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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'Misery' (1990)
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2. 'Misery' (1990)

Given that the writer takes defiant pride in penning books for fans and not critics, it's more than a little ironic that his one Oscar-winning movie is about a reader who loves an author way too much. Kathy Bates took home the Best Actress prize for her alternately funny and terrifying performance as a rural nurse who saves the life of her favorite novelist (James Caan), then forces him to write a novel that indulges her fangirl whims. (King noted that the bestseller was both influenced by and written under the influence of some addictive substances. "Misery is a book about cocaine," he claimed. "Annie Wilkes is cocaine. She was my number-one fan.") Rob Reiner not only captures the original's comic and waking-nightmare elements; he also gave the world a film that ended up predicting the increasingly toxic artist/audience relationship that's developed in the the age of the internet. And that "hobbling" scene? Hoo boy. NM

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