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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    1978

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  2. 2
    + 1,466
    - 187

    most listed
    1986

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  3. 3
    + 1,307
    - 157


    1977

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    + 1,024
    - 194


    1987

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  5. 5
    + 954
    - 178


    1983

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  6. 6
    + 941
    - 175


    1975

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  7. 7
    + 763
    - 227


    1974

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  8. 8
    + 949
    - 124


    1996

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    1979

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    1991

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    - 187


    1983

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  12. 12
    + 711
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    1982

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  13. 13
    + 585
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    1982

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  14. 14
    + 479
    - 136


    1980

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  15. 15
    + 484
    - 111


    1978

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  16. 16
    + 584
    - 208


    1981

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    ranked low on reranks
    2011

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    - 128


    1998

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  21. 21
    + 504
    - 175


    2009

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  22. 22
    + 385
    - 91


    1985

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  23. 23
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    - 136


    1982

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  24. 24
    + 440
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    1984

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  25. 25
    + 356
    - 125


    1989

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    + 403
    - 130


    1994

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  27. 27
    + 359
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    2001

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  28. 28
    + 441
    - 101


    1979

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  29. 29
    + 267
    - 114

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    2001

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  30. 30
    + 460
    - 90

    ranked low on reranks
    1997

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    + 283
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    - 176

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    1987

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    1993

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    + 366
    - 106


    1996

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    + 342
    - 142


    2006

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    - 103


    1987

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  38. 38
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    - 101


    1999

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    + 381
    - 88


    1992

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  40. 40
    + 271
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    2002

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    + 279
    - 160

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    1970

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  42. 42
    + 255
    - 124

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    1999

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    + 234
    - 137

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    2002

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  44. 44
    + 351
    - 86

    ranked low on reranks
    2003

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    + 269
    - 75

    ranked low on reranks
    1990

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    ranked low on reranks
    1985

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    + 221
    - 96


    1996

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    + 236
    - 125


    2006

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    - 111


    2008

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    - 61

    ranked low on reranks
    2013

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