The Greatest All-Time Works of Stephen King Books

The Greatest All-Time Works of Stephen King

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List Criteria: Must be books written by Stephen King and published under his name

He's one of the most recognizable names in fiction and easily one of the most prolific American authors. With so many great works, this list of books by Stephen King, voted on by the Ranker community, attempts to rank his top novels and best books ever. This list of King's writings is the definitive ranking of his body of work. King's stories range from thick novels to short stories and collections, and include some of the most popular horror novels of our time. Many Stephen King books and stories have been adapted into popular horror movies as well, including The Shining, Misery, Carrie, and The Shawshank Redemption

What are Stephen King's best books? This list is focused only on Stephen King's published work, not the resulting movies or TV shows. Enjoy this list of Stephen King books ranked, and vote for the novels you think are the best Stephen King books of all time.

Ranking Stephen King books isn't easy, with so many to choose from, so help us out and vote! His works cover many genres, primarily horror, fantasy, supernatural fiction, and dark fantasy. He has written memorable series such as The Dark Tower series, as well as stand-alone horror novels, like The Stand. King has also branched out from horror writing during his career, such as with the time-travel novel, 11/22/63, about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

The best Stephen King novels on this list have combined to sell over 350 million copies, and King himself has received numerous writing and literature awards throughout his career. So vote for the best among his many top works below, or rerank the list if you don't agree with the order.
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    the people's #1
    1978

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  2. 2
    + 1,534
    - 192

    most listed
    1986

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  3. 3
    + 1,365
    - 161


    1977

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  4. 4
    + 1,063
    - 202


    1987

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  5. 5
    + 998
    - 186


    1983

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  6. 6
    + 991
    - 182


    1975

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  7. 7
    + 797
    - 235


    1974

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  8. 8
    + 1,000
    - 128


    1996

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  9. 9
    + 682
    - 159


    1979

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  10. 10
    + 682
    - 193


    1991

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  11. 11
    + 638
    - 196


    1983

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  12. 12
    + 749
    - 165


    1982

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  13. 13
    + 612
    - 129


    1982

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  14. 14
    + 516
    - 113


    1978

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  15. 15
    + 503
    - 145


    1980

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  16. 16
    + 613
    - 211


    1981

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  17. 17
    + 587
    - 134
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  18. 18
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    - 101

    ranked low on reranks
    2011

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  19. 19
    + 567
    - 143
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  20. 20
    + 534
    - 184


    2009

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  21. 21
    + 437
    - 139


    1998

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  22. 22
    + 406
    - 93


    1985

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  23. 23
    + 417
    - 141


    1982

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  24. 24
    + 464
    - 139


    1984

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  25. 25
    + 379
    - 131


    1989

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  26. 26
    + 426
    - 142


    1994

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  27. 27
    + 375
    - 173


    2001

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  28. 28
    + 463
    - 105


    1979

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  29. 29
    + 280
    - 119

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    2001

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  30. 30
    + 496
    - 97

    ranked low on reranks
    1997

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  31. 31
    + 362
    - 94


    1993

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  32. 32
    + 299
    - 107
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  33. 33
    + 380
    - 188


    1987

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  34. 34
    + 440
    - 85
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  35. 35
    + 386
    - 112


    1996

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  36. 36
    + 359
    - 106


    1987

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  37. 37
    + 356
    - 149


    2006

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  38. 38
    + 324
    - 107


    1999

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  39. 39
    + 404
    - 93


    1992

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  40. 40
    + 291
    - 83


    2002

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  41. 41
    + 296
    - 169

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    1970

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  42. 42
    + 270
    - 133

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    1999

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  43. 43
    + 379
    - 94

    ranked low on reranks
    2003

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  44. 44
    + 250
    - 146

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    2002

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  45. 45
    + 288
    - 80

    ranked low on reranks
    1990

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  46. 46
    + 336
    - 65

    ranked low on reranks
    1985

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  47. 47
    + 238
    - 103


    1996

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  48. 48
    + 250
    - 131


    2006

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  49. 49
    + 357
    - 117


    2008

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  50. 50
    + 327
    - 65

    ranked low on reranks
    2013

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