All Films Based on Stephen King Novels

by christophershobris | created - 30 Oct 2018 | updated - 30 Oct 2018 | Public

Since 1977 with the release of Carrie, Stephen King has made an impact in both the literary world, and the cinematic world. Some of the films based off his books have become some all time classics and some of the greatest films ever. He’s scared us, endeared us, inspired us, and he’s wowed us with his work. He will always be remembered for a long time to come. Here are all of the films from oldest to most recent of Stephen King’s book to film adaptations. Enjoy!

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1. Carrie (1976)

18+ | 98 min | Horror, Mystery

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: 191,418 | Gross: $33.80M

2. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

66 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 1,029,712 | Gross: $44.02M

3. Creepshow (1982)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

59 Metascore

Five grisly tales from a kid's comic book about a murdered father rising from his grave, a bizarre meteor, a vengeful husband, a mysterious crate's occupant, and a plague of cockroaches.

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

Votes: 49,537 | Gross: $21.03M

4. Cujo (1983)

R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

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: 47,246 | Gross: $21.20M

5. The Dead Zone (1983)

R | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom

Votes: 71,966 | Gross: $20.77M

6. Christine (1983)

R | 110 min | Horror, Thriller

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: 85,794 | Gross: $21.20M

7. Children of the Corn (1984)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 53,779 | Gross: $14.57M

8. Firestarter (1984)

R | 114 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telepathic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Drew Barrymore, David Keith, Freddie Jones, Heather Locklear

Votes: 35,112 | Gross: $15.10M

9. Cat's Eye (1985)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

70 Metascore

A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King, Kenneth McMillan

Votes: 26,331 | Gross: $13.09M

10. Silver Bullet (1985)

R | 95 min | Horror

26 Metascore

In a small town, brutal killings start to plague the close knit community. Marty Coslaw, a paraplegic boy, is convinced the murders are the doings of a werewolf.

Director: Daniel Attias | Stars: Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Corey Haim, Megan Follows

Votes: 28,854 | Gross: $5.40M

11. Maximum Overdrive (1986)

R | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

24 Metascore

A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.

Director: Stephen King | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 33,481 | Gross: $7.43M

12. Stand by Me (1986)

13+ | 89 min | Adventure, Drama

75 Metascore

After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a childhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.

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

Votes: 408,505 | Gross: $52.29M

13. Creepshow 2 (1987)

R | 92 min | Fantasy, Horror

39 Metascore

Three macabre tales from the latest issue of a boy's favorite comic book, dealing with a vengeful wooden Native American, a monstrous blob in a lake, and an undying hitchhiker.

Director: Michael Gornick | Stars: George Kennedy, Lois Chiles, Domenick John, Tom Savini

Votes: 26,528 | Gross: $14.00M

14. A Return to Salem's Lot (1987)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

A man and his son vacation to the quiet vampire populated town of Salem's Lot.

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: Michael Moriarty, Samuel Fuller, Ricky Addison Reed, Andrew Duggan

Votes: 4,281

15. The Running Man (1987)

R | 101 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

45 Metascore

In a dystopian America, a falsely convicted policeman gets his shot at freedom when he must forcibly participate in a TV game show where convicts, runners, must battle killers for their freedom.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown

Votes: 156,409 | Gross: $38.12M

16. Pet Sematary (1989)

R | 103 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

38 Metascore

After tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.

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

Votes: 107,082 | Gross: $57.47M

17. Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

54 Metascore

To stall a witch plotting to eat him, a boy reads her horror tales dealing with a collegian's resurrection of a mummy, a murderous cat, and an artist's pact with a gargoyle.

Director: John Harrison | Stars: Debbie Harry, Matthew Lawrence, Christian Slater, David Forrester

Votes: 18,033 | Gross: $16.32M

18. Graveyard Shift (1990)

R | 86 min | Horror

28 Metascore

In a very old textile mill with a serious rat infestation, deadly accidents start happening, but the corrupt foreman continues to put his workers in danger, until they discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement.

Director: Ralph S. Singleton | Stars: David Andrews, Kelly Wolf, Stephen Macht, Andrew Divoff

Votes: 11,720 | Gross: $11.58M

19. Misery (1990)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

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: 216,258 | Gross: $61.28M

20. Sleepwalkers (1992)

R | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror

38 Metascore

A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures move to a small town to seek out a young virgin to feed on.

Director: Mick Garris | Stars: Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick, Alice Krige, Jim Haynie

Votes: 23,178 | Gross: $30.52M

21. Pet Sematary II (1992)

R | 100 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

35 Metascore

A teenage boy and his father move to his recently-deceased mother's hometown, where they encounter the ancient Native American cemetery with the power to raise the dead.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Edward Furlong, Anthony Edwards, Clancy Brown, Jared Rushton

Votes: 21,960 | Gross: $17.09M

22. Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

18 Metascore

A journalist and his son travel to Nebraska to investigate the mysterious town of Gatlin where, unbeknownst to them, a murderous cult of children are still waiting in the corn fields.

