All Stephen King Movies Ranked

For as long as King’s been been publishing, Hollywood’s been knock-knock-knockin’ on Stephen’s door for more. First came 1976’s Carrie, two years after he published that first novel, which made household names of the author, Brian De Palma, Sissy Spacek, and the humiliating viscosity of pig’s blood. The 1980s saw a slew of adaptations, the highlights being The Shining, Stand by Me, and The Running Man (the book for which was published under pulp fall-guy name Richard Bachman). As for the ’90s, well…it’d be the best decade ever for just The Shawshank Redemption. But nope, there was also Misery and The Green Mile!

Decades ago, 1979’s Salem’s Lot established the tradition of the Stephen King miniseries, though it wouldn’t really go into maximum overdrive until the ’90s with the likes of It, The Tommyknockers, and The Stand. We’re including miniseries in this list because they’re contained stories, and not shows like Mr. Mercedes or Under the Dome, which are at the whims of being cancelled mid-story.

It’s been a high-profile few years for Maine’s hometown horror hero, with the release of The Dark Tower, It, Gerald’s Game, and now a new production of Pet Sematary — the movie that scientifically confirms that, yes, cats are assholes — out this Friday. So let’s get this fire started with all rated Stephen King movie adaptations by Tomatometer!

#59
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Adapted from characters created by Stephen King, Sometimes They Come Back ...For More is set in Antarctica, where a remote... [More]

#58
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fifteen years after the original Children of the Corn, John Franklin returns as Isaac, leader of the band of murderous... [More]
Directed By: Kari Skogland

#57
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this chapter of the horror saga, the murderous title children and their demonic leader terrorize a group of college... [More]
Directed By: Ethan Wiley

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: 8.203%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Adapted for TV, this is a Stephen King story in which an aspiring writer and an alcoholic poet (with a... [More]
Directed By: John Power

#55
Adjusted Score: 6.694%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This special-effects-laden sequel features two evil corporate executives who revive Jobe, the virtual psychotic genius who lives in a computer... [More]
Directed By: Farhad Mann

#54

Cell (2016)
12%

#54
Adjusted Score: 13.154%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Synopsis: Stephen King's best-selling novel is brought to terrifying life in this mind-blowing thriller starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.... [More]
Directed By: Tod Williams

#53
Adjusted Score: 8.717%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Loosely based on the Stephen King novel, this thriller is about a man working the graveyard shift in a rat-infested... [More]
Directed By: Ralph S. Singleton

#52
#52
Adjusted Score: 15.352%
Critics Consensus: A bland, weightless horror film that seems to want to mock itself as the proceedings drag on.
Synopsis: An obese attorney finds himself the unwilling subject of a horrifying weight-loss plan when he is cursed by a vengeful... [More]
Directed By: Tom Holland

#51

The Dark Tower (2017)
16%

#51
Adjusted Score: 26.674%
Critics Consensus: Go then, there are other Stephen King adaptations than these.
Synopsis: There are other worlds than these. Stephen King's The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the... [More]
Directed By: Nikolaj Arcel

#50
#50
Adjusted Score: 17.31%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After radiation from a comet showers the earth, inanimate tractor-trailers come to life and terrorize a group of people trapped... [More]
Directed By: Stephen King

#49
Adjusted Score: 20.338%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Macabre mother and son (Alice Krige, Brian Krause) with unusual diets. Tanya: Madchen Amick. Ira: Jim Haynie. Mrs. Robertson: Cindy... [More]
Directed By: Mick Garris

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 20.804%
Critics Consensus: As disposable as its predecessor is indispensable, The Rage: Carrie 2 mimics the arc of Stephen King's classic story without adding anything of value.
Synopsis: In this film, the boys on the high-school football team compete to see who can seduce the most girls. When... [More]
Directed By: Katt Shea

#47
Adjusted Score: 18.318%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This 1992 horror sequel concerns a journalist (Terence Knox) and his son (Paul Scherrer), who must travel to Gatlin, Nebraska... [More]
Directed By: David F. Price

Synopsis: A novelist grieving over the loss of his wife travels to a lakeside home where he's haunted by a ghost... [More]

