In honor of the worldwide streaming release of ‘Mank’ on Netflix, here are the top five films from director David Fincher to watch now!

Written by: Tea Kingley – December 4th, 2020 10:43 am pst

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David Fincher is an American director known for his psychological thrillers. Although he’s only released 11 feature films so far, 10 not counting his latest Mank, his films have won seven Oscar awards and received thirty nominations. . Film nerds have been highly anticipating Mank, as it combines two of the greatest filmmakers of all time — in the film, Fincher tells the story of the making of Citizen Kane, often regarded as the best film ever made. The film had a limited theatrical release in November but is available today, December 4th, for streaming worldwide on Netflix. Fincher’s late father wrote the script, and it has been 20 years in the making. Shot in black and white, Mank stars Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, and Lily Collins and has received great reviews from critics. After you watch Mank, here are the top five other David Fincher films to binge!

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  1. Se7en, Fincher’s 1995 neo-noir psychological thriller and origin of the classic Brad Pitt “What’s in the booooxxxxx?!?!?!” line, is about a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as inspiration for his crimes. The film stars Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Although extremely dark, it is an absolutely incredible film. If you’re not scared of brutal and twisted murders (on the screen, at least, not in real life), this is definitely a must watch for you.

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  1. One of Fincher’s more traditional films, The Social Network was released in 2010 and is a dramatic biopic about the founding of Facebook. Jesse Eisenberg stars as Mark Zuckerberg, and Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara, and Armie Hammer also appear, all giving incredible performances. The film is written by Aaron Sorkin, most known for The West Wing, so you know it has snappy and fast paced dialogue that will keep you at the edge of your seat. The Social Network received eight Oscar nominations and won three of them, and I agree with critics that it’s some of Fincher’s best work.

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  1. You can’t have a Fincher list without including what is perhaps his most iconic film, Fight Club. This Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter starring movie was released in 1999 and has a quintessential crazy twist that has inspired many later works as well. In it, Edward Norton plays an average joe in a white collar job who is bored with his life. When he meets Tyler Durden (Pitt), a wild anarchist soap salesman, they form a Fight Club together and Norton’s character’s life is changed forever — but not in the way you think. A cult classic and film geek favorite with strong political themes, Fight Club is a must watch. I might be breaking the first and second rules of fight club (you don’t talk about fight club) to write this, but hey, I think it’s worth it.

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  1. An underrated Fincher film, The Game is a 1997 psychological thriller starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn. The film follows an investment banker who is given a strange gift by his brother: a “game” that appears in his life in unexpected ways. This film will have you questioning what’s real at every turn, and you’ll be shocked by each and every minute. If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers and mysteries that keep you guessing, The Game is one of my biggest recommendations — I saw it probably five years ago and I still think about it today.

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  1. One of my favorite films of all time is Fincher’s Gone Girl (2014), another psychological thriller based on the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name. This film adaptation stars Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck, and Neil Patrick Harris in a tale about a man (Affleck) who becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife (Pike). Pike’s performance as the titular Gone Girl is absolutely stunning (and Oscar nominated), including the well known “cool girl” monologue that brings viewers to their feet. Gone Girl is Fincher’s highest grossing film at the box office for good reason — this mystery will have you in awe until long after the credits roll. Gone Girl is a must watch all around, and is Fincher’s best film, in my opinion.

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Aside from these top five and his other incredible films, including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Panic Room, and Zodiac, Fincher was also an executive producer and director for acclaimed Netflix shows House of Cards and Mindhunter. If you’re in the mood to binge dramatic, award caliber TV, those are definitely the shows for you!

About The Author:

Tea Kingley is a senior at Emerson College who is majoring in Marketing and Film. She is passionate about all things entertainment and loves being both in front of the camera and a member of the crew. Tea also enjoys marketing, social media, and writing. She’s a TV, movie, and pop culture aficionado. Tea is always eager to discuss the latest releases and news.

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