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All Stephen King films: ranking by KinoPoisk. Part 1


Such a situation. The man came across some adaptation of Stephen King and he thought: “Damn! For a long time I'm going to review the whole King! Well, what else does he have on full meters ... ”And a long and persistent search begins. There are an infinite number of sites on the Internet that are ready to offer you lists of films based on King, but all of them (lists) are somehow flawed.

On one is not a complete collection of films, on the other they are stupidly arranged, and there is no adequate description on them, on the third the list ended 10 years ago, and no one bothered to add new films there. Trailers generally need to be looked for separately. In general, soon the headache starts from the hassle and the desire to watch King's films simply melts away.

We are the only ones ready to offer our readers a complete list of Stephen King's adaptations, consisting of 53 full meters and 18 TV series. For convenience, we have ranked them according to the KinoPoisk rating, added a short description-review to each and published a trailer corresponding to each picture. That is, now anyone can get acquainted with all the film adaptations of Stephen King in one place, while receiving all the comprehensive information.

So, the first part of the issue. Films from 1 to 25 (rating by KinoPoisk is indicated immediately after the title and year of release, separated by commas).

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 9.112

Directed by Frank Darabont.

Genre: Drama.

In chap. starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, et al.

In the top 250 best films of all times and peoples on KinoPoisk, this picture takes first place. And not in vain, the film turned out to be very strong. I must say that for Frank Darabont, this is not the first work on King. The sad experience of working on a short film adaptation of the 1976 story "The Woman in the Ward" taught him a lot. And then Darabont turned around with might and main.

The film is based on the story "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption." A young bank clerk is accused of murdering his wife, although he did not. Imprisoned in Shawshank Prison, near Castle Rock, for a couple of decades he was forced to rot in it for nothing. In the end, he escapes, and so cunningly that you can only wonder.

The plot is reinforced by the eternal confrontation with the head of the prison and the guards, as well as a gang of prisoners who call themselves "Sisters", persuading all new (and old ones) to homosexual "intercourse." It is interesting that the main character Andy himself, who was superbly played by Tim Robbins, does not remember what happened on that ill-fated day, because he then got drunk to an unconscious state, accidentally caught his wife in treason.

Those who have not yet watched are sure to watch. And do not pay attention to the fact that this is not a horror, but an ordinary drama. This is what the author does best!

2. The Green Mile (1999), 9.062

Directed by Frank Darabont.

Genre: fantasy, drama, crime, detective.

In chap. starring Tom Hanks, David Morse, Michael Clarke Duncan, Bonnie Hunt and others

Second place in the top 250 best films of KinoPoisk and again Stephen King, and again Frank Darabont. A talented director so got a knack to feel the author and write adaptive scripts based on him (here, by the way, they worked in a duet) that his creations were initially doomed to universal veneration.

And the main success of all his tapes, shot based on King, lies in the fact that he alters almost nothing and does not spice up the masterpieces of the master with a horrific gag, believing that he is smarter than the master himself, like most screenwriters and directors .

A film based on the story of the same name was filmed, in which we are talking about interesting, dramatic and incredible events, witnessed and participants of which were prisoners and guards on the death row of the same Shawshank prison.

One day a huge black prisoner named John Coffey, who is endowed with the gift of healing, enters the block. John's pure and uncomplicated soul could not save him from unjust punishment. But ...

3. Stay with Me (1986), 7.901

Directed by Rob Reiner.

Genre: Drama, Adventure, Thriller.

In chap. starring: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell and others

The film is based on the novel "Corpse". The action takes place again in the town of Maine Castle Rock, only in the late 1950s. It was then that Ray Brower, a boy who went into the forest for blueberries, suddenly disappears.

Even the most ambitious searches for the boy did not lead to anything, and then a reward is announced for information about the boy. Accidentally overhearing the story of his brother that the boy was just hit by a train and his corpse was lying about a heel of kilometers from the town next to a piece of iron, Vern runs to his friends Gordy Chris and Teddy, and the four of them go to search for the body.