#45

Pet Sematary Two (1992)
24%

#45
Adjusted Score: 24.873%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This follow-up to the sizable horror hit concerns a Maine teenager who discovers the eerie power of a legendary local... [More]
Directed By: Mary Lambert

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 19.043%
Critics Consensus: Stephen King adaptation veteran director Mick Garris has lofty storytelling goals which ultimately flail and undercut the story's terror.
Synopsis: A young man who has flirted with death is forced to come to terms with mortality in this tale of... [More]
Directed By: Mick Garris

#43

The Mangler (1994)
27%

#43
Adjusted Score: 22.856%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A policeman investigates a series of mysterious deaths at an industry laundry in this supernatural horror film. He soon discovers... [More]
Directed By: Tobe Hooper

#42

Needful Things (1993)
29%

#42
Adjusted Score: 30.22%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on a novel by horror-meister Stephen King, Needful Things is set in a tiny New England town and refers... [More]
Directed By: Fraser C. Heston

#41

Dreamcatcher (2003)
29%

#41
Adjusted Score: 33.978%
Critics Consensus: An incoherent and overly long creature feature.
Synopsis: Jonesy, Henry, Pete and Beaver. Twenty years ago they were just kids in a small town in Maine - kids... [More]
Directed By: Lawrence Kasdan

#40
Adjusted Score: 12.855%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Stephen King's short story, The Night Flier, originally appeared in Prime Evil: New Stories by the Masters of Modern Horror... [More]
Directed By: Mark Pavia

#39

Creepshow 2 (1987)
33%

#39
Adjusted Score: 34.038%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Horror writer, Stephen King was behind some of the terror in this horror anthology comprised of three not-very-creepy-but-kind-of-fun-anyway supernatural tales.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Gornick

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 36.39%
Critics Consensus: The Lawnmower Man suffers from a predictable, melodramatic script, and its once-groundbreaking visual effects look dated today.
Synopsis: A mentally handicapped gardener (Jeff Fahey) allows a scientist (Pierce Brosnan) to experiment on him. Marnie: Jenny Wright. Timms: Mark... [More]
Directed By: Brett Leonard

#37
Adjusted Score: 30.084%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When her husband (Anthony LaPaglia) of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson... [More]
Directed By: Peter Askin

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 37.37%
Critics Consensus: Children of the Corn's strong premise and beginning gets shucked away for a kiddie thriller that runs in circles.
Synopsis: Narrator Job (Robby Kiger) relates the tale of Gatlin, NE, where one day the children, led by a boy preacher... [More]
Directed By: Fritz Kiersch

#35

Firestarter (1984)
38%

#35
Adjusted Score: 39.275%
Critics Consensus: 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).
Synopsis: Firestarter is based on a bone-chilling novel by Steven King. Drew Barrymore plays Charlie McGee the young daughter of Andrew... [More]
Directed By: Mark L. Lester

#34
Adjusted Score: 39.509%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Four short horror stories from the "masters" in the field. A mummy terrorizes a college dorm. A hitman tries to... [More]
Directed By: John Harrison

#33
Adjusted Score: 42.855%
Critics Consensus: Stephen King's televisual adaption of his own novel is more faithful than its cinematic counterpart, but unfortunately this miniseries is hobbled by a drab literalism of the text and cheesy effects that diminish the scares.

Adjusted Score: 45.498%
Critics Consensus: Rose Red asks too many questions and provides too few answers to satisfy given its lack of scares -- though King completists may enjoy wandering its somewhat mysterious halls.

#31

Secret Window (2004)
46%

#31
Adjusted Score: 50.194%
Critics Consensus: Depp is quirkily entertaining, but the movie runs out of steam by the end.
Synopsis: From writer/director David Koepp (Stir of Echoes) comes this filmed adaptation of Stephen King's novella Secret Window, Secret Garden, one... [More]
Directed By: David Koepp

#30
Adjusted Score: 47.547%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this horror film, based on the novella Cycle of the Werewolf, by Stephen King, a werewolf is terrorizing a... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Attias

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 53.227%
Critics Consensus: Hearts in Atlantis is well-acted and beautiful to look at, but the movie is nothing more than a mood piece.
Synopsis: One of the short stories in a best-selling collection by author Stephen King becomes this mystery adapted for director Scott... [More]
Directed By: Scott Hicks

