Stephen King Movies

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Want to know the best Stephen King movies?  How about the worst Stephen King movies?  Curious about Stephen King ’s box office grosses or which Stephen King movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Stephen King movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

Stephen King (1947-) has sold over 350 million copies of his books.  It all got started in 1973 when Carrie was first published.  Hollywood has been making movies based on his books since 1976…when Carrie starring John Travolta hit theaters.  King has written over 50 more books and Hollywood has been producing almost two King theatrical movies or television movies every year since!

This page will rank 41 Stephen King theatrical movies from Best to Worst in seven different sortable columns of information. Normally we are snobs when it comes to movies made for television.  However for this page we have included a second table of King television adaptations.  There are 17 movies listed on that table and they are ranked by how audiences rated them.  We have to admit that some of the King mini-series are actually very entertaining and worth watching.  Storm of the Century, The Stand and 1979’s Salem’s Lot….being our favorites.

Morgan Freeman & Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption (1994) ...the highest rated movie on IMDb.com

Morgan Freeman & Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
…the highest rated movie on IMDb.com

Stephen King Movies Can Be Ranked 7 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort Stephen King movies by co-stars of his movies
  • Sort Stephen King movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Stephen King by yearly domestic box office rank
  • Sort Stephen King movies how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Stephen King movie received.
  • Sort Stephen King movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score.  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
  • Lawnmower 2 was titled after a Stephen King short story of the same title, but the stories are unrelated and was NOT written by King.

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From Above Stephen King Table

  1. Seven Stephen King movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 17.07% of his movies listed. The Green Mile (1999) is his biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Stephen King movie grosses $53.60 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  18 of Stephen King ’s movies are rated as good movies…or 42.50% of his movies. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) is his highest rated movie while Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (1996) was lowest rated movie.
  4. Five Stephen King movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 12.50%% of his movies.
  5. One Stephen King movie won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 2.50% of his movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 39.86.  12 Stephen King movies scored higher that average….or 30.00% of his movies.  The Green Mile (1999) got the the highest UMR Score while The Mangler (1995) got the lowest UMR Score.
Gotta admit....even though it is a television mini-series...The Stand is a very good King adaptation.

Gotta admit….even though it is a television mini-series…The Stand is a very good King adaptation.

Stephen King Made For Television Movies

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort Stephen King television movies by year it was made
  • Sort Stephen King television movies by the stars of the movie
  • Sort Stephen King television movies by trivia for the movie
  • Sort Stephen King television movies how they were received by audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie
RankMovie (Year)YearStarsTriviaOpinion
Storm of the Century 1999Tim DalyWon 1 Emmy74.0%
The Stand 1994Gary Sinise & Rob LoweWon Two Emmys73.0%
Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King 2006Robert MammoneWon 2 Emmys71.0%
It 1990John Ritter & Tim CurryWon 1 Emmy69.0%
Salem's Lot 1979James Mason3 Emmy nominations68.0%
Rose Red 2002Nancy TravisNominated for 1 Emmy67.0%
Salem's Lot 2004Rob LoweNominate for 1 Emmy62.0%
The Langoliers 1995Dean StockwellNominated for 1 Emmy61.0%
The Shining1997Steven Weber & Rebecca De MornayWon 2 Emmys61.0%
Bag of Bones 2011Pierce Brosnan2nd King project for Brosnan58.0%
Big Driver2014Maria Bello2nd King project for Bello57.0%
Sometimes They Come Back 1991Tim MathesonFilmed in 30 days57.0%
Carrie 2002Patricia Clarkson2nd of 3 Carrie adaptations55.0%
The Tommyknockers 1993Jimmy Smiths & Marg HelgenbergerNominated for 1 Emmy54.0%
Desperation 2006Tom Skerrit & Steven WeberNominated for 2 Emmys53.0%
Childred of the Corn2009David AndersOne of 9 Children of the Corn adapatations39.0%
Trucks1997Timothy BusfieldTV version of Maximum Overdrive 38.0%
Tom Hanks in 1999's The Green Mile

Tom Hanks in 1999’s The Green Mile

Possibly Interesting Facts About Stephen King Movies

1. Two Stephen King movies have been nominated for Best Picture Oscars®….1994’s The Shawshank Redemption and 1999’s The Green Mile.

2. Five actors have been nominated for an acting Oscar® while performing in a Stephen King movie:  Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie in 1976’s Carrie, Kathy Bates in 1990’s Misery, Morgan Freeman in 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption and Michael Clarke Duncan in 1999’s The Green Mile.

