Stephen King has more than 50 novels and 200 short stories to his credit, so it's not surprising that his material has appeared on the screen for 35-plus years. Will his novel "Under the Dome" (June 24, CBS) be the latest in a long line of successful TV or movie ventures for the author? Here are five of the best Stephen King book-to-screen adaptations.
1. "Stand By Me" (1986): The coming of age story based on King's novella "The Body" revealed the deep bond of four boys searching for a body during Labor Day weekend in 1959. The story deftly showcased the acting chops of Whil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell — and did wonders for Ben E. King's song of the same name. The writing transformed this movie into the standard by which all coming-of-age stories have tried to achieve. King called this the first true successful translation of his books to film.
2. "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994): Morgan Freeman gave a powerful performance, alongside Tim Robbins, in this story of an innocent man locked away in prison, based on King's novella "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption." (Think "Green Mile" with a more satisfying ending). From the scenery to the character depiction, everything about Shawshank felt real, earning it seven Oscar nominations.
3. "Misery" (1990): Kathy Bates wrote the book on frightening female psychopaths in this book-to-film adaptation. Her chilling portrayal of nurse-turned-captor Annie Wilkes earned her an Academy Award for best actress. The scene in which Annie breaks author Paul Sheldon's ankles is deliciously cringeworthy.
4. "Carrie" (1976): Who can forget the scene of Sissy Spacek as a blood-soaked Carrie White? Who didn't leap out of their seat the first time they saw Carrie's arm rise from the grave? This film survives not only as a cult horror classic for Halloween viewing but also as the vehicle that helped launch the career of John Travolta and revive Piper Laurie's.
5. "The Mist" (2007): The creatures were vintage horror, but the paranoia dividing the townspeople provided the real edge-of-the-seat tension. The special effects and limited use of music gave the film a heavier, dark feel that played to King's storyline perfectly. But most of all, this was one of the rare times a movie pulled off a Stephen King ending.