#28

Big Driver (2014)
50%

#28
Adjusted Score: 21.488%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A famous mystery writer seeks revenge against a serial killer who assaulted her and left her for dead.... [More]

#27
Adjusted Score: 39.23%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ten passengers on a red-eye flight from L.A. to Boston discover that they are not the only people on the... [More]
Directed By: Tom Holland

#26

Pet Sematary (1989)
50%

#26
Adjusted Score: 51.915%
Critics Consensus: Pet Sematary is a bruising horror flick that wears its quirks on its sleeves, to the detriment of its scare factor.
Synopsis: After moving to an idyllic home in the countryside, life seems perfect for the Creed family... but not for long.... [More]
Directed By: Mary Lambert

#25

Carrie (2013)
50%

#25
Adjusted Score: 56.518%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Synopsis: A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers... [More]
Directed By: Kimberly Peirce

#24
Adjusted Score: 55.571%
Critics Consensus: A somewhat disturbing movie that works as a suspenseful thriller, yet isn't completely satisfying.
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old high school student Todd Bowden has uncovered a deadly secret. Far from suspicion, Nazi war criminal Kurt Dussander has... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Singer

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 56.341%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on one of Stephen King's bestselling novels, this is a story told in flashbacks. In a small town, a... [More]
Directed By: Tommy Lee Wallace

#22

The Dark Half (1993)
57%

#22
Adjusted Score: 58.775%
Critics Consensus: The Dark Half is a highly serious psychological study that can be faulted for being more curious than actually scary.
Synopsis: Writing under the name of Richard Bachman, Stephen King's twisted musing on his own experiment with an alter-ego spawns this... [More]
Directed By: George A. Romero

#21

Cujo (1983)
60%

#21
Adjusted Score: 62.799%
Critics Consensus: Cujo is artless work punctuated with moments of high canine gore and one wild Dee Wallace performance.
Synopsis: Cujo is a frightening, but uneven horror tale of a rabid St. Bernard dog who terrorizes a woman and her... [More]
Directed By: Lewis Teague

#20

The Running Man (1987)
61%

#20
Adjusted Score: 63.493%
Critics Consensus: The Running Man is winking sci-fi satire with ridiculous clothes and workmanlike direction.
Synopsis: An unjustly accused prisoner in 2019 is given a slim chance at freedom if he enters a battle-to-the-death on a... [More]
Directed By: Paul Michael Glaser

#19
Adjusted Score: 68.457%
Critics Consensus: An effective if knowingly silly Stephen King anthology that combines comedy and terror.
Synopsis: Three tales, with a feline as the catalyst. Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King, Kenneth McMillan, Robert Hays. Sally Ann:... [More]
Directed By: Lewis Teague

#18

Christine (1983)
69%

#18
Adjusted Score: 70.822%
Critics Consensus: The cracks are starting to show in John Carpenter's directorial instincts, but Christine is nonetheless silly, zippy fun.
Synopsis: She was born in Detroit... on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary automobile. Deep within her chassis... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#17

Creepshow (1982)
71%

#17
Adjusted Score: 73.841%
Critics Consensus: It's uneven, as anthologies often are, but Creepshow is colorful, frequently funny, and treats its inspirations with infectious reverence.
Synopsis: Two of the most venerable names in the horror field, author Stephen King and director George A. Romero, present this... [More]
Directed By: George A. Romero

#16

The Mist (2007)
72%

#16
Adjusted Score: 76.258%
Critics Consensus: Frank Darabont's impressive camerawork and politically incisive script make The Mist a truly frightening experience.
Synopsis: David Drayton and his young son Billy are among a large group of terrified townspeople trapped in a local grocery... [More]
Directed By: Frank Darabont

#15
Adjusted Score: 79.976%
Critics Consensus: Based on Stephen King's magnum opus of a novel, The Stand delivers six hours of vintage denim, questionable special effects, and an all-star cast battling the forces of good and evil.
Synopsis: A gripping postapocalyptic horror story based on the 1978 novel, with a strong cast (including Rob Lowe in a particularly... [More]

