Movies Based on the Books of Stephen King

Stephen King is a respected and recognized American literature icon. In his work, he has touched all kinds of genres including fantasy, horror, suspense, science fiction, and supernatural fiction. Despite the variety of genres that he has worked in, Stephen King is best known as the master of macabre and ghoulish. During the last decades, many film-makers have tried to put his famous stories on the screen and many of them did it well. Here’s the list of top 7 screen adaptions of Stephen King’s books.

7. The Mist

Two words that best describe this movie are “thrilling” and “underrated.” ‘The Mist’ is not for faint-hearted people because it has one of the most heartbreaking culminations in the history of cinema. Pushing play button is enough to keeping you glued to your chair for the duration of the whole movie.   

 6. The Dead Zone

Directed by David Cronenberg, starring Christopher Waken, ‘The Dead Zone’ narrates the story of a person who comes out of coma after five years with superhuman abilities. The central character can know the future of people and the main drama of the movie unfolds when he uses his superpowers to save them needing to explain how he knew what would happen to them. What differentiates this movie from hundreds of modern supernatural thrillers is the realism and humanity of its characters. 

5. Carrie

‘Carrie’ was both King’s first novel and first film adaption. Like most of King’s works, it was horrifying, grim and with a deep psychological edge. The performance of Sissy Spacek in this movie was both vulnerable and heartbreaking and bestowed an Oscar. The film deals with issues like teenage anxiety, school bullying, and periods when girls become women. Shocking surprise at the end included!

4. The Green Mile

Frank Darabont is undoubtedly one of the best connoisseurs of Stephen King’s books. While ‘The Green Mile’ deals with death penalties, it is a very gentle movie. Definitely, it is a character-driven film with great actors and tight grip of drama. Combined with an excellent plot it easily gets the 4th place in the list of greatest Stephen King’s screen adaptions.  

3. The Shining

When Stephen King meets Stanley Kubrick, you know something big is going to happen. And it did. ‘The Shining’ is arguably one of the best horror movies. Starring Jack Nicholson, the film demonstrates his character’s slow descend into madness and has a lot of unforgettable, iconic scenes.

2. Stand By Me

Based on Stephen King’s 1982 novella ‘The Body,’ this is a story of 4 boys finding a dead body during the hike. Interestingly, King himself stated that his opinion about ‘Stand By Me’ by saying that it was the best adaptation of his works to date.

1. The Shawshank Redemption

This is not a horror movie; rather it’s a movie about perseverance and hope. Not just a best screen adaption, but also one of the greatest movies in the history of cinema ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ rated as the top film on IMDB. The ending of the film is so touching and heart-warming you’ll want to watch it over and over again.