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Stand by Me

Rob Reiner’s consummate adaptation of Stephen King’s semi-autobiographical novella The Body is a powerful and slow-burning 80s gem. The film opens with an unnamed author finding out that an old friend has passed away. Reflecting on the news, he begins to recall memories of his misspent youth, when he and his gang of close-knit friends went searching for a missing teenager’s body but find more than they bargained for. At once a touching coming of age story and examination of the loss of innocence, Stand by Me is regarded as one of the only film adaptations Stephen King himself has approved. Twenty years since his untimely death, it also introduced the considerable charms and talent of a young River Phoenix into the film world and remains the standout moment of his career.