David Fincher (born 1962) is a filmmaker who's highly acclaimed for his gritty, stylish films. He started out directing commercials and music videos, most notably "Vogue" by {{Music/Madonna}}. His movies tend to be very dark, both visually and thematically, and to evoke sensations of paranoia and {{claustrophobia}}. He is best known for ''{{Film/Se7en}}'', ''Film/FightClub'', ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' and ''Literature/GoneGirl''.

!!Fincher's directorial efforts:
* ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' ([[CreatorBacklash disowned]] due to ExecutiveMeddling)
* ''Film/{{Se7en}}''
* ''Film/TheGame''
* ''Film/FightClub''
* ''Film/PanicRoom''
* ''Film/{{Zodiac}}''
* ''Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton''
* ''Film/TheSocialNetwork''
* ''TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo'' (2011 American adaptation)
* ''Series/{{House of Cards|US}}'' (Pilot of [[CulturalTranslation American adaptation]] of the [[Series/HouseOfCardsUK series]])
* ''Literature/GoneGirl''
!!Notable tropes in David Fincher's career and films include:

* ArtisticTitle
* AwardBait: ''The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'' is generally regarded as such.
* BerserkButton: '''Never''' mention ''Alien 3'' in front of this gentleman.
* CreatorCouple: With his life partner Ceán Chaffin, who's produced all his movies from ''Film/TheGame'' onwards.
* DevelopmentHell: Had signed on to do the animated adaption of ''ComicBook/TheGoon'', but the film is currently in the process of finding funding. The short teaser trailer, starring Creator/PaulGiamatti as Franky and Creator/ClancyBrown as Goon, can be found online, though- it's generally regarded as being pretty awesome.
** His attempted adaptation of ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' similarly languished for years before eventually being abandoned,
* DoingItForTheArt: In an interview around the time of the release of ''Fight Club'', he explained that he doesn't derive the least amount of pleasure from directing films and only does it for the challenge and sense of satisfaction that comes when the film is finished.
* ExecutiveMeddling:
** His battles with marketing departments how to sell his movies. A notable example is ''Fight Club'', which was marketed as a RatedMForManly action film in contrast as to what the film's actually about. A more successful fight was over ''Literature/GoneGirl'' due to their intention to give away TheReveal that [[spoiler:Amy faked her own kidnapping.]] [[https://soundcloud.com/maaarine-2/david-fincher-feat-brad-pitt-on-marketing-departments This snippet]] from the ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' commentary describes his struggles.
** He also battled with producers over the ending of ''Seven'' and some of the more mature content in ''Fight Club''.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Fight Club'', ''Zodiac'', ''The Social Network'', ''The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'', ''The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'' (which doubles as a ForeignRemake) and ''Gone Girl''.
* FilmNoir: Much of his work is at least influenced by noir, but especially ''Film/{{Se7en}}'', ''Film/{{Zodiac}}'', and ''TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo''.
* OldShame: For him at least, ''Alien 3''.
* OscarBait: ''The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'' was widely accused of this, [[LighterAndSofter a sentimental, PG-13 fantasy/drama film]] with heavy similarities to (and the same screenwriter as) ''Film/ForrestGump'', standing in stark contrast to the [[DarkerAndEdgier dark, edgy and subversive hard-R films]] that Fincher was known for. For better or worse, it worked: ''Benjamin Button'' received more Oscar nominations than all of Fincher's previous films combined.
* PrimaDonnaDirector: He has a Creator/StanleyKubrick-like obsession with getting actors to do take after take of the same scene. Given the quality of his work, it's almost always worth it. It should also be noted that despite this, he is very respectful and amicable towards his actors and enjoys good relationships with them.
-->''So everybody bitches and moans over how many takes I shoot. So for the record, the scene where Creator/NeilPatrickHarris [[Film/GoneGirl parks his Jaguar dead center of the frame]] was take two. It is take two and it is in the movie. We walked away after take two. So Please... Go Fuck Yourselves.''
* ProductionPosse: He has repeatedly collaborated with screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker, actor Creator/BradPitt, cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth and musician [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]].
* SignatureStyle: Dark neo-noirs with low MoodLighting, a cold, claustrophobic feeling throughout and one or more [[ShockingSwerve gut-punch moments]].
* SirSwearsALot: The man certain isn't shy about swearing, as the above quote and any interview of him can prove.
* SleeperHit: Most of his films become either this or an AcclaimedFlop.
* SternTeacher: Widely known as a taskmaster, who will have actors do take after take after take until it's perfect. However, many actors end up respecting if not outright appreciating his methods. Fincher also mentored Mark Ruffalo when the latter directed his first film, the two having worked together ''Film/{{Zodiac}}''.