Ranking the 10 Best Movies Adapted From Stephen King Books

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Matt Branhamby Matt Branham
With more than 60 titles in film alone based on the literary works of Stephen King, the world of mystery/thriller and horror has one man to thank for a bulk of its accomplishments. Since we haven’t seen all 60-some-odd films, we’re going to give you the best of the best, ranking King’s top book adaptations from great to classic King.

10. “Secret Window” (2004)
Ranking the 10 Best Movies Adapted From Stephen King Books
Johnny Depp stars in this psycho-thriller as writer Mort Rainey, who’s harassed by a farmer, Shooter (John Turturro), who claims he stole his story. As Depp’s character spins out of control from the pressures of this psychopath and the fallout of his marriage, he finds the secret window of his reclusive upstate New York cabin holds all the answers to his problems. Directed by David Koepp.

9. “Cujo” (1983)
Ranking the 10 Best Movies Adapted From Stephen King Books
It’s like “Beethoven” with rabies when the St. Bernard is bitten by a bat in a small town. As Cujo starts showing symptoms of aggression, he goes from man’s best friend to town terror as this bloodthirsty beast comes into contact with a mother and her son. Directed by Lewis Teague.

8. “Children of the Corn” (1984)
Ranking the 10 Best Movies Adapted From Stephen King Books
When a young couple drives across the middle of America to a new life, they encounter the body of a dead boy. As they enter the nearby town, they come to find its population comprises children, led by the demonic boy Isaac. As they try to escape, the children of the town attempt to sacrifice them to their demon god. Directed by Fritz Kiersch.

7. “Misery” (1990)
Ranking the 10 Best Movies Adapted From Stephen King Books
A famous novelist (James Caan) is rescued from a car accident by a nurse (Kathy Bates) who just happens to be a big fan of his. The recovery in her isolated cabin goes from helpful to harmful when she learns of his plan to kill off her favorite character in his stories, as she uses violent persuasion to get what she wants from her favorite penman. Directed by Rob Reiner.

6. “The Mist” (2007)
Ranking the 10 Best Movies Adapted From Stephen King Books
A storm hits in Maine, forcing David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and his son to go out and hunt for supplies. As the misty fog rolls in, the man and his boy find themselves trapped in a grocery store to shield themselves from deadly creatures that arrive with the mist, along with a fanatic looking to make a sacrifice. Directed by Frank Darabont.

5. “The Green Mile” (1999)
Ranking the 10 Best Movies Adapted From Stephen King Books
Tom Hanks plays Paul Edgecomb, one of the guards on Death Row who builds relationships with his inmates. One inmate, John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), accused of murder, is a special and gifted supernatural. Edgecomb befriends the sweet, large man as his day of reckoning nears, beginning to wonder if he was ever really guilty. Directed by Frank Darabont.

4. “Carrie” (1976)
Ranking the 10 Best Movies Adapted From Stephen King Books
Carrie White is a sensitive soul who gets it rough from her classmates and family. When strange events unfold in Carrie’s presence, she begins to realize her strength, just before going to the prom. There she lets people see another side of her. “If you’ve got a taste for terror, take Carrie to the prom.” Directed by Brian De Palma.

3. “Stand by Me” (1986)
Ranking the 10 Best Movies Adapted From Stephen King Books
The all-time coming-of-age story features four youngsters, played by River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell and Wil Wheaton. When the boys learn of a dead body abandoned a few miles from their neighborhood, they decide to pack up and go on hunt for it together, only to run into some of the tougher teens. Light smoking, boob jokes, oncoming trains and leech marshes ensue. Directed by Rob Reiner.

2. “Shawshank Redemption” (1994)
Ranking the 10 Best Movies Adapted From Stephen King Books
Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is framed for murder and sent to prison where he befriends longtime convict Red (Morgan Freeman). The two build a relationship and slowly work their way up the warden’s good side into building a library, eventually earning enough trust to plan a quiet escape. Directed by Frank Darabont.

1. “The Shining” (1980)
Ranking the 10 Best Movies Adapted From Stephen King Books
King supposedly hates this film adaptation of his book about a struggling writer who goes to watch over a deserted hotel while he attempts to get some writing done. The quiet curse of the hotel slowly takes the writer (Jack Nicholson) down a demonic spiral, and his son who has psychic premonitions recognizes the evil in his father. What starts as a fun adventure in a Colorado hotel becomes a violent game of cat and mouse in a vacant hotel during a brutal snowstorm. It’s a must-watch for every horror fan. Directed by Stanley Kubrick.