If you love film then you love making lists. FACT! Whether it’s a list of your favourite comedies, or a list of your most hated films released in years not divisible by three. Even director’s in charge of billion dollar franchises like to give us a list and Christopher Nolan is no exception. He revealed to Yahoo! Movies the 5 films that influenced THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.


Year: 1927

Director: Fritz Lang

Nolan Says: In an era when films had to communicate purely with the visual, the relationship between the themes of the story and the architecture of the setting is clear and expressive.


The Battle Of Algiers

Year: 1966

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo

Nolan Says: No film has ever captured the chaos and fear of an uprising as vividly as this film.


Prince Of The City

Year: 1981

Director: Sidney Lumet

Nolan Says: Nobody was better at capturing the unsettling qualities of corruption and its consequence as Sidney Lumet.  Not as well- known as known as “Serpico,” but Treat Williams is a revelation.

Doctor Zhivago

Year: 1965

Director: David Lean

Nolan Says: The very definition of historical epic, in which the tangled emotions of its characters are set in stark relief against the grandest of revolutionary backgrounds.


Blade Runner

Year: 1982

Director: Ridley Scott

Nolan Says: Simply the most memorable evocation of all that is spectacular and oppressive about the city.


There you have it. The films that inspired the final installment of a beloved franchise. No wonder Nolan was able to generate such a unique tone that separated his efforts from other superhero films. The mix of epics both thematically and visually were certainly enough to add something grandiose to his saga.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. the dark knight rises seems to b inspired by pierce brosnan’s bond film ‘The world is not enough’

  2. I don’t understand, with the world being in such turmoil as it is now, why Christopher Nolan would sanction a movie such as The Dark Knight Rises? Is this what we want to see happen in the World? People machine gunning each other for no good reasons? The financial system in this country being destroyed? Blowing up all the buildings in New York and all the bridges? Destroying the entire system we need to survive on this earth using nuclear bombs? The killing of millions of people? What the fu… is wrong with him?? Have we come to a point in life where nothing has any value? Yes I understand the anger amongst the have not’s hating the rich people who basically say “fu… everyone, I only care about money and myself.” However, the only thing this movie is going to accomplish is to give a group of assholes the idea that this kind of destruction is possible and will solve all of our problems in the world. This in my opinion is NOT entertainment. It’s a bunch of sensationalist bullshit.
    If you ask me, just by producing this kind of movie, a crime has been committed. To Christopher Nolan all I can say is, “I hope your proud of yourself.”
    I’m sure someone will tell me to chill out. It’s only a movie. Right? Maybe not?

  3. Tom Calabrese, uhm…where to begin.

    Do you live in an Ivory Tower? People do kill people, people want to cause chaos- you just said it yourself that the real world is pretty shitty. That’s why people invent fictional Heroes like Batman, Superman, etc. I mean…did you even watch it?

  4. Tom Calabrese

    That is one of the most absurdly offensive things I’ve ever heard. Just because a filmmaker depicts something happening means he’s advocating it? The financial crisis, terrorism, and mass murder are relevant themes to the movie exactly because things like that happen in the real life, and with all the class warefare going on today the idea of it in a movie makes more sense now than ever. But by your ridiculous logic, examining these themes(albeit in a negative light) somehow promotes or encourages them. That would mean that Hotel Rwanada was a pro-genocide movie even though it was about overcoming evils like that, just likthe The Dark Knight Rises was about overcoming the evils of class hatred, terrorism and mass murder, not endorsing them and a mere depiction of them is neither an endorsement nor an incitement, and neither is it morally wrong to depict immoral things unless you are doing it in a positive light or encouraging them. Art reflects life, and its precisely because things like that happen that its great the movie touched on those subjects. Its one thing to say that reflecting reality is somehow bad, but then to call doing it a crime? Have you never heard of free expression and personal responsibility? I guess we better never make any art that examine social problems, because that means it will inspire people to commit the bad things the art is showing. Grow up please. Your sounding like one of those people that tries to be happy all the time and hide every negative thing from reality from their children for fear it will somehow corrupt them, and re-watch the movie too, Batman rebukes and stop’s mass bombings, terrorism, and classicide. If anything the movie is advocating against those ideas and actions, not for them.