Best Stephen King Film Adaptations


One of the most prolific authors of all time, Stephen King has published 56 novels and countless other stories in many different mediums. His first book, Carrie, skyrocketed his career, and the success of the film adaptation secured his place as one of America’s greatest storytellers. Today, on his birthday DoYouRemember looks back on a few of our favorite of his film adaptions.

Dolores Claiborne (1995)

Based on the 1992 novel of the same name, this drama/thriller stars Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh.


Carrie (1976)

Director Brian De Palma’s acclaimed supernatural horror film—based on King’s 1974 novel of the same name—stars Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie, both of whom received Academy Award nominations.

Misery (1990)

Based on the 1987 novel, this psychological thriller stars James Caan and Kathy Bates. Bates won the 1990 Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Annie Wilkes.


Stand by Me (1986)

Inspired by King’s 1982 novella The Body, this coming-of-age drama stars Will Wheaton, River Phoenix and Kiefer Sutherland. King considers this film the first successful adaptation of any of his works.

The Green Mile (1999)

Based on the 1996 novel of the same name, this magical realism drama stars Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan. It was nominated for four Academy Awards: Duncan for Best Supporting Actor, Best Picture, Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Shining (1980)

Stanley Kubrick’s iconic horror film, inspired by King’s 1977 novel, stars Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. King considers this the only adaptation of one of his novels that he hates, despite the memorable imagery.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Based on the 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, this drama stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. One of the highest-ranking films of all time, it was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

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