Top 10 Greatest Movies Based on Stephen King Novels

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Stephen King is regarded as one of the most prolific writers of all time. He has given us countless stories to look up to. The movie industry has never left a chance to adapt King’s work as his name is enough to attract all the buzz. There have been countless movies on Stephen King’s work, but these movies honor his work the most.

#10: The Dead Zone (1983)

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The Dead Zone is an intense thriller about a teacher who discovers he has psychic abilities after an accident. This movie owes most of its success to the amazing performance of Christopher Walken. The movie is shot beautifully as it is a mix of different storylines, that ultimately merge and lead to the climax.

#9: Carrie (1976)

The original Carrie is a masterful Stephen King adaptation and it tells the sad story of a teenage girl who is bullied helplessly until she breaks. It is labeled as a horror movie, but in reality, it is not a horror movie, it is a movie that depicts some horrific events. This iconic movie is still remembered for its climax, where everything went to hell.

#8: It (2017)

Movies Based on Stephen King Novels

Reboots usually fail to top the original but this movie actually managed to pull that off. The movie stays close to the roots and it does the original movie proud. The Child actors carry this movie, which is an amazing feat in itself. It mixes humor with horror exceptionally but the best thing about this movie is Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise.

#7: Doctor Sleep (2019)

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Following the story of the iconic horror movie the Shining was never going to be easy but Mike Flanagan did it. Even though it is a sequel, the movie feels very different from the Shining, and perhaps that is why fans love it. Ewan McGregor is fantastic as adult Danny in the movie and Doctor Sleep is a worthy continuation of the classic story.

#6: Dolores Claiborne (1995)

Movies Based on Stephen King Novels

This movie seems very ordinary on the surface but doesn’t be fooled even for a second as it is based on Stephen King’s work. The movie is very underrated and deserves a lot more attention. Kathy Bates is an exceptional actress and she performs her best in this movie. Dolores Claiborne is a solid mystery/thriller that you just can’t miss.

#5: Stand By Me (1986)

Stand By Me is a story about teenagers, that even adults enjoy whole-heartedly. The movie is now mostly remembered for the late River Phoenix’s performance, who is awesome in this movie. The movie is about friendship and relationships. It proves that Stephen King can write more than just horror stories.

#4: Misery (1990)

Movies Based on Stephen King Novels

Misery is an exceptionally intense psychological thriller and it manages to extract so much from a seemingly linear storyline. Kathy Bates won an Oscar for her performance in this movie, and that too at a time when the Academy overlooked the horror genre. We are certain you won’t feel ‘miserable’ (we’re sorry) after watching this movie.

#3: The Shining (1980)

The most iconic horror movie of all time, The Shining is still as scary as ever. It is a timeless classic that deserved more recognition when it came out. The movie is very engaging thanks to Stanley Kubrick’s vision. But it was Jack Nicholson’s performance that stole the entire show. The other actors were exceptional as well, making it perfect.

#2: The Green Mile (1999)

The Green Mile is a character-driven movie that is perfect in every aspect. It is nearly impossible to find any flaws in this movie. It is a very touching and emotional prison drama carried by Tom Hanks’ amazing performance. It does not deviate from the novel, making it a perfect movie adaptation.

#1: The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

It is surprising to know that the best Stephen King Adaptation is not a horror movie and not a lot of people know that Stephen King wrote this story. The Shawshank Redemption is often regarded as one of the best movies ever made, and that is absolutely correct. Everyone should watch this movie once in their lifetime as it will change your life.

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