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List of the best Stephen King movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Stephen King's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Stephen King movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Stephen King movies will be at the top of the list. Stephen King has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Stephen King movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Stephen King films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Stephen King role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Stephen King performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

The Stand and For the Love of Benji are included on this list along with many more.

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The Stand

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The Stand is a 1994 American television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. King also wrote the teleplay, and has a cameo role in the series. It was directed by Mick Garris and stars Gary Sinise, Miguel Ferrer, Rob Lowe, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Jamey Sheridan, Laura San Giacomo, Molly Ringwald, Corin Nemec, Adam Storke, Ray Walston and Matt Frewer. It originally aired on ABC starting on May 8, 1994. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Gary Sinise, Shawnee Smith, + more

Initial Release: 1994

Directed by: Mick Garris

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#31 on The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

#9 on The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

#11 on The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks

#11 on The Best Horror Movies About Virus Outbreaks

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Creepshow is a 1982 horror anthology film with elements of black comedy directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King. The film's ensemble cast included Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson and E. G. Marshall, as well as Stephen King himself. Romero again engaged makeup and special effects artist Tom Savini for this film. It was considered a sleeper hit at the box office when released in November 1982, earning $21,028,755 domestically, and remains a popular film to this day among horror genre fans. The film was shot on location in Pittsburgh and its suburbs. It consists of five short stories: "Father's Day", "The Lonesome Death of Jordy ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson, Leslie Nielsen, Hal Holbrook, + more

Initial Release: 1982

Directed by: George A. Romero

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#60 on The Greatest Horror Films of All Time

#30 on The Best Horror Movie Franchises

#61 on The Scariest Giant Monster Movies

#49 on The Goriest Movies Ever Made

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Thinner is a 1996 American body horror film directed by Tom Holland and written by Michael McDowell with the screenplay by Tom Holland. The film is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name and stars Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Lucinda Jenney, Michael Constantine, Kari Wührer and Bethany Joy Lenz. The film screened alongside Michael Jackson's short film Michael Jackson's Ghosts in select theaters around the world. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Stephen King, Kari Wührer, Josh Lucas, Joe Mantegna, Bethany Joy Lenz-Galeotti, + more

Initial Release: 1996

Directed by: Tom Holland

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#70 on The Best Movies of 1996

#23 on The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

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Maximum Overdrive

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Maximum Overdrive is a 1986 American science fiction action horror film written and directed by Stephen King. The film stars Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington. The screenplay was inspired by and loosely based on King's short story Trucks, which was included in King's first collection of short stories, Night Shift. Maximum Overdrive is King's only directorial effort, though dozens of films have been based on King's novels. The film contained black humor elements and a generally campy tone, which contrasts with King's sombre subject matter in books. The film has a mid-1980s hard rock soundtrack composed entirely by the group AC/DC, King's favorite band. AC/DC's album Who Made Who ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Emilio Estevez, Giancarlo Esposito, Nancy Allen, + more

Initial Release: 1986

Directed by: Stephen King

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#80 on The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

#28 on The Best Movies Based on Stephen King Books

#48 on The Best Movies of 1986

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