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 Shawshank Redemption

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    The Stand

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    Dreamcatcher

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