Director: David Price | Stars: Terence Knox, Paul Scherrer, Ryan Bollman, Christie Clark

Votes: 8,764 | Gross: $6.98M

23. The Dark Half (1993)

R | 122 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

53 Metascore

A writer's fictional alter ego wants to take over his life...at any price.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker, Julie Harris

Votes: 18,213 | Gross: $9.58M

24. Needful Things (1993)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

43 Metascore

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.

Director: Fraser C. Heston | Stars: Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia, Amanda Plummer

Votes: 25,852 | Gross: $15.19M

25. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Over the course of several years, two convicts form a friendship, seeking consolation and, eventually, redemption through basic compassion.

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

Votes: 2,693,975 | Gross: $28.34M

26. The Mangler (1995)

R | 106 min | Horror, Mystery

8 Metascore

A laundry-folding machine has been possessed by a demon, causing it to develop homicidal tendencies.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Robert Englund, Ted Levine, Daniel Matmor, Jeremy Crutchley

Votes: 9,452 | Gross: $1.78M

27. Dolores Claiborne (1995)

R | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

62 Metascore

A big city reporter travels to a small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman for whom she worked as a housekeeper.

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

Votes: 45,008 | Gross: $24.36M

28. Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

Two brothers connected to the murderous children's cult of Gatlin, Nebraska are taken to Chicago by an adoptive couple.

Director: James D.R. Hickox | Stars: Daniel Cerny, Ron Melendez, Jim Metzler, Nancy Lee Grahn

Votes: 7,727

29. Thinner (1996)

R | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror

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: 31,704 | Gross: $15.17M

30. The Night Flier (1997)

R | 94 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

36 Metascore

A reporter is on the trail of a vampiric murderer who travels by plane.

Director: Mark Pavia | Stars: Miguel Ferrer, Julie Entwisle, Dan Monahan, Michael H. Moss

Votes: 11,118 | Gross: $0.13M

31. Apt Pupil (1998)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 39,830 | Gross: $8.84M

32. The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)

R | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

A horrible massacre strikes up after an outcast teenage girl is taunted by a group of high school jocks, all of them unaware of her cutthroat telekinetic powers.

Directors: Katt Shea, Robert Mandel | Stars: Emily Bergl, Jason London, Dylan Bruno, J. Smith-Cameron

Votes: 16,944 | Gross: $17.76M

33. The Green Mile (1999)

R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

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: 1,309,814 | Gross: $136.80M

34. Hearts in Atlantis (2001)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Mystery

55 Metascore

Widowed Liz Garfield and her son Bobby change when mysterious stranger Ted Brautigan enters their lives.

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

Votes: 39,497 | Gross: $24.19M

35. Dreamcatcher (2003)

R | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

Friends on a camping trip discover that the town they're vacationing in is being plagued in an unusual fashion by parasitic aliens from outer space.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Damian Lewis

Votes: 93,767 | Gross: $33.72M

36. Secret Window (2004)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

A successful writer in the midst of a painful divorce is stalked at his remote lake house by a would-be scribe who accuses him of plagiarism.

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

Votes: 199,631 | Gross: $48.02M

37. Riding the Bullet (2004)

R | 98 min | Horror, Thriller

37 Metascore

When a man finds out his mother is dying and tries to hitchhike his way to the hospital, he is picked up by a stranger with a deadly secret.

Director: Mick Garris | Stars: Jonathan Jackson, David Arquette, Barbara Hershey, Cliff Robertson

Votes: 10,173 | Gross: $0.10M

38. The Mangler Reborn (2005 Video)

R | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A decade after the original massacre, another man obsessed over his machine ends with several murders and possession.

Directors: Matt Cunningham, Erik Gardner | Stars: Aimee Brooks, Reggie Bannister, Weston Blakesley, Scott Speiser

Votes: 1,195

39. 1408 (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

64 Metascore

A man who specialises 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, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 278,151 | Gross: $71.99M

40. The Mist (2007)

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

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: 315,906 | Gross: $25.59M

41. No Smoking (2007)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A heavily addicted smoker is unprepared for the true price he must pay when he asks a guru's help to kick the habit.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: John Abraham, Ayesha Takia, Paresh Rawal, Ranvir Shorey

Votes: 7,990

42. Dolan's Cadillac (2009)

R | 89 min | Crime, Thriller

A young man attempts to seek to avenge his wife's death after she is murdered by a Las Vegas mobster.

Director: Jeff Beesley | Stars: Christian Slater, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Wes Bentley, Greg Bryk

Votes: 7,380

43. Carrie (2013)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror

53 Metascore

A shy girl, outcast by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday

Votes: 142,408 | Gross: $35.27M