Top Ten Stephen King Film Adaptations

Top Ten Stephen King Film Adaptations

Stephen King has written over 50 novels and 200 short stories. The man is an infamous horror icon and master of horror. This is my list of the best Stephen King film adaptations. This list only includes related horror movies, no Shawshank Redemption, and also does not include TV mini-series events (It, The Stand, The Tommyknockers, etc.). Author Stephen King has been amazingly successful in having his novels/books translate into movies, but at the same time, some turned out to be great while others fell short along the way. Continue below for the full list along with some worthy mentions.

Carrie

Carrie 1976

Carrie (1976)

Synopsis: Carrie White, a shy, friendless 17 year-old girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.
Cast: P.J. Soles, William Katt, Priscilla Pointer, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, John Travolta, Harry Gold, Sydney Lassick, Noelle North, Cindy Daly, Betty Buckley, James Saad, Mike Towers, Doug Cox, Glen Vance, Sharon Benson, Stefan Gierasch, Michael Talbott, Deirdre Berthrong, Anson Downes, Rory Stevens, Cameron De Palma, Terry Bolo, Katie Irving, Edie McClurg, Dan Protheroe
Directors: Brian De Palma
Genres: Horror
Year: 1976
Runtime: 98
Awards: 4
Nominations: 4
Writers: Stephen King, Lawrence D. Cohen, Paul Monash
Producers: Paul Monash, Louis A. Stroller, Brian De Palma
Musicians: Pino Donaggio
Editors: Paul Hirsch

Cujo

Cujo movie still

Cujo (1983)

Synopsis: Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.
Cast: Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Ed Lauter, Jerry Hardin, Robert Craighead, Christopher Stone, Billy Jayne, Mills Watson, Sandy Ward, Merritt Olsen, Arthur Rosenberg, Terry Donovan-Smith, Robert Elross, Robert Behling, Clare Nono, Daniel H. Blatt, Danny Pintauro, Kaiulani Lee
Directors: Lewis Teague
Genres: Horror, Thriller
Year: 1983
Runtime: 93
Nominations: 3
Writers: Stephen King, Don Carlos Dunaway, Lauren Currier
Producers: Daniel H. Blatt, Neil A. Machlis, Robert Singer
Musicians: Charles Bernstein
Editors: Neil Travis

Silver Bullet

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Silver Bullet (1985)

Synopsis: A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives Marty Coslaw, - a paralytic boy - his uncle and his sister - the narrator of the story.
Cast: Corey Haim, William Newman, Laura Warner, Bill Smitrovich, Julius LeFlore, Everett McGill, Gary Busey, Terry O'Quinn, Kent Broadhurst, Heather Simmons, James A. Baffico, Lawrence Tierney, James Gammon, Michael Lague, Megan Follows, Myra Mailloux, Robin Groves, William Brown, Leon Russom, Herb Harton, David Hart, Joe Wright, Graham Smith, Paul Butler, Crystal Field, Roxanne Aalam, Rebecca Fleming, Pearl Jones, Sam Stoneburner, Ish Jones Jr.
Directors: Daniel Attias
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Adventure
AKA(s): Cycle of the Werewolf, Stephen King's Silver Bullet
Year: 1985
Runtime: 95
Writers: Stephen King
Producers: Dino De Laurentiis, Martha De Laurentiis, John M. Eckert
Musicians: Jay Chattaway
Editors: Daniel Loewenthal

1408

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1408 (2007)

Synopsis: A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Tony Shalhoub, Paul Kasey, Kate Walsh, John Cusack, Paul Birchard, Len Cariou, Gil Cohen-Alloro, Holly Hayes, Andrew Lee Potts, William Armstrong, Anthony C. Mazza, Drew Powell, Noah Lee Margetts, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Benny Urquidez, Walter Lewis, Tina Maskell, Jacob White, Steve Somers, Alexandra Silber, Johann Urb, George Cottle, Julian Spencer, Emily Harvey, William Willoughby, Angel Oquendo, Kim Thomson, Thomas A. McMahon, Chris Carey
Directors: Mikael Håfström
Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Mystery
Year: 2007
Runtime: 104
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Awards: 4
Nominations: 8
Writers: Matt Greenberg, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Stephen King
Producers: Kelly Dennis, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Antonia Kalmacoff, Jake Myers, Richard Saperstein, Jeremy Steckler, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
Musicians: Gabriel Yared
Editors: Peter Boyle

