A few years ago my mom told me to go watch Stand By Me. She loved the movie when she was younger, and I later found out it was actually based on a Stephen King novel. One of the couple movies that don't make that fact apparent. Another one being The Green Mile.
The story sets off with four friends who go out on an adventure due to a dare. They do it mainly for the chance to become local heroes.
But instead their small journey allows each kid of the group to grow up in his own way.
I've never read the novel it's based on, so I can't say how they compare. But I hear it's pretty faithful, and just shows how great King is on variety. His name is usually synonymous with horror movies, but true fans know why his work is different and better than stuff like Friday the 13th or Scream.