3. Kathy Bates won the Best Actress Oscar® for her role as Annie Wilkes in King’s Misery (1990).

4. Stephen King starred in 1982’s Creepshow and directed 1986’s Maximum Overdrive.

5. Stephen King was very disappointed in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980). He has described the film as “A fancy car without an engine.”

6. Jeffrey DeMunn has appeared in four Stephen King screen adaptions: 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption, 1999’s The Green Mile, 1999’s Storm of the Century and 2007’s The Mist.  DeMunn played Dale Horvath on The Walking Dead from 2010 to 2012.

7. In our database we have 25,314 movies ranked.  King’s The Green Mile is the 154th highest rated movie….on the other of the spectrum….King’s Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace is the 25,301st highest rated movie….or 13th worst.

8. Check out Stephen King ‘s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

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  1. Boo!

    Happy Halloween!!! This was the only horror related page I could find Bruce.

    A John Carpenter page would have been perfect but it’s too late now. (cue Steve sulking)

    Horror is my second favorite genre after science fiction, looking at my database I have over 1500 horror and sci-fi films on various formats in my collection.

    I haven’t decided what to watch tonight, a modern horror followed by some old classics most probably. I usually start things off with Tim Burtons Nightmare Before Christmas or sometimes The Corpse Bride.

    The classic 1957 horror Night of the Demon (aka Curse of the Demon) is one I’ve watched many times on Halloween night, it’s a big favorite of mine.

    Since this is the Stephen King page my favorite adaptations are – Carrie, The Shining (1980), Salem’s Lot (1979) and a few other early ones.

    1. Hey Steve…every year I think…I should do a zombie movie page for Halloween….and every year it is November 1st before I know it….and there is still no zombie movie page.

      I would say you found the closest horror page I have…so good job there. 1500 sci-fi horror movies is an impressive total for sure.

      Night of the Demon is a great cult classic movie…I love how they have to transfer the demon piece to an unsuspecting victim….makes you a little paranoid…I tell ya.

      I like your King movies as well….Happy Halloween….though it is now in the rearview mirror.

      1. A horror page would be nice eventually Bruce, you’ve done one on sci-fi. Just select the 100 best horror movies old and new.

        Night of the Demon was the last horror movie I watched last night, Poltergeist (1982) and Fright Night (1985) were the other two. No animation, save them for Xmas.

        1. Hey Steve…good Halloween choices…..as I like all of those movies. Thanks for the suggestion of a Top 100 horror page. I will add it to the request list.

  2. An excellent subject for a movie page Bruce. The first King film I saw was Carrie in 1976, at the cinema. It was the first movie based on his stories and King’s first horror novel. I think it’s still one of the very best adaptations of a King novel, directed by Brian De Palma who went on to bigger, not necessarily better, things.

    I would say Carrie and Kubrick’s The Shining are my two favorite Stephen King movies. This might come as a shock but I’m not a huge fan of Frank Darabont’s three King adaptations – Shawshank, Green Mile and The Mist. I own them on DVD and Blu-ray but I don’t watch them very often.

    I’ve seen 33 of the 40 theatrical films you’ve listed and 7 from the 17 TV movies chart.

    Nice work Bruce. One of my first hubs a few years ago was Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining I also wrote a hub on all the noteworthy King movies with facts and trivia.

    Voted Up.

    1. Hey Steve.
      1. Let’s see I have seen 25 of the 40 theatrical films and 5 of the television movies…so you got me beat in both categories.
      2. So you saw Carrie in the theaters….I was a little to young for Carrie to see in theaters but I remember my older brother talking about it with his friends….the bucket of pig blood….kinda of spoked a 8 year old back then.
      3. I would say my Top 5 would be Shining, The Green Mile, Shawshank, Stand By Me and Misery….with The Stand and Storm of the Century being my favorite two tv projects.
      4. I will have to track down your King hub and include it here as well.
      Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Hey Wanda….thanks for the feedback. It took a little thought to cram all that information into one line…..but it gives a great snapshot of how the King movie performed.

  3. Also didn’t realize so many of the tv movies were nominated or won emmys…..cool Another reason to track down some of these and watch them.

    1. Hey Carrick and Corrina….I think the mini-series are some of the best King adaptations….as they have the chance to really go into the King characters. Unlike a 2 hour movie….Storm of the Century might be the best case…as it was over 4 hours long and it felt like you really got to know the islanders in the movie. If it was a 90 minute movie the impact of their deaths would have been greatly reduced.

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