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on 18 May 2011 03:43

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Stephen King Film Adaptations - Best to Worst

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1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
"Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane."


Based on the novella "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" from 1982.

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2. The Shining (1980)
"Redrum. Redrum. Redrum."


Based on the novel from 1977.

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3. The Green Mile (1999)
"We each owe a death - there are no exceptions - but, oh God, sometimes the Green Mile seems so long."


Based on the novel from 1996.

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4. It (1990)
"I Georgie, am Pennywise the Dancin Clown- and you, are Georgie! So now we know each other! Keeerect?"


Based on the novel from 1986.

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5. The Mist (2007)
"As a species we're fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion?"


Based on the novella from 1980.

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6. 1408 (2007)
"Even if you leave this room, you can never leave this room!"


Based on the short story from 1999.

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7. Misery (1990)
"I am your number one fan. There is nothing to worry about. You are going to be just fine. I am your number one fan."


Based on the novel from 1987.

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8. Needful Things (1993)
"If it's too hot in here, Mr. Jewett, just say the word. I'm afraid I have a tendency to turn up the heat."


Based on the novel from 1990.

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9. Creepshow (1982)
"I drove out there with the remains of three human beings... well, two human beings and Wilma."


Consists of five short films; two of them based on short stories and the rest is written specifically for the movie.

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10. Secret Window (2004)
"You know, the only thing that matters is the ending. It's the most important part of the story, the ending. And this one... is very good. This one's perfect."


Based on the novella "Secret Window, Secret Garden" from 1990.

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11. Carrie (1976)
"They're all gonna laugh at you."


Based on the novel from 1974.

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12. Stand by Me (1986)
"I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?"


Based on the novella "The Body" from 1982.

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13. Pet Sematary (1989)
"Sometimes dead is better."


Based on the novel from 1983.

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14. Children of the Corn (1984)
"In my dream the Lord came to me... It was He Who Walks Behind the Rows. I fell on my knees in terror, and hid my eyes, lest the fearfulness of His face strike me dead! He told me all that has since happened; He said, "Joseph has taken his things and fled this happy place, because the worship of Me is no more upon him. So take you his life, and spill his blood like water upon the earth! But let not his flesh pollute the corn; cast him instead upon the road."


Based on the short story from 1977.

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15. The Running Man (1987)
"I'm not into politics. I'm into survival."


Based on the novel from 1982.

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16. Christine (1983)
"Oh man, there is nothing finer than being behind the wheel of your own car! Except maybe for pussy!"


Based on the novel from 1983.

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17. Sleepwalkers (1992)
"Stop looking at me! Stop looking at me you fucking cat!"


Original screenplay from Stephen King.

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18. Dolan's Cadillac (2009)
"Ladies and Gentlemen, Charles fucking Darwin."


Based on the short story from 1985.

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Films based on the work of Stephen King in a best to worst order. Only listing those I've seen

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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at May 18 18:20
Nicely done as always. Makes me want to revisit Needful Things...haven't seen it since it was in theatres & barely remember it now.
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 8 9:05
Well done list! I'm really hot and cold when it comes to Stephen King. But I guess I've never actually READ him, so maybe that has something to do with my sometimes total lack of appreciation.
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 3 15:32
okay only a few issues 1408 should be higher on the list the movie has that classic stephen king feel, and it's just an interesting story through the paranormal.
Running man should be the worst of all the adaptations, the book is so entertaining that when i saw the movie I was angry with the 80's future punk style they went with, and the fact that they changed the way the game was done all together.
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 3 15:36
other wise I agree with you on all other aspects although i haven't seen creepshow or dolan's cadillac but you forgot Stand By Me Based on the novella "the body" in stephen king's collection Different Seasons.
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 3 19:32
Frank Darabont would direct next something from King's head.
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Aug 31 15:44
You Missed Dreamcatcher

Great List
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Aug 31 19:34
Really good list, i would say "the stand" was the worst film adaptation, since it was his best book by far. I would say the "Green Mile" was the best film adaptation, because it was exactly like the book. but my favorite Stephen King movie would have to be The Shining.
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Aug 31 20:52
ummm...how about The Dead Zone? I didn't read the book and the movie wasn't spectacular, but it was good and had Martin Sheen and Christopher Walken.

Maybe you're talking movie adaptations...The Stand tv series wan't that great but I liked it a lot when I first saw it. My friend thought Molly Ringwald was a terrible choice for Frannie.
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Aug 31 21:38
Good list. I think Riding the Bullet should be added also. Haven't read the book, but the movie was terrible.
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Sep 1 1:23
I love Stephen King (we live in the same city), I wish he had more A-list movies made instead of c-list like It and Pet Sematary. The books are sooooo much better.
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Feb 9 1:30
You forgot The Lawnmower Man?
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Feb 9 10:12
@ AVPGuyver21

I haven't seen it.
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Feb 9 11:53
Tommyknockers, so bad, so, so bad.

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