#14

1408 (2007)
79%

#14
Adjusted Score: 84.406%
Critics Consensus: Relying on psychological tension rather than overt violence and gore, 1408 is a genuinely creepy thriller with a strong lead performance by John Cusack.
Synopsis: Renowned horror novelist Mike Enslin believes only in what he can see with his own two eyes. But after a... [More]
Directed By: Mikael Håfström

#13

The Green Mile (1999)
79%

#13
Adjusted Score: 84.857%
Critics Consensus: Though The Green Mile is long, critics say it's an absorbing, emotionally powerful experience.
Synopsis: Director Frank Darabont, who made an acclaimed feature film debut with The Shawshank Redemption (1994), based on a Stephen King... [More]
Directed By: Frank Darabont

11.22.63 (2016)
80%

#12
Synopsis: An English teacher travels back in time to stop JFK's assassination, but many elements threaten his mission.... [More]

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 85.217%
Critics Consensus: Post-Misery Kathy Bates proves to be another wonderful conduit for Stephen King's novels in this patient, gradually terrifying thriller.
Synopsis: A daughter who has come to imagine the worst about her mother learns the facts are quite different -- and... [More]
Directed By: Taylor Hackford

#10

It (2017)
85%

#10
Adjusted Score: 99.994%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and fiendishly frightening with an emotionally affecting story at its core, It amplifies the horror in Stephen King's classic story without losing touch with its heart.
Synopsis: New Line Cinema's horror thriller "IT," directed by Andy Muschietti ("Mama"), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel... [More]
Directed By: Andy Muschietti

#9

The Shining (1980)
87%

#9
Adjusted Score: 94.287%
Critics Consensus: Though it deviates from Stephen King's novel, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is a chilling, often baroque journey into madness -- exemplified by an unforgettable turn from Jack Nicholson
Synopsis: "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" -- or, rather, a homicidal boy in Stanley Kubrick's eerie... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#8

1922 (2017)
88%

#8
Adjusted Score: 88.471%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to director Zak Hilditch's patient storytelling and strong work from lead Thomas Jane, 1922 ranks among the more satisfying Stephen King adaptations.
Synopsis: 1922 is based on Stephen King's 131-page story telling of a man's confession of his wife's murder. The tale is... [More]
Directed By: Zak Hilditch

#7

Salem's Lot (1979)
88%

#7
Adjusted Score: 88.771%
Critics Consensus: Director Tobe Hooper and a devilishly charismatic James Mason elevate this television adaptation of the Stephen King novel, injecting the vampiric tradition with fresh blood and lingering scares.
Synopsis: When Ben (David Soul) returns to his hometown to work on his novel, he discovers a series of strange events... [More]
Directed By: Tobe Hooper

#6

Misery (1990)
89%

#6
Adjusted Score: 93.532%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Synopsis: Adapted from a Stephen King novel, Rob Reiner's Misery cast James Caan as a writer at a career crossroads. The... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#5

Gerald's Game (2017)
90%

#5
Adjusted Score: 92.309%
Critics Consensus: Carla Gugino carries Gerald's Game's small-scale suspense with a career-defining performance.
Synopsis: Gerald Burlingame (Bruce Greenwood) and his wife Jessie (Carla Gugino) attempt to rekindle the flames of their marriage with a... [More]
Directed By: Mike Flanagan

#4

The Dead Zone (1983)
90%

#4
Adjusted Score: 93.559%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Synopsis: A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic detective ability.... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#3

Stand by Me (1986)
91%

#3
Adjusted Score: 95.788%
Critics Consensus: Stand By Me is a wise, nostalgic movie with a weird streak that captures both Stephen King's voice and the trials of growing up.
Synopsis: Based on the Stephen King short story The Body, Rob Reiner's easygoing nostalgia piece is set in Castle Rock, OR,... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 95.156%
Critics Consensus: The Shawshank Redemption is an uplifting, deeply satisfying prison drama with sensitive direction and fine performances.
Synopsis: In 1946, a banker named Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted of a double murder, even though he stubbornly proclaims... [More]
Directed By: Frank Darabont

#1

Carrie (1976)
93%

#1
Adjusted Score: 99.607%
Critics Consensus: Carrie is 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.
Synopsis: This classic horror movie based on Stephen King's first novel stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, a shy, diffident teenager... [More]
Directed By: Brian DePalma

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