Thinner

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Thinner (1996)

Synopsis: An obese lawyer is cursed by a gypsy to lose weight...and lose weight...and lose weight...
Cast: Stephen King, Kari Wuhrer, Daniel von Bargen, Time Winters, Sean Hewitt, Allelon Ruggiero, Josh Lucas, Peter Maloney, Robert John Burke, Lucinda Jenney, Irma St. Paule, Randy Jurgensen, Christopher C. Murphy, Robert Fitch, Jeff Ware, Angela Pietropinto, Antonette Schwartzberg, Kenneth Londoner, Terence Kava, Adriana Delphine, Joe Mantegna, Ruth Miller, Walter Bobbie, Todd Tucker, John Horton, Sam Freed, Elizabeth Franz, Patrick Farrelly, Michael Kevin Walker, Bridget Marks
Directors: Tom Holland
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Comedy
Year: 1996
Runtime: 93
MPAA Rating: R
Writers: Stephen King, Michael McDowell, Tom Holland
Producers: Mitchell Galin, Andrew Golov, Randy Jurgensen, Stephen F. Kesten, A. Welch Lambeth, Richard P. Rubinstein
Musicians: Daniel Licht
Editors: Janice Hampton, Marc Laub

Children of the Corn

Children of the Corn

Children of the Corn (1984)

Synopsis: A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.
Cast: R.G. Armstrong, Linda Hamilton, John Franklin, Courtney Gains, Robby Kiger, John Philbin, Peter Horton, Julie Maddalena, Jonas Marlowe, Dan Snook, David Cowen, Suzy Southam, D.G. Johnson, Patrick Boylan, Elmer Soderstrom, Teresa Toigo, Mitch Carter, Anne Marie McEvoy, Dennis Carl, Eric Freeman, Corey Frizzell
Directors: Fritz Kiersch
Genres: Horror, Thriller
AKA(s): Stephen King's Children of the Corn
Year: 1984
Runtime: 92
Nominations: 3
Writers: Stephen King, George Goldsmith
Producers: Donald P. Borchers, Earl A. Glick, Terrence Kirby, Mark Lipson, Charles Weber
Musicians: Jonathan Elias
Editors: Harry Keramidas

Creepshow

Stephen King Creepshow

Creepshow (1982)

Synopsis: An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s.
Cast: Tom Savini, Stephen King, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, David Early, Leslie Nielsen, Christine Forrest, Bingo O'Malley, Ed Harris, Viveca Lindfors, John Amplas, Fritz Weaver, Chuck Aber, Gaylen Ross, Marty Schiff, Hal Holbrook, E.G. Marshall, Warner Shook, Iva Jean Saraceni, Joe Hill, Cletus Anderson, Katie Karlovitz, Peter Messer, Darryl Ferrucci, David Garrison, Robert Harper, Carrie Nye, Carol McCloskey, Ann Muffly, Ted Danson
Directors: George A. Romero
Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
AKA(s): Creep Show, Cuentos de ultratumba, Father's Day, Something to Tide You Over, The Crate, The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill, They're Creeping Up on You!
Year: 1982
Runtime: 120
Nominations: 2
Writers: Stephen King
Producers: Salah M. Hassanein, Richard P. Rubinstein, David E. Vogel
Musicians: John Harrison
Editors: Pasquale Buba, Paul Hirsch, George A. Romero, Michael Spolan

The Mist

The Mist

The Mist (2007)

Synopsis: A freak storm unleashes a species of blood-thirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.
Cast: David Jensen, Thomas Jane, William Sadler, James Paul, Toby Jones, Ritchie Montgomery, Robert C. Treveiler, Jeffrey DeMunn, Ron Fagan, Frances Sternhagen, Dodie Brown, Laurie Holden, Sam Witwer, Ted Ferguson, Eric Kelly McFarland, Louis Herthum, Nathan Gamble, Ron Clinton Smith, Tiffany Morgan, Amy McGee, Steven E. Williams, Taylor E. Brown, Amy McGee-Harrell, Alexa Davalos, John F. Daniel, Andre Braugher, Andy Stahl, Walt Hollis, Kim Wall, Walter Fauntleroy
Directors: Frank Darabont
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
AKA(s): Stephen King's The Mist
Year: 2007
Runtime: 126
MPAA Rating: R
Awards: 6
Nominations: 10
Writers: Frank Darabont, Stephen King
Producers: Frank Darabont, Anna Garduno, Liz Glotzer, Denise M. Huth, Randi Richmond, Richard Saperstein, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
Musicians: Mark Isham
Editors: Hunter M. Via

