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List of Stanley Kubrick Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
52
5
2001: A Space Odyssey
G
52
5

A black alien monolith caused the dawn of man four million years ago, and after another is dug out from the moon's surface, a mission is organized onboard spacecraft Discovery One carrying five astronauts and the AI Hal towards Jupiter. However, the AI's knowledge about classified mission objective puts the survival of the astronauts at risk.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure
Star Cast:
Leonard Rossiter, Gary Lockwood, Margaret Tyzack, Keir Dullea, William Sylvester
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Effects, Special Visual Effects
2. The Shining (1980)
45
4
The Shining
R
45
4

Based on Stephen King’s novel, this psychological horror movie has Jack Torrance moving into a secluded hotel, with a violent past, as an off-season caretaker along with his wife, Wendy and psychic son, Danny. While the supernatural influences gradually turn Jack into a more violent person, the safety of his family is threatened.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Genres:
Drama, Horror
Star Cast:
Jack Nicholson, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd
3. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
37
7
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
37
7

Undoubtedly one of the greatest dark comedies of all time, Dr. Strangelove, is a Stanley Kubrick masterpiece. A Cold War satire, the movie depicts what would happen if an unhinged powerful figure like Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper unleashes nuclear holocaust on the world. 

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Genres:
Comedy
4. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
36
5
Full Metal Jacket
R
36
5

The protagonist, J.T. Davis, mocked as 'Joker' by ruthless drill instructor Hartman, goes through demanding recruit training in the Marine Corps, where the entire platoon is punished for the mistakes of a dim-witted recruit. He later witnesses the brutality of war during the Tet Offensive while serving as a war correspondent in South Vietnam for 'Stars and Stripes'.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer, Voiceover
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Dorian Harewood, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey
5. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
31
11
A Clockwork Orange
R
31
11

Savage convict Alex DeLange volunteers for an experimental trial, to change his conduct, but the experiment doesn't exactly turn out the way it was planned. Based in future Britain, A Clockwork Orange highlights issues like youth gangs, psychiatry, and more, through disturbing visuals and violence.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi, Crime
Star Cast:
Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri, Michael Bates
6. Spartacus (1960)
29
6
Spartacus
PG-13
29
6

Arrogant Thracian slave Spartacus, who is trained in a gladiatorial school, rises in arms against his captors following repeated humiliations and incites a violent revolt involving thousands of slaves. As the group travels south to board ships to other lands, two opposing senators attempt to use the slave revolt to seize control of the decadent Roman Republic.

As:
Director
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Genres:
Adventure, War, Biography, History, Drama
7. Paths of Glory (1957)
16
7
Paths of Glory
16
7

Two glory seeking French generals –Broulard and Mireau - decide to attack a well-protected German post despite objections from the commanding officer, Colonel Dax who sees its futility. After the failure of the first attack, the soldiers refuse to leave their trenches. To save himself, Mireau picks up three men for a court martial. Colonel Dax, also a lawyer, comes forward to defend these men.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Christiane Kubrick, Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Wayne Morris
8. Barry Lyndon (1975)
21
6
Barry Lyndon
PG
21
6

Based on the novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon, the movie follows the journey of young Irishman, Barry, who turns from a likable man to a manipulative con-artist. After gambling his way around Europe, he ends up marrying the wealthy Countess of Lyndon. But his rogue ways will have more devastating consequences for himself.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Genres:
History, War, Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Ryan O'Neal, Steven Berkoff, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger, Marisa Berenson
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Direction
9. Lolita (1962)
15
2
Lolita
TV-14
15
2

European professor, Humbert Humbert, moves to Beardsley, Ohio, on work assignment. When he rents a room in widow Charlotte Haze’s house, he gets obsessed with her alluring teenage daughter, Lolita, and marries Charlotte just to be near Lolita. After Charlotte’s accidental death, he is sure of having his own way, but has not taken into account Lolita’s interest in other males.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer, uncredited
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Genres:
Crime, Romance, Drama
10. The Killing (1956)
9
4
The Killing
9
4

Johnny Clay, a veteran criminal, plans one big final theft before marrying his girlfriend Fay, and going straight. He assembles a five men team for a $2million robbery at Lansdowne Racetrack, and instructs them not to tell even their beloveds. But one of them, a ticket-clerk at the racetrack, reveals this to impress his shrewish wife. Can this affect the well-hatched plot? 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Genres:
Crime, Film-Noir, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Rodney Dangerfield, Vince Edwards, Sterling Hayden, Ted de Corsia, Coleen Gray, Jay C. Flippen
11. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
34
8
Eyes Wide Shut
R
34
8

After his wife confesses to having sexual fantasies about a stranger, reputable physician Bill Hartford strolls through the streets of night desperately searching for random sexual encounters, and eventually sneaks into an invite-only masked party full of temptations. Despite his disguise, he is recognized and confronted for the misadventure, which puts his entire family in danger.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Mystery
12. Killer's Kiss (1955)
4
3
Killer's Kiss
4
3

Davey Gordon is an aging boxer in New York City. He meets Gloria Price, a dancer and they find themselves attracted to each other. They soon begin dating, but Gloria’s boss Vincent has other plans since he wants her for himself. Davey and Gloria decide to leave the town, but before they are able to, Gloria is kidnapped by Vincent’s thugs.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Genres:
Film-Noir, Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Frank Silvera, Jamie Smith, Irene Kane, Jerry Jarrett, Mike Dana
13. Day of the Fight (1951)
3
4
Day of the Fight
3
4
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Genres:
Documentary, Short, Sport
Star Cast:
Douglas Edwards, Nat Fleischer, Walter Cartier, Vincent Cartier, Bobby James
14. The Seafarers (1953)
6
2
The Seafarers
6
2
As:
Director
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Genres:
Documentary, Short
Star Cast:
Don Hollenbeck, Paul Hall
15. Flying Padre (1951)
2
3
Flying Padre
2
3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Genres:
Short, Documentary
Star Cast:
Bob Hite, Fred Stadtmueller, Pedro
16. Fear and Desire (1953)
3
3
Fear and Desire
3
3
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Genres:
Thriller, War, Drama
Star Cast:
Paul Mazursky, Frank Silvera, Kenneth Harp, Stephen Coit, Virginia Leith

Stanley Kubrick Awards

Academy Awards
2001: A Space Odyssey Best Effects, Special Visual Effects 1969
BAFTA Awards
Barry Lyndon Best Direction 1976