36. It (1990, miniseries)
Based on King's novel It (1986)
There's no denying the cultural impact of this hugely popular miniseries and its highly memorable images -- Pennywise in the sewer, a bathtub suicide, the bursting of blood-filled balloons -- but, and I say this having watched it again just recently, it's just OK. Characters are drawn broadly, dialogue is on the nose, and performances are frequently shoddy (aside from Tim Curry's clown, obviously). The pacing fares no better as every ramp up in excitement is neutered with a move forward to adulthood or back to childhood. Still, Pennywise is an eternally terrifying creation.
35. Secret Window (2004)
Based on King's novella Secret Window, Secret Garden (1990)
It's great seeing Johnny Depp tackle a rare "normal" person as opposed to his usual makeup-caked, hat-wearing, over-the-top characters, but this film about a writer accused of plagiarism by an odd stranger starts strong before an obvious and shallow twist derails everything. It's still fun watching Depp and John Turturro spar, though.
34. Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992)
Inspired by King's short story "Children of the Corn" (1977)
No, I haven't accidentally ranked a Children of the Corn movie higher than it deserves. Part sequel, part remake, the entry has fun with the premise and delivers both personality and gore alongside a very funny, somewhat progressive, and obligatorily wise Native American character. It's ultimately the best of the franchise because it balances the core story about killer kids with a lively energy missing from most of the others.
33. 1922 (2017)
Based on King's novella 1922 (2010)
This dark period drama kind of came and went quietly at the start of this latest King renaissance, but it deserves more eyeballs. It's a fairly straightforward riff on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" with a man haunted by guilt -- in the form of ghosts half-eaten by rats -- after murdering his wife. There's tragedy to spare here as the man's actions draw in his son and the boy's girlfriend, and the atmosphere is heavy with depression and death, but while it's a definite slow burn, it's still a solid feature headlined by a memorable lead turn from Thomas Jane.
32. The Shining (1997, miniseries)
Written by King and based on his novel The Shining (1977)
I'm of the belief that the generally negative consensus towards this miniseries is due at least in part to the overall love for Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation from two decades prior. The Shining miniseries, from King favorite Mick Garris, definitely lacks the film's iconic lead performance and highly memorable set-pieces. But for fans of the novel, this is the one that gets it far more right. King's own script offers a far more detailed look at both the hotel and the Torrance family, which in turn offers more depth into the story itself. It's not Kubrick, but it's good. I swear.