10. Dolores Claiborne (1995)
“Dolores Claiborne” is one of the more cerebral King works that made it to film. Kathy Bates returns here in this murder mystery with plenty of plot twists and suspense. The emotion is a bit absent here though, with this more of a procedural.
9. The Mist (2007)
“The Mist” was a true throwback in horror. This was especially true and refreshing with a grim ending, where all the major characters would die, either at their own hands or due to the ghastly monsters. The main protagonists chose the former route, with only Thomas Jane surviving to see that…the monsters had been vanquished by the military.
8. The Running Man (1987)
I still contend that “The Hunger Games” completely ripped this one off. That aside, “The Running Man” is an incredibly interesting satire. It has a number of laughs, but also some heart-pounding action. It also features a rocket slide that I’d still like to make one day.
7. Carrie (1976)
Outstanding sci-fi/horror meets social satire in this Stephen King classic. Sissy Spacek plays the jilted teenage outcast with telekinetic powers. This one is interesting in some many ways, but the acting is quite good and the film extremely memorable.
6. Misery (1990)
One of the most revered Stephen King’s work made for an outstanding movie. Kathy Bates and James Caan are incredible in the lead roles, in this twisted tale of love and obsession. The ending and its visual ferocity will just leave you speechless.
5. The Dead Zone (1983)
The later show was also quite good, but the movie was one of the more underrrated of the decade. Christopher Walken was excellent in the lead, with Martin Sheen also quite good in a supporting role. This is such a good watch…
4. Stand By Me (1986)
John Cusack has a very, very small role and Dreyfuss is the narrator in this outstanding bildungsroman, based on a Stephen King short story. The film is truly excellent and its mastery is in the subtleties. Unlike most “kid’s” movies, “Stand By Me” really pulls no punches, as it presents the world in the bittersweet reality we all inhabit.
3. The Green Mile (1999)
With Michael Clarke Duncan’s tragic death, this one’s more likely than ever to cue the water works. Real-life sadness aside, this film is absolutely heartbreaking on many levels. That being said, it can also be inspirational. Duncan is phenomenal and Tom Hanks is his usual self.
2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
This one only gets better as the years go by. While this author’s of the opinion that the film is, ever so slightly, overrated, it’s still a remarkable watch. The acting performances are astounding across the board and the emotional climax is one of the most storied in film history.
- The Shining (1980)
While thought to be good, “The Shining” is really a movie that gained its critical heft over the years. Still, no freaking Oscar nominations for this Stanley Kubrick masterpiece? Are you kidding me? The visuals alone deserve a mention.