The 20 Best Stephen King Adaptations

by LuvzHorror | created - 07 Oct 2011 | updated - 07 Oct 2011 | Public

In my opinion, the 20 best films based on Stephen King books.

*Yes, I know The Shining isn't here, and that's because King HATED Kubrick's adaptation of his book*

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1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Crime, Drama

9.3
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80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Votes: 1,887,168 | Gross: $28.34M

2. Misery (1990)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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75 Metascore

After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen

Votes: 149,758 | Gross: $61.28M

3. Stand by Me (1986)

R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama

8.1
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75 Metascore

After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell

Votes: 303,320 | Gross: $52.29M

4. The Green Mile (1999)

R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

8.5
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61 Metascore

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 893,899 | Gross: $136.80M

5. Carrie (1976)

R | 98 min | Horror

7.4
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85 Metascore

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, John Travolta

Votes: 138,910 | Gross: $33.80M

6. Cujo (1983)

R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

6.0
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57 Metascore

Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Danny Pintauro, Christopher Stone

Votes: 30,855 | Gross: $21.20M

7. Children of the Corn (1984)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

5.6
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45 Metascore

A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.

Director: Fritz Kiersch | Stars: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong, John Franklin

Votes: 39,122 | Gross: $14.57M

8. The Mist (2007)

R | 126 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.2
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58 Metascore

A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher

Votes: 242,536 | Gross: $25.59M

9. 1408 (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Horror

6.8
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64 Metascore

A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Paul Birchard

Votes: 228,661 | Gross: $71.99M

10. Pet Sematary (1989)

R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

6.6
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38 Metascore

Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne, Brad Greenquist

Votes: 71,821 | Gross: $57.47M

11. It (1990)

TV-14 | 192 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.9
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In 1960, seven pre-teen outcasts fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.

Stars: Richard Thomas, Tim Reid, Annette O'Toole, Harry Anderson

Votes: 90,889

12. Dolores Claiborne (1995)

R | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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62 Metascore

A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 31,586 | Gross: $24.36M

13. Apt Pupil (1998)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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51 Metascore

A boy blackmails his neighbor after suspecting him to be a Nazi war criminal.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Ian McKellen, Brad Renfro, Joshua Jackson, Mickey Cottrell

Votes: 31,102 | Gross: $8.84M

14. Thinner (1996)

R | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror

5.7
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33 Metascore

An obese attorney is cursed by a gypsy to rapidly and uncontrollably lose weight.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Lucinda Jenney, Bethany Joy Lenz

Votes: 22,648 | Gross: $15.17M

15. Secret Window (2004)

PG-13 | 96 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.6
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46 Metascore

A writer is accused of plagiarism by a strange man, who then starts haunting him for "justice."

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro, Timothy Hutton

Votes: 159,403 | Gross: $48.02M

16. Salem's Lot (1979 TV Movie)

PG | 187 min | Horror

6.8
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A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia

Votes: 16,629

17. Hearts in Atlantis (2001)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Mystery

6.9
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55 Metascore

A widowed mother and her son change when a mysterious stranger enters their lives.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis, Mika Boorem

Votes: 32,387 | Gross: $24.19M

18. The Stand (1994)

Unrated | 361 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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After a deadly plague kills most of the world's population, the remaining survivors split into two groups - one led by a benevolent elder and the other by a maleficent being - to face each other in a final battle between good and evil.

Stars: Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan, Laura San Giacomo

Votes: 26,972

19. Christine (1983)

R | 110 min | Horror

6.7
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57 Metascore

A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky

Votes: 56,298 | Gross: $21.20M

20. Creepshow (1982)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

6.9
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59 Metascore

An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 33,791 | Gross: $19.73M