The movies are based on the novels created by the “sick” and full of imagination mind of Stephen King, this master of horror and suspense, will remain forever in the hearts of the viewers. In this article, we will present the Stephen King movies that are as good as the books (because not all the movies based on Stephen King’s novels are good, but we will give you some examples in another article).
So, practically, yes, it will be a pity if you will not watch the below Stephen King movies until you die:
15. Cat’s Eye (1985)
The movie is based on three stories connected only by the presence of a traveling cat who seeks a little girl to help her. In the first story, a smoker who wants to quit this habit, seeks help in a weird organization, to help him quit. The organization promises to help but does not reveal the means.
In the second story, a gambler proposes to his wife’s lover a bet he can’t refuse. The stake is too high for the unlucky lover: money and the woman he loves, or prison for drug trafficking. What can he do to win the bet?
In the end, the cat reaches the little girl who names him General. General is the only one who can help her to get rid of the creature who wants to harm her, but this will be hard, because of the little girl’s parents who want to kick the cat out of the house.
14. Cujo (1983)
Donna Trenton is a housewife, who lives a hard life after her husband found out that she had an affair. Brett Camber is a lonely kid, who has one friend, a dog named Cujo (Saint Bernard). The beginning of the movie finds the dog bitten by a bat infected with rabies, and from here the story begins. Donna needs her car fixed, so she goes with her 5 y.o boy, Tad, to Brett Camber’s father auto service. There is Cujo, who once gentle and good, now is violent, infected with rabies. The two are stuck in the car and “Cujo” is waiting outside, killing anyone who approaches.
13. Pet Sematary (1989)
In this movie based on a Stephen King’s novel, a family is moving to a small town in Maine. Soon after, the family cat is killed by a truck and their two y.o kid dies in the same terrible way. The cat and the boy are buried in an ancient Indian cemetery and they come back from the dead as demons. Another family comes to town and their cat dies too, and it is buried in the same old cemetery. The cat resurrects too, and now there are three psychotic resurrected demons who ask for vengeance. Can these families survive this menace?
12. IT (1990)
First of all, if you are wondering why is the IT movie from 1990 presented in this list and not the 2017 one, then it means that you didn’t see both movies. The 2017 movie is great when it comes to special effects, but lacks on the story. The 1990 IT adaptation to the novel is way way better.
IT can be anything. A monster with long teeth that can enter in your TV, or something evil lurking in the basement. Based on the best seller “IT”, written by Stephen King in 1986, “IT” movie is a path to the personal fear felt by the young teenagers from a little town in New England played by: John Ritter, Richard Thomas, Harry Anderson, and Annette O’Toole.
“IT” is an evil creature disguised as a clown (Tom Curry) who feeds with the children’s fears and also with their body parts.
11. Children of the Corn (1984)
This movie is the worst nightmare a parent could have. In a small town in Nebraska, same time with Isaac’s arrival, things start going wrong. The boy convinces other kids to kill their parents. A couple who accidentally passes through the small town, that seems deserted, discover what happened, but to tell anyone, they need to escape the little kids’ killing sprees.
10. Sleepwalkers (1992)
Charles and Mary Brady, mother and son, are in fact a weird kind of werewolves. I say, “weird kind” of werewolves because they are not just normal werewolves. During the movie, you can spot them having powers like changing the color of a car. Their weakness is weird for a werewolf: they are afraid of cats and can be harmed by them, so that’s why they kill the cats that pass their property.
The main story of the movie is the constant search of these two werewolves for a virgin to feed on. They put their eyes on Charles’s new girlfriend, but things happen…
9. Gerald’s Game (2017)
Inspired by Stephen King’s novel written in 1992, the psychological thriller Gerald’s Game (2017), is one of the darkest and mind-blowing stories created by the famous writer.
While a woman tries to spice up her marriage, suddenly she must fight for her life, when her husband dies during an erotic game. Being tight up by the bed, in a cabin in the woods, Jessie is helpless in this macabre erotic game of Gerald’s, the man that stood by her side 20 years and now dead on the floor near the bed. Fighting with hunger and thirst, Jessie realizes that, at this moment, the reality is far worse than any of her nightmares.
8. The Green Mile (1999)
The Green Mile is a movie inspired by Stephen King’s famous novel with the same name, published in 1996. The action takes place in 1925 in the death row section of a prison in the southern United States, where a weird friendship occurs between a guardian and a death row inmate who has some godly special powers.
