Best Stephen King Movies

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The Shawshank Redemption
This is the best movie of all time not just the best Stephen King adaptation


Possibly the greatest movie of all time and it is an amazing book. The true credit that should be given to Stephen
stephen kings three best films are all not horrors... shawshank, stand by me and the green mile
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2The Shining
I have just started reading the book and I am hooked it is quite a bit different than the movie and The Shining is the greatest movie ever because of a great plot, being scary, fantastic acting, and a billion more reasons so no offense to the Shawshank Redemption but this movie crushes it.
Stephen King may have disliked this adaption but I can honestly say Kubrick improved it so how is not following the story completely a bad thing when he does that?
A real awesome movie, the book was awesome to, everything about the film is good, and every thing about the book is really cool
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3The Green Mile
Most amazing, heartfelt, most touching movie in history
Great actors, and now that Michael Clarke Duncan is no longer with us, this movie is even more touching and heartfelt
Stephen king has alot of bad movies but this and shawshank are awesome.


The only movie in history that brings tears to my eyes
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IT may leave a ton out from the book, but Tim Curry gives me nightmares, and that's what makes this movie good.
Kiss me fatboy! Laugh out loud
Great movie to this very day!

5Stand By Me
Not just the story (which is wonderful), but an incredible sense of time and place evoked by Rob Reiner and the kids he directed.
Great and spellbinding drama!

I know it isn't as good as the book. But Carrie was an instant classic, and is still favored by lots of people today.
This movie made me cry :'(. And I NEVER cry during movies
I like carrie movie
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Such a good adaptation, you'd think King himself wrote the screenplay. Brilliantly cast.
Kathy Bates sure scared the snot outta me!

8Pet Sematary
This is not only the scariest movies I have even seen but it was also very enjoyable. Very interesting and unique story and ideas.
Yes, it's cheesy, but it's still a fun and entertaining flick!
Have you even read the book? It's sick.

9The Mist
My favorite all-time favorite movie ever. Way batter than The Shining!

10Children of the Corn
Pretty good an 8/10 but this movie can't be com paired to The Shawshank Redemption and The Shining which are 10/10.
Great horror movie be number 3 on my list after stand by me and Shawshank

The Contenders

11The Stand
Pretty good movie (though it's INSANELY long) about (IMO) Stephen King's best work.

I think of this, and I get scared. I can see myself stuck in that room. In the scene where he's walking on the edge of the building and can't find another window: I would've just jumped there.
One of the scariest movies I've ever seen.
if you haven't seen 1408, watch it. better than the short story in my opinion


13The Dead Zone
The movie, with Christopher Walken, is great storytelling.

Christopher Walken, brilliant casting, starting out as a boy-next-door type, who becomes an outsider, in his own life, dealing with powers that frighten and alienate others.

14The Langoliers

Cujo is unlike other Stephen King movies. It has a twist that the others don't: An innocent dog get bitten and terrorizes people. Scary, with a touch of drama, magnificent!

16Storm of the Century

17Dolores Claiborne
Another fantabulous performance from Kathy Bates in an SK movie!


19The Dark Half
Best King Book to Movie conversion



22Maximum Overdrive
THis is the movie whit the greatest soudtrack of all time!

23Sometimes They Come Back


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