The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books Films

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

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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  2. 2
    + 825
    - 117
    The Green Mile


    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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  3. 3
    + 745
    - 109
    Misery


    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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  4. 4
    + 804
    - 106
    Stand by Me


    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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  5. 5
    + 813
    - 237
    The Shining


    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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  6. 6
    + 622
    - 127
    Carrie


    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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  7. 7
    + 582
    - 141
    It


    Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

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    + 551
    - 192
    Pet Sematary


    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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    + 444
    - 149
    The Stand


    Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

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    + 426
    - 179
    Christine


    Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul, John Madden

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  11. 11
    + 362
    - 138
    Salem's Lot


    David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres

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  12. 12
    + 369
    - 145
    The Dead Zone


    Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt

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  13. 13
    + 407
    - 217
    Cujo


    Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter

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    + 439
    - 178
    The Mist


    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

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    + 390
    - 207
    Children of the Corn


    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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    + 372
    - 147
    1408


    Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh

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  17. 17
    + 308
    - 126
    Needful Things

    added by carlybobarly
    Ed Harris, Max von Sydow, Bonnie Bedelia

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  18. 18
    + 305
    - 199
    Secret Window


    Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro

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    + 337
    - 187
    Firestarter

    added by Logan2011
    Drew Barrymore, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen

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  20. 20
    + 321
    - 133
    Dolores Claiborne


    Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer

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    + 316
    - 164
    The Running Man


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura

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    + 264
    - 149
    Silver Bullet


    Gary Busey, Corey Haim, Terry O'Quinn

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    + 242
    - 84
    Creepshow

    added by SandraWelshStringer
    Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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    + 263
    - 228
    Dreamcatcher

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis

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    + 261
    - 165
    Thinner


    Stephen King, Kari Wührer, Josh Lucas

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    + 250
    - 158
    Maximum Overdrive

    added by Logan2011
    Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Emilio Estevez

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    + 190
    - 162
    The Tommyknockers

    added by Logan2011
    Marg Helgenberger, Traci Lords, Jimmy Smits

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    + 203
    - 145
    Apt Pupil

    added by carlybobarly
    Ian McKellen, David Schwimmer, Joshua Jackson

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  29. 29
    + 218
    - 151
    The Langoliers

    added by willyboymcoy
    Stephen King

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  30. 30
    + 204
    - 113
    Rose Red

    added by possumprincess
    Julian Sands, Kevin Tighe, Bobby Preston

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  31. 31
    + 185
    - 152
    Creepshow 2


    Stephen King, George Kennedy, Dorothy Lamour

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  32. 32
    + 166
    - 161
    The Dark Half

    often listed & added by Logan2011
    Timothy Hutton, Michael Rooker, Amy Madigan

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    + 124
    - 72
    Sometimes They Come Back


    Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams, Michael Gross

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    + 122
    - 87
    Graveyard Shift


    Brad Dourif, Stephen Macht, Andrew Divoff

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    + 145
    - 72
    Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

    ranked low on reranks
    Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Debbie Harry

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    + 153
    - 84
    Cat's Eye


    Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Charles S. Dutton

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    + 153
    - 154
    Hearts in Atlantis

    added by Logan2011
    Anthony Hopkins, Alan Tudyk, Anton Yelchin

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    + 109
    - 139
    Pet Sematary Two


    Edward Furlong, Clancy Brown, Anthony Edwards

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    + 96
    - 125
    The Night Flier


    Miguel Ferrer, Dan Monahan, Michael H. Moss

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  40. 40
    + 102
    - 74
    Stephen King's Desperation

    ranked low on reranks & added by JohnAWilson
    Ron Perlman, Charles Durning, Annabeth Gish

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    + 68
    - 81
    Riding the Bullet


    David Arquette, Erika Christensen, Barbara Hershey

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    + 69
    - 130
    The Mangler

    often listed & added by Logan2011
    Robert Englund, Ted Levine, Danny Keough

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    + 64
    - 85
    Mercy


    Ellen Barkin, Peta Wilson, Julian Sands

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