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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'The Green Mile' (1999)
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20. 'The Green Mile' (1999)

A spiritual cousin to The Shawshank Redemption, this adaptation of King's serialized prison novel focuses on Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks), a guard who heads up a Louisiana correction facility's Death Row. He's our guide to the various personalities populating the joint, from outrageous (viva Sam Rockwell!) to outright sadistic (Doug Hutchison's bastard of a screw). Then Edgecomb witnesses the unique healing powers of an illiterate inmate named John Coffey (Oscar-nominated Michael Clarke Duncan), and this straightforward story soon turns into a tale of magical realism. Helmed by Shawshank director Frank Daranbont – and famously criticized by Spike Lee for perpetuating the "magical Negro" stereotype – the movie lacks the melodramatic momentum of its convict–character-study predecessor. But as an examination of one man wrestling with moral decisions he makes, his faith in God and his place in the world, it hits the books marks with grace. AS

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