Stanley Kubrick 101: The Iconic Filmmaker’s Legacy

Happy birthday to one of the most visionary filmmakers of all time. Stanley Kubrick’s work still makes a statement, decades later. He had an eye for finding beauty in the gritty and a fearlessness with topics that made most of the world uncomfortable.

Having died in 1999, he left a legacy for filmmakers and moviegoers alike. In celebration of the writer and director’s 92nd birthday, let’s look back on some of his most iconic films.

Spartacus (1960)

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Kirk Douglas plays the escaped gladiator, Thracian Spartacus who leads a hoard of other slaves to freedom.

Lolita (1962)


Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial book came to life in this film. After Humbert Humbert rents a room from a lonely widow, he soon falls for her young daughter.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)


It’s man against machine in this ultimate sci-fi classic, a visually striking adventure through space and time.

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

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Malcolm McDowell’s performance as a young deviant is the epitome of sex and “ultraviolence.” But his sins catch up with him when he becomes subject a behavior modification procedure.

The Shining (1980)


Stephen King’s iconic thriller was the perfect match for Kubrick’s cinematic touch. Jack Nicholson’s quick descent into madness still gives us chills.

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

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After witnessing the suicidal downfall of his friend during basic training, a military journalist (Matthew Modine) is sent to cover the Vietnam War.

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

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Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman play a married couple whose boredom with matrimony leads to a dangerous situation when the husband crashes an underground orgy that takes their discretion very seriously.

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