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!

In recent years, it’s been about cats (Pet Sematary), clowns (It Chapter Two), and kids (Doctor Sleep). So let’s get this fire started with all rated Stephen King movie adaptations by Tomatometer!

(This is a guide to theatrically released King adaptations. If you’re interested in King on different platforms, look to our guide of Stephen King TV Series, Miniseries, TV Movies Ranked.)

#48

Graveyard Shift (1990)
0%

#48
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The owner (Stephen Macht) of an ancient mill hires a drifter (David Andrews) to rid the basement of rats.... [More]
Directed By: Ralph S. Singleton

#47
Adjusted Score: 7953%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An evil corporation planning an inescapable global computer network hires a mentally impaired laborer (Matt Frewer) made into a genius... [More]
Directed By: Farhad Mann

#46

Cell (2016)
11%

#46
Adjusted Score: 11840%
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: A graphic novelist (John Cusack) begins a desperate search for his estranged wife (Clark Sarullo) and son (Ethan Andrew Casto)... [More]
Directed By: Tod Williams

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 15650%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A truck-stop cook (Emilio Estevez) and a hitchhiker (Laura Harrington) flee big rigs demonized by a rogue comet.... [More]
Directed By: Stephen King

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 15588%
Critics Consensus: A bland, weightless horror film that seems to want to mock itself as the proceedings drag on.
Synopsis: An elderly Gypsy king's (Michael Constantine) weight-loss curse prompts an obese lawyer (Robert John Burke) to call in a mob... [More]
Directed By: Tom Holland

#43

The Dark Tower (2017)
16%

#43
Adjusted Score: 28512%
Critics Consensus: Go then, there are other Stephen King adaptations than these.
Synopsis: Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, must prevent the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) from toppling the Dark Tower,... [More]
Directed By: Nikolaj Arcel

#42

The Mangler (1995)
20%

#42
Adjusted Score: 17855%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A laundry owner's (Robert Englund) employee falls victim to an ironing machine with a mind of its own.... [More]
Directed By: Tobe Hooper

#41
Adjusted Score: 22014%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A newsman (Terence Knox) and his son (Paul Scherrer) snoop around a Nebraska town where children kill many adults.... [More]
Directed By: David F. Price

#40

Pet Sematary Two (1992)
22%

#40
Adjusted Score: 22486%
Critics Consensus: Not realizing that it had no unfinished business, Pet Sematary rises from the grave once more to beat an undead corpse.
Synopsis: A teen (Edward Furlong) and his buddy take a shot-dead dog to a sacred burial ground where it comes back... [More]
Directed By: Mary Lambert

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 22129%
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: After her best friend commits suicide, an unpopular girl (Emily Bergl) discovers she has telekinetic powers and uses them to... [More]
Directed By: Katt Shea

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 21930%
Critics Consensus: Stephen King adaptation veteran director Mick Garris has lofty storytelling goals which ultimately flail and undercut the story's terror.
Synopsis: A troubled Maine art student (Jonathan Jackson) meets sinister drivers while hitchhiking to see his mother in the hospital.... [More]
Directed By: Mick Garris

#37

Needful Things (1993)
28%

#37
Adjusted Score: 29827%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Maine townsfolk play deadly pranks for a sinister shopkeeper (Max von Sydow) who alarms the sheriff (Ed Harris).... [More]
Directed By: Fraser C. Heston

#36

Dreamcatcher (2003)
28%

#36
Adjusted Score: 34069%
Critics Consensus: An incoherent and overly long creature feature.
Synopsis: While staying at a cabin in the woods, telepathic friends (Thomas Jane, Jason Lee) confront aliens that are being hunted... [More]
Directed By: Lawrence Kasdan

#35

Creepshow 2 (1987)
29%

#35
Adjusted Score: 30695%
Critics Consensus: Not even the melding of Stephen King and George A. Romero's writing sensibilities can elevate this spineless anthology, which is too simple in its storytelling and too skimpy on the genuine scares.
Synopsis: A vengeful cigar-store Indian, a flesh-eating creature and a hitchhiker who won't stay dead populate a trilogy of terror.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Gornick

#34

A Good Marriage (2014)
32%

#34
Adjusted Score: 31166%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: While her husband (Anthony LaPaglia) of more than 20 years is away on a business trip, a woman (Joan Allen)... [More]
Directed By: Peter Askin

#33
Adjusted Score: 14767%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Rival reporters (Miguel Ferrer, Julie Entwisle) tail a vampire who travels by airplane, claiming victims at small isolated airports.... [More]
Directed By: Mark Pavia

#32

Sleepwalkers (1992)
33%

#32
Adjusted Score: 33961%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Mother-and-son (Alice Krige, Brian Krause) monsters who survive on the blood of young women move to a sleepy town in... [More]
Directed By: Mick Garris

