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The Most Disturbing Kubrick Movies

Updated October 13, 2018 722 votes 176 voters 4.8k views15 items

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List of the most disturbing Stanley Kubrick movies, as ranked by fans and critics. Stanley Kubrick, from 1951 until his death in 1999,made some of the most memorable and alarming movies of all time. His directing style leaned towards mind bending narratives with psychotic characters that haunted our nightmares for years to come. On most of his films he worked as both writer and director, taking complete control on the wickedly twisted stories and how they were told. In fact, he actually worked as a cinematographer,editor, camera operator, and visual effects person, for which he won an Oscar.

One of the most disturbing parts of the bulk of Kubrick’s work is that the main character was often very villainous, making it difficult for the audience to know who they should be rooting for, like in the film Lolita. Movies like The Shining and A Clockwork Orange are often listed as the most terrifying movies of all time, which is mostly credited to Kubrick’s unique style.

What are the most disturbing Stanley Kubrick films? This list includes movies that are scary, mind-bending, haunting, and sometimes even distressing long after the credits have rolled, which is why Kubrick is considered the master of the unsettling. 

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