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List of Stanley Kubrick Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Shining (1980)
26
5
The Shining
R
26
5

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.

Starring:
Jack Nicholson, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd
Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick
2. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
18
3
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
18
3

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. 

Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick
3. Paths of Glory (1957)
13
2
Paths of Glory
13
2

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.

Starring:
Christiane Kubrick, Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Wayne Morris
Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick
4. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
22
5
A Clockwork Orange
R
22
5

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.

Starring:
Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri, Michael Bates
Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick
5. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
22
4
Full Metal Jacket
R
22
4

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'.

Starring:
Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Dorian Harewood, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey
Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
20
5
2001: A Space Odyssey
G
20
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.

Starring:
Leonard Rossiter, Gary Lockwood, Margaret Tyzack, Keir Dullea, William Sylvester
Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Effects, Special Visual Effects
7. Barry Lyndon (1975)
11
4
Barry Lyndon
PG
11
4

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.

Starring:
Ryan O'Neal, Steven Berkoff, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger, Marisa Berenson
Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Direction
8. The Killing (1956)
10
2
The Killing
10
2

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? 

Starring:
Rodney Dangerfield, Vince Edwards, Sterling Hayden, Ted de Corsia, Coleen Gray, Jay C. Flippen
Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick
9. Spartacus (1960)
11
3
Spartacus
PG-13
11
3

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.

Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick
10. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
12
5
Eyes Wide Shut
R
12
5

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.

Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick
11. Lolita (1962)
8
3
Lolita
TV-14
8
3

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.

Starring:
James Mason, Shelley Winters, Lois Maxwell, Peter Sellers, Sue Lyon
Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick
12. Killer's Kiss (1955)
7
3
Killer's Kiss
7
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.

Starring:
Frank Silvera, Jamie Smith, Irene Kane, Jerry Jarrett, Mike Dana
Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick
13. Day of the Fight (1951)
5
3
Day of the Fight
5
3
Starring:
Douglas Edwards, Nat Fleischer, Walter Cartier, Vincent Cartier, Bobby James
Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick
14. Flying Padre (1951)
4
3
Flying Padre
4
3
Starring:
Bob Hite, Fred Stadtmueller, Pedro
Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick
15. Fear and Desire (1953)
4
3
Fear and Desire
4
3

Fear and Desire is a war drama thriller film which takes us to a war between two unnamed countries. An airplane carrying four soldiers crashes six miles behind enemy lines. In order to reach their battalion, they build a raft which they can use. They are soon approached by a young peasant girl, but they are forced to apprehend her. Unfortunately, when she tries to run away, they are forced to shoot her dead.

Starring:
Paul Mazursky, Frank Silvera, Kenneth Harp, Stephen Coit, Virginia Leith
Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick
16. The Seafarers (1953)
3
3
The Seafarers
3
3
Starring:
Don Hollenbeck, Paul Hall
Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick

Movies (Actor)

1. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
11
4
Eyes Wide Shut
R
11
4

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.

Starring:
Nicole Kidman, Thomas Gibson, Alan Cumming, Sydney Pollack, Tom Cruise, Christiane Kubrick
Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick

Narrator/Dubbing

Full Metal Jacket (1987)
12
3
Full Metal Jacket
R
12
3

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'.

Role:
Murphy (voice) (uncredited)
Starring:
Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Dorian Harewood, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey
Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick

Special Appearance/Cameo

Lolita (1962)
11
4
Lolita
TV-14
11
4

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.

Role:
Man in Mansion Interior (uncredited)
Starring:
James Mason, Shelley Winters, Lois Maxwell, Peter Sellers, Sue Lyon
Directed By:
Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick Awards

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