POLL: What is your favorite David Fincher film?

Posted by · 11:29 am · October 4th, 2010

As mentioned over the weekend, I’ll have a David Fincher-themed list coming your way tomorrow.  In the meantime, however, I thought I’d update the poll with a new query.

Fincher has offered up eight feature films in the last 18 years.  It’s a healthy portfolio and, I think it’s fair to say, a singular one.  I’ve had a blast digging back into his work over the past week or so but I don’t even think I could answer this question fully at the moment.  Still a few more re-viewings to go.

Now that “The Social Network” is in theaters, I’ll just put it out to you: What’s your favorite film from the director?  Check the left sidebar and pencil in your vote.  And feel free to use this space to discuss your pick and others’.

Be sure to check back some time tomorrow for that list, our first in, jeez, three months?  We really should knock the dust off that feature.

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  • 1 10-04-2010 at 5:08 pm

    Carson Dyle said...

    1. Se7en
    2. Zodiac
    3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    4. The Game
    5. Panic Room
    6. Fight Club
    7. Alien³

    Never been much of a Fight Club person. That’s a film with its head way too far up its own ass.

  • 2 10-04-2010 at 5:13 pm

    Joe said...

    The question is “what is your favorite David Fincher film”, but “favorite” isn’t a word I typically use to describe Fincher films. Generally, his works are emotionally distant, and the Fincher vision is strangely, uniquely insular. As a result, it is more difficult to emotionally connect to his movies. Maybe in a movie-geek “this was a really great film” kind of way, but not really in the “I was moved” kind of way that I would more freely associate with a “favorite”.
    I voted for “Benjamin Button”. Is it his best film? I’m not sure; “Fight Club” might have something to say about that. But it’s his best (perhaps first and only) attempt at branching out and connecting his head with his heart. There were even moments at the end that I was about to tear up; that was certainly not the case with “The Social Network”, which I would technically and objectively categorize as a good movie, but one that did not affect me as much as it could have.

  • 3 10-04-2010 at 5:23 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    “Zodiac,” by a good distance. Tie for second place: the videos for “Respect Yourself” and “Vogue.”

  • 4 10-04-2010 at 5:28 pm

    Danny King said...

    It’s tough for me to decide between “Seven” and “Zodiac” right now, although I voted for the former because I’ve seen it more times. Both “Fight Club” and “The Social Network” I have seen only once, and I responded to the latter much more positively.

  • 5 10-04-2010 at 5:34 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    . . . er, “Express Yourself.” (You know the one.)

  • 6 10-04-2010 at 5:53 pm

    Filmoholic said...

    I think Zodiac is a near-masterpiece and his best work so far. And I also have the same issue of heart vs. mind that Guy is talking about. I saw Fight Club at a young age and it left quite an impression on me. But Zodiac’s patience storytelling, impeccable technical craft and a burning, unbearable tension that slowly builds over the course of the film makes it my favorite. Not to mention the fantastic performances that Fincher coaxes out of his large cast. Even actors who show up for five or ten minute cameos leave an impression. I’d probably put in my top 25 of the past decade.

    I’m kinda eager to revisit The Game based solely on Mike D’Angelo’s championing of it as some sort of misunderstood masterpiece. I’m wondering if I’ll agree with him.

  • 7 10-04-2010 at 6:11 pm

    kel said...

    Top 5
    1. The Social Network
    2. Se7en
    3. Fight Club
    4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    5. Zodiac

  • 8 10-04-2010 at 6:11 pm

    James said...

    Pretty close between Zodiac, The Social Network, and Fight Club. Still enjoy Fight Club quite a bit and feel lately its gotten a bad rap.

    Se7en a blast. I don’t loathe Panic Room. The Game’s enjoyable till that last act. Benjamin Button technically flawless, but not the right film for Fincher.

  • 9 10-04-2010 at 6:13 pm

    Ivan said...

    1. SEVEN
    Best Picture*
    Best Director*
    Best Actor/Morgan Freeman
    Best Supporting Actor/Kevin Spacey
    Best Original Screenplay*
    Best Cinematography*
    Best Film Editing*
    Best Production Design
    Best Sound Mixing

    Best Picture
    Best Director
    Best Actor/Edward Norton
    Best Supporting Actor/Brad Pitt*
    Best Supporting Actress/Helena Bonham Carter
    Best Adapted Screenplay*
    Best Film Editing
    Best Sound Mixing
    Best Sound Editing
    Best Original Score/Dust Brothers

  • 10 10-04-2010 at 6:17 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    Filmoholic: you’d “probably” put Zodiac in your top 25 of the past decade? You must see a lot more great films than I do. I can’t think of another film from the past decade besides Mulholland Drive and Match Point that is in Zodiac’s league. Am I forgetting 22 other great recent films? Bad Education, maybe. Are there 21 others? Enlighten me! Which movies am I missing?

  • 11 10-04-2010 at 7:05 pm

    Tom said...

    One of my favorite Directors!
    1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    2. Fight Club
    3. Se7en
    4. The Game
    5. The Social Network
    6. Zodiac
    7. Panic Room

    I just saw TSN, so I will need more time to evaluate it. All of these except Panic Room are great films IMO.

  • 12 10-04-2010 at 7:57 pm

    Tye-Grr said...

    I’ve never seen ‘The Game’, and unfortunately, ‘Fight Club’ either (not in it’s intirety anyways). But from the films of his I have seen, my list would look like this.

    1-The Social Network (A)
    2- Zodiac (A-)
    3- Se7en (A-)
    4- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (B+)
    5- Panic Room (B)
    6- Alien 3 (C-)

  • 13 10-04-2010 at 8:12 pm

    Melissa said...

