Screenplays by Stephen King

Stephen King's prodigious catalogue includes a fair number of screenplays. The fact that he's not well known as a screenwriter is probably due to the fact that the most famous movies made from his books weren't written by him. For example, the script for "The Shawshank Redemption" was written by Frank Darabont and the script for "The Shining" was written by Stanley Kubrick and Diane Johnson.

Still, King is listed as writer for at least 19 screenplays (including several miniseries and one episode of The X-Files). Below is a list of the top 6 screenplays by Stephen King that are available to read online.

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1. PET SEMATARY (1989)
Screenplay by Stephen King
Directed by Mary Lambert

A classic horror film based on the book with the sort of ingenious premise that underlies Stephen King's fame as a storyteller. To King's credit as a screenwriter, the script was well received, with reviewer Jason Jenkins calling it "one of the better King adaptations of the period."

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2. CREEPSHOW (1982)
Screenplay by Stephen King
Directed by George A. Romero

Creepshow was King's debut as a screenwriter and also as an actor, but by 1982 when it was released, he was already deep into his career as a famous horror novelist. The film tells five short stories, which, as a whole, Roger Ebert praised as a film "with humor and affection, as well as with an appreciation of the macabre."

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Screenplay by Stephen King
Directed by Dan Attias

Based on his book "Cycle of the Werewolf," SILVER BULLET isn't exactly the world's most memorable horror film, but it's enjoyable to read King's take on the werewolf theme. 

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4. STORM OF THE CENTURY (1999)   Read the screenplay! (Amazon)
Screenplay by Stephen King

5. MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE (1986)   Read the screenplay!
Screenplay by Stephen King

6. SORRY, RIGHT NUMBER (1987)   Read the screenplay!
Teleplay by Stephen King