The Movie: Donna Trenton (Dee Wallace) and her son Ted (Danny Pintauro) are trapped in their car while a rabid dog tries to figure out the best way to gobble them up.
What It Got Right: Cujo contains one of the greatest performances from a pooch in cinema history.
The titular mutt's journey from loveable to convincingly homicidal is never anything less than utterly convincing.
And, from the second-act onwards, it's completely terrifying. Give that dog an Oscar. Or a treat. Whichever he'd prefer.
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Mar 13th 2012, 13:05
Am I the only one thinking 'The Green Mile' was rated a little too highly? Thought it was overlong and flabby in places. Having said that, it IS a good film, but perhaps the weakest out of the "Darabont/King trilogy?" The Mist was much more effective as a film. Although I cannot argue with Number 1, I still think Stand By Me was the best adap.
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As usual, most book are better than the movies came out. "Apt Pupil" had a great ending and even the movie was ok, the books development was far superiour. The same goes for "Christine", which is a really good movie, but the book goes a step further. I enjoyed "Secret Window" pretty much and at least, like mentioned, the first half of "Dreamcatcher" was decent. The Top movies here are all really good, even Anne Wilkes actually CUT off one foot in the book in "Misery", but the movie's version was pretty hurtful too. "Running Man" was a pretty good flick (my childhood), even the book was completely different....I'd like to see a movie of the books version. It will be great whenever "The Stand" gets remade for real....great potential and the TV-Movie couldn't just fully live up to that. What's next to look forward? "Dark Tower" and....I hope...."Under The Dome"
Mar 13th 2012, 13:14
As usual, most books ended up better than the movies. The Top-Movies here are really good. Even "Christine" and "Apt Pupil" are good movies, the books went a step further and are superiour. Both endings are a lot better in the book. "Misery" is a great movie, great performances. Even in the book, Anne CUTS the foot off....but the movies version was pretty painful too.
"Running Man" is a B-Classic (childhood memories). The book was so much different, I'd like to see a movie of that. "Secret Window" was fun I thought and, as stated, "Dreamcatcher" had a really good first half. I'd love to see a good remake of "The Stand". It was an decent Mini-Series, but couldn't match the book. I'm looking forward to "Dark Tower", "Under The Dome" and maybe "Black House". I hope they all get made....and get made well!
Mar 13th 2012, 13:15
....ah c**p, double-post, I even rewrote the whole thing, because I thought it was lost....sorry guys!
Mar 13th 2012, 14:08
Where was "Storm of the Century" I know it was never a book but deserves a mention here.
Mar 13th 2012, 14:42
So, is Stephen King the author who's had the most adaptations of his work put onto film? Even old Bill Shakespeare surely hasn't had as many adaps (in terms of different materials adapted, not amount of films based on his works)?
Mar 13th 2012, 14:43
..And i hope they make the Dark Tower next - just without Javier Bardem in the lead. Just cannot see him as Roland at all.
Mar 13th 2012, 15:12
Great list. Though I'm a hater of The Stand miniseries; great performances by Lowe, Sinise, and others but overall I thought it was cheap, cheesy, and poorly done.
Here's to hoping Ben Affleck's The Stand parts I, II, III (wishful thinking) and 11/22/63 will top that list by 2017 or so.
Mar 13th 2012, 16:42
Hey, Secret Window was good, dammit. If you haven't seen it, there's not much TF could say about it without giving away MASSIVE spoilers. I recommend the watch though.
Mar 13th 2012, 17:30
Glad to see 1408 placed so highly.
Mar 13th 2012, 17:37
I'm sorry but The Shawshank Redemption at number 1, beating the likes of The Dead Zone and Carrie...give me a break! Shawshank like The Green Mile is utter rot! The Shining is a above average - if different - adaptation of the Stephen King novel. Stand By Me is very good. Misery and Dolores Claiborne...insulting and formulaic. Pet Cemetery and Christine are both brilliant. My favorite on the list however though not the best "package" is Cat's Eye, if only for the James Woods section.
Mar 13th 2012, 17:50
I've been wondering recently why they hadn't done a Carrie remake - not saying I want it to happen, just surprised that it hasn't - and now that I read about that sequel I can see why. I'd never even HEARD of that.
Mar 13th 2012, 18:00
Also I have to agree with Higgins... I couldn't stand the sentimentality of The Green Mile or Shawshank. But hey, Shawsank is #1 on imdb's top 250, so what do I know?
Mar 13th 2012, 19:44
Where's "The Langoliers"?
Mar 13th 2012, 22:02
Seems a lot on this list are sequels???? which aren't Kings books, though based on his original story, I still feel that they can't be classed as Kings Movies
Mar 13th 2012, 23:55
I enjoyed Maximum Overdrive and think it should be a bit higher in the list. Same with Silver Bullet. Can't argue with most of the placings on this list though. Shawshank obviously number 1, to this day still my favourite film ever.
Also, @thedanieljson - they have done a Carrie remake, with Emile De Ravin (Claire from Lost). To be fair, it's not awful, but don't feel that your life will be incomplete without watching it.
Mar 14th 2012, 8:34
I don't think I've ever met anyone I disagree with more. Steven King is an excellent writer, Lawnmower Man 2 is a completely diabolical film (bought it for about 50p ex-rental and I still wanted my money back) and the abbreviation "IMHO" is unforgivable if used once, let alone every frikkin' sentence.
Mar 15th 2012, 10:41
So...Silver Bullet, The Tommy Knockers, Sleepwalkers, and Carrie 2 are better than Stand by me?
You want working on boy!
Mar 16th 2012, 9:08
...and Dalidab makes yet another friend.
Mar 16th 2012, 10:03
@Dalidab. Nice, it was not a threat, but a film quote meant in jest which you would recognise if you were half the film fan you think you are ('the king of cinema' no less). You also profess to have a sense of humour but show none. Also, you accuse most people who even joke with you of bullying yet jump down peoples throats all the F*****g time. Grow the F**K up. This is Total Film, NOT THE F*****G DALIDAB SHOW.
Mar 16th 2012, 10:23
Amazing sense of humour, amazing dictionary and an amazing sense of irony...
Mar 17th 2012, 11:47
How can this LIST be considered a Stephen King list, when he DIDN'T write A LOT of the movies listed?
As far as I know, he never wrote Carrie 2, or Children of the Corn 2,3,4,5,6 & 7, or any other sequel to the movies/books he DID write. How about making the list to be ONLY those directly taken from his books/novellas/short stories, etc.
Derived from and based upon can be two different things.
Mar 17th 2012, 20:03
I enjoyed quite a few films on this list, pet semetary included haha! Got to agree with shawshank at the top spot though.. amazing film! Haven't seen the mist yet but really want to! It'll be next on my list I think! Good list! :D
Mar 17th 2012, 23:51
And wow, do people do a lot of b******g on here! No two people are gonna have the exact same opinions, so why argue all the damn time??
Mar 21st 2012, 23:19
No s**t mate. thats what happens when you have an opinion and express it...
Mar 31st 2012, 0:23
Shawshank is in my opinion the ONLY movie ever to be better than the book it is based on. In this case the book (a short story) is w**k! yet the film one of the best movies ever made.
Jun 15th 2012, 20:45
What is it about Stephen King that makes his novels so great for film? There has to be some secret to it. It's not like these are inspiring true stories, like The Blind Side, or anything like that but consistently his stories are successful on the big screen. Seriously, he's had like 50 movies made (http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-based-on-stephen-king-books/lons is another good list ranking them) from his books and I'm hearing things about "It" coming in a two-part movie next. What's the secret?
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