Top 5 David Fincher Movies

This week director David Fincher will finally unveil his much anticipated film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Fans of both Fincher’s work and the novel, or Swedish film adaptation, know that Fincher’s style is perfect for a world inhabited by Lisbeth Salander. Films like Se7en and Zodiac are perfect examples of why he is the best man for the job. Fincher has directed eight films in his career thus far, and if we forget about Alien 3, it’s a pretty respectable resume. Here are my picks for his five best films thus far.


5. Panic Room (2002)-

Sure, this movie has a simple premise, but the execution is fantastic. Jodie Foster and a very young Kristen Stewart star in this thriller about a simple home invasion. It also helped that Forest Whitaker and Jared Leto were two of the people breaking in. The close quarters of this home allow for a lot of tense moments leaving you on the edge of your seat for its entire run time.



4. The Social Network (2010)-

I am not the biggest fan of this Facebook-era film, but that is no reflection of how great of a job Fincher did bringing this story to the screen. Aaron Sorkin’s top quality script is also accountable for all of the film’s wit. We also got great performances from Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake. The reason I do not rank this film higher is because I personally had trouble connecting with the characters.


3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)-

What is strange about this film is that it is far more light-hearted than any other film that Fincher has done. There is a lot more humor and playfulness imbedded into this script than one would expect from a Fincher movie. Of course, however, the most memorable aspect of the film is Brad Pitt’s phenomenal performance as the title character.



2. Se7en (1995)-

The thriller genre is a tricky one because while many movies within it may be entertaining they do not necessarily thrill. Se7en does though. The bleak atmosphere will draw you in. The extremely well played characters by Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman will give you something to root for. Kevin Spacey’s portrayal of the killed will give you something to cower to. This is simply one of the most intense films ever made.


1. Fight Club (1999)-

There is no question in my mind that this is Fincher’s best film. The style down to every last shot and musical note is perfect. This is a film without a genre as there has never been anything else like it. It also showcases the best performances of three fantastic acting careers: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter. Fight Club used to be considered a cult classic and now it’s just a classic.




Where will Dragon Tattoo fit among these great films? Do you disagree with my list? Wondering where Zodiac is? Sound off in the comments section!


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~ by mattsmoviethoughts on December 19, 2011.

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