David Fincher: Ranked


There’s is no doubt that one of the best working directors today is David Fincher. In all honesty, he’s one of my favorites, directing some of my all-time favorite films as well as some of the most well-known films in the last 30 years. What sets Fincher apart from other well-known directors is his unique style of directing and storytelling – his signature in a way. His name is synonymous in the realm of the thrillers genre with a dabble in romance, courtroom biographies, and period pieces for a couple of his features. Some of the most well-known features most of them adapted to the screen with an accuracy of being true to the source material. 

In total Fincher has directed 11 films to date beginning his career with his feature debut with Alien 3. It’s also his weakest film but even in his directorial debut his unique storytelling methods are being planted with how the rest of his features turn out. 

I’ve done best of the year rankings of the past two years so this is my first director ranking and to be honest its quite difficult being fair because majority of the films that Fincher has directed; I adore. The man is a master at creating tension and suspense within every scene sometimes from the dialogue and sometimes from invisible manipulation – the atmosphere and environment surrounding the characters.  

With how well he tackles the adaptations, they aren’t always bulletproof. Fincher’s biggest downfall is the runtimes of his films. Some are better than others. For example, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Zodiac & Gone Girl are all way too long for their own good – a lot within these individual films could have been left out. But these are nitpicks. For the most part, Fincher paces his films pretty evenly – all have a steady but leaning toward a quicker pacing except for MankMank’s pacing is dreadfully slow.

Fincher isn’t just a film director; he’s created one of the best Netflix originals in Mindhunter and House of Cards. But this is a ranking of his filmography, one of the best collection of thrillers, each fantastic, chilling and pulse-pounding in their own right. The list of collaborators Fincher has used is also very enticing to keep returning to his filmography. From Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as composers for his latest 4 films to a slew of well-known actors like Rooney Mara, Mahershala Ali, Brad Pitt, Charles Dance, Jared Leto, Robin Wright and many others, Fincher is able to get the best out of his actors and actresses.

Without further ado, this is my ranking (subjective) of David Fincher films from 1992-2020.

11) Alien 3

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10) Mank


9) Panic Room


8) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


7) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


6) The Game


5) Gone Girl


4) Zodiac


3) Se7en


2) Fight Club


1) The Social Network


So, what do you think? Naturally, my ranking will look completely different than yours but that’s the beauty of this type of medium, it’s all subjective. My ranking could possibly change on any given day depending on the mood i’m in, but to be fair, the top three would never drop below number 3, that’s not possible, those will forever remain in the top spots. The rest, is fair game to shift upward and downward.

This is a new series I thought would be fun to do on my blog so if you want a specific directors filmography reviewed and then ranked, visit my patreon. I’d love to see where you rank Fincher’s filmography, drop it in a comment below or on the instagram post following the link.

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