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04.07.2017by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Stephen King Movies of All Time

Stephen King is one of the most successful authors of all time. His novels and short stories have inspired dozens of feature films and television series. Two of his most beloved works, IT and THE DARK TOWER, are poised to kick start new franchises this year. With the buzz surrounding the first trailer for IT this past week, we took a look at the film works inspired by King and ranked the ten best feature films (no TV on this list, folks). If you think we missed one or disagree with our ranking, let us know in the talk backs below.

#10 - THE GREEN MILE

Frank Darabont has a history with Stephen King adaptations but none more marquee than THE GREEN MILE. Based on King's serial novel, Darabont's film was expected to be another prison film in the same style as THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. Instead, THE GREEN MILE is a Frank Capra-esque melodrama about a magical inmate who changes the lives of several prison guards, headed by Tom Hanks. There is no doubt that this is a well made film even if it doesn't quite have the spark of other Darabont adaptations. Worth seeing if just for the performances by Michael Clarke Duncan and Sam Rockwell.

#9 - SILVER BULLET

Based on one of King's lesser known stories, Cycle of the Werewolf, SILVER BULLET is a favorite of our own Paul Shirey and for good reason. This is a great werewolf movie with some good effects and performances by Corey Haim and Gary Busey. A relic of the 1980s, this is a movie that is criminally underrated.

#8 - CREEPSHOW

Stephen King teamed with George Romero (a match made in movie geek heaven) to create an homage to the classic horror titles from EC Comics. Pulpy, goofy and completely over the top, CREEPSHOW showcases short films based on King short stories along with some original material made just for the movie. King's original screenplays have not always fared well but CREEPSHOW shows why he is the master of short fiction as much as the epic novel.

#7 - PET SEMATARY

Mary Lambert's film has not been the critical darling of King adaptations but it has developed a cult following since it was released in 1989. This movie may have some pacing issues but there is no arguing that multiple scenes here are iconic in the annals of horror history. From little Gage coming back and wreaking havoc or creepy Zelda in the flashbacks scenes, PET SEMATARY is haunting and absolutely scary.

#6 - CARRIE

The first Stephen King novel published was also the first turned into a film. Despite a lackluster sequel and remake, Brian De Palma's original CARRIE remains a classic. Owing more to Hitchcock than any true horror inspiration, CARRIE is an examination of what it means to be a teenage girl growing up with the threats of abuse, bullying, and psychological trauma. CARRIE remains to this day a great movie and one hell of a scary one at that.

#5 - STAND BY ME

Based on King's novella "The Body", STAND BY ME is a movie that represents an entire generation. Helmed by Rob Reiner, this is a movie about growing up that proved Stephen King was more than just a writer of horror stories. This film encapsulates the adventure young kids have gone on for generations but mixes it with very real and candid conversations about life and becoming adults. Reiner would go on to adapt another King novel but this one shows he should definitely make another.

#4 - THE SHINING

As a film, THE SHINING is amazing. Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King have had very focal disagreements over the film but that does not diminish how great of a movie it is. While it is not a truly faithful adaptation of King's novel, THE SHINING is a stunning example of what happens when you get one of cinema's greatest filmmakers to direct one of our best contemporary authors.

#3 - MISERY

Rob Reiner's second adaptation of a King novel is less about growing up rather than growing old. Kathy Bates earned an Oscar for her amazing portrayal of #1 fan Annie Wilkes while James Caan was brilliant as the captive author trying to escape. Almost entirely told in a single set, MISERY is full of tension and anxiety and ranks as one of the single best movies of the 1990s.

#2 - THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

Many consider it a travesty that this movie lost the Best Picture to FORREST GUMP (although I think PULP FICTION should have won that year) but THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION did not receive the acclaim it has had over the last 20 years until it hit home video. Since then, this adaptation of King's short story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" has become one of the top 10 most loved movies on IMDb and a staple of basic cable movie marathons. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are spectacular in this movie which once again proves that Stephen King may be the master of horror but he is also much more than that.

