Our Top 10 Greatest Stephen King Film Adaptations

You really don’t realise how many Stephen King books and short stories have been adapted into films until you see them all listed (there are well over 50, and that’s not including the many TV adaptations).

In amongst a fairly large amount of rubbish (‘Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return’, anyone?), there have been some absolute classics, and we’ve done our very best to sift through all the films in order to bring you our Top 10, which is displayed below in reverse order.

We’re fairly confident that many of you will disagree with this list, so please do let us know what you would change, which films you would add, which you’d remove, and most importantly, whether we got the No.1 position correct…

10. The Mist (2007)

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Also known as ‘the film with the most depressing ending of all time’, The Mist was written and directed by Frank Darabont, who also wrote and directed the Stephen King adaptation that’s No.2 on our list.

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9. The Dead Zone (1983)

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The Dead Zone was directed by body-horror expert David Cronenberg and starred Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Martin Sheen, Anthony Zerbe and Colleen Dewhurst. Walken plays a schoolteacher called Johnny Smith who wakes from a coma to find he has psychic powers.

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8. It (2017)

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Many of you will have much love for the 1990 ‘It’ miniseries starring Tim Curry, but there’s no doubting that the recent film remake was expertly done and well worthy of a place in our Top 10.

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7. Dolores Claiborne (1995)

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If you’ve never watched Dolores Claiborne then you really are missing out. It’s a psychological thriller about the relationship between a mother and her daughter, and like many of the best King film adaptations, it doesn’t feature horror elements.

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6. Carrie (1976)

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Carrie is a fantastic horror film directed by Brian De Palma that was nominated for two Oscars, and it was one of the first horror films to feature the ‘one last shock’ at the end, just when you thought it was all over.

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5. Misery (1990)

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Kathy Bates won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Misery, playing a psychotic fan who holds an author captive and forces him to write her stories.

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4. The Green Mile (1999)

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The Green Mile is a fantastic and heartbreaking film that made many of us shed a tear, especially during the “Please Boss, Don’t Put That Thing Over My Face, Don’t Put Me In The Dark. I’s Afraid Of The Dark” scene. Sniff.

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3. Stand by Me (1986)

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We know that Stand by Me is a film that many of you love, but would you put this Rob Reiner-directed, River Phoenix-starring film higher or lower in the Top 10?

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2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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Ok, it’s confession time now, because to be completely honest you can alternate position 1 and 2 in this Top 10 if you like, because we love them both the same. The Shawshank Redemption is one of the greatest films of the 90s, maybe of all time, but in our opinion there’s only one Stephen King film adaptation that has a touch of genius, and that’s…

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1. The Shining (1980)

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The Shining is in our opinion the greatest horror film of all time, and it was one that didn’t rely on shocks or darkness to scare us like most other horror films do. Stanley Kubrick’s obsessive direction coupled with incredible performances from the cast combined to created something truly breathtaking and horrifying, although Stephen King famously wasn’t a fan of it.