Stanley Kubrick is considered by most audiences and film critics around the globe to be one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. He only made 13 films in his nearly 46-year long career. He was compulsive, mostly exercising full creative control over his films to an extent where they look, sound and feel completely different and a single man’s vision by all means. But every film is a different genre, a different period and bears literally no similarity to the other films in his oeuvre, in terms of the worlds inhabited by the characters. The said worlds would be presented under a thin veil, a detachment that propelled an audience to be like viewers of a painting, or listeners of a piece of music. Stanley Kubrick filmography is best relished when his films are seen as pure cinematic experiences.
Starting from the 1960s, all Kubrick films received heavily mixed responses from both critics and audiences, without exception. And now most of them are considered a masterpiece. From using a lens designed for NASA to shoot entirely in natural light, to taking more than a 100 takes until he found what he called “the magic”, to designing impossibly forward-looking space exploration models, Stanley Kubrick is a subject of unceasing curiosity for a film enthusiast. So with that said, let’s explore the list of all top Stanley Kubrick films, ranked from good to best. You can watch some of these best Stanley Kubrick movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
13. Fear And Desire (1953)
Kubrick’s first feature, ‘Fear And Desire’, is much more of an amateur exercise than a fully realized film. There is not much of a plot to speak of, nor any well-crafted characters. But there is a sense of experimentation and a conscious effort to make something different from the kind of films Hollywood was delivering, one after the other, at the time. Nothing much is said in the film, except the fact that Kubrick was undoubtedly gifted.
12. Killer’s Kiss (1955)