15. The Shining

15. The Shining (1980). Stanley Kubrick’s examination of domestic violence, father and son relationships, alcoholism, and the ghosts of the past (either ours or someone else’s) is weird, off-putting (as is Shelly Duvall’s bizarre performance), and hypnotic. Conspiracy theories about the film’s true message (Native American genocide guilt, the moon landing was faked, the Illuminati control America, etc.) abound and only serve to add to the film’s mystique.

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