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

From science-fiction classics "Alien" and "Blade Runner 2049" to "The Hateful Eight" and "Speed," check out these Nolan-approved favorites.

Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan

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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.”

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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