Top 10 Actors Who Have Appeared in Movies by Christopher Nolan

The Top Ten
1 Leonardo DiCaprio Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974) is an American actor and film producer. Known for his work in biopics and period films, he is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and three Golden Globe Awards. As of 2019, his films have grossed... read more

No duh. Look at his amazing career and performances in some of his movies. His role in Inception was possibly his best, which is a huge achievement.

Best skills, best voice, best face, best accomplishments, biggest roles. I have to hand it to him. Leonardo is definitely worthy of the number one spot.

He is, undoubtedly, the best. No questions asked.

2 Tom Hardy Edward Thomas Hardy, CBE is an English actor and film producer. Originally a model, Hardy made his film debut in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down.

It was hard to choose between his two big roles in Nolan films to determine which one is his best, in my opinion. Bane is the character who had the most screen time and is very iconic, but Eames from Inception was definitely his better role.

He was like a hilarious, awesome James Bond kind of guy with a great mind and imagination, and he had a British accent too. Inception was the movie that started his great acting spree. However, more people know him as Bane.

I actually thought that his role as Bane was better than the Joker. He was so intimidating, and his voice was awesome. Also, Eames was super suave and funny, and he was my favorite character in Inception.

3 Cillian Murphy Cillian Murphy is an Irish actor of stage and screen. Since making his debut in his home country in the late 1990s, Murphy has also become a presence in British and American cinemas noted by critics for his performances in a wide range of roles.

He has also been in many of Nolan's movies, from Dunkirk to The Dark Knight trilogy. But Inception was his best role. He was a really deep and emotional character around whom the whole movie kind of centered, as he was the person they were performing inception on.

4 Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, director and narrator. He has appeared in a range of film genres portraying character roles and is particularly known for his distinctive deep voice. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004),... read more

Morgan Freeman has appeared in countless films over the years. Although he was not a main character in the three Nolan films he appeared in, he still had a large role.

Freeman is so classic. Whenever you think of him, Shawshank Redemption and Se7en - two amazing classics - come to mind. He should be in the top three.

5 Christian Bale Christian Charles Philip Bale (born 30 January 1974) is an English actor. Known for his versatility and physical transformations for his roles, he has been a leading man in films of several genres. He has received various accolades, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. Forbes magazine... read more

One of the greatest actors of the early 21st century. He also has, by far, the most screen time in a Nolan movie, almost tripling the second-place actor since he was Batman in three Batman movies and the main character in The Prestige.

Other than Michael Caine and Cillian Murphy, he has appeared in the most movies by Nolan and has, by far, the most screen time. He was also one of the two main characters in Nolan's The Prestige.

6 Heath Ledger Heath Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film career.

Possibly the greatest movie role for a villain I have ever seen. However, he only appeared in one Nolan film, so he can't be ranked too high on this list.

How is he 7th? He delivers the greatest performance as a villain in movie history, so it's ridiculous that he is ranked so low.

The Joker is the most awesome ever. Get him in first place.

7 Michael Caine Sir Michael Caine, CBE (born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, 14 March 1933) is an English actor, producer and author. He has appeared in more than 130 films in a career spanning 70 years and is considered a British film icon. Known for his cockney accent, Caine was born in South London, where during his... read more

What? Why is Michael Caine so low? I can understand him not being in first place because DiCaprio is amazing, but seriously, seventh? He has the most comments by far, and Slothwhatever ranked him fourth, so something isn't right, right?

He has been in almost every Nolan movie. I really like him as a person, and he was even knighted. He also had a wide variety. He was a mentor in The Dark Knight and Inception, but he was a traitor in Interstellar and other roles in other movies.

Yes, Michael deserves to be first here. He is in even more Nolan movies than Cillian Murphy, and I can't believe Sloth21 ranked Morgan Freeman above him.

8 Guy Pearce

He had a very interesting, unique, and amazing role and performance in Memento.

9 Joseph Gordon-Levitt Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt is an American actor, filmmaker, singer, and entrepreneur. He has received various accolades, including nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his leading performances in 500 Days of Summer and 50/50.
10 Liam Neeson Liam John Neeson, OBE is an actor from Northern Ireland. In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years. He then acted in the Arthurian film, Excalibur.

He is the most awesome actor you know. Very wise and powerful in Batman Begins, and it reminded me of Doctor Strange (the start of Batman Begins).

The Contenders
11 Johnny Depp John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor... read more
12 Marion Cotillard Marion Cotillard is a French actress, singer-songwriter, musician, environmentalist, and spokesperson for Greenpeace. She achieved international fame with the film La Vie en Rose... read more

I feel like the only problem with Nolan's films is that there aren't very many female roles. I would have normally put Hugh Jackman here, but I felt like a female needed to be in my original top ten, so I put her on there.

She plays, in addition to Mal from Inception, Talia Al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises. She turns out to be kind of the main villain of the movie, which is disappointing because it made Bane - whose backstory we had been building up for ages and who was going crazy and ruling Gotham - just some thug for her.

13 Al Pacino Alfredo James "Al" (April 25, 1940) Pacino is an American actor and filmmaker. Pacino has had a career spanning more than five decades, during which time he has received numerous accolades and honors.

Have you not seen him in The Godfather or Scarface? The man can act!

This famous actor had a significant role in Insomnia, which is one of Nolan's worst movies, but whatever.

14 Hugh Jackman Hugh Michael Jackman (born October 12, 1968) is an Australian actor, producer and musician. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters.
15 Robin Williams Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy renaissance. He died in 2014.

Excellent actor from The Prestige.

16 Matthew McConaughey Matthew David McConaughey (born November 4, 1969) is an American actor. He had his breakout role with a supporting performance in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993). After a number of supporting roles, his first success as a leading man came in the legal drama A Time to Kill (1996)... read more
17 Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress, model, and singer. She made her film debut in North.

Johansson is considered one of Hollywood's modern sex symbols, and has frequently appeared in published lists of the sexiest women in the world. As of February 2017, she is... read more

Who doesn't know Scarlett? Most people don't know her roles outside of the MCU, but she had a part to play in The Prestige.

18 Ken Watanabe
19 Aaron Eckhart
20 Anne Hathaway Anne Jacqueline Hathaway is an American actress and singer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and brought up in Millburn, New Jersey. Hathaway was inspired to act by her mother... read more
21 Dileep Rao
22 Gary Oldman Gary Leonard Oldman is an English actor, filmmaker, musician, and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style, Oldman is one of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film, and television. He has received a Golden Globe award and an Academy Award:... read more

Whoops, I completely overlooked him and forgot to add him to this list. Sorry!

23 Joe Pantoliano
24 Carrie Anne Moss
25 Elliot Page
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