Top Ten Movies Directed by Stanley Kubrick

The Top Ten
1 2001: A Space Odyssey

Such an amazing film. One of the most thought-provoking films of all time. Excellent special effects and originality. Everything about it is perfect.

I loved the Arthur C. Clarke story. The Sentinel, his short version, then the full-length novel released in the same year.

Quite possibly in the top five movies ever made.

2 A Clockwork Orange

Psychologically trippy, this divisive Kubrick yarn spins a nasty web of emotions that goes into the darkness and lets you try to find your own way out.

Not for the mainstream, this thought-provoking film goes deep. And, for that, we thank him.

This film is one of the strangest yet most beautiful films in cinema history.

All the mentions of sex, violence, and murder provide one of the most fascinating trips of all time, even when one is not on drugs.

It is awe-inspiring that Stanley Kubrick, a man who never used drugs, could create such elaborate films as A Clockwork Orange. You would think that these were inspired by psychedelic trips.

3 The Shining

I loved this movie and the Stephen King book at the same time.

It gets more dramatic at first, but when Danny talks to his finger Tony, it gets more horrifying imagery.

Still, one of the best horror films you must watch or read.

Not much of a Kubrick fan, to be honest. I prefer Hitchcock. I find Kubrick movies to be way too empty and cold.

That said, The Shining is easily his best movie. At least this one doesn't make me want to fall asleep like 2001 does.

Slow, vivid, grand, frightening, penetrating, and disturbing in a deep, unexplainable way. Do not let this movie swallow you like it did to so many viewers. I regret watching it.

4 Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

2001: A Space Odyssey is my favorite motion picture of all time, but this one should be higher!

Have you ever seen a commie with a glass of water?

You can't fight here! This is the war room!

5 Paths of Glory

This is one of the best anti-war movies I've ever watched. It's surely the first great movie made by Stanley Kubrick and deserves to be in this top 10.

6 Full Metal Jacket

My favorite war film with the best lines.

"This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy, who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will. Before God, I swear this creed: my rifle and myself are defenders of my country, we are the masters of my enemy, we are the saviors of my life. So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace. Amen."

I wish they would re-release it again for the 30th anniversary.

7 The Killing
8 Barry Lyndon

I do think that 2001: A Space Odyssey is the greatest picture of all time. But I also believe that Barry Lyndon is Stanley Kubrick's second-best feature. Since 2001 is already number 1 on this list, why wouldn't I vote for this one to try and get it higher up!

Probably the most beautiful movie I have ever seen. It gives a true insight into the time period, absolutely unique from any other period piece about the eighteenth century.

This and 2001 are my favorites, but that's not a knock on the other movies, just praise for how great those two are. But between the two, I prefer Barry Lyndon by a little.

9 Eyes Wide Shut

Mind-blowing in its subtleties and its extremities, Kubrick invites us into a world he and very few others of the elite may have known about.

10 Spartacus
The Contenders
11 Lolita
12 Fear and Desire
13 The Seafarers
14 Day of the Fight
15 Flying Padre: An RKO-Pathe Screenliner
16 Killer's Kiss
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