Stephen King has a large body of work. Over the years, filmmakers have tried to bring those magnificent works to life on the big – and small – screens. I would say they did it “for the fans,” but considering how pretty much all of them turned out, I think it’s safe to say they did it just to capitalize on King’s name. With that said, there are a handful of big releases that were nearly perfect, in my humble opinion, and here is my Top 5 list of those adaptions:
- Misery – This movie always stands out above all others, for me. It was the first and greatest adaption I remember watching from one of King’s novels. Bates and Kahn were amazing.
- The Shawshank Redemption – Who doesn’t like this movie, right?
- Stand By Me – A must-see coming of age drama, and about the only thing I can stand more than 5 minutes of with Wil Wheaton in it.
- The Stand (mini-series) – Because, honestly, what are the chances they’ll ever do this again, or do it right?
- The Dead Zone – Just a ordinary guy tasked with saving the world.
- The Green Mile (my honorable mention to keep from having a tie) – “I’m tired boss – mostly I’m tired of people being ugly to each other.”
I haven’t included short films or Youtube fan films, although there are some good ones out there. What are your Top 5 Stephen King movie / television adaptions? What are some good short films of his you’ve stumbled across? Please share.