20 Highest-Grossing Stephen King Movies, Ranked

20 Highest-Grossing Stephen King Movies, Ranked

Here’s our list of the highest-grossing Stephen King movies of all time, ranked from lowest to highest gross collection values.

Stephen King is easily one of the most revered and biggest authors the world has ever seen. His books are instant bestsellers around the world, with millions of copies being sold in almost every novel.

Trust me; you won’t have come across an author who’s a favorite among movie makers. Adapting a King’s book is a sure short guarantee of success. And why not? His novels and short stories consist of the most intriguing storylines, mysterious plot twists, and characters.

Almost one-third of Stephen King’s novels, novellas, and short stories have either been adapted or inspired and brought to life through movies and television shows.

If you are not much into reading, you can easily count on these movies to get a glimpse into the epoch works of Stephen King.


20 Highest-Grossing Stephen King Movies of all Time: Ranked

20. Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Worldwide Collection: $28.8 million

Director: Frank Darabont

Main Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman

IMDb Rating: 9.3

RT: 91%

Genre: Drama

Even though ‘Shawshank Redemption’ stands last on our list, it is nevertheless one of the classic movies of all time. Based on King’s 1982 novella ‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption,’ the movie didn’t garner much hype when it was released way back in 1994. But it is now loved by all.

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19. Sleepwalkers (1992)

Worldwide Collection: $30.5 million

Director: Mick Garris

Main Cast: Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick

IMDb Rating: 5.3

RT: 25%

Genre: Fantasy horror

Though the film wasn’t based on King’s novel but instead had him as the screenplay writer, surprising everyone with a cameo, King also had been writing the screenplay for a movie for the first time in his life.  The story revolves around a strange mother and son ‘sleepwalkers’ duo moving to a small Indiana town searching for a victim to feed on.


18. Hearts in Atlantis (2001)

Worldwide Collection: $30.9 million

Director: Scott Hicks

Main Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Anton Yelchin,

IMDb Rating: 6.9

RT: 49%

Genre: Drama mystery

Adapted from King’s novel ‘Low Men in Yellow Coats,’ this 2001 film stars Anthony Hopkins as an elderly man who is befriended by a young boy (played by Anton Yelchin).


17. The Lawnmower Man (1992)

Worldwide Collection: $32.1 million

Director: Brett Leonard

Main Cast: Jeff Fahey, Pierce Brosnan,

IMDb Rating: 5.5

RT: 34%

Genre: Horror sci-fi

Stephen King’s short story ‘The Lawnmower Man’ in 1975 was dramatically altered when it was adapted into this 1992 movie. This led to King’ suing the New Line Cinema and demanding his name to be removed from the movie as it had completely taken a different path from his short story.


16. Carrie (1976)

Worldwide Collection: $33.8 million

Director: Brian De Palma

Main Cast: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie,

IMDb Rating: 7.4

RT: 93%

Genre: Horror

Sissy Spacek, who played the role of ‘Carrie,’ became a sensation when the movie was released in 1976. Carrie discovers her secret power of ‘Telekinesis’ and plots revenge on her classmates after being brutally humiliated at a prom party.


15. The Running Man (1987)

Worldwide Collection: $38.1 million

Director: Paul Michael Glaser

Main Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso

IMDb Rating: 6.7

RT: 64%

Genre: Action sci-fi

Arnold’s starrer movie revolves around the life of a policeman Ben Richards (played by Arnold himself), who gets falsely incriminated on a crime he did not commit. He must now compete on a game show to win back his life. The film didn’t go down well with King, and he again demanded the removal of his name from it.

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14. The Shining (1980)

Worldwide Collection: $46.5 million

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Main Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

IMDb Rating: 8.4

RT: 84%

Genre: Horror Drama

Since its release, ‘Shining’ has created a benchmark for horror genre movies and other content. And it is worth all the praise. A cult classic now, the film is also King’s first hardcover bestseller, which ultimately put him on the pedestal of the world’s most notable authors.



13. Stand By Me (1986)

Worldwide Collection: $52.2 million

Director: Rob Reiner

Main Cast: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix

IMDb Rating: 8.1

RT: 91%

Genre: Adventure drama

‘Stand By Me’ is a cult classic and everyone’s beloved film of all time. It is based on King’s novella ‘The Body’ which was published in 1982. a group of four young boys set out on a journey to find the missing stranger’s body after he was killed mysteriously.


12. Pet Sematary (1989)

Worldwide Collection: $57.46 million

Director: Mary Lambert

Main Cast: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby,

IMDb Rating: 6.6

RT: 51%

Genre: Fantasy horror

The 1989 version of Pet Sematary is set around a mysterious burial ground with a mysterious power to revive the dead. But there’s a catch. Since the publication by King, of all Stephen King Movies, this has been adapted again and again over these years.


