Top 30 Stephen King Movies, Ranked

From haunted hotels to prison-yard blues, 'Carrie' to 'Christine' – the major adaptations of the iconic author's work, from worst to best

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'Firestarter' (1984)
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14. 'Firestarter' (1984)

King's hot (literally) bestseller gets a violent, mournful screen version, with Drew Barrymore – immediately following her baby-faced breakout in E.T. – as a pyrokinetic tyke on the run from shadow agency "the Shop," whose experiments unleashed her conflagratory powers. Featuring many of the author's favorite tropes (telepathic minors, secret government agents, stressed families, financial desperation), this impressively dark tragedy doesn't have the cinematic eloquence of his best adaptations. But its no-frills storytelling, as well as the obligatory exploding cinderblocks and blazing henchmen, are surprisingly effective. And Barrymore's tortured, terrified performance is heartbreaking. SG

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