Classic Stephen King Movie DVDs

Stephen King DVDs abound these days and a number of Stephen King movies have been remade, or are in the process of being remade, like the Stephen King IT movie, but the classics, like Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and John Carpenter’s Christine, remain classics for very good reasons.

That’s why we have dedicated a page of Stephen King Store to some of the best and much loved theatrical movie adaptations of Stephen King movies. See if you have any these classic King movies missing from your Stephen King DVD collection.

These are movies that were released for cinema viewing, Stephen King made for TV movies will appear on a separate page shortly.

If your are looking for a more recent film, all the latest Stephen King movie DVDs are here.


Needful Things

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Original Release: August 27, 1993

Director: Fraser C. Heston

Starring: Ed Harris, Max von Sydow, Bonnie Bedelia, J. T. Walsh, Amanda Plummer

Anyone who enters Leland Gaunt’s store, Needful Things, in Castle Rock will find the object of their lifelong desires, but Gaunt expect payment in cash and in favours that set the townsfolk against one another. 

Sheriff Alan Pangborn is the only person who suspects that Gaunt is behind all the recent violence in the town and he sets out to save his hometown.
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The Dark Half

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Original Release: April 23, 1993

Director: George A. Romero

Starring: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Julie Harris, Michael Rooker

In this Stephen King movie, King returns to the theme of the writer and this time it’s about an author Thad Beaumont, whose pseudonym, George Stark, refuses to die. If you read the Stephen King book, you won’t be disappointed by the film and, yes, the sparrows are back!

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Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

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Original Release: April 10, 1992

Director: Mick Garris

Starring: Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick, Alice Krige

The last of a breed of vampires, known as the Sleepwalkers, survive by feeding on the life-force of virgins and the only things that can see the vampires as they truly are is the local cats. Can the Deputy Sheriff's cat, Clovis, thwart the Sleepwalkers efforts to feast upon their latest victim?

Classic Stephen King stuff!

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Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

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Original Release: May 4, 1990

Director: John Harrison

Starring: Deborah Harry, Christian Slater, David Johansen, William Hickey, James Remar, Rae Dawn, Chong

Tales From the Darkside is not strictly a Stephen King DVD, but it does contain the Stephen King story The Cat from Hell. Because of the involvement of Stephen King and George A. Romero, this anthology movie was believed by some to have been intended as Creepshow 3.

If you are an avid collector of Stephen King movie DVD’s, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie still deserves a place in your Stephen King DVD collection.

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Original Release: November 30, 1990

Director: Rob Reiner

Starring: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Frances Sternhagen, Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall

Misery is one of the very best movie adaptations of a Stephen King book that there is and it’s definitely one not to be missed.

James Caan and Kathy Bates are absolutely brilliant in this tale of an author who survives a car accident only to be rescued by his number one fan from hell. It’s dark, brooding and downright scary.

If you don’t flinch at the ankle scene, you’d better get yourself checked out by a doctor!

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Graveyard Shift

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Original Release: October 26, 1990

Director: Ralph S. Singleton

Starring: David Andrews, Kelly Wolf, Stephen Macht, Brad Dourif

When a crew of workers, including the newly hired drifter John Hall, is told to clean out the basement of an abandoned textile mill, they get a bit of a shock.

The tunnels in the sub-basement are inhabited by a horde of deadly rats, and wait until you see the leader of the pack!

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Pet Sematary

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Original Release: April 21, 1989

Director: Mary Lambert

Starring: Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby, Brad Greenquist, Michael Lombard, Miko, Hughes, Blaze Berdahl

Stephen King’s Pet Semetary is book that haunts the reader from start to finish and the movie makes a pretty god job of recreating the horror of the novel. Dead cats that come back to life are only beginning of the terror in a movie that begins, as all good horror flicks do, with a family moving into their new home.

This one’s a pretty shocking Stephen King DVD, especially if you haven’t read the book and you don’t know what’s coming next.

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The Running Man

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Original Release: November 13, 1987

Director: Paul Michael Glaser

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, María Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Richard Dawson

Although only very loosely based on the original Stephen King Novel, The Running Man movie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, is still a movie worth having in a Stephen King DVD collection. 

Yes, it is camp and it’s extremely silly in parts, but it’s a great fun movie to watch.

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Creepshow 2

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Original Release: May 1, 1987

Director: Michael Gornick

Starring: Lois Chiles, George Kennedy, Dorothy Lamour, Tom Savini

Stephen King’s Creepshow 2, the sequel to Creepshow, is an anthology movie based on three Stephen King stories that were adapted for the screen by George A. Romero. It’s billed as a horror comedy movie and the King tales depicted are Old Chief Wood'nhead, The Raft and The Hitchhiker.

Ingenious use of animation and live action and the great stories make this a Stephen King DVD worth watching.

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Stand By Me

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Original Release: August 8, 1986

Director: Rob Reiner

Starring: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland

Stephen King has a way of conjuring up childhood memories of your own when he writes about kids and he did that brilliantly in his novella, The Body, which was adapted into the Stephen King DVD Stand by me.

