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 Running Man' (1987)
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17. 'The Running Man' (1987)

King published his 1982 dystopian thriller under the pen name Richard Bachman; Paul Michael Glaser's movie adaptation is both the most Eighties artifact of all time and a scarily relevant social satire. It's set in 2017, when America has become a totalitarian corporatocracy in which government and reality TV have become hopelessly intertwined. (Sound familiar?) A young, super-jacked Arnold Schwarzenegger is a captured rebel forced to participate in a life-or-death reality competition – think The Hunger Games, but with synth music and chainsaws. But the most enduring legacy of The Running Man isn't Ah-nold's cheesy dialogue or the film's gleeful violence. It's the audience of cheering all-American consumers all too happy to sacrifice freedom for escapist entertainment. JS

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