2001: A Space Odyssey

MGM Credit: 2001. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

2001 is still so essential to movie history that it was parodied in the opening of last year’s biggest hit, Barbie.

But it’s also a pure pleasure, if you’re willing to surrender yourself to a very 1960s trancelike state and examine the big questions of why we’re here and where we’re going. Among its fans was David Bowie, who credited it as the inspiration for his breakthrough song “Space Oddity.”

The third Stanley Kubrick film on this list is one of the greatest cinematic pleasures of the 1960s, or of any decade.

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