8. A Clockwork Orange (1971 – Stanley Kubrick)
Stanley Kubrick asserted himself as the biggest name in American cult movie history with this shocking science-fiction film. Raising philosophical questions about violence, morality, and free- will, this adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ controversial novel was banned from British cinemas until 1999, 28 years after its release. A Clockwork Orange depicts vicious sexual assault, aggression, and even torture in a manner that had never been done before in a non-horror movie. Malcolm McDowell gained immediate recognition as one of the most promising actors of his time for his disturbing portrayal of Alex, the veritable angel of chaos.