David Fincher is one of the most astute and brilliant filmmakers around. Since he first gave us Alien 3 and through Fight Club and more, Fincher has continually proved his mettle as a sensational storyteller with an esthetic that is nothing short of brilliant.
With Gone Girl landing in theaters soon, we look back at the man's career and rank his movies.
Click through and discover the top 9 David Fincher movies. What's number one?
Alien 3 is not the best Alien movie, but it is still a damn good David Fincher film. And it is a true treat to see the visionary director put his stamp on a film series that had given us the artistic vision of Ridley Scott with Alien and James Cameron with Aliens.
Panic Room was truly a tease as to the greatness of Fincher that was yet to come in terms of building suspense. It also had that dark tone that defines all of his movies. Jodie Foster was a fantastic Fincher heroine and a young Kristen Stewart showed why she would become the star she is. If sales of panic rooms went up after Panic Room came out, that is largely due to Fincher’s direction in this thriller!
The Game has always held a special spot in our hearts as its tension rises from the most unexpected of places, and how Fincher plays with human paranoia is nothing short of brilliant. Michael Douglas is a billionaire who has it all, so what do you get that guy for his birthday? Sean Penn plays his brother and he hooks him up with The Game. The Game puts Douglas in a series of situations where he’s fighting for his life and the thing is he never knows when it’s real… and when it’s The Game.
Zodiac is not only one of Fincher’s most underrated movies, it’s one of the most underrated movies of all time. Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr. play journalists who are on the trail of one of the most notorious serial killers in recent memory. In Fincher’s hands, it is pure power. Perhaps because the ending is so vague people had a problem with it. But in life (as this is a real story), things don’t always end up wrapped up in a bow.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Talk about a daunting task, taking a beloved book that was already made into a successful movie and remaking it. Now, the thing is you have to be true to the source material and still maintain your stamp on the final product, and boy, does Fincher do that with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. His brilliance on this film starts with casting as Rooney Mara is impeccable as the title character and Daniel Craig busted out of the Bond mold as her associate. We hope they get to make another.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has the most novel of concepts and we think that only a director with the vision of Fincher could have pulled it off. Brad Pitt stars as a man who ages backwards. When we meet him, he is a frail old man, and when we leave him, he is but a baby. It is a love story. It is a chronicle of America during an unparalleled period of growth. All around, it is just one truly incredible movie.
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