Multi-awarded author Stephen King has already sold over 350 million copies of his works throughout his career. Dozens of them have been adapted into comic books, theatrical features, short films, TV movies, and TV series. While not all motion picture adaptations of his works found success in the box office or with the critics, the author still has many efforts that became critically acclaimed pieces not only in literature but also cinema.
Helmed by Brian De Palma and based on the King novel of the same title, "Carrie" tells the story of a shy girl with extraordinary ability. A victim of school bullying, she lashes out in a horrifying display of her telekinetic powers on a supposedly special night. This scene brings some of the most iconic and disturbing prom images to ever grace the movie screen.
This brilliant film offers a well-mounted and moving story backed up by excellent performances. It was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actress and Supporting Actress. It received a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Golden Globes as well. The film was also nominated for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Best Horror Film Award.
"Stand by Me" (1986)
"Stand by Me" is a coming-of-age story featuring a writer and his friends from junior high as they embark on an unlikely journey to track down the body of a missing boy. Through this task, they learn more about one another and themselves. Based on the novella "The Body," this adaptation is a very emotional piece that explores people's varying fears and anxieties.
This film provides an interesting look at the purity and innocence of friendship at a younger age. It was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars and Best Motion Picture - Drama and Best Director - Motion Picture at the Golden Globes. Director Rob Reiner was also nominated for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Picture at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) for this masterpiece.
"The Shawshank Redemption" (1994)
"The Shawshank Redemption" tells the story of a successful banker wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife. Sentenced to life imprisonment, he has already spent almost two decades behind prison bars. There, he finds an unlikely friend who is a fellow inmate. Set in the 1940s, this period film by Frank Darabont is an adaptation of the King novella "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption."
With an absorbing story filled with equally touching performances, this film is an amazing piece of cinematic work. It bagged a number of Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Score, Sound, and Lead Actor. It also received Saturn Award nominations for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film and Writing.
"The Green Mile" (1999)
Set during the Great Depression, "The Green Mile" depicts the lives of the prison guards and the convicts on death row. The upcoming execution of a black man accused of child murder and rape incites a moral dilemma to those who discover his special gift of healing. This Frank Darabont masterpiece is based on the King novel of the same title.
This character-driven drama utilizes the flashback style to provide a layered story about the joys and sorrows of life. It received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Sound, and Supporting Actor. It also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture.
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