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 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 second installment of King's classic It hitting screens soon, 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 have also inspired numerous TV shows, and you can check out the full ranking of all Stephen King adaptations to see where those fall.)

  • The Shawshank Redemption
    Photo: The Shawshank Redemption
    • Actors: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Frank Darabont
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    3,415 VOTES
    • Actors: Tom Hanks, David Morse, Michael Clarke Duncan, Bonnie Hunt, James Cromwell
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Frank Darabont
  • Misery
    Photo: Misery
    3,130 VOTES
    • Actors: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Frances Sternhagen, Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Rob Reiner
  • Stand by Me
    Photo: Stand by Me
    3,198 VOTES
    • Actors: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: Rob Reiner