The brother himself did not inform the police, because he was afraid of this very police. But what will happen to the youngsters? Only, as it turned out, not only they are looking for the corpse, but also the older guys who are frostbitten and badass under the leadership of Ace Merril (Kiefer Sutherland), from whom you can expect anything, even murder ...

4. Dolores Claiborne (1995), 7.815

Director Taylor Hackford.

Genre: thriller, drama, crime, detective.

In chap. starring: Katie Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judy Parfitt, Christopher Plummer and others

The picture is based on the novel of the same name and tells about the plight that befell Dolores Claiborne, a woman who has served the world's most grumpy mistress, Vera Donovan, all her life. And when an accident suddenly happens to Vera, from which she dies, it is Dolores who is accused of her murder. After all, everyone knows what a strained relationship they had with the hostess.

But this is not the main thing here. The main thing is that for the first time in 15 years Dolores' daughter, the successful journalist Selina, comes to the hearing from the city. And it is now that she will have to learn the bitter truth about their family and remember what her drunken daddy did to her in childhood, once disappeared without a trace on the day of a solar eclipse ...

The strongest film! WorldOfTopics recommends!

5. The Shining (1980), 7.812

Director Stanley Kubrick.

Genre: horror, fantasy, mystic, thriller, drama, detective,

In chap. starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers and others

The most controversial film imaginable. The Hollywood people of that time were simply torn to pieces. While some tried to nominate the film for the Golden Raspberry for the worst direction, others awarded it with the Golden Saturn for ... It will be funny, but, just the same, for the best direction. Such passions have flared up around the movie.

And the tale in the film, based on the novel of the same name, is about ... the Overlook Hotel, which is located high in the Rocky Mountains, and which is possessed by the ancient evil that has possessed it. It breaks the psyche of the guard Jack Torrance, who remained to guard this place during the "winter holidays", and makes him make a bloody sacrifice to himself, that is, kill his wife and little son.

But, fortunately, his son turns out to be not as simple as it seems. He knows how to "shine", that is, telepathically feel evil and communicate with people with a similar gift at a distance. Will he manage to contact any of them so that help arrives in this snowy land in time?

6. Misery (1990), 7.766

Directed by Rob Ratzner.

Genre: Thriller, Drama, Horror.

In chap. starring: James Caan, Katie Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Francis Sternhagen and others

Rob Reiner again, and again, as in Dolores Claiborne, starring Stephen King's favorite actress Katie Bates. It is unlikely that anyone would have played this role better than her.

The film is based on the novel of the same name and tells about the terrible fate of the writer, who fell into the tenacious paws of a morally unstable fan and, in combination, a nurse with sadistic inclinations, who makes him write for her a sequel to the novel so beloved by her.

And if the writer starts to refuse ... She saws off from him a little bit. After all, the main thing is that he has his hands (what to write), his head (what to compose), and at least one eye (what to watch what you write). The rest only hurts a good writer ...

7. 1408 (2007), 7.701

Director Mikael Hofstrom.

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystic.

In chap. Starring: John Cusack, Mary McCormack, Jasmine Jessica Anthony, Samuel L. Jackson and others

The film is inflated from the story of the same name and tells about a strange room in one of the hotels called "Dolphin", in which all kinds of abnormal phenomena are constantly observed and fatal accidents occur.

An ambitious horror novelist decides to move into this room in order to regain his dwindling inspiration, and at the same time refute the fact that mysticism does exist in our world.

Hmm. Ambitiousness and courage will survive in this issue not its best moments ... If it survives at all ...

8. Hearts in Atlantis (2001) 7.578

Directed by Scott Hicks.

Genre: Drama, Detective, Mystic, Fantasy.

In chap. starring: Anthony Hopkins, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis, Mika Burem and others.

This time, the story of the same name, which is a spin-off of the "Dark Tower" cycle, was inflated into a full-length film. And he tells how people with "interesting" abilities such as telepathy find it difficult in our world to escape from people from the inner worlds, called "people in yellow raincoats."

