What are the best Stephen King book to movie adaptations?

Don't consider yourself a certified Stephen King fan if you haven't read these titles and watched their movie adaptations. Surely, Stephen King's horror and thriller books would send chills down your spine. Read them here and vote for your favorite ones!

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    An adaptation of Stephen King's 1974 epistolary novel of the same name, Carrie is a supernatural horror film directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. It stars Sissy Spacek as the titular character.


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    Marie Hickey
    Written on August 23, 2017
    "The original Carrie is one of the best adaptations ever."
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    Misery is a psychological horror film directed by Rob Reiner. It is based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Stephen King. Its cast includes James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Richard Farnsworth, and Frances Sternhagen.


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    Harry Howell
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Outstanding performances and tight, focused direction make this one of the best Stephen King adaptions ever filmed. Kathy Bates is downright disturbing and masterfully brings Ann Wilkes to life on the screen. Worth every minute. "
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    #3Dolores Claiborne

    Dolores Claiborne

    Dolores Claiborne is a psychological thriller drama film adapted from the Stephen King's 1992 novel of the same name. It was directed by Taylor Hackford and starring Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and David Strathairn.


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    Sandy Hillman
    Written on August 23, 2017
    "Fanatics movie "


At the time of this writing, he is about to celebrate his 72nd birthday in just a few days. In a few more years, he is gonna turn 80, still alive and kicking. And by the time you are able to read this (or not) he is still the master of all genres. An old hand at writing, the master of horror--he is Stephen King.

With more than sixty novels in more than four decades of unfaltering passion for writing, King has surely had his fair share of successes and failures. Yet, there's more to his novels than just fantasy and horror. For instance, The Shining. Well, it's just one of the Stephen King movies adapted from the book of the same name. But did you know that the story was based on real-life? HIS real life to be exact. The story revolves around a dysfunctional family with Jack Torrance being a violent father. He would atrociously break his son's arm when he is intoxicated--a case which King admitted to having years ago. Yes, you read that right. King openly talked about his darkest moments when he would lash out at his children due to his guilt and frustration. Those were also the years when he couldn't support his family, but thanks to his success, he was able to overcome it. Anyway, enough of his personal horror, did you know that Stephen King was once hit by a van? But wait, he bought the van that hit him! He blew up $1500 just to wreck the van himself! Whoa, that was easy money down the drain. Well, if you are a certified fan, you might want to check our collection of the best Stephen King novels. Or perhaps, you are interested to read non-horror books by Stephen King himself! 

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    #4The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption is a drama film created by Frank Darabont and based on Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King. It stars Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, and Bob Gunton in the lead roles.


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    Billy Garcia
    Written on June 29, 2017
    "Stephen King adaptations have always been a bit hit or miss, but not with The Shawshank Redemption. A powerful drama with amazing performances and visuals, this movie is one of the best Stephen King movies ever made."
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    #5Gerald's Game

    Gerald's Game

    Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, Gerald's Game is a psychological horror thriller drama film co-written and directed by Mike Flanagan. Its cast features Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood.


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    Barbara Palmer
    Written on September 25, 2017
    "Well Stephen King had done it again, another psychological thriller. Just watched the trailer for his new Netflix movie "Gerald's Game", about a woman who gets handcuffs by her husband in an attempt to spice up their sex life but right after strapping her arms to the bed post he has an heart attack and dies, leaving his wife locked up, alone in the middle of nowhere...Now it's the struggle to stay alive..no food...no water..no one to save her, as her husband lays dead on the floor...her minds start to play tricks on her as she fights to live, conjuring up disturbing memories from the past. I was waiting for Netflix to produced another outstanding film and here we have it folks.. "Gerald's Game" looks like a winner. "
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    #6Stand By Me

    Stand By Me

    Stand by me is a movie based on Stephen King's story, The Body. It tells the story of four kids who find the remains of a missing teenager. It's directed by Rob Reiner and stars Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, and Richard Dreyfuss.


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    Shaurya Tambe
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Stand By Me was one of the first, and yet powerful, novel adaptations from Stephen King. It features what would now be considered a all star cast, when they were just starting their acting careers. The movie appeals to both children and adults and stays pretty true to the novel."
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    #7The Green Mile

    The Green Mile

    Oscar nominated best picture adaptation of a Stephen King novel about a gentle giant of a prisoner with supernatural powers who brings a sense of spirit and humanity to his guards. Directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse and Sam Rockwell. 


