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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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  1. 1Carrie

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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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  1. 2Misery

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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.

  2. 3The Shawshank Redemption

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    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.

  1. 4Dolores Claiborne

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    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.

  2. 5Stand By Me

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    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.

  3. 6The Green Mile

    10

    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. 

  4. 7Creepshow

    9

    In this 1982 American horror-comedy film, 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.

  5. 8The Dead Zone

    5

    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.

  6. 9The Mist

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    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.

  7. 10It Chapter Two

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    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.

  8. 11The Shining

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    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.

  9. 12It

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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.

  10. 13Dreamcatcher

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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.
  11. 14The Running Man

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    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.

  12. 15Salem's Lot

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    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.

  13. 16Cujo

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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.

  14. 17Christine

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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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DID YOU KNOW?

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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17 comments

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    Anonymous
    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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    The Dead Zone
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    Anonymous
    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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    Stand By Me
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    Anonymous
    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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    The Green Mile
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    Anonymous
    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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    Misery
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    Anonymous
    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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    The Shawshank Redemption
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    Anonymous
    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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    Creepshow
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    Anonymous
    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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    The Mist
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    Anonymous
    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."
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    Christine
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    Anonymous
    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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    The Running Man
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    Anonymous
    September 10, 2019
    "Stephen King movies are really the scariest!!! Sometimes i wonder where he gets his ideas from"
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    It
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    Anonymous
    September 10, 2019
    "i absolutely love movie!! i could watch it over and over again!"
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    The Shining
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    Anonymous
    September 10, 2019
    "watched this as a kid and it made me so scared to go to maine"
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    Salem's Lot
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    Anonymous
    September 10, 2019
    "i bet kids are going to be so afraid of dogs after this!"
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    Cujo
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    Anonymous
    August 23, 2017
    "The original Carrie is one of the best adaptations ever."
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    Carrie
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    Anonymous
    September 10, 2019
    "Who else is here after watching the movie??? I AM!!!"
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    It Chapter Two
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    Anonymous
    August 23, 2017
    "Fanatics movie"
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    Dolores Claiborne
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    Anonymous
    May 5, 2018
    "good"
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    Dreamcatcher
This list is about What are the best Stephen King book to movie adaptations
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Carrie Movies 25 Paid
2MiseryMovies 21 Paid
3The Shawshank RedemptionMovies 18 Paid
4Dolores ClaiborneMovies 18 Paid
5Stand By MeMovies 12 Paid
6The Green MileMovies 10 Paid
7CreepshowMovies 9 Paid
8The Dead ZoneMovies 5 Paid
9The MistMovies 4 Paid
10It Chapter TwoMovies 1 Paid
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