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Ranking Stanley Kubrick: Top Ten Directors, Top Twenty Flickchart Movies

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 12, 2010 at 4:02AM

My most recent online time-waster (along with Flickchart) is Formspring, which asks you questions and posts your answers on various social media. For example, when asked to name my top ten directors of all time, I came up with this list:
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My most recent online time-waster (along with Flickchart) is Formspring, which asks you questions and posts your answers on various social media. For example, when asked to name my top ten directors of all time, I came up with this list:

John Ford, Akira Kurosawa, Buster Keaton, Howard Hawks, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Jean Renoir, David Lean, Stanley Kubrick.

Here's a Clockwork Orange set story about how photographer Dmitri Kasterine snapped this iconic still of Kubrick. When asked on Formspring to rank 12 Kubrick films between Killer's Kiss and Eyes Wide Shut, I did:


1. A Clockwork Orange
2. Dr. Strangelove
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey
4. Paths of Glory
5. The Shining
6. Barry Lyndon
7. Spartacus
8. Lolita
9. The Killing
10. Full Metal Jacket
11. Eyes Wide Shut
12. Killer's Kiss

And just for fun, here are my Flickchart top 20 rankings right now (I don't make the list--Flickchart does, based on my choices of which two movies I like better). Sure enough, my fave directors are well-represented, from Lean to Wilder, along with Steven Spielberg, Frank Capra, Martin Scorsese, John Huston, John Lasseter and Sergio Leone (truth is, I like Once Upon a Time in the West better than The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in America, but this list is derived from the choices they give you). And I don't think Flickchart has asked me to rank many Jean Renoir or Buster Keaton movies. Night of the Hunter got up there with just two votes--if I were to like any given film more than Lawrence of Arabia, it would instantly go to number one. So far, none has.

Lawrence of Arabia
It Happened One Night
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Apartment
GoodFellas
Toy Story
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Some Like It Hot
Paths of Glory
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Braveheart
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Wall-E
The Night of the Hunter
Psycho
The Departed
Doctor Zhivago
All About Eve
Once Upon a Time in America
Brokeback Mountain

UPDATE: As long as I'm posting lists, The Playlist asked Edgar Wright for his top ten musicals (they post great clips). He makes some offbeat choices, like Bugsy Malone, The Blues Brothers and The Phantom of the Paradise, which I'll have to look at again. I do applaud his love of Grease, Fred Astaire, Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, Busby Berkeley, Bob Fosse and Michael Powell, but I don't think of The Red Shoes as a musical, exactly. I adore West Side Story's music and dancing, but the movie was almost ruined by the casting of Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer. I wish I could have seen the original Broadway show. And Honorable Mention South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut is genius. Wright throws in his five top rock 'n roll movies for good measure, including, natch, A Hard Days Night.

This article is related to: Directors, Lists, Steven Spielberg, John Lasseter, Martin Scorsese


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