Here are the top five movies of director David Fincher, the guy who made maybe the most important cult classics of the 90’s. He was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado. After watching Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid at the age of 8 he decided to be a director. In 1980 he had already been working at George Lucas’s Industrial Light and Magic and made it to the Credits of Return of the Jedi as a member of the films visual effects crew. He had worked there until 1984 when he joined the video-production company Propaganda Films where he started directing music videos. He directed big budget music videos for artists like A Perfect circle, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Billy Idol, Nine Inch Nails, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith etc. After a few years of music videos he started directing feature films.
1. Fight Club (1999)
An adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel of the same name. This is the movie of Generation – X and one of the most important movies of the 90’s. A perfect presentation of our nihilistic, post-modern consumer society. Edward Norton and Brad Pitt present excellent acting while director David Fincher delivers great cinematography.
2. The Game (1997)
A thriller about a businessman from San Francisco receiving an invitation to a role-playing game from his brother as a birthday present. He soon finds out that it is no ordinary game as he tries the find out the truth about the game that is taking over his life. A thrilling movie all the way with Fincher’s trademark dark atmosphere.
3. Se7en (1995)
A really grim movie about two detectives trying to find a mysterious murderer who bases his kills on the seven deadly sins. New Line Cinema didn’t want the shocking ending in the film but Brad Pitt insisted on it and it was not changed. The film grossed more than 100$ million and made Fincher a sought-after director.
4. Alien 3 (1992)
A sequel of Alien and Aliens. Fincher had a really hard job with this movie because of disputes with 20th Century Fox regarding script and budget issues. All in all Fincher did a great job in building a claustrophobic and dark atmosphere with the prison setting. The movie received an Oscar nomination for special effects but was not well received by critics or the moviegoers. Because of the bad experiences with this film he started directing music videos again.
5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story of the same name. The story is about Benjamin Button, a man aging in reverse, but really a tale of life and death. This is Brad Pitt’s third movie with Fincher. It features heavy CGI and won 3 Oscars.