Best Stephen King Movies

Best book-to-movie adaptations by author Stephen King.

The Top Ten

1 The Shawshank Redemption

The cast makes it great

I usually prefer the horror side of King, but Shawshank was too good to ignore.
My top 10:
1. Shawshank Redemption
2. Carrie (1976)
3. The Shining (1980)
4. Stand By Me
5. 1408
6. It (2017)
7. Christine
8. Cujo
9. Misery
10.The Green Mile

This is the best movie of all time not just the best Stephen King adaptation - Fabio-Fabulous-of-swag-town

Good vote for number one

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2 The 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.

One word; classic - BreakFastBeast2005

Definitely the best... so different from the book (don’t get me wrong the book is fantastic but the movie is a lot better). Amazing scenery, amazing acting, classic and the best film ever made (not just the best horror movie)

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.

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3 The Green Mile

This film has a great director, great performances (Hanks, Rockwell, Clarke Duncan and Hutchison in particular), is stunningly close to the book, and the ending is so effective. Shawshank is the most popular of Darabont's adaptions, but I personally prefer this one. This film holds up so well, and it's just a damn good movie. It's also pretty funny at times, like seriously, some of the lines are just hysterical.

Hooked from start to finish. Agree Shawshank is possibly one of the best movies ever, but this can't be far off. My kids never said a word all the what through and I don't think they moved either. I made them watch both the Green Mile and Shawshank, not because they wanted to but because I thought it should be compulsory

The book stayed so true to the story and the dialogue in the story, just over all the books and the movie are One of Stephen kings best works

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!

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4 It

You'll float too - THEGNOME101

The new IT was awesome!

IT may leave a ton out from the book, but Tim Curry gives me nightmares, and that's what makes this movie good.

I watched "It" over 20 years ago & still shiver when I recall Pennywise saying "You'll float; they all float when you are down here with me"! Hope the remake lives up to the hype.

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5 Stand By Me

Best Stephen King film by far and adaptation of the book. The shining would be the most overrated, which Stephen King would say the same thing as well.

It was a wonderful movie, and it was filled with emotion. The movie had a creepy vibe to it (dead body) the characters had so much depth to them. The humor was on point throughout the movie, and the end was a tear-jerker, but it left you satisfied. Overall Stand By Me is a heartwarming coming of age story, that is one of my favorite movies.

It's my favorite movie, I can't even describe how much I love it. It tells an amazing story in a very honest way. Not to mention how incredible each and every single cast member is! I highly recommend it to anybody, I think it's a movie that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. At the end, it leaves you with a bittersweet feeling and it really makes you think about your life and your friendships.

This wasn't your typical Stephen King movie, most were weird and creepy. It made me feel like I was in the 50's watching it. The adventures that the boys went through, I envied, though not the dead body part. Awesome movie, way better than It.

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6 Misery

I am your biggest fan

Misery and stand by me are the best. Shawshank is pretty basic and the shining is one of the most overrated movies ever.

I think it should be higher, it is such an amazing adaptation. The characters are acted phenomenally

Such a good adaptation, you'd think King himself wrote the screenplay. Brilliantly cast.

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7 Carrie

My favorite so good better than it better than christine better than everything! - alexanderstrider

I want her powers though... - Quelaire

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.

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8 Pet 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.

9 Christine

On the surface it appears to be far-fetched but thanks to John Carpenter's directing and well developed characters that you are immediately invested in the story. - MonkeeJuice

That car Is amazing and the story is just so good.

10 The Stand


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

Cried six times, when nick died and every time they mentioned him afterwards. Pretty amazing movie though

Even though it is a 6 hour movie, I have seen it at least 40 times - westofohio

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The Contenders

11 The Mist

Literally gave me nightmares... and I don't even have dreams! I want a remake! - DerpaHerpaMerpa

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

I agree, terrible ending to a very good movie. King sometimes has a twisted sense of humor.

This movie and The Shining are my 2 favorite Stephen King movies.

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12 Cujo

Oh Lord!

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!

13 Children 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

14 It (2017)

A thrilling masterpiece I say!

You'll float too

Far better than the miniseries!, the only reason the miniseries is ranked above this, is because this list is quite old.

How is it 1990 above this, this is an amazing movie

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15 The 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.

Let me tell you how to be board. watch this movie and sit there in bore. - alexanderstrider

16 1408

If you are going to see I for the first time, do not watch it on regular T.V. when they cut it. Watch it uncut - westofohio

This movie blew me away! Though not the best, it should be in top 10. John Cusack was amazing and the hotel room was very creepy.

I prefer Stephen King’s movies that involve horror and this one is the best.

if you haven't seen 1408, watch it. better than the short story in my opinion - the6donof6chron

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17 Dolores Claiborne

Another fantabulous performance from Kathy Bates in an SK movie!

18 Carrie (2013)

It's my guilty pleasure

19 Silver Bullet

This movie should be top 20. The chemistry between Busey and Haim was great.

How is this not up on the list at least top ten come on

20 Thinner
21 Pet Sematary Two
22 Creepshow
23 Salem's Lot
24 The Langoliers
25 Storm of the Century

To me this number one. I'm going to remake this list later - Sabbath

26 Graveyard Shift
27 Maximum Overdrive

I like the white mack truck

THis is the movie whit the greatest soudtrack of all time!

Acdc rocks for maximum overdrive

28 Creepshow II
29 The Dark Half

Best King Book to Movie conversion

30 Gerald's Game
31 Sometimes They Come Back
32 The Shining (1997)
33 The Dark Tower

I don t know if this is horror or not whatever it is. I love it it is one of my favorites. - alexanderstrider

34 Dreamcatcher
35 Tommyknockers
36 Sleepwalkers

Best Movie, Absolutely a good plot!

37 The Night Flier
38 Firestarter
39 1922
40 Carrie (2002)
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1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. The Green Mile
3. Pet Sematary
1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. Stand By Me
3. The Shining
1. Carrie
2. Carrie (2013)
3. Children of the Corn

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