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
[Newest]No doubt about this being the best. One of the best films of all time

2The Shining
The Shining secures a spot as the greatest movie ever made. I have read the novel it was fantastic but not as good as the movie was. Three differences that make the movie superior is the climax is more intense and interesting (a reason is an axe is so much cooler than a roque mallet), the 237 which is 217 in the book was more horrifying, a final example is the movie left more questions at the end. The acting is marvelous with one of the greatest performances of all time done by Nicholson and remarkable unforgettable performances done by Duvall, Lloyd, and Crothers. I would hugely suggests watching this if you haven't seen it, it is easily the greatest movie ever. If you have watched this movie and loved it I would really suggest watching The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me.
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?
[Newest]Best movie ever made! ­čܬHERES JOHNNY­čܬ

3The Green Mile
One of my all time favorites! I never get tired of watching this movie and Stephen King has one of the best imaginations and creativity of a writer I've encountered... Love him!
Stephen king has alot of bad movies but this and shawshank are awesome.


Amazing move... Absolutely terrifying in some parts... But brilliantly directed and stuff

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
My favorite movie of all time! Maybe it's because I can relate to the kids because I am close to their age, but it's still an amazing movie!
Not just the story (which is wonderful), but an incredible sense of time and place evoked by Rob Reiner and the kids he directed.
I thought it was going to be a scare fest (It scared me when I was young. The movie It) but it turned into my favorite movie.10/10 stars

I remember seeing carrie the musical which my brother preformed in and I was hooked, I wanted to watch the movie and when I did I was so glad, I remember my mom said not to because it's "scary" but it's just an innocent girl who gets pushed way too far, what I don't get is why the 2002 one is so under rated, I thought it was a bit better (even though the tampon locker prank isn't in the book) then the 1970s one!
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

Such a good adaptation, you'd think King himself wrote the screenplay. Brilliantly cast.
Kathy Bates did such an awesome job at making Annie seem crazy...
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!

10The Stand
Pretty good movie (though it's INSANELY long) about (IMO) Stephen King's best work.

The Contenders

11Children 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

12The 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.

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


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!


19Carrie (2013)

20The Dark Half
Best King Book to Movie conversion



23Maximum Overdrive
THis is the movie whit the greatest soudtrack of all time!

24Sometimes They Come Back


26The Shining (1997)

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