It’s a coming of age story about four boys from the small town of Castle Rock who discover the dead body of a missing child while out walking in the countryside. It’s a beautiful film with an impressive cast list that gained a lot of critical acclaim.

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Maximum Overdrive

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Original Release: July 25, 1986

Director: Stephen King

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Christopher Murney

Written and directed by Stephen King, Maximum Overdrive may not have been king’s finest work ever and he himself described Maximum Overdrive as "moron movie". This was Stephen King’s one and only foray into directing and he has vowed never to repeat the experiment!

Maximum Overdrive DVD has become a collector’s item, though, so it still deserves a spot in our list of classic Stephen King DVDs.
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Silver Bullet

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Original Release: October 11, 1985

Director: Dan Attias

Starring: Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Corey Haim

This Stephen King DVD is based on the Stephen King novella Cycle of the Werewolf. There’s a werewolf terrorising the small town of Tarker's Mills, Maine, and Marty Coslaw, a wheelchair bound paraplegic knows the truth. With the help of his uncle Red, the boy sets out to bring the shape shifter’s reign of terror to end.

There are quite a few plot differences in this movie DVD adaptation of Stephen King’s Cycle of the Werewolf, but it’s still a good watch and it deserves a place in any collection of Stephen King DVDs.

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Cat's Eye

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Original Release: April 12, 1985

Director: Lewis Teague

Starring: Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King

Stephen King’s Cat’s eye is an anthology of three stories, two of which, Quitters Inc. and The Ledge, appeared in Stephen King’s Nightshift, and a third, General, that Stephen King wrote for the film. All three stories are tied together by a mysterious travelling cat.

Watch out for the appearance of a familiar looking red 1958 Plymouth Fury in this great DVD collection of Stephen King short tales.

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Original Release: May 11, 1984

Director: Mark L. Lester

Starring: David Keith, Drew Barrymore, Freddie Jones, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen, George C. Scott

When college students Andy McGee and Vicky Tomlinson earned some money by taking an experimental drug that gave them physic powers, they had no idea that it would affect them for the rest of their lives.

Now, their nine-year-old daughter named Charlene "Charlie" McGee is Pyrokinetic, she can start fires with her thoughts, and a government agency is out to control her. 

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Children of the Corn

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Original Release: March 9, 1984

Director: Fritz Kiersch

Starring: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton

Stephen King’s Children of the Corn is a movie based on the King short story of the same name that was first published Penthouse and then in the Stephen King short story collection Night Shift. Children of the Corn was the first in  a series, to date, of 8 movie.

Children of the Corn DVD tells the story of "He Who Walks Behind The Rows", an evil entity that entices children to murder by telling them that it will guarantee them a good corn harvest.
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The Dead Zone

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Original Release: October 21, 1983

Director: David Cronenberg

Starring: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Anthony Zerbe, Colleen, Dewhurst, Martin Sheen

Stephen King is reported to have said that the changes that David Cronenberg and screenwriter Jeffrey Boam made in the structure of the Dead Zone movies "improved and intensified the power of the narrative", so that’s praise indeed or this classic Stephen King DVD.

Stephen King’s Dead Zone DVD is one watch if you haven’t yet seen it.

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Original Release: August 12, 1983

Director: Lewis Teague

Starring: Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh-Kelly, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter, Christopher Stone

Cujo, is one of the Stephen King movies that became something of a cult classic. When a friendly St. Bernard dog is bitten by a rabid bat, it turns into a menacing killer and traps Donna Trenton and her son Tad inside their car.

Cujo is a superb psychological horror thriller film based on the Stephen King book of the same name.
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Original Release: May 16, 1982

Director: George A. Romero

Starring: Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen, Carrie Nye, E. G. Marshall, Viveca Lindfors

Creepshow is an anthology of black comedy tales, which was directed by the one and only George A. Romero and with a screenplay written by Stephen King. This Stephen King DVD is a homage to the old horror comic books, like Tales from the Crypt and House of Mystery. A great bit of macabre fun and a cult horror classic. 

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The Shining

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Original Release: May 23, 1980

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, Danny Lloyd

There many differences between Stephen King’s The Shining novel and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining movie, not least of which is the fact that Jack never types the words ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ in the book. Nevertheless, The Shining movie now has as much of a cult status as the original Stephen King Book and many say it was one of the greatest horror films ever made. 
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Original Release: December 9, 1983

Director: John Carpenter

Starring: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky, Harry Dean Stanton

Based on Stephen King’s Christine, the 1983 movie screenplay was written by Bill Phillips.

While the original movie adaptation of Arnie and his sentient and extremely violent vintage Plymouth Fury may movie have been the biggest box office hit, the Christine 1983 movie is still well worth a watch and having in your King DVD collection.

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Original Release: November 3, 1976

Director: Brian De Palma

Starring: Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Piper Laurie

The 1976 horror classic Carrie was based of Stephen Kings first published book of the same name and it was the very first move adaption of the author’s work. 

Described as an  "absolutely spellbinding horror movie" by the Chicago Sun-Times and "landmark horror film" by The Movie Guide, Carrie is one Stephen King DVD that everyone should have on their Stephen King DVD  collection.

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