Stanley Kubrick's Favourite Movies

Nick Wrigley explores Kubrick's favourite films with the help of Kubrick's right-hand man Jan Harlan. The only Kubrick's favourite films list that is known of Kubrick best movies submitted to anyone was in 1963 to a fledgeling American magazine named Cinema. As Harlan told “Stanley would have seriously revised this 1963 list in later years, though Wild Strawberries, Citizen Kane and City Lights would remain, he liked Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V much better than the old and old-fashioned Olivier version.”.


  • 8.6/10

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    1931

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    City Lights

    A tramp falls in love with a beautiful blind girl. Her family is in financial trouble. The tramp's on-and-off friendship with a wealthy man allows him to be the girl's benefactor and suitor.

    black and white

    comedy

    drama

    golden palm

    love story

    melancholy

  • 8.4/10

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    1941

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    Citizen Kane

    A group of reporters are trying to decipher the last word ever spoken by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: "Rosebud." The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane's life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane's life. As the reporters investigat ...

    black and white

    drama

    golden palm

    melancholy

  • 8.3/10

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    1948

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    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, both down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico. Through enormous difficulties, they eventually succeed in finding gold, but bandits, the ele ...

    black and white

    corruption

    drama

    golden palm

    morality

    paranoia

  • 8.2/10

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    1957

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    Wild Strawberries

    With the exception of his elderly housekeeper Miss Agda who he treats almost like a surrogate platonic wife, widowed seventy-eight year old Dr. Isak Borg, a former medical doctor and professor, has retreated from any human contact, partly his own want but partly the decision of others who do not wan ...

    artistic

    black and white

    depression

    drama

    Golden Bear winner (Berlin Film Festival)

    golden palm

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    1960

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    La Notte

    In Milan, after visiting dear friend Tommaso Garani that is terminal in a hospital, the writer Giovanni Pontano goes to a party for the release of his last book, and his wife Lydia Pontano visits the place where she lived many years ago. In the night, they go to a night-club, and later to a party in ...

    art house

    artistic

    black and white

    Golden Bear winner (Berlin Film Festival)

    golden palm

    melancholy

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    1953

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    Vitelloni, I

    Fausto Moretti, having seduced Sandra Rubini, the sister of his friend and companion Moraldo Rubini, is forced to marry her. After their honeymoon, he takes a job as a salesman of religious objects in a small shop. He isn't changed by his marriage and still looks for women, with his friends, when an ...

    black and white

    drama

    golden palm

    melancholy

    social commentary

  • 7.7/10

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    1930

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    Hell's Angels

    Two brothers attending Oxford enlist with the RAF when World War I breaks out. Roy and Monte Rutledge have very different personalities. Monte is a freewheeling womanizer, even with his brother's girlfriend Helen. He also proves to have a yellow streak when it comes to his Night Patrol duties. Roy i ...

    black and white

    war

  • 7.3/10

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    1944

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    Henry V

    In the inspired Olivier concept, Shakespeare's play begins as a performance in the Globe Theatre, shifting in broad cinematic terms to an epic narrative of Henry V, who had developed from a dissolute youth to a purposeful monarch. Proving his ability as a soldier and skillful leader, he unites the d ...

    historical

    medieval

    politics

    war

  • 7.3/10

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    1940

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    The Bank Dick

    Egbert Sousé leads an ordinary life but is about to have an extraordinary day. Henpecked at home home by his demanding wife Agatha and more or less ignored by his daughter Myrtle, he sets off for the day. He comes across a movie shoot whose drunken director hasn't shown up for work and Egbert, sayin ...

    comedy

    funny

    sarcasm

  • 7.1/10

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    1942

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    Roxie Hart

    To try and kick-start her show-business career, our heroine admits to a Chicago murder. But although Cook County don't seem to let dames swing, and even with top slippery lawyer Billy Flynn, it's all something of a gamble.

    social satire

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