Stanley Kubrick films ranked from my least favorite to favorite
9. 'Eyes Wide Shut' – Not completely without its charms, but this wasn't a high point for the great director to go out on.
8. 'Lolita' - James Mason and Peter Sellers help any story but this adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s work is a little too uncomfortable and slow to truly be called enjoyable.
7. 'The Killing' – An underseen early entry from Kubrick. It's never a bad idea to have a story about a simple heist that goes wrong.
6. 'Barry Lyndon' – This foray into period drama is gorgeous. Ryan O’Neal excels as an adventurer who traverses the Irish countryside.
5. 'Full Metal Jacket' – Broken up into two stories, the first involving a new recruit at boot camp is the more intimate of the chapters. It made the career of R. Lee Ermey. The second story takes place out on the field of battle and is much less focused. This was Kubrick’s last highly-regarded film.
4. '2001: A Space Odyssey' – An incredibly long-winded movie (seriously, that third act could be trimmed WAY down), but the meaty middle portion is stunning. Consider the visuals and that this was made in 1968. With a nice remastering job, it looks better than most modern films.
3. 'A Clockwork Orange' – While it is disturbing at times, that is the point of this dystopian story. Can one truly be rehabilitated and can one truly escape a horrible past that has hurt so many?
2. 'The Shining' – While it may diverge a little bit from the Stephen King novel and it does run a bit long, this creepy tale gradually builds atmosphere and is one of the finest (relatively) subtle ghost stories of all time.
1. 'Dr. Strangelove' – When people talk about satire in film, they are really talking about this. Considering the political climate when this film was released, 'Dr. Strangelove' showed everyone that it was okay to laugh at the true silliness of global politics.
'Spartacus' was seen when I was far too young to truly remember it and properly rank it, thus its exclusion.
It's hard to count 'A.I.' as one of Kubrick's because it was finished posthumously and feels more like a Spielberg film, thus its exclusion.