Sleepwalkers

Stephen King Sleepwalkers

Sleepwalkers (1992)

Synopsis: A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures move to a small town to seek out a young virgin to feed on.
Cast: Ron Perlman, Stephen King, Cynthia Garris, John Landis, Michael Reid MacKay, Dan Martin, Stuart Charno, Frank Novak, Glenn Shadix, Alice Krige, Rusty Schwimmer, Joe Dante, Mädchen Amick, Lyman Ward, Jim Haynie, Mark Hamill, Diane Delano, Bojesse Christopher, Clive Barker, Joey Aresco, Ernie Lively, Norman Fessler, Brian Krause, Tobe Hooper, O. Nicholas Brown, Lucy Boryer, Judette Warren, Karl Bakke, Roger Nolan, Donald Petersen
Directors: Mick Garris
Genres: Horror
AKA(s): Stephen King's Sleepwalkers
Year: 1992
Runtime: 91
MPAA Rating: R
Awards: 5
Writers: Stephen King
Producers: Michael Grais, Dimitri Logothetis, Joseph Medawar, Richard Stenta, Mark Victor, Nabeel Zahid
Musicians: Nicholas Pike
Editors: O. Nicholas Brown

Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary (1989)

Synopsis: Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable.
Cast: Stephen King, Michael Lombard, Dale Midkiff, Susan Blommaert, Richard Collier, Miko Hughes, Denise Crosby, Eleanor Grace Courtemanche, Fred Gwynne, Donnie Greene, Blaze Berdahl, Lila Duffy, Mara Clark, John David Moore, Kavi Raz, Beau Berdahl Oliver, Mary Louise Wilson, Kira Willoughby, Andrew Hubatsek, Kara Dalke, Liz Davies, Matthew August Ferrell, Lisa Stathoplos, Elizabeth Ureneck, Chuck Courtney, Peter Stader, Chuck Shaw, Dorothy McCabe, Brad Greenquist, Mary R. Hughes
Directors: Mary Lambert
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama
AKA(s): Pet Cemetery
Year: 1989
Runtime: 103
Nominations: 5
Writers: Stephen King
Producers: Mitchell Galin, Richard P. Rubinstein, Ralph S. Singleton, Tim Zinnemann
Musicians: Elliot Goldenthal
Editors: Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill

The Shining

The Shining - Jack Nicholson

The Shining (1980)

Synopsis: A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Burnell Tucker, Barry Dennen, David Baxt, Joe Turkel, Derek Lyons, Scatman Crothers, Chris Parsons, Barry Nelson, Manning Redwood, Jana Shelden, Kate Phelps, Vivian Kubrick, Norman Gay, Bertha Lynn, Glenn Rinker, Shelley Duvall, Paul Desbois, Danny Lloyd, Anne Jackson, Lia Beldam, Tony Burton, Billie Gibson, Lisa Burns, Louise Burns, Philip Stone, Robin Pappas, Alison Coleridge
Directors: Stanley Kubrick
Genres: Horror, Drama
Year: 1980
Runtime: 144
Awards: 3
Nominations: 5
Writers: Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick, Diane Johnson
Producers: Robert Fryer, Jan Harlan, Mary Lea Johnson, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Richards
Musicians: Wendy Carlos, Rachel Elkind
Editors: Ray Lovejoy

Worthy Mentions

  • Misery (1990)
  • The Dead Zone (1979)
  • Firestarter (1984)
  • Silver Bullet (1985)
  • The Dark Half (1989)
  • Christine (1983)
  • Dreamcatcher (2003)
  • Salem’s Lot (1979)
  • Salem’s Lot (2004)
  • Dolores Claiborne (1995)

Like I said, these are my top Stephen King horror movies, hope you enjoyed them.

What are your favorite Top 10 Stephen King Film Adaptations?

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