The Best Stephen King Adaptions

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1.
Stand by Me (1986)
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After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
2.
Misery (1990)
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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. (107 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
3.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
4.
The Shining (1980)
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A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ King himself hated the film, but the film is here because it's one insane and disturbing that...I love, as do many Horror fans. ” - jwoehr
 
5.
The Stand (1994 TV Series)
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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. (361 mins.)
“ Director Mick Garris' one hit wonder. ” - jwoehr
 
6.
The Dead Zone (1983)
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A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic detective ability. (103 mins.)
 
7.
Carrie (1976)
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Carrie White, a shy, friendless 17 year-old girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
8.
It (1990 Mini-Series)
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In 1960, seven outcast kids known as "The Loser Club" 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. (192 mins.)
 
9.
Dolores Claiborne (1995)
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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. (132 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
10.
The Green Mile (1999)
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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. (189 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
11.
11.22.63 (2016 Mini-Series)
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A high school teacher travels back in time to prevent John F. Kennedy's assassination. (60 mins.)
 
12.
Rose Red (2002 Mini-Series)
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A group of people with psychic powers are invited to spend the night in a haunted house. (270 mins.)
 
13.
Storm of the Century (1999 Mini-Series)
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A small village off the mainland is about to receive a huge winter storm. It won't be just another storm for them... (257 mins.)
 
14.
1408 (2007)
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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. (104 mins.)
 
15.
Cat's Eye (1985)
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A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror. (94 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
“ Due to the great adaption of Quiter's Inc. ” - jwoehr
 
16.
Needful Things (1993)
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A mysterious new shop opens in a small town which always seems to stock the deepest desires of each shopper, with a price far heavier than expected. (120 mins.)
 
17.
The Mist (2007)
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A freak storm unleashes a species of blood-thirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
18.
Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006 Mini-Series)
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A television mini-series adaptation of Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Stephen King's collection of short horror stories. (480 mins.)
 
19.
Pet Sematary (1989)
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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. (103 mins.)
Director: Mary Lambert
 
20.
Creepshow (1982)
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An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s. (120 mins.)
 
21.
Salem's Lot (1979 TV Series)
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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. (184 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
22.
Salem's Lot (2004 TV Series)
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Writer Ben Mears returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem's Lot and discovers that it is being terrorized by vampires. (181 mins.)
Director: Mikael Salomon
 
23.
A Good Marriage (2014)
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After 25 years of a good marriage, what will Darcy do once she discovers her husband's sinister secret? (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Askin
“ Joan Allen and Stephen Lang's scenes towards the end won me over. The film is slow but the dark humor makes it fun. Just don't expect an edge of your seat thriller and you'll enjoy it more. ” - jwoehr
 
24.
Carrie (2013)
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A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. (100 mins.)
Director: Kimberly Peirce
 
25.
The Shining (1997 Mini-Series)
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A recovering alcoholic must wrestle with demons within and without when he and his family move into a haunted hotel as caretakers. (90 mins.)
 
26.
Apt Pupil (1998)
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A boy blackmails his neighbour after suspecting him to be a Nazi war criminal. (111 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
 
27.
Secret Window (2004)
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A writer is accused for plagiarism by a strange man, who then starts haunting him for "justice." (96 mins.)
Director: David Koepp
 
28.
Big Driver (2014 TV Movie)
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A famous mystery writer sets out for revenge after a brutal attack. (87 mins.)
Director: Mikael Salomon
 
29.
Silver Bullet (1985)
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A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives Marty Coslaw, - a paralytic boy - his uncle and his sister - the narrator of the story. (95 mins.)
Director: Daniel Attias
“ Outdated but not a bad movie. ” - jwoehr
 
30.
Christine (1983)
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A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it. (110 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
31.
Cujo (1983)
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Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town. (93 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
 
32.
Firestarter (1984)
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A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic. (114 mins.)
Director: Mark L. Lester