Christopher Nolan’s Favorite Movies: 35 Films the Director Wants You to See

Zack Sharf
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[Editor’s note: This gallery was originally published in June 2019 but has been updated accordingly.]

Christopher Nolan has become one of the most celebrated directors working in Hollywood since launching his career in 1998 with the neo-noir crime thriller “Following” and breaking through two years later with “Memento.” All of Nolan’s movies are influenced by the films he holds closest to his heart, whether it’s a 1927 classic from F. W. Murnau laying the groundwork for “Dunkirk” or science-fiction classics like “2001: A Space Odyssey” providing a backbone for “Interstellar.” Then there’s Nolan’s love of the James Bond franchise and the spy genre fueling his most recent epic, the espionage thriller “Tenet.”

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With “Tenet” now on VOD and with no confirmed Nolan project set as a follow-up, 2021 is a good time to catch up on the majority of films that inspired Nolan’s ambitious filmography thus far. IndieWire takes a look at some of the films the writer-director credits with changing his outlook on cinema. Below are 35 titles Nolan encourages moviegoers to watch, and why, in his own words.

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