With the release of "Cell" earlier this month, "It" and "The Dark Tower" set for release next year, and rumors of a reboot of "Cujo" and "The Stand" in the works, maybe it's time to look back over the 30 films released in theaters over the last 40 years that were based on the works of the legendary Stephen King!
Just a quick note before we begin, we will be ranking the best (and worst) horror films made from King's novels and short stories. So please forgive the exclusion of "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Stand By Me" among the list!
30 Cell (2016)
Much anticipated but not-so well received adaptation of King's apocalyptic novel
29 Graveyard Shift (1990)
Pretty faithful adaptation of the short story, until it took a huge U-turn for the climax!
28 Sleepwalkers (1992)
Stephen King's original screenplay about shape-shifting energy vampires whose only enemy is cats.
27 Thinner (1996)
Gypsy curses with a difference in this body-horror film!
26 Maximum Overdrive (1986)
Based on the awesome short story "Trucks", Stephen King made his directorial debut with this adaptation
25 The Mangler (1995)
Directed by Tobe Hooper ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre") and starring Freddy Krueger himself, Robert England
24 Needful Things (1993)
The Devil knows the things you want most in this wickedly entertaining movie
23 Riding the Bullet (2004)
King debuted the original novella on the Internet in 2000, making it the first mass market e-book ever released!
22 Dreamcatcher (2003)
Apparently it took 9-years for Lawrence Kasdan to direct another film after making this movie. I didn't think it was that bad myself
21 Creepshow 2 (1987)
If for nothing else, you must watch this movie for the brilliant segment "The Raft"!
20 Tales from the Darkside (1990)
Another anthology horror movie featuring one of King's creepiest short stories, "The Cat from Hell"
19 The Night Flier (1997)
A vampire who needs to fly in a Cessna Skymaster?... interesting idea
18 Children of the Corn (1984)
Adapted from one of King's earliest short stories, the idea of the children of a small isolated farming town murdering all the adults in service to "He Who Walks Between the Rows" is still terrifying to this day!
17 Firestarter (1984)
Based on King's 1980 novel of the same name, "Firestarter" was one of the earliest starring roles for Drew Barrymore playing a child with pyrokinesis
16 Pet Sematary (1989)
Cursed Indian burial grounds feature again in this King adaptation
15 Secret Window (2004)
Johnny Depp is excellent as a writer losing his mind, based on the short story "Secret Window, Secret Garden"
14 Silver Bullet (1985)
Admittedly a disappointing adaptation of King's otherwise brilliant novella "Cycle of the Werewolf"
13 Mercy (2014)
One of the latest King movies, loosely based on the short story "Gramma" from "Skeleton Crew"
12 Apt Pupil (1998)
The always brilliant Ian McKellan and director Bryan Singer's first collaboration about a curious boy who identifies a fugitive Nazi war criminal
11 Cujo (1983)
This St Bernard is no "man's best friend" is this early horror/thriller
10 The Dark Half (1993)
Stephen King exorcised his own pseudonym Richard Bachman in the 1989 novel, the film was directed by one of King's frequent collaborators and closest friends, George A. Romero ("Night of the Living Dead")
09 Cat's Eye (1985)
Featuring two of the coolest short stories from King's "Night Shift" collection, "Quitters, Inc" and "The Ledge"
08 Christine (1983)
Evil is real... and it's a violent vintage 1958 Plymouth Fury named "Christine"
07 Creepshow (1982)
The first in the horror anthology movie series, directed by George A. Romero and marked King's debut as a screenwriter (and actor!). The "Something to Tide You Over" segment I consider to be the best among the other truly great vignettes.
06 The Mist (2007)
One of the most faithful adaptations, including keeping the original shock ending from the novel! Directed by Frank Darabont, himself the first of Stephen King's Dollar Baby filmmakers
05 1408 (2007)
A much better pairing of John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in this excellent haunted room chiller!
04 Misery (1990)
Kathy Bates won the Oscar for Best Actress playing the seriously crazy "number one fan" Annie Wilkes
03 The Shining (1980)
Still considered a masterpiece to this day, it is actually one of Stephen King's least favorite adaptations of his work!
02 The Dead Zone (1983)
Christopher Walken plays tortured psychic Johnny Smith perfectly, as he tries to stop a nuclear holocaust that will eventually be caused by a vain, corrupt, bigoted, and violent Senator when he becomes President in the future
01 Carrie (1976)
The best adapted Stephen King movie was also the first film to adapt his work for the screen, and was based on King's very first novel!