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Christopher Nolan Movies

Based on a description of the plot, can you name the 12 movies directed by Christopher Nolan?
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Year
Description
Movie
2023
A physicist leads the U.S. effort to build an atomic bomb
Oppenheimer
2020
A mind-bending device allows people to travel backward through time
while others continue to travel forward
Tenet
2017
The story of the British evacuation from France in 1940
Dunkirk
2014
To save humanity, an astronaut must travel through a wormhole
Interstellar
2012
Gotham City must be rescued from a villain named Bane
The Dark Knight Rises
2010
A man has developed a way to go inside people's dreams
Inception
2008
The Caped Crusader faces his greatest foe
The Dark Knight
2006
Two magicians battle for supremacy with help from a strange device
invented by Nikola Tesla
The Prestige
2005
Spoiled billionaire must rid Gotham City of crime
Batman Begins
2002
The midnight sun in an Alaska fishing village disrupts a murder investigation
Insomnia
2000
Man with no long-term memory uses Polaroid pictures to find his wife's killer
Memento
1998
Writer who follows strangers around the streets of London gets drawn
into a world of crime
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49 Comments
+6
Level 1
Apr 16, 2012
Really enjoyable quiz!

The guy who made it must be know loads about films :)

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Level 42
Apr 17, 2012
Thanks a lot! I do know a lot about films :)
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Level 82
Oct 19, 2014
Missed the first and last. Never heard of either. I guess the new one because I haven't really been keeping up on movie news, and the first one.. I don't know why. I thought I had seen all of Nolan's films up through the present. I didn't know he had done something before Memento.
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Level 73
Dec 11, 2015
It was a small low-budget movie with a limited release, and most of the cast and crew were his friends and film school collegues.
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Level 78
Dec 9, 2020
Quite a good film considering the circumstances, as far as I can remember.
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Level 89
Dec 9, 2020
Never heard of this guy. I've seen Insomnia and Memento, but the director completely passed me by.
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Level 67
Jan 2, 2021
He catapulted to fame with the Batman reboots, especially the Dark Knight. It seems unthinkable now, but superhero movies weren't a big deal until the Spiderman and Batman reboots in the early 2000s. Warners didn't even want to reboot Batman, but Nolan developed the concept all by himself and managed to convince them to let him make it. The Dark Knight is generally regarded as the best superhero movie ever made (at least since the millennium), and its success permitted Nolan to make his dream picture (no pun intended), Inception. He got an unlimited budget and free reign to make it. I still think the Prestige is his best. But anyway. A really great and committed director.
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Level 45
Jan 3, 2021
I agree, Prestige is his best film, but all his films have been so good.
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Level 81
Jan 26, 2021
+1. Loved Prestige. Inception is a close second. Dark knight was great as well. Interstellar, Memento, and Tenet were all really cool and mind-bending concepts, especially the last 2.
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Level 89
Sep 7, 2023
Too bad the studios rebooted all that stuff.
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Level 44
Jun 24, 2016
Went to make this quiz but figured someone beat me to it. Good idea - best director!
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Level 82
Sep 20, 2020
Yeah there are at least 8 copies of this quiz on the site.
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Level 73
Jul 29, 2017
Should update it now to include Dunkirk.
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Level 84
Dec 9, 2020
Some of the reviews for "Tenet" on IMDb are brutal. And helpful. There's too much of a consensus among the 1-star reviews, primarily from Nolan fans, for them not to be valid.
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Level 67
Jan 2, 2021
IMDB is just a bunch of temperamental fan boys who rag on anything that is not exactly the way they want it to be. I haven't seen Tenet. It might be absolutely horrendous. But I wouldn't put much stock in IMDB ratings, especially ones for brand new movies. These are the same people who rated the Dark Knight as the best movie *ever made* in the weeks following its release. Buncha dum-dums.
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Level 60
Jan 22, 2021
How about you watch the film yourself and form your own opinion? I saw it and think it's his best since Inception.
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Level ∞
Sep 5, 2023
Tenet was bad. When you mess with time travel too much things stop making sense and the audience stops caring about what happens.
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Level 70
Sep 10, 2023
It's relative and speaks more to his fans high expectations than as a true measure of its quality. It does suffer in parts and makes it viewer work far more than it has any right to, but I'll take a supposedly one star Nolan sci-fi film over just about anything else offered in the theaters that same year.
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Level 60
Jan 5, 2024
I feel compelled to speak haha! While I honestly didn't love the movie that much, I do think about it more than most movies. The sound design of the movie is awful and the plot is confusing. But the premise and ideas explored are really compelling.
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Level 65
Dec 9, 2020
Can you please allow "The Dark Night Rises"?
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Level 80
Jan 2, 2021
But "The Dark Night Rises" is incorrect, both a title and as a summary of what the film was about.
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Level 72
Dec 11, 2020
good quiz
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Level 80
Jan 2, 2021
I wish Nolan would return to his roots and make more character driven thrillers. His last few outings for me have not really been hits in my opinion. He is trying to use complex story telling as a substitute for good story telling. I wish he would get back to the type of story telling that made the Prestige and Memento such great films. They were character driven, not plot driven. The characters felt like real people whose decisions made sense, not ones that were just doing things and going places because the plot demanded it. Honestly, Inception was his last good film.
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Level 67
Jan 2, 2021
I'm not sure about this. I thought Dunkirk was excellent. I don't think he is using complexity as a substitute. I think he strives to raise philosophical questions with all his movies -- even Batman -- and sometimes he is more interested in that than in individual characters. The Prestige is my favorite film of his, but the characters are hardly multidimensional. They are both limited and controlled by their singular obsessions with conquering the world of magic. The way they play off of and contrast each other is fascinating, but either main character by himself is not really interesting. Dunkirk presents a harrowing experience from multiple levels, time periods, and locations, so there's not a whole lot of time to develop this guy or that guy, but the sum of the experience is coherent and engaging. Sometimes Nolan's reach exceeds his grasp, but Hollywood sure could use more of that kind of failure.
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Level 90
Jan 2, 2021
I agree with jmellor. I thought Dunkirk was Nolan's best movie since Inception. Even though I liked Inception better, Dunkirk is still an excellent film to watch.
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Level 64
Jan 2, 2021
Dunkirk was the first movie I saw, (as Cambodia had very few cinemas/theaters!) and was one of the best movies Nolan made. However, I haven't seen the rest of his movies and my opinion may change.
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Level 57
Jan 2, 2021
Honestly, I thought Dunkirk was pretty boring. In terms of recent war films, 1917 was far and away better. My favorite Nolan films are probably the dark knight and interstellar.
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Level 58
Jan 2, 2021
I found Dunkirk to be the most boring movie ever. 0/10 would not recommend
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Level 38
Jan 2, 2021
Yeah, I agree @JohnnyYeet. I wouldn't recommend it either.
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Level 90
Jan 2, 2021
Couldn't disagree more with the three above me. But, whatever, everyone has different tastes, I guess.
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Level 58
Jun 23, 2021
I mean, I do like most of his other films. I think that Prestige and the Dark Knight Trilogy are some of the best movies I've ever watched. But Dunkirk felt like a far cry from Nolan's typical masterful plots and stunning cinematography to me.
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Level 51
Jan 2, 2021
Really fun to play and awesome quiz!
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Level 48
Jan 3, 2021
Really enjoyed it! Nolan is my favorite director, Interstellar being my favorite movie of all time.
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Level 72
Oct 5, 2021
never heard of following
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Level 72
Oct 28, 2021
BTW he's making a movie titled Oppenheimer coming in 2023. But you probably don't want to add that until later huh?
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Level 54
Apr 27, 2022
In Inception, the technology was developed by the military. Saying "a man," as if it was Leonardo DiCaprio, may be misleading.
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Level 76
Sep 5, 2023
I was thinking the same.
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Level 67
Jul 20, 2023
Time to add Oppenheimer
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Level 46
Jul 30, 2023
Add Oppenheimer, great film !
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Level ∞
Sep 5, 2023
Sorry I forgot to add this. I just saw it yesterday. I'd rate the first two hours of the movie up to the Trinity Test as a 9 or 10. The rest of the plot with the hearings dragged and I was ready to be done far before the movie actually ended.

