Welcome to Day Two of Stephen King Week! King turns 70 on Thursday so I’m going to post something King-related all week. One book review (End Of Watch, yesterday), two movie reviews (including the new It film tomorrow), and two Top Ten lists. Here’s my list of My Top Ten Stephen King Movies.
I love when Stephen King’s novels are made into movies, even though some of the films have been atrociously bad. But I do my best to watch every adaptation that I can, and… Holy shit – I’ve watched a lot. I think this is the longest list I’ve ever done since I now choose to rank everything that I’ve seen instead of just the top ten. Wait – I lie! My list of My Top “Ten” Best Picture Oscar Winners is slightly longer. But not much.
For this list, I’ve excluded TV shows & most straight-to-TV mini-series(es?!). I cheated & included It (1990) & Salem’s Lot (1979), however. They’re so good we’ll pretend they were theatrical releases (which they actually were in the UK, I think). Some others may have been TV – hard to remember. Enough faffing! Let’s start this countdown.
Here are My Top Ten Stephen King Movies (from least favorite to favorite & not judging on if they’re “loyal” to the book). I could do with re-watching a lot outside the top twenty so don’t take the order of those too seriously… 😉
**Edited October 22nd 2017 to add Gerald’s Game & 1922 & the new Pet Sematary April 2019**
The Rest That I’ve Seen:
44. The Mangler
42. TIE: The Lawnmower Man (WTF? Shares only the title.) & The Dark Tower (WTF? Also nothing like the book.)
41. Dolan’s Cadillac
40. Rose Red
39. The Night Flier (Don’t really remember this)
38. Sometimes They Come Back
37. Dreamcatcher (Why, Morgan?!)
36. Quicksilver Highway
35. Desperation (Also don’t really remember)
32. Storm Of The Century
31. A Good Marriage
30. Carrie (2013)
29. The Dark Half
28. Pet Sematary (2019)
27. Apt Pupil
26. Dolores Claiborne (Could do with re-watching)
24. Secret Window
23. Needful Things
22. The Langoliers
21. Hearts In Atlantis (I need to re-watch this – it probably deserves to be higher)
20. Christine (Again, I could do with re-watching this)
17. Cujo (Although the complete change of ending was odd)
16. Maximum Overdrive (I like this more than I should. The soundtrack helps.)
15. Children Of The Corn (I like this. Not ashamed. Malachai!)
14. Creepshow 1 & 2 (I could do with re-watching. To be honest, I’m not sure which is which so stuck them together)
13. Misery (I know this should be higher)
12. Silver Bullet (I know this should be lower but, you know, it has one of the Two Coreys…)
11. Cat’s Eye
10. TIE: The Running Man & Gerald’s Game
5. TIE: It (1990) & It (2017) (In all honesty, the 2017 adaptation is the superior film but I’ll always have affection for the 1990 version and, of course, Tim Curry)
2. The Shining
1. TIE: Stand By Me & The Shawshank Redemption (Sorry. Don’t make me choose between them!)
Movies Not Seen:
Graveyard Shift, Tales From The Darkside: The Movie, Children Of The Corn II through VIII & TV Movie, Sometimes They Come Back…Again & …For More, Trucks, The Rage: Carrie 2, Firestarter 2, Carrie (2002), The Diary Of Ellen Rimbauer, Riding The Bullet, ‘Salem’s Lot (2004), Big Driver
TV Series/TV Movies:
Golden Years, The Tommyknockers, The Stand, The Shining (1997), Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Haven (Saw most of. Stopped watching when it stopped being pretty damn good.)
Under The Dome (Started. Stopped. Not bothered. Hated the book’s characters.), The Dead Zone (2002) (Saw most of this. Pretty good show. Need to finish.), 11.22.63 (Started. Just don’t have the time to devote to TV shows nowadays.)
Bag Of Bones, Kingdom Hospital, Mr. Mercedes, The Mist (2017), Various short stories…
**I cannot WAIT for Castle Rock to start up as I adore King’s short stories & want to see more of them made! But it’s gonna air on this Hulu thingymabob so who the hell knows how/when/if I’ll ever see that in the UK… 😦
How was 11/22/63 released to you? That was on Hulu first stateside, so I assume it will be a similar situation for Castle Rock.
Aw, I really do hope we get Castle Rock! Can’t remember who showed 11/22/63 here. I’ll have to look into it… 🙂
Oh, wow. You give me a lot to think about. I agree with most of your rankings, and am pleased that Green Mile, The Shining and Shawshank Redemption are so high up. Yeah, you are right, most people would put Misery higher. I now want to re-watch Carrie. I have seen the Brian De Palma version a long time ago, and it needs a re-watch. I also have not seen The Mist and the Dead Zone. I will be checking them out.
Let me know what you think after a Carrie rewatch. I know it hasn’t aged that well but it’s also something very special in that older film sort of quality. Would love to know your thoughts on The Dead Zone & especially The Mist as well. 🙂
Solid list, and I’d never make you choose between Shawshank and Stand by Me…that’s a tough battle. Dude, I totally forgot about Salem’s Lot…totally freaked me out as a child, especially the scene in your photo. SO creepy.
I really can’t choose between those two. 🙂 I haven’t actually watched Salem’s Lot for, oh, a good 20 years? But loved it at the time. Just picked up the DVD so will be interesting to see if I like it any more or less than where I’ve ranked it based on seeing it so long ago…
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When done well, adaptations of King’s work can be real,t something special.
Agreed! The Shawshank Redemption & Stand By Me are two of my all-time favorite films. 🙂
They are pretty unbeatable.
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