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Every Stanley Kubrick Movie, Ranked 

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Stanley Kubrick is considered one of the greatest and most influential directors of all time. And with good reason. His films are some of the most memorable and feature intelligent plot lines, exquisite camera work, special effects and other groundbreaking innovations that cemented his legacy. Born in New York, Kubrick spent most his life living and working in England. Not only did Kubrick direct, he also held titles of producer, screenwriter, cinematographer and editor, which help mold his films with his unique vision. Filmbuffs have long debated what is the best Stanley Kubrick film. With a filmography has extensive and iconic as Kubrick's, you really can't go wrong.

Dr Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, Lolita Full Metal Jacket, The Shining and 2001: A Space Odyssey are all classics that have stood the test of time. They are considered some of the best films in history. This is what makes Kubrick such an important director. His best films are in multiple genres and his stories can swing back and forth between striking black comedy and terrifying potential realities. The best Kubrick movies are thought provoking and make you dig deep as a viewer to see what the underlying message of the film is.

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Every Stanley Kubrick Movie, Ranked
Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

Released: 1968

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by ...more

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Every Stanley Kubrick Movie, Ranked
Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

Released: 1980

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, ...more

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Every Stanley Kubrick Movie, Ranked
Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

Released: 1971

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent ...more

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Dr. Strangelove or: How ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Every Stanley Kubrick Movie, Ranked
James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

Released: 1964

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes fears of a nuclear ...more

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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Every Stanley Kubrick Movie, Ranked
Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Adam Baldwin

Released: 1987

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford was based on Hasford's novel The Short-Timers. The film ...more

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Barry Lyndon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Every Stanley Kubrick Movie, Ranked
Ryan O'Neal, Leonard Rossiter, Hardy Krüger

Released: 1975

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Barry Lyndon is a 1975 British-American period drama film written, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the 1844 novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray. It ...more

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Eyes Wide Shut is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Every Stanley Kubrick Movie, Ranked
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick

Released: 1999

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 American thriller film loosely based upon Arthur Schnitzler's 1926 novella Dream Story. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. It was his ...more

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Paths of Glory is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Every Stanley Kubrick Movie, Ranked
Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Anderson

Released: 1957

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Paths of Glory is a 1957 American film by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same name by Humphrey Cobb. Set during WWI, the film stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, the commanding officer ...more

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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Every Stanley Kubrick Movie, Ranked
Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

Released: 1960

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Spartacus is a 1960 American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by Dalton Trumbo was based on the novel Spartacus by Howard Fast. It was inspired by the life ...more

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Lolita is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Every Stanley Kubrick Movie, Ranked
Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers, Shelley Winters

Released: 1962

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Lolita is a 1962 comedy-drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same title by Vladimir Nabokov, about a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed with a teenage girl. The ...more

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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Every Stanley Kubrick Movie, Ranked
Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards

Released: 1956

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

This film is a 1956 film noir produced by James B. Harris and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It was written by Kubrick and Jim Thompson and based on the novel Clean Break by Lionel White. The ...more

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Killer's Kiss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Every Stanley Kubrick Movie, Ranked
Frank Silvera, Ruth Sobotka, Felice Orlandi

Released: 1955

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Killer's Kiss is a 1955 American film noir directed by Stanley Kubrick and written by Kubrick and Howard Sackler. It is the second feature film directed by Kubrick. The film stars Jamie Smith, ...more
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Day of the Fight is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Every Stanley Kubrick Movie, Ranked
Walter Cartier

Released: 1951

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Day of the Fight is a 1951 American short subject documentary film shot in black-and-white and also the first picture directed by Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick financed the film himself, and it is ...more
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Fear and Desire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Every Stanley Kubrick Movie, Ranked
Paul Mazursky, Frank Silvera, Kenneth Harp

Released: 1953

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Fear and Desire is a 1953 American military action/adventure film directed, produced, shot, and edited by Stanley Kubrick. It is Kubrick’s first feature film and is also one of his least-seen ...more
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The Seafarers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Every Stanley Kubrick Movie, Ranked
Don Hollenbeck

Released: 1953

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

The Seafarers is Stanley Kubrick's fourth film and third short documentary, made for the Seafarers International Union, directed in June 1953. There are shots of ships, machinery, a canteen, and ...more