Friday, June 9, 2023

List: Top 3 Stephen King Characters

This week on Episode 342 of the InSession Film Podcast, inspired by IT Chapter Two, we thought it would be appropriate to discuss our favorite Stephen King characters in film. King has written dozens of novels, and it seems as if most of them have been adapted to film, so this topic has no shortage of options. Some of these characters will go down and some of the best of all-time. It’s nearly impossible to hear the name “Stephen King” and not immediately think of Jack Torrence or Andy Dufresne. King is a master storyteller and his characters are iconic for a good reason. Hopefully we did him some justice here. That said, what would be your Top 3?

(Note: Please keep in mind that we each had different criteria for our selections)


1) Andy Dufresne – The Shawshank Redemption
2) Annie Wilkes – Misery
3) Bill Denbrough – It / It Chapter Two


1) Andy Dufresne / Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding – The Shawshank Redemption
2) Annie Wilkes – Misery
3) John Coffey – The Green Mile


1) Andy Dufresne / Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding – The Shawshank Redemption
2) David Drayton – The Mist
3) Kids – It / Stand By Me

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Gordie – Stand By Me
Chris – Stand By Me
Carrie – Carrie
Jack Torrence – The Shining
Danny Torrence – The Shining
Brooks – The Shawshank Redemption
Warden Norton – The Shawshank Redemption
Paul Edgecomb – The Green Mile
Wild Bill Wharton – The Green Mile
Mrs. Carmody – The Mist
Roland Deschain – The Dark Tower
Jud Crandall – Pet Semetary
Pennywise – It
Kurt Dussander – Apt Pupil
Mort Rainey – Secret Window
Jessie Burlingame – Gerald’s Game
Mike Enslin – 1408
Ben Richards – Running Man
Johnny Smith – The Dead Zone

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. Clearly there are a lot of other characters to consider for this list that we skipped over for one reason or another. That being said, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at

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For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.

JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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