With the release of David Fincher‘s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on blu-ray and DVD this week, it only seems right to go through the director’s filmography and rank each of his films.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo received 5 Academy Award nominations, picking up a surprise win for editors Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter in the Best Film Editing category. Advertised as the “feel bad movie of Christmas” and filmed on a budget of $90 million, the film only managed $102 million in domestic box office, but pulled in another $128 million overseas for a total take of $230 million. To be fair, David Fincher has never been known as a blockbuster director.
It isn’t clear whether Fincher will return for the sequels, which are likely to be shot back-to-back and then released in successive years — likely 2013 and 2014, if all goes as planned.
David Fincher started his directing career in the music industry, shooting bid-budget music videos for some of the industry’s biggest acts, including Madonna, Paula Abdul, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, and Michael Jackson.
He was chosen as the man for the job of directing the third installment of the Alien franchise in 1992. Alien 3 was Fincher’s first film, one which he never had full control over. In fact, he was thrust into the development process shortly before shooting, and began shooting the film without a definitive script. Once filming was completed, the studio re-worked the film without Fincher’s permission, and Fincher has since done his best to distance himself from the project.
Following the fiasco of Alien 3, Fincher moved on to crime-thriller Se7en in 1995, The Game in 1997, cult-hit Fight Club in 1999, and Panic Room in 2002.
His next three films (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in 2008, The Social Network in 2010, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in 2011) established him as one of Hollywood’s best, racking up a total of 26 Oscar nominations and 7 wins in the process.