The 2017 movie adaptation of Stephen King’sIt” has been successful at the box-office and has already raked in more than 200 million dollars. The movie didn’t just receive positive feedbacks from audiences, but from critics as well. In fact, Rotten Tomatoes, the review aggregation for film and television, gave “It” an approval rating of 86% from a total of 225 reviews.

It just goes to show how talented Stephen King is for his remarkable storytelling and has received countless awards for his contributions to literature.

With that said, here are some of the best movies that are also based on his novels, first shared by Looper.

‘The Shawshank Redemption’

It’s a drama film based on the novel “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.” The film was released in 1994 which starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. The movie is about a man who was sent to prison after being wrongly accused of killing his wife and his lover.

Shawshank Redemption” was critically praised by the majority of the critics. However, the film bombed at the box-office and had failed to recoup its 25 million budget. The film failed financially mostly because movie theaters were dominated by action and comedy films at that time, films such as “Pulp Fiction” and “Forrest Gump.”

Then the 67th Academy Awards happened, where the film was nominated for Best Picture and several other nominations.

The film started to gain popularity and has now been considered by many to be one of the greatest movies of all time.

‘The Green Mile’

This crime drama film is based on the novel of the same name and was released in 1999. However, unlike “The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Green Mile” was an instant success at the box office, which earned almost 300 million dollars.

The film was about the life of a corrections officer, played by Tom Hanks, and the paranormal events that he witnessed during the Great Depression. The movie also starred the late Michael Clarke Duncan, who played the role of John Coffey, a simpleton with supernatural powers.

The Green Mile” has received multiple Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Duncan, just to name a few.


Misery” is psychological thriller film also based on King’s novel of the same name. The film starred James Caan and Kathy Bates and was released in 1990.

The film is about an obsessed fan, played by Bates, who held an author captive, played by Caan, and forces him to write her stories.

Misery” had moderate success at the box office, which earned just a little over 60 million dollars on a 20 million dollar budget. However, the movie was nominated for several awards from the film industry, and Bates won Best Actress at the Academy Awards.