It’s Stephen King‘s 75th birthday, so let’s celebrate by revisiting the best Stephen King movies and crowning a king.


King was born in Portland, Maine on September 21, 1947. I’d love to say he’s been terrifying us for three-quarters of a century, but it’s really more like 55 years: he sold his first professional short story, “The Glass Floor” in 1967. And yes, his nickname the “King of Horror” is a play on is actual name, but it’s also the truth: he’s been the greatest living horror writer for my entire life, and probably for the bulk of yours, too.


I’ve read so many King books in my life I can’t quite recall what the first one was. I remember pulling The Bachman Books out of the attic bookshelf as a kid, and I remember reading all 1,138 pages of It when I was probably too young to be reading horror of any sort. No matter; I was hooked and hooked early. I’m what King refers to as a “Constant Reader” and, like so many other King fans, I’ve read so many of his stories that I see connections between them that may or may not be there. Eerie, I know.


The Best Stephen King Movies: 12-Inch Poll

I’ve also watched my lion’s share of King films, too. And that’s what we’re diving into for this week’s 12-Inch Poll. I’ve sliced up a cross-section of 24 of what I believe to be the biggest, best Stephen King movies. Most of them are big-screen affairs, but I threw a few TV adaptations into the mix, too. Scroll through, watch a trailer or two or three or four, then vote for your favorite King flick. And if your fave didn’t make my list, hit the ROCK 92.9 Facebook page or Twitter feed and let me know, Constant Listener.

  • Carrie (1976)

  • Children of the Corn (1984)

  • Christine (1983)

  • Creepshow (1982)

  • Creepshow 2 (1982)

  • Cujo (1983)

  • The Dead Zone (1983)

  • Doctor Sleep (2019)

  • Firestarter (1984)

  • Gerald's Game (2017)

  • The Green Mile (1999)

  • It (1990)

  • It (Part 1 & 2) (2017 & 2019)

  • Misery (1990)

  • The Mist (2007)

  • Needful Things (1993)

  • Pet Sematary (1989)

  • The Running Man (1987)

  • Salem's Lot (1979)

  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

  • The Shining (1980)

  • The Stand (1994)

  • Stand By Me (1986)

  • Thinner (1996)

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