Ranking Stanley Kubrick's filmsby dirty_dutchman | created - 06 Mar 2011 | updated - 06 Mar 2011 | Public
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1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.
Votes: 485,758 | Gross: $56.95M
Amazing, mesmerizing, powerful, atmospheric, unique, brilliant...I could go on, but I lost my thesaurus. Not only is it Kubrick's best film, it is one of the best films of all time.
PG | 95 min | Comedy, War
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.
Votes: 381,571 | Gross: $0.28M
Between Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden and Slim Pickens, this is the best executed satire in the history of film. Period.
3. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
R | 116 min | Drama, War
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
Votes: 550,321 | Gross: $46.36M
The first half of the film is brilliant. The second half is brilliantly dark.
4. Paths of Glory (1957)
Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, War
After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.
Arguably one of the best and poignant anti-war films of all time. The ending is particularly striking.
5. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.
Malcolm McDowell is perfect as Alex in this ridiculously twisted story. It is not for the weak willed.
6. The Killing (1956)
Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.
Kubrick hit his stride right out of the gate with this meticulous and smart heist caper.
7. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
R | 159 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him.
Votes: 251,333 | Gross: $55.69M
The amount of patience Kubrick demonstrates with this film is far more than it takes to watch it. It is SLOW, but utterly captivating.
8. Barry Lyndon (1975)
PG | 185 min | Adventure, Drama, History
An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.
If anyone ever questions Kubrick's determination as a director, look no further than Barry Lyndon.
9. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Votes: 697,620 | Gross: $44.02M
This movie wins points for irking Stephen King, not to mention giving us Jack Nicholson unleashed.
10. Lolita (1962)
Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet.
Votes: 75,834 | Gross: $9.25M
James Mason does a decent job carrying this story, which becomes somewhat drawn out at about the halfway mark.
11. Spartacus (1960)
PG-13 | 197 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.
Votes: 106,360 | Gross: $30.00M
As an epic, it's fine. But as a Kubrick movie, it's the worst. Unlike every other movie he directed, he had no control over this one. He was brought in after the fact because of Kirk Douglas' temper tantrum. This movie is more a favor to Dalton Trumbo than anything else. Kubrick's brilliance is nowhere to be found in this Ben-Hur wannabe.