11. The Mist (2007)

Worldwide Collection: $57.47 million

Director: Frank Darabont

Main Cast: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden

IMDb Rating: 7.1

RT: 72%

Genre: Horror sci-fi

When Director Frank Darabont decided to alter the movie’s ending, deviating from what King had written, little did he know that King would love the move so much? The Mist is one of the best in this genre and is surely a must-watch of all Stephen King Movies.


10. Misery (1990)

Worldwide Collection: $61 million

Director: Rob Reiner

Main Cast: James Caan, Kathy Bates

IMDb Rating: 7.8

RT: 90%

Genre: Drama thriller

The movie ‘Misery’ is based on King’s 1987 novella of the same name and tells the story of a novelist who is forcibly confined by his psychotic fan who declares herself as his No.1 fan. The film lived up to King’s expectations and was also loved by critics and audiences alike, especially the psychotic fan’s role played by Kathy Bates.

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9. Dreamcatcher (2003)

Worldwide Collection: $81.2 million

Director: Lawrence Kasdan

Main Cast: Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane

IMDb Rating: 5.5

RT: 28%

Genre: Sci-fi drama

This sci-fi thriller is set in the same town where ‘It’ is set and tells the tale of four friends who encounter a wondrous soul on one camping turn. Things turn into a nightmare when they discover that the man is carrying a deadly virus.


8. Carrie (2013)

Worldwide Collection: $84.7 million

Director: Kimberly Peirce

Main Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore,

IMDb Rating: 5.9

RT: 50%

Genre: Drama horror

The 2013 remake of the original ‘carrie’ movie was released with several modifications to fit the modern times. Like the old one, this retelling movie also centers on Carrie’s life, who is empowered with a supernatural power of ‘telekinesis.’


7. Secret Window (2004)

Worldwide Collection: $92.9 million

Director: David Koepp

Main Cast: Johnny Depp, Maria Bello,

IMDb Rating: 6.6

RT: 46%

Genre: Drama mystery

The ‘Secret Window’ revolves around the life of a writer Mort Rainey who is painfully stalked by a farmer who claims that the former has stolen his story. But there’s a surprise twist which audiences will not expect until later on.


6. Pet Sematary (2019)

Worldwide Collection: $113.1 million

Director:  Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer

Main Cast: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz,

IMDb Rating: 5.7

RT: 58%

Genre: Horror mystery

The recent Pet Sematary version has surprisingly surpassed the original collection with several alterations to the plot and went on to become one of the most successful movies based on Stephen King Movies.

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5. The Dark Tower (2017)

Worldwide Collection: $113.2 million

Director: Nikolaj Arcel

Main Cast: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey

IMDb Rating: 5.6

RT: 16%

Genre: Action Adventure

The Dark Tower is a sequel to the Stephen King Movies’s popular series of 8 books of the same name. While the movie was a commercial success, it failed to impress the critics who slaughtered this adaptation with their negative reviews.


4. 1408 (2007)

Worldwide Collection: $132.9 million

Director: Mikael Håfström

Main Cast: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson,

IMDb Rating: 6.8

RT: 80%

Genre: Horror Mystery

When Stephen King published a short story, ‘1408’, it was loved by everyone. And soon after, the story was adapted into this 2007 movie of the same name. The story is about a paranormal investigator who finds himself trapped after he decides to debunk the myth surrounding the infamous ‘1408’ room of the Dolphin Hotel.


3. The Green Mile (1999)

Worldwide Collection: $286.8 million

Director: Frank Darabont

Main Cast: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan

IMDb Rating: 8.6

RT: 78%

Genre: Crime Drama

The Green Mile is based on King’s 1996 novel, which was faithfully adapted with more than 3 hours of run time. This didn’t dampen the movie’s effect, and quickly became one of the critically acclaimed movies.


2. It Chapter Two (2019)


Worldwide Collection: $473 million

Director: Andy Muschietti

Main Cast: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy

IMDb Rating: 6.5

RT: 63%

Genre: Horror

Stephen King’s novel ‘It’ was again adapted into the second part of the ‘IT’ movie series and easily became his second most successful book adaptation of all Stephen King Movies.


1. It (2017)


Worldwide Collection: $701.7 million

Director: Andy Muschietti

Main Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard

IMDb Rating: 7.3

RT: 85%

Genre: Horror

Top on our list, the movie ‘IT’ adapted from Stephen King’s novella of the same name. It became the highest-grossing of all Stephen King Movies of all time. Bill Skarsgård stars as an evil clown who goes on a rampage in a town, scaring and terrorizing innocent children. The movie became a huge commercial success all over the world.

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That was all about the highest-grossing Stephen King Movies of all time, ranked on the basis of their worldwide collection.

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