Why do they need such people, you ask. And we will answer. Yes, all for the same. To destroy everything. People with extraordinary abilities in this matter are very important help.

9. Haze (2007), 7.566

Directed by Frank Darabont.

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy.

In chap. starring Thomas Jane, Marsha Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Nathan Gamble and others.

Another unconditional hit by Frank Darabont by Stephen King. And all again because Frank never strays from the main plot of the writer and does not spice up his tapes with gag.

The film is based on the story The Fog, written by the master of horrors back in 1980. At night, bad weather broke out over the coastal town. A hurricane wind blew away telegraph poles and knocked down trees, so the lights were cut out.

In the morning, David with his son Billy and a neighbor go to the city for shopping, and from the side of the lake on the coastal zone, meanwhile, a strange fog creeps in. He rolls over to the supermarket, in which at this time there are the main characters and many other people. And it turns out that terrible creatures are found in this fog.

It is evident that in some place the universal insides turned inside out and the local flora and fauna began to seep from the parallel world into ours. Well, at the expense of living creatures, it is known for sure. How will it end? We are watching a movie. Let's just say that in the film Darabont and King went a little further than in the story ...

10. It (2017), 7.352

Director Andres Muschetti.

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy.

In chap. Starring: Jaden Lieberer, Jeremy Rae Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfard and others

This is the second attempt on a large-scale and soundly approach to the adaptation of King's two-volume book of the same name. In principle, even that version scared the audience quite well, but this one came out much worse. By the way, this film is an adaptation of just the first volume, where the children who live in the same deplorable town of Castle Rock clashed with some devilish ancient evil, pretending to be a clown Pennywise.

The second part of the picture will be released in 2019. There, the matured heroes from the first part will clash with the ancient alien creature that has slept off during the years of hibernation, stealing children, and this time they will make sure that the ancient goat falls asleep forever.

Or they won't follow ... At least they will try ...

11. The Dead Zone (1983) 7.242

Directed by David Cronnenberg.

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Drama, Detective.

In chap. starring Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom and others.

Cronnenberg's film simply could not fail to be successful. Masters, as they say, do not knit brooms, and approach the creation of their paintings with everything inherent only to them, professional diligence. An important role was also played by participation in the film by Christopher Walken.

The film is an almost exact adaptation of the novel of the same name and tells how, after an accident and many years of coma, Johnny Smith (not to be confused with Steven Seagal and the film "Contrary to Death"), a simple primary school teacher, again, in the unforgettable town of Castle- Roca, gained the ability to see many things simply by touching a person with his hand or holding objects in his hands.

This will give him the strength in the end to do the greatest good deed in his life, despite the fact that society turned away from him and saw in him only an experimental and funny insect.

12. Christina (1983), 7.235

Director John Carpenter.

Genre: Horror, Mystic

In chap. starring: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Proski and others

It turns out that in the intervals between producing countless episodes of "Halloween", Carpenter also made films on other topics. He also put his hand to Stephen King's creations, filming his novel about the 1958 Plymouth coming to life and crushing everything and everyone in its path.

You can take a look, of course. But as for us, the special effects are not the same. Yes, and sometimes filmed naively. In any case, it's up to you.

13. Carrie (1976), 7.233

Director Brian De Palma.

Genre: Horror, Fantasy

In chap. starring: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Catt and others

This is the very first Stephen King adaptation. And immediately success. Since the case was taken up, so to speak, by the master of the film, Brian De Palma. His adaptation of the novel of the same name did not stray far from the original; it was dark and very unstandardized for that time. That is why it had such a tremendous success.

All subsequent and more recent sequels and rewrites of this work could not even remotely come close to the success of the original film version. The film is over forty years old, but it still looks great today.

14. Secret Window (2004), 7.222

Director David Kepp.

Genre: thriller, detective, mystic.

