film The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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Horror writer Stephen King ranks among the most prolific of contemporary American authors. This is a complete list of feature films and miniseries based on his writings, including work written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, and the sequels to films based on Stephen King books. The rankings are determined by the votes of Ranker users.

With the big budget retelling of King's epic Dark Tower series hitting screens any year now, what better time to look back on the man's long and storied list of adaptations? (NOTE: King's short stories, novellas, and other work has also inspired numerous TV shows, but that's a list for another day.)

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The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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It Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

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Pet Sematary Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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The Stand Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

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Christine Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul, John Madden

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Salem's Lot David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres

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The Dead Zone Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt

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Cujo Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter

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The Mist Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

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1408 Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh

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Children of the Corn Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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Needful Things Ed Harris, Max von Sydow, Bonnie Bedelia

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Dolores Claiborne Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer

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Firestarter Drew Barrymore, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen

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Secret Window Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro

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The Running Man Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura

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Silver Bullet Gary Busey, Corey Haim, Terry O'Quinn

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Creepshow Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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Thinner Stephen King, Kari W├╝hrer, Josh Lucas

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Dreamcatcher Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis

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Apt Pupil Ian McKellen, David Schwimmer, Joshua Jackson

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Rose Red Julian Sands, Kevin Tighe, Bobby Preston

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The Langoliers Stephen King

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The Tommyknockers Marg Helgenberger, Traci Lords, Jimmy Smits

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Maximum Overdrive Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Emilio Estevez

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The Dark Half Timothy Hutton, Michael Rooker, Amy Madigan

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Creepshow 2 Stephen King, George Kennedy, Dorothy Lamour

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Cat's Eye Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Charles S. Dutton

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Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Debbie Harry

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Sometimes They Come Back Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams, Michael Gross

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11/22/63

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Graveyard Shift Brad Dourif, Stephen Macht, Andrew Divoff

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Hearts in Atlantis Anthony Hopkins, Alan Tudyk, Anton Yelchin

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Stephen King's Desperation Ron Perlman, Charles Durning, Annabeth Gish

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The Night Flier Miguel Ferrer, Dan Monahan, Michael H. Moss

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Pet Sematary Two Edward Furlong, Clancy Brown, Anthony Edwards

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Riding the Bullet David Arquette, Erika Christensen, Barbara Hershey

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Mercy Ellen Barkin, Peta Wilson, Julian Sands

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The Mangler Robert Englund, Ted Levine, Danny Keough