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Which Stephen King Prison Flick Do You Prefer – The Green Mile or The Shawshank Redemption?

Creating a prison story that inspires audiences, impresses critics and makes millions is no small feat. Yet Stephen King has done it twice — first with The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and then again with The Green Mile (1999). Each has its own unique recipe for success, making it tough to decide which one is better. But what Stephen King fan doesn’t love a challenge? Here are five things to consider…

1. Star Power
Shawshank‘s got Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. But few actors can hold a candle to Tom Hanks when it comes to star power. Actually, at the moment, no one can: Hanks is the highest-grossing movie star of all time and currently leads the pack by a $200 million margin.
Winner: The Green Mile

2. Impressive Feats
Both movies are about men doing the impossible. In The Green Mile, John Coffey has the ability to heal the sick and bring back the dead. In The Shawshank Redemption, “Andy crawled to freedom through 500 yards of shit smelling foulness I can’t even imagine.” Now that’s a miracle!

Winner: The Shawshank Redemption

3. Furry Mascots
In one corner, a talented 60-year-old mouse who has defied death. In the other corner, a poster of Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C. Yes, the magical Mr. Jingles is pretty cool, but “Miss Fuzzy Britches” is hot.
Winner: Tie

4. Villains
As the head of Shawshank, Warden Norton is the only one standing between Andy Dufresne and freedom. Mile‘s got double trouble: Guard Percy Whitmore (responsible for Del’s gruesome execution) and child rapist “Wild Bill” Wharton (responsible for the murders that put John Coffey on Death Row).
Winner: The Green Mile

5. The Hanky Factor
Coffey’s execution in Mile is sad, for sure. Not to mention that what Percy does to Mr. Jingles would soften the hardest heart. However, when the human spirit triumphs against all odds in Shawshank, it’s time to grab the Kleenex. Need proof? Here’s seven words for you: “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”
The Winner: The Shawshank Redemption

Final Score: They’re both still standing. It’s up to you to make the call…

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