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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    Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Michael Clarke Duncan

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    Kelly Preston, John Madden, Alexandra Paul

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    Seth Green, Tim Curry, John Ritter

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    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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    The Stand

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    James Mason, Lew Ayres, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter, Dee Wallace

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    Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Herbert Lom

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

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    Marcia Gay Harden, Thomas Jane, Alexa Davalos

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    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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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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    Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh

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    added by Logan2011 Drew Barrymore, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen

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

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

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    added by Logan2011 Marg Helgenberger, Traci Lords, Jimmy Smits

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    added by willyboymcoy Stephen King

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    Corey Haim, Gary Busey, Terry O'Quinn

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    added by Logan2011 Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Emilio Estevez

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    Stephen King, George Kennedy, Dorothy Lamour

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    added by carlybobarly Ian McKellen, David Schwimmer, Joshua Jackson

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    Stephen King, Kari Wührer, Josh Lucas

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    added by Logan2011 Timothy Hutton, Michael Rooker, Amy Madigan

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    new! Miguel Ferrer, Dan Monahan, Michael H. Moss

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    added by Logan2011 Anthony Hopkins, Alan Tudyk, David Morse

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