Best Stephen King Movies

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

The Top Ten

1 The Shawshank Redemption

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

Can you believe they turned a short story into about a 3 hour movie? This story, weather it be the movie or original short story was the work of a genius. Amazing story with a touch of how things work in the real world, just amazing.

Possibly the greatest movie of all time and it is an amazing book. The true credit that should be given to Stephen

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

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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.

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?

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)

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3 The Green Mile

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

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!

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

This is an amazing movie, how the Shining is above it I don't understand

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4 It

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.

Who cares if it was super long! Pennywise scared me! - spodermanfan1000

You'll float too - THEGNOME101

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5 Stand By Me

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.

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.

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.

Best movie ever! Such a deep meaning beneath all the humor in this movie. Beautiful! RIP River Phoenix

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6 Misery

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

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

Kathy Bates did such an awesome job at making Annie seem crazy...


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7 Carrie

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

I want her powers though... - Quelaire

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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 The Mist

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.

Worst ending ever! He couldn't have waited 10 minutes to be rescued! - westofohio

10 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

The Contenders

11 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

Rented it from Movie Gallery (only 4 VHS's long). Got back at 9:00pm and figured I'd just watch one. 3am later, finished them all - Xean45

12 It (2017)

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

One of my most favorite films of all time. It is an adventure thriller that cuts deep. The cast is great especially. Eddie Kaspbrak stands out for me.

13 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.

14 1408

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.

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

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.

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

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15 Cujo

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!

16 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.

17 The Langoliers
18 Carrie (2013)
19 Dolores Claiborne

Another fantabulous performance from Kathy Bates in an SK movie!

20 Salem's Lot
21 Dreamcatcher
22 Storm of the Century

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

23 Sometimes They Come Back
24 Maximum Overdrive

I like the white mack truck

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

Acdc rocks for maximum overdrive

25 Thinner
26 Pet Sematary Two
27 The Dark Half

Best King Book to Movie conversion

28 Gerald's Game
29 Creepshow
30 It (2017)

It's live up to the hype ( for me that is).

You'll float too

31 The Dark Tower
32 Silver Bullet

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

33 Tommyknockers
34 The Shining (1997)
35 Sleepwalkers

Best Movie, Absolutely a good plot!

36 Creepshow II
37 The Night Flier
38 Firestarter
39 1922
40 Carrie (2002)
41 Graveyard Shift
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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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