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I think the best is...

Alien 3 0 0%
 
Se7en 6 22.22%
 
The Game 1 3.70%
 
Fight Club 10 37.04%
 
Panic Room 0 0%
 
Zodiac 1 3.70%
 
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2 7.41%
 
The Social Network 5 18.52%
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 0 0%
 
Gone Girl 2 7.41%
 
Total:27

Which of his filmography do you feel is his best, and why?



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Social Network is what I would consider his best work. When it comes to the technical aspects; direction, cinematography and screenplay are fantastic and the best he is ever done IMO. However im a bit partial torwards Se7en and Fight Club, which I would consider my personal favorites if for no other reason than nostalgia.
Benji Button, Zodiac and Gone Girl would follow these in that order.



I've only watched four of the ten poll options in full, so...

I pick Panic Room over Se7en because it creates tension without being utterly disturbing. Alien 3 was forgettable. Gone Girl was rubbish because it lacked a satisfying conclusion; it's one of those films that have an interesting premise and plot twist, but then it becomes apparent that the writers didn't really know where to go with all of it and it abruptly ends with a "let's leave it at that."



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Jpcc86 said:

Social Network is what I would consider his best work. When it comes to the technical aspects; direction, cinematography and screenplay are fantastic and the best he is ever done IMO. However im a bit partial torwards Se7en and Fight Club, which I would consider my personal favorites if for no other reason than nostalgia.
Benji Button, Zodiac and Gone Girl would follow these in that order.

I'm in a pretty similar boat as you, though I'd put Gone Girl and Dragon Tattoo in the upper middle.

Need to get around to watching Panic Room and rewatching The Game some time...



For me it's gotta be Se7en, it's just a masterclass in atmosphere, cinematography, and creating a sense of a world on the edge of the abyss.

Fight Club and Zodiac are also superb, with the latter being, I feel, severely overlooked and underrated.



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I think The Social Network is his best film. It explores the connection between humans (and lack thereof) in a nuanced and powerful way. I think Jesse Eisenberg's performance is spot on, and Fincher's direction is pretty much perfect, both when it comes to atmosphere, pace, structure and editing. The soundtrack is great too.
I also really love Zodiac and Gone Girl.
I could never really appreciate the extreme self-indulgence of Fight Club, the movie isn't nearly as smart or deep as it presents itself as. The music video style editing doesn't help either. It is still a solid film, with some fun ideas and good performances. But it's just that, solid.
I have yet to see Panic Room, Mank and The Game, but the rest of his films I would rank like this:


1. The Social Network
2. Zodiac
3. Gone Girl
4. Seven
5. The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo
6. Fight Club
7. Alien 3
8. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button



Se7en is my favorite. Zodiac is a close second though.



Interesting. I like most of those films but in some cases never realised he'd directed them (The Game, Panic Room).

  • Fight Club - 9/10
  • Se7en - 9/10
  • The Game - 8/10
  • Panic Room - 8/10
  • Social Network - 8/10
  • Benjamin Button - 7.5/10
  • Gone Girl - 7.5/10 (I remember it being a bit of a slog to get to the cool pay-off scene. Bit like the Japanese film Audition).
  • Alien 3 - 6.5/10 (worst Alien film)
  • Zodiac - 5/10 

Only one I haven't seen is Dragon Tattoo.

Last edited by Machina - on 30 December 2020

So it seems like nobody saw Mank so have my take: Mank is probably the least interesting Fincher film conceptually, so while it is well executed, it fails to leave a particularly strong impression. As such, I'd have to put it above Alien 3, but below all the other Fincher movies I've seen.

And Social Network is peak Fincher for my money.



I haven't seen The Social Network yet but a lot of the posts here are making me really want to. It just didn't sound like it would be very interesting, but then I guess a good director can make any story compelling.



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