#39. A Clockwork Orange (1971)


Warner Bros.

– Director: Stanley Kubrick

– Stacker score: 88.4

– Metascore: 77

– IMDb user rating: 8.3

– Runtime: 136 minutes

After sending viewers through space in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Stanley Kubrick brought them down to Earth with a cruel thud by way of this 1971 cult classic. Set in future England, “A Clockwork Orange” chronicles the ultraviolent adventures of its protagonist, an utterly amoral thug named Alex (Malcolm McDowell). Along with his fellow droogs, Alex commits a range of atrocities, sometimes while singing a happy tune. Eventually, he’s sent to prison, where he enrolls in a conditioning program designed to rob him of his ability to commit crime. Upon being released back into society, Alex discovers the tables have turned, as his former victims become his tormentors.