In chap. starring: Johnny Depp, John Turturro, Maria Bello, Timothy Hutton and others

Appeared in the film adaptations of Stephen King and Johnny Depp. How can it be without him? And he played, as they say, one hundred percent. That is why the film version of David Kepp, created by him in collaboration with the author of the story "Hidden Window, Hidden Garden" has had such unconditional success.

When the strange type Mort Schutter accuses the hero of Depp Rainey of plagiarism, he is so mired in his snot and powerlessness that he can't even remember whether he wrote such a thing at all. But we will have to remember, because Mort threatens with reprisal not only to him, but also to his relatives ...

15. Cat's Eye (1985), 7.204

Directed by Lewis Teague.

Genre: thriller, horror, comedy, mystic, fantasy.

In chap. starring: Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Kenneth McMillan, Alan King and others

This feature film is based on three stories at once: "Quit Smoking Corporation", "Cornice" and combining the two previous ones and written specifically for the film "General". Throughout the film, it is not clear, first - what the cat wants, and then - whether she will be able to save the girl from misfortune.

By the way, this is the second role of little Drew Barrymore in the film adaptations based on King. The first was “Firemaking / Kindling with Eyes.

16. Running Man (1987), 7.159

Director Paul Michael Glaser.

Genre: science fiction, action, thriller.

In chap. Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Japhet Cotto, Jim Brown, etc.

Although the film was based on the novel of the same name, only the main idea remained from this novel. Absolutely everything in this film was grotesquely changed, so that the output turned out to be a mid-grade "chug-bang-fighter", which in those years came out in batches.

If not for Schwarzenegger and the mention in the credits that the film was based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, this naive slag would now rot in a landfill ...

17. Able student (1997), 7.109

Director Brian Singer.

Genre: thriller, drama, crime.

In chap. starring: Brad Renfro, Ian McKellen, Joshua Jackson, Mickey Cottrell and others

The picture was staged by Brian Singer based on the novel of the same name and tells about a capable student Todd Bowden, who studies at school not specialized subjects, but the real science of evil. About how he does it and where everything goes, we look in the film. By the way, it is much more interesting than some third-rate "Cat's Eye", although it is below its rating.

Well, right! There are no cats here!

18. Pet Sematary (1989) 7.104

Directed by Mary Lambert.

Genre: Horror, Mystic, Thriller, Fantasy.

In chap. starring: Dale Midkiff, Fred Guinn, Brad Greenquist, Denise Crosby and others

Everyone is familiar with the tale that it is not appropriate to bury cats, dogs, parrots and even their own sons in the old ancient Indian cemetery. And everyone is well aware of the consequences too. You can also guess about them by watching a clumsy version of the trailer pulled from VHS.

But, after all, all the same - they bury and bury. They bury and bury. Don't bury them! And they all the same - they bury and bury. And the next such burial will take place in 2019. Therefore, we are also watching a fresh trailer for the future sequel.

19. Kaleidoscope of Horror (1982), 6.832

Director: George A. Romero

Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy.

In chap. starring Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, Fritz Weaver and others.

A kind of collection of short films, collected under a common name, consisting of 5 different, not interconnected, tapes. Later, two more parts of "Kaleidoscopes" were released, to which the master of horrors has nothing to do. Here and only here he was the author of all the stories, 3 of which he wrote specifically for this film.

Moreover, Stephen King starred in one of the short films (The Lonely Death of Geordie Verill). She turned out to be the most funny and frightening in this collection.

It was "Kaleidoscope of Horrors" that served as a prototype for feature films from the "Tales from the Crypt" series. The film turned out to be such a useful one.

20. Silver Bullet (1985), 6.830

Director Daniel Etties.

Genres: Horror, Mystic, Fantasy.

In chap. starring: Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Corey Haim, Megan Follows and others

The film, based on the story "The Cycle of the Werewolf", also found its fans, as evidenced by its relatively high rating for horror films.

Nobody wants to hear a 13-year-old boy in a wheelchair claiming that people around town are killed by a werewolf who can only be killed by a silver bullet.

