August 2, 2016

Add 36 of Kubrick's Favorite Films To Your Watchlist, Immediately

Learn from those that Stanley learned from.

It's hot, and the dog days of August are truly looming upon us. If that's got your creative well running dry, then one of the the best ways to refill it is by immersing yourself in the work of others. We'd give you some advice on films to watch, but who are we to trust? Stanley Kubrick on the other hand? Yeah, he's probably pretty reliable.

Candice Drouet's latest video entry in her 1.000.000 Frames series displays brief snippets of scenes from the movies on Kubrick's 'Master List,'  compiled by BFI from the likes of dozens of interviews throughout the famed director's career. 

Kubrick wasn't shy in letting people know how much he was by influenced by the work of his predecessors in the film world. He would often use shots in his own films as homages to a few of the directors who pop up more than once on his 'Master List.' Max Ophlus, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, and Frederico Fellini all, somewhat unsurprisingly, share this honor.  During the production of Paths of Glory, Kubrick iconically used a single long tracking shot following Kirk Douglas through the barracks, as tribute to Ophuls who had died earlier that day.

Stanley Kubrick's 'Paths of Glory'

Perhaps more surprising, however was Kubrick's willingness to admit his admiration for his contemporaries. What's more, he would often use their work as inspiration for his upcoming features. While it may seem surprising to see someone as young as David Lynch on this list, Kubrick was said to have screened Eraserhead to the cast and crew of The Shining to give them an idea of the mood he wanted to create in his own film.

David Lynch's 'Eraserhead'

Joshua Warren of the Criterion Collection even wrote that, "Kubrick decided to make The Shining after he had seen Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, because he didn't like the idea of someone making such good horror films without having been allowed to make one himself to prove that he could do it just as well, if not better."

Below are 36 films you can add to your watchlist on Hulu (with a few on Netflix), and you can find the entire list featuring 92 films right here:

  1. Le plaisir - Max Ophuls
  2. La ronde - Max Ophuls
  3. The Earrings of Madame de . . . - Max Ophuls
  4. Smiles of a Summer Night - Ingmar Bergman
  5. Wild Strawberries - Ingmar Bergman
  6. Cries and Whispers - Ingmar Bergman
  7. Eraserhead - David Lynch
  8. Beauty and the Beast - Jean Cocteau
  9. La strada - Federico Fellini
  10. I vitelloni - Federico Fellini
  11. Children of Paradise - Marcel Carné
  12. The Spirit of the Beehive - Víctor Erice
  13. La notte - Michelangelo Antonioni
  14. Rashomon - Akira Kurosawa
  15. Seven Samurai - Akira Kurosawa
  16. Throne of BloodAkira Kurosawa
  17. The Silence of the Lambs - Jonathan Demme
  18. The Battle of Algiers - Gillo Pontecorvo 
  19. Solaris - Andrei Tarkovsky
  20. Closely Watched Trains - Jiří Menzel
  21. The Phantom Carriage - Victor Sjöström
  22. Babette’s Feast - Gabriel Axel
  23. Rosemary’s Baby - Roman Polanski
  24. City Lights - Charles Chaplin
  25. Picnic at Hanging RockPeter Weir
  26. Danton - Andrzej Wajda
  27. The Vanishing - George Sluizer
  28. Pulp Fiction - Quentin Tarantino
  29. Metropolis - Fritz Lang
  30. The Cars That Ate Paris - Peter Weir
  31. Casque d'Or - Jacques Becker
  32. Miss Julie - Alf Sjöberg
  33. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - Steven Spielberg
  34. Tora! Tora! Tora! - Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku
  35. Deliverance - John Boorman
  36. The Exorcist - William Friedkin

Your Comment


Mary Poppins? Not to criticize his choice but there's nothing in that film that's remarkable whatsoever to me.

August 2, 2016 at 10:28PM

Henry Barnill
Director of Photography

The flying sequences beat Top Gun, hands down! ; )

August 3, 2016 at 7:14PM


Thanks.. enjoyed

August 4, 2016 at 2:14AM, Edited August 4, 2:14AM

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December 1, 2016 at 8:33AM, Edited December 1, 8:33AM

Krystian Majek
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The Jerk was a notable favorite of Kubrick as well.

January 11, 2017 at 1:21PM

Colby Doler
Writer / Director