Fight Club. Poster of the 1999 movie and cover of the 1996 book
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Fight Club
Chuck Palahniuk, 1996
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David Fincher, 1999

Fight Club centers on an anonymous narrator, who works as a product recall specialist for an unnamed car company. When he seeks treatment, his doctor sarcastically tells him to visit a support group for testicular cancer victims to ‘see what real suffering is like’. While on a nude beach, the narrator meets Tyler Durden, a charismatic extremist of mysterious means.


Seven. Poster of the 1995 movie and cover of the book novelization
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Seven
Anthony Bruno, 1995
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David Fincher, 1995

Soon-to-retire detective William Somerset is partnered with short-tempered but idealistic David Mills, who has recently moved to an unnamed large city with his wife Tracy. Somerset sympathizes, having had a similar situation with his ex-girlfriend many years earlier, and advises her to tell Mills only if she plans to keep the child.


Gone Girl. Poster of the 2014 movie and cover of the 2012 book
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Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, 2012
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David Fincher, 2014

On their fifth wedding anniversary, writing teacher Nick Dunne returns home to find his wife Amy missing. Amy and Nick had played treasure hunt games on every wedding anniversary; this year’s clues include profligate items purchased with Nick’s card, as well as a diary highlighting Amy’s growing isolation and ending with the fear that Nick will kill her.


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Poster of the 2008 movie and cover of the 1922 book
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1922
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David Fincher, 2008

On the day that Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, elderly Daisy Williams is on her deathbed in a New Orleans hospital. At her side is her adult daughter, Caroline. Daisy asks Caroline to read to her aloud the diary of Daisy’s lifelong friend, Benjamin Button. Benjamin’s diary recounts his entire extraordinary life, the primary unusual aspect of which was his aging backwards.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Poster of the 2011 movie and cover of the 2005 book
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson, 2005
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David Fincher, 2011

In Stockholm, disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is recovering from the legal and professional fallout of a libel suit brought against him by businessman Hans-Erik Wennerström, straining Blomkvist’s relationship with his business partner and married lover, Erika Berger. Salander’s state-appointed guardian, Holger Palmgren, suffers a stroke and is replaced by Nils Bjurman, a sadist who controls Salander’s finances and extorts sexual favors by threatening to have her institutionalized.


The Social Network. Poster of the 2010 movie and cover of the 2009 book, The Accidental Billionaires
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The Accidental Billionaires
Ben Mezrich, 2009
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David Fincher, 2010

In October 2003, 19-year-old Harvard University sophomore Mark Zuckerberg is dumped by his girlfriend Erica Albright. Zuckerberg approaches his friend Eduardo Saverin with an idea for Thefacebook, a social networking website that would be exclusive to Ivy League students.


Zodiac. Poster of the 2007 movie and cover of the 1986 book
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Zodiac
Robert Graysmith, 1986
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David Fincher, 2007

On July 4, 1969, an unknown man attacks Darlene Ferrin and Mike Mageau with a handgun at a lovers’ lane in Vallejo, California. One month later, the San Francisco Chronicle receives encrypted letters written by the killer calling himself the Zodiac, who threatens to kill a dozen people unless his coded message containing his identity is published.


The Game. Poster of the 1997 movie and cover of the book novelization
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The Game
Jeff Rovin, 1997
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David Fincher, 1997

Nicholas Van Orton, a successful businessman, lives a well-ordered life – until an unexpected birthday gift from his brother destroys it all. Like it or not, Nicholas has been enrolled in a game that begins quietly but soon erupts in a rush of devastating events. Van Orton has to win this deadly game or lose control of everything in his life.


Hitchcock/Truffaut. Poster of the 2015 movie and cover of the 1966 book, Hitchcock
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Hitchcock
François Truffaut, 1966
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Kent Jones, 2015

In 1962 Hitchcock and Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the secrets behind the mise-en-scène in cinema. The film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time. Hitchcock’s incredibly modern art is elucidated and explained by today’s leading filmmakers: Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader.


Panic Room. Poster of the 2002 movie and cover of the book novelization
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Panic Room
James W. Ellison, 2002
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David Fincher, 2002

Recently divorced Meg Altman, and her eleven-year-old daughter, Sarah, move into a four-story brownstone in New York City’s Upper West Side. The house’s previous owner, a reclusive millionaire, installed a panic room to protect the occupants from intruders.


The Killer. Poster of the 2023 movie and cover of the 2018 comic book, The Complete The Killer
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The Killer
Matz, Luc Jacamon, 2018
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David Fincher, 2023

Following a fateful near-miss, an assassin finds himself in a relentless international manhunt, battling not only his employers but also his inner demons in a pursuit he maintains is not personal.


Alien³. Poster of the 1992 movie and cover of the book novelization
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Alien 3
Alan Dean Foster, 1992
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David Fincher, 1992

Following the events of Aliens, a fire starts aboard the Colonial Marine spaceship Sulaco. The computer launches an escape pod containing Ellen Ripley, the young girl Newt, Hicks, and the damaged android Bishop; Scans of the crew’s cryotubes show a Queen Facehugger attached to one member.