Top 10 Movies based on Stephen King Novels

List by john Last updated May 09, 2017

Steven King is one of the best horror writers of all time and many of his stories have been adapted for film over the years. This is a list of the top 10 movies that are based on Steven Kings' novels; of course many of them do not follow the book exactly which is often the choice of the director to make it more dramatic or elucidate the story in a more fluid way.
For over 30 years King has been producing amazing fiction in 54 novels and more than 200 short stories. As a result many of them have been adapted into movies so the top 10 is a closely fought battle.

In researching for this list it surprised me how many great films I know of but didn't know were written by Stephen King.


Steven king novel best horror List order as defined by john

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Dreamcatcher (2003)

Drama Horror Science Fiction
A circle of friendship. A web of mystery. A pattern of fear.
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Vote count 479 Vote avg 52 Release date 2003-03-21


The Running Man (1987)

Action Science Fiction
A game nobody survives. But Schwarzenegger has yet to play.
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Vote count 581 Vote avg 64 Release date 1987-11-13


1408 (2007)

Horror Thriller
The only demons in room 1408 are those within you.
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Vote count 1,087 Vote avg 64 Release date 2007-07-12


Pet Sematary (1989)

Drama Horror
Sometimes dead is better.
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Vote count 335 Vote avg 64 Release date 1989-04-21


Misery (1990)

Horror Thriller
Paul Sheldon used to write for a living. Now, he's writing to stay alive.
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Vote count 810 Vote avg 76 Release date 1990-11-28


The Mist (2007)

Science Fiction Horror Thriller
Belief divides them, mystery surrounds them, but fear changes everything.
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Vote count 1,121 Vote avg 67 Release date 2007-11-21


The Green Mile (1999)

Fantasy Drama Crime
Miracles do happen.
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Vote count 3,149 Vote avg 81 Release date 1999-12-10


The Shining (1980)

Horror Thriller
A masterpiece of modern horror.
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Vote count 2,761 Vote avg 80 Release date 1980-05-22


Carrie (1976)

Horror Thriller
If you’ve got a taste for terror... take Carrie to the prom.
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Vote count 778 Vote avg 70 Release date 1976-11-03


The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Drama Crime
Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.
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Vote count 7,033 Vote avg 84 Release date 1994-09-10



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