#1 - THE MIST

Frank Darabont films represent three of the films on this list but it is THE MIST that deserves the number one spot. A perfect representation of King's sense of horror combined with a master filmmaker's eye for framing and storytelling. Couple a stellar ensemble cast led by Thomas Jane with one of the most gut-wrenching endings in movie history, THE MIST shows what can be accomplished when a Stephen King novel is given the best treatment possible.

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8:12PM on 04/09/2017

Seriously?

The Mist as the best SK movie ever? Hahahahahahahaha who made this list, Pennywise? This is impossible to take seriously. Sometimes this site just falls in love with a movie and makes s fool out of itself.
The Mist as the best SK movie ever? Hahahahahahahaha who made this list, Pennywise? This is impossible to take seriously. Sometimes this site just falls in love with a movie and makes s fool out of itself.
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9:20PM on 04/08/2017

WTF

The Dead Zone is not on this List. You have to be kidding me. It's one of the Steven King movies out there, next to the Shining, Carrie and Shawshank Redemption.
Please revise this list. All credibility of this site is about to leave.
The Dead Zone is not on this List. You have to be kidding me. It's one of the Steven King movies out there, next to the Shining, Carrie and Shawshank Redemption.
Please revise this list. All credibility of this site is about to leave.
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7:23PM on 04/07/2017
The choice of movies to put into the list is not bad but what order they come in is. The Shawshank Redemption would be in number one for me.
The choice of movies to put into the list is not bad but what order they come in is. The Shawshank Redemption would be in number one for me.
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5:19PM on 04/07/2017
The author must have been aware of how much backlash he/she would receive for such a bizarre ranking. Putting The Most ahead of Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption, Carrie, Stand By Me, and The Shining is head-scratchingly bizarre!
The author must have been aware of how much backlash he/she would receive for such a bizarre ranking. Putting The Most ahead of Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption, Carrie, Stand By Me, and The Shining is head-scratchingly bizarre!
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5:13PM on 04/07/2017

I just threw up in my mouth a little bit...

The Mist is the best Stephen King adaptation? I've been a reader of Joblo for 11 years and this article made me want to toss my computer across the room. Not only is the Mist a poorly acted, terrible looking film, it's remembered only for its shocking ending. Darabont's other adaptations are miles better than this. Can you please have a poll of favorite Stephen King adaptations? The Mist won't come close to The Shining, Shawshank Redemption or Stand By Me.
As a Stephen King fan and a Movie
The Mist is the best Stephen King adaptation? I've been a reader of Joblo for 11 years and this article made me want to toss my computer across the room. Not only is the Mist a poorly acted, terrible looking film, it's remembered only for its shocking ending. Darabont's other adaptations are miles better than this. Can you please have a poll of favorite Stephen King adaptations? The Mist won't come close to The Shining, Shawshank Redemption or Stand By Me.
As a Stephen King fan and a Movie fan, I'm appalled.
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4:46PM on 04/07/2017
The Mist is a damn good movie, but better than Shawshank, The Shining, Carrie? No.
And the Green Mile is better than half the movies on the list.
The Mist is a damn good movie, but better than Shawshank, The Shining, Carrie? No.
And the Green Mile is better than half the movies on the list.
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3:36PM on 04/07/2017

Worst ordered list on the internet!

