Our Favorite Stephen King Inspired Movies / Films

Our Favorite Stephen King Inspired Movies / Films

Stephen King earned his stripes as a Master of Horror and a personal favorite around Hell Horror. Of course, we included Carrie, Firestarter, The Shining, Salem’s Lot but there are so much more to include. Some films may not have followed the books/novels/short stories correctly, so we decided to make a single HUGE list of all of our favorite Stephen King-inspired movies that are scored and ranked. Makes we want to sit down and have a Stephen King movie marathon.


Stephen King Movies Inspired by his written works

Best Movies

The Shining (1980)

The Shining (1980)
Our Score: 9/10   IMDB Score: 8.4/10

Jack Nicholson, Barry Dennen, Burnell Tucker, Derek Lyons, David Baxt

The Dead Zone (1983)

The Dead Zone (1983)
Our Score: 8/10   IMDB Score: 7.2/10

Christopher Walken, Tom Skerritt, Martin Sheen, Anthony Zerbe, Nicholas Campbell

Misery (1990)

Misery (1990)
Our Score: 5/10   IMDB Score: 7.8/10

Archie Hahn, Frances Sternhagen, John Michael Quinn, Gregory Snegoff, Kathy Bates

The Mist (2007)

The Mist (2007)
Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 7.2/10

David Jensen, William Sadler, Toby Jones, Thomas Jane, James Paul

The Running Man (1987)

The Running Man (1987)
Our Score: 8/10   IMDB Score: 6.7/10

Lin Shaye, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Thomas Rosales Jr., Sven-Ole Thorsen, George P. Wilbur

Carrie (Remake) (2013)

Carrie (Remake) (2013)
Our Score: 8/10   IMDB Score: 5.9/10

Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Chris Britton, Chloë Grace Moretz, Chloë Grace Moretz

Apt Pupil (1998)

Apt Pupil (1998)
Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 6.7/10

Ian McKellen, Elias Koteas, James Karen, Joshua Jackson, Michael Reid MacKay

Cujo (1983)

Cujo (1983)
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 6.0/10

Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Ed Lauter, Robert Craighead, Christopher Stone

Christine (1983)

Christine (1983)
Our Score: 5/10   IMDB Score: 6.7/10

Joe Unger, Harry Dean Stanton, Stuart Charno, Kelly Preston, John Michael Quinn

Secret Window (2004)

Secret Window (2004)
Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 6.6/10

Johnny Depp, Charles S. Dutton, Maria Bello, Vlasta Vrana, John Turturro

The Dark Half (1993)

The Dark Half (1993)
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 5.9/10

Michael Rooker, Robert Joy, David Early, Rutanya Alda, Bruce Kirkpatrick

Children of the Corn (1984)

Children of the Corn (1984)
Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 5.6/10

R.G. Armstrong, Linda Hamilton, John Franklin, Courtney Gains, Robby Kiger

Silver Bullet (1985)

Silver Bullet (1985)
Our Score: 7/10   IMDB Score: 6.4/10

Corey Haim, William Newman, Laura Warner, Bill Smitrovich, Julius LeFlore

Pet Sematary (1989)

Pet Sematary (1989)
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 6.6/10

Stephen King, Brad Greenquist, Dale Midkiff, Susan Blommaert, Richard Collier

Creepshow 2 (1987)

Creepshow 2 (1987)
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 6.1/10

Tom Savini, Stephen King, Tom Wright, David Holbrook, Don Harvey

Firestarter (1984)

Firestarter (1984)
Our Score: 5/10   IMDB Score: 6.0/10

Drew Barrymore, Dick Warlock, George P. Wilbur, Laura Warner, Martin Sheen

The Night Flier (1997)

The Night Flier (1997)
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 6.0/10

Miguel Ferrer, John Bennes, Jim Grimshaw, William Neely, Richard K. Olsen

Dreamcatcher (2003)

Dreamcatcher (2003)
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 5.5/10

Ty Olsson, Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, C. Ernst Harth, Colin Lawrence

The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)

The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)
Our Score: 5/10   IMDB Score: 4.7/10

Robert C. Treveiler, Jason London, William Katt, Steven Ford, Rhoda Griffis

Quicksilver Highway (1997)

Quicksilver Highway (1997)
Our Score: 4/10   IMDB Score: 4.9/10

Kevin Grevioux, Veronica Cartwright, Matt Frewer, Mick Garris, William Knight

The Lawnmower Man (1992)

The Lawnmower Man (1992)
Our Score: 5/10   IMDB Score: 5.4/10

Dean Norris, Frank Collison, Troy Evans, Michael Gregory, Denney Pierce

A Return to Salem's Lot (1987)

A Return to Salem's Lot (1987)
Our Score: 5/10   IMDB Score: 4.3/10

Tara Reid, Michael Moriarty, David Holbrook, Ronee Blakley, Robert Burr

Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Maximum Overdrive (1986)
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 5.4/10

Stephen King, Frankie Faison, Chris Britton, J.C. Quinn, Julius LeFlore

Cell (2016)

Cell (2016)
Our Score: 6/10   IMDB Score: 4.3/10

Samuel L. Jackson, Lloyd Kaufman, E. Roger Mitchell, Rory Healy, Anthony Reynolds

Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995)

Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995)
Our Score: 4/10   IMDB Score: 4.1/10

Rance Howard, Brian Peck, Charlize Theron, Anthony Hickox, Michael Ensign

Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998)

Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998)
Our Score: 4/10   IMDB Score: 4.0/10

Kane Hodder, David Carradine, Jennifer Badger, Fred Williamson, Eva Mendes

Graveyard Shift (1990)

Graveyard Shift (1990)
Our Score: 5/10   IMDB Score: 4.8/10

Brad Dourif, David Andrews, Andrew Divoff, Stephen Macht, Robert Alan Beuth

Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992)

Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992)
Our Score: 5/10   IMDB Score: 4.3/10

Todd Davis, Robert C. Treveiler, Robert Harvey, Sean Bridgers, Marty Terry

Children of the Corn: Revelation (2001)

Children of the Corn: Revelation (2001)
Our Score: 3/10   IMDB Score: 3.5/10

Michael Ironside, Crystal Lowe, Kyle Cassie, Ron Selmour, John Destry



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Most importantly, big thank you to Stephen King who has dedicated his life to inspiring and amazing us with his literary works.