The Best Stanley Kubrick Movies, Ranked & Where to Watch Them

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Throughout his career, Stanley Kubrick earned 13 Oscar nominations and six Golden Globe nominations for his work as a writer, director, and producer. Kubrick is certainly an auteur who pushed the envelope of filmmaking, censorship, and cinematography. Both loved and loathed, it’s impossible to deny Kubrick’s lasting Hollywood legacy. Check out our guide below to discover Stanley Kubrick’s best movies and where to watch them using popular streaming services like Max, Netflix and more!

Stanley Kubrick’s best film by far is 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Written, produced, and directed by Kubrick, the movie follows two astronauts on a mission to Jupiter. But soon the onboard AI, named HAL 9000, becomes murderous and a new mission objective is revealed. On top of the overarching plot, the movie touches upon tons of abstract issues and themes like religion, birth and rebirth, humanity’s place in the cosmos, hubris, and more.

2001 can be considered “arthouse” and definitely leaves itself open to interpretation, so everyone will leave with their own conclusions. But its stunning visual style and lofty premise make the film an undeniable masterpiece.

Taking the #2 spot on the list is Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 interpretation of Stephen King’s The Shining. Viewers might be surprised to know that the movie is actually quite different from King’s novel, and upon its release critics were heavily divided on the film, with some flat-out panning it as awful. King himself even had issues with the movie, previously telling Deadline, “It’s like a big, beautiful Cadillac with no engine inside it.”

The reason why is because, just like many of Kubrick’s films, The Shining doesn’t always reveal its meaning so easily, and instead is filled with haunting, sometimes bizarre imagery that continues to stick with viewers to this day. From the twin girls, to the elevator full of blood, and Roger the Dog Man, even if you don’t fully understand what Stanley Kubrick’s film is trying to say, you can’t help but be creeped out by its visceral imagery and setting. There’s a good reason why The Shining has since become a horror classic. 

Also ranking high on the list is Stanley Kubrick’s anti-war epic Dr. Strangelove (fully titled Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb). Released in 1964, the movie depicts a fictionalized nuclear war between the USA and the Soviet Union. But what makes it different from other war films is that Dr. Strangelove doesn’t showcase war as some glorious, noble pursuit by heroes, and instead depicts the military and government as inept fools who are so delusionally obsessed with power and winning that they don’t even care they’re eradicating all life on Earth in the process.

In the modern age, a film like this would be controversial, but in 1964 when Dr. Strangelove premiered (during the height of the Cold War), it was downright shocking and seen by some as anti-American. But Kubrick stood strong with his vision of what unchecked warfare would look like and Dr. Strangelove ultimately became a massive success, earning four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Here’s the full ranking of Stanley Kubrick’s best movies

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey

  2. The Shining

  3. Dr. Strangelove

  4. A Clockwork Orange

  5. Spartacus

  6. Full Metal Jacket

  7. Barry Lyndon

  8. Eyes Wide Shut

Where to watch the best Stanley Kubrick movies online

Stanley Kubrick sadly died in 1999 at the age of 70, just a few months before Eyes Wide Shut hit theaters. Though the filmmaker is gone, his legacy continues to live on thanks to his great filmography that pushed boundaries and told unique stories. Use our guide below to find out where you can watch all of Stanley Kubrick’s best movies online!

Netflix
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Disney Plus
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Max
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Starz Roku Premium Channel
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  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968

    IMDB 8.3 (725k)

    #1

    Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world's most advanced super computer.

  2. The Shining

    The Shining

    1980

    IMDB 8.4 (1m)

    #2

    Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.

  3. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    #3

    After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.

  4. A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    1971

    IMDB 8.3 (887k)

    #4

    In a near-future Britain, young Alexander DeLarge and his pals get their kicks beating and raping anyone they please. When not destroying the lives of others, Alex swoons to the music of Beethoven. The state, eager to crack down on juvenile crime, gives an incarcerated Alex the option to undergo an invasive procedure that'll rob him of all personal agency. In a time when conscience is a commodity, can Alex change his tune?

  5. Spartacus

    Spartacus

    1960

    IMDB 7.9 (144k)

    #5

    The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their numbers swell as escaped slaves join their ranks. Under the leadership of Spartacus, they make their way to southern Italy, where they will cross the sea and return to their homes.

  6. Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    1987

    IMDB 8.3 (796k)

    #6

    A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

  7. Barry Lyndon

    Barry Lyndon

    1975

    IMDB 8.1 (184k)

    #7

    An Irish rogue uses his cunning and wit to work his way up the social classes of 18th century England, transforming himself from the humble Redmond Barry into the noble Barry Lyndon.

  8. Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    1999

    IMDB 7.5 (379k)

    #8

    After Dr. Bill Harford's wife, Alice, admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met, Bill becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter. He discovers an underground sexual group and attends one of their meetings -- and quickly discovers that he is in over his head.