This list is #1 in that category.
This list is #1 in that category.
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3:33PM on 04/07/2017

This Is Wrong

The Mist is a good movie that deserved better. Blame to a going bankrupt at the time MGM. But it is not #1.
Should be Carrie at #1 and Shawshank at #2.
Knock off Pet Cemetery and add Delores Claiborne.
The Mist is a good movie that deserved better. Blame to a going bankrupt at the time MGM. But it is not #1.
Should be Carrie at #1 and Shawshank at #2.
Knock off Pet Cemetery and add Delores Claiborne.
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1:31PM on 04/07/2017
I like what is on the list, just not the order. And although I enjoy The Mist, I don't think it comes even close to cracking Mr. Kings' top ten. Especially with Cujo, Children of the Corn, The Running Man, The Lawnmower Man, Christine, 1408, Cat's Eye and one of my guilty pleasures Maximum Overdrive still out there. And Shawshank should be number one considering it is on many greatest movies ever made lists let alone a great King adaptation.
I like what is on the list, just not the order. And although I enjoy The Mist, I don't think it comes even close to cracking Mr. Kings' top ten. Especially with Cujo, Children of the Corn, The Running Man, The Lawnmower Man, Christine, 1408, Cat's Eye and one of my guilty pleasures Maximum Overdrive still out there. And Shawshank should be number one considering it is on many greatest movies ever made lists let alone a great King adaptation.
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12:37PM on 04/07/2017

This must be a joke...

Everything was great until we hit number 1...

The Mist is horrible!! (And I am fan of Mr Jane)

I vote to erase #1 and put Christine somewhere in the list (#6.. maybe?)
Everything was great until we hit number 1...

The Mist is horrible!! (And I am fan of Mr Jane)

I vote to erase #1 and put Christine somewhere in the list (#6.. maybe?)
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12:02PM on 04/07/2017
My personal favorites are The Shawshank Redemption and Misery. I liked The Mist, but it shouldn't be #1. The Green Mile should be in the top 5.
My personal favorites are The Shawshank Redemption and Misery. I liked The Mist, but it shouldn't be #1. The Green Mile should be in the top 5.
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1:34PM on 04/07/2017
Yep, I would put Green Mile at the 4 spot. Shawshank 1, Misery 2, Shining 3, and Carrie 5 to finish off my top five.
Yep, I would put Green Mile at the 4 spot. Shawshank 1, Misery 2, Shining 3, and Carrie 5 to finish off my top five.
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12:00PM on 04/07/2017

2017

Let's hope 'IT' bumps its way to Number 1 this year!
Let's hope 'IT' bumps its way to Number 1 this year!
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1:35PM on 04/07/2017
I hope IT('s) that good!
I hope IT('s) that good!
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11:39AM on 04/07/2017
-STAND BY ME - 7/10
-CARRIE; THE GREEN MILE; MISERY; THE SHINING - 8/10
-THE MIST; THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION - 9/10
-STAND BY ME - 7/10
-CARRIE; THE GREEN MILE; MISERY; THE SHINING - 8/10
-THE MIST; THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION - 9/10
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10:55AM on 04/07/2017
Man oh man you guys on this site love, The Mist. Putting The Mist before cinema classics like, The Shining, Shawshank, Misery and even the very solid movie, The Green Mile, is really embarrassing.
Man oh man you guys on this site love, The Mist. Putting The Mist before cinema classics like, The Shining, Shawshank, Misery and even the very solid movie, The Green Mile, is really embarrassing.
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1:37PM on 04/07/2017
Ha Ha, Agree.
Ha Ha, Agree.
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10:45AM on 04/07/2017

Really?

Hated the mist. My Top 3 are Shawshank, The Green Mile, and The Shining, everything else was pretty mediocre in my opinion. For whatever reason Stephen King's books don't have a good track record of translating well on the big screen. I'm hoping It and The Dark Tower buck that trend, but I'm pretty pessimistic.
Hated the mist. My Top 3 are Shawshank, The Green Mile, and The Shining, everything else was pretty mediocre in my opinion. For whatever reason Stephen King's books don't have a good track record of translating well on the big screen. I'm hoping It and The Dark Tower buck that trend, but I'm pretty pessimistic.
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10:36AM on 04/07/2017

The Mist Sucks

The Mist is a horrible film. I busted out laughing at the end.
The Mist is a horrible film. I busted out laughing at the end.
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