Stephen King Filmography

Image from the movie "The Shawshank Redemption"

A Brief History of Stephen King’s Filmography

There are so many Stephen King movies, mini-series, and television shows, it might be hard to imagine a time where there weren’t any. However, that time wasn’t too long ago, as the first Stephen King movie
released in 1976. Based on his surprise-hit novel Carrie, the movie of the same name is considered one of the best horror films ever made.

Despite the success of Carrie, Stephen King movie-fever didn’t truly begin until the 80’s. Between May of 1980 and April of 1989, there were 14 feature-length Stephen King movies released. This includes iconic movies like The Shining, Cujo, Children of the Corn, Stand by Me, and Pet Sematary.

The movie adaptations didn’t slow down in the 90’s, either.

During that decade, there were 13 new Stephen King films, including such classics as Misery, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and more (full movie list).
Things slowed down in the new millennium, with only 7 Stephen King movies coming out. Although there were a few winners, namely The Mist, 1408, and Secret Window, the majority of these films were poorly received. That led to a general slowdown in new King content, until recently that is.

2017 was a particularly great year for Stephen King adaptations, including two great Netflix films in 1922 and Gerald’s Game, along with the record-breaking IT: Chapter One. The success of the latter and a few popular mini-series led to a revitalization in adaptations of King’s work. A remake of Pet Sematary was positively received by critics in 2019, as was It: Chapter Two.

Image from the movie "Doctor Sleep"
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Recently, we even got a sequel to The Shining in the form of Doctor Sleep, which has been cited as one of the best King films in modern times. With tons of remakes and new adaptations planned for 2020 and beyond, there’s no telling what kind of crazy tales we’ll get to see next.

Award-Winning Stephen King Movies

While most Stephen King movies are well worth your time, there are a handful that have risen above the rest. When it comes to films, one of the highest accolades you can receive is the Academy Awards® (also known as the Oscar). Awarded to actors, directors, and production members for a variety of achievements in film making, the Oscar is the pipe-dream of many Hollywood celebrities. There have only been a few movies in our author’s filmography nominated for the Oscar, with even fewer given the nomination for the highest award, Best Picture.

In total, films based on Stephen King’s stories have earned 15 Oscar nominations. These award- winning (and nominee-receiving) Stephen King movies have made their lasting imprint on the world of cinema. Considering just how often the Academy Awards have snubbed the horror genre in its nearly 100 years of operation, the fact that these King movies have been nominated is a remarkable achievement.

Carrie (1976) – 2 Oscar Nominations for:

  • Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sissy Spacek)
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Piper Laurie)

Stand by Me (1986) – 1 Oscar Nomination for:

  • Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

Misery (1990) -1 Oscar Win for:

  • Best Actress in a Leading Role (Kathy Bates)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – 7 Oscar Nominations for:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role (Morgan Freeman)
  • Best Sound
  • Best Music or Original Score
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

The Green Mile (1999) – 4 Oscar Nominations for:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role (Michael Clarke Duncan)
  • Best Sound
  • Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Film adaptations of Stephen King’s novels by release date

Filmography of Stephen King. Film adaptations of Stephen King’s novels. The list of movies and TV shows organized by their release date.

The list of movies and TV shows based on the books and work of most famous horror a thriller writer Stephen King. The author is best known as a novelist, a writer, a producer and a director, he is also an actor as he starred as Himself and he had guest appearances in a few TV shows.

Stephen King Filmography - Home art  poster from the movie "The Shawshank Redemption"
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Where to watch? Where to buy the entire filmography?

Browse the below-listed organized filmography list and discover if the movies are also available on streaming platforms such as Netflix, Google Movies, Amazon Prime. If you are interested in buying the a digital copy over you can use the links below from Amazon for DVD or Blu-Ray, or you could get a hardcover book as well.

We invite you to view the complete list of film adaptations available in our movie database.

Movie TitleRelease DateNetflix StreamAmazon PrimeBook on Amazon
The Shining1980-05-23
The Dead Zone1983-10-21
Children of the Corn1984-03-09
Cat’s Eye1985-04-12
Silver Bullet1985-10-11
Maximum Overdrive1986-07-25
Stand By Me1986-08-08
Creepshow 21987-05-01
The Running Man1987-11-13
Pet Sematary1989-04-21
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie1990-05-04
Graveyard Shift1990-10-26
The Dark Half1993-04-23
Needful Things1993-08-27
The Shawshank Redemption1994-09-23
The Mangler1995-03-03
Dolores Claiborne1995-03-24
The Night Flier1997-11-15
Apt Pupil1998-10-23
The Green Mile1999-12-06
Hearts in Atlantis2001-09-28
Secret Window2004-03-12
Riding the Bullet2004-10-15
The Mist2007-11-21
A Good MarriageTo be Determined
Cell2016-07 -06
Movie Adaptations by Release Dates – Available on streaming platforms

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