Paul Edgecomb (played by Tom Hanks, winner of two Oscars) is a chief guardian who flashbacks a mystical happening while he worked in the Cold Mountain penitentiary and had under his supervision criminals sentenced to death. Michael Clarke Dunkan, at his first leading role, plays John Coffey, a massive black man convicted for killing two little girls. His gentle and naive nature and his positive paranormal powers are in full contrast with his looks, making Edgecomb having doubts about Coffey’s guilt.
7. Silver Bullet (1985)
This is not a regular Werewolf movie. It is a masterpiece created by Stephen King and one of the best werewolves movies in history.
The small town Tarker’s Mill was very quiet, until one night when murders started. The local people believe that a criminal is on the loose and they want to hunt him down and stop him.
A paraplegic local boy, Marty, thinks that the killer is not a man, but a werewolf, and of course, nobody believes him. He and his sister enter the detective mode to find this werewolf, but the werewolf is hunting them back.
6. The Mist (2007)
After a weird violent storm, the artist David Drayton and the residents of a small town are the victims of an attack of scary creatures from another world, which are camouflaged by intense dense fog. The rumors suggest that these creatures are the effect of a gone-wrong experiment of a military base nearby. Being barricaded in a supermarket, Drayton and his neighbors must solve their internal problems first and only then fight this invisible enemy.
The Mist is considered to have one of the most mind-blowing endings in the history of cinematography.
5. Misery (1990)
The novel on which the movie is based was written by Stephen King at the request of his fans to write a horror novel about the sick mind of an admirer who goes too far when it comes to loving his idol.
The characters are played by the two phenomenal actors, Kathy Bates, who won for this role the Oscar for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture” and James Cann who played the victim in a unique and realistic way.
The whole idea of the movie is that a famous writer, Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is captured by one of his admirers, Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) and held hostage, in the idea to write a sequel for one of his bestseller books.
4. The Shining (1980)
This ingenious screenplay of Stanley Kubrik, based on the novel written by Stephen King brought lasting fame for all three of them: the director, the novelist and the actor (Jack Nicholson). Also the phrase: “Heeeeeere’s Johnny!” became one of the most famous in the history of cinematography.
Jack Torrance, an alcoholic, who wants to quit this bad habit, takes his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and their son Danny (Danny Lloyd) to the Overlook Hotel, a luxury building in the Rocky Mountains, for which he was hired to take care of during the off-season. The weeks are passing by and each member of the family has hallucinations made by the fact that in this hotel, in the past, bloody murders took place. Jack Torrance already having a weak mind due to the lack of alcohol, sinks deeper and deeper into madness.
It seems though, Stephen King wasn’t exactly happy with the way Kubrick interpreted his story about deteriorating the sense of reality and insanity. In 1997 he wrote, together with Mick Garris, the script for a television miniseries that respects the novel totally.
3. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
In 1947, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a young banker, is life imprisoned for murdering his wife and her lover. During the trial and even after, he declared that he is innocent. In prison, he meets Red (Morgan Freeman), an older black man imprisoned for 20 years, and together they create an ingenious plan to escape and to punish the tyrannical director of the prison.
For years Shawshank Redemption is 1st ranked movie on IMDB.
2. Stand By Me (1986)
Stand by Me is a classic movie directed by Rob Reiner, inspired by Stephen King’s novel “The Body”. The story has four main characters, all teenagers, who leave on a journey that will change them and their perception of life.
Gordie (Will Wheaton) is a smart teenager with a bright future ahead. Chris (River Phoenix), his best friend, tries to mask the physical abuse from home, by being tougher than he actually is. The other two are Vern (Jerry O’Connell), a kid, depressed by the fact he is fat, and Teddy (Corey Feldman), a loyal, funny, but troubled kid who wants to die. When the four boys find out about a dead body found down the railroad that crosses their small town in Oregon, they start an adventurous journey to see it with their own eyes. During this time a gang of teenagers (older than them), want to find this body too. Between these two groups, a race starts: who will find the dead body first?
Stand by Me is considered one of the best films about maturation, being one of the most famous movies of the 80s. Some critics placed the movie as the most important film about friendship ever made.
1. 1408 (2008)
The famous horror novelist Mike Enslin (John Cusack) believes only in what he sees. In all of his books, he discredits the idea of paranormal events and life after death. To demonstrate the fact that he is right and ghosts and ghouls don’t exist, he moves into a room which is “famous” for being haunted, in the Dolphin Hotel, for his upcoming project: “Ten Nights in Haunted Hotel Rooms”. He couldn’t be more wrong this time…