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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 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.)


The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books Films
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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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    Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

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    Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul, John Madden

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    David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres

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    Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt

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    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter

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    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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    Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh

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    Drew Barrymore, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen

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    Ed Harris, Max von Sydow, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura

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    Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer

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    Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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    Gary Busey, Corey Haim, Terry O'Quinn

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    Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis

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    Stephen King, Kari Wührer, Josh Lucas

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    Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Emilio Estevez

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    Marg Helgenberger, Traci Lords, Jimmy Smits

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    Stephen King

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    Ian McKellen, David Schwimmer, Joshua Jackson

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    Stephen King, George Kennedy, Dorothy Lamour

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    Julian Sands, Kevin Tighe, Bobby Preston

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    Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Debbie Harry

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    Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Charles S. Dutton

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    Timothy Hutton, Michael Rooker, Amy Madigan

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    Anthony Hopkins, Alan Tudyk, Anton Yelchin

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    Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams, Michael Gross

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    Brad Dourif, Stephen Macht, Andrew Divoff

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    Edward Furlong, Clancy Brown, Anthony Edwards

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    Miguel Ferrer, Dan Monahan, Michael H. Moss

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    Ron Perlman, Charles Durning, Annabeth Gish

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    David Arquette, Erika Christensen, Barbara Hershey

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    Robert Englund, Ted Levine, Danny Keough

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    Ellen Barkin, Peta Wilson, Julian Sands

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