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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    Misery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    It is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

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    Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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    The Stand is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

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    Christine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul, John Madden

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    Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres

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    The Dead Zone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt

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    Cujo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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    Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter

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    The Mist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

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    1408 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh

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    Children of the Corn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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    Needful Things is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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    Ed Harris, Max von Sydow, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Firestarter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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    Drew Barrymore, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen

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    Dolores Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer

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    Secret Window is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro

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    The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura

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    Silver Bullet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Gary Busey, Corey Haim, Terry O'Quinn

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    Creepshow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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    Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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    Thinner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Stephen King, Kari Wührer, Josh Lucas

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    Dreamcatcher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis

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    The Langoliers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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    Stephen King

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    Rose Red is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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    Julian Sands, Kevin Tighe, Bobby Preston

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    Apt Pupil is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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    Ian McKellen, David Schwimmer, Joshua Jackson

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    The Tommyknockers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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    Marg Helgenberger, Traci Lords, Jimmy Smits

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    Maximum Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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    Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Emilio Estevez

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    The Dark Half is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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    Timothy Hutton, Michael Rooker, Amy Madigan

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    Creepshow 2 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Stephen King, George Kennedy, Dorothy Lamour

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    Sometimes They Come Back is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams, Michael Gross

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    Cat's Eye is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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    Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Charles S. Dutton

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    Graveyard Shift is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Brad Dourif, Stephen Macht, Andrew Divoff

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    Tales from the Darkside: The M... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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    Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Debbie Harry

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    Hearts in Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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    Anthony Hopkins, Alan Tudyk, Anton Yelchin

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    11/22/63 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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    The Night Flier is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Miguel Ferrer, Dan Monahan, Michael H. Moss

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    Pet Sematary Two is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Edward Furlong, Clancy Brown, Anthony Edwards

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    Stephen King's Desperation is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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    Ron Perlman, Charles Durning, Annabeth Gish

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    Riding the Bullet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    David Arquette, Erika Christensen, Barbara Hershey

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    The Mangler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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    Robert Englund, Ted Levine, Danny Keough

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    Mercy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books


    Ellen Barkin, Peta Wilson, Julian Sands

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