2. 'The Green Mile'
Just five years after directing Shawshank Redemption, Frank Darabont returned to the world of Stephen King prison stories set in the past. This one, however, featured a bit of the supernatural. It's the story of an enormous African-American man named John Coffey (note the initials) sentenced to death for the rape and murder of two little white girls. Coffey is completely innocent, and he befriends a gentle prison guard (played by Tom Hanks) who learns that the convict has amazing healing powers. It's a grim story with a tragic ending, but audiences loved it and it earned $290 million at the box office.