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It’s always an ideal time to revisit one of Christopher Nolan’s films, but the arrival of his 12th movie, Oppenheimer, may have you reaching for the remote. The thriller about J. Robert Oppenheimer, often referred to as the “father of the atomic bomb,” debuted in theaters Friday (yes, alongside Greta Gerwig’s pink-adorned comedy Barbie) and has a score of 90 on Metacritic. There’s been plenty of buzz about its stunning list of stars and favoring of practical effects over CGI, and now people can see it in its three-hour entirety.
If you’ve already seen Oppenheimer (or plan to) and want to fill your time with prior Nolan projects, we’ve rounded up where you can find all 11. A good chunk are on streaming services you may already be subscribed to, and the rest you can rent for just a couple of bucks.
How to stream Christopher Nolan’s movies
Available to rent
Now for the less thrilling news: all the Christopher Nolan movies that aren’t included with the streaming services you already pay for. Luckily, it costs between $3 and $4 to rent each of these films at services like Amazon and Vudu. Memento (2000) (SD) and Insomnia (2002) are in the $3 group, and if you pitch in one more dollar, you can rent The Prestige (2006), Inception (2010) and Tenet (2020).
How to watch with a VPN
Perhaps you’re traveling abroad and want to stream a Christopher Nolan movie on a service like Netflix or Max while away from home. With a VPN, you’re able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the movie from anywhere in the world. There are other good reasons to use a VPN for streaming, too.
A VPN is the best way to stop your ISP from throttling your speeds by encrypting your traffic. Using a VPN is also a great idea if you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network and want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins. Streaming TV can be a bit smoother with a reliable, quality VPN that’s passed our tests and security standards.
You can use a VPN to stream content legally as long as VPNs are allowed in your country and you have a valid subscription to the streaming service you’re using. The US and Canada are among the countries where VPNs are legal, but we advise against streaming or downloading content on illegal torrent sites. We recommend ExpressVPN, but you may opt for another provider from our best list such as Surfshark or NordVPN.
Follow the VPN provider’s instructions for installation, and choose a country where your Nolan movie of choice will be streaming on a service like Max or Netflix. Before you open the streaming app, make sure you’re connected to your VPN using your selected region. If you want to stream your Nolan movie on more than one device, it’s possible you’ll need to configure each one to ensure you’re signed in. Go to settings and check your network connections to verify you’re logged in and connected to your VPN account. Now you’re ready to open the service to stream.
If you run into issues with streaming, first make sure your VPN is up and running on its encrypted IP address. Double-check that you’ve followed installation instructions correctly and you’ve picked the right geographical area for viewing. If you still encounter connection problems, you may need to reboot your device. Close all apps and windows, restart your device and connect to your VPN first. Note that some streaming services have restrictions on VPN access.