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Power Rankings: Best Stephen King Adaptations

Have any of our previous Power Rankings given you misery? Stand by us, as we seek redemption by going the extra mile to make this list of Stephen King film adaptations shine. Hopefully we didn't get too carried away with it...


Title: Doctor Sleep

Release Date: November 8, 2019


Plot: Years following the events of The Shining, a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.


Title: The Stand

Release Date: May 8, 1994


Plot: After a deadly plague kills most of the world's population, the remaining survivors split into two groups - one led by a benevolent elder and the other by a malevolent being - to face each other in a final battle between good and evil.


Title: Pet Sematary

Release Date: April 21, 1989


Plot: After tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.


Title: Carrie

Release Date: November 16, 1976


Plot: Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.


Title: Misery

Release Date: November 30, 1990


Plot: After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.


Title: IT (2017)

Release Date: September 8, 2017


Plot: In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.


Title: The Green Mile

Release Date: December 10, 1999


Plot: The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.


Title: Stand By Me

Release Date: November 26, 1986


Plot: After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a childhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.


Title: The Shining

Release Date: June 13, 1980


Plot: A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.


Title: The Shawshank Redemption

Release Date: October 14, 1994


Plot: Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

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