When it comes to movie directors, you don’t have to know who helms every movie you see, but there are some whose upcoming projects you should be anticipating. David Fincher is one of those directors.

Chances are good that if you see good movies, you’ve seen his work. Listed below is a definitive list of the top five movies directed by David Fincher.

Honorable Mention:

Alien 3, Zodiac, The Game

The Definitive David Fincher List

David Fincher with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

This intense movie with some disturbing scenes almost feels beautiful because of the way David Fincher masterfully presented it. The visuals and the soundtrack work together excellently with the performances. The distinct tone given to flashback footage adds a different dimension to the film.

4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

This visual effects filled flick felt firmly grounded in reality, the performances so well captured that it allowed the viewers to delve into the characters. David Fincher was successful in disguising Brad Pitt into the title character, which isn’t easy to do with someone that recognizable.

3. The Social Network

Somehow Fincher found a way to take a mostly unsympathetic character and gave you reason to feel sorry for him. He took the story of the founding of Facebook and helped present a compelling tale. Nothing about the story would seem to call for a soundtrack featuring the work of Trent Reznor, but David Fincher makes it work excellently.

2. Se7en

The tone, pacing and look of this film does as much to tell the story as the dialogue does. Fincher allows the exposition of all seven murders to unfold in due time without making it seem rushed, while maintaining a steady pace throughout.

1. Fight Club

This greatness of this movie can only be explained to those who have already seen it, as not to give away the central plot twist that becomes known about three-quarters of the way through. The way David Fincher crafted the film intricately so that subsequent viewings reveal new depths is nothing short of impressive. And the signature Fincher style and wit is just as ever-present as his incorporation of a great soundtrack.

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