching adventure through time, space, and the human condition. When the world is facing its end and the survivors of the earth are forced into farming to prevent starvation, NASA physicist Professor Brand (Michael Caine) attempts one last journey into space to find a new planet for humanity.


In Dunkirk, Nolan’s first history movie and one of the best war movies ever, he beautifully captures a tense and challenging moment during WWII, one that has been mostly overlooked as the plot for a movie, until his magical team of movie-makers gets ahold of it.