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 1976

Carrie (1976)

Synopsis: Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage 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, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, Betty Buckley, Sissy Spacek, Cindy Daly, Nancy Allen, John Travolta, Harry Gold, Sydney Lassick, Noelle North, Michael Talbott, Deirdre Berthrong, Anson Downes, Rory Stevens, Cameron De Palma, Terry Bolo, Katie Irving, Dan Protheroe, Edie McClurg, James Saad, Mike Towers, Glen Vance, Doug Cox, Sharon Benson, Stefan Gierasch
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 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, Robert Craighead, Christopher Stone, Billy Jayne, Jerry Hardin, Daniel H. Blatt, Danny Pintauro, Kaiulani Lee, Mills Watson, Sandy Ward, Merritt Olsen, Arthur Rosenberg, Terry Donovan-Smith, Robert Elross, Robert Behling, Clare Nono
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 the paralytic Marty Coslaw, his uncle, and his sister, the story's narrator.
Cast: Corey Haim, William Newman, Laura Warner, Bill Smitrovich, Julius LeFlore, Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Lawrence Tierney, James Gammon, Laurens Moore, Terry O'Quinn, Kent Broadhurst, Heather Simmons, James A. Baffico, Rebecca Fleming, Pearl Jones, Ish Jones Jr., Sam Stoneburner, Steven White, Tovah Feldshuh, Lonnie Moore, Conrad McLaren, Rick Pasotto, Cassidy Eckert, Wendy Walker, Michael Lague, Myra Mailloux, Megan Follows, William Brown, Robin Groves
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


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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 Birchard, John Cusack, Paul Kasey, Kate Walsh, Len Cariou, Gil Cohen-Alloro, Noah Lee Margetts, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Benny Urquidez, Walter Lewis, Holly Hayes, Johann Urb, Andrew Lee Potts, William Armstrong, Anthony C. Mazza, Drew Powell, Thomas A. McMahon, Chris Carey, Kevin Dobson, Lily Grace Alexander, Peter Conboy, Margot Leicester, Mary McCormack, Georgie Lee-Robinson, Jasmine Jessica Anthony, Bernadette Lords, Eric Meyers, Ray Nicholas
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


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Thinner (1996)

Synopsis: An obese attorney is cursed by a gypsy to rapidly and uncontrollably lose weight.
Cast: Stephen King, Kari Wuhrer, Daniel von Bargen, Allelon Ruggiero, Josh Lucas, Peter Maloney, Robert John Burke, Time Winters, Sean Hewitt, Robert Fitch, Angela Pietropinto, Jeff Ware, Lucinda Jenney, Irma St. Paule, Randy Jurgensen, Christopher C. Murphy, Bridget Marks, Michael Kevin Walker, Mitchell Greenberg, Alexandra Dimopoulos, Ed Wheeler, Michael Constantine, Josh Holland, Bethany Joy Lenz, Howard Erskine, Steven Belgard, Terrence Garmey, Tom c**ler, Antonette Schwartzberg, Kenneth Londoner
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, Teresa Toigo, Mitch Carter, Anne Marie McEvoy, Dennis Carl, Eric Freeman, Corey Frizzell, Peter Horton, Julie Maddalena, Jonas Marlowe, Dan Snook, David Cowen, Suzy Southam, D.G. Johnson, Patrick Boylan, Elmer Soderstrom
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


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, Bingo O'Malley, Christine Forrest, John Amplas, Ed Harris, Viveca Lindfors, E.G. Marshall, Warner Shook, Fritz Weaver, Chuck Aber, Gaylen Ross, Marty Schiff, Hal Holbrook, Robert Harper, Carrie Nye, Carol McCloskey, Ann Muffly, Ted Danson, Richard P. Rubinstein, Charles Van Eman, Elizabeth Regan, Jon Lormer, Don Keefer, Nann Mogg, Iva Jean Saraceni
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 bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.
Cast: David Jensen, William Sadler, Thomas Jane, James Paul, Ritchie Montgomery, Robert C. Treveiler, Jeffrey DeMunn, Toby Jones, Ron Fagan, Frances Sternhagen, Dodie Brown, Ted Ferguson, Louis Herthum, Laurie Holden, Sam Witwer, Eric Kelly McFarland, John F. Daniel, Andre Braugher, Andy Stahl, Nathan Gamble, Ron Clinton Smith, Tiffany Morgan, Amy McGee, Taylor E. Brown, Steven E. Williams, Amy McGee-Harrell, Alexa Davalos, Jackson Hurst, Kevin Beard, Melissa McBride
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


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, John Landis, Michael Reid MacKay, Cynthia Garris, Stuart Charno, Frank Novak, Glenn Shadix, Alice Krige, Rusty Schwimmer, Dan Martin, Mädchen Amick, Lyman Ward, Jim Haynie, Joe Dante, Norman Fessler, Brian Krause, Tobe Hooper, Mark Hamill, Bojesse Christopher, Diane Delano, Clive Barker, Joey Aresco, Ernie Lively, Hayden Victor, Charles Croughwell, Richard Penn, Karyn Sercelj, Sparks, Cindy Pickett
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, Dale Midkiff, Susan Blommaert, Richard Collier, Miko Hughes, Denise Crosby, Michael Lombard, Liz Davies, Matthew August Ferrell, Lisa Stathoplos, Elizabeth Ureneck, Chuck Courtney, Peter Stader, Chuck Shaw, Dorothy McCabe, Mary R. Hughes, Brad Greenquist, Eleanor Grace Courtemanche, Donnie Greene, Fred Gwynne, Lila Duffy, Blaze Berdahl, John David Moore, Mara Clark, Beau Berdahl Oliver, Kavi Raz, Kira Willoughby, Mary Louise Wilson, Andrew Hubatsek, Kara Dalke
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, Barry Dennen, Burnell Tucker, David Baxt, Manning Redwood, Joe Turkel, Derek Lyons, Chris Parsons, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Tony Burton, Billie Gibson, Lisa Burns, Louise Burns, Philip Stone, Robin Pappas, Alison Coleridge, Jana Shelden, Kate Phelps, Vivian Kubrick, Bertha Lynn, Norman Gay, Glenn Rinker, Paul Desbois, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Anne Jackson, Lia Beldam
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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