What Are Christopher Nolan's Favorite Films?

Looking for something to stream? Why not check out some of Christopher Nolan’s favorite films. 

One of my favorite things IndieWire does is compile lists of different filmmakers' favorite films based on past interviews, and the site's latest published list zeros in on the movies that have inspired the career of legendary director Christopher Nolan.

They span all of Hollywood history, from the silent era through today. From science-fiction classics like Alien, 2001, and Blade Runner 2049 to war epics Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line.

So, what else is on the list? 

Keep scrolling to find out!

What are Christopher Nolan's Favorite Films? 

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • 12 Angry Men (1957)
  • Alien (1979)
  • All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
  • Bad Timing (1980)
  • The Battle Of Algiers (1965)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
  • First Man (2018)
  • For All Mankind (1989)
  • Foreign Correspondent (1940)
  • Greed (1924)
  • The Hit (1984)
  • Koyaanisqatsi (1983)
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  • Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
  • Metropolis (1927)
  • Mr. Arkadin (1955)
  • The Right Stuff (1983)
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  • Ryan’s Daughter (1970)
  • Star Wars (1977)
  • Street of Crocodiles (1986)
  • Sunrise (1927)
  • Superman – The Movie (1978)
  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
  • The Thin Red Line (1998)
  • Topkapi (1964)
  • The Tree Of Life (2011)

It’s interesting to see Sir Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg with multiple movies on this list. 

And those movies come with high praise. Nolan described how Close Encounters of the Third Kind "addressed the idea of this moment when humans would meet aliens from a family perspective and a very relatable human perspective. I liked the idea of trying to give today’s audiences some sense of that form of storyline."     

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I love that Koyaanisqatsi is listed. My first paying grip job was working with Godfrey Reggio. I learned things from him I don’t think I could’ve on other sets

March 23, 2020 at 12:03PM, Edited March 23, 12:03PM

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