And in vain ...

21. Losing Weight (1996), 6.805

Director Tom Holland.

Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Mystic.

In chap. starring Robert John Burke, Lucinda Jenny, Bethany Joey Lenz, Time Winters and others

That's right. The letter "D" is present in the title. And a film was made based on the novel of the same name, in which it is clear that even the mafia, sometimes, in some especially neglected cases, is powerless and does not differ in mortality from the average man in the street.

And we have deliberately touched on the topic with the letter "D". The novel, like the film, would have been better suited to the title without her. Because how fucking it is to let your wife give you a blowjob while you drive a car on the city roadway!

Here is Billy Helleck at the most "interesting" moment and knocked down an Indian old woman crossing the road. And since he was a respected lawyer, he won the case. But the Indian shaman, and concurrently - the old woman's husband, turned out to be categorically disagree with the court's decision, and put a curse on Halleck and everyone who took part in this shameful trial. Now they are all either doomed to turn into amphibians or fish, or, like Halleck himself, to lose weight to the very skeleton.

Will the fidgety lawyer manage to get out of this situation too? Let's watch.

22. Igniting with a Look / Generating Fire (1984), 6.736

Directed by Mark L. Lester.

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction, Action.

In chap. starring: Drew Barrymore, David Keith, George C. Scott, Martin Sheen and others

Since dad and mom, when they were active in sexual relations, were experimenting with the development of their superpowers, then their daughter must have “super-duper” abilities. And if the author of the work thinks so, then the villains from this work also think so, trying at all costs to get a girl who knows how to set everything on fire with a glance. We will see what came of this at the end of the film.

Little Drew Barrymore is the unconditional star in this masterpiece! No cats needed!

23. Hopelessness (2006), 5.694

Directed by Mick Garris.

Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Drama, Thriller, Detective.

In chap. starring Tom Skerritt, Stephen Weber, Annabeth Gish, Charles Durning and others

Dormant from time immemorial in the depths of the earth's crust, a mysterious something escaped and took over ... The sheriff of a town lost in the desert area of Nevada under the strange depressing name "Hopelessness".

And, as it turned out, they called him that for a reason. The sheriff, who is not a sheriff, arrests everyone in a row for nothing and ... In general, it is better to see everything for yourself. A filmmaker from the same field as The Regulators.

24. Necessary things (1993), 6.663

Directed by Fraser Clark Heston.

Genre: thriller, horror, fantasy, drama, crime.

In chap. starring: Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia, Amanda Plummer and others

Oh, and Stephen King loves his beloved town of Castle Rock! And he loves so much that he is ready to set all of its inhabitants against each other, so that they, in the end, kill each other. This is exactly what happens in this adaptation of the novel of the same name by the famous author.

Will the well-known personality of the town of Castle Rock, Sheriff Alan Pangborn, cope with evil spirits? Let's watch ...

25. Dreamcatcher (2003), 6.645

Director Laurence Kasdan.

Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller, Drama

In chap. Starring: Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Leigh, Damien Lewis and others

Aliens want to conquer the land again. And, of course, only the US armed forces will be able to repulse the hated enemies. Still, it's on their territory, as it usually happens, another "saucer" of aliens landed.

But the warriors did not take into account the fact that one of the creatures had leaked out of the quarantine and was about to lay its insidious eggs in the city's water intake ... You will laugh! All the same Castle Rock. Poor town. Why haven't all its residents fled from there yet?

Who will stop the alien creature now? But who. It turns out that on Earth in the town of Castle Rock, Maine, USA, there is already one such "Mr. Gray", only he, as it turned out, is for ours ...

On the 25th film, perhaps, for now, let's finish. It’s too long. Let's continue in a week, but for now, all the best and more cool horror movies! Although, not all of the King is a horror movie, and not every horror movie is Stephen King.

See you!

Part 2 - Movies 26 to 53

The Topic of Article: All Stephen King films: ranking by KinoPoisk. Part 1.
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