The Stephen King Scorecard

#20

Christine (1983)
68%

#20
Adjusted Score: 69.735%
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

#19
Adjusted Score: 68.573%
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

Creepshow (1982)
70%

#18
Adjusted Score: 72.361%
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

#17

The Mist (2007)
72%

#17
Adjusted Score: 76.227%
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

#16
Adjusted Score: 36.627%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This TV miniseries is set in Little Tall Island, a small town off the coast of Maine. The citizens are... [More]
Directed By: Craig R. Baxley

#15

1408 (2007)
79%

#15
Adjusted Score: 84.286%
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

11.22.63 (2016)
80%

#14
Synopsis: An English teacher travels back in time to stop JFK's assassination, but many elements threaten his mission.... [More]

#13

The Green Mile (1999)
80%

#13
Adjusted Score: 85.887%
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

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 85.231%
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

Mr. Mercedes (2017)
85%

#11
Synopsis: A retired police detective takes it upon himself to bring a demented killer to justice.... [More]

#10

Salem's Lot (1979)
85%

#10
Adjusted Score: 85.371%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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

#9

It (2017)
85%

#9
Adjusted Score: 98.641%
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

#8
Adjusted Score: 56.437%
Synopsis: A gripping postapocalyptic horror story based on the 1978 novel, with a strong cast (including Rob Lowe in a particularly... [More]

#7

The Shining (1980)
87%

#7
Adjusted Score: 93.948%
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

#6

Misery (1990)
89%

#6
Adjusted Score: 93.333%
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

The Dead Zone (1983)
90%

#5
Adjusted Score: 93.485%
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

#4

Gerald's Game (2017)
91%

#4
Adjusted Score: 92.632%
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

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 95.169%
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

#2

Stand by Me (1986)
91%

#2
Adjusted Score: 95.821%
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

#1

Carrie (1976)
93%

#1
Adjusted Score: 99.5%
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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