Inside the 3 hour movie was a really, really good 2 hour movie.

In any case, we should all be glad for directors like Nolan who are still making original content and not tired franchise movies.

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Level 72
Sep 5, 2023
Well said Quizmaster. We need more original movies. No more reboots, sequels, prequels, spinoffs, remakes or reimaginings.
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Level 85
Sep 5, 2023
I'm waiting for Oppenheimer 2: Nuclear Family
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Level ∞
Sep 28, 2023
In which the radiation Oppenheimer's sperm was exposed to causes his children to have superpowers.

Kill me now.

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Level 69
Sep 28, 2023
Dark and gritty flashback to the nuclear tests... "I am become death, the destroyer of worlds."

Screen goes black, then cuts to Oppenheimer at home, with colors bright and vibrant. He's pouring cereal and trying to control his kids who are flying around the room.

O.: "Bobby, Timmy, you knock that off!"

Cuts to them outside, about to hop on the school bus.

"Dad, can't we just fly to school?"

"No, we're a normal family who do normal things."

Cut to Oppenheimer at work. He gets a call.

School clerk: "We've observed some... unusual behavior in your son."

Oppenheimer panics and pulls on his coat as people yell at him not to leave. He abandons his post at the nuclear plant, which explodes just as he runs out the door.

He arrives to the school too late. CIA agents are pulling the kids away.

"No, I don't want to go!"

"Don't worry, you'll get them back... NEVER!" They cackle and drive away.

Oppenheimer jumps in his car.

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Level 69
Sep 28, 2023
THIS FALL...

CAN OPPENHEIMER FIND HIS KIDS...

BEFORE THE CLOCK STRIKES MIDNIGHT?

COMING OCTOBER 2023. Rated PG-13.

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Level 67
Sep 5, 2023
Just missed Following
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Level 66
Sep 28, 2023
Even though Interstellar ist my favorite movie of all times...

Prestige is maybe the best movie Nolan has ever made. The synergy between Bale, Jackman and Caine is unreached.

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Level 67
Oct 7, 2023
I think variations of "Batman the dark knight" / "batman dark knight" should be accepted
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Level 76
Feb 28, 2024
But the title is just "The Dark knight". No Batman.