26 Best Stephen King Movie Adaptations


For years, the King of horrors caused countless shocking moments on his readers. Most of his works got adapted to cinema. We give you the best of them.

Plot summaries: IMDb

26. Bag of bones (2011) | IMDb: 5.8

After his wife's sudden death, a best selling author returns to his cabin retreat where he receives paranormal visitations and becomes involved in a custody battle.

25. Firestarter (1984) | IMDb: 6.0

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

24. Carrie (2013) | IMDb: 5.9

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.

23. Cat's Eye (1985) | IMDb: 6.2

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

22. Needful Things (1993) | IMDb: 6.2

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.

21. Pet Cemetary (1989) | IMDb: 6.6

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.

20. The Running Man (1987) | IMDb: 6.6

A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.

19. Christine (1983) | IMDB: 6.6

A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.

18. Secret Window (2004) | IMDb: 6.6

A writer is accused for plagiarism by a strange man, who then starts haunting him for “justice."

17. Rose Red (2002) | IMDb: 6.7

A group of people with psychic powers are invited to spend the night in a haunted house.

16. Apt Pupil (1998) | IMDb: 6.7

A boy blackmails his neighbour after suspecting him to be a Nazi war criminal.

15. Salem's Lot (1979) | IMDb: 6.8

Vampires are invading a small New England town. It's up to a novelist and a young horror fan to save it.

14. 1408 (2007) | IMDb: 6.8

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.

13. It (1990) | IMDb: 6.9

In 1960, seven outcast kids known as "The Loser Club" fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. 30 years later, they are called back to fight the same clown again.

12. Hearts in Atlantis (2001) | IMDb: 6.9

A widowed mother and her son change when a mysterious stranger enters their lives.

11. The Mist (2007) | IMDb: 7.2

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.

10. The Stand | IMDb: 7.3

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.

9. The Dead Zone (1983) | IMDb: 7.2

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

8. Storm of the Century (1999) | IMDb: 7.4

A small village off the mainland is about to receive a huge winter storm. It won't be just another storm for them. A strange visitor named Andre Linoge comes to the small village and gives the residents havoc. He knows everything about them, and when he tells the truth about one of them, that person denies it. The town constable, Mike Anderson, tries to keep everyone in check with the huge storm and Linoge. Linoge keeps telling the people, "Give me what I want and I will go away"...

7. Dolores Claiborne (1995) | IMDb: 7.4

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.

6. Carrie (1976) | IMDb: 7.4

Carrie White is shy and outcast 17-year old girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, and unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates for the last time at her senior prom.

5. Misery (1990) | IMDb: 7.8

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.

4. Stand by Me (1986) | IMDb: 8.1

After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.

3. The Shining (1980) | IMDb: 8.4

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.

2. The Green Mile (1999) | IMDb: 8.5

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.

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) | IMDb: 9.3

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Bonus Series I: Haven (2010 - 2015) | IMDb: 7.6

FBI agent Audrey Parker arrives in Haven, Maine, to help the local police and joins forces with the Chief's son, Nathan Warnous. Whilst helping with everything in the small town Audrey finds out truths she never would've expected and together she and Nathan begin to unravel the 'troubles' that surround the local area and begin to become more and more engrossed with what is causing the strange occurences that are terrifying and even killing the locals.

Bonus Series II: Under the Dome (2013 - 2015) | IMDb: 7.0

An invisible and mysterious force field descends upon a small fictional town of Chester's Mill, Maine, USA, trapping residents inside, cut off from the rest of civilization. The trapped townsfolk must discover the secrets and purpose of the "dome" and its origins, while coming to learn more than they ever knew about each other.

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