Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Stephen King Movies

See what movie managed to beat 'Misery,' 'Carrie' and 'Stand by Me'

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3. 'The Shining'

Stanley Kubrick's 1980 adaptation of The Shining is a modern-day horror classic whose reputation only grows as the year pass. The biggest dissenting voice, however, is Stephen King himself. "Obviously people absolutely love it, and they don't understand why I don't," he told Rolling Stone last year. "The book is hot, and the movie is cold; the book ends in fire, and the movie in ice. . . And it's so misogynistic. I mean, Wendy Torrance is just presented as this sort of screaming dish rag."

We gently suggested that perhaps it's a great movie even if it's not a great adaptation of his book, but King wasn't having it. "I never saw it that way at all," he said. "And I never see any of the movies that way. The movies have never been a big deal to me. The movies are the movies. They just make them. If they're good, that's terrific. If they're not, they're not. But I see them as a lesser medium than fiction, than literature, and a more ephemeral medium."

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