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.
Directed by: Stanley KubrickA 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 images... more
Directed by: Stanley KubrickFull 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 stars... more
Directed by: Stanley KubrickThe 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, Danny... more
Directed by: Stanley KubrickLolita 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 film... more
Directed by: Stanley KubrickEyes 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 last... more
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick2001: 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 Clarke's... more
Directed by: Stanley KubrickFear 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
Directed by: Stanley KubrickThis 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 drama... more
Directed by: Stanley KubrickDr. 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 conflict... more
Directed by: Stanley KubrickKiller'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, Irene... more
Directed by: Stanley KubrickPaths 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 of... more
Directed by: Stanley KubrickThe 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 a... more
Directed by: Stanley KubrickBarry 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 stars... more
Directed by: Stanley KubrickSpartacus 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 story... more
- Flying Padre is a 1951 short subject black-and-white documentary film. It is the second picture directed by Stanley Kubrick, after Day of the Fight. The film is nine minutes long.... more