‘s long journey from fans begging Stephen King to complete the book series to being optioned into development hell to an Idris Elba/Matthew McConaughey anti-buddy fantasia concludes this Friday, prompting this King-sized gallery of every Stevedore movie adaptation (no weird sequels!) ranked best to worst by Tomatometer! The Dark Tower
(1976, 93%) Carrie
A horrifying look at supernatural powers, high school cruelty, and teen angst — and it brings us one of the most memorable and disturbing prom scenes in history.
(1986, 91%) Stand By Me
A wise, nostalgic movie with a weird streak that captures both Stephen King’s voice and the trials of growing up.
(1994, 91%) The Shawshank Redemption
An uplifting, deeply satisfying prison drama with sensitive direction and fine performances.
(1983, 90%) The Dead Zone
Combines taut direction from David Cronenberg and and a rich performance from Christopher Walken to create one of the strongest Stephen King adaptations.
(1990, 89%) Misery
Elevated by standout performances from James Caan and Kathy Bates, this taut and frightening film is one of the best Stephen King adaptations to date.
(1980, 87%) The Shining
Though it deviates from Stephen King’s novel, this is a chilling, often baroque journey into madness — exemplified by an unforgettable turn from Jack Nicholson.
(1995, 82%) Dolores Claiborne
Post- Misery Kathy Bates proves to be another wonderful conduit for Stephen King’s novels in this patient, gradually terrifying thriller.
(1999, 80%) The Green Mile
Though long, critics say it’s an absorbing, emotionally powerful experience.
(2007, 79%) 1408
Relying on psychological tension rather than overt violence and gore, here’s a genuinely creepy thriller with a strong lead performance by John Cusack.
(2007, 72%) The Mist
Frank Darabont’s impressive camerawork and politically incisive script make this a truly frightening experience.
(1982, 69%) Creepshow
It’s uneven, as anthologies often are, but Creepshow is colorful, frequently funny, and treats its inspirations with infectious reverence.
(1985, 69%) Cat’s Eye
An effective if knowingly silly Stephen King anthology that combines comedy and terror.
(1983, 68%) Christine
The cracks are starting to show in John Carpenter’s directorial instincts, but Christine is nonetheless silly, zippy fun.
(1987, 63%) The Running Man
We hope you saved some room for a Richard Bachman original, because Arnie’s gonna ram this one into your stomach and break your goddamn spine.
(1983, 60%) Cujo
Cujo is artless work punctuated with moments of high canine gore and one wild Dee Wallace performance.
(1993, 57%) The Dark Half
The Dark Half is a highly serious psychological study that can be faulted for being more curious than actually scary.
(1998, 53%) Apt Pupil
A somewhat disturbing movie that works as a suspenseful thriller, yet isn’t completely satisfying.
(2001, 49%) Hearts in Atlantis
Well-acted and beautiful to look at, but the movie is nothing more than a mood piece.
(2013, 48%) Carrie
It boasts a talented cast, but Kimberly Peirce’s “reimagining” of Brian De Palma’s horror classic finds little new in the Stephen King novel — and feels woefully unnecessary.
(1985, 47%) Silver Bullet
Just your typical ‘werewolf terrorizing a New England town’ kind of story, starring a pre-major fame Corey Haim.
(1989, 46%) Pet Semetary
Pet Sematary is a bruising horror flick that wears its quirks on its sleeves, to the detriment of its scare factor.
(2004, 46%) Secret Window
Depp is quirkily entertaining, but the movie runs out of steam by the end.
(1984, 39%) Firestarter
Firestarter‘s concept hews too closely to other known Stephen King adaptations, though it’s got nice special effects (including scenery-chewing George C. Scott).
(1984, 38%) Children of the Corn
Children of the Corn‘s strong premise and beginning gets shucked away for a kiddie thriller that runs in circles.
(1992, 37%) The Lawnmower Man
Suffers from a predictable, melodramatic script, and its once-groundbreaking visual effects look dated today.
(2014, 35%) A Good Marriage
One of King’s later-period domestic suspense stories, starring Joan Allen on the cusp of discovering her husband of 25 year’s darkest secret.
(1998, 33%) The Night Flier
Miguel Ferrer is a reporter hot on the trail of a vampire racking up points on his frequent flyer airline card.
(2003, 30%) Dreamcatcher
An incoherent and overly long creature feature, and Star Wars‘ Lawrence Kasdan’s last movie he was allowed to direct.
(2004, 27%) Riding the Bullet
Stephen King adaptation veteran director Mick Garris has lofty storytelling goals which ultimately flail and undercut the story’s terror.
(1994, 27%) The Mangler
Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s Tobe Hooper and Freddy Krueger icon Robert Englund mangled their resumes together for this.
(1993, 26%) Needful Things
Ed Harris’ second appearance in a Stephen King movie, though this has decidedly less disco dancing than Creepshow.
(1986, 17%) Maximum Overdrive
King’s sole directorial effort, a coked-out bacchanalia of silly acting and rampaging electronics (including a killer Star Castle arcade cabinet).
(1996, 16%) Thinner
A bland, weightless horror film that seems to want to mock itself as the proceedings drag on.
(1990, 13%) Graveyard Shift
Rats and monsters join together for this forgotten King adaptation.
(2016, 11%) Cell
Shoddily crafted and devoid of suspense, Cell squanders a capable cast and Stephen King’s once-prescient source material on a bland rehash of zombie cliches.