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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Michael Clarke Duncan

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    Seth Green, Tim Curry, John Ritter

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    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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    Kelly Preston, John Madden, Alexandra Paul

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    The Stand

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter, Dee Wallace

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    James Mason, Lew Ayres, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Herbert Lom

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    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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    ranked low on reranks Marcia Gay Harden, Thomas Jane, Alexa Davalos

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro

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    Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura

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    added by carlybobarly Ed Harris, Max von Sydow, Amanda Plummer

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Tom Sizemore

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    added by Logan2011 Drew Barrymore, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen

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    ranked low on reranks Kathy Bates, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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    Corey Haim, Gary Busey, Terry O'Quinn

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    Stephen King, Kari Wührer, Josh Lucas

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    added by Logan2011 Marg Helgenberger, Traci Lords, Jimmy Smits

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    added by Logan2011 Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Emilio Estevez

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    added by willyboymcoy Stephen King

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    added by carlybobarly Ian McKellen, David Schwimmer, Joshua Jackson

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    Stephen King, George Kennedy, Dorothy Lamour

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    added by SandraWelshStringer Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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    added by Logan2011 Timothy Hutton, Michael Rooker, Amy Madigan

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    Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

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    Miguel Ferrer, Dan Monahan, Michael H. Moss

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    added by possumprincess Julian Sands, Kevin Tighe, Bobby Preston

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    often listed & added by Logan2011 Anthony Hopkins, Alan Tudyk, David Morse

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    Edward Furlong, Clancy Brown, Anthony Edwards

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    Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Charles S. Dutton

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

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    Brad Dourif, Stephen Macht, Andrew Divoff

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    Julianne Moore, Debbie Harry, Steve Buscemi

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    Brooke Adams, Tim Matheson, William Sanderson

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    Ellen Barkin, Peta Wilson, Julian Sands

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    new! & added by JohnAWilson Ron Perlman, Charles Durning, Henry Thomas

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