David Andrew Leo Fincher (born August 28, 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/Alien3'' (1992) ([[CreatorBacklash disowned]] due to ExecutiveMeddling)
* ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' (1995)
* ''Film/TheGame'' (1997)
* ''Film/FightClub'' (1999)
* ''Film/PanicRoom'' (2002)
* ''Film/{{Zodiac}}'' (2007)
* ''Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton'' (2008)
* ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' (2010)
* ''Film/TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo'' (2011 American adaptation)
* ''Series/{{House of Cards|US}}'' (2013 - present) (Pilot of [[CulturalTranslation American adaptation]] of the [[Series/HouseOfCardsUK series]])
* ''Film/GoneGirl'' (2014)
* ''Series/{{Mindhunter}}'' (2017 - present) (Directs three episodes along with producing the show)
!!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.
* DeadpanSnarker: If there's any humor in his films, it's usually in this form. Listen to his commentaries and you'll find out he's a great one himself.
* 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 ''Film/TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo''.
* GrayAndGreyMorality: Characters are neither unambiguously good nor bad.
* 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.''
* 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.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Aside from maybe Benjamin Button, his films are usually planted on the cynical end.
* 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 on ''Film/{{Zodiac}}''.