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 35892%
Critics Consensus: Children of the Corn's strong premise and beginning gets shucked away for a kiddie thriller that runs in circles.
Synopsis: A doctor (Peter Horton) and his girlfriend (Linda Hamilton) see no adults in a Nebraska town run by a crop... [More]
Directed By: Fritz Kiersch

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 38355%
Critics Consensus: The Lawnmower Man suffers from a predictable, melodramatic script, and its once-groundbreaking visual effects look dated today.
Synopsis: A scientist (Pierce Brosnan) uses a mentally impaired man (Jeff Fahey) to test virtual reality, the computer simulation of the... [More]
Directed By: Brett Leonard

#29

Firestarter (1984)
37%

#29
Adjusted Score: 39004%
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: Quasifederal agents hunt a man (David Keith),who can bend minds, and his daughter (Drew Barrymore),who can start fires by staring.... [More]
Directed By: Mark L. Lester

#28
Adjusted Score: 43078%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A doomed boy stalls a witch (Deborah Harry) with three tales: "Lot 249," "Cat From Hell" and "Lover's Vow."... [More]
Directed By: John Harrison

#27

Silver Bullet (1985)
45%

#27
Adjusted Score: 46224%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A boy (Corey Haim) in a wheelchair stops a werewolf with his uncle (Gary Busey) and sister (Megan Follows).... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Attias

#26

Secret Window (2004)
46%

#26
Adjusted Score: 50983%
Critics Consensus: Depp is quirkily entertaining, but the movie runs out of steam by the end.
Synopsis: Mysterious events plague a troubled author (Johnny Depp) after a menacing stranger (John Turturro) accuses him of plagiarism.... [More]
Directed By: David Koepp

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 53150%
Critics Consensus: Hearts in Atlantis is well-acted and beautiful to look at, but the movie is nothing more than a mood piece.
Synopsis: A mysterious man (Anthony Hopkins) with a very rare ability enters the lives of a widow (Hope Davis) and her... [More]
Directed By: Scott Hicks

#24

Big Driver (2014)
50%

#24
Adjusted Score: 26502%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Her mind shattered, a novelist (Maria Bello) seeks revenge on the man who brutally assaulted her on a desolate New... [More]
Directed By: Mikael Salomon

#23

Carrie (2013)
50%

#23
Adjusted Score: 57643%
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: Tormented by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother (Julianne Moore), an awkward teenager (Chloë Grace Moretz) unleashes her... [More]
Directed By: Kimberly Peirce

#22

Pet Sematary (1989)
51%

#22
Adjusted Score: 53751%
Critics Consensus: Pet Sematary is a bruising horror flick that wears its quirks on its sleeves, to the detriment of its scare factor.
Synopsis: A family's life in small-town Maine is shattered by the evil unleashed from an ancient American Indian burial ground.... [More]
Directed By: Mary Lambert

#21

Apt Pupil (1998)
53%

#21
Adjusted Score: 55101%
Critics Consensus: A somewhat disturbing movie that works as a suspenseful thriller, yet isn't completely satisfying.
Synopsis: A high-school student (Brad Renfro) forms an unhealthy relationship with a former Nazi death-camp officer (Ian McKellen).... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Singer

#20

Pet Sematary (2019)
57%

#20
Adjusted Score: 71099%
Critics Consensus: Pet Sematary takes its source material in a few different directions, but this remake feels like an exhuming almost as often as it does a revival.
Synopsis: Dr. Louis Creed and his family discover a mysterious burial ground in the woods near their home. When tragedy strikes,... [More]

#19

The Dark Half (1993)
58%

#19
Adjusted Score: 59682%
Critics Consensus: The Dark Half is a highly serious psychological study that can be faulted for being more curious than actually scary.
Synopsis: A Maine professor's (Timothy Hutton) hidden bad side comes alive under his notorious but successful pen name.... [More]
Directed By: George A. Romero

#18

Cujo (1983)
62%

#18
Adjusted Score: 65323%
Critics Consensus: Cujo is artless work punctuated with moments of high canine gore and one wild Dee Wallace performance.
Synopsis: Bitten by a rabid bat, a huge dog traps a Maine woman (Dee Wallace) and her young son (Danny Pintauro)... [More]
Directed By: Lewis Teague

#17

It: Chapter Two (2019)
62%

#17
Adjusted Score: 82812%
Critics Consensus: It: Chapter Two proves bigger doesn't always mean scarier for horror sequels, but a fine cast and faithful approach to the source material keep this follow-up afloat.
Synopsis: Defeated by members of the Losers' Club, the evil clown Pennywise returns 27 years later to terrorize the town of... [More]
Directed By: Andy Muschietti

