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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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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Disturbing Kubrick Movies
A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff 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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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Disturbing Kubrick Movies
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 war 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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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Disturbing Kubrick Movies
The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers 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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Eyes Wide Shut is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Disturbing Kubrick Movies
Eyes Wide Shut Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 American erotic 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 ...more

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Lolita is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Disturbing Kubrick Movies
Lolita Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers, Shelley Winters 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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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Disturbing Kubrick Movies
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott 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 the cold war fears of a ...more

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Disturbing Kubrick Movies
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop 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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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Disturbing Kubrick Movies
Spartacus Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis 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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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Disturbing Kubrick Movies
The Killing Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards The Killing 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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Paths of Glory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Disturbing Kubrick Movies
Paths of Glory Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Anderson Paths of Glory is a 1957 American anti-war film by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same name by Humphrey Cobb. Set during World War I, the film stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, the ...more

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Fear and Desire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Disturbing Kubrick Movies
Fear and Desire Paul Mazursky, Frank Silvera, Kenneth Harp 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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Barry Lyndon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Disturbing Kubrick Movies
Barry Lyndon Ryan O'Neal, Leonard Rossiter, Hardy Krüger 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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Killer's Kiss is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Disturbing Kubrick Movies
Killer's Kiss Frank Silvera, Ruth Sobotka, Felice Orlandi 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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The Seafarers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Disturbing Kubrick Movies
The Seafarers Don Hollenbeck 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

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Flying Padre: An RKO-Pathe Scr... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Disturbing Kubrick Movies
Flying Padre: An RKO-Pathe Screenliner 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.