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    Andy Wen
    Written on July 6, 2017
    "Many of Stephen King's books have turned into fantastic movies. Many haven't. Unfortunately, The Green Mile is the latter and just doesn't work. The movie doesn't capture the same essence as the book. It seems as if the creators never even bothered reading the book."
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    Stephen King and George A. Romero conjure up five shocking yarns, each a virtuoso exercise in the ghouls-and-gags style of classic '50s horror comics.


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    Craig Lewis
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Creepshow it's an horror movie I absolutely love! Written by Stephen King, it brings on your screen the ghouls-and-gags style of classic '50s horror comics. Great movie, I suggest it to everyone!"
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    #9The Dead Zone

    The Dead Zone

    The Dead Zone is a 1993 American horror thriller film directed by David Cronenberg. This movie is based on the 1979 novel of the same name by Stephen King. It stars actors Christopher Walken, Brooke Adas, and Tom Skerritt.


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    José Antonio Barajas
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "It is always said that the book is always better than the movie. Especially when the writer to that book is Stephen King, written in great detail, the movie is just not up to par with the expectations of Dead Zone's fans. I was a good movie, but the book was just amazing and hard to fill up that gigantic space of expected greatness."
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    #10The Mist

    The Mist

    The Mist is a horror film adapted from the novella written by Stephen King. A small group of citizens take shelter in a supermarket and defend themselves from bloodthirsty creatures unleashed by a freak storm.


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    Tammy Mason
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I loved the short story, but the movie adaptation was just awful with bad acting and a terrible script. It's really graphic, and, I was horrified to see an animal killed in the first scene. "
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    #11It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    A sequel to the 2017 film It, It Chapter Two is a supernatural horror film directed by Andy Muschietti from a screenplay written by Gary Dauberman. It is based on Stephen King's 1986 novel. Bill Skarsgård returns as Pennywise the Dancing Clown.



    Amy Franklin
    Written on September 10, 2019
    "Who else is here after watching the movie??? I AM!!!"
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    #12The Shining

    The Shining

    The Shining is a 1980 horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the book with the same title. The story is about a family that goes to a remote hotel during winter where an evil and paranormal presence influences the father into violence.


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    Judith Wood
    Written on September 10, 2019
    "i absolutely love movie!! i could watch it over and over again!"
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    It is a thriller book written by Stephen King which tells the story of seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers.


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    Larry Bell
    Written on September 10, 2019
    "Stephen King movies are really the scariest!!! Sometimes i wonder where he gets his ideas from"
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    Dreamcatcher is a science-fiction horror novel written by Stephen King. It was first published in 2001 by Charles Scribner's Sons under ISBN: 1501156756. The movie Dreamcatcher is based on this novel.

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    Andrew Morales
    Written on May 5, 2018
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    #15The Running Man

    The Running Man

    Loosely based on the 1982 novel of the same title by Stephen King, The Running Man is a science fiction action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, María Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jesse Ventura, and Richard Dawson.


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    Jeremy Beck
    Written on September 10, 2019
    "this one's my fave stephen king adaptation of all! also, schwarzenegger always does a fantastic performance. it's very much like gladiator!!"
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    #16Salem's Lot

    Salem's Lot

    Salem's Lot is a horror TV miniseries directed by Tobe Hooper and stars David Soul and James Mason. It is an adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name and was released in 1979. It incorporates vampire film and haunted house elements.


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    Ethan Harper
    Written on September 10, 2019
    "watched this as a kid and it made me so scared to go to maine"
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    Written by Don Carlos Dunaway and Barbara Turner and directed by Lewis Teague, Cujo is an adaptation of Stephen King's 1981 novel of the same name. It stars Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly, and Danny Pintauro.


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    Keith Stanley
    Written on September 10, 2019
    "i bet kids are going to be so afraid of dogs after this!"
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    Christine is a horror film directed by John Carpenter based on Stephen King’s 1983 novel of the same name. It stars Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky and Harry Dean Stanton.


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    Paul Holland
    Written on September 10, 2019
    "this is probably one of the best stephen king movies i've seen!! i became a huge fan of his novels because of this. the plot is so plain genius."


Best What are the best Stephen King book to movie adaptations
1Carrie Movies 24 Paid
2MiseryMovies 21 Paid
3Dolores ClaiborneMovies 19 Paid
4The Shawshank RedemptionMovies 17 Paid
5Gerald's GameMovies 14 Paid
6Stand By MeMovies 12 Paid
7The Green MileMovies 10 Paid
8CreepshowMovies 9 Paid
9The Dead ZoneMovies 5 Paid
10The MistMovies 4 Paid

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