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 Shawshank Redemption' (1994)
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Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), Right, and Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman) REX6/30

6. 'The Shawshank Redemption' (1994)

This now-classic big-screen take on King's novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (good call on shortening the title) was well-reviewed but barely seen during its original theatrical run; lots of frequent airings on cable, however, have turned it into one of the most beloved movies of the past quarter-century. Perhaps that's because the decades-spacing story of an innocent convict (Tim Robbins) and a kind-hearted wheeler-dealer (Morgan Freeman) is as episodic and sprawling as what would become known as "prestige TV." Or maybe its just that once audiences finally found Frank Darabont's movie, they found it easy to relate to the central metaphor of imprisonment, which the movie beautifully translates (and expands upon) from King's non-horror source material. Criminal or not, who hasn't felt trapped? And who hasn't dreamed of doing whatever it takes to feel free again? NM

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