horror movies and TV 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 Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

The All-Time Greatest Works of Stephen King The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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1,441 245
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Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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It Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

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Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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Pet Sematary Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby

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The Stand Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

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Christine Kelly Preston, Alexandra Paul, John Madden

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Salem's Lot David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres

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Cujo Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter

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607 270
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The Dead Zone Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt

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The Mist Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

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Children of the Corn Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

The Most Horrible Things That Have Happened in Stephen King Novels 7 Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

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1408 Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh

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Secret Window Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro

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557 295
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Logan2011 added Firestarter Drew Barrymore, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen

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Dolores Claiborne Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer

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528 242
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carlybobarly added Needful Things Ed Harris, Max von Sydow, Bonnie Bedelia

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The Running Man Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura

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Silver Bullet Gary Busey, Corey Haim, Terry O'Quinn

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438 382
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Dreamcatcher Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis

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464 285
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Thinner Stephen King, Kari Wührer, Josh Lucas

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481 173
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SandraWelshStringer added Creepshow Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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Logan2011 added The Tommyknockers Marg Helgenberger, Traci Lords, Jimmy Smits

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carlybobarly added Apt Pupil Ian McKellen, David Schwimmer, Joshua Jackson

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willyboymcoy added The Langoliers Stephen King

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Logan2011 added Maximum Overdrive Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Emilio Estevez

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possumprincess added Rose Red Julian Sands, Kevin Tighe, Bobby Preston

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It Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Bill Skarsgard

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Logan2011 added The Dark Half Timothy Hutton, Michael Rooker, Amy Madigan

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Creepshow 2 Stephen King, George Kennedy, Dorothy Lamour

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298 170
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Cat's Eye Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Charles S. Dutton

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StarlandSeay added 11/22/63

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Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Debbie Harry

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Logan2011 added Hearts in Atlantis Anthony Hopkins, Alan Tudyk, Anton Yelchin

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Graveyard Shift Brad Dourif, Stephen Macht, Andrew Divoff

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Sometimes They Come Back Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams, Michael Gross

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JohnAWilson added Stephen King's Desperation Ron Perlman, Charles Durning, Annabeth Gish

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The Night Flier Miguel Ferrer, Dan Monahan, Michael H. Moss

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Pet Sematary Two Edward Furlong, Clancy Brown, Anthony Edwards

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MichaelChoi added The Dark Tower Idris Elba, Tom Taylor, Matthew McConaughey

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Riding the Bullet David Arquette, Erika Christensen, Barbara Hershey

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Dani Madden added Bag of Bones

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Logan2011 added The Mangler Robert Englund, Ted Levine, Danny Keough

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Mercy Ellen Barkin, Peta Wilson, Julian Sands