The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books Films
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The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

Horror writer Stephen King ranks among the most prolific of contemporary American authors. This is a complete list of feature films 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 Ron Howard serialized 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 and miniseries, but that's a list for another day.)


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    Patricia Clarkson, Gary Sinise, Michael Clarke Duncan

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    Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall, Graham Jarvis

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    Scatman Crothers, Shelley Duvall, Jack Nicholson

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    John Ritter, Tim Reid, Tim Curry

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    Matt Frewer, Rob Lowe, Gary Sinise

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    Peter Stader, Michael Lombard, Mary Louise Wilson

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    Kelly Preston, Roberts Blossom, Robert Prosky

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    Ed Flanders, David Soul, Lance Kerwin

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    Christopher Walken, Colleen Dewhurst, Tom Skerritt

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    Laurie Holden, Marcia Gay Harden, Thomas Jane

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    Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, Julie Maddalena

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    John Turturro, Maria Bello, Timothy Hutton

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    John Cusack, Kevin Dobson, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Richard Dawson, María Conchita Alonso, Edward Bunker

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    Art Carney, Louise Fletcher, Moses Gunn

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    Eric Bogosian, Jennifer Jason Leigh, John C. Reilly

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    Joe Mantegna, Josh Lucas, Elizabeth Franz

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    Gary Busey, Paul Butler, Lawrence Tierney

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    Traci Lords, Jimmy Smits, Marg Helgenberger

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    Carrie Fisher, Yeardley Smith, Anthony Denison

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    Stephen King

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    David Schwimmer, Bruce Davison, Ann Dowd

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    George Kennedy, Lois Chiles, Tom Savini

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    Ed Harris, Ted Danson, David Garrison

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    Michael Rooker, Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan

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    Julie Entwisle, Dan Monahan, Miguel Ferrer

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    Anton Yelchin, Deirdre O'Connell, Celia Weston

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    Anthony Edwards, Edward Furlong, Darlanne Fluegel

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    James Woods, Kenneth McMillan, Charles S. Dutton

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    Brad Dourif, Vic Polizos, Kelly L. Goodman

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    Debbie Harry, Julianne Moore, Christian Slater

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    Tom Skerritt, Ron Perlman, Annabeth Gish

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