Top 10 David Fincher Films

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David Fincher on the set of Se7en with his two leads, the scene filming here would go down as one of modern cinemas most powerful

List compiled by Eddie on 20/11/2015

At the time of writing he may’ve only made 10 films, but what a great 10 films to make!

One time music video and commercial director David Fincher in the space of just over 20 years has set himself above and beyond most others in his field with a feverishly energetic and unique style behind the camera.

Fincher is a director notorious for his perfectionism and often does 100’s of takes per scene but when the results are as good as this below list of films suggests, there’s little denying that he knows what he wants and is justified in his demands.

As a film fan, I’m always excited to see what Fincher is putting his name to next and when reading through this list of quality movies, the simple fact is that Fincher’s name will go down as one of the all-time great filmmakers.

Happy reading and happy watching!

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Fincher’s dealings with the iconic Alien franchise were anything but smooth sailing

10. Alien 3 (1992)

A curiously misunderstood debut that almost halted Fincher’s feature film career before it even really began, watching Alien 3 now it’s clear to see it wasn’t in the same league as the first two entries into the franchise but it also showcased Fincher’s ability with visuals and doing things in ways that had never yet been done.

9. The Game (1997)

A high end concept that never really fully comes off as plausible, this Michael Douglas starring thriller is good fun but highly forgettable and is one of if not the most throwaway of Fincher’s film.

8. Panic Room (2002)

A home invasion thriller of the highest order that featured one of Jodie Foster’s last truly good performances and an early showcase for the often underused skills of future Twilight lead Kristen Stewart, Panic Room is a fantastic thrill ride with some hugely inventive camera skills and tricks.

7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Much more polished than its Swedish predecessor and featuring a career making turn from Rooney Mara as computer hacking goth Lisbeth Salander, Dragon Tattoo is a great adaptation of a fantastic book that we can only hope eventuates into the mulled over sequel that just may never happen due to the films somewhat disappointing Box Office haul.

6. Gone Girl (2014)

One of 2014’s best films and easily one of the best thrillers of the last 10 – 15 years, Gone Girl is Fincher on hugely satirical form with a narrative that fits him like a glove. A film that shocks on first watch then rewards again and again on multiple viewings due to its finely crafted nature. For a full review of Gone Girl click here.

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The Social Network kicked off the careers of its young stars Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield

5. The Social Network

Who thought Facebook could be so exciting? Making the social networking sites CEO Mark Zuckerberg a household name and making rowing thriller (yes rowing!), The Social Network was a huge hit for Fincher both commercially and critically and remains perhaps, his most readily accessible film.

4. Zodiac (2007)

Underrated and undervalued upon initial release, Zodiac has ever so surely been getting its just deserves over recent years with many acknowledging it’s true power as a white knuckle thriller, an intense emotional investigation procedural and a fascinating look into the currently unsolved mystery surrounding the Zodiac killer. With a killer cast and visual style, Zodiac remains a true classic of modern day cinema.

3. Se7en (1995)

Unique, uncompromising and downright incredible, Se7en was the film that launched Fincher’s career into overdrive and made great use of the pairing of the up and coming Brad Pitt and the assured presence of Morgan Freeman. A murder mystery unlike any other you can read why we think Se7en is a genuine classic here.

2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

There are haters out there and there are detractors but Benjamin Button provided and does provide us still with Fincher at his most emotionally poignant. A love story that also acts as a study on life and what it means to be human, Benjamin Button is an unashamedly romantic journey that moulds state of the art special effects with a wild and wonderful concept and features Brad Pitt’s most full formed lead performance. If you allow this epic tale to sweep you away, there are many great joys to be found within it.

1. Fight Club (1999)

It may’ve been a tight fight but really there will never be any doubt out there that Fight Club is Fincher’s stunning and brutal grand opus. A film that walks to its own beat and throws punches while it does it, Fight Club has year by year grown to become one of the most beloved films of cinematic history and will forever be regarded as one of the greatest ever made thanks to a savvy script, a ripping cast and Fincher himself going all out on our senses with a game changing directional effort. For our classic take on Fincher’s top film click here.

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Brad Pitt as Fight Club’s celebrated soap salesman Tyler Durden

Do you agree with this list or would you do some reshuffling? We’d love to know about your favourite Fincher films and why you love them so in the comments below!

For our other Director Top 10’s see below –

Steven Spielberg

Dario Argento

Terrence Malik

Ridley Scott

The Coen Brothers

Martin Scorsese

John Carpenter

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26 responses to “Top 10 David Fincher Films

  1. Hard to argue this list. Really good placement. I may have liked The Game a bit more than you, but totally agree with Zodiac. This was unexpectedly more about obsession than anything else. The characters are all driven to the point of breaking. Great article. Cheers.

  2. Fight club is one of my all times favorite, cloche maybe? But it has so many layers you have to watch it multiple times.

    I think Seven should swap Benjamin Button mainly due to the shock value an atmosphere. Both have a great story.

    Zodiac is 100% underrated.

    The Game felt like a waste of time while Panic Room was just fun, nothing else about it.

    And finally Alien 3 deserves it’s own backstory on it’s own development. David Fincher underwent a lot from the pressure of not only the studios but the weight of the previous two films. It’s almost unfair. Alien 3 literally coild have been a classic if space was rewarded to Fincher to work with and a proper script to made that didnt seep itself out within the first 5 minutes.

  3. I’ve seen 6 of these and enjoyed all of them… except maybe Alien3. I think Se7en might be number 2 for me but nothing tops Fight Club.

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