Adaptations of Stephen King Books and Stories

Finally, an answer to the age-old question: how many Stephen King movies are god-awful? And WHY? I can't answer the latter, but if we assume that god-awful means <7 on IMDB, all but 16 are probably not worth watching. There might be a few exceptions: people appear to enjoy watching Salem's Lot (the miniseries), Firestarter, and 1408 even though they're not actually great movies.

That said, only 6 adaptations on this list are above an 8 and probably qualify as must-see movies, which is indeed a pretty bad percentage when you consider that there are more than 40 listed on this page. You can go ahead and sort by any of the columns below to learn other interesting trends.

Original Book Movie Title Release Date IMDB Rating RT Rating
11/22/63 11.22.63 (TV series) 02/15/2016 8.2 80%
Everything's Eventual 1408 06/12/2007 6.8 78%
Full Dark, No Stars A Good Marriage 10/03/2014 5.1 37%
Different Seasons Apt Pupil 10/23/1998 6.7 53%
Bag of Bones Bag of Bones 12/11/2011 5.8 --
Full Dark, No Stars Big Driver (TV movie) 10/18/2014 5.6 50%
Carrie Carrie 11/03/1976 7.4 92%
Night Shift Cat's Eye 04/12/1985 6.2 67%
Cell Cell 06/10/2016 4.3 11%
Night Shift Children of the Corn 03/09/1984 5.6 38%
Christine Christine 12/09/1983 6.6 65%
Cujo Cujo 08/12/1983 6.0 59%
The Dark Half The Dark Half 04/23/1993 5.9 60%
The Dark Tower The Dark Tower 08/04/2017 6.0 16%
The Dead Zone The Dead Zone 10/21/1983 7.3 90%
The Dead Zone The Dead Zone (TV series) 06/16/2002 7.5 --
Desperation Desperation 05/23/2006 5.3 33%
Dolores Claiborne Dolores Claiborne 03/24/1995 7.4 82%
Dreamcatcher Dreamcatcher 03/06/2003 5.5 30%
Firestarter Firestarter 05/11/1984 6.0 82%
Gerald's Game Gerald's Game 09/29/2017 7.2 89%
Night Shift Graveyard Shift 10/26/1990 4.7 13%
The Green Mile The Green Mile 12/06/1999 8.5 80%
The Colorado Kid Haven (TV series) 07/09/2010 7.6 40%
Hearts in Atlantis Hearts in Atlantis 09/28/2001 6.9 50%
It It (Miniseries) 11/18/1990 6.9 67%
It It Part 1: The Loser's Club 09/08/2017 7.9 84%
The Langoliers The Langoliers (Miniseries) 05/14/1995 6.1 50%
Night Shift The Lawnmower Man 03/06/1992 5.3 38%
Night Shift The Mangler 03/03/1995 3.9 20%
Night Shift Maximum Overdrive 07/25/1986 5.4 17%
Skeleton Crew Mercy 10/07/2014 5.1 23%
Misery Misery 11/30/1990 7.8 89%
Skeleton Crew The Mist 11/21/2007 7.2 73%
Skeleton Crew The Mist (TV series) 06/22/2017 5.3 62%
Mr. Mercedes Mr. Mercedes (TV series) 08/09/2017 8.2 85%
Needful Things Needful Things 08/27/1993 6.2 26%
Pet Sematary Pet Sematary 04/21/1989 6.6 43%
Everything's Eventual Riding the Bullet 10/15/2004 5.2 27%
The Running Man The Running Man 11/13/1987 6.6 61%
Salem's Lot Salem's Lot 06/20/2004 6.3 49%
Salem's Lot Salem's Lot (Miniseries) 11/17/1979 6.8 83%
Four Past Midnight Secret Window 03/12/2004 6.6 46%
Different Seasons The Shawshank Redemption 09/23/1994 9.3 91%
The Shining The Shining 05/23/1980 8.5 92%
Cycle of the Werewolf Silver Bullet 10/11/1985 6.3 50%
The Stand The Stand (Miniseries) 05/08/1994 7.3 --
Different Seasons Stand By Me 08/08/1986 8.1 91%
Thinner Thinner 10/25/1996 5.7 16%
The Tommyknockers The Tommyknockers (Miniseries) 05/09/1993 5.3 8%
Under the Dome Under the Dome (TV series) 06/24/2013 7.0 81%

If you're interested in all the Stephen King books that have been optioned for movies but haven't yet been released, Den of Geek keeps a great ongoing list.