    Zodiac was sooo freaking underrated. IMO hands down Fincher’s best work. That film is his masterpiece. My rankings I’ve never seen Alien 3 or The Game.

    1- Zodiac- No need to say more
    2-The Social Network
    3- Se7en
    4- Fight Club
    5- Panic Room
    6-The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

  • 14 10-04-2010 at 8:46 pm

    Speaking English said...

    I picked “The Social Network,” with “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” a close second.

    I really don’t get the “Fight Club” or “Zodiac” appraisal.

  • 15 10-04-2010 at 10:05 pm

    Patriotsfan said...

    It’s close, but I’m going to have to say Zodiac. Zodiac, Fight Club, and The Social Network are all very good though.

  • 16 10-04-2010 at 10:13 pm

    Marvin said...

    Not having seen his Alien or The Game, I gotta say I voted for Zodiac. Not only did it strike me as much more mature than Fight Club, it was so great on so many layers and so many aspects of the movie are so perfectly captured, the cinematography, performances, ambiance and tone, it’s just a film that left me speechless. I haven’t seen the director’s cut. Would anyone recommend it? His true masterpieces are his music videos with Madonna. Oh Father is the Citizen Kane of music videos! His Benjamin Button disappointed me greatly and I am awaiting the release (on Thursday) of his latest.

    1. Zodiac
    2. Fight Club
    3. Se7en
    4. Panic Room
    5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

  • 17 10-04-2010 at 10:18 pm

    Filmoholic said...

    Frank Lee: This isn’t a definitive thought, since I’ve never really made a list of my top films of the decade and I just came up with a number to give an idea how much I love the film. But I think films like Memento, A History of Violence, The Host, Eternal Sunshine, Adaptation., There Will Be Blood, Y Tu Mama Tambien, and yes, Mulholland Dr. are in the same league as Zodiac. Maybe even 25th Hour and Requiem for a Dream. So I guess that makes in my top ten. I hope this makes you happy.

  • 18 10-04-2010 at 10:29 pm

    Marvin said...

    Zodiac doesn’t quite cut it, much as I liked it, for my decades’s best list, which goes like so:

    1. Children of Men
    2. Gosford Park
    3. Brokeback Mountain
    4. Yi Yi
    5. L’enfant
    6. 5×2
    7. Syndromes and a Century
    8. The Saddest Music in the World
    9. Y tu mama tambien
    10. Lost in Translation
    11. A History of Violence
    12. Before Sunset
    13. Talk to Her
    14. Dancer in the Dark
    15. Ratatouille
    16. Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary
    17. The Headless Woman
    18. Bad Education
    19. Tropical Malady
    20. Brand Upon the Brain!

    There are many more great films from that period I can think of before coming to find a placement for Zodiac.

  • 19 10-04-2010 at 11:23 pm

    D.B. said...

    My rankings:

    1. Fight Club – Still Fincher’s crowning achievement. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this is the movie I hear people mention most when posed the question “Did a movie ever change your life?”
    2. Zodiac – A masterpiece (surprisingly, however, I think I liked the theatrical cut better than the director’s cut)
    3. The Social Network
    4. Seven
    5. The Game
    6. Panic Room
    7. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

  • 20 10-05-2010 at 4:31 am

    Kevin said...

    I have to agree with Joe (52) in regards to his comments about Fincher’s ‘remote’ direction. It’s a bit uncomfortable for me to admit this, but the only Fincher film I’ve seen apart from Benjamin Button was Se7en maybe 10 odd years ago.

    I just had lots of trouble connecting emotionally to his characters in Se7en, and maybe that is Fincher’s intention. However, while I concede that Benjamin Button is a tad on the long side, I don’t quite understand the vitriol directed at it. It is a melancholy ode to the joys and sadness of growing up and was the first Fincher film to really grab me in an emotional sense. Plus, it features a radiant Cate Blanchett performance, which never hurts.

  • 21 10-05-2010 at 6:45 am

    Mike_M said...

    Se7en is one of my top 3 movies of all time, maybe even my favorite. Something about it clicked with me when I first saw it. I am a huge Fincher fan, but Se7en takes the cake.

    My list:
    1. Se7en
    2. Zodiac
    3. Ben Button
    4. Social Network
    5. Fight Club
    6. Panic Room
    7. The Game
    8. Alien3

    I have only seen Social Network once and it was 2 days ago so 3, 4, and 5 may swap…

    I remember HATING Panic Room when I saw it in theaters, but it has been on HBO a lot recently and it has grown on me… Excited for the rumored The Game coming out by Criterion, I need to revisit that one again too.

  • 22 10-05-2010 at 11:38 am

    Michael Meyers said...

    1. Fight Club
    2. The Social Network
    3. Se7en
    4. The Game
    5. Zodiac
    6. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    7. Alien 3
    8. Panic Room

  • 23 10-09-2010 at 12:54 am

    DRM said...


  • 24 10-09-2010 at 7:15 pm

    Kyle T said...

    1 – Se7en
    2 – Zodiac
    3 – Fight Club
    4 – The Social Network
    5 – Panic Room
    6 – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    7 – The Game

    With each viewing, The Social Network reveals more complex and intruiging layers to be dissected. I think that it will eventually rise on my list to number 3. Zodiac is a modern masterpiece, and The Social Network is the perfect mirror image in many ways, so one spot behind Zodiac may end up happening.

  • 25 10-10-2010 at 9:49 pm

    Pete said...

    The Game. By a mile.

  • 26 10-24-2010 at 9:29 am

    Wurlpiz said...

    1. Se7en
    2. The Social Network
    3. Fight Club
    4. The Game
    5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    6. Zodiac
    7. Panic Room
    8. Alien 3