A comprehensive list of every Stephen King movie adaptation, from the classic to the obscure.
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As of 2019, there are over 80 Stephen King movies that have been adapted from his novels, short stories, and poems. While some of these movies are considered to be classics, others have been forgettable. Here is a list of all the Stephen King movies that have been made so far.
The Shining is a 1980 psychological horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name. Jack Nicholson stars as an aspiring writer who agrees to serve as the off-season caretaker of an isolated hotel. His young son Danny (played by Danny Lloyd) has psychic abilities (known as “the shining”) that allow him to see the horrific past and future events of the Overlook Hotel, and Room 237 is a place where his ability is especially strong. The presence of ghosts in the hotel drive Jack to madness, and he eventually tries to kill his family. The Shining is considered one of the greatest horror films ever made, and it is also one of the most controversial.
Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King’s 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and produced by Paul Monash, with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen. The film’s cast includes Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, William Katt, and Betty Buckley.
The film tells the story of Carrie White, a shy 17-year-old girl from an abusive religious household who discovers she has telekinesis just as she is bullied at school and humiliated at her senior prom. When Carrie is pushed too far, she uses her newly discovered powers to exact revenge on those who mistreated her.
Carrie was King’s first published novel and was nominated for both the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 1975. The film received two Academy Award nominations, one for Spacek’s performance and one for Laurie’s performance.
Based on a Stephen King novel of the same name, Misery was released in 1990 and directed by Rob Reiner. The movie starred James Caan as novelist Paul Sheldon and Kathy Bates as his “number one fan” Annie Wilkes. Misery was a critical and commercial success, and it cemented Stephen King’s reputation as a master of horror.
The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. The film is based on the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. The story follows Andy Dufresne, a banker who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover. Over the course of his sentence, Andy befriends Red, the prison contraband smuggler, and makes a series of improbable escapes that culminate in his dramatic escape from the prison.
The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor ( Robbins), Best Supporting Actor (Freeman), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Darabont). It won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. The Shawshank Redemption grossed over $58 million at the box office in its theatrical release, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of 1994.
Stand by Me
Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell. The film, whose script was written by Raynold Gideon and Bruce A. Evans from Stephen King’s novella The Body, tells the story of four young boys in Castlerock, Oregon, who go on a hike to find the dead body of a missing boy their age.
The Green Mile
The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on the 1996 Stephen King novel of the same name. The film stars Tom Hanks as a corrections officer on Death Row in a Louisiana prison in the 1930s, who witnessing the supernatural lives of two condemned inmates, one of whom (played by Michael Clarke Duncan) has a gift for healing.
It is a 2017 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel of the same name. The film tells the story of seven children who are terrorized by an evil being that exploits the fears and phobias of its victims. The film is produced by New Line Cinema, KatzSmith Productions, Lin Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment, and Daisy Rock Films, and distributed by Warner Bros. It is the first installment in the planned It Chapter Two trilogy and concludes the story arc that began with It (2017). The sequel is scheduled for release on September 6, 2019.
The Dark Tower
The Dark Tower is a 2017 American science fantasy Western film directed and co-written by Nikolaj Arcel. A continuation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, the film stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, a gunslinger on a quest to protect the Dark Tower—a mythical structure which supports all realities—while Matthew McConaughey plays his nemesis, Walter Padick (The Man in Black).
As of 2019, there have been two movies released based on Stephen King’s book Pet Sematary. The first movie was released in 1989 and the second in 2019.