Christopher Nolan is the mastermind behind some of the most visually stunning films of our time. Known for his distinct storytelling style, intricate narratives, and cinematic visuals, Nolan has earned a legion of devoted fans worldwide. And Netflix happens to house some of his best offerings.
As the acclaimed director’s latest cinematic endeavour, Oppenheimer, starring the brilliant Cillian Murphy and an exceptional ensemble cast, is being touted as his magnum opus, it’s a great time to revisit some of his previous works. Whether you are a Nolan fresher or veteran, you can dive into some of these veritable gems to get familiar with his style.
A note: Some of these titles may not be available in every country but tend to get their licenses renewed for streaming on Netflix from time to time.
From Inception to Memento, here are the Nolan films you can watch on Netflix.
The best Christopher Nolan movies streaming on Netflix:
In a future where technology allows people to enter and manipulate the dreams of others, Dom Cobb is a skilled thief who can steal valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious of his targets while they dream. Tasked with planting an idea in a person’s mind, a concept known as “inception,” Cobb faces a complex and dangerous mission that blurs the lines between reality and dreams.
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, and Marion Cotillard.
Watch Inception on Netflix now.
In a not-so-distant future where Earth faces an ecological catastrophe, a team of astronauts embark on a daring interstellar journey through a wormhole near Saturn. Led by Cooper, the crew’s mission is to find a habitable planet for humanity’s survival. The film weaves together themes of love, sacrifice, and the quest for knowledge in the face of the unknown to the hauntingly soaring music of Hans Zimmer.
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, and Mackenzie Foy.
Watch Interstellar on Netflix now.
Set during World War II, Dunkirk depicts the gripping true story of the evacuation of British and Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk, France. The film unfolds from three different perspectives—land, sea, and air—creating an immersive and intense cinematic experience that captures the horrors and heroism of war.
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, and Harry Styles.
Watch Dunkirk on Netflix.
Written by Christopher Nolan (based on a short story by Jonathan Nolan), the film follows Leonard Shelby, a man who suffers from anterograde amnesia. This condition hinders his ability to form new memories. He sets out on a quest to find his wife’s killer, relying on tattoos and notes to piece together information. The film’s narrative unfolds in two timelines—one in colour, moving forward, and the other in black and white, moving backwards—adding a gripping layer of complexity to the mystery.
Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano.
Watch Memento on Netflix.
The Prestige (2006)
In the late 1800s, rival magicians Robert Angier and Alfred Borden engage in a bitter and dangerous competition to create the greatest illusion. Their obsession with outdoing each other leads to a thrilling and unpredictable tale of sacrifice, betrayal, and the cost of true magic. The film is based on the 1995 novel by Christopher Priest.
Starring: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine, Andy Serkis, Rebecca Hall, and David Bowie.
Watch The Prestige on Netflix.