#16

The Running Man (1987)
66%

#16
Adjusted Score: 68861%
Critics Consensus: The Running Man is winking sci-fi satire with ridiculous clothes and workmanlike direction.
Synopsis: A police-state scapegoat (Arnold Schwarzenegger) must play a TV host's (Richard Dawson) deadly game show for the 21st-century masses.... [More]
Directed By: Paul Michael Glaser

#15

Cat's Eye (1985)
67%

#15
Adjusted Score: 67976%
Critics Consensus: An effective if knowingly silly Stephen King anthology that combines comedy and terror.
Synopsis: Stephen King tales follow a cat into a smokers clinic, onto a penthouse ledge and into a girl's (Drew Barrymore)... [More]
Directed By: Lewis Teague

#14

Christine (1983)
69%

#14
Adjusted Score: 70680%
Critics Consensus: The cracks are starting to show in John Carpenter's directorial instincts, but Christine is nonetheless silly, zippy fun.
Synopsis: When a gawky teen (Keith Gordon) restores a 1958 Plymouth Fury, the car takes on a life of its own... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#13

The Mist (2007)
71%

#13
Adjusted Score: 76248%
Critics Consensus: Frank Darabont's impressive camerawork and politically incisive script make The Mist a truly frightening experience.
Synopsis: Trapped townspeople (Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden) face monsters inside and out after a supernatural fog engulfs their... [More]
Directed By: Frank Darabont

#12

Creepshow (1982)
74%

#12
Adjusted Score: 76791%
Critics Consensus: It's uneven, as anthologies often are, but Creepshow is colorful, frequently funny, and treats its inspirations with infectious reverence.
Synopsis: Five Stephen King tales inspired by 1950s comic books include a nagged professor (Hal Holbrook) and a tycoon (E.G. Marshall)... [More]
Directed By: George A. Romero

#11

The Green Mile (1999)
78%

#11
Adjusted Score: 84710%
Critics Consensus: Though The Green Mile is long, critics say it's an absorbing, emotionally powerful experience.
Synopsis: In 1935 a head prison guard (Tom Hanks) realizes a man (Michael Clarke Duncan) on death row may be innocent... [More]
Directed By: Frank Darabont

#10

Doctor Sleep (2019)
78%

#10
Adjusted Score: 94559%
Critics Consensus: Doctor Sleep forsakes the elemental terror of its predecessor for a more contemplative sequel that balances poignant themes against spine-tingling chills.
Synopsis: Traumatized by the sinister events from his childhood, Dan Torrance meets a teen who shares his extrasensory gift of the... [More]
Directed By: Mike Flanagan

#9

1408 (2007)
79%

#9
Adjusted Score: 85495%
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: A writer (John Cusack) who specializes in debunking supernatural phenomena experiences true terror when he spends a night in a... [More]
Directed By: Mikael Hafstrom

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 86873%
Critics Consensus: Post-Misery Kathy Bates proves to be another wonderful conduit for Stephen King's novels in this patient, gradually terrifying thriller.
Synopsis: Murder forces an accused widow (Kathy Bates) and her estranged daughter (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to confront past traumas.... [More]
Directed By: Taylor Hackford

#7

The Shining (1980)
84%

#7
Adjusted Score: 95391%
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: A writer (Jack Nicholson) goes mad while serving as caretaker with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and clairvoyant son (Danny Lloyd)... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#6

It (2017)
86%

#6
Adjusted Score: 105297%
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: Seven young outcasts are about to face their worst nightmare -- an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges every 27 years... [More]
Directed By: Andy Muschietti

#5

The Dead Zone (1983)
90%

#5
Adjusted Score: 94038%
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 (Christopher Walken) comes out of a coma able to see the probable futures of anyone he touches.... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#4

Misery (1990)
90%

#4
Adjusted Score: 95872%
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: An author (James Caan) recovers from an accident, nursed by a twisted fan (Kathy Bates) who insists he write a... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#3

Stand by Me (1986)
91%

#3
Adjusted Score: 97077%
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: A boy (Wil Wheaton) and his three buddies set out in the summer of 1959 on a hike to find... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 97170%
Critics Consensus: The Shawshank Redemption is an uplifting, deeply satisfying prison drama with sensitive direction and fine performances.
Synopsis: Two life sentences for a 1947 double murder land an innocent man (Tim Robbins) in a corrupt Maine penitentiary.... [More]
Directed By: Frank Darabont

#1

Carrie (1976)
93%

#1
Adjusted Score: 100748%
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: A social misfit (Sissy Spacek) with psychic powers wreaks